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The films of Walt Disney World's Great Movie Ride

Julie Neal
The list author says: "Still Disney’s most grand and complex indoor ride, this fun tram tour is the original showcase attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios (what was Disney-MGM Studios). Filling 95,000 square feet, it has more than 60 Audio Animatronic characters and nearly 3,000 special effects.

Portraying 16 movie sets that have come to life, full-size dioramas create a dreamlike tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Your tram passes Gene Kelly “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), travels alongside “The Public Enemy” James Cagney (1931), gets stuck in the middle of gangster and Old West shootouts, goes under Sigourney Weaver’s stalking “Alien” (1979) and then heads into “The Wizard of Oz” Munchkinland to confront the Wicked Witch of the West (1939).

Additional sets portray scenes from 1933’s “Footlight Parade,” 1934’s “Tarzan and His Mate,” 1940’s “Fantasia,” 1942’s “Casablanca,” 1964’s “Mary Poppins” and 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Other Audio Animatronic celebrities include Julie Andrews, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, John Wayne and Johnny Weissmuller.

The best is the witch, a piece of magic that reincarnates Margaret Hamilton. With a life-like face, she quickly flexes her backbone, swivels her hips and points her finger as she confronts your guide. “I’ll get you my pretty…”

Your trip takes in nearly every movie genre. Comedy comes from two live characters. The guide is a self-absorbed projectionist who, inspired by Buster Keaton’s character in 1923’s “Sherlock Jr.,” magically takes you into some of his (or her) favorite films. Meant to be channeling actor Jeff Daniels in 1985’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” a second performer steps out of the set and takes over your tram.

Here’s a list of the ride’s sets and the scenes they depict:"
The Busby Berkeley Collection (Footlight Parade / Gold Diggers of 1933 / Dames / Gold Diggers of 1935 / 42nd Street)
The Busby Berkeley Collection (Footlight Parade / Gold Diggers of 1933 / Dames / Gold Diggers of 1935 / 42nd Street)
"When talking pictures threaten to put Broadway producer James Cagney out of business, he decides to stage live musical “prologues” at movie theaters throughout New York. That’s the plot of 1933’s bawdy, gaudy “Footlight Parade.” One prologue is “By a Waterfall,” a Busby Berkeley aquacade that concludes in a huge twirling fountain of bathing beauties. It’s the first scene in The Great Movie Ride."
Singin' in the Rain (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Singin' in the Rain (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Silent-film star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) has such a glorious feeling -- not only has his career been saved, but he’s fallen in love with a beautiful ingenue -- he doesn’t mind getting wet as he swings from a lamppost, which your Great Movie Ride passes."
Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition)
Mary Poppins (40th Anniversary Edition)
"When two Victorian London children are scolded by their father in this 1964 musical, chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke) takes them and their nanny (Julie Andrews) up on the rooftops to see the sights and sing “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” You travel underneath them just as silhouettes show the other sweeps arriving, ready to break out into “Step in Time,” a huge dance number."
Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)
Mary Poppins (Two-Disc 45th Anniversary Special Edition)
"A newer edition"
The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
"The ride’s Gangster Alley re-creates an early Prohibition scene from this 1931 film, when Tom Powers (James Cagney) threatens a speakeasy owner with violence if he doesn’t become a customer: “When Dutch comes around he’s gonna leave you some beer. And you’re gonna take it. And you’re gonna kick in with the dough. If you don’t, somebody’s gonna drop by here and kick your teeth out one at a time.”"
Hondo (Full Screen)
Hondo (Full Screen)
"John Wayne appeared in nearly 250 movies, but once said his favorite was this 1953 film, in which he played a half-breed who befriends a married white woman. Just after they meet, Hondo kisses her and has no regrets, because he knows she wanted it. “A long time ago I made me a rule,” he says, “let people do what they want.” Wayne’s Disney robot repeats that line, and wears a costume from the film."
The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
The Man with No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
"Clint Eastwood starred as the quiet, stone-hearted antihero (the Man with No Name) in the trilogy “Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1966) and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” (1967). Produced in Italy by director Sergio Leone, the darkly comic films were known as Spaghetti Westerns. Your tram passes an Audio Animatronic Clint as this character, standing silently on your right."
Alien (The Director's Cut)
Alien (The Director's Cut)
"Next up you travel into this 1979 film’s space freighter Nostromo. As you enter, an ominous voice tells you, “Something has gone wrong.” Sure enough, hiding in ventilation chambers is that bloodthirsty beast! Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) has rigged the craft to self-destruct, but the monster doesn’t want anyone to leave."
The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection (Full Screen Edition)
The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection (Full Screen Edition)
"In 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the U.S. government enlists archaeology professor Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to help keep the golden Ark of the Covenant out of the hands of Hitler’s Nazis. When Indy asks his old friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) to help him find it, they do (and so do you) in the Well of Souls, an ancient Egyptian tomb outside of Cairo."
The Tarzan Collection Starring Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan the Ape Man / Escapes / and His Mate / Finds a Son / Secret Treasure / New York Adventure)
The Tarzan Collection Starring Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan the Ape Man / Escapes / and His Mate / Finds a Son / Secret Treasure / New York Adventure)
"Next, you come between Tarzan and Jane. He’s on your right, swinging on a vine. She’s on your left, riding an elephant, just behind Cheeta. Inspired by 1934’s “Tarzan and His Mate,” this set includes, if you look closely, that film’s revealing loincloths. In the movie, the couple uses an army of elephants to scare off attacking natives and lions, and has, for the first time, a pet chimp."
Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Casablanca (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Round a corner and you’re in this 1942 film, watching as expatriate American Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) says good-bye to old flame Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) at the airport. Though the couple is still in love, she’s married to a Resistance hero and Rick has only two Letters of Transit to escape the Nazi-controlled city."
Fantasia (Special 60th Anniversary Edition)
Fantasia (Special 60th Anniversary Edition)
"In the ride’s dullest moment, your tram passes a video screen which shows the most famous segment of this 1940 classic. When a magician’s student (Mickey Mouse) has to wash a floor in the cartoon “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” he gets out of it by putting on his mentor’s hat and conjuring up powers of his own. Soon he learns you shouldn’t start something you can’t finish."
The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc Special Edition)
The Wizard of Oz (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Finally, you’re off to Munchkinland -- that colorful world of friendly Munchkins, yellow brick roads and wicked witches. In fact, your tram becomes surrounded by Munchkins, who serenade you with “Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead” until a visit by an Audio Animatronic Wicked Witch of the West drives them away."
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition)
"A newer edition"