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Disney Hollywood Studios Revamps its Flagship Attraction

The Great Movie Ride has pretty much remained the same since the then-named MGM Studios opened in 1989—but it just got a long-overdue refresh

the great movie ride 2015Recent news about theme parks taking down and replacing existing attractions seems to be contagious, as Disney and Universal seek to redesign or replace them with newer, more engaging or interactive experiences. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has recently modernized The Great Movie Ride with new features building on the themes that made it famous.

The redevelopment of The Great Movie Ride has been done in partnership with TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and it has been a welcome sight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Movie posters are now displayed in LCD screens, there is a new movie ending and branding for TCM can be seen throughout the ride. Rumors of more updates abound, but it seems that the revamping may be all we will see for now. That is, until new blockbuster movies are added periodically to keep the interest alive and the movie fans flowing through the ride.

The quarter-century old attraction had been showing its age and was obviously not taking advantage of the newest technologies in animatronics and interactivity. While we would have wanted to see more modernization, Disney seems to have big plans for this theme park, which is also rumored to be changing its name—possibly to cover a wider range of media formats without pigeon-holing it as “another movie theme park” in Orlando. That said, expect many more exciting announcements from Disney, which seems to be on a roll when it comes to renewing the faith of its loyal mouse-followers.

We know you love the movies and if you do, be sure to visit the new Great Movie Ride experience—but before you do, book your stay at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium and make us your base camp during your stay in Orlando.

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