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The Great Movie Ride Dinner – Dessert

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and this is the last part of The Great Movie Ride Dinner feature. If you missed part one you can find it here, while part two can be found here.

Once everyone was finished with dinner in the western scene, we were free to move on through the rest of the attraction until we reached the Wizard of Oz set. The attraction was just as it is when you are riding through on the attraction vehicle; it was dark except for the set lights and the sets were playing through the action as they do during the ride. Therefore, when we were walking through the Alien scene, it was a bit creepy! Everyone took time to take photos with Sigourney Weaver as well as the alien itself. It was well paced and nobody was rushed through before they were ready.



Continuing through the attraction we made our way through Raiders of the Lost Ark where the action plays out with your driver and your kidnapper during the ride. The scene was playing out as it normally would and continued to do so. Again, we able to take our time in here, taking photos, and taking in the sights from different vantage points than we’re used to in the ride vehicle.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

I have to admit it was very creepy standing in the section with the mummies and such from the horror genre. It was dark, they were lighting up and moving, and if you stood there long enough staring at them, you were ready to get a move on into the next set! In Tarzan, the Ape Man Mr. Von Bahn Bonn put his directing skills to work and directed Tarzan to swing across, yell, and then do it again! Oh that Mr. Von Bahn Bonn.

Jane from Tarzan, the Ape Man

Then came a classic that everybody seems to know and love, Casablanca. “Here’s looking at you, kid”.

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

Finally, we walked past Sorcerer Mickey in his starring role in Fantasia before moving into the Wizard of Oz set for dessert. At the entrance to the room was a table with coffee selections for you to help yourself.

Coffee with Dessert

The room itself was set up with small tables and chairs to seat around four to five people. Tables in this room were not assigned as they were for dinner which made it a bit hard to find a spot to set your drink and plate of desserts, but everyone seemed very friendly and shared their tables with others.

Seating for Dessert

Dessert was set up buffet style on a table very beautifully decorated to match the room. Small cupcakes, tiramisu, candies, and more were served. I have a very sweet tooth, but I have to say that much of the dessert was overly sweet.

Dessert Buffet

Glenda the Good Witch made an appearance and moved throughout the crowd greeting guests and taking photos which was a nice touch. It was definitely a unique experience to see her in this attraction like this.

Glenda the Good Witch

As everyone was finishing dessert, the munchkins came out and performed as they do during the ride, which means, the Wicked Witch also came out to play! But Glenda played her part well, and the Wicked Witch went on her way.

The Wicked Witch

As the munchkins and Glenda led everyone in singing “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”, Mr. Von Bahn Bonn led guests past Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and Toto, too, on their way to the Emerald City.

Wizard of Oz

Finally, to end the evening, we were treated to a grand finale movie montage. Yes, we were able to stand and watch the movie montage seen at the end of the attraction. It’s one of my favorite parts of the attraction as it shows so many great movie moments, people, and films, and the variety of music that plays is all so familiar to us movie lovers.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour through these great moments at the movies, and here are just a few of my favorites.

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The Great Movie Ride Dinner – Second Course

The First Course can be found here.

For the next part of the evening, guests were led into the Western Set of the Great Movie Ride. Place cards were distributed earlier in the evening so everyone knew which table was theirs.

Table Assignment Place Card

Table Setting

Menus for the main course were placed at each table setting.

Great Movie Ride Dinner Menu

Everyone was free to move around the room, take photos, and enjoy their meal at their own pace. Entertainment in this room was courtesy of the bluegrass band playing in front of the Miners’ and Cattlemens’ Bank. They played all Disney tunes such as Zip-a-Dee-D0-Dah and the Mickey Mouse March but with a bluegrass flair. They did take a short break during the meal, which was filled by the piano player from the previous set.


Inside the Western Set

Detail On the Set

To begin the meal, fresh, warm cornbread was served with the always cute Mickey butter.

Cornbread and Mickey Butter

The appetizer for the night was a Creamy Free Range Yard Bird Chowder with Grilled Flatbread. I’m not one for chowder but this was very tasty, creamy, and flavorful and the flatbread was excellent (especially when you dipped it in the chowder).

Creamy Yard Bird Chowder and Flatbread

The next dish served was a salad course of Wild Greens Tossed with Cilantro Cactus Vinaigrette plated tableside and topped with Carrot Tumbleweeds. For most people, you either love or hate cilantro, and unfortunately I fall into the latter category. I had a few bites to taste (the salad was tasty, but too much of it and the cilantro taste starting getting stronger) and then used this time to move around the room and take more photos.

Wild Greens with Cactus and Cilantro Vinaigrette

The Western Scene Set Up for Dinner

Clint Eastwood Overseeing the Evening

The main dish for the evening was Mesquite-Grilled Beef Filet with Herb Butter, Truffle Mac and Cheese, and Molasses Pinto Beans. The filet was a little overcooked for our taste but once you reached the center, it was pink and tender. I would have to assume that the filet was cooked medium to medium well for an event like this since there are so many people to make happy. The herb butter made for a tasty dip for the filet while the truffle mac and cheese was the best item on the plate. I would love to have that recipe to try at home. The molasses pinto beans weren’t like the baked beans I’m used to, as they still had that bean texture, but they were flavorful.

Mesquite-Grilled Beef Filet, Truffle Mac and Cheese, Molasses Pinto Beans

During our main course there was another streetmosphere type character moving around the tables, but unfortunately I never caught her name. She was quite a character though. She didn’t get to spend much time at our table but the little bit of time she was there, she was a riot. When someone complimented her on the Yardbird Chowder and asked her what was in it, her response was that a yard bird was whatever bird landed in her yard that day. Let’s hope not.

More Entertainment

This portion of the evening was very well paced as we again didn’t even give time a consideration while we were in there. It was great that we were free to move around the room and take photos during the meal. The bartender from the gangster set had moved into the room with us and continued serving drinks all through dinner. Once everyone had finished we were encouraged by Mr. Von Bahn Bonn to start moving on towards the dessert course, found in the Wizard of Oz set. Next week we will wrap up this event with dessert and more photos from inside the ride.

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Quick Shot – Up Close and Personal with John Wayne

Another famous celebrity you’ll find inside Hollywood Studio’s Great Movie Ride is Mr. John Wayne. Famous for his roles in classic westerns such as The Searchers, he is a perfect fit for the set honoring this genre.

Inside the Great Movie Ride with John Wayne

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The Great Movie Ride Dinner – First Course

On July 16th, 2010 I was able to participate in the Tables in Wonderland special event inside The Great Movie Ride; and what a special event it was. Over the next few Hollywood Studios Wednesdays we will be highlighting the details from this event, beginning today with the first course.

The Attraction Closed to the Public at 6p.m.

Attendees were asked to check in and gather in front of the attraction beginning at 7p.m. on Friday the 16th. Once everyone was checked in, our producer Otto Von Bonn Bahn, arrived to explain to us our roles for the evening.

Otto Von Bonn Bahn

"No Pictures!... Please..."

Mr. Von Bonn Bahn entertained the waiting crowd with jokes and a little heckling of the crowd. “I suffer from bar arthritis. Do you know what that is? It’s when you’re stiff in a different joint every night!” Ba dum ching! Once set up was complete inside we were led in by Mr. Von Bonn Bahn and taken through the queue down in front of the giant movie screen that plays the trailers of the films in the attraction. Mr. Von Bonn Bahn did not want us going through the actual “corral” queue as he called it because he didn’t care for us to start mooing.

Now things really became surreal to me as Mr. Von Bonn Bahn led us through the doors to the ride loading area and we were free to roam and take photos and continue down the steps and walk through the first few sets.

Looking Back at the Loading Area

Once down the steps and on the track, we walked first through one of my favorite films on the list, Footlight Parade. It was a little rushed through here simply because I think we weren’t sure how long we could linger, but as the night went on, we took care of that.

Footlight Parade Set

Next of course was Gene Kelly and Singin’ in the Rain.

Gene Kelly

After walking quickly through the Mary Poppins set my stomach had that butterfly feeling because up next was my favorite scene in the attraction, the gangster set. This set, modeled after another James Cagney film, contains elements from The Public Enemy including Patrick J. Ryan’s bar, James Cagney himself knocking at the door, and the giant film posters on the wall.

Mr. Von Bonn Bahn overseeing the card table

The Public Enemy - no grapefruits were harmed this evening...

Props in the Gangster Set

It was here that we received our table placement cards for dinner which was the next course. Guests were given a card with their names on it as well as the name of a Wild West icon (Jessie James, Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane). Calamity Jane was ours so that would be the table we sat at in the next scene.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back to the first course! We had a bartender set up in the room with us, and we noticed that he rolled from course to course with us as the night progressed.


Servers were walking among the crowd with Bourbon Lemonade as well and then there was the food! The passed appetizers included:

Bugsy’s Fire-roasted Duck with Cherries (a confit of duck tart topped with a dried cherry – my personal favorite)

Dillinger’s Seared Shrimp with Dill (seared shrimp served in a one bite sized spoon with chopped red peppers and dill)

Bonnie and Clyde’s favorite Chive-stuffed Potatoes (halved new potatoes topped with sour cream and chives)

Passed Appetizers for the First Course

We were free to move around this set, take photos, enjoy the food and drink, as well as be entertained by the piano player and the gangster actors moving throughout the crowd.


It’s hard to say how long we were in this area as we were enjoying ourselves so much that time wasn’t even a consideration. The servers came through with trays of appetizers multiple times that I saw and everyone had ample opportunity to enjoy. Our gangster entertainers spotted my birthday button (my 30th birthday was the 12th and this event was my birthday gift from my husband) and they, very loudly, questioned me in order to create a birthday song for me, which ended up being very entertaining. Here’s a short video of this craziness.

Next Wednesday we will move on to the Main Course in the Western Scene!

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Cowboy Up on the Great Movie Ride

While there are a couple of thrill rides and the insania that is Toy Story Midway Mania at Hollywood Studios, one of my favorite attractions in the park is the Great Movie Ride. I love movies and the escape that goes along with them, and this ride honors that and more. To prepare for our last trip we actually tried to watch as many of the films represented in the attraction. I highly recommend this venture and you never know what you might discover. My favorite became The Public Enemy.

The Great Movie Ride attraction is housed inside a replica of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre found in Hollywood, CA.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Once inside visitors have the chance to view costumes and props used in a variety of films including a costume dress worn by Dame Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love, a costume from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and a merry-go-round horse from the Disney classic, Mary Poppins. When guests enter the actual queue area they are treated to a montage of classic film trailers including the memorable Singin’ in the Rain.

Classic Movie Trailers in the Queue

When the doors open and allow guests to enter the ride area, there are two sets of vehicles to choose from. Depending on which vehicle you ride in, your experience will be a bit different from the other vehicle. More on that in a minute. Once everyone is loaded you set off for your starring role in the movies.

Loading Area

Each vehicle has its own guide who directs you for your part and also provides information for each movie set your vehicle passes. The first movie scene in the attraction comes from a 1930s James Cagney film called Footlight Parade. Next comes the aforementioned Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly himself recreating that famous moment, hanging onto the post with his umbrella, singing in the rain. Mary Poppins and Bert make an appearance in the next scene, a nice cheery moment before your vehicle enters the dark, sketchy streets of another James Cagney classic, and my favorite, The Public Enemy. Having watched the film, I find it neat to see the sets just like in the movie.

Now, remember when I mentioned there are two ride vehicles? Well here’s where  your experience can differ. During peak times the first ride vehicle will continue on to the next scene, which we will look at closer in a minute. The second ride vehicle remains in the gangster scene and your vehicle is taken over by a gangster trying to make an escape. But lets keep going as if we were in the first ride vehicle.

We enter the wild west with the likes of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. Suddenly, there’s shooting and there’s a bank robber on the loose! Your vehicle is now in the hands of the desperate bank robber trying to make their escape!

Western Scene

Bank Robbery

Your new cowboy guide takes your vehicle through the spaceship from Alien, the Nostromo. You hear a narrator with the voice from the ship in the film, and then the Alien is on loose, chasing after you and Ripley, who is huddled in the corner, armed with her flamethrower (but looking scared just the same). Keep an eye out overhead, you never know when that Alien might pop out from above!

Next you enter an Egyptian temple, just like in Raiders of the Lost Ark and here your thieving guide decides to add to his (or sometimes her) treasure. Little does the robber know that anyone who disturbs the jewel must pay with their life! There is a mysterious person guarding the jewel, they try to warn the robber, but alas, you can’t stop a thief.

The Hero!

After all of the excitement, you continue on through scenes from classic horror movies. Quickly you enter the next scene from Tarzan the Ape Man where Tarzan swings through the jungle, making his Tarzan call, while Jane calls out, and Cheeta the chimpanzee can be seen.  Casablanca is the next film honored in the ride. Pay attention to the airplane in the set. The back half of that airplane can be seen on the Jungle Cruise ride in the Magic Kingdom!

Before entering the final set you pass by a wall with projections of Mickey Mouse performing his starring role in Fantasia. The final set that you enter is from the Wizard of Oz. Both ride vehicles enter this scene together and they must battle the Wicked Witch of the West when she appears. Never fear, once she disappears the munchkins guide you down the yellow brick road where you pass Dorothy, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and Toto, too!

Wizard of Oz

Finally, to end the attraction, your vehicle enters a room with a montage of classic movie clips playing on the big screen. I love this moment because of so many great films and so many great moments. Once the montage is over, both vehicles enter back into the loading area, where guests act in their grand finale by applauding and exiting the vehicle and the attraction. The ride is about 22 minutes long and it is a great break from the summertime heat. I highly recommend this attraction (as well as the films honored in the ride)!

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Great Movie Ride and the Wizard of Oz

Before your ride vehicle enters the Grand Finale Movie Montage at the end of the Great Movie Ride, your tour stops in Munchkinland where the Wicked Witch herself makes an appearance demanding to know who killed her sister.  Never fear, your tour guide steps in to save the day, and the munchkins proceed to sing you safely along the yellow brick road to the end of the ride.

Great Movie Ride, Wizard of Oz - Hollywood Studios, April 2010

Lights of Hollywood

One of the great things about Hollywood Studios is the lighting at night.  The streets and attractions are lit up in brilliant colors, as you can see here with the Great Movie Ride.

Great Movie Ride - Hollywood Studios, November 2009