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Streetmosphere Sets the Scene

There are so many great streetmosphere characters wandering the streets of Hollywood Studios. They fit right into the heyday of Hollywood theme of the park and if you run into one of them, be prepared to be part of the action. This is especially true with a fellow like LeRoy Small (Small in name, BIG in Talent). He will chat with you about everything from park tips to talent agencies. If you’re lucky, you might just walk away with his business card for future reference.

LeRoy Small

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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.

Alien

Alien

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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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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