I have always been a pop culture junkie. I watch entirely too much television. And I will watch almost any movie, even bad ones. My first visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios (of course it was MGM Studios back then) was memorable because of that. I get excited and nostalgic every time I visit even though so much has changed. And now I have to say goodbye to one of my favorites, The Great Movie Ride.
As part of a wish trip from the Starlight Foundation, my family and I first visited the Hollywood Studios in 1993. It was love at first sight. My sister and I had grown up watching old movies. Walking down Hollywood Boulevard for the first time made us feel like we were in one.
My favorite movies were everywhere we went. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty & the Beast. I was in awe. And then we visited The Great Movie Ride for the first time. It was a dream come true!
Change is inevitable. Especially at the Disney Parks. And I am for that change but when it’s one of your favorites leaving it’s tough. The Great Movie Ride will always hold a special place in my heart. It really was a magical journey.
On behalf of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I’d like to thank you for joining us on The Great Movie Ride. Now before we do wrap this production, we still have one more scene to do. It’s called The Exit. The action begins with you remaining seated until we come to a complete stop, then you gather all your personal belongings and take small children by the hand. Now once these doors open, you will rise dramatically to your feet, and make a grand exit directly to the rear of the vehicle. Oh, one more thing. Um, when I yell “Action!”, don’t forget the thunderous applause for your tour guide. Places, everybody! And … Action!