Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Great Movie Ride to See Changes at Disney's Hollywood Studios...Now Let's Brainstorm

Well...that news came out of left field! I'm sure by now you've read all about how Turner Classic Movies is partnering up with Disney to sponsor the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I came across the news late last night, but thought immediately, wow...that's a perfect pairing.  Honestly, could you get a more perfect sponsor for this attraction, which tells the history of movies via audio anamatronic? Currently, the refresh of the attraction will just see additions in the pre-show (with a video featuring TCM host Robert Osborne providing illuminating insights from the movies) and an updated movie montage, which is a main feature, found at the end of the attraction. All of these changes are expected to take place in Spring 2015.

But let's take a look further....what if that isn't all that happens with this rehash of this attraction? What if, in the future, after some of the new things that are rumored for this park officially open, this attraction can go down for a good, lengthy refurbishment that is so desperately needs.

If we could imagineer anything to update this attraction, what would we do? This is what I'm most excited about, because for an attraction that hasn't seen a massive refurbishment since it opened, we now have a greater possibility that some of the show scenes could be updated and the script could see changes.

That's really the first change I'd like to see.  Forget adding new scenes right now.  I would love to see a new script.  Something that's a lot more fluid than it is right now. For those who don't know, the script for Great Movie Ride must be said word for word with no changes or additions from the Cast Members. Personally, I'd maybe like to see something where the Cast Members could have a little more fun, like they can with the Jungle Cruise. It would spice things up a bit....because I mean, not every Cast Member's favorite genre is the horror film.

Of course, if we're blue skying things, I'd like to see a few scenes swapped out for new ones.  Perhaps we could see the Tarzan scene go. While Tarzan is a great film, it's probably one of the easiest to remove. This scene also seems to have a lot of space you can work with...maybe it could be cut up into two show scenes.

I'd also like to see the Fantasia scene removed. If you're a Disney nerd, you know that that scene was temporary when Disney over did it on the budget while building the attraction, so they kept the "tornado" motif from The Wizard of Oz (which is what the scene was originally supposed to be), but replaced it with a video screen of Fantasia instead to tie everything in.

The hard part to me is deciding what new scenes to put in the attraction. I'd say we could try for Star Wars, as that's clearly a classic, but I mean, there's already an attraction based off the movie in the park (and there's likely gonna be more here soon...) so, that's out.  There's Harry Potter...nope...wait...that belongs to the park across the way.  Then there's Lord of the Rings, but I think that that camp would rather have a full land, ala The Wizarding World than just have a single scene depicted in an attraction like this. Of course, those are "recent" movies that have become blockbusters and withstood the test of time. 

Is there a classic movie that's not depicted that I think would work? Maybe an It's a Wonderful Life scene? That movie lives on with its annual showing each year.

See that's where the problem lies with me...what movies should replace what scenes in The Great Movie Ride, if the attraction was to get a decent refurbishment?  Clearly, it's a lot more difficult than it looks to pick a good replacement.

So, that's where I ask you to help.  Let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page, or on Twitter, your brainstormed ideas for which movie scene should be replaced and what movie should replace it. 

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