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The Great Movie Ride is a defunct attraction from Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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A variety of the characters and worlds depicted in the Great Movie Ride have some presence in the Disney Parks expanded mythology. However, this section will predominately focus on when the Great Movie Ride attraction's features intersect with this lore rather than how each film explored connects.

Disney films[]

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: One of Captain Nemo's diving suits and a model of the Nautilus were both featured in the queue for this attraction.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Judge Doom's costume, Dolores' dress, Marvin Acme's suit, The Dip Machine model, and Eddie Valiant's bullet case all appeared in the queue. During the Spaghetti Western scene, the Black Powder used by the town came from the ACME corporation.[1]

Indiana Jones[]

The Raiders of the Lost Ark segment of this attraction involved entering the continuity of Indiana Jones and by affiliation the Disney Parks mythos. As opposed to being purely observational, the corpse of Mugsy Toccata was left behind in the Well of Souls.

Jungle Cruise[]

On the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise is the backside of an (allegedly) authentic prop Lockheed Electra 12A from Casablanca having been obtained by Disney to be used in a Casablanca tableau in The Great Movie Ride. In the queue for the attraction the radio-announcer Albert Awol mentions having sponsors in the form of Aero-Casablanca, an airline which, "No-one comes back from". The character of Rick Blaine also has assorted connections to the Jungle Cruise such as being friends with Trader Sam or affiliated with the Cruz and DeNyle families. Tarzan films are also alluded to as being watched by JNC employees in Awol's announcements.

Mickey Mouse universe[]

Mickey Mouse as Yen Sid's apprentice appeared in the Fantasia (1940) segment of this attraction. Mickey and Donald also appeared as hieroglyphs in the Well of Souls.[2] The Great Movie Ride is also made tribute to in the carnival where there is a poster for, "The Great Moving Ride" with a design satirizing the broken Busby Berkeley's Footlight Parade scene of the original ride. Within the twister which hits the carnival is a mailbox with the words, "No Place like Home" which references the Wizard of Oz and twister scene planned for the Great Movie Ride.[3]

Spaceship Earth[]

The mummified pharaoh within the Great Movie Ride was dressed nearly identical to the pharaoh from Spaceship Earth in a scene reminiscent of 1930s monster movies while potentially being set in the Well of Souls from Raiders of the Lost Ark.[4] It is possible that this was intended to be the same pharaoh from Spaceship Earth albeit posthumously.

Star Tours[]

Hieroglyphs showing R2-D2 and C3PO alongside ancient Egyptians could be seen in the Well fo Souls. This was a tribute to how these same hieroglyphics were visible in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

Trivia[]

  • The Great Movie Ride featured a recreation of the film Alien (1978) which inspired ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter.
  • The Great Movie Ride and Disneyland Paris' Storybook Land Canal Boats (Le Pays des Contes de Fées) are the only Disney Parks attractions to have notably integrated Frank L. Baum's Oz stories. This being said, the Great Movie Ride featured the Oz from the 1937 MGM Wizard of Oz adaptation while Le Pays des Contes de Fées' Oz scenes are based on the Disney film Return to Oz (1985).

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