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    ORDDU: So, not long ago someone mentioned something about the Great Movie Ride at DHS and how it needed to be refurbished since not all the effects were working properly. My sisters and I mentioned that the bubbles were not always working for the Swimming scene towards the beginning of the ride.

    ORWEN: Someone--we won't say who--challenged us and said the bubbles were working just fine and wouldn't believe us when we said they weren't.

    ORDDU: On 11/4/12 the bubbles were--again--not working for this scene. Normally we wouldn't bother to report such a thing but since we were challenged to prove a point we took note and decided to mention it again, for what it's worth.

    ORWEN: The alien creature from the 'Alien' scene still doesn't have the courage to show himself these days, either. It doesn't seem like he should be on the payroll if he can't even do something as simple as to drop down from the ceiling every now and then like he's supposed to.

    ORGOCH: This dang ride oughtta either git itself fixed er be put outta its miz'ry!!

    ORDDU: It just goes to show that the price increases aren't going toward repairs for this attraction and it's a shame. When you can't even depend on the bubbles to show up, that's pretty bad!

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    Ya know sisters I find it funny since for how many years WDW had all the big celebrations, the biggest shows, and best attractions and then they all of a sudden shift their interests to Cars Land. TDO really needs to get their heads out of a certain hole where there is no sunshine and realize what's happening to what really was Walt's last dream. Perhaps they could use a hex or two?

    Any way hope to see ya walkin' right down the middle of o'l Main Street USA




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    • #3
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      ORDDU: Why, thank you, duckling! We hope to see you walking right down the middle of Main Street, too!

      ORGOCH: Just be sure ya don't step in no horse pucky whilst yer at it!

      ORWEN: Eeeeeeeeew! You're such a disgusting, nasty old biddy!! (Not you, SparkChaser--I was talking to my sister just then.)

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      • #4
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        The Great Movie has needed an update for quite awhile. Last time, I was there we got stuck multiple times during the riding process and the actor involved was really awkward when it came to what to do and didn't know how to act. I mean, usually the acting is horrible enough as it is and so is the cheesy writing, but he literally had no enthusiasm and was stiff. Of course, that isn't the ride itself, but still they need to change up a few things and do some serious maintenance.

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        • #5
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          ORDDU: I remember how much more enthusiastic and animated the actor/tour guides used to be in the earlier days of this attraction. Now days it all comes across as though the 'actors' are just going through the motions in order to collect a pay check. So you bring up a very good point, DisCollector, duckling.

          ORWEN: We don't mean to turn this into a cast member bashing session either. It's just that we'd like Disney to hire people who are more enthusiastic about this kind of job. It takes a special person to give that many repeat performances each day. I probably couldn't do a very good job of it, myself, but then I'm a witch so what do you expect?

          ORGOCH: Got an hour? Got a day? Got week? Got a MONTH fer me ta sit ya down so's I can tell ya what I expect outta ya?

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          • #6
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            Howdy Pards,

            Well...these nice ladies have a point. It seems there are a lotta things not working in the Great Movie Ride these days. That gangster car for instance....

            Does anyone at Disney care anymore?

            It seems a good many of the managers at Disney these days have adapted the RIZZO the RAT approach..."Hey, they're tourists, what do they know?"

            Kinda really makes ya miss that Walt Disney feller don't it?

            Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

            Wild Ol' Dan


            I can hear the bronco's neighin', I can hear the cowboys sing,
            I'd like to be in Texas for the Round-up in the Spring."
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            • #7
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              Yes, I noticed that too. Also, when we got to the Wild West part of the ride there was far less action. Instead of them going through the scene and the AA and the tour guide going back and forth with each other and shooting, we just went by the scene. I don't know if it was due to the AA not working, or they just decided to cut down the scene.

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              • #8
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                Part of the problem is that the tour guides have been so locked down now that they really cant have any fun with the script any more.
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by KingEric View Post
                  Part of the problem is that the tour guides have been so locked down now that they really cant have any fun with the script any more.
                  Similar problem at the Jungle Cruise! They really need to let these CM's loose.
                  BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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                  • #10
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                    The tinfoil hatter in me can't help but wonder if they're pulling a Horizons - letting maintenance go so that they can say they didn't have a choice when they decide to tear it down.

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                    • #11
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                      ^That would be a shocking move.

                      In fact it'd probably be the first time a (former) park icon was removed.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by KingEric View Post
                        Part of the problem is that the tour guides have been so locked down now that they really cant have any fun with the script any more.
                        Agreed!
                        For the love of Disney....:yea:

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                        • #13
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                          That would definitely be a shocking move on their part. It was one of the first concepts they thought up while MGM/HS was first thought of and was creating ideas for the park. I really can't see them actually getting rid of it.

                          If
                          the ride were to ever go I can't see them completely getting rid of the building. It's not only a replica of the famously known Grauman's Chinese theater, but also an iconic park icon.

                          It would be nice if they just stripped everything and started from scratch do different films with a certain theme such as classics, or strictly disney films, or oscar winning films, or the most famous/popular films in each decade. Some sort of theme to go along with it. However, I'd doubt that it would really happen.

                          Although, the ride is a favorite to some Disney goers and hardcore fans, it isn't one of the most popular and famously known rides at Walt Disney World in general. Which might be the reason why it hasn't really gotten much help over the years.

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                          • #14
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                            ORDDU: Yes, the current philosophy of the current Disney management is that the burden is on the guest to prove an attraction is worthy of being updated before they'll lift a finger to improve it. My sisters and I had a conversation with a cast member at the Magic Kingdom a while back, who told us that Rivers of America isn't updated very often, due to the lack of low ridership. We were apalled at such a statement. We pointed out that Uncle Walt always believed it was up to Disney to give guests a reason to come back again and again--not the other way around. It's no wonder that so many things don't get repaired when current management waits around until the guests give them a 'reason' to fix things that need fixing, simply by visiting attractions in larger numbers, first, in order to justify an update.

                            ORGOCH: Yeah, they sure got it all backwards! But, then, Dizzy ain't Dizzy no more.

                            ORWEN: What she means to say is that Disney isn't Disney anymore.

                            ORGOCH: Ain't that what I just said? Didn't I just say Dizzy ain't Dizzy no more??? Ketch yer broomstick, sister!!

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                            • #15
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                              Yes, Walt would definitely be disappointed at their logic and how they do certain things nowadays, especially considering he was a perfectionist. This is the same man who went on the Jungle Cruise and when he thought it to not be long enough, had to tell someone about it, and after awhile came back and not only rode one boat, but all of the boats on the ride to make sure it was perfect and it was to his liking. I think he would be disappointed at their logic of thinking if there is "lack of low ridership" there is no need to do maintenance, or do things in order to make the ride better.

                              If they want to get people through the door that is exactly what they need to do is fix it up a bit, add to it, change it up to a bit, ect. As you said, Walt always believed that you have to give a reason for guests to come back again and again and doing that for TGM would do that if they put a little TLC into it.

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                              • #16
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                                .....the park icon is concealed by a certain large hat that some like, and some don't.
                                BarbaraAnn

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                                • #17
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                                  I can't help but wonder if the obstructive nature of the Sorceror's hat is the reason why GMR is not attracting as many guests. You do have to go around the back of the hat just to get to the entry of the ride. And many people wouldn't notice the Chinese theater there unless you were at a particular distance (far or close) from the park entry. If the front of the building was more opened up to the public view for photo ops and the like it would make the ride more inviting to guests. That is my theory.

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                                  • #18
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                                    Originally posted by DisCollector View Post

                                    If
                                    the ride were to ever go I can't see them completely getting rid of the building. It's not only a replica of the famously known Grauman's Chinese theater, but also an iconic park icon.
                                    I agree that they'd probably keep the Chinese Theater facade even if something else were inside.

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                                    • #19
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                                      Originally posted by toonaspie View Post
                                      I can't help but wonder if the obstructive nature of the Sorceror's hat is the reason why GMR is not attracting as many guests. You do have to go around the back of the hat just to get to the entry of the ride. And many people wouldn't notice the Chinese theater there unless you were at a particular distance (far or close) from the park entry. If the front of the building was more opened up to the public view for photo ops and the like it would make the ride more inviting to guests. That is my theory.
                                      Not only that, but it's kind of confusing as to what are we supposed to focus on. Of course, the main focus you naturally see and the icon to the park is the hat now, however the GMR was supposed to be the main ride and the big attraction to the park when it first opened. So which thing are we supposed to really identify the park with, the hat, or the ride itself? Back then I get the feeling it was supposed to be GMR, but now it's the hat. I would bet if most people my generation was asked about GMR, most wouldn't even know it existed, or wouldn't bother to ride it unless their parents suggested it.

                                      Also, I've noticed out of the parks I've been to (all, but Animal Kingdom) it's the hardest to get around and understand where everything is. The first time I went there I didn't get a map and it was nearly impossible to really get to any rides, or know where anything is. I usually don't use maps at amusement parks (whether first time, or the tenth time) and seem to get around a park fine, but not this park. The second time I even used a map and even then I'd manage to go the wrong way in order to get to something. After that time I managed to walk around the park no problem.

                                      To me the park doesn't seem to really have an identity, or theme, and everything is all over the place.

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                                      • #20
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                                        The last time I was at DHS with the fam, I begged them to come with me on GMR. I remembered going on it when I was younger (surprisingly.. We'd gone on GMR but not The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, etc...) and it was one of my favorites. This was a good 9 years ago, and this time I was disappointed. I was terrified of the Alien scene, and I sat curled up next to my dad just waiting for the Alien to come down from the ceiling... :thumbdown No alien...

                                        I also remember LOVING the Tarzan scene. However, the mannequin strapped to a vine wasn't near as impressive as I remembered it being.

                                        The one saving grace of the ride for me was that we had an enthusiastic CM. She obviously loved what she was doing. And the Wicked Witch of the West!! She was fantastic in comparison to some of the other AA's... (I'm looking at you, Footlight Parade girls.) But even then, my family just stared at me when the ride was over.

                                        So overall... I would hate for them to remove the ride since it's so iconic, but it's in serious need of a little TLC. Just think about how great it could be if they used some of the newer AA technology!! The Chinese Theatre's Villain Ride would've been a fantastic substitute.

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