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News Disney Not Renewing Great Movie Ride Sponsorship Deal with TCM ; Attraction to Close

jt04

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The last time I visited WDW, I rode it 3 times. I'm so grateful I did...

Man, talk about mixed feelings. A Mickey ride, huzzah! But shoehorned into GMR, boo. Just what the heck is the park going to be about if it's not about movies anymore? The GMR was a statement about the park's theme - the strongest statement. If it were invested in like it should be, it could be incredibly amazing. Since good old movies live forever, the theme of the ride could never be dated. Just who are these people in Disney who come up with these cheap lazy ideas? How can they sleep at night, destroying as much as they do?
My hope is that it is still about movies with MM as your host/narrator since they can't use Walt. Obviously the focus would be on Disney and it's "subsidiaries".

I am just wondering if it was negotiated for Disney to give back theme park rights to Alien. If so it could show up somewhere else.
 

clemmo

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The last time I visited WDW, I rode it 3 times. I'm so grateful I did...

Man, talk about mixed feelings. A Mickey ride, huzzah! But shoehorned into GMR, boo. Just what the heck is the park going to be about if it's not about movies anymore? The GMR was a statement about the park's theme - the strongest statement. If it were invested in like it should be, it could be incredibly amazing. Since good old movies live forever, the theme of the ride could never be dated. Just who are these people in Disney who come up with these cheap lazy ideas? How can they sleep at night, destroying as much as they do?
Agree it should be a new build. I will say though maybe the thinking was that the new version of the park wouldn't fit with what GMR was portraying. I have very high hopes for this though a Mickey ride is long overdue as is a bigger tribute to Walt.
 

Biff215

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GMR is about going into movies, the park will be about going into movies.
I agree, I'm not buying that excuse either. Indy will stand out as a much bigger theme clash and that's likely staying for now. GMR is a perfect fit for the space and it should continue to serve as DHS's anchor similar to what SSE does for Epcot.

This is more about time, cost, and labor than anything in my opinion. I do understand they feel they need something that can open in two years to help with SWL crowds, but a shorter Mickey ride might not offer much more in capacity, even though it would be new and popular. Certainly it's cheaper to use an existing building, but it's probably more about the expense GMR is to operate between the AA maintenance and CM's. If guest surveys aren't great then that should tell them it's time for an update.

So I can't really think of a single justified reason why GMR needs to go to make way for Mickey, but it won't matter unfortunately. Disney has the right to do what they want of course, it's just a shame that we can't have both when this park needs it so badly.
 

wannabeBelle

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My understanding was that they have to get rid of the GMR due to the agreement with TCM ending, is that the only reason? Marie
 

trojanjustin

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My understanding was that they have to get rid of the GMR due to the agreement with TCM ending, is that the only reason? Marie
That sponsorship is only a couple years old, why would that effect a nearly 30 year old ride?

TCM has no bearing on the ride operation or licensing therein, with the exception that its parent company, Time Warner, owns the rights to some of the films displayed within GMR - but these contracts are completely separate from the sponsorship deal - which is held by an entirely separate division of Time Warner. Disney signed a long-term deal with MGM back in the 80s for use of select older films. Ownership of these films was later transferred to Time Warner, but the licensing deals were unaffected.
 
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rdoncsecz

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So I can't really think of a single justified reason why GMR needs to go to make way for Mickey, but it won't matter unfortunately. Disney has the right to do what they want of course, it's just a shame that we can't have both when this park needs it so badly.

It is just dated and needs to be new again -- the park's identity will all be brand new. Lets get another attraction with state of the art technology, because it's what WDW needs !!
 

jt04

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But you're easily pleased.
Exceptions being the MK version of Tiki, SGE, Laugh Floor, Energy, Imagination, Dinorama, CBJ, the Speedway, placement of CoP and the Circus. That pretty much covers it. Fortunately they appear to be working on a few of these deficiencies.
 
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