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

FettFan

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Go watch Thru the Mirror, Clock Cleaners, and The Mad Doctor and get back to me


Whats this?! Turns out Walt Disney wasn't about mundane "safe" "family friendly" corporate garbage like the current leadership in the company would have you believe!
Just watch the Nostalgia Critic's tribute to Goofy to see how "safe" classic Disney is:
 

Gomer

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It's not. None of the kids in my family like these at all.
My 7 year old thinks they're the best thing since sliced bread and watches them nearly daily. Go figure.

Just shows how useless anecdotal evidence is. I'm guessing Disney knows how popular they are and likely wouldn't use it if they would fail to draw in guests.

As far as the animation style goes, the cherry-picked images in this thread make it out to be far worse than it is. I wasn't a fan of the style in general either at first, but the content of the episodes is some of the best stuff they've done with Mickey in decades so you get over the aesthetic issues pretty quickly if you give it a chance. The shorts are funny, entertaining, and smart. Much better than you'd expect out of typical Disney Channel kids shows these days. I hate that GMR is going, but they could have done a lot worse with the replacement.
 
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seabreezept813

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The closing of GMR and Energy do give me the sense that Disney is only focusing on thrill or kiddie rides. It seems like the in-between rides that were a bit mature are being let go, which I think is too bad. The thing is kids are very capable of handling mature material if given the opportunity.

I hope Disney does something again with classic Hollywood. They have incredible memorabilia. Maybe an Oz land and future restaurants could resurrect some of the old pieces. I can dream. I'm sad especially for my mom, MGM was always her favorite. It would have been nice to leave the one iconic attraction. Also surprised they dropped TCM, I heard their cruises are always sell outs.
 

pumpkin7

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I wonder if they'll let the Footlight Parade have one last hurrah with their fountains.

Meh, they've probably rusted shut by now. How long has it been since they worked?
 

Captain Neo

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It's pretty obvious Disney is going to keep sabotaging their rides (canceling maintenance, letting animatronics and effects stay broken, etc.) in order to get public opinion against those rides so that they can replace them with "highly rated" rides that are shorter, tied to an IP and cost less to operate because no sets or AAs since it's projections. This is a really disgusting practice and I hope more people get hip to this and complain.

Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy could have easily been refurbished with new videos, better AAs, a new story, etc even shortened a bit of need be or made more exciting for a modest budget a decade ago but Disney refused same with Maelstrom. This is a game to get rid of AA heavy richly themed attractions that cost more and aren't able to sell as many toys, shirts and DVDs and don't serve as advertisements for film sequels.

I can tell you right now Journey into Imagination and COPs days are numbered if we don't start letter writing and voting with our wallets now. Maybe even Spaceship earth too.
 

LAM378

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I'm surprised by how sad I am about the GMR closing, considering it's not news to me (thanks, thread). On my past few trips I haven't cared much whether I rode it or not, and now I'm kicking myself for the times I didn't ride when I could.

I keep remembering how this is the ride that was proposed for Epcot's entertainment pavilion, but actually inspired a whole new park. It sucks to see it thrown away like trash. This is an attraction that could have lived forever, if only it had been updated every decade or so with a couple new scenes. So many ways they could have breathed new life into it (and gotten a casual fan like me to ride every trip), had they just been willing to spend the money.

The pain will be fresh all over again when we find out that the new Mickey ride is like 3 1/2 minutes long.
 

backdrop12

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I went on this ride and as an actor ( Disney . Call me ;) ), I found the ride to be boring in the way that it was presented with each and every movie that they explained ( including the movie ending ) . I did love the actor antagonist and how he or she interacted with guest / scenes which I want more of in disney attractions . Makes things for the guest more personal and new every time you go on .

The new mickey ride looks very good and fits well with animation courtyard . Seems very innovating and will bring new flair into the park.

I wish there was a ride that was a love letter to old and new films of the day , Learning about the history and passion of movies / directors / artists while making it fun and awesome ( and not feel like a tourist afterthought ) . Something that can make future and prominent people in entertainment .

Disney and Universal seem to be going astray on this matter . As a kid , I went to universal studios / MGM and was in aw with everything about the medium . This in return made me choose my career choice .
 

DisneyManOne

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It's pretty obvious Disney is going to keep sabotaging their rides (canceling maintenance, letting animatronics and effects stay broken, etc.) in order to get public opinion against those rides so that they can replace them with "highly rated" rides that are shorter, tied to an IP and cost less to operate because no sets or AAs since it's projections. This is a really disgusting practice and I hope more people get hip to this and complain.

Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy could have easily been refurbished with new videos, better AAs, a new story, etc even shortened a bit of need be or made more exciting for a modest budget a decade ago but Disney refused same with Maelstrom. This is a game to get rid of AA heavy richly themed attractions that cost more and aren't able to sell as many toys, shirts and DVDs and don't serve as advertisements for film sequels.

I can tell you right now Journey into Imagination and COPs days are numbered if we don't start letter writing and voting with our wallets now. Maybe even Spaceship earth too.
This. This. A thousand times this. Share this with every Disney fan you know. Join the fight against the corporate fat-cats that cause stuff like this to happen! Down with the Bobs; up with the fans!
 

Buried20KLeague

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It's pretty obvious Disney is going to keep sabotaging their rides (canceling maintenance, letting animatronics and effects stay broken, etc.) in order to get public opinion against those rides so that they can replace them with "highly rated" rides that are shorter, tied to an IP and cost less to operate because no sets or AAs since it's projections. This is a really disgusting practice and I hope more people get hip to this and complain.

Great Movie Ride and Universe of Energy could have easily been refurbished with new videos, better AAs, a new story, etc even shortened a bit of need be or made more exciting for a modest budget a decade ago but Disney refused same with Maelstrom. This is a game to get rid of AA heavy richly themed attractions that cost more and aren't able to sell as many toys, shirts and DVDs and don't serve as advertisements for film sequels.

I can tell you right now Journey into Imagination and COPs days are numbered if we don't start letter writing and voting with our wallets now. Maybe even Spaceship earth too.
It's been done before. Look at my namesake.
 

Herbie

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I've tried to book fastpasses for the 13th. Apparently 4:30 is the latest time you can get them now. I really want to be there for the last ride of the night though I'm not sure how to accurately plan that. If you, like me, are devastated at this loss, and will be there on the last day, make sure to give your thanks to the CMs and preferably sing along to Chim Chim Cheree and Follow the Yellow Brick Road!
 

muddyrivers

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Devastated? Really? Over a theme park attraction? Isn't that a bit much of an over-reaction?
Not really when you consider that TGMR has existed since 1989 and has by and large remain untouched. The memories and associations with such an iconic ride are endless for many. Whether the ride itself reminded someone of a happier time, or one of the reenacted scenes reminded someone else of one of their favorite movies, TGMR definitely serves as a very memorable attraction that will certainly affect many to varying degrees.
 

LuvtheGoof

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Not really when you consider that TGMR has existed since 1989 and has by and large remain untouched. The memories and associations with such an iconic ride are endless for many. Whether the ride itself reminded someone of a happier time, or one of the reenacted scenes reminded someone else of one of their favorite movies, TGMR definitely serves as a very memorable attraction that will certainly affect many to varying degrees.
Oh, I can certainly see someone being sad or disappointed in this change - but devastated?? No one should be that tied into any theme park attraction - especially when Walt stated that the parks are ever changing - to be devastated by a loss of one of the attractions. It should have been replaced a decade ago.
 

Herbie

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Devastated? Really? Over a theme park attraction? Isn't that a bit much of an over-reaction?
Surely there are other issues for you to nitpick. I'm not going to settle for 'upset' or 'disappointed' just to appease you. I'll be as colorful as I want, thanks.

Again, to address the point of what I actually said... If you care, show your appreciation for the CMs. Judging from social media, a lot of GMR attendees have loved their job, and too many people leave without applauding. Even fewer sing which I'm sure leaves the CM in an awkward position.
 
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LuvtheGoof

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Surely there are other issues for you to nitpick. I'm not going to settle for 'upset' or 'disappointed' just to appease you. I'll be as colorful as I want, thanks. Putting too much credence into it.

Again, to address the point of what I actually said... If you care, show your appreciation for the CMs. Judging from social media, a lot of GMR attendees have loved their job, and too many people leave without applauding. Even fewer sing which I'm sure leaves the CM in an awkward position.
Not nitpicking at all. When I see statements like this, I worry about someone's mental health. It is not healthy at all to be so tied to a them park attraction closing, that someone is devastated by it's loss. Sorry, if you were only trying to use colorful language. :angelic:

Oh, and I do agree with you completely to thank the CMs there if you get a chance. :)
 
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