You would not believe the amount of complaints guest services gets about the removal of these things to this day. They made quite an impression on people, especially back when MGM didn't have much going on and the Backlot Tour was supposed to be the center of your day. It's a shame they didn't have some place to put the more popular facades elsewhere.
Yeah, the tour's pretty pointless now. You ride around in a tram looking at some old props from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, look at the outside of a swimming pool Hulk Hogan used to use, then shake back and forth on Catastrophe Canyon. I really wish they had found some way to move the house facades to another area instead of destroying them.
Going down the street with all of the houses was my favorite part of the Backlot Tour. It was just so interesting to look at. Now, theres nothing interesting in looking at the back of a bleacher stadium for LMA. It was so disappointing when they tore them all down. I'm glad that people, to this day, complain about it. The ride is boring and pointless.