Let’s Go to the Movies – The Great Movie Ride: Quarantine Edition

by | Aug 13, 2020 | Disney's Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog

Tonight, the Great Movie Ride… Rides Again! 

We all know, love, and miss The Great Movie Ride. This interactive ride through the movies debuted with Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, 1989. Unfortunately, it closed the doors on August 13, 2017. It was the last original attraction at DHS.

But it hasn’t been forgotten—especially by the Cast Members who made every ride a true adventure.

We talked to Concept Creator Matthew Cram about how the show came together. Let’s hear all about it, then scroll down to watch BOTH Gangster and Bandit versions of The Great Movie Ride: Quarantine Edition!

Here is the trailer to get you hyped before showtime:

Featuring a creative team of former Cast Members, aka Movie Riders, including Matthew Cram, Pat Dooley, Sean Locke, Mark Stephens, Stephanie Madrigal, Kellie Groover, Gabriel McLeod, Timmy Walczak, and more, The Great Movie Ride has come back to life before our very eyes!

A Spark of Creativity in Unprecedented Times

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We love this scene!

Concept Creator Matthew Cram was feeling uneasy in quarantine when he was inspired by late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert as well as television shows like Saturday Night Live performing and airing from home.

He was talking with his friend and fellow former Great Movie Ride Cast Member Pat Dooley about the at-home shows when they started to bounce around some fun ideas. That’s when inspiration struck Matthew: “Wouldn’t it be fun if we did The Great Movie Ride at home with former Movie Riders?”

The rest, as they say, was history.

A Team Brought Together by the Marvel of the Movies

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Which scene is this? Watch to find out!

Matthew posted about the idea in a Facebook group for Movie Riders from the whole history of the ride. Soon, the idea became a full-on project, with hundreds of Movie Riders jumping on board. From the pre-show to the animatronics, finale, and more, no stone was left unturned.

This passion project was the perfect distraction from what felt like a never-ending quarantine. Production Coordinator Stephanie Madrigal said it perfectly: “[It was] a chance to escape the stress and uncertainty and put our energy into something that makes us happy.”

With hundreds of Movie Riders re-enacting and contributing to every aspect of The Great Movie Ride and a talented production team at the helm of the project, The Great Movie Ride: Quarantine Edition was born.

Once a Movie Rider, Always a Movie Rider

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Relive the Wizard of Oz scene with the Cast Members who love it!

This fan-favorite attraction will continue to live on due to the hard work and dedication of The Great Movie Ride: Quarantine Edition team and all of the former Movie Riders who brought it to life. 

On the third anniversary of The Great Movie Ride’s final journey, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate and remember this one-of-a-kind experience. 

Don’t forget, you can choose either a gangster or bandit version of the show (yes, they’ve thought of everything). 

The Gangster Version

The Bandit (Cowboy) Version

We’d love to hear about what The Great Movie Ride means to you. Let us know! Now, without further ado, let’s go to the movies.

Special thanks to our columnist, Brian Collins, for connecting us with The Great Movie Ride: Quarantine Edition team.

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Meghan Leboff is a content writer and an avid Disney lover since her first trip to Magic Kingdom when she was 3 years old. Check out all of her theme park adventures on Instagram, @thefantasmicmeghan.
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