RIP Ellen’s Energy Adventure and The Great Movie Ride – State Of The Parks

Some Jerk With A Camera eulogizes Walt Disney World’s two most recently departed rides, and examines their history and legacy.

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  1. Crossover Princess

    I’ve only been to Disney World once. When I went I didn’t ride Ellen’s Energy Adventure. me and my friend were thinking of riding it before we left, but it was closed due to the fact it closes in the last two hours so we just rode Spaceship Earth one last time.

    We did ride the Great Movie Ride. We were in the front row thanks to the fact I’m disabled. It was fun and cool. It’s shame that they got rid of it, I would have thought an update focusing on scenes of movies they owned would been a good idea (for example, replace Alien with the iconic scene of Darth Vader telling Luke that he is his father). But I do look forward to Runaway Railway. I love the Mickey Mouse shorts too.

    If I ever go back to Disney World (which my goal is to go in 2022 to avoid the 50th anniversary crowds) I can’t wait to ride both Runaway Railway and whatever Guardians of the Galaxy is called.

  2. As a former movie rider, I am disappointed that they’re closing down GMR though I know why. The mouse is heartless and only takes, never gives. My biggest disappointment though is that, like you said, they’re giving us so little time.

    To work there was magical: You were surrounded by spectacle every day. If you’re going to do something in WDW, why not have it be a SHOW and not just loading people into a vehicle? We were the envy of many other cast members.

    I’ll miss the ride, only wishing that they had refurbished it instead of replacing. Thanks for clearing up the Chinese Theater question though, I wondered if they were replacing that, but it will never be the same.

  3. Steve the Pocket

    Wait, so TRON isn’t replacing the Speedway after all? That’s lame. That thing makes the whole area smell like a school bus’s asshole. It’s really embarrassing considering that this is supposed to be “the future” yet there are car rides at other parks (*cough*Kennywood*cough*) that switched to electric decades ago, and you can buy real, full-sized electric cars at any Chevy or Nissan dealership.

    If I were in charge, I’d get rid of the Autopioids and repurpose the Peoplemover tracks for car rides instead. Not quite flying cars, but there were sky-high elevated roadways in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, so that’s kind of retro-futuristic. It would be especially fitting for California, since their Peoplemover track has been dormant for over a decade already and they could use the extra space.

  4. He was impeached for lying to congress. Come now.

    Alas, poor Great Movie Ride. I rode it once, Horatio. It was fine.

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