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Kennesaw Tom
Sun 12/16/2012 2:45p
I like both SSE and TGMR. But the neglect to TGMR is blantant.

I look at it as... the attraction has been neglected and thus is not that popular.

Thank goodness SSE got some LLC, and narration by Dame Judi Dench.
Sun 12/16/2012 2:48p
>> I love SSE, but I wouldn't consider it a hugely popular ride either. <<

But would you say SSE is an E-ticket?
Sun 12/16/2012 3:25p
I read somewhere that SSE was not only Epcot's most ridden attraction, but WDW's as well. That the very visible structure and central location at the entrance to the park resulted in almost EVERYONE riding it. That it often didn't seem that crowded because of its massive capacity.

Admittedly I read that some years ago and I realize things could have changed since then.
Sun 12/16/2012 7:46p
>>I can remember when ever scene was working... shoot out in the gangster scene, bank blowing up, fire and shoot out in the western scene, <<

I remeber riding it in January of 1990, when it was less than a year old. I remebered getting EITHER the gangster shootout OR the bank blowing up, depending on where you sat, and who "hijacked" your vehicle. I don't think you ever were intended to get both on one ride.
Sun 12/16/2012 7:48p
>>That the very visible structure and central location at the entrance to the park resulted in almost EVERYONE riding it.<<
The lack of a height restriction doesn't hurt ridership either. I'm SO glad that they had to scuttle the plans to turn it into a thrill ride(Time Chasers? Time Racers? something like that.).
Sun 12/16/2012 8:42p
The Great Movie Ride was developed during a time when people cared more about classic movies. Now all they want to care about are comic book movies.
And if it is supposed to be about great movies, how come no Gone with the Wind or Star Wars?
I think it is time to take that enormous plot of land and do something new.
Mon 12/17/2012 4:28a
>>And if it is supposed to be about great movies, how come no Gone with the Wind or Star Wars?<<

Because they weren't part of the MGM library. Disney now owns Star Wars, so that could be added (likely replacing Alien), but GWTW is still owned by other folks, so it would require additional negotiation. In the current version, GWTW is featured in the finale montage, including using the score for a minute or two over shots of famous romances. Since it's such an epic movie, I don't know what one iconic scene they would use for the ride; in my opinion, using the score does this much more effectively, though it's a shame it's relegated to the montage at the end.
Mon 12/17/2012 5:18a
>>Yeah. There's no way this attraction is E-ticket popular.<<

"E-Ticket" was not a designation for popular attractions, nor is it based on capacity. It was a designation for attractions of a particular scope, either in basic form or detail. Since there are no more E-tickets being issued, it is pure speculation as to what actually would be an E-ticket (Little Mermaid? Tower of Terror? Radiator Springs Racers?). But there is no doubt that in terms of scope (both form and detail), Great Movie Ride is an E-Ticket, even in its current state.

And don't confuse the idea of defending an attraction with liking it. As far as I'm concerned, TGMR has seen its day. They need to either update or replace it.

And it was always designed that guests would get either the gangster scene, or the western bandit scene. This allowed the attraction to carry double the capacity of seeing both with performers.
Mon 12/17/2012 7:02a
<<The other two "classic" dark rides in Fantasyland are in a word, BORING.>>

Then Mermaid fits in with them.
Mon 12/17/2012 7:06a
GMR and SSE are both hugely popular attractions.

GMR may not have lines for the majority of the year (though I have waited 40+ minutes for it through the past 3-4 years), but that's because it's got a huge capacity, and was designed at a time when the park had 3 rides.

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