I quite like the Great Movie Ride still. I know a lot of folks who don't. Or who think it's time has come and gone. For me, I miss the days before the Sorcerer Hat, when the Chinese Theater was the "castle" at the end "Main Street."
But a few things bug me:
1. The thin "let's pretend it's all part of moviemaking" stuff, as if we are part of the movies. Example: "when I yell 'action', you all stand up dramatically and make your exit from the vehicle!" More on this in my upcoming column about MGM's prime weakness (probably next week).
2. The unthemed ceilings. It's just pure soundstage. I understand that's part of the point of the ride, but I would just rather see 360 degrees of illusion.
3. The movies in the finale positively reek of 1989, which is when this ride opened. A few years back several newer movies were cut into the reel, such as Lion King and Armaggedon, but there is STILL too much Sister Act, Three Men and a Baby, Good Morning Vietnam, and even some Bette Midler movie from 1989. I'm surprised Turner and Hooch isn't on there. It's too much lame Disney movies that I'm betting most folks no longer remember.
Or maybe I'm just cranky