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Wick
03-14-2007, 11:31 AM
Heard a rumor from a reliable CM (one of the gangsters on GMR) that GMR is set to close down along with the changing of the 'MGM' name to 'Pixar'... Had something to do with Disney not willing to renew the rights to use images from non-Disney movies in GMR (ie Wizard of Oz)... Is there any truth behind the GMR closing? If so, when?

ChrisFL
03-14-2007, 07:49 PM
Usually I'd say that it probably isn't true...however if he's a big part of the GMR then he probably knows more than most...

Several years ago the rumors were that it was going to be turned into Disney's most sophisticated ride, using military C.A.V.E. technology (similar to the Pirate battle at DisneyQuest) but as we all can see, that never happened.

MJMcBride
03-14-2007, 08:29 PM
Both of those rumors have been kickin' around for some time. I suppose I'll believe it when I sees it.

JCTigger
03-16-2007, 06:39 AM
When I worked there back in 2001, one of my room mates worked at tower of terror and she kept saying how GMR was going to be closing and putting in a new ride yada yada yada but it never happened...these rumors have been around for a very long time. I wouldnt put any stock into it.

Jill

raidermatt
03-16-2007, 01:41 PM
Eventually it will close, so eventually the rumor will come true. We just don't know if it will be in 2008, 2009, 2050, or 5894.

I think it's covered by Nostradamus or L.Ron Hubbard or something.

WebmasterCricket
03-16-2007, 02:40 PM
I think it's covered by Nostradamus or L.Ron Hubbard or something.

The true fun arises from the argument of, "Which is more reliable: Nostradamus or a WDW boat captain"

EUROPACL
03-16-2007, 03:34 PM
The true fun arises from the argument of, "Which is more reliable: Nostradamus or a WDW boat captain"

L.Ron Hubbard was a WDW boat captain too? This has Tom Cruise's hands all over it. I blame him.

Wick
03-16-2007, 04:22 PM
The true fun arises from the argument of, "Which is more reliable: Nostradamus or a WDW boat captain"

lol, definitely captain ron!

mitros
03-17-2007, 07:36 PM
Eventually it will close, so eventually the rumor will come true. We just don't know if it will be in 2008, 2009, 2050, or 5894.

I think it's covered by Nostradamus or L.Ron Hubbard or something.

Hey Matt, you forgot: "in the year 2525"

DisneyFanGuy
03-18-2007, 11:07 PM
Well if it closed, then there would be one less large reason for me to go the park. I have been spending less and less time there anyway, but we ALWAYS do the GMR. For us, it's the "classic" of the park. Disney has been subtracting there for awhile, and other stuff is aging for us pretty badly. It would be really cool for them to continually upgrade that attraction, and really keep it as the showplace of the park, but that would be asking too much I guess.

exDS vet
03-19-2007, 01:13 AM
I would consider GMR a Disney/MGM Studios classic. That being said, look at how many of Epcot's attractions are gone. If Disney looses the licence to the non-Disney films depicted on the ride, I can definately see it closing or being re-imagineered to reflect only Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, etc. It's can be done, but I don't thing imagineering could or would come close to the original.

ChrisFL
03-19-2007, 05:50 PM
Isn't GMR the only MGM ride with animatronics? I cant think of any others

EUROPACL
03-19-2007, 06:15 PM
Isn't GMR the only MGM ride with animatronics? I cant think of any others

Star Tours? Muppet 3-D.

DigitalMermaid
04-10-2007, 08:07 PM
Forgive me if I sound like an idiot, its been a while since I've been to WDW, but what does GMR stand for??

CanadianGuy
04-10-2007, 08:32 PM
GMR = Great Movie Ride

MJMcBride
04-10-2007, 08:33 PM
Forgive me if I sound like an idiot, its been a while since I've been to WDW, but what does GMR stand for??

No prob. The Great Movie Ride

DigitalMermaid
04-10-2007, 09:07 PM
Oh, okay, thanks for explaining!

I don't think I've ever been on that one, but I think its always a shame when the shut down rides, especially because of some copyright thing.

MJMcBride
04-10-2007, 10:43 PM
Oh, okay, thanks for explaining!

I don't think I've ever been on that one, but I think its always a shame when the shut down rides, especially because of some copyright thing.

try it. its not bad. I'm not sure if I buy the fact that Disney needs to pony up cash for that ride. Seems to me that once they purchased the initial rights to MGM movies they would be able to keep the ride intact.

raidermatt
04-11-2007, 02:43 AM
Disney doesn't own the movies. Its some kind of license deal, so they likely do have to pay up at some point, depending on what the terms and length of the original contract were.

I ever something was going to finally happen with the GMR, the changing of the park from MGM to Pixar could very well be the time. But that's all still rumor for now.

DisOrBust
04-11-2007, 08:52 AM
Then there is the old Jim Hill article that it was once going to be the Great Muppet Ride.

KidDurango
04-11-2007, 09:39 AM
Actually, Jim HIll'ss article is on the The Great Muppet Movie Ride, an entirely seperate attraction that was conceived as part of the Muppet Studios section of the park that was designed in partnership with Jim Henson when Disney originally attempted to purchase the Muppets. That area around MuppetVision would have been a full themed land which would have included MuppetVision, The Great Muppet Movie Ride, The Hard Luck Cafe (where Pizza Planet is) and Gonzo's Flying Pizzaria ( Mama Melrose's).

MJMcBride
04-11-2007, 08:06 PM
Actually, Jim HIll'ss article is on the The Great Muppet Movie Ride, an entirely seperate attraction that was conceived as part of the Muppet Studios section of the park that was designed in partnership with Jim Henson when Disney originally attempted to purchase the Muppets. That area around MuppetVision would have been a full themed land which would have included MuppetVision, The Great Muppet Movie Ride, The Hard Luck Cafe (where Pizza Planet is) and Gonzo's Flying Pizzaria ( Mama Melrose's).

bring it on

EUROPACL
04-11-2007, 08:34 PM
bring it on

Sorry but that ship has sailed...just like Beastly Kingdom...that money was spent on Power Rangers and bad movies.

The really stupid thing is Disney now after all these years has the rights to the muppets and are letting them rot into history.

MJMcBride
04-11-2007, 09:28 PM
The really stupid thing is Disney now after all these years has the rights to the muppets and are letting them rot into history.

Thats not necessarily true. Now that they have the rights I bet there will be something. At least at DCA or a Mama Melrose refurb

EUROPACL
04-11-2007, 09:49 PM
Thats not necessarily true. Now that they have the rights I bet there will be something. At least at DCA or a Mama Melrose refurb

Sure anythiing is possible...but its already been three years and counting...but I'm not worried I'm sure that new Underdog movie will fill the company coffers and they will come around.