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Soarin’ Around The World – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #029

Soarin’ Around The World – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #029

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – This episode we resist the Soarin’ attraction after it’s refresh to Soarin’ Around The World.  John B. deHaas is back with my in Disney California Adventure as we ride and review this updated attraction. Recorded on June 21, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we revisit an attraction we’ve experienced before that got a bit of a refresh.  We are headed to Disney California Adventure to ride Soarin’ Around the World.  The Guidemap describes Soarin’ Around The World by saying; Soar and swoop over famous landmarks.  Guests must be 40” or taller to experience this attraction and the thrill level describes the ride as being Loud, Dark, Slow and having Small Drops.  FastPasses are available for this attraction.

Before we buckle up for take off, here are five fast facts about Soarin’ Around The World.

1. Soarin’ Around The World at Disney California Adventure is an updated version of the classic Soarin’ over California attraction.  A new film was introduced at Disney California Adventure on June 17, 2016.

2.  The updated version of the film matches the films at both Shanghai Disneyland and Epcot at Walt Disney World however each movie has a different finale scene where you soar over the respective parks that the attraction is in.  The Disney California Adventure version features a flyover of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland, while while the Shanghai version features a flyover Shanghai and the EPCOT version features a pass by Spaceship Earth.

3.  The new film features a brand new score by Emmy winner Bruce Broughton, but it has elements of the original attraction’s score that had music by Jerry Goldsmith.  The score was recorded by the London Studio Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

4. Locations visited on the update attraction now feature landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and The Great Pyramids in Egypt.

5.  The smells on the attraction have been updated as well.  Now the smells of grass in Africa, the ocean of the South Pacific and roses of the Taj Mahal fill your nose as you soar above the various landmarks.

Along for the ride today is my friend John B. deHaas and you will hear our review of the updated attraction moments after we stepped off of it for the first time.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience Disney California Adventure’s Soarin’ Around The World.

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Oh My Disney
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Electrical Water Pageant – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #028

Electrical Water Pageant – Walt Disney World – Attraction Checklist #028

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to experience and review one of the oldest shows currently running at Walt Disney World, the Electrical Water Pageant! Recorded on May 26, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

We’ve got something a little different this episode as we take a look at a classic Walt Disney World attraction that is not inside one of the four parks but on the waters of Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon!  It is the Electrical Water Pageant!  It’s not listed in any guide maps, but it is described on the Walt Disney World website in the following manner: Great sea creatures and twinkling flags cross the lagoon to electronic tunes in this playful nighttime water parade.

Before we experience this nighttime classic, here are five fast facts about Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant.

1. The 15 Minute Long Electrical Water Pageant debuted on Monday, October 25, 1971 making it one of the few original opening year shows that is still running at Walt Disney World.

2. The Electrical Water Pageant consists of 14 floats which contain over 50,000 light bulbs to light up the parade’s turtles, whales, octopus and sea serpent!  It is said that crews replace anywhere from 100 to 1500 bulbs a week to keep the floats in tip top shape.

3. Guests today can see the same floats in the same order dating back to 1977

4. The Electrical Water Pageant runs up to six times a night at various locations on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.  Guests can watch from locations including the Polyneasian resort, Fort Wilderness Campground and Disney’s contemporary hotel.

5. The electrical Water Pageant was the inspiration behind the Main Street Electrical Parade!  The music piece Baroque Hoedown which is commonly associated with the Main Street Electrical Parade was originally featured in the Electrical Water Pageant!

Now it’s time to light up the night with the the Electrical Water Pageant.  If you have headphones, put them on now as this is a binaural recording.  And stay tuned after the audio to hear my thoughts on this attraction as you’ll be hearing my first time experiencing Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant.

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Na’vi River Journey – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #027

Na’vi River Journey – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #027

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s head back to Pandoa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to experience and review one of the park’s newest attractions, the Na’vi River Journey!  Recorded during a soft opening on May 26, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

This episode we are headed back to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Pandora to hop on the Na’vi River Journey.  The souvenir guidemap describes the Na’vi River Journey as follows: Journey deep into the bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and FastPass+ is available.

Before we search for the Shaman of Songs, here are five fast facts about the Na’vi River Journey.

1. The Na’vi Rivier Journey, based on James Cameron’s movie Avatar, had several soft opening previews, but officially opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27, 2017.

2. The winding queue area features textiles created by the Na’vi as well as totems to the Shaman of Songs.

3. The ceiling of the main queue area features a woven map of the Kaspavan river and at night, this map lights up and shows ‘real time’ representations of the various life forms moving along the river.

4.  The 4 and a half minute long river journey features layered projections of various Pandora natives and wildlife coupled with actual sets and video projection mapping technology to make creatures seem three dimensional.

5.  The finale of the attraction features a float past the Shaman of Songs.  There is not much information available about the building of the Shaman of songs animatronic other than it is the most complex animatronic Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.  Walt Disney Imagineering Executive producer Lisa Girolami says of the animatronic, “…the key is we don’t stop until that technology can’t be seen. It should be invisible, so when you see the Shaman she does look lifelike.”

And now that we know a little more about the Na’vi River Journey, let’s hop aboard our boat and experience the attraction for ourselves.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now and stay tuned after the ride to hear my initial impressions of the Na’Vi River Journey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/01/disneys-animal-kingdom-ride-review-navi-river-journey/

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – Magic Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #026

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – Magic Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #026

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to take a spin on one of Magic Kingdom’s classic attractions, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.  This episode we take a ride around Tomorrowland on it with friend to the show, John B. deHaas.  Recorded during on May 25, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

This episode we are going to Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World to enjoy the classic disney attraction, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover presented by Alamo.  The guide map describes this attraction by saying:  Ride this emission-free mass transit system of the future.  There are no height or age requirements for this ride and the thrill level is describes the ride as being a slow ride.

Before we embark on our journey around Tomorrowland, here are five fast facts about the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover:

1. This attraction, originally called the WEDWay PeopleMover, opened on July 1, 1975.  It was based on the PeopleMover at Disneyland Park in California.  In 1994, when tomorrowland was receiving a complete overhaul, the name of the ride was changed to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

2. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority is powered magnetically with linear induction motors making it completely emissions free.

3. The narration for the current version of the  Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMovier is provided by Mike Brassell who also serves as narrator for the Living With The Land attraction at EPCOT.

4.  One of the highlights of any ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemver is passing by the model for Progress City.  The portion of the model seen on the attraction today is just a small part of the original model which served as the preview for Walt Disney’s vision for EPCOT.

5.  While your Peoplemover vehicle travels through Space Mountain, you hear a page for Mr. Tom Morrow to contact a Mr. Johnson.  Tom Morrow was a character in the former tomorrowland attraction Flight to the Moon.  When the same attraction was renamed Flight to Mars, the character of Tom Morrow was renamed Mr. Johnson

And now it’s time to ride the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.  Joining us again today is John deHaas and after we ride we’ll discuss our thoughts on this classic Magic Kingdom attraction.  If you have headphones, put them on now as this is a binaural recording of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover.

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Avatar Flight of Passage – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #025

Avatar Flight of Passage – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #025

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Pandora The World of Avatar is open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Attraction Checklist was there opening day!  Listen in to learn a bit about the land’s marquee attraction Avatar Flight of Passage and then experience the audio of the attraction for yourself!  Recorded during a soft opening on May 26, 2017.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Exciting times this episode as we head to the recently opened Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and ride the area’s marquee attraction: Avatar Flught of Passage. 

Located in Pandora – The World of Avatar, Flight of Passage is described in the guidebooks in the following manner: Fly on the back of a mountain banshee during an exhilarating 3-d ride above this vast moon.  The Thrill level describes the attraction as being a Thrill Ride.  There is a height requirement of 44 inches or taller to ride this attraction and FastPass Plus is available.

Before we soar above Pandora, here are five fast facts about Flight of Passage.

1.  Though it had several soft opening previews, Avatar Flight of Passage officially opened on May 27, 2017 along with the rest of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

2.  According to some sources, the elaborate queue area of the Avatar Flight of Passage attraction is built to accommodate a whopping four to five hour wait!

3. The videos seen in the attraction’s pre-show have different variations.  One deals with scanning visitors for harmful parasites while another explains how the Banshee are a ‘keystone species’ of pandora.

4.  The attraction features eight ‘link chairs’ or ride seats per room, two rooms per floor and several floors for each of the four theaters the house the attraction.  The screen in each of the theaters is 70 feet wide and 100 feet tall!

5.  As you experience the the four and a half minute long ride, you feel mist from the ocean waters, smell the earth and you can actually feel the banshee you are riding breathe under neath you.

And now it’s time to ride Avatar Flight of passage.  This audio begins with the first pre-show room and then continues through the entire attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now.  After ride, I’ll give you my thoughts on the brand new Disney’s Animal Kingdom attraction, Avatar Flight of Passage.

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WHNT.COM
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The Muppets Present…Great Moments In American History – Magic Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #024

The Muppets Present…Great Moments In American History – Magic Kingdom – Attraction Checklist #024

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – The Muppets have invaded Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom and are bringing there irreverent brand of comedy with them!  In this episode we listen to the two versions of The Muppets Presents…Great Moments In American History: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and The Signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Recorded on October 26, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we head to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World for The Muppets Present…Great Moments In American History.  Located in the Liberty Square section of the park, The Muppets do retellings of famous moments from American History in the windows above Liberty Square’s Heritage House and The Hall of Presidents.  Because this is a show there are no age or height restrictions to view it.

Before we get an education in American History from Sam The Eagle, here are five fast facts about The Muppets Presents…Great Moments in American History.

1.  The show debuted at the Magic Kingdom on October 2, 2016.  Great Moments in History features two alternating famous historical retellings.  The retelling of the Declaration of independence features the human character of Liberty Square’s Town Crier, James Jefferson or JJ for short, who solicits interactions from the crowd gathered to watch the show.  The other show centers around the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and stars the Muppets on their own.

2.   The show began development in 2014 after the release of Muppets Most Wanted.  Originally the show was just going to feature Sam The Eagle on his own but it was decided that the show would be more fun if the other Muppet characters were added in.

3. Because the bulk of Muppets’ performance takes place in the second story windows of Liberty Square’s Heritage House, the Muppets puppets are built 5% bigger than they normally would be for film and television in order to be properly seen by audiences watching from below.

4.  Longtime Muppet script writer, Jim Lewis, was brought in to polish the scripts for the show to make sure they fit with the classic Muppet sensibility.

5. Though they are not doing the puppeteering themselves, the voices of the Muppets are provided by longtime Muppet performers Steve Whitmire as Kermit, Eric Jacobson as Sam The Eagle, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear and Dave Goelz as Gonzo.

Now let’s head to Liberty Square to hear The Muppets retelling of two great moment of american history, the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and The Signing of the Declaration of independence.  And be sure to Stay tuned afterwards  to hear my thoughts on these shows.  As always, this is a binaural recording so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to the Magic Kingdom for The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.

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Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #023

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #023

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s celebrate the sights and sounds of Mexico as John B. deHaas and I take a ride on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at EPCOT in Walt Disney World.  Ride Audio Recorded on October 27, 2016.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Today we head to EPCOT to experience the signature attraction of the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase, the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the There Caballeros! The guide map describes this ride by saying, “Discover the sights of Mexico and the antics of three feathered amigos on this boat ride.”  There are no age or height requirements for this attraction and the Thrill Level simply describes this ride as a Slow Ride.

Before we go out and search for Donald Duck with Jose and Panchito, here are five fast facts about this attraction!

1.  The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros opened on April 6, 2007, replacing the Mexico Pavilion’s original attraction El Rio del Tiempo.  The Gran Fiesta Tour keeps the same layout as the original ride but adds animated film sequences starring The Three Caballeros.

2.   The addition of The Three Caballeros to the ride marked the first time that Disney made the, somewhat controversial decision, to add pre-existing characters into attractions in the World Showcase at EPCOT.  A decision that has continued with Frozen Ever After in the Norway pavilion.

3. The voices of the Three Caballeros are performed by Tony Anselmo as Donald, Rob Paulson as José and Carlos Alazraqui as Panchito.

4.  The center section of the attraction, known as the Festival of Children, features animatronics of singing and dancing children very reminiscent of It’s A Small World.  This portion of the Gran Fiesta Tour is pretty much the same as it was back when the ride was known as El Rio del Tiempo.

5. On December 15, 2015, animatronics of the Three Caballeros were installed in the show’s finale.  The animatronics were reused from the Magic Kingdom attraction the Mickey Mouse Revue which was closed to make way for Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

Now it’s time to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour.  Along for the ride is John B. deHaas and after we ride we will give you our thoughts on this attraction.  Also, this is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now as we head to EPCOT’S Mexico Pavilion to ride the Gran Fiesta Tour starring The Three Caballeros.

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Disney Junior – Live on Stage! – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #22

Disney Junior – Live on Stage! – Disney California Adventure – Attraction Checklist #22

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – Let’s head to Disney California Adventure and check out the, now closed, Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Attraction Audio Recorded on April 4, 2017.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

This episode we’ve got something for the younger fans as we check out the recently shuttered Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at Disney California Adventure.  This guide map describes the show by saying, ’Sing and Dance with your favorite Disney Junior Characters!’  There are no age or height requirements for this show and each production lasts roughly 23 minutes.

Before we visit Mickey and his friends, here are five fast facts about Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

1.  Disney Junior – Live on Stage! opened at Disney California Adventure on April 11, 2003 under the name Playhouse Disney Live.  The show replaced the ABC Soap Opera Bistro, a restaurant that featured sets from famous ABC Soap Operas.

2.   The original version of the show that opened in 2003 was the same as the Playhouse Disney Live show that was running at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.  It featured characters from Bear In The Big Blue House, Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley and The Book of Pooh.

3. Over the years, the show has featured characters from other Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior shows including Jojo’s Circus, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins.  The current iteration of the show that we’ll hear today features Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

4.  A team of six puppeteers are cast for each show and they manipulate over twenty different puppets of the various characters who interact with the show’s human host and the audience.

5. All the characters in the show are voiced by their original voice actors including Corey Burton doing his incredible version of Hans Conried’s Captain Hook.

Now it’s time to visit the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at Disney Junior – Live on Stage!  Stay tuned afterwards as I give my thoughts on the show as you’ll be experiencing it with me as I watch for the very first time.  Also, this is a binaural recording, so if you have headphones put them on now as we enjoy Disney California Adventure’s Disney Junior – Live on Stage!

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Spaceship Earth – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #021

Spaceship Earth – EPCOT – Attraction Checklist #021

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – It’s time to take a ride on EPCOT’s signature attraction, the grand and miraculous, Spaceship Earth. John B. deHaas joins us for the ride!  Ride Audio Recorded on May 28, 2015.

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Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Today we take a ride on one of the most instantly recognizable Disney Park attractions anywhere, EPCOT’S Spaceship Earth. 

On this attraction you will, as the guide map states, Explore the history of innovations from the stone age to the Digital Age.  This attraction is open to guests of any age and there are no height requirements.  The Thrill Level for this attraction describes it as being Dark and a Slow Ride.  Fastpass+ is available for this attraction.

Before we thank the Phoenicians, here are five fast facts about Spaceship Earth.

1.  The 15 minute long dark ride that is Spaceship Earth is an EPCOT opening day attraction, beginning operation on October 1, 1982.

2.   The geodesic sphere which houses Spaceship Earth is a whopping 18 stories high.  The sphere took 26 months to build and was designed with the help of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury who also helped write the attraction’s original narration.

3. Since opening in 1982, the attraction has had four narrators. Actor Lawrence Dobkin, news anchor Walter Cronkite, Actor Jeremy Irons and, currently, actress Dame Judi Dench.

4.  A 63 piece orchestra and 24 voice choir conducted by Emmy winner Bruce Broughton provide the soundtrack for Spaceship Earth.  Each scene of the attraction features music styles and instruments appropriate to the era and each piece transitions seamlessly into the next.

5.  One of the most memorable moments of the attraction is the top when your car spins to reveal planet earth among the stars.  In the early days of the attraction, this spin was done by hand by a cast member who stood at the top of the dome and spun the cars manually.  These days the spin is done automatically within the ride system.

And now, let’s ride Spaceship Earth.  John B. deHaas is along for the ride today and afterwards we will discuss our thoughts on this attraction.  This is a binaural recording so if you have headphones, put them on now as we experience, EPOCT’S Spaceship Earth.

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Sources:
WIKIPEDIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaceship_Earth_(Epcot)

WALT DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/attractions/epcot/spaceship-earth/

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The Great Movie Ride – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Attraction Checklist #20

The Great Movie Ride – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Attraction Checklist #20

http://www.attractionchecklist.com – In honor of the passing of Robert Osborne, this episode we take a ride on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction The Great Movie Ride. Ride Audio Recorded on May 25, 2015.

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INTRO TRANSCRIPT

Welcome to Attraction Checklist.

Lights, camera action!  It’s time to head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and enjoy the park’s iconic attraction, The Great Movie Ride!  Located in the Hollywood Boulevardd section of the park, the Great Movie Ride is described in the guide map in the following manner:  Journey into some of Hollywood’s most famous films.  This attraction is open to guests of any age and there are no height requirements.  Fastness plus is available for this attraction and the Thrill Level describes the ride as being Dark, Scary and a slow ride.

Before films starts rolling, here are five fast facts about The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1.  The 22 minute long Great Movie Ride is an opening day attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and officially began operation on May 1, 1989.

2.   The Great Movie Ride is unique in that, on busy days, guests will experience one of two ‘takeovers’ of their ride vehicle.  If the ride vehicle is stopped in the western section off the attraction, the vehicle will be taken over by an outlaw named Kate Durango or Kid Carson.  If the ride vehicle is stopped in the gangster section of the ride, it will be commandeered by a gangster named mugsy.  Both the Outlaws or the gangster will force the regular tour operator out of the vehicle and continue on as the vehicle’s operator until the surprise return of the car’s starting operator.

3. As the ride vehicle enters the Raiders of the Lost Ark segment of the attraction, keep as sharp eye on hyrogliphics on the walls of the room.  One panel has hyrogliphic figures of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and another features star wars characters R2D2 and C3PO

4.  n the Casablanca scene, the front half of a real Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior plane can be seen.  Imagineers didn’t just throw away the back half of the plane because it wasn’t needed.  You can see the back half of the plane if you head over to the Magic Kingdom where it can be spotted in the jungle of the Jungle Cruise Attraction. 

5.  In 2014, Turner Classic Movies became the sponsor of the Great Movie Ride and on May 29, 2015, the ride reopened with new on ride narration by TCM host Robert Osborne.  Rober Osborne passed away in 2017, but the attraction with his narration is what we will be listening to today.

Now it’s time to experience The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The main attraction audio we hear today will be the version where the gangster takes over the ride vehicle.  Ride audio from the attraction where the outlaw takes over the vehicle will be included the bonus audio available to the Saturday Morning Media Patreon Patrons who pledge at any level.  Stick around after the ride audio presented hear to hear my thoughts on this classic Walt Disney World attraction.  But for now, put on headphones because this is a binaural recording of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction, The Great Movie Ride.

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WALT DISNEY WORLD WEBSITE
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