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What Could Have Been: The Great Movie Ride as a pavilion at EPCOT Center.

Below is a list of the handprint/footprint imprints located in front of the attraction that are of the celebrities that visited the park (with some of them being fictional characters). In total, there are 107 imprints note , and the dates of the imprints vary from 1988 (before the park even opened) to 1999. It has been confirmed that the handprints along with the Chinese Theater facade will remain with the Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway ride.

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Specific Trivia Tropes

  • Approval of God: Gene Kelly personally inspected and approved his animatronic before it was shipped to Florida. The Wayne family did the same thing with the John Wayne animatronic.
  • Cameo Prop: A variety of props from different movies are on display in the queue line, and they are changed out regularly.
  • Jossed: It has been long rumored that the reason why the Sorcerer's Hat was constructed in front of the Chinese Theater facade was because Disney was forced to block the view of the latter due to some contractual dispute. Numerous insiders have dispelled these rumors over the years, and it was later fully jossed when the Sorcerer's Hat was removed in 2015.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Both the Fantasia scene and the finale film montage were originally not a part of the plans for the attraction, as the space they take up was intended to be used for two additional The Wizard of Oz scenes (see below for details). Due to the licensing contract limiting how much presence The Wizard of Oz could have in the attraction, plans were altered at the last minute to substitute in Fantasia and the film montage.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original idea for the ride had it being included as part of an "Entertainment" pavilion at EPCOT Center, which also would've included the Superstar Television show and the '50s Prime Time Cafe. It would've located between Journey into Imagination and The Land (pictured). Michael Eisner later convinced the Imagineers to design an entire park around movies, and the rest was history.
    • There were three different attempts to get the ride cloned to California. The first attempt was to have it be at the proposed "Disney-MGM Studios Burbank" park, but it fell apart along with the park itself. The second attempt would've had it built at Disneyland, inbetween Main Street and Space Mountain in an all-new area known as "Hollywoodland". The final attempt would've had it be at the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area of Disney's California Adventure, but again this did not come to pass.
    • Originally, the ride would have been based around The Wizard of Oz much more — riders would be "swept away" by the tornado to Munchkinland, and the final room would be the Wizard's chamber, where the man behind the curtain would be revealed, only for another curtain to drop down, revealing the person who hijacked your vehicle, and then more curtains would drop down, revealing every single animatronic character you had just seen in the ride. They would all take a final bow before the vehicle moved back to the station. Because Ted Turner (the movie's rights-holder) stipulated that only so much time could be given over to Oz scenes, the tornado was replaced by a Fantasia segment, and the final room became a movie montage scene.
    • There was also a proposal to have the ride cloned to the Walt Disney Studios Paris Park, with new scenes including a recreation of the climatic fight between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. The plans ended up falling through due to budget, although the spirit of the attraction carried on to the stage show Cinémagique, which also includes nods to iconic French movies.
    • Very early concepts for the ride had all of the characters being portrayed by live people, no animatronics.
    • Cat Ballou was originally going to be included in the western scene, but Lee Marvin's family refused to let his likeness be used, resulting in the man with no name being used instead.
    • Young Frankenstein and Ghostbusters were originally to be featured in the attraction, bookending Alien. The latter ended up dropping out after Bill Murray refused to grant likeness rights for his animatronic, resulting in Universal Studios picking up the theme park rights.
  • Working Title: An earlier name for the attraction was "Great Moments at the Movies".

General Trivia

  • There is a total of 59 animatronics on the ride.
  • The attraction's original film montage finale was designed with the assistance of Chuck Workman, who directed the Academy Award-winning movie montage, Precious Images, and had also created every film montage for the Oscars from 1990 until 2010.
  • The belt buckle used on the John Wayne animatronic was the actual belt buckle John Wayne himself used, until enough people found out about that and someone stole it.
  • When the ride first opened, only men played gangsters and women played bandits.
  • The ride track in total is 1928 ft long. 1928 is the exact year that the real Chinese Theater opened.
  • The attraction overall covers 95,000 sq ft.
  • The floorplan for the ride is the same as the real Chinese Theater.

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