- Awesome Music: Mixed with Ear Worm.
- Broken Base: The 2015 Turner Classic Movies overhaul attracted a lot of mixed responses from people when it came to adding in Robert Osborne's narration to the ride. Some felt that it added some much-needed freshness to the ride, while others felt that it was unnecessary and minimized the importance of the tour guide. On the bright side, most agreed that the upgrades to the queue and pre-show were for the better.
- Ear Worm: The ride's version of "Hooray for Hollywood" offers a nice and unique take on the famous song.
- Ham and Cheese: The hijacker could be this, depending on how good (or not-so good) the person playing him/her was at acting.
- Heartwarming Moments:
- The most iconic-ly moving scenes of Casablanca and Singin' in the Rain were accurately recreated in this ride.
- The Munchkinland scene managed to quite magical just because of how well it replicated the look and feel of the movie.
- The finale montage of movies at the end was a big case of this, especially if you're a big fan of film.
- Narm: The ride over time fell victim to this, due to many of the ride's effects and animatronics not working as well as they once did. Additionally, if the person playing the tour guide and/or the hijacker is bad at acting, this can be the result.
- Nightmare Fuel: Several scenes fell under this, at least whenever they worked correctly.
- The Alien scene was a rather obvious instance with the bleak tone of the sequence couple with the Xenomorph popping out of the ceiling and later the wall.
- In the Raiders of the Lost Ark sequence, the hijacker touching the cursed jewel and getting roasted into a skeleton. The scene is usually Played for Laughs, but still.
- If the Wicked Witch of the West frightens you, you'll be not-so pleased to know that the animatronic of her gets pretty close to the ride vehicle and is probably the most life-like animatronic in the whole ride.
- Special Effects Failure: The Footlight Parade sequence was initially much more elaborate, featuring water effects and the five-tier "cake" spun. However, the effects broke down frequently, which eventually resulted in the sequence being toned down to something simpler and less prone to malfunction.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Of all the changes to the ride in 2015, the new finale montage by far received the most negative reactions from people, with many arguing that it lacked the flow and emotion of the original montage, as well as having rather poor music transitions in comparison to before.
- Unexpected Character: Among the several features added into the attraction following the Turner Classic Movies update was a series of digital movie posters in the queue line that would change every few seconds to showcase a different movie poster, one of those being the famous poster for Jaws, which is very bizarre given that Jaws is owned by Universal, Disney's #1 theme park rival, that for a while even had a Jaws ride at the nearby Universal Studios Florida park.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Despite being located in a Disney park and containing scenes for Mary Poppins, Fantasia, and The Wizard of Oz, the ride was often billed as being for the older crowd due to it featuring an Alien sequence and other dark material.
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