For a couple of months now, Disney has been teasing guests with the hope that Rey would be joining the rest of the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away gang at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. Since the April 15th Rey tease during Star Wars Celebration, fans have been drooling for more Rey. Well, Disney gave in to fans’ needs, and as of June 28th, has added the character as a permanent addition. Check out the video below from the April 15th show to get an idea of what the addition will be like. The Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away stage show is held several times per day in front of The Great Movie Ride, and always draws a big crowd. If you take a Disney trip anytime soon, take some pictures and let us know how it is!
The Great Movie Ride directly inspired the creation of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In a Walt Disney Imagineering book, it was revealed that The Great Movie Ride was actually going to be the main attraction in a show business themed pavilion at Epcot, which was to be called “Great Moments at the Movies.” However, the newly assigned Disney CEO Michael Eisner and WDI president Marty Sklar decided the idea was strong enough to lead an entire new theme park. The idea for the ride was expanded, and the Disney-MGM Studios went into official development. Plans called for The Great Movie Ride to be the main attraction for the Disney-MGM Studios Paris theme park, which was scrapped due to the early financial difficulties of the Euro Disneyland Resort. Years later when the resort began turning profits, a show business themed theme park went into development again, and the Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002 at the Disneyland Resort Paris, although minus The Great Movie Ride. A show called CinéMagique was built in lieu of the ride due to claims by Disney management that the French preferred shows to ride-through attractions.