Exciting news for fans of classic movies and vintage Disney content. The New York Times revealed a new partnership between the Walt Disney Company and Turner Classic Movies. TCM will now be sponsoring The Great Movie Ride, and their channel will now periodically present a “Treasures from the Disney Vault” block of programming.

In some ways, the changes to The Great Movie Ride are small. TCM is curating updates to the pre-show and the finale of the ride. The pre-show in the queue will receive an updated video featuring TCM host Robert Osborne, who will provide insights on the films shown. The finale montage will show an all new lineup of classic movie moments. There will also be a new photo-op set up outside the exit of the ride, although no details were given outside of the classic movie theme. These changes will take place by Spring 2015.

TCM will also be featured in the attraction’s marquee and branding, as seen in this handsome poster.

Great Movie Ride - Turner Classic Movies Poster

However, the bigger deal is the signal this sends. With rumors of a major overhaul to Hollywood Studios swirling around, it’s heartening that Disney is partnering with TCM to bring some updates to The Great Movie Ride. While this doesn’t prevent Disney from completely revamping the ride in the future, hopefully they would keep the “Ultimate Celebration of Classic Movies” at the heart of Hollywood Studios.

The other side to this partnership is “Treasures from the Disney Vault,” which will show classic Disney films and TV shows such as Treasure Island, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad, and The Three Caballeros. “Treasures from the Disney Vault” will premiere Sunday, December 21 at 8 pm with the following lineup: Santa’s Workshop, On Ice, Chip An’ Dale, and The Disneyland Story. Other content that night will include a 1941 live-action tour of the Walt Disney Studios, three episodes of Davy Crockett, and Third Man on the Mountain. This will be a great way for Disney fans to enjoy hard-to-find movies and shows.

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