Earlier this week, we started telling you about the reason why The Great Movie Ride closed down late last year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The beloved attraction had been plagued with hijackings in its later years; so much so that Disney executives finally decided to pull the plug on the ride rather than deal with the problem.
In Monday’s article, we spoke with Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III, a terminally-ill park guest who was one of the many people who were victims of The Great Movie Ride hijackings. He started speaking to us about his experience when we were suddenly interrupted by three black helicopters sporting the name “Disney” on the side hovering above his house. We sought shelter in Geronimo’s bunker until the danger subsided.
It turned out that the helicopters were actually hovering over Geronimo’s neighbor’s house, who was busted for selling counterfeit Sounds Dangerous hats from the old Hollywood Studios attraction starring Drew Carey.
Geronimo then continued to tell us his story.
“We were all terrified,” Geronimo continued. “We were essentially stuck on this ride with no way out and no way of knowing what the hijacker’s demands were or how long we were going to be held captive. I was getting especially nervous since we had reservations at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and they tell you to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled reservation. I could not afford a delay of any sort.”
When asked how the situation was resolved, Geronimo paused.
“That’s the worst part,” Geronimo continued slowly, wiping a tear from his eye. “After the hijacker took us on a joyride through some movies, he stopped in this tomb where a fancy jewel sat atop a stairway. A disembodied voice told him not to take it because the jewel was guarded by a curse but the hijacker didn’t listen. He reached up, touched it, and was instantly vaporized in front of all of us. I had never seen anything like this so I immediately went into shock.”
Geronimo told us that he doesn’t remember much of what happened after the hijacker got vaporized. He doesn’t even remember if he made it to his lunch reservations on time.
“The next thing I knew, I was outside the World Showcase Lagoon enjoying the IllumiNations fireworks,” Geronimo concluded. “It ended up being three days later.”
Were you the victim of a hijacking aboard The Great Movie Ride? If so, please tell us your experience in the comments below.