Walt Disney World has permanently shuttered The Great Movie Ride and the Universe of Energy

Ricky from Inside the Magic writes, "Two classic Walt Disney World attractions closed permanently this weekend: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Universe of Energy/Ellen's Energy Adventure at Epcot. The Great Movie Ride had a bittersweet finale, as enthusiastic cast members received a thunderous round of applause as the experience ended its 28 year run. The Universe of Energy, unfortunately, suffered a few technical difficulties on its final day of operation and unexpectedly shut down early."

We recorded the final ride aboard The Great Movie Ride along with an extensive tribute of everything that was indeed great about this attraction, soon to be replaced by a Disney's first-ever ride based on Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Here is our tribute, including video of the last ride. While there was unfortunately no ceremonious "final ride" on the Universe of Energy, we did pay tribute to that attraction as well.

Universe of Energy will be replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy ride.