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Casablanca plane

The Great Movie Ride features famous scenes from even more famous films and some key moments from each film are highlighted.  In the Casablanca scene, we find two lovers saying goodbye before a fateful airplane ride.  For Disney World fans, there's a connection in this scene beyond the film and it goes back to the Magic Kingdom.  The scene features  Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund but this isn't about them.

Back in 1988, Imagineers were looking for a Lockheed Electra 12A for the Casablanca scene in the film and when they found one, they realized they only had room for part of the plane.  To the right of the two famous stars is half of an airplane and Imagineers, never ones to waste anything, couldn't fit the entire Lockheed Electra 12A plane in the scene (and didn't need to really) so they took the back half of the fuselage and placed it in the Magic Kingdom on the Jungle Cruise during the 1994 rehab of the attraction..  When you go for a ride on the Jungle Cruise, you'll see the back half of the very same plane we find in the Great Movie Ride.

Some have claimed that the plane we see in the Great Movie Ride is the same plane from the film, but that simply isn't true because when Casblanca was filmed, they used a miniature model plane.


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