Disneyland Movies and the Rides They’re Based On

You’ll be surprised how many Disney theme park rides have been turned into movies. It’s more than you think…

Yesterday, I shared all about the rides in Disneyland that were based on movies. Most were pretty obvious (Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey). Some were a little more obscure (Splash Mountain, The Matterhorn). Today, we’re turning that around.

Many of the rides themselves have been the inspiration for some hit (and not-quite-hit) Disney movies. Rides and attractions so popular that they deserved their own film!

  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (1996) – Not made by Disney and is not based on the ride. First titled The Wind in the Willows, it was renamed to match the ride when Disney bought the rights. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride opened at Disneyland in 1955.
  • Tower of Terror (1997) – This made-for-TV movie is actually quite creepy. Based on the Tower of Terror ride at various Disney parks, first opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1994. The ride itself is themed around The Twilight Zone.
  • Mission to Mars (2000) – This movie does not appear to be based on the attraction as nothing about it seems to relate to Mission to Mars except the title. Mission to Mars opened at Disneyland in 1972. It is no longer running at any park.
  • The Country Bears (2002) – Sort of a Blues Brothers-esque movie for kids. Based on the Country Bear Jamboree show which began showing at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1971.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – An exciting pirate movie with some hilarious references to the water ride at the Disney parks. Pirates first opened at Disneyland in 1967.
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003) – Eddie Murphy led the cast of this ghostly film. Several references to the classic ride can be found throughout. The Haunted Mansion ride first opened at Disneyland in 1969.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) – Part 2 of the Pirates franchise.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – Part 3 of the Pirates franchise.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – Part 4 of the Pirates franchise.
  • Tomorrowland (2015) – Named for the land in Disneyland which opened in 1955, it’s unknown how many references to the park there will be.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) – Part 5 of the Pirates franchise.
  • It’s a Small World (20??) – In early production stages. The ride opened first at the 1964 World’s Fair then was moved to Disneyland where it opened in 1966.
  • Magic Kingdom (20??) – In early production stages. Marketed as Night at the Museum at Disneyland. Supposed to involve many Disney characters from throughout the park.
  • The Hill (20??) – The working title for a film based on the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride. Supposed to involve explorers, extreme sports and yetis! The ride opened at Disneyland in 1959.
  • The Haunted Mansion (20??) – An intended reboot of the franchise produced by Guillermo del Toro.

So many movies inspired by Disneyland! I really hope that Magic Kingdom gets finished. That is such a great movie in my mind already! Check out yesterday’s blog post to find out all about what movies inspired many of the rides in the first place!

A little bonus. The Tomorrowland trailer…

Did any of these surprise you? Should I even count Mission to Mars or Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride? They seem like cheats. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!


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