Saturday, January 9, 2016

Disney Attractions Inspired by Movies and Movies Inspired by Attractions

     There are many attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park (DCA)  that are movie themed. Some of the attractions were themed after a movie and some movies were themed after a ride.I thought it would be fun to mention those attractions.

     Pirates of the Caribbean, the movie, was themed after the popular Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Pirates of the Caribbean is a swashbuckling adventure through the world of pirates. Travelers ride in a boat as they venture through the pirate’s world. Pirates of the Caribbean underwent some changes after the movie by adding Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbosa and Davey Jones to the ride. The movie was as we all know a huge success with the 5th installment just beginning production and said to release in 2017.

     The Haunted Mansion is another movie that was themed after the ride. The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland in Anaheim, California was the inspiration for the movie. The Haunted Mansion takes guest through the old mansion in a "doom buggy" as they get to see where the ghouls and haunts live. It is an extremely fun ride that is fun for people of all ages. The movie came along many years after the attraction opened. I was very excited to see it and found it to be a lot of fun. Disney added a new look to the attraction after the movie was released.

     The Twilight Tower of Terror attraction at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California was inspired by the Tower of Terror movie. The Tower of Terror is a very fun, exciting and scary. Guests enter the hotel, get on the service elevator and take their final journey into...The Twilight Zone.... The theme of the ride is a lot of fun and the trip in the elevator will frighten even the bravest guest. I did not even know about the movie until after I learned about the ride. The attraction and movie are  based on an old Twilight Zone episode of which I really wish I could find. 

     Star Tours at Disneyland was inspired by the Star Wars movie. Travelers on this attraction used to  to take a trip to Endor with Rex as their guide. Rex is a new pilot however so they do take a detour. The attraction has been re-vamped and scenes from the last three Star Wars movies have been added along with the excitement of .3D. Star Tours is exciting and fun. I am sure it will go through more changes with the new Star Wars Land addition to the park.

     Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at Disneyland was inspired by the Indiana Jones movies. This attraction combines Indy’s different adventures. As adventurers, guests take a Jeep ride through the Temple of Doom. It’s a fun adventure  for all. The movies of course were blockbuster hits.

     Finding Nemo Submarine  at Disneyland is a fun entrance into the world of Nemo. It was inspired by the movie Finding Nemo. Voyagers enter submarines and meet Nemo and his friends. I love the scenery and story but do not like the submarines. I am claustrophobia and it is hard to get up and down the stairs. 

     I think most of the attractions at Disney Parks were inspired by movies, but some movies were inspired by the attractions. Splash Mountain was inspired by Song of the South, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by of course Winnie the Pooh shows, Toy Story Maina by Toy Story and all of  the attractions in Fantasyland, with the exception of, Its a Small World and Matterhorn, were all inspired by movies.

     Movies have been a great inspiration for attractions at Disney theme parks. Some of the attractions are in multiple parks. Some are only in one. The movie themed attractions are exciting and a lot of fun. They are also very familiar since the movies that they are inspired by or that inspire them are very popular and well known. Being a part of these attractions makes you feel like you are a part of the movie, well actually like you are a part of the world the movie is created about.

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