• 4 July 2020

Disney Movies Based on Rides: And More Besides

Try these Disney movies based on rides at Disneyland Paris and recreate those happy moments, even while the park gates are closed. You’ve probably seen the movie your favourite ride was based on, so look out for classic Disney movies that share the same theme!

Phantom Manor

The Haunted Mansion movie is based on the original Disneyland park version in California, so we’re off to New Orleans! It’s not to everyone’s tastes, but there are lots of nods to the ride like Madame Leota.

You can get that spooky energy from another film – the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad. Disney’s short based on Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow is packaged up with another another face from Disneyland Paris, Toad of Toad Hall. Look for it on the usual streaming services, and it’s already on Disney+ in the US and UK. Expect a spooky story with a deadly headless horseman…

Don’t forget everyone’s favourite 90s witch movie Hocus Pocus if you’re missing that haunted mansion feeling. And look out for Disney made-for-TV movie The Ghosts of Buxley Hall too. It’s a nostalgic movie about ghosts who help save a school.

Pirates of the Caribbean

What movie should you watch if you like Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris? No doubt about it, it’s a brilliant ride with animatronics, a few little thrills and a splash or two.

Fortunately, there are 5 Pirates of the Caribbean movies to enjoy! You even get to listen out for audio clips from the ride and your favourite scenes. But there’s a tiny chance you’ve already seen those… so why not try these alternatives from the Disney archives?

Kidnapped and Treasure Island are both adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson novels, and both full of pirates. Treasure Island stars Bobby Driscoll, the late actor who voiced Peter Pan. Throw in Blackbeard’s Ghost for more of the spooky side you get from Pirates of the Caribbean (and look out for Mary Poppins’ Elsa Lanchester).

If you prefer warm-hearted pirates, then Muppet Treasure Island and Treasure Planet are waiting for you at the harbour.

Peter Pan’s Flight

If you love Peter Pan’s Flight, how about another Disney movie recommendation with a classic energy and a London adventure theme?

Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Returns bring plenty of magic to the city, but don’t forget this other Disney classic. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is part live-action and part animation, with Angela Lansbury leading the cast decades before she was transformed into Mrs Potts.

And of course, the obvious… Peter Pan, Return to Neverland and the Tinkerbell movies let you see your favourites again.

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Star Tours is the only place to take a journey with your favourite droids. You can catch them in the original series, new movies and go behind the scenes with Empire of Dreams: the Star Wars Story. But there are more movies for Star Wars fans than the George Lucas movies and expanded universe.

Now, there are two ways to go: futuristic stories or the real universe. It all comes down to what you love most about your vacation through space!

For a futuristic thrill ride, go straight to Tron. The technology’s moved on, so use your 80s eyes when you watch! You can follow up with Tron: Legacy too.

But if you live for those moments when your tour takes you way out into the stars, you can’t beat real space adventures. Documentaries like Mars: Inside SpaceX, Expedition Mars: Spirit and Opportunity and Mission to the Sun take you into the future of space exploration.

Crush’s Coaster

When you can’t join Nemo, Dory and Crush at Walt Disney Studios, how about meeting some of their undersea friends? Disney’s catalogue of National Geographic documentaries is a great place to start.

Sea of Hope: America’s Hidden Treasures is a National Geographic documentary that takes you under the waves to America’s Blue Park areas. If you’re feeling brave then meet Sharks of Lost Island. You can get to know the rare inhabitants of a reef off the Pitcairn Islands.

But of course, there are some animated friends waiting to meet us beside the sea. Moana, Lilo and Stitch and The Little Mermaid are on the case!

And there’s one more ocean-themed Disney movie you should watch…

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I’m Jane, a Fantasyland girl whose favourite park music is Grim Grinning Ghosts - because even the spooky things are delightful in Disneyland Paris. I want to help other fans find that Disney sparkle through ED92!

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