8 Disney Movies That Should Be Adapted As Disneyland Attractions

Some of the most beloved films by kids growing up in the 2000s and 2010s have yet to gain a significant foothold in Disney parks, much to the disappointment of fans. Now that these children have grown into adults and will soon be bringing their own children to theme parks, the addition of attractions based on these films will provide valuable experiences for parents and children.

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With vibrant, magical settings and action-packed storylines, these films would translate extremely well into rides and interactive experiences. From older, underrepresented Disney movies to the latest releases in the collection, the following films would make great additions to any Disney theme park.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack and Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas

Fans are split on whether The Nightmare Before Christmas works best as a Halloween or Christmas movie. With its themes around community, generosity, and pampering your non-traditional passions no matter what others think, it truly transcends the classification of holiday movies.

As Disney gives its Haunted Mansion experience the Nightmare Before Christmas treat during Halloween every year, a permanent carousel is just what fans who indulge in spooky fun all year round need.


Moana (2016)

Moanawhich is filled with playful ocean waves, brave travelers and exciting interactions with creatures steeped in Polynesian lore, has been a hit since its release in 2016. Despite this, there have yet to be any attractions or important rides based on its characters.

The good news is that Disney has paved the way for the EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World for a Moana-inspired attraction called Journey of Water. There’s no opening date for the new experience, but I’m crossing my fingers that it arrives soon and captures the wild magic of Moana’the ocean.

Ralph’s Wrecks (2012)

Game Wreck It Ralph Sugar Rush

For fans of classic arcades and video games, the Ralph’s Wrecks The franchise encapsulates the sheer joy of battling in the gaming world. There would be a slew of options to choose from for a theme park attraction, like Ralph (John C. Reilly) visit a variety of games throughout the film.

Imagine racing across the candy pink backdrop of Sugar Rush Racetrack alongside Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) or fight the Cy-Bugs with Calhoun (Jane Lynch)—either would be a blast!

The Emperor’s New Routine (2000)

Emperor Yzma's New Groove and Kronk Coaster

The Emperor’s New Routinewhich had limited success in theaters but has become much loved by fans, still awaits the proper representation of its cult classic status at the Disney parks.

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Disney said Raging Spirits, a roller coaster at Tokyo DisneySea park in Japan, is very loosely based on the The Emperor’s New Groove. Yet it bears none of the distinctive features of the film, such as the steep hills of the Andes or that of Kuzco (David Pique) ornate palace. The film’s villain, Yzma (Eartha Kitt), has a secret lab accessible via a roller coaster in the movie, which presents a perfect model of what a ride based on the movie might look like in real life.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

Figures looking at Atlantis

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is another example of an early 2000s Disney movie that underperformed in theaters and as a result never gained a foothold in Disney theme parks. In fact, An Underwater Ride was planned and then canceled due to the film’s below-average critical reception, despite its cult following after its eventual release on VHS.

There are countless attractive elements in the film that would make for a breathtaking ride: thrilling underwater exploration, mystical caves, and glowing crystals, to name a few. A roller coaster where riders zip along the dark ocean floor and then cross the surface of the water to end up in the city of Atlantis would be sure to draw crowds.

coconut (2017)

Miguel Land of the Dead

coconutwhich won the Oscar for best animated film in 2018, tells the story of Miguel (Antoine González), who encounters his deceased ancestors during a visit to the Land of the Dead and discovers secret truths that heal his family.

Although there is some representation of coconut as an exhibit in the Mexican pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, only the addition of a fully immersive ride through the colorful and joyful land of the dead would do the film justice.

Hercules (1997)

Mount Olympus to Hercules

Herculeswhich follows the titular character’s journey to save Thebes from the dreaded Titans and discover the true hero within himself, was released in 1997. The film’s plot may not fully align with the Greek myths on which it is based, but that may be for the best – the original tales aren’t exactly kid-friendly.

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From the throne of Hades in the underworld to the fluffy clouds of Mount Olympus, Disney’s sets Hercules offers a wide variety of scenery for a spectacular ride. The film’s soundtrack is also revered by fans and would make great background music.

WALL-E (2008)

Wall-e skimming stardust

Although outer space features in some Disney theme park attractions, such as Space Mountain, there’s nothing like WALL-Ethe adventure. The little robot, who was determined to clean up a trashed Earth on his own, leaves the planet to follow his new friend, Eve.

As she lifts off, he clings to his ship and is dragged through space, where he skims belts of twinkling stardust to the Axiom liner – it’s a ride everyone would love to replicate ( in the safety of a comfortable roller coaster car, of course).

Encanto (2021)

Encanto Casita

Encantowhose music was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda of hamilton fame, has taken the world by storm since its recent release in late 2021. The film chronicles how the gifted Madrigal family and their enchanted home are rescued from the destructive pressures of waiting by Mirabel (Stephanie Beatrice), the only family member who doesn’t seem special.

While a fast-paced coaster might not suit the film, an interactive musical attraction featuring the Madrigal family’s anthropomorphic house would be perfect. Based on the film’s enormous popularity, it will only be a matter of time before it takes its rightful place of honor at the Disney parks.

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