Disney Films Based on Rides

Disney Films Based on Rides

Nowadays most new and upcoming Disney rides are based on films. Tron Lightcycle Power Run, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Ratatouille. All coming to Disney World and all based on movies. But there is another pattern that has happened in the past and is happening again: films based on Disney Rides.

Some rides achieved their own level of fame beyond the parks, enough that Disney thought it was warranted to make a movie based off them. We'll discuss them in the order they were created or will be created.

Tower of Terror

This is an interesting one. It is the first time a film was based on a ride and the only one to be released on TV. It was based on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror but has no relation at all to the Twilight Zone TV series. It instead took the ride and made an original story out of it.

Mission to Mars

This movie was based on a ride from both Disneyland and Disney World that had already been closed for years in both locations.

This movie barely made back its budget and was received extremely poorly.

The Country Bears

The Country Bears was a movie based on the show of the same name from Magic Kingdom, Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. It features many of the classic bear characters and a new one, Beary Barrington, around a story of saving their theater. This did not, however, feature any of the music from the ride. It was poorly received, lost money and is mostly forgotten today, with the ride in Disneyland even having been closed before the movie opened.

Pirates of the Caribbean

This is by far the most successful of any of the films, spawning a successful franchise and even changes in the original ride based on characters from the film. It has achieved fame even beyond traditional Disney fans, rebooting the whole pirate genre.

Numerous sequels have cemented this ride in pop culture as permanently connected to the film series and characters like Jack Sparrow.

Haunted Mansion

This is one of the most classic Disney rides and should have been given a proper film in the same spirit of the movie. Unfortunately, that's not what we got. We got a film that fails to capture the spirit of the original, even while including so many characters from the original ride, from Madame Leota to the Singing Busts.

There has been talk over the years of this being remade in a more serious manner based around the Hatbox Ghost and I desperately hope it's better than the original.


This is a more unique of the films, based around an entire land of the parks, but taking place in a world where Disneyland exists. It essentially says that Disney made a secret land in another dimension called Tomorrowland based around saving the world and making it a better place.

It includes trips to the 1964 worlds fair, the Eiffel Tower and more. It also casts audio-animatronics as evil sentient robots. It was not a successful film, despite including numerous rides and classic Disney characters.

Jungle Cruise

This is the only currently filming ride based film. It recently filmed in Kaui and is poised to be an action film.