Top 10 Disney Movie Moments That Would Make Great Rides



Top 10 Disney Movie Moments That Would Make Great Rides

VOICE OVER: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
Ever since watching these Disney movie moments, we've seen great ride potential. Our countdown includes "Tangled," "The Lion King," "Wreck-It Ralph," and more!

Top 10 Disney Movie Moments That Would Make Great Rides

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Disney Movie Moments That Would Make Great Rides.

For this list, we’ll be looking at scenes from Disney and Pixar films that would translate well into theme park rides.

Which Disney movie scene do you want to see brought to life? Let us know in the comments.

#10: Supernova
“Treasure Planet” (2002)

Had this sci-fi adventure been the hit that Disney was hoping for, we’d probably already have a ride in Tomorrowland. Being deemed a box office bomb, though, we’re not expecting a “Treasure Planet” ride anytime soon. That doesn’t mean we can’t imagineer one ourselves. As much as we’d love to go skysurfing with Jim Hawkins, the supernova set piece offers the most possibilities for a thrill ride. We could see this intense sequence working as an indoor roller coaster like Space Mountain as we dodge hellish explosions and a black hole, building to a climactic shock wave. The premise would also be well-suited for a motion simulator ride with interactive elements. Think Smugglers Run, but with the RLS Legacy instead of the Millennium Falcon.

#9: Boats & Lanterns
“Tangled” (2010)

With the introduction of Fantasy Springs, Tokyo DisneySea is getting a “Tangled” boat ride that recreates the film’s romantic lantern scene. The Corona-themed rest section in the Magic Kingdom could use a similar update, as it’s currently a glorified bathroom area. Fantasyland needs a dark ride depicting Rapunzel and Flynn Rider’s best day ever at the festival. For an even more immersive experience, it’s worth noting that Rapunzel’s Tower isn’t too far away from the Liberty Square Riverboat. On certain nights, Disney can rent out gondolas and fill the sky with sun crest lanterns. While guests could still spectate on land, watching the lanterns float by on the water would allow people to see the light like never before.

#8: The World Famous Shrimporium
“Raya and the Last Dragon” (2021)

On their journey, Raya and Sisu hitch a ride with Boun, the proprietor of a boat restaurant called the Shrimporium. While the film offers plenty of potential for a water ride, the Shrimporium could also function as an innovative dining experience. Patrons board the ship where they order cuisine from the film like Boun’s shrimp congee. The boat wouldn’t look out of place docked at Tokyo DisneySea or Pixar Pier at California Adventure. For an attraction that’s equal parts ride and a restaurant, though, the Shrimporium could sail around an area inspired by Kumandra. As people enjoy their meal on the boat, they travel from Fang, to Heart, to Spine, to Talon, to Tail. Along the way, Sisu can be spotted running on raindrops.

#7: Titans & Hydra
“Hercules” (1997)

With its numerous serpentine necks, the Hydra almost looks like a living roller coaster. Imagine boarding a cart resembling Pegasus that takes you soaring through the sky. Around every twist and turn, there’s another Hydra head snapping at you. Why stop at just the Hydra? “Hercules” has a wide variety of creative monsters, most notably the Titans. Instead of a coaster, Disney could produce an enhanced motion vehicle dark ride like “Indiana Jones Adventure.” The transport takes guests through a series of elemental rooms, each dedicated to one of the main Titans. The Rock Titan hurls boulders, the Lava Titan unleashes hell, the Ice Titan freezes over hell, and the Tornado Titan sends the ride spiraling out of control in a battle for Olympus.

#6: Imagination Land
“Inside Out” (2015)

Riley’s Islands of Personality all have theme park potential, especially Goofball Island. If the Imagineers want to let their creativity run wild, though, a ride dedicated to Imagination Land is the way to go. We mean, it’s literally a theme park inside of Riley’s mind. While Disney could dedicate an entire section of a park to Imagination Land, it can also be condensed into a dark ride like Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue. The vehicle can either be modeled after a cloud or Riley’s rocket wagon. Either way, guests drive through locations like French Fry Forest, the House of Cards, and a floor of hot lava. With Bing Bong coming along for the ride, this attraction would get all the trophies.

#5: Be Our Guest
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

The Beast’s Castle has naturally inspired a restaurant at the Magic Kingdom where you can try the Grey Stuff. However, the “Be Our Guest” number would also be well-suited for a dark ride that takes us on a tour of the Beast’s dining room and kitchen. As the iconic song plays in the background, silverware forms the Eiffel Tower, dishes dance across the table, and an array of food passes by. It’s an experience that puts us in Belle’s shoes, filling every guest with a hospitable sentiment. The ride culminates with a grand finale featuring a chandelier, bottles popping, and Lumière leading an ensemble of fellow candlesticks. If Disneyland ever expands upon Fantasyland, this would be a more than welcomed addition.

#4: Elephant Graveyard
“The Lion King” (1994)

While there is an Elephant Graveyard play area at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the parks have yet to take full advantage of this idea. The Elephant Graveyard is one of the creepiest locals in “The Lion King,” leading to a heart-racing chase. As Simba and Nala slide down a hill of bones, it’s hard not to think about a roller coaster. We can totally picture the sequence as a thrill ride with a skeletal exterior. To add an extra level of terror, the ride could incorporate birdie boilers with the hyenas popping out of the smoke. The coaster would be especially thrilling to ride at night, bringing out its shadowy nature. It’d give Expedition Everest a run for its money at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

#3: Returning the Heart of Te Fiti
“Moana” (2016)

From Splash Mountain to Grizzly River Run, Disney has no shortage of iconic water rides. That doesn’t mean they can’t pull off something unique with a ride inspired by “Moana.” Setting sail on the ocean, we’d join Moana and Maui on an adventure to return The Heart of Te Fiti. The ride could start off calmly on Motunui before kicking up the action with the Kakamora and Tamatoa. During the heated climax, we face off against Te Kā as the ocean parts. Like the film, however, there is a happy ending as the fiery Te Kā melts away to reveal Te Fiti. Such a ride would fit in well at Tokyo DisneySea or within proximity of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

#2: Sugar Rush
“Wreck-It Ralph” (2012)

A Sugar Rush ride can take several different directions. If Disney wants an attraction for all ages, something along the lines of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride seems appropriate. For something more exhilarating, Sugar Rush could be a roller coaster that darts through Candy Cane Forest and up Diet Cola Mountain. Given Sugar Rush’s video game roots, it’d make sense to incorporate interactive elements like Toy Story Mania. Seeing how Sugar Rush was heavily influenced by Mario Kart, Disney may want to take a few notes from Koopa’s Challenge at Super Nintendo World. Employing augmented reality, guests could fire ice cream cones at their fellow racers and turn up the heat driving around a cake. At the very least, give us a Slaughter Race ride, Disney.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Ahtohallan, “Frozen II” (2019)
Who Doesn’t Want to Ride The Nokk to a Glacier?

Yzma’s Secret Lab, “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000)
Just Don’t Pull the Wrong Lever

Carl’s Flying House, “Up” (2009)
After all, Disney Has More Than Enough Balloons

The Hall of Everything, “Soul” (2020)
A Ride Loaded with Pixar Easter Eggs

Arriving in Zootopia, “Zootopia” (2016)
The Monorail Could Use a Few Updates

#1: Escaping the Cave of Wonders
“Aladdin” (1992)

The Cave of Wonders has popped up in a few Disney attractions, most notably at Disneyland Paris on the Storybook Land Canal Boats. However, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what a Cave of Wonders ride can be. The queue alone could provide an atmospheric journey through the tiger’s mouth, down a flight of stairs, and across a treasure room. Upon arriving at the ride itself, we have two possibilities in mind. The ride could be an indoor rollercoaster that makes guests feel as if they’re riding a magic carpet. We’d also love to see a motion simulator like Star Tours that takes us on a rocky ride as the cavern fills with lava. Then as we exit, the Genie conjures a gift shop.
Even though I%u2019m not a big fan of amusement parks, I agreed with this list.