10 Disney Films That Should be Made into Attractions at Walt Disney World


3. Tangled (2010)

There should be a live-action stage show at Walt Disney World that is inspired by this Disney adaptation of the story of Rapunzel. But it wouldn’t be merely a re-enactment of the film. Rather, the stage show would be inspired by the scene with all the brutes in the Snuggly Duckling pub. It’s a funny scene in the movie and would be well-received by kids of all ages. I can see it now—big, burly dudes singing about their pirouettes, paintings and patchwork quilts. It doesn’t have to be clever, but it does need to be funny, and not too many things are as funny as watching this “I wish I were” scene and seeing the old man hovering about dressed as Cupid.

2. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Would you enjoy an attraction in which you could become a character in an arcade game? We’d have to get some help from the Imagineers on this one, but it would be fun to have a virtual type of attraction in which Guests assume the roles of the characters in the Fix-It Felix, Jr. arcade game. If that’s a bit far-fetched, maybe we re-create the massive race track in the Sugar Rush game from the film. It would be the pinkest part of the park—pink and candy everywhere you look! But we’ll want to keep this (race) ride very different from the aforementioned Cars-inspired attraction.

1. Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out is by far one of the smartest, most clever productions ever created by the minds at PIXAR. No one but the geniuses at PIXAR could take things like feelings, emotions, memories and dreams and create a movie aimed at explaining them all and how different things can affect emotions and our consciousness. It’s so clever that I’d like to show PIXAR my appreciation for this brilliant film by honoring the writers and animators with an Inside Out-inspired attraction. There are a few ways to go about this attraction. Perhaps this attraction is a really thrilling, super-fast coaster, and the ride vehicles are the glowing orbs used in the movie that symbolize Riley’s memories. (I wouldn’t want to get the red orb—I’m not a big fan of anger; it’s an emotion I don’t feel too often.) The track is just like the “track” depicted in the movie that carry memories into storage. A less thrilling but equally as exciting attraction could be one that makes use of a vehicle created in the film—the Train of Thought. In the film, the Train of Thought connects headquarters to other parts of Riley’s mind. A family train ride inspired by Inside Out could consist of wild wide turns, soft switchbacks and slight drops through Riley’s mind (hold the corkscrews please). Would you look forward to an experience like that? Again, we’ll have to get with Imagineering on this one.

Clearly these thoughts about attractions inspired by some of our favorite Disney films are loose-fitting ideas that aren’t encumbered by budgets, physics, gravity and the like. These rides and attractions were conjured up in the make-believe world of perfect scenarios in which there are no limits to creativity, no limits in realizing that creativity, no limits to the magic in everyday experiences and no limits in dreaming. Perhaps that world isn’t make-believe. Maybe it already exists—as the World of Walt Disney that was built in central Florida—the place where fantasy and imagination are commodities in unlimited supply, the place that just keeps getting better with age and the place where the passage of time only morphs the current into the classic.

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.