Four Disney Films from the Last 40 Years We Want to See More of In The Parks

Some of our favorite Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions are based on movies from Disney’s incredible film library, which has only gotten bigger with acquisitions of 21st Century Fox and Star Wars. We can do everything from soaring over London and off to Neverland with Peter Pan to rising up against Kylo Ren and the First Order.

Rise of the Resistance ©Disney

But there’s still plenty of untapped potential that Disney can use if it wants to base new attractions on its movies. We are looking at four films from the last 40 years of Disney films that need to have a bigger presence in the parks.

The Black Cauldron

This might be a controversial film for Disney to include in their parks because it wasn’t a box-office hit, and it was deemed generally too intense for kids, but plenty of other Disney attractions are considered scary, like DINOSAUR and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The movie follows Taran, a lowly pig-keeper, as he is thrust on a quest to find the titular Black Cauldron and prevent it from falling into the hands of the ruthless Horned King.

The Black Cauldron poster©Disney

The Horned King has actually made an appearance across the pond at Tokyo Disneyland in a walk-through attraction called Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour, but this movie deserves more. The fantasy setting and classic good vs evil storyline would make this a natural fit as an extension to Fantasyland with either a boat ride or walk-through attraction.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

This 2001 animated film didn’t receive much attention when it first released, but it has gained something of a cult following over the years. The film stars Michael J. Fox as Milo Thatch, a linguist who discovers the location of the lost city of Atlantis and embarks on an expedition to it.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire poster ©Disney

Milo may be the protagonist, but the supporting cast is memorable and endearing, and the design of the expedition’s vessels and Atlantis itself are unique. While it does contain a number of science-fiction elements, the time period and the nature of the action make this a better fit for Adventureland, where you would board a submersible and journey to the ruins of Atlantis.

Treasure Planet

This retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was critically praised, but it bombed at the box office in 2002. The film still follows the adolescent Jim Hawkins, who discovers the way to Treasure Planet and sails out to find it. On the way, he is taken under the wing of John Silver, a cyborg pirate acting as ship’s cook.

Treasure Planet poster©Disney

A ride based on this film could potentially either be a simulator or move along a suspended track like Peter Pan’s Flight. The animation style of the movie would lend itself to beautiful sets of space and different planets.

Tron

Yes, we know TRON: Lightcycle Run is coming to Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland in 2021, but this universe deserves its own land. The world of the Grid inside our computers is rife with opportunity for more attractions, restaurants, and shows.

Tron poster©Disney

In addition to the current lightcycle coaster, there could be a shooting-gallery ride where you throw identity discs at targets or even a solar sailer simulator, the End of Line club would make a perfect restaurant, and streetmosphere characters could interact with guests, asking them if they’ve seen Flynn or Tron. Disney could make this the next Galaxy’s Edge.

Those are just four movies we would like to see more of in the parks. Disney’s collection of films extends beyond this, and there are many possibilities for the Imagineers to immerse us in these adventures.

What did you think of our picks? Let us know down in the comments!

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5 Replies to “Four Disney Films from the Last 40 Years We Want to See More of In The Parks”

  1. I agree and would add in some others like Robinhood. I don’t need attractions but would love to see some merchandise. Maybe some posters or small odes to these films. I also love the classic live action like Summer Magic, Pollyanna, The Parent Trap, etc. While I can hear the songs on Mainstreet, would love to see something from these gems.

    1. Agreed! Robin Hood & Sword in the Stone have always been 2 of my favorite Disney cartoons & I used to watch them over & over growing up.

  2. Can’t say I agree with doing more with any of the movies suggested in this article. Black Cauldron is a niche Disney movie from a long time ago that even most Disney fans don’t even remember. Treasure Planet and Atlantis are flops (by Disney standards) associated with a dark period in Disney Animation that saw the studio lose all of it’s momentum from the era of classics that came right before – very few people remember them fondly. Tron is definitely remembered most fondly by most of all of these movies and is already getting a top-notch attraction at WDW. While Tron featured a great immersive world, it’s nowhere near popular enough today to warrant any additional footprint in the parks beyond the attraction currently under construction.

    Disney has a wealth of recent hits, including Pixar movies, as well as beloved old hits to base new attractions upon. There’s no need to go back to obscure and/or failed movies from the past such as these for inspiration.