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Vote of the week: Which classic Disney film needs to move to Disney World?

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Published: September 5, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Thanks, again, to Theme Park Insider reader Tim W for the idea behind this week's vote.

Despite the large number of Disney films represented by attractions at Walt Disney World, there are a few classic films which haven't gotten a proper ride yet at WDW. I browsed through BoxOfficeMojo to find the top-grossing Disney films of all time (adjusted for inflation) and offer the top six without a corresponding Disney World attraction for your consideration.

Yes, "Lady and the Tramp" is represented by a restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. And Sleeping Beauty has the castle at Disneyland. But those are not Disney World attractions, so they're in the poll.

Which would be your pick as the best candidate for a WDW ride? Keep in mind that I'm not asking for your favorite film - we're looking for a conversation about which film's characters, plot and setting would make for the best theme park attraction. Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From dylan k on September 5, 2008 at 5:31 PM
Meet the Robinsons? I think this movie would go great with tomorrowland!
From Raul Araoz on September 5, 2008 at 6:06 PM
Finding Nemo! Oh, wait. Pinocchio is not very popular in Disneyland. Lady and the Tramp would probably be too passive a ride experience. Not that there is anything wrong with that. A dark ride based on the end of 101 Dalmatians could be interesting. Sleeping Beauty is a must. It has to keep Eyvind Earle's gorgeous designs. It actual could make a great dragon ride at Beastly Kingdom. I would love a Mary Poppins ride at DHS. It would have to be a very elaborate dark ride where you segue into and out of animation. Lastly, Fantasia would be great but complicated. Would it be trippy like Nights in White Satin? Would it have every sequence including ones from 2000? Would it be a slow dark ride or fast thrill ride? Is the Rite of Spring sequence redundant? A Fantasia ride would be unique. As far as a different Disnet film, I would like a ride based on Tarzan. I know there is the treehouse but I could picture an exciting ride where you are suspended in the trees and the ride swings guests through set pieces from the film.
From James Rao on September 5, 2008 at 6:17 PM
I let my 5 year old daughter answer this one, and without hesitating she said "Sleeping Beauty." And heck, it has a cool dragon in it, so why not?
From Tim W on September 5, 2008 at 7:27 PM
my original post had much more variety, but i like the theme on this one better, thanks Mr. Niles! ;) So i would pick Sleeping beauty in a heartbeat. Then Mary Poppins, and then Pinnochio. After that 101 Dalmations, Fantasia, and Lady and the tramp. I think mary poopins and 101 dalmations would be great additions to DHS specifically in Animations Courtyard. Mary poppins could have a show or ride through while 101 dalmations has a ride through (or show even as well). Sleeping beauty could have such a cool ride. I have an idea for an indoor ferris wheel in fantasyland that takes you up to see animatronic scenes from the movie. And the ferris wheels could be themed to maleficent's spindle....either that or a ride through in fantasyland. Pinnochio should also get recognition in fantasyland as well. as for lady and the tramp, it just seems hard. I like the themed restaurant. And fantasia could be incoorporated in MK, AK, or DHS. but im just not sure how they would work a ride on this.
From Anthony Murphy on September 5, 2008 at 8:39 PM
Fantasia, in my opinion, should have its own music park
From Larry Zimmerman on September 6, 2008 at 4:12 AM
First, I would have voted for "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," which would make a great ride; imagine, if you will, ride vehicles resembling the Captain Nemo's Nautilus progressing through an "underwater grotto," revealing scenes and exciting events from the movie while subjecting guests to a little bit of a simulated submarine voyage. Why does that sound so familiar...?

Doesn't anyone else see a connection between the films Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 and the live-action Fantasmic!?

All the others felt too much like Peter Pan's flight (ride vehicles on tracks either flying over or rolling through London). Maybe if they incorporated some of the CCMB technology, they could liven up the concept, but I don't see them spending that much for a ride based on a 40- (or 50)- year-old film. Perhaps there's potential for a "Great Disney Classic Movie Ride," much like TGMR in DHS...but I doubt it again from the money aspect.

From Jeff Nielson on September 6, 2008 at 4:20 AM
Of the choices, I love Mary Poppins. One of my favorite films. But how expensive would it be to do it right??? Really right! Fantasia would be the best of the choices, because I think a large scale version of that film would be possible under a billion dollars, LOL...

But I have thought for a long time that a huge Alice In Wonderland ride would be really cool. Falling down the rabbit hole could be way more realistic (looking and feeling like the movie) and scary. Riding through realistic sets from the Disney film. Seeing giant size flowers and furniture when Alice has been miniaturized... Maybe even jump through a looking glass and have some things happen from that book. It could be so awesome.

From W McCarthy on September 6, 2008 at 7:08 AM
Without a doubt, it should be Pinocchio, it's a classic and beloved Disney film that every child watches, and it has the classic song that embodies the entire Disney theme park experience... Plus the Magic Kingdom could sorely use a couple more dark rides.
From Bo Pedersen on September 6, 2008 at 7:11 AM
well of course fantasia as a dark coaster with so many special effects , plus sitting riding with the odd mop in a bucket might be quite fun :)

I dont know if a ride existed previously (I should really do research eh? :) ) but the Black Hole which isnt mentioned would of course be a dark coaster that needs to be done

there was a dark indoor coaster at Alton Towers entitled the black hole, but of course it wasnt licensed so there was no Maximillian or Vincent! :)

just imagine the last drop on the ride being into the black hole itself, then as you exit the ride the shop should resemble a quantum singularity :) ... what does one of those look like again?

From TH Creative on September 6, 2008 at 9:20 AM
'The Barefoot Executive'

I don't how it would be made into a ride but I'm kind of getting into those 1970s Disney/Kurt Russell flicks.

From Robert Niles on September 6, 2008 at 11:07 AM
Tim, TH, I liked this idea so much that I'm breaking it up a bit - going with the high-grossing classics this time, and other discussions about both the modern blockbusters and the old live-action films later.
From Tim W on September 6, 2008 at 2:13 PM
sweet....sounds awesome, like mulan and hercules in modern flicks and national treasure and other cool live actions of today or the past ;)
From Robert Miller on September 7, 2008 at 5:10 PM
If you think about it, couldn't Soarin' have been themed to ride hanging from Mary Poppin umbrellas, instead of a hand glider?
From Tim W on September 7, 2008 at 5:39 PM
interesting concept....sounds awesome!!! They should put something like that at DHS
From Rob P on September 8, 2008 at 8:15 AM
All worthy contestants but my vote was distilled down to Fantasia and Mary Poppins.

Fantasmic has elements of Fantasia so, in a way, already has a presence at the Parks.

So it's Mary Poppins for me. I think the variety of options made available by this movie would allow the imagineers to run riot.

From LJ Warner on September 8, 2008 at 9:18 AM
Had to pick Mary Poppins! There are so many different things that could be worked into a ride or attraction. Starting with her umbrella ride to the house, the "Fox Hunt" with the carousel horses and one of my favorites "I Love To Laugh" - floating around just because you find something is funny.
From Keith Schrod on September 10, 2008 at 1:02 AM
A dark ride based on the escape of the dalmatians whilst being pursued by Cruella, Jasper and Horace would be fun: put it in place of Snow White!
From Don Neal on September 10, 2008 at 11:34 AM
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would make a great ride. Awesome idea who ever posted that.

I voted for Mary Poppins. The kids were just watching that yesterday. It's a great imaginitve movie with so many elements and distinct scenery. The animation, the roof tops, the city, the play room, and so on. I can think of several ride ideas.

From TH Creative on September 10, 2008 at 3:58 PM
'The Incredibles'

design it as a start and stop dark ride / coaster. Universal suceeded in doing this with 'Revenge of the Mummy.' Begin as a dark ride. throw in a launch. Stop in another scene. Throw in another launch. Stop again. launch again. Unload into a gift shop.Mr. Niles, I look forward to the same survey for live action movies.

I have a 'Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes' concept that's gonna blow you guys away! :o)

From Tim W on September 10, 2008 at 4:03 PM
yea along w/ all the others that your planning on creating do one for pixar films!

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