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    The Best Rides Based on Classic Disney Movies

    Disney Park attractions can be based on many things, but it’s fair to say that the world of film is the biggest source of inspiration, whether they’re of the live-action, CG, stop-motion, or animated variety. But seeing as our favorites are the animated kind, we’ve decided to handpick the very best rides based on traditional Disney movies that span Disney Parks all around the world. Even if your favorite ride hasn’t made this list, we’re sure one of your favorite Disney movies has! So here are the best attractions based on classic Disney animated movies…

    5. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Shanghai Disneyland & Hong Kong Disneyland




















    Just like the novels by A. A. Milne and the classic animated movies they inspired, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a charming affair. Hop aboard a Hunny Pot and enter Hundred Acre Wood, where you’ll meet all of its warm and welcoming residents as you go, such as Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, and the silly old bear himself, Winnie the Pooh. While the models aren’t necessarily state-of-the-art or even audio-animatronic for that matter (though identical and impressive nonetheless), you’ll still feel like you’re moving through the colorful pages of one of Milne’s books. In fact, you’ll also see plenty of the pages as you go – just don’t bother trying to read them, as you’ll be too busy living them!

    4. Peter Pan’s Flight – Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland & Tokyo Disneyland










    Peter Pan’s Flight is the celebration of all things imagination and captures the heart and soul of the 1953 film, which was based upon the classic children’s book by J. M. Barrie. It’s also identical to look at, as these animatronics look like they’ve been plucked right out of the animated feature itself. After boarding a magical Pirate Galleon, you’ll sweep over a beautiful Victorian London skyline before discovering the tropical island of Neverland. You’ll see plenty of familiar faces too – some of them welcome, like Pan and Wendy, and others not so much, like the evil Captain Hook (who will make you shiver your timbers!).

    3. The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Disneyland & Walt Disney World















    If you’re looking for an attraction that’s perhaps a bit more lively, then look no further – or deeper – than The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. You’ll feel like you’ve dived into the 1989 film as you enter Ariel’s watery realm where you’ll discover singing and dancing sea creatures, wicked sea witches, and watch as Ariel and Eric’s love story unfolds from start to finish. And yes – you even get to see him “kiss the girl!” Meet Sebastian, Ursula, Flounder, King Triton, and many more magical inhabitants of the deep as you explore this rich underwater kingdom. Needless to say, down where it’s wetter, it really is better!

    2. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – Disneyland & Tokyo Disneyland










    Now that we’ve covered a great deal of classic animated movies from yesteryear, it’s time to turn our attention towards something a bit more energetic, and there’s no better ride than Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Based on the ground-breaking 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which stars Christopher Lloyd and the late Bob Hoskins, this appropriately-located Toon Town attraction is a wild, whacky and whimsical affair that plunges you into a rich color pallet as you revisit iconic moments from the movie. There are some pretty neat effects throughout this ride too, with the most impressive involving the titular rabbit opening up an inky round portal for you to pass through as the ride finishes.

    1. Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast – Tokyo Disneyland













    If you’re a fan of 1991’s Beauty and the Beast, there’s simply no reason for you not to be completely swept away by this magical experience. Enter the Beast’s castle and hop into an enchanted teapot, and meet your favorite characters from the movie in astounding audio-animatronic form, whether it’s Belle, Beast, Philippe, Lumier, Cogsworth, Mrs. Pot or Chip. It might be some time before we get to see this enchanted experience in other Disney Parks besides Tokyo Disneyland, but the fact it exists is a good start. 

    If you’re a bit of a Disney purist, you’ll love each and every one of these animation-inspired attractions. While they’re able to replicate the worlds created in film, we think it’s the audio-animatronics that deserve the most attention. Like CG movie-inspired rides such as Frozen Ever After, the characters are the mirror image of their on-screen counterparts!