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1. Tomorrowland. Disney’s latest live-action film is based on a whole section of Disneyland called, wait for it, Tomorrowland. Walt Disney created the special section of his amusement park because he believed that “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.” It’s also the latest film from director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof.
2. Mission To Mars. Believe it not, but Brian De Palma directed the science fiction movie based on the Tomorrowland ride of the same name. It wasn’t a children’s movie either, but actually for young adults, something akin to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. It was released in the year 2000, which was also the same year as another movie about Mars called Red Planet.
3. Tower of Terror. This was Disney’s first attempt to adapting their rides and attractions for the big screen, but this one appeared on the small screen instead. Tower of Terror was a 1997 made-for-TV movie starring Steve Guttenberg and a young Kirsten Dunst.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the most popular Disney movie based on a theme park ride or attraction, as it premiered in 2003 and grossed more than $650 million worldwide. It spawned a gigantic film franchise with four movies under its belt and a new one coming in 2016.
5. The Haunted Mansion. While the movie starred Eddie Murphy, it was during the downswing of his career. It opened in 2003 with the hopes of being Disney’s next Pirates of the Caribbean, but it fell short with only $182 million worldwide box office and super low critic scores. Disney still has hopes that The Haunted Mansion is a valuable property, while they’ve given the keys to the film Guillermo del Toro for a new reboot coming soon.
6. The Country Bears. The children’s film was based on Country Bear Jamboree in Disney’s Frontierland. It’s actually a pretty charming movie about a bear leaving his human family to join the Country Bear Jamoree. The movie wasn’t a hit and only made $18 million against a $17 million production budget.