The Disney parks are icons among Disney fans and theme park fans around the world. Disney has also made several movies that were inspired by rides and lands at Disney parks. On Disney+, there’s even a section in the Disney Parks Collection featuring several of the films that have been inspired by the parks. So, let’s rank these films inspired by the parks available on Disney+. Remember this list is purely subjective.
10. COUNTRY BEARS
A young bear runs away to join his heroes, The Country Bears, but Country Bear Hall is in danger of shutting down. The young bear helps get the band back together for a concert to save the hall. I’m sure it has its fans, but I found it very hard to watch. This film is inspired by the Country Bear Jamboree.
9. HAUNTED MANSION
A realtor and his wife and children are summoned to a mansion, which they soon discover is haunted, and while they attempt to escape, he learns an important lesson about the family he has neglected. This is the film that made me give up on watching new Eddie Murphy films. It really does nothing for me. This film is based on the Haunted Mansion ride.
8. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. Following the success of the initial “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy, it stood to reason that Disney would try to capitalize by continuing the series featuring Capt. Jack Sparrow. Unfortunately, they made a very bad sequel. This film is based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
7. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by old rival Captain Salazar and a crew of deadly ghosts who have escaped from the Devil’s Triangle. They’re determined to kill every pirate at sea…notably Jack. Compared to “On Stranger Tides, ” at least this one was watchable. I still didn’t find it to be very good.
6. JUNGLE CRUISE
Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element. It was a solid effort, but there wasn’t enough character development. Hopefully that improves in the sequel.
5. THE MUPPETS HAUNTED MANSION
On Halloween night, Gonzo is challenged to spend one night in The Haunted Mansion. This is the only version of the Haunted Mansion worth watching, in my opinion, at least until the remake is released.
4. SAVING MR. BANKS
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. It’s a completely whitewashed version of the actual history between Travers and Disney, but it makes for a well told story, even if it’s completely inaccurate.
3. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST
Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones’ service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. It’s a solid sequel, but a little disappointing at times. Plus, it’s cliffhanger ending makes it fell incomplete until you see the third act of the trilogy.
2. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle. It wraps up the trilogy nicely. It’s slightly better than “Dead Man’s Chest,” but we all know which one is the best.
1. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate “Captain” Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor’s daughter, from Jack’s former pirate allies, who are now undead. This is the best film inspired by the parks, and it’s not even close.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” launched a successful franchise and led to Disney looking for the next great franchise from the parks. That means it has inspired some very inferior films that failed to launch a new franchise. But, there’s hope with “Jungle Cruise” as it has been given a sequel. But which films inspired by the parks do you prefer?