We all love movies. That’s why I put together my last piece about getting to experience the movies we love in a whole new way, thanks to Universal Studios. However, when you think of theme parks based on movies, very few immediately think of Universal Studios. You don’t see Superbowl MVP’s saying, “I’m going to Universal,” after winning. Of course, I’m talking about the entertainment juggernaut known as... Disney.
You’ve all heard of Disney World and most of you have probably been there at least once. There’s a good reason for that: it’s spectacular. Their attractions have thrilled millions for years. They’ve also made people fall even more in love with the movies than they already were. Do you want to spend more time with the characters you love and be sucked into the stories yourself? If so, Disney World is the place for you.
Here are six Disney World rides that are perfect extensions of the movies they’re based on:
Stitch’s Great Escape
How would you like to become a security guard for the Galactic Federation? This attraction brings guests in as trainees who get to witness a prisoner transfer. But of course, things don’t go as planned and the trainees get to see an incoming level-3 prisoner! That prisoner turns out to be none other than our favorite little furball: Stitch. While he may not seem like much of a threat, Stitch causes all sorts of havoc, leaving the trainees with a truly unique experience. You may want to keep track of everyone you go in with and make sure that nobody gets left behind... or forgotten.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
We went through almost two painstaking hours watching Marlin search for his son Nemo. We laughed, we cried and in the end we smiled our way to a happy ending. On this ride, Nemo gets lost again, so you join Marlin and Dory and all of your other sea creature friends as they look for Nemo again. You’ll encounter all of your favorite characters in a very different setting. This ride takes you through an actual aquarium! That means while you’re enjoying the story, you can also enjoy actual environments and all the sea life that inhabit them. Remember to just keep swimming.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This one is a Disney classic. In fact, the movies we love that feature Captain Jack Sparrow were actually based off of the ride. Now however, the movies have inspired the ride, bringing Captain Jack to the old fan-favorite. Climb aboard your vessel and sail the seven seas through a pirate siege, the prisons and of course Tortuga, all the while keeping an eye out for Jack. You may even remember it as the day that you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!
If you’re a Star Wars fan, and a lot of your are, you’ve always wondered what it would feel like to jump to light speed or skim the trenches of the Death Star. Well this is your chance! You’ll hop into a tour ship piloted by C3PO and R2-D2 and avoid being captured by the empire, who are searching for a rebel spy. The best part of this ride is you never know exactly where you’re going! Star Tours offers several different adventures and the experience is randomized each time. You definitely need to check this one out. The force is strong with this one.
Toy Story Midway Mania
This is not only arguably the most fun you’ll have in Disney World, but it’s also a perfect fit in the Toy Story franchise. Woody, Buzz and all of the other toys have put together a series of midway games for you and your party to enjoy. Ride vehicles swing you from one 3D screen to the next, where you will aim your weapon at targets that are specific to each game. Rack up the points through the games and try to be the best in your vehicle. If you ever need a friend to ride this one with, well then, you’ve got a friend in me.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
This ride perfectly follows up the movie and could even serve as a sequel to the Pixar classic. Join your MC (Monster of Ceremonies) Mike Wazowski as he brings you into the laugh floor to see the best comedians the monster world has to offer. The truly innovative show incorporates the audience in a way you’ve never seen before. A comedy show was the perfect way to go. Kids these days just don’t scare like they used to.
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