Which came first, the movie or the ride?

We’ve done a few book-vs-movie posts around here. My family’s recent trip to Disney World got me thinking along those lines, but with a Disney twist: ride-vs-movie.

As you stroll around the Magic Kingdom, you can see quite of few examples of rides that have inspired movies, as well as rides that have been inspired by movies.

Example 1: Pirates of the Caribbean. (photo credit Wikipedia)

Yes, Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic! I’ve enjoyed it ever since my childhood visits to Disney World in the 70s and 80s. But to my boys, the movies came first. The first time we took them to Disney, they were delighted to see that one of their favorite movies had been turned into a ride. Umm… yeah. They’re old enough now to understand that the ride existed long before the movies, but this just goes to show you that it’s all a matter of perspective.

Example 2: Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. (photo credit Disney Travel Diaries)

My boys have never seen the movie The Little Mermaid, but it’s been one of my favorites since its release in 1989. On our recent vacation, we got to ride the new attraction Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. We all loved it, and rode it over and over! The boys were aware that this was a movie, but had never expressed interest in it. Now that they love the ride, they’re looking forward to the movie’s upcoming rerelease on 10/1/13. So, in this case, the movie inspired a ride which inspired interest in the movie!


About HFBrainerd

Published novelist and Disney World fanatic. Thanks for coming along on this wild ride!
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