Wednesday, 7 March 2018

8 Movies to Watch Before Going to Disneyland Paris

So I've lately had to come to terms with the fact that many people who travel to Disneyland Paris are not Disney fans. As in they haven't seen many/any movies by the company, think that Donald is called Daffy and wander around looking for the Minions meet and greet. Some who are Disney fans are only familiar with the most popular animated flicks, like Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo and Peter Pan. That coupled with the fact I've overheard more than one person ask what Nautilus in Discoveryland is or why there is a treehouse in Adventureland, gave me the idea to write this post.
Here are 8 (or more) movies that I think would be cool for you to see before paying Disneyland Paris a visit!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1954]
Les Mystères du Nautilus (The Mysteries of the Nautilus)
As I mentioned above, I have heard quite a few people asking 'what is this?!' when passing the Nautilus submarine in Discoveryland. And that's exactly what it is! A walk-through corridor and six rooms of Captain Nemo's submarine from the 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It may be an oldie, but it is a goodie being an adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. Fab movie and a great attraction once you have seen the movie and can appreciate the theming.

Haunted Mansion [2003]
Phantom Manor
Before big fans shout at me, I know this Eddie Murphy movie is not the actual story of our Phantom Manor in Paris. However, it is based on the original Haunted Mansion that is in Disneyland (Anaheim, California) and there are certain aspects like Madame Leota and the marble busts who sing Grim Grinning Ghosts that are present in DLP. As our attraction is currently under a major renovation you never know whether we will get more of that storyline or not. Either way, it's another awesome and funny movie to check out.

Pirates of the Caribbean [2003 - 2017]
Pirates of the Caribbean
In a way I guess is the most popular movie/ride combo I'm talking about in this list so a big chunk of people who do ride Pirates has more than likely seen at least one of the movies. As the point above this was actually another attraction that inspired a movie instead of vice versa. The song 'Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)' was apparently the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Now I bet it's in your head!

Swiss Family Robinson [1960]
La Cabane des Robinson (Swiss Family Treehouse)
Sailing back to the good old days of epic live-action productions we have the fabulous adventure story of the Robinson family who is shipwrecked and build a treehouse to live in. The tree house in the centre of Adventureland is inspired by said treehouse and there is something to look at (or photograph if you are like me) everywhere as well as some pretty amazing views once you get to the top.

Treasure Island [1950]
Spyglass Hill, Adventure Isle
This one is more of an 'I just want people to see it so I squeezed it in' kind of deal. The only ties the Treasure Island movie has to Disneyland Paris is that a few of the caves, mainly 'Ben Gunn's Cave'  on Spyglass Hill, Adventure Isle refer to the movie. Personally, I find it more fun to run - not literally, don't run, you will fall or bump into someone - around the caves after having read the book and watched the movie.

Indiana Jones [1981 - 2008]
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril
I haven't been on the ride, I don't plan to go on the ride and I hear the ride is very under-themed but who haven't seen Indiana Jones anyway?!

Armageddon [1998]
Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux (Armageddon – The Special Effects)
So, haha, I know this one is despised by so many of the self-professed DLP connoisseurs out there but I kind of like it. Once you've done it once that's it over and done with pretty much but it fits in with what the WDS park was originally meant to be - a behind the scenes look at movie making. 
To step on without having seen the movie is cool, but like everything else, it's more fun if you are familiar with the film it is based on.

Tower of Terror [1997] 
(& The Twilight Zone TV Series' 1959 - 1964, 1985-1989, 2002-2003)
La Tour de la Terreur – Un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension
 (The Tower of Terror – A Jump into the Fourth Dimension)
Finally,  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Walt Disney World opened in 1994 was based on The Twilight Zone TV show and was the inspiration for the 1997 film that stars Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. Obviously, it came many years before POTC and is also Disney's first movie based on a theme park ride. 
As far as I'm aware, all versions of this ride in the multiple parks were slightly different but ours in WDS, Disneyland Paris is most similar to that of Disney California Adventure's now closed ride. There are many references from the show from the moment you step in the door so if you are a Twilight Zone fan keep a close eye while in the lobby etc.

Wow, as always I went on a little more than expected...originally I expected this to be a relatively short post lol. What do you think? Have you seen all of these movies? Do you think they add any benefits to enjoying particular rides having seen them or not? There are naturally other movies that have their own rides and attractions throughout Disneyland Paris but off the top of my head these were my top 8 I think would be least likely to have been seen by the typical non-crazy-Disney-fanatics :P


  1. Swiss Family Robinson is like my ultimate film from when I was around 10 years old! We had it on VHS tape lol and I think we had a cartoon-ey version too or something similar!! Such good films!!

  2. Ah I definitely need to see the ones which reference the Tower of Terror as that looks like one of the rides I would absolutely love, despite being a little afraid of it too! I really enjoyed the Haunted Mansion and ever since I saw videos and photos of the parks, I knew it would be one of the places I would enjoy the most if I ever get the chance to go there one day! - Tasha