Every movie based on a Disney ride, ranked by critics

Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise
There are 12 movies based off of Disney rides so far. Buena Vista Pictures/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • “Jungle Cruise” is the latest movie on the big screen to be based off of a Disney ride.
  • There have been 11 other movies based on rides, including “The Haunted Mansion” and “Dinosaur.”
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean” is also on the list.
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“The Haunted Mansion” (2003)
Eddie Murphy The Haunted Mansion
‘The Haunted Mansion’ was directed by Rob Minkoff. Buena Vista Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 14%

This movie’s cult following will argue that the 14% rating, the lowest on this list, is far too harsh.

Eddie Murphy stars as real estate agent Jim Evers, who visits an old mansion in the hopes of selling it. But his family soon gets caught up in the haunted mansion full of ghosts, ghouls, and happy haunts — and Terence Stamp’s wonderfully villainous butler Ramsley.

This one is based off of the classic Haunted Mansion ghost train ride.

Get ready to revisit this theme on the big screen — Disney is remaking this one, too. The upcoming version will reportedly focus on a single mom, who purchases the mansion. Tiffany Hiddish and Lakeith Stanfield are reportedly set to star.

“Mission to Mars” (2000)
Mission to Mars movie
‘Mission to Mars’ was directed by Brian De Palma. Buena Vista Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 24%

Mission to Mars was a ride in Tomorrowland, which is nestled inside California’s Disneyland as well as Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida.

The ride simulated guests on a space trip to Mars. Sadly, the attraction was closed in both parks in 1992 and 1993, respectively.

The movie version of this ride, however, featured a pretty stellar cast in Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Connie Nielson, and Don Cheadle. It follows a space crew on a mission to Mars that goes wrong.

There is a similar ride that guests can experience in Walt Disney World’s Epcot, however. Mission: SPACE takes guests on a simulated mission to Mars.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (2017)
Javier Bardem Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales
‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ was directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 29%

The fifth and latest installment of the “Pirates” franchise is the lowest rated out of all five movies.

While this isn’t literally adapted from the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride, all “Pirates” movies have their roots in that attraction. This one is even named after a key line from the ride — dead men tell no tales.

This movie follows a weathered Jack Sparrow trying to escape the clutches Javier Bardem’s villainous Salazar, while the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann tries to break his father’s curse.

“The Country Bears” (2002)
The Country Bears movie
‘The Country Bears’ was directed by Peter Hastings. Buena Vista Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 31%

While “The Haunted Mansion” is the only movie on this list that is actually a horror (well, horror comedy), there is something pretty damn creepy about these animatronic bears.

This movie was based on the popular attraction called The Country Bear Jamboree. The attraction was a stage show where audiences watched and listened to audio-animatronic bears and other critters perform country music.

The movie, starring Haley Joel Osmont and Christopher Walken, follows a bear trying to get the famous band, The Country Bears, back together for a reunion concert.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (2011)
Pirates of caribbean stranger tides
‘On Stranger Tides’ was directed by Rob Marshall. Disney
Rotten Tomatoes score: 33%

The fourth installment of the “Pirates” franchise fared a little better than its follow-up, but not much.

Again based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, this one follows Jack on the hunt for the fountain of youth — with Ian McShane as the villain, Captain Blackbeard.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End
‘At World’s End’ was directed by Gore Verbinski. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 44%

The “Pirates” movies are pretty much rated in the order they came out, with the third installment third on the list.

This one wrapped up what would have been a trilogy, with Jack, Will, Elizabeth, and Barbossa attempting to overcome Tom Hollander’s Cutler Beckett and Bill Nighy’s iconic Davy Jones.

“Tomorrowland” (2015)
Tomorrowland movie George Clooney
‘Tomorrowland’ was directed by Brad Bird. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%

This one isn’t strictly based off of a ride, per se. Instead it’s based off of a themed land, or a part of the park, called Tomorrowland and features many classic rides such as Space Mountain.

The movie stars George Clooney as a former boy-genius and a Britt Robertson as a young teen. Both are bound together by destiny and uncover a futuristic place that exists somewhere in time and space.

Unfortunately, the movie ended being a box office bomb.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006)
Davy jones bill nighy pirates caribbean dead mans chest
‘Dead Man’s Chest’ was directed by Gore Verbinski. Disney
Rotten Tomatoes score: 53%

This second “Pirates” movie opened up the world of the franchise considerably, and introduced a brand new villain on our shores: Nighy’s Davy Jones, the captain of the Flying Dutchman.

Jones’ performance, captured via motion-capture and exquisite visual effects, propels the movie to be a worthy and fun sequel, even if it does depart from the original source material of the ride.

“Jungle Cruise” (2021)
Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson Jungle Cruise
‘Jungle Cruise’ was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 63%

Jungle Cruise is another classic ride, one that takes guests on a pun-filled tour of the jungle complete with animatronic animals.

The movie, however, stars Emily Blunt as a scientist who goes on a quest through the jungle in search of the tree of life. Aiding her on her quest is her brother (Jack Whitehall) and Dwayne Johnson, who plays the skipper of the jungle cruise and really helps to capture the flavor of the ride through his endless puns.

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“Dinosaur” (2000)
Dinosaur movie
‘Dinosaur’ was directed by Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton. Buena Vista Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%

The ride Dinosaur, which is featured in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, takes guests on a hectic journey back into the late Cretaceous period — just as huge asteroids begin to hit the planet.

Complete with animatronic dinosaurs, the ride was originally called Countdown to Extinction but the name was changed in 2000 to tie into the movie.

The movie follows an orphaned dinosaur (an Iguanodon, one of the dinosaurs featured in the ride) who is raised by lemurs after a meteorite shower kills his family and destroys his home.

The Iguanodon and the lemurs then undertake a treacherous journey in an attempt to find a sanctuary, while they are hunted by Carnotaurus, another dinosaur that’s featured strongly in the ride.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003)
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl
‘The Curse of the Black Pearl’ was directed by Gore Verbinski. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes score: 79%

This first “Pirates” movie is the highest rated out of all “Pirates” movie, and is also the best reviewed movie based on a Disney ride.

This ground-breaking movie follows Johnny Depp as pirate Captain Jack Sparrow helping Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) save the woman with whom he is in love, Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann, from pirates. Geoffrey Rush stars as the villain, Captain Barbossa.

This movie was a revelation when it came out and still holds to this day. It also captured the flavor and spirit of the classic Disney ride, featuring drunken sailors on the island of Tortuga, supernatural skeletons and curses, a dog with the keys to the prison, and a whole host of pirate fun.

“Tower of Terror” (1997)
Tower of Terror 1997 movie
‘Tower of Terror’ was directed by D. J. MacHale. Buena Vista Television
Rotten Tomatoes score: Not Rated

Based on the ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, this movie follows an outcast journalist who visits an old hotel — the location of the ride — where five people mysteriously disappeared 60 years prior. 

While this made for TV movie didn’t get a critics rating, it did get an audience score of 53%.

Buckle up to visit the Tower of Terror on a proper big screen, though. Disney is set to make a new movie based on this ride that will reportedly star Scarlett Johansson.