6 Truly Immersive Movie-Themed Attractions at Walt Disney World
When it comes to movie-themed attractions, it’s fair to say that guests expect to be fully immersed into the world of film. There’s a whole world of such experiences to choose from at Walt Disney World, and there’s something for everyone. So here are the 6 most immersive movie-themed attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort.
6. Frozen Ever After – Epcot
There’s a lot to be said about attractions that make great use of Disney Imagineering animatronics, and Frozen Ever After stands out as one of the best. Perhaps it’s much easier to capture the look of CG-created characters with them, but understandably there’s no doubt that Disney movies are made with future projects and merchandising in mind. The ride’s queuing system takes you through Arendelle, with views of the Northern Lights created using ‘forced perspective’ – a technique that truly lends to the immersive nature of this attraction. Once in your boat, dark ice caverns await where you’ll find the likes of Olaf (singing, of course), Sven, Anna, Kristoff and Elsa, who’s singing in her ice castle. Then it’s down a small waterfall and back into Arendelle, where fireworks erupt overhead.
5. Pirates of the Caribbean – Magic Kingdom Park
Disney World animatronics aren’t always wide-eyed and friendly. In fact, such things can actually be quite unsettling. Where Pirates of the Caribbean is concerned, it’s the setting that plunges you deep into the world you’re used to seeing on screen. In this case, though, the attraction inspired the movies (though it does pay homage to the blockbusters). You’ll journey along underground rivers, where long dead pirates and unclaimed treasures litter the banks. Winds whistles and storms rage, before you suddenly find yourself alongside a warring pirate galleon. Then you’re in the thick of it: port towns bustling with pirates and bookended with a dungeon. Sure, these animatronics are old-school, but it’s their mannequin-esque nature that add to the eeriness. Don’t believe in ghost stories? You’re in one!
4. Haunted Mansion – Magic Kingdom Park
While on the subject of spooky rides, the most obvious is Haunted Mansion. This dark ride makes use of audio-animatronics and old theatrical special effects, with the latter enhancing the aesthetics that showcase the unsettling bygone era of choice. The 2003 movie wasn’t all that great, nor was it creepy, but that hasn’t changed a thing where the ride is concerned. First, you’ll explore the weed-choked grounds of the estate, before entering the realm of the undead. Inside, you’ll board a Doom Buggy, and all that lights these haunted halls, shadowy staircases and ghoulish graveyards are petrifying portraits, shaking chandeliers, beastly brides and singing heads! And then there are all the sound effects – eerie narrations and echoes from beyond. You’ll be wishing you opted for the Eddie Murphy version in no time…