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Disneyland Travel: Did You Know These Attractions Were Inspired By Movies?

Disneyland Rides

First Posted: 09/17/2012 8:14 am Updated: 09/18/2012 10:24 am

It's no secret which movies served as inspiration for Disneyland rides like Dumbo the Flying Elephant or Snow White's Scary Adventures. Even more subtly-named attractions like the Mad Tea Party and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters allude to the films they're based on.

But, any idea which ride was inspired by "Song of the South"? How about the attraction that has its roots in "Calamity Jane"?

For those answers and more from author Chris Strodder's latest edition of "The Disneyland Encyclopedia," check out the slideshow below.

Also in the Disneyland "did you know" archive: "Attractions, Shops And Exhibits Named After Real People" and "14 Official And Unofficial Streets Inside Disneyland."

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  • Jungle Cruise: <em>The African Queen</em>

  • The Golden Horseshoe: <em>Calamity Jane</em>

  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: <em>Mary Poppins</em>

  • Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island: <em>Pirates of the Caribbean</em>

  • Frontierland Train Station (<a href="http://davelandblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/evolution-of-train-station.html" target="_hplink">Now at New Orleans Square Station</a>): <em>So Dear To My Heart</em>

  • Splash Mountain: <em>Song of the South</em>

  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds/Matterhorn Mountain: <em>Switzerland</em> and <em>Third Man on the Mountain</em>

  • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: <em>The Wind In The Willows</em>

  • Grand Canyon Diorama/Jungle Cruise/Living Desert/Nature's Wonderland: <em>True-Life Adventure</em> documentaries

  • Mickey's Toontown (and Roger Rabbit's Car Cartoon Spin, obviously): <em>Who Framed Roger Rabbit</em>

  • Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque (nee Celebration Roundup and Barbeque)

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