A few years before Pirates Of The Caribbean went into production, a rumor went around that Disney Studios was actively looking at Disneyland’s attractions for possible movie properties. Multiple scripts were written for a Haunted Mansion movie before that horrible one was finally made. Then there was the Country Bears adventure. Thankfully Dick Cook had the courage to give Pirates a try and, as they say, the rest is history.
So, after the first billion in box office, or so, the hunt was on again for new scripts that would capitalize on the story goldmine that is Disneyland. We already know that they’re returning to the Haunted Mansion franchise, this time in the much more capable hands of Guillermo del Toro. Other attractions rumored to get the movie treatment include Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and, something called “Tomorrowland”.
Some of those are not half bad ideas. It turns out, they’ve been thinking on a larger scale. Think bigger, like the whole of Disneyland bigger.
A treatment for a “Magic Kingdom” movie has been kicking around since Dick Cook’s days. It’s not a take off on the Ridley Pearson “Kingdom Keepers” series, but something unique. An article in today’s Variety says that Disney has returned to “Magic Kingdom”, this time following a treatment from producer of the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Ronald Moore. The idea would be similar to “Night at the Museum” (which admittedly does have that Ridley Pearson flair).
As tempting as it is to go that route (I’ve dabbled with some short stories in that vein myself), I hope they don’t. Part of the charm of Disneyland is that guests are left to wonder what goes on after hours, that’s part of the Pixie Dust. It’s a shame that the Sorcerer’s Apprentice was a box office bomb, because that would have made a great plot for “Magic Kingdom.”
Come up with your own pitch for a Magic Kingdom movie in the comments below.