So the discussions on trying to expand Adventureland (infinitesimal possibility, like .0001% chance, but fun to discuss), Frontierland beyond the berm (hasn't been discussed recently mind you, but with Oz and Lone Ranger it's been an occasional topic over the last couple of years), the complete overhaul of Tomorrowland (or not, or yes, or not, it changes every few weeks it seems), and the possibility of a third gate (which has been around for what, 15 years?) all had me considering the film properties of Disney and their possible use towards attractions in the park and where they might go.
While the ideal for the parks would be to go to the reverse of the current model (instead of building attractions based on films, design attractions to inspire films), I don't see it happening anytime soon. With that in mind, I decided to look over the list of film properties and analyze which (if any) of them had possibility in the DLR. This is not intended for any of the other resorts, as some of the "unused" properties are used in other parks.
In the DLR, approximately 50 properties are represented, many of which are only represented through shows and parades or very briefly in the character inclusions of Small World. Some of those properties cover multiple attractions (Cars, Bug's Life, Alice) and some properties cover multiple films (Indy, Pirates, Star Wars).
There are around 250 theatrically released films in the Disney library that have no park presence. The vast majority of these are live action films from the 50's through the 90's. This is not including Lucasfilm, Henson, Marvel, or Studio Ghibli prodcutions. This also does not include Touchstone, Miramax, or Hollywood Pictures productions. This is also based off of theatrical release, not straight to video productions. If you include all of those, the list of unused potential properties rises considerably. Some of the properties were grouped if they had multiple films (Witch Mountain, Narnia, Herbie).
Of the 250, only about 50 really have any potential of being used. Of those, more than half are animated or feature animation as a considerable portion of their film (Enchanted, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Reluctant Dragon). A number of the potential live action properties have previously had a presence in the parks that no longer exists (20,000 Leagues, Country Bears [yes, bad movie, but it was theatrically released], Swiss Family).
DCA: Could take a couple of them (with some creative marketing language to work them in), but really only one fits for the currently themed areas: The Rocketeer. They could also use the Johnny Fedora segment from Make Mine Music, but that property is technically represented by the boardwalk game for Casey at the Bat (which is far too little representation in my mind, but it is representation). The Rocketeer on the other hand is a beloved cult movie that fits the theme of Buena Vista perfectly and has only slight references in the shops (or it did the last time I went, but they keep changing the well built displays, so who knows) which equate in my mind to no representation. Give me a Rocketeer coaster over a door coaster any day (like Tatsu, but milder).
Adventureland: There are 5 to 9 properties that could be used here (if there were any room): Prince of Persia, Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, Emperor's New Groove, National Treasure 1/2, Oz, Zorro and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. Many of these have Adventure as a prime aspect of the film but some fit better in other categories (National Treasure, Oz, Zorro all have a better Frontier fit if you ask me). There are also a couple under-represented big features that fit here, Aladdin and the Lion King. If Adventureland were to ever be able to change, it would likely be at the cost of removal or severe alteration of the Jungle Cruise. Should that occur, I see Aladdin and Lion King the most likely properties to be used.
Frontierland: With the possibility of moving around the back through Thunder Ranch, the expansion possibility beyond the berm gives us about 6 properties: Lone Ranger, National Treasure (more the second movie really, and if they were to ever use the property it would be more likely at one of the other parks where New England is better represented [Florida, Tokyo]), Oz, Zorro, Home on the Range, and Melody Time (specifically Pecos Bill). Honestly, Lone Ranger and Pecos Bill are the only one's I see being possibilities (despite the Lone Ranger's box office), or a new property if they do any other Western stuff. The best fit for the back end was really Cars, which would have been able to link to the outside of Toontown and finally open up that dead end. Hopefully if they ever pursue the beyond the berm expansion they'll just finally give us Western Expedition.
New Orleans: Granted, not likely to ever occur, but if they take over some of the island, they could use Swiss Family or Treasure Island. They could also use the under used Princess and the Frog as an actual attraction instead of just the little show they do, which could also link very well into Critter Country.
Critter Country: Outside of Fantasy and Tomorrow, Critter Country has the most possible unused properties to choose from. If Imagineering were to shift things appropriately, you could run around the backside of the berm with original style dark rides (ie: Pan, Snow White, Toad) that have a much smaller profile than newer dark rides (Mermaid, good lord that show building for such little payoff) and could be used to pop up and around to link into the Frontier expansion and or Toontown. Seriously, the dead ends on both of those areas are just brutal. It could also be used to link into a mini-land: the UK. Seriously, look at the unused critter properties, they lead perfectly into UK stuff: Country Bears, Narnia, Brother Bear, Bambi, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Fox and the Hound, Robin Hood.
(just for fun) UK land: Robin Hood, Fox and the Hound, Bedknobs, Reluctant Dragon, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmations, Great Mouse Detective, Black Cauldron, Pete's Dragon. See? It even links to Fantasy land really well, where Alice, Peter, and Mr Toad have half the block.
Toontown: Pretty much only the Chicken Little or the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment of Fun and Fancy Free could fit here, and not really. The Bongo segment of that could fit in Critter country though. Maybe a section for the underused Saludos/Caballeros films. Not really much to say here. Toontown really just needs to not dead end and be taken care of and it would receive so much less hate.
Fantasyland: This is where the unused properties explode: Enchanted, Pete's Dragon, Black Cauldron, Emperor's New Groove, Hercules, Mulan, Reluctant Dragon, Robin Hood, Narnia, Oz, Atlantis, Chicken Little, 101 Dalmatians, Aristocats, Great Mouse Detective, Lady and the Tramp, Oliver and Company, Ratatouille, and the Rescuers. If you add the underused properties like Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia, Saludos/Caballeros, Sword in the Stone, Cinderella, Hunchback, Tangled and Brave, you could make quite the splash with new attractions in Fantasyland. Eat that section of Autopia back! Build a show building the size of Pan/Toad/Alice along the Small world mall and motor boat area to do three similarly sized dark rides for any of the unused properties. Magic!
Tomorrowland: The ever present looming threat. Countless threads, so much love and hate for adding, replacing or returning attractions. The amount of text on these forums dedicated to the concept of "fixing" Tomorrowland could put War and Peace to shame. Let's start it off with the unused, and go from there: 20,000 Leagues, Black hole, Honey I (Shrunk, Blew Up) Series, Tron, Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Treasure Planet, and Wall-E. Then you have Marvel and Lucas, and things go all wonky. Underused at DLR are Lilo and Stitch, the Incredibles, and Wreck-It Ralph (looking more at the sci-fi perspective of where those titles would fit than the tomorrow aspect). Some of these properties have previously had a presence and lost it. Marvel or Star Wars are really more suited to a third gate, and everyone knows it. Disney has shown they want those two in Disney proper, and every rumor seems to indicate that's where we're headed. There are a lot of other options, clearly, but none really have the kind of oomph that comes from Marvel or Star Wars. This is about money, and when it comes to money, Meet the Robinsons or Black Hole really just didn't and wouldn't do it. Again, this is leaving out the ideal of original ideas, just unused and under used film properties.
Third Gate: Any of the unused film properties, but ideally this is where Marvel and Star Wars would set up shop. There's plenty of room to realize a better vision of these two masses of pop culture in an vast parking lot than replacing things in a current park. Everyone seems to agree that they would much rather see them take a third park. Which is amazing on Micechat: AGREEMENT! Granted, many seem to have come around to the fact that they are in Disney proper and are going to continue to be, but everyone seems to want them to be the third gate (if original concepts are out [yes, I understand, many want original ideas, again, this is unused and under used film properties]).
So, there we go. Listings, analysis, and now an open floor to discuss. Have at it :-)