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43 Movies to See Before Your Trip to Walt Disney World

by Caitlin Zigler 3 years ago in list

Movie Night!

Over 75 years of movie magic has inspired so many attractions and characters at Walt Disney World that have brought smiles, tears, and laughter to millions. Before you embark on your trip of a lifetime, grab some popcorn, your Mickey ears, your family, and start making memories!

This list is broken down into the separate parks in WDW and which movies connect with the different attractions or characters. Watch as many as you can before your trip! Especially watch these with your little ones if they have never seen the characters or been to WDW before. It will make their experience a lot more fun!



  • The Swiss Family Robinson (Swiss Family Treehouse): The song playing throughout the attraction is from a very iconic scene in the film
  • Aladdin (The Magic Carpets)
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean Series (Pirates of the Caribbean): The attraction inspired the movies!*


  • Song of the South or Brer Rabbit in the Briar Patch (Splash Mountain): Both titles are very difficult to find, but there are tons of scenes out there on YouTube, etc that will at least give you some reference for the attraction
  • Tom and Huck (Tom Sawyer Island)

Liberty Square:

  • Haunted Mansion (The Haunted Mansion): Like Pirates of the Caribbean, the attraction inspired the movie!
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Sleepy Hollow Restaurant): A classic movie and home of the best waffle treats in WDW


  • Peter Pan (Peter Pan's Flight)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Enchanted Tales with Belle and Be Our Guest Restaurant)
  • The Little Mermaid (Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid)
  • Dumbo (Dumbo the Flying Elephant)
  • Alice in Wonderland (The Mad Tea Party)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train)
  • Brave (Meet Merida)
  • Cinderella (Cinderella's Castle)
  • Tangled (Meet Rapunzel)
  • The Princess and the Frog (Meet Tiana)


  • Monster's Inc. and Monster's University (Monster's Inc Laugh Floor)
  • Meet the Robinson's (Meet characters): The song from the Carousel of Progress is played in this movie!
  • Toy Story 2 (Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin)



  • Big Hero 6 (Meet Baymax)
  • Inside Out (Meet Joy and Sadness)
  • Finding Nemo and Finding Dory (The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Turtle Talk with Crush)

World Showcase:

  • Coco and The Three Caballeros (Mexico)
  • Frozen (Frozen Ever After in Norway)
  • Mulan (Meet Mulan in China)
  • Ratatouille (Meet Remy in France)
  • Mary Poppins (Meet Mary and Bert in the UK)
  • Sleeping Beauty (Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway)


  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones Stunt Show)
  • The Star Wars Series (Star Tours)
  • The Muppets Series (Muppet Vision 3D)
  • The Toy Story Series (Toy Story Land)
  • Tower of Terror and some of The Twilight Zone Series (The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror): Like Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, the attraction inspired the movie!
  • Fantasia (Fantasmic): There are so many movie references to many Disney movies throughout this show! To name a few, there's Pocahontas, Pinocchio, Hercules, Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians, and so many others. If your feeling ultra obsessed with watching Disney movies, be sure to watch these too!


  • A Bug's Life (It's Tough to be a Bug)
  • Avatar (Pandora): Pandora is still very new! So be sure to watch this film if you can't watch anything else!
  • The Lion King (The Festival of the Lion King)
  • Up (A Great Bird Adventure)
  • Dinosaur and The Good Dinosaur (Dinoland)
  • The Jungle Book (Meet Baloo and Louie)
  • Disneynature Films: There are many to choose from, but these will definitely get you in the mood to see all of the amazing animals!


If you are visiting during a particular time of year like Halloween or Christmas, be sure to check out these movies too!

  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure

Have fun watching and getting in the mood for your trip!


Caitlin Zigler

Travel, family, planning, pets...a jack of all trades.

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