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Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World

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Taking a trip to Disney World is a childhood dream for many kids. Before you take your family on their first Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll want to do a little homework! Don’t worry: it’s all fun and will just enhance your Disney trip. Here’s a list of movies to watch before going to Disney World. The Disney Plus streaming service makes this super easy! ps- if you are heading to Disneyland, here’s your list of Marvel movies to watch before visiting Avengers Campus. 

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My kids are being raised as Disney kids- which means we watch all the movies, enjoy the Disney Channel, and can’t wait for our next Disney trip.

We love the new Disney+ streaming service– all Disney all the time? We’re so in.

And yes, we are *those* people that you hear about.

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Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World

But I realize this crazy Disney-loving world isn’t the same for all families. You might need a little help deciphering between a Peter Pan and a Gaston.

It would be totally normal to think your kids might not “get” what the whole Disney World experience is all about!

Especially if they don’t see a lot of movies or read a lot of Disney books just yet.

riding dumbo at Disney World

Don’t fear, parents: I’ve got you covered!

This is the list of movies to watch before going to Disney World. It’s a long one encompassing most attractions you’ll encounter, but don’t feel you need to watch them all.

Choose what is most age-appropriate and of interest for your family. I’ve included Amazon affiliate links with this post, but be sure to check your On Demand options via cable, Netflix, or Hulu as well.

Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World:  The Magic Kingdom

Happily Ever After Cinderella Castle


Peter Pan

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid 30th anniversary blu-ray

Toy Story (1, 2, and 3!)


Beauty and the Beast

The Haunted Mansion

the Haunted Mansion movie

Alice and Wonderland


Winnie the Pooh  Or maybe Christopher Robin!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Monster’s Inc. 


list of Movies to watch before Disney World vacation

Movies to Watch Before Visiting Epcot

Finding Nemo

The Three Caballeros




Elsa on the Frozen ride in Epcot

And in 2021 you’ll want to add Guardians of the Galaxy and Mary Poppins to this list!

Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World: Hollywood Studios

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Toy Story– go ahead and watch them all because there’s a whole land devoted to Toy Story now!

Cars (1, 2, or 3)

Star Wars–  again, I suggest taking in the whole Star Wars movies in order if you need to! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open now and it’s a full land devoted to the franchise.

The Muppets

The Incredibles (1 or 2!)

Incredibles 2 posters and new official incredibles 2 trailer is here!

The Little Mermaid

Beauty and the Beast

Disney Channel shows (Vampirina, Doc McStuffins)

Indiana Jones 

Twilight Zone

Bonus: Listen to some Aerosmith if your kids are going to ride Rock ‘N Roll Roller coaster!

Movies to Watch Before Visiting Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life Animal Kingdom


A Bug’s Life

The Lion King

Finding Nemo


Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney World

This list of movies to watch before going to Disney World should have you in great shape! And I promise you, it will be a fun “homework” for everyone involved.

Check out this bonus list:  if you decide to hit up Universal Orlando while you’re in the area, I’ve got the 11 key TV shows and movies to watch before your Universal Orlando vacation.

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