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. 

 

kids at disney world

 

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.

You can only imagine how excited we are about the new Disney+ streaming service- all Disney all the time? We’re so in. 

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

incredible summer disney world 2018

 

 

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

 

Dumbo

Peter Pan

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Little Mermaid

 

The Little Mermaid 30th anniversary blu-ray

 

Toy Story (1, 2, and 3!)

Cinderella

Beauty and the Beast

The Haunted Mansion

 

the Haunted Mansion movie

 

Alice and Wonderland

Aladdin

Winnie the Pooh  Or maybe Christopher Robin!

Pirates of the Caribbean

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Monster’s Inc. 

 

 

Movies to Watch Before Visiting Epcot

 

Finding Nemo

Phineas and Ferb

The Three Caballeros

Coco

Frozen

 

Elsa on the Frozen ride in Epcot

 

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

 

Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World: Hollywood Studios

 

Photo: Alicia Arbaugh, royalravencookies.com

 

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 series if you need to! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in August 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

 

UP!

A Bug’s Life

The Lion King

Finding Nemo

Avatar

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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If she isn’t chasing her four kids around Northern Virginia, Patty is chasing four bars on her phone to share her authentic and fun stories on social media and her blog, My No-Guilt Life. She’s also one half of the Marvel Moms, an online community for discussing the Marvel fandom. You can catch up on her runDisney fun at No-Guilt Disney.

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