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Movies to watch before going to Disney World

Stuck at home and looking for something to do before your next Disney World trip?

Lots of families (ours included!) turn to Disney movies and TV shows on Disney+ as a way to pass the time.

So put on your favorite snuggle clothes, grab a cozy blanket, and join us as we list off all the movies to watch before going to Walt Disney World!

Disney Movies and Shows to Watch (By Park)

First, we are going to give you 4 lists (one for each park) of the movies and shows that are most prominently represented in the parks.

Then, below that, we will cover all those movies PLUS all the ones that play a more minor role in the parks and resorts, and we’ll tell you exactly what the Walt Disney World connections are.

Keep in mind that you could go to Disney World right now without ever having seen any Disney movies and still have a fantastic time, but we think it is a little bit more fun if your group knows the backstory to some of the things you’ll see when you’re there.

Note: For more info on what characters you can find in the parks, make sure you check out our Character Guide for info on where you can find all your favorites!

Magic Kingdom

Heading to Magic Kingdom? Consider watching these Disney movies:

Epcot

Planning to visit Epcot? These are great Disney movies and TV shows to watch first:

Hollywood Studios

Spending some time at Hollywood Studios? Watch these Disney movies and TV shows first:

Animal Kingdom

Have a day (or more!) planned for Animal Kingdom? Add these Disney movies and shows to your watch list:

Movies and Shows Represented at Walt Disney World (Parks, Resorts, & Restaurants)

We are sure there are some that we missed (and if so, please let us know in the comments below!) but to get you started, here are some of our favorites.

Keep in mind that when it comes to dining experiences, sometimes the characters can vary, but we listed the ones that typically have the character connected to the movie below.

Also, if a movie is represented only by a single character meet, we didn’t list it below unless there is an elaborate set-up for the meet.

A Bug’s Life

a bugs life movie
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • It’s Tough to be a Bug! (Animal Kingdom)
Its tough to be a bug
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

A Goofy Movie
and An Extremely Goofy Movie
Goofy Movie

  • Connected attraction(s): The Barnstormer (Magic Kingdom) Note: A Goofy Movie isn’t a direct tie-in to The Barnstormer, but it is a fun one to represent the antics of Goofy
barnstormer
  • Connected character meets:
    • Pete’s Silly Side Show (Magic Kingdom)
    • Disney Visa Character Meet (Epcot)
    • Donald’s Dino-Bash (Animal Kingdom)
  • Connected dining:
    • Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary Resort)
    • Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine (Hollywood Studios)
    • Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast (Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club)
    • Ravello (Four Seasons Resort)
    • Tusker House (Animal Kingdom)

Aladdin
(& related movies)

Aladdin
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (Magic Kingdom)
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Jasmine
  • Connected dining:
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table* (Magic Kingdom)

*Note: Although Cinderella’s Royal Table is open, the only princess that is there currently is Cinderella. We do expect the other characters to return at some point in the future.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Mad Tea Party (Magic Kingdom)
Mad Tea Party
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Alice in the United Kingdom pavilion in the World Showcase section of Epcot
    • Alice in Wonderland characters also meet at Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom
    • Exclusive Alice in Wonderland character meets also available at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Alice
  • Connected dining:
    • Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare* (Grand Floridian)
  • Connected resort:
    • Grand Floridian (Alice in Wonderland-themed pool)

*Note: 1900 Park Fare is not currently open.

Avatar

Avatar
  • Connected land & attractions:
    • Avatar Flight of Passage (attraction in Animal Kingdom)
    • Na’vi River Journey (attraction in Animal Kingdom)
Pandora Animal Kingdom
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining:
    • Satu’li Canteen (Animal Kingdom; no characters, but this is a very well-themed restaurant)

Beauty and the Beast
(& related movies)

Beauty and the Beast
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (Hollywood Studios)
    • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (France Pavilion in Epcot)
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle* (Magic Kingdom)
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom) 

*Note: Enchanted Tales with Belle is not currently open.

beauty and the beast live on stage
Belle

Brave

Brave
  • Connected attraction(s): N/A
Merida
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Merida in the Magic Kingdom
  • Connected dining: N/A

Cars
(& related movies)

Cars
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy (Hollywood Studios)
Lightning McQueen Racing Academy
  • Connected character meets:
    • No real meet & greet, but you can see Lightning McQueen at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Connected dining: N/A
  • Connected resort:
Art of Animation

Cinderella
(& related movies)

Cinderella
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom)
    • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (Magic Kingdom)
Pink Cinderella Castle
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Anastasia & Drizella in Magic Kingdom
    • Meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
Anastasia
  • Connected dining:
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)
    • Akershus (Epcot)
    • Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare* (Grand Floridian)

*Note: 1900 Park Fare are not currently open

The Country Bears

Country Bears
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Country Bear Jamboree (Magic Kingdom)
country bear jamboree

Disney Junior Shows

Disney Junior
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Disney Junior Play and Dance! (Hollywood Studios)
    • You can get a mini Fancy Nancy makeover* at “In Character” (which is a little shop directly across from Disney Junior Play and Dance!)

*Note: The Fancy Nancy makeover is currently unavailable and In Character is closed.

Disney Junior with Doc Mcstuffins
Fancy Nancy
  • Connected dining: Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine (Hollywood Studios – note, the typical characters here are: Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, and Doc Mc Stuffins)

DuckTales
(& related TV shows and movies)

DuckTales
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (Epcot; coming soon)
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and Chip ‘n’ Dale at Donald’s Dino-Bash in Animal Kingdom
  • Connected dining: N/A

Dumbo

Dumbo
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Magic Kingdom)
    • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station (Magic Kingdom)
Dumbo
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Elena of Avalor

Elena
  • Connected attraction(s): Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
princess fairytale hall
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom
  • Connected dining: N/A

Fantasia & Fantasia 2000

Fantasia
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Fantasmic! (Hollywood Studios)
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
Fantasmic sign
  • Connected character meets: You can meet Sorcerer Mickey at Hollywood Studios
sorcerer mickey
  • Connected dining: N/A
  • Connected resort:
Fantasia

Finding Nemo & Finding Dory

Finding Nemo
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue….and Beyond (Animal Kingdom)
    • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Epcot)
    • Turtle Talk with Crush (Epcot)
Finding Nemo the Big Blue and Beyond
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining:
    • You can eat seafood at Coral Reef at Epcot while gazing upon the fish inside the aquarium, which is pretty creepy now that we write it down
  • Connected resort:
    • Art of Animation (Finding Nemo Family Suites) 
art of animation finding nemo crush

Frozen, Frozen 2
(& related movies)

Frozen
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • For the First Time in Forever Sing-Along Celebration (Hollywood Studios)
    • Frozen Ever After (Epcot)
Frozen Sing-Along
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Olaf (Hollywood Studios)
    • You can meet Anna and Elsa (separately) (Norway Pavilion in Epcot)
Olaf
  • Connected dining: N/A

Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
(& related movies)

Guardians of the Galaxy
Cosmic Rewind Entrance
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom)
Haunted Mansion
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Incredibles & Incredibles 2

Incredibles
  • Connected attraction(s): N/A
  • Connected resort:
Contemporary Resort


Connected dining:
N/A

Lady and the Tramp
(& related movies)

Lady and the Tramp
  • Connected attraction(s): N/A
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining:
    • Tony’s Town Square (Magic Kingdom – no character meets, but it is heavily themed after Lady and the Tramp)
Tonys Town Square

Lilo & Stitch
(& related movies)

Lilo and stitch
Elvis Stitch
  • Connected dining:
    • Best Friend’s Breakfast at ‘Ohana (Polynesian Resort)
Stitch at Ohana

The Lion King & The Lion Guard
(& related movies)

Lion King
the lion guard
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Festival of the Lion King (Animal Kingdom)
    • Disney Junior Play and Dance! (Hollywood Studios)
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
Festival of the Lion King
The Lion King

The Little Mermaid
(& related movies)

The little mermaid
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid* (Hollywood Studios)
    • Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)

*Note: Voyage of the Little Mermaid is not currently open.

Journey of the Littler Mermaid

*Note: The Ariel meet and greet is not currently available.

  • Connected dining:
    • Akershus (Epcot)
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table* (Magic Kingdom)
    • Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno* (Boardwalk)
    • Sebastian’s Bistro (Caribbean Beach Resort No characters, just decor with Sebastian on it)

*Note: Tattoria Al Forno does not currently have characters. Although Cinderella’s Royal Table is open, the only princess that is there currently is Cinderella. We do expect the other characters to return at some point in the future.

  • Connected resort:
    • Art of Animation (Little Mermaid section and rooms)
Ursula at Art of Animation

Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

magic of disney's animal kingdom
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park
tree of life at animal kingdom
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(& related movies)

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Magic Kingdom)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh and friend character meet
  • Connected dining: 
    • Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare* (Grand Floridian)
    • Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom) 

*Note: 1900 Park Fare is not currently open

Mary Poppins & Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins
UK Pavilion
  • Connected character meets:
  • Connected dining:
    • Supercalifragilistic Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare* (Grand Floridian)
    • Citricos (Grand Floridian – no characters, but the restaurant’s decor is inspired by Mary Poppins Returns)

*Note: 1900 Park Fare is not currently open

All Mickey Mouse related content

Mickey Mouse
  • Connected attraction(s): 
    • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Hollywood Studios)
    • Mickey’s Shorts Theater, Disney Junior Play and Dance! (Hollywood Studios)
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
mickey and minnie runaways railway entrance
Mickey Mouse
  • Connected dining:
    • Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary Resort)
    • Garden Grill (Epcot)
    • Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine (Hollywood Studios)
    • Best Friend’s Breakfast at ‘Ohana (Polynesian)
    • Tusker House (Animal Kingdom)
    • Topolino’s Terrace (Riviera Resort)
Topolino's Terrace Mickey Mouse

Moana

Moana
  • Connected attraction(s): 
Journey of Water, inspired by Moana
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Monsters Inc & Monsters University

Monsters inc
  • Connected attraction(s): Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor (Magic Kingdom)
Monsters inc
  • Connected character meets: You can meet Sulley in Hollywood Studios
  • Connected dining: N/A

Muppets
(& related movies)

Muppets
  • Connected attraction(s): Muppet*Vision 3D (Hollywood Studios)
Muppet Vision 3D
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Peter Pan
(& related movies)

  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Peter Pan’s Flight (Magic Kingdom)
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (Magic Kingdom)
Peter Pan's Flight
  • Connected character meets:
    • Peter Pan (Magic Kingdom
    • Tinker Bell* (Magic Kingdom)
  • Connected dining: N/A

*Note: The Tinker Bell Meet and Greet at Town Square Theater is currently closed

Pinocchio

  • Connected attraction(s): N/A
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining:
    • Pinocchio Village Haus (Magic Kingdom – No characters, but the restaurant is inspired by the movie)

Pirates of the Caribbean
(all related movies)

Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Pirates of the Caribbean (Magic Kingdom)
Pirates of the Caribbean

Princess and the Frog

Princess and the Frog
Tiana's bayou adventure
Tiana and Naveen

Ratatouille

Ratatouille
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)
seven dwarfs mine train ride vehicles
  • Connected character meets:
  • Connected dining:
    • Storybook Dining at Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge)
    • Akershus (Epcot)
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table* (Magic Kingdom)

*Note: Although Cinderella’s Royal Table is open, the only princess that is there currently is Cinderella. We do expect the other characters to return at some point in the future.

Star Wars 
(all related movies & shows)

Star Wars
  • Connected attraction(s) & lands:
    • Galaxy’s Edge (land at Hollywood Studios)
    • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Hollywood Studios)
    • Star Tours (Hollywood Studios)
    • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Hollywood Studios)
    • Star Wars Launch Bay (Hollywood Studios)
Rise of the Resistance
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Chewbacca, BB-8, and Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay (Hollywood Studios)
    • Other characters like Rey, Vi Moradi, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca are in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, however, they do not host traditional meet and greets (Hollywood Studios)
  • Connected dining: N/A

Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Swiss Family Treehouse (Magic Kingdom)
Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

Tangled
(& related movies and shows)

Tangled
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • While not really a typical attraction, there are very well-themed Tangled bathrooms in Magic Kingdom
Tangled Bathrooms
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom)
  • Connected dining:
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno* (Boardwalk)

*Note: Trattoria al Forno does not currently have characters

The Three Caballeros

Three Caballeros
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Gran Fiesta Tour (Epcot)
Gran Fiesta Tour
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Donald dressed in his costume from the Three Caballeros (Mexico Pavilion in Epcot)
Donald
  • Connected dining: N/A

Tom and Huck

Tom and Huck
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • Tom Sawyer’s Island (Magic Kingdom)
Tom Sawyer's Island
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining:
    • Aunt Polly’s (Magic Kingdom – operates seasonally)

Toy Story
(& all related movies)

Toy Story
  • Connected attraction(s) & lands:
    • Toy Story Land (Hollywood Studios)
    • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom)
    • Alien Swirling Saucers (Hollywood Studios)
    • Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)
    • Toy Story Mania (Hollywood Studios)
Woody toy story land
  • Connected character meets:
    • You can meet Buzz (Magic Kingdom)
    • Buzz, Woody, & Jessie* (Hollywood Studios)
Buzz
  • Connected dining:
    • Woody’s Lunchbox (Hollywood Studios)
    • Roundup Rodeo BBQ (opening 2022! Hollywood Studios)
  • Connected resort:
    • All-Star Movies (Toy Story section)
all star movies toy story section buzz

TRON & TRON: Legacy

Tron
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • TRON Lightcycle Power Run (opening spring 2023 at Magic Kingdom)
Tron location image
  • Connected character meets: N/A
  • Connected dining: N/A

UP!

Up
  • Connected attraction(s):
    • *UP! A Great Bird Adventure (Animal Kingdom)

*Note: The UP! themed bird show has been on hiatus for some time and is now called “Feathered Friends in Flight”

Up A Great Bird Adventure
  • Connected character meets:
    • Kevin can often be spotted wandering around (Discovery Island in Animal Kingdom)
Kevin
  • Connected dining: N/A

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