Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World 2024

We all know that the planning and countdown are part of the excitement of booking a Disney trip!

Whether you want to get into the Disney mood or brush up on your Disney knowledge so you and your family can enjoy the small details of the parks, I’ve listed all the Disney movies to watch before going to Disney World!

I’ve also included why you should watch it – what rides and attractions you’ll find relating to each Disney movie in the parks.

Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to Magic Kingdom

There are lots of Disney characters to see in Magic Kingdom, so this is a pretty long list. There are rides based on movies and movies based on rides!

What To WatchWhy You Should Watch It
The Little MermaidRide: Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid
Dining: Prince Eric’s Village Market
Toy Story 1-4Ride: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Monsters, Inc.Attraction: Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor
Jungle CruiseRide: Jungle Cruise
Alice in WonderlandRide: Mad Tea Party
Dining: Cheshire Cafe
Lady and the TrampDining: Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Winnie the PoohRide: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Dining: The Crystal Palace
Snow White and the Seven DwarfsRide: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Swiss Family RobinsonAttraction: Swiss Family Treehouse
AladdinRide: The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin
Area: Agrabah Bazaar
Pirates Of The CaribbeanRide: Pirates Of The Caribbean
The Princess and the FrogRide: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (Coming Soon)
Haunted MansionRide: Haunted Mansion
CinderellaRide: Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
Dining: Cinderella’s Royal Table
Attraction: Cinderella’s Castle & Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
DumboRide: Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Peter PanRide: Peter Pan’s Flight
PinocchioDining: Pinocchio Village Haus
Beauty and the BeastDining: Be Our Guest Restaurant & Gaston’s Tavern.
Robin HoodDining: The Friar’s Nook
TronRide: Tron Lightcycle/ Run
TangledAttraction: Tangled themed rest area & Photopass photo op.
The Country BearsAttraction: Country Bear Jamboree
TomorrowlandArea: Tomorrowland

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

You can’t go to Magic Kingdom without watching the fireworks! A lot of Disney movies and music appear in Happily Ever After, so here is a list of all the Disney movies in the Happily Ever After fireworks show.

  • Princess and the Frog
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Ratatouille
  • Tangled
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Brave
  • Cars
  • Up
  • Finding Nemo
  • Moana
  • Aladin
  • Tarzan
  • Lion King
  • Toy Story
  • The Jungle Book
  • Wall-E
  • Wreck It Ralph
  • Big Hero 6
  • Zootopia/Zootropolis
  • Inside Out
  • Monsters Inc
  • Frozen
  • Mulan
  • The Incredibles
  • Sleeping Beauty/ Maleficent
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Hercules
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Tinkerbell/ Peter Pan

Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to Animal Kingdom

The list of Disney movies to watch before going to Animal Kingdom is pretty short, but a must-watch is Avatar and Avatar: The Way of the Water so you can fully appreciate Pandora!

What To WatchWhy You Should Watch It
Up!Attraction: Wilderness Explorers Headquarters
Finding NemoShow: Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond
The Lion KingShow: Festival of the Lion King
Attraction: Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Avatar & Avatar: The Way of the Water.Area: Pandora: The World of Avatar
Rides: Avatar Flight of Passage & Na’vi River Journey
Restaurants: Pongu Pongu & Satu’li Canteen
Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World: Avatar
Pandora at Animal Kingdom

Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to EPCOT

There are six movies to watch on this list! EPCOT has an aquarium so get in the undersea mood with Finding Nemo or watch the Frozen movies before heading to the Norway pavilion!

What To WatchWhy You Should Watch It
Finding Nemo & Finding DoryAttraction: The Seas with Nemo and Friends & Turtle Talk with Crush
Guardians of the GalaxyRide: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
RatatouilleRide: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Frozen & Frozen 2Ride: Frozen Ever After
The Three CaballerosRide: The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
MoanaAttraction: Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

If you want to know what movies to watch based on character meet and greets, check out our post on characters in EPCOT!

Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to Hollywood Studios

The two big movie franchises to watch before going to Hollywood Studios are Star Wars and Toy Story as they both have dedicated areas with rides, attractions, and dining options!

What To WatchWhy You Should Watch It
Indiana JonesShow: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Tower of TerrorRide: Tower of Terror
Star Wars moviesArea: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Rides: Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance & Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Dining: Ronto Roasters, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Oga’s Cantina & Milk Stand
FrozenShow: For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
The MuppetsAttraction: Muppet Vision 3D
Toy Story 1-4Area: Toy Story Land
Rides: Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash & Toy Story Mania
Dining: Woody’s Lunch Box & Roundup Rodeo BBQ
CarsAttraction: Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Beauty and the BeastShow: Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Disney Movies to Watch Before Going to Disney World: Toy Story
Jessie in Toy Store Land

Disney Movies to Watch Before Staying at a Disney World Resort

There are plenty of Disney characters at Disney World resort hotels! You will mainly find these in the value resorts, but you’ll also spot a few in others.

What To WatchDisney World Resort
The Little MermaidAll-Star Music Resort pool
Art of Animation Resort section
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Port Orleans Riverside – The Royal Guest Rooms
Toy StoryAll-Star Movies Resort section
101 DalmationsAll-Star Movies Resort section
FantasiaAll-Star Movies Resort section & pool
The Three CaballerosAll-Star Music Resort pool
The Love BugAll-Star Movies Resort section
The Mighty DucksAll-Star Movies Resort section & pool
The Jungle BookPop Century Resort
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?Pop Century Resort
The Lion KingArt of Animation Resort section
Animal Kingdom Lodge
CarsArt of Animation Resort section
Finding NemoArt of Animation Resort section
Princess and the FrogPort Orleans Riverside – The Royal Guest Rooms
Beauty and the BeastPort Orleans Riverside – The Royal Guest Rooms
TangledPort Orleans Riverside – The Royal Guest Rooms
AladdinPort Orleans Riverside – The Royal Guest Rooms
The IncrediblesContemporary Resort rooms
MoanaPolynesian Village Resort rooms
Mary PoppinsGrand Floridian Resort & Spa


So that’s a complete list of Disney movies to watch before going to Disney World!

Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments!

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