/ Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs PosterDisney movie nights are common in my family. Actually, who am I kidding, they’re a routine part of our week. These stories told through film are the root of the stems we experience in the parks, and as such are pretty much the core of Disney fandom.

As Disney vacations grow nearer, it’s fun to plan movie nights with purpose, keeping in mind what we’ll be doing on each given trip. Any Disney movie naturally prompts excitement for a visit to the most magical place on earth. However, if you look at your itinerary close enough, you can probably pick out a few titles that will have more relevance than others, and thus, prompt even more anticipation.

For example, a few trips ago I knew my friends and I would spend two evenings enjoying the atmosphere of Disney’s Polynesian Resort, so planned to watch Lilo & Stitch prior to traveling to set the mood. On my family’s upcoming visit, it will be the first time most of them have seen New Fantasyland®, so I’m making sure we hit all of the inspiration for that area to maximize appreciation for its detail: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsDumboThe Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. We’re staying in the Cars wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, so that is also a natural choice!

If all else fails, and I can’t think of anything, Mary Poppins is always an excellent go-to pump-up film: not only is it truly quintessential Disney, but its box-office profits funded the construction of Walt Disney World®.

Does your family have Disney movie nights? Which films get you excited for an upcoming trip to the World?


(Image © Disney.)

Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.



5 thoughts on “Finding Disney in Countdown Movie Nights”

  1. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    My Family and I always watch disney movies incessantly the month before our planned trips. Also whenever I’m sick, I lay in bed and watch a Disney movie with my portable tv. 8:)

  2. Becky Manion says:

    I watched Cars the night before my trip to California – to see Cars Land, to compare how it was.
    Answer – exactly the same – perfect!

  3. Laura Bergen says:

    we have movie nights and actually we will just watch the free Disney Parks DVD that they send when you are planning a vacation for fun!

  4. Jennifer Lambert says:

    We’ve done this several times! We took a road trip from Michigan to Disneyland in 2012 and we not only re-watched Cars to get ready to see the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, but we also made sure to have Disney soundtracks (and podcasts) on our Ipod for the drive. I love watching the shows on Walt Disney World and Disneyland on Destination America and the Travel Channel too, I keep them on our DVR whenever I need a Disney “fix”.

  5. Joe says:

    As for a family Disney Movie Night it seems like every day we have some Disney movie/show on. From the Disney channel, to DVDs, all of our portable devices and between 4 kids there’s always something new for them to discover! Our next trip will be in Dec of 2014 and I am really excited for us to have the “DisneyMovies” app on the iphone. I will have all the Disney Movies a click away. My 2 year loves Frozen; my 4 year old enjoys The Incredibles, my 6 year old Sleeping Beauty and 8 year old Monsters University. A favorite classic movie would have to be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While my next one is not a film, it does put a wonderful twist on all our favorite Disney Characters in Once Upon a Time.