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Finding Disney in Countdown Movie Nights

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.