What to watch before you go on vacation to Disney World in the Magic Kingdom

The world of Disney. The iconic vacation destination for just about every kid (and most adult) in the world. The entire trip is about being completely immersed in the various Disney properties – all in one Florida city. As travel restrictions finally started to loosen, my wife and I finally got the chance to take a trip on our own, and you guessed it – we went to Disney!

How ill-prepared we were to enter the House of the Mouse. We spent the entire trip commenting on “Wish I had watched (insert Disney movie / show here) before we came” and “We’ll have to watch this when we get home.” Some things made us wonder “What movie / show is this from?” Needless to say, we arrived home with a whole list of Disney things to watch.

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So before you break quarantine and make your own trip to Disney, check out my list, in no particular order, of movies and shows to watch before you go. With the overwhelming size of featured parks and attractions, I’ll cover each park in a separate article. First of all, we are heading for the classic Disney Magic Kingdom {/ bold.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

This one was a stunner for me. Away from my favorite movie, and something I haven’t watched in a very long time, this was one of my favorite attractions of the whole trip. The “Under the Sea” portion of the ride in particular was amazing, fully realizing the film’s iconic song and scene in all of Disney’s inventive, animatronic glory. Make sure you watch the movie so you can pick out all the details.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

The pirate ride in Magic Kingdom was long before the movie, however, in recent years the ride has incorporated Captain Barbosa and Jack Sparrow on the heels of movie popularity. This is the journey based on the film based on the journey! Board your boat and follow Barbosa storming Port Royal in search of Jack, vaguely reminiscent of when Port Royal was stormed at the start of the first film. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, but I will definitely be watching the movie to get you in the mood for hacking.

Star Command Buzz Lightyear (2000)

Both an animated movie and a spinoff series, everything you need is there to lock in and charge for the Space Ranger Spin by boldBuzz Lightyear. / Bold The Ride loosely follows the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthese animated offerings, you teaming up with Buzz and other Space Ranger recruits to defeat Zurg. Sadly, there’s no direct connection to Toy Story, but the ride was cool nonetheless. Adjust your phaser for fun!

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Another example where the ride came first. Very little of a ride update needed here, as the movie is a straightforward recreation of a bunch of elements that make the ride so fun. Hop aboard your “doom buggy” if you’re brave enough and enjoy the tour as the mansion and its people try to get the most out of you. Hope you can check out some of the details of the movie. The ballroom was my favorite part.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

This one is a really fun little ride. It was hard not to be nostalgic, as I was a huge fan of cartoons and books when I was a kid. The attraction literally takes pages out of the books as part of the scenery, as you make your way through the 100-acre woods with Pooh and the gang. The animated series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988) would also be very useful here. I can’t go wrong with you anyway. Just make sure you catch at least a few of the short episodes before you go, and watch out for Heffalumps and Woozles!

Peter Pan (1953)

Like The Little Mermaid attraction, this ride follows an abridged version of the original film. Strap in to your pirate ship, as Tinkerbell hits you with fairy dust so you can join her with Peter on a journey over London and to Neverland. You should recognize that a bunch of iconic scenes come to life almost directly copied from the movie.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The ride here is the boldSeven Dwarfs Mine Train / bold. The coaster takes you through the mine with the Dwarves for a full working day. Really a loose offshoot of the classic movie, if you just want a reminder and don’t necessarily care about the entire movie, you can always cheat and just watch the first part of the movie where it shows them all working. Heigh Ho!

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The famous boldSplash Mountain / bold ride is finally redesigned. Make sure to check before you go, and if they’ve done the conversion they’re almost guaranteed to get some great scenes from The Princess and the Frog. The current version of the attraction is based on Song of the South (1946), but there’s no need to revisit that callous and outdated film. Disney is in complete agreement with the attraction’s upcoming rebranding.

Jungle Cruise (2021)

If the movie comes out before your trip and you have a chance of catching it, it’s a safe bet (high cast power, a great story, and extra time for editing will make it a winner). Given that this is another film based on the classic ride and the attraction itself is going to be updated in the near future, we can assume that they will tie the two properties together to mirror each other. . Plus, it’s The Rock. Even his bad movies are fun.

Here. These are all the Disney movies and shows that I recommend to get that “I’m in the movie” feeling when you finally head to Disney Magic Kingdom. Check back later to see what you should be watching before Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Unfortunately, we were unable to reserve a place at Hollywood Studios when we booked our trip, due to Star Wars. So if you CAN get in I guess you’ll want to watch Star Wars. Any other recommendations for Disney Magic Kingdom? Agree or disagree with the list? Let us know in the comments!

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