While many Guests absolutely love the four Disney Parks found at the Walt Disney World Resort, they also have an equal, if not deeper, love for the numerous Disney films that have been released throughout the company’s lengthy history. Classic moments from Disney animated and live-action films have led to beloved characters, songs, quotes, and more, that are instantly recognizable by Guests. Many of these incredible Disney movie moments are brought to life in immersive and amazing moments throughout the Disney Parks, offering Guests the chance to step into films and live their own movie adventures.
The most iconic trip into the movies that existed at the Walt Disney World Resort was the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which previously offered Guests the chance to live through moments from Fantasia and Mary Poppins, however, the attraction closed to make way to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Despite this loss, there are still plenty of amazing ways to enjoy Disney movie moments in real-time throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
Let’s step into the movies and enjoy!
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid is one of the most beloved Disney animated films of all time and tells the story of Ariel’s adventures of falling in love with Prince Eric. Guests can relive the entire film in stunning and immersive detail on Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland which invites Guests to board clamshells, come face to face with Ursula, sing along to “Under the Sea,” and more.
One of the most popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom is Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland which offers Guests the opportunity to be sprinkled with pixie dust and take to the skies to recreate moments from the classic Disney animated film Peter Pan. Guests can soar over the Darling’s nursery, the streets of London, and Neverland with Peter and friends before defeating Captain Hook and the pirates and sailing back to London aboard his pirate ship. Mickey’s PhilharMagic also features a wonderful 3D scene where Donald can be spotted soaring over London with Peter and Tink.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Every Guest loves the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and they can step into the film in two wonderful ways. First in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, where Guests can delve into the mines and sing “Heigh-Ho” with the Dwarfs before spotting them dancing in their cottage with Snow White. Second, Guests can head over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and enjoy dinner at Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White, where they can enjoy a magical prix-fixe dinner in the middle of the Enchanted Forest.
Dumbo is a classic Disney animated film that Guests can find themselves in the middle of in Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom. Dumbo the Flying Elephant invites Guests to fly high over the Disney Park with Dumbo on two separate spinners and even recreates the iconic circus scene where Dumbo leaps from a burning building inside of a massive tent in the middle of the queue.
Beauty and the Beast
Fans of Belle and the Beast’s love story depicted in Beauty and the Beast can relive many iconic moments from the film, beginning with Belle’s village being recreated in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. There, Guests can meet Gaston himself, grab a snack in Gaston’s Tavern, dine inside the Beast’s Castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant, and wander through charming courtyards and shops. Not far away in Fantasyland Guests can also visit Mickey’s PhilharMagic for a 3D musical number recreating the iconic “Be Our Guest” scene from the film. In addition, Guests can also meet Belle in the France Pavilion in EPCOT as well as enjoy the production of Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Many Guests are familiar with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland and how it shares the story of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, but they might not realize that the story was also adapted into a feature of the 1977 Disney animated film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh! This charming and fun attraction puts Guests right in the middle of the story and features beloved characters and music that make it unforgettable.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is a classic Disney animated film that features many whimsical and nonsensical moments that Alice encounters throughout her adventures, including one that has been adapted into a dizzying attraction. The Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom puts Guests in the middle of the Unbirthday scene and whirls them around turntables in massive teacups that also turn at dizzying speeds.
No Pixar film is as beloved as Toy Story and there are several ways that Guests can step into the fun and playful world of Woody and the gang throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the ultimate destination for fans of Toy Story as Guests shrink down to the size of toys and are invited to play in Andy’s backyard amongst toys that have cleverly been used to build landmarks and attractions. Those who spend time in the area can blast off on Slinky Dog Dash, compete in midway games on Toy Story Mania, and whirl around with the green aliens on Alien Swirling Saucers. Guests can also become members of Star Command alongside Buzz and help defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
One of the most successful and popular Disney animated films of the recent past is Frozen, so it’s only fitting that several ways to step into the film firsthand have been added to the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests who spend time in the Norway Pavilion in EPCOT can enjoy Frozen Ever After which brings Guests into the kingdom or Arendelle for a summer celebration with favorite friends before heading over to the Royal Sommerhaus to meet Anna and Elsa. Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, a live musical production where favorite characters take to the stage and invite Guests to sing along to beloved songs together.
Everyone loves the fun and adventurous story of Finding Nemo and Guests can relive the daring journey to find Nemo alongside Marlin and Dory on The Seas with Nemo and Friends in EPCOT. After enjoying the attraction, Guests can also explore the rest of the pavilion to check out an interactive area featuring Bruce the shark and enjoy the hilarious Turtle Talk with Crush. Guests who head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom also can’t miss out on Finding Nemo: The Big Blue and Beyond, a live stage show that brings the film to life with massive puppets, beautiful sets, and catchy musical numbers.
Moving into live-action films, one of the most iconic characters of all time is Indiana Jones who starred in daring adventures in an entire series of films that continues to grow over time. Guests who love Indy can enjoy the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where professional stunt actors recreate famous scenes from the films and showcase how they safely pull off each stunt and effect. Guests can also head over to Disney Springs to hang out, relax, and enjoy specialty cocktails and small bites at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar which is filled with subtle props and details that pay homage to the films.
Star Wars has obviously become a huge part of the Walt Disney World Resort and the ultimate destination for Guests to feel as though they have stepped into the films is Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge brings Guests into the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu where they can wander through exotic marketplaces, sample galactic cuisine, saddle up to the bar at Oga’s Cantina, and enjoy the incredible Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Also found nearby is Star Tours – The Adventures Continue which begins as a routine Star Tours flight and soon has Guests joining the Rebel Alliance in a series of thrilling scenes. In addition to all of this, true Star Wars fans can’t miss out on the chance to stay on board the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser which takes being in the middle of the action to an entirely new level with interactive elements, secret missions, and impacted outcomes over the course of two days.
Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been thrilling Guests by taking them into The Twilight Zone since it first opened in 1994, but it also inspired a 1997 film named Tower of Terror starring Steve Guttenberg. The film was set at the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel and sheds more backstory on the five individuals who mysteriously disappeared all those years ago with creepy moments and great glimpses of the attraction itself.
One of the most iconic attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort is the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. This beloved attraction is run by hilarious and groan-worthy skippers who guide Guests down some of the world’s most exotic rivers and went on to inspire the 2021 film Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. With hysterical jokes, thrilling moments, and lots of charm, the Jungle Cruise is a can’t-miss attraction!
Also beloved in the Magic Kingdom is the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square which brings Guests into the home of 999 happy haunts that create all sorts of mischief and eerie happenings throughout the ghostly tour. While largely panned by critics and fans, the iconic attraction inspired the 2003 film The Haunted Mansion starring Eddie Murphy. There are plenty of nods to the original attraction throughout the storyline.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The final Disney film that Guests can step into at the Walt Disney World Resort is Pirates of the Caribbean which can be found in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland. This classic attraction brings Guests through eerie caves and into a seaside town that is being ransacked by pirates and went on to inspire a wildly successful series of films titled Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp. Guests especially love the cyclical nature of how the attraction inspired the films, which then inspired updates and additions to the attraction!