Obviously, don’t feel like you need to watch all of these (or any of these for that matter!)
- Avatar – no, this is not a Disney movie. However, this 2009 James Cameron movie is the basis for a brand new land at Animal Kingdom park which is set to open to the public on May 27, 2017. This new land cost over $1billion to create, and includes 2 brand new rides in addition to floating mountains and beautiful plants.
- Cars – this is more applicable for a trip to Disneyland, where they have an entire land devoted to this movie at the California Adventure Park. Cars Land is amazingly well themed, and really cute!
- Frozen – a 2013 Disney animation film that every little girl loves these days. There’s a ride in the Norway pavilion at Epcot themed after it, the sisters have a meet and greet at Epcot (and one at DCA on the west coast), there’s a sing-along show at Hollywood Studios, there will be hundreds of little kids in the park dressed as Anna and Elsa – there’s really no avoiding this movie. There’s a live-action theatre show at Disney California Adventure as well – definitely worth checking out!
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Due to a really complicated legal deal made between Marvel and Universal Studios years before Disney purchased Marvel, none of the main Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, etc) are allowed to be showcased inside the parks in Florida. The Universal deal does not include the GotG, so just recently a new meet and greet with Star Lord and Baby Groot began at Hollywood Studios. The Universal-Marvel deal only affects theme parks east of the Mississippi River however, so Disneyland in California is free to use any of the characters as they wish.
- The Lion King – possibly one of the greatest Disney movies ever made, this 1994 classic is the basis for Festival of the Lion King (FotLK) in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom Park. FotLK is a live-action musical show complete with Cirque-du-Soleil style men dressed as monkeys. It’s amazing, and a show not to be missed!