Our Favorite Disney Books and Movies

To get even more pumped about visiting the mouse, we set aside a family movie night each weekend before our trip. This is not only a great way to enjoy family time but it gets us all even more excited and connected with Walt Disney World.

Below our are the top picks for our family. As with any Disney film, be sure to keep an eye out for any hidden Mickeys! Also, let us know what makes your Disney film must see list 🙂


How To Be Like Walt: Caputring the Disney Magic In Every Day Of Your Life

An inspiring biography of one of the most influential and beloved figures of the 21st century, based on more than a thousand interviews.
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Walt Disney The Triumph Of The American Imagination

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films–most notably Snow White, Fantasia, andBambi. In his superb biography, Neal Gabler shows us how, over the course of two decades, Disney revolutionized the entertainment industry. 

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Walt Disney: An American Original 

Walt Disney is an American hero--the creator of Mickey Mouse, and a man who changed the face of American culture. After years of research, with the full cooperation of the Disney family and access to private papers and letters, Bob Thomas produced the definitive biography of the man behind the legend--the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who went bankrupt on his first movie venture but became the genius who produced unmatched works of animation. Buy This Book On Amazon (AL)

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Dream It! Do It! Marty Sklar

Marty Sklar was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the month before the park opened. He spent his first decade at Disney as "the kid," the very youngest of the creative team Walt had assembled at WED Enterprises . Buy this book on Amazon (AL)

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Tower of Terrow 

This movie was actually the first for Disney to try out movies based on attractions! Although there is no connection with the Twilight Zone in the film, this gives you an in depth connection to the Tower of Terror.

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The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom is one of our favorite attractions so watching this film beforehand gets us totally immersed in the story ahead of time. This spooky yet light hearted movie features the hilarious Eddy Murphy.
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Mary Poppins

Practically Perfect In Every Way” Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.” Share the music, share the magic, share the joy of Mary Poppins with a whole new generation on Disney DVD.
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Indiana Jones (Entire Series)

These films bring me back to my childhood. I love being able to share with my own children. However Bruce has yet to make it through the entire second movie loo! Hoping that the attraction stays in Hollywood Studios..

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Snow White

The Walt Disney Classic film was officially released waaay back in 1937 when Hollywood Glitz and Glamour was at it’s prime. This film was revolutionary for it’s time and many were not too thrilled with the idea. Most people did not believe an audience would sit through a feature length animated film. Walt ignored the critics and pressed on making this beautiful film. 

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Pirates Of The Caribbean 

The absolute must see for any family and is likely that it is already on your bucket list. We love the spookiness of the first film the most but feel free to watch all four and soon 5! 

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Star Wars (Stat at the begginning)

The force is strong with those that see this movie before Disney World.

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This newer Disney Film has a great message and a lesson in optimism of the future just like Walt Disney himself believed, “imagine a place where anything is possible”, this film has touched the core of my heart. While producing the story, the writers were influenced by Walt Disney, and his vision of Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tommorrow). I love the connection and can’t get enough of watching this movie. 

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