This may be the hardest listicle I’ve had to put together. Why? Because you could say that I eat, sleep, breathe Disney. Apparently I’ve always loved it since my parents took me to Walt Disney World in Orlando for the first time when I was just 18-months old. I mean, my mom has a picture of me and my sister being pushed in our strollers by Chip and Dale in the park. How priceless is that?! How could I not love the happiest place on Earth?! So I’ve taken time to really think about which films are a part of my top five and why I’ve put them there. Yes, this is a tough one, almost as tough as having to choose which character I want to name my future dog after (this is becoming a bigger discussion with the boyfriend even though he doesn’t know that we’re going to have this discussion). I only put a couple of restrictions on the list: 1) I’m not including any straight to VHS or DVD films as I only want to include ones that had some amount of time in the box office. 2) I’m also limiting this list to only Disney films and not Disney Pixar. I think that those films deserve a list of their own (keep an eye out for that one!). Also try to keep in mind these are just my favorites. If you have a different opinion, share! So here we go! My top five faves from over the years.
- Alice in Wonderland, 1951
Curiouser and curiouser. I’ve always had some fascination with this film since I was a kid. It may be because of all of the incredible colors, or that there were so many comical moments that I fell in love with everything about it. Whenever I have an hour or so on the weekends I always end up putting this movie on. For some reason it calms me down and makes me take a moment to breathe. I also love the soundtrack and will sing “In A World of My Own” at least twice a week.
2. The Lion King, 1994
Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase, indeed. I never would have thought back then that such a phrase would stick with me into adulthood. Somedays you need a little more of Timon and Pumba’s inspirational words to help you through, or maybe there are some people around you who need to brush up on what it means. Besides that though, this movie is an all time classic, not just because of the tunes, but because of how well-crafted the story arch is. Yes I know that it is based off of ‘Hamlet’, but how am I supposed to know that when I’m four years old?!? I also have super fond memories of my dad singing and dancing around with me and my sister to the songs, so this movie will always have a special place in my heart.
3. Mary Poppins, 1964
The other movie on this list because of all of the memories that are attached. ‘Mary Poppins’ is probably my mom’s favorite Disney flick, which is why it’s no surprise it’s ending up on my list. After watching Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke jump into the sidwalk art, I always made my mom stop while we were walking around to see if I could jump in as well.
4. Beauty and The Beast, 1991
Now if you asked my mom what my favorite movie would be, she would probably say this one. Why? Because you can pretty much guarantee that if I’m home, she’s having me sing the “Belle” in the kitchen. I’ve mentioned how much I love that I’m a lot like Belle according to this quiz, which is why this has to make it into my top five. Also, the music and the characters are great, even Gaston. I mean, who else has biceps the size of a barge?
5. Lady and The Tramp, 1955
This could possibly seem really random, but there is an importance as to why this makes it on here. For a while in college I had a really hard time falling asleep. It would take me ages and then even if I was successful it would be very light. So a lot of the time I found myself watching movies. For weeks I could only watch this flick as a way to bring me to sleep because I felt so peaceful. So these pups helped me get back on my sleeping pattern by bringing me joy.