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What Disney Movie Should I Watch? – Picking a Movie Based on Your Mood

Have you ever sat down to watch a movie and wondered what Disney movie should I watch? This list will help you pick one for your mood.

Sometimes you just want to relax and watch a movie that helps you feel your feelings. With a film list of over 300 feature films, there’s a Disney movie for any mood! About half of those movies are animated and the other half are live-action. So no matter what you’re in the mood to watch, Disney has something for you.

What Disney Movie Should I Watch If I Need Cheering Up?

Feeling blue and looking for a movie to help you out of the funk? Try one of these heart-warming Disney movies.

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Wall-E is such a wholesome movie. He’s just a robot doing his job and living life to the fullest. We could all learn from Wall-E.


The Muppets movie is funny and heartwarming. It’s all about self-discovery and friendship. Perfect for when you’re feeling blue!

Cinderella (2015)

“Have courage and be kind.” I mean, I can’t think of a more optimistic movie quote. The modern remake of Cinderella is the perfect encouragement for when life gets you down.

A Goofy Movie

A Goofy Movie is all about family bonding and learning to accept others. Plus, the music could lift anyone out of a funk!

Toy Story

Revisit a childhood classic to remind you of the simple joys in life. Toy Story is great for giving you that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Finding Dory

A story of being yourself and finding people that love you for it. Finding Dory is a heartwarming comedy is perfect for when you’re feeling blue.

What Disney Movie Should I Watch If I Need A Good Cry?

Sometimes you just need a good cry. These movies are perfect for getting the tears flowing!

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The Fox and the Hound

It’s been 35 years since I first saw The Fox and the Hound and I still can’t watch it without sobbing. Sometimes I skip right to the song “Goodbye May Seem Forever” and immediately burst into tears.


The opening scene of Up should be enough to get the waterworks started. But the rest of the movie does a great job of ripping your heart out too.

Inside Out

Two words: Bing Bong. My husband actually refuses to rewatch Inside Out because it made him so upset.

Toy Story 3

The first time I ever saw my dad cry was watching Toy Story 3. This movie will destroy anyone that grew up watching Toy Story.


Onward is one of Pixar’s most underrated films. It’s a heartwarming adventure, but the entire premise is heartbreaking. And the ending is so bittersweet. Have the tissues ready!


While Encanto is full of fun music and adventure, it’s also so sad. The Madrigal family overcomes so much heartache over the course of the film.


I love Coco, but I can’t watch it without crying. It’s such a beautiful story of love and forgiveness.

What Disney Movie Should I Watch If I’m Feeling Nostalgic?

If you grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s, then you grew up with these movies. They are perfect for taking a trip down memory lane.

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The Parent Trap

I was obsessed with The Parent Trap growing up. I learned the secret handshake and everything! As an adult, I really want to live at the vineyard in Napa!

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Even though I was a little older when The Lizzie McGuire Movie came out, it was a perfect representation of the years I spent watching the show. And I immediately sing whenever someone says “hey now!”

Hocus Pocus

I actually watch Hocus Pocus every year for Halloween. It’s the perfect stroll down memory lane. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel!

Cool Runnings

The inspiring story of the Jamaican bobsled team. I rented this movie from the library so much growing up. It feels like I’m a kid again every time I watch Cool Runnings!


Disney Channel Original Movies were a staple of my childhood. Any one of these movies takes me back to simpler times. Check out my list of the Best Disney Channel Original movies!

What Disney Movie Should I Watch for a Laugh?

Sometimes you just need a comedy movie. These Disney comedies are a few of my favorites and always great for a good laugh.

The Emperor’s New Groove

My sisters and I had The Emperor’s New Groove memorized growing up. “Pull the lever Kronk!” is a line I think about WAY too often. It’s always great for a laugh.


The Flubber remake of 1997 is peak, Robin Williams. This movie is so much fun. It never fails to make me laugh.

The Muppets

Any of the Muppets movies are great for a laugh! And I feel like every time I watch them, I find new jokes to laugh at.

George of the Jungle

Another favorite from growing up, George of the Jungle was a weekly watch in my house. Brendan Frasier is hilarious as George! And I love the narrator!


The star-studded cast of Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, and James Marsden. Enchanted is fun and funny! My favorite scene is where the New York critters are cleaning the apartment.

The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries has aged so well! When I want to watch something fun, I frequently find myself watching this movie. It’s Anne Hathaway’s best work!

What Disney Movie Should I Watch When I Feel Like Singing?

Disney films are full of fantastic music and songs. These are a few of the most iconic musicals that are sure to have you singing along.


An amazing Disney musical that will have you wanting to dance along! Newsies is based on the real Newsboy Strike of 1899 and stars a young Christian Bale as Jack Kelly.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was my first favorite movie and it continues to be a favorite. The songs and dances just can’t be beaten.


The music from Encanto was an instant favorite. They are fresh and fun! I love having dance parties while listening to Encanto with my kids.

Into the Woods

A fun musical that combines fairytales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk into one story that takes place in the woods. Into the Woods has an all-star cast that includes Meryl Streep, James Cordon, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and more.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997)

This fun Cinderella story is based on the live-theater version by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is full of new songs that you won’t be able to get out of your head! This version stars the legendary Whitney Houston, pop sensation Brandy, and Bernadette Peters.


Both Frozen and Frozen II are full of amazing songs that you just can’t help but sing along to. In fact, the Frozen Singalong is one of my favorite Disney World activities. But singing along to the movies is almost just as fun.

High School Musical

With three movies loaded with fantastic original songs, you can’t go wrong with High School Musical! I love watching this one with the kids and singing along!

What Disney Movie Should I Watch When I Want to Feel Cozy?

Sometimes you just want to curl up with a blanket and watch a movie. These films are perfect for those evenings that you need a little comfort and relaxation.

Christopher Robin

A heartfelt story about growing up, Christopher Robin is a great cozy movie. And a great reminder to never lose our inner child. You can still be a grown-up without growing up completely.


This movie is set around the holidays, but I don’t think of it as strictly a holiday movie. It’s a film about remembering the magic and joy of family. Godmothered is perfect for a cozy night in.


What’s more cozy than being warm inside and watching a movie about the cold? Plus, the focus of truly loving your family makes this movie a perfect comfort film.

The Mighty Ducks

I’m a sucker for underdog sports movies. They always leave me feeling happy! And The Mighty Ducks is one a classic movie with a lovable, underdog team of kids. I also love Mighty Ducks 2!


When I think about being warm and cozy, I also think about good food. And good food is definitely a huge part of Ratatouille! Add in a little unexpected friendship and you’ve got a great comfort film.

What Disney Movie Should I Watch When I’m Feeling Adventurous?

We can’t always go on a vacation or adventure. So next time you want an adventure, try escaping through one of these classic films.

The Journey of Natty Gann

This movie is a Disney classic about a young girl during the Great Depression. She sets off to travel across the country and find her father. Along the way she befriends a wolf and a young John Cusack. The Journey of Natty Gann was a favorite of mine as a kid.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

What’s more adventurous than a movie about three pets that travel across the country to find their owners? Homeward Bound features the most lovable pets, voiced by amazing actors. Chance is the spunky dog voiced by Michael J. Foxx. Sassy is a sassy cat voiced by Sally Field. And Shadow is the loyal retriever that leads the pack.


Join Moana as she journeys across the sea to get a demi-god to help her take down a lava monster. If anything, this movie makes me want to take a beach vacation.

Pirates of the Caribbean

This instant Disney classic is full of fun pirate adventure. Pirates of the Caribbean is thrilling, funny and the perfect movie for an adventurous mood.

The Incredibles

A group of superheroes on a mission to rescue their family and take down a villain. It doesn’t get more adventurous than The Incredibles.


Onward is a fun, heartfelt movie about a magical quest. Anyone that’s into fantasy adventures is going to love this movie!

The Rescuers Down Under

This movie features one of the most adventurous places, Australia. Join Bernard and Bianca has they rescue a young boy and an endangered eagle in The Rescuers Down Under.

My Top 5 Disney Comfort Movies

Whenever I’m feeling sad, or just looking to escape into a movie for a bit, I turn to one of these movies. Partly for the music, partly for the story, and always for the feelings.

The Princess Diaries

This movie always takes me back to simpler times. I love watch Mia on her journey of self-discovery. Plus, seeing Julie Andrews and a blonde Mandy Moore is always fun for me.


This live-action fairytale had me hooked from the first time I saw it! I love the songs. And Amy Adams is the perfect real life princess.


This movie was an instant favorite for me. And it also goes to show that you can’t underestimate animated films! Coco is visually stunning, and the main song is beautiful. I love the twist in the story too!

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was my favorite movie growing up. And now it’s one of my kids’ favorites too. I can’t help but stop and watch it whenever it’s on. It always brings back happy memories for me.


I definitely consider Tarzan to be a little more of an adult animated movie, but it’s fantastic. The soundtrack for this movie is one of the best. Plus, the animation is stunning.

So what’s your favorite Disney comfort movie?

If you’re looking for more Disney recommendations, these are the best Disney movies for toddlers and the best adult shows on Disney Plus!



  1. This post made me so dang HAPPY. I love so many of these movies and I constantly have the desire to sit down and watch them. My recent go-to has been Encanto. But it’s definitely time for a rewatch of some of the others here. So much fun!

  2. So many of my favorites! The Princess Diaries, The Parent Trap and Cinderella are a few of my comfort faves! Up!, Coco, Mary Poppins and Wall-E are always fun to watch too. You can’t go wrong with the classics either – the original Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast are my all-time faves!


  3. I LOVED this post! It even reminded me of some of the Disney movies I love but haven’t seen in forever. I have to say, Coco is definitely up there for top favorite in my book. I also absolutely loved Soul!

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