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Classic Disney Movies For Long Weekends

Family starting to watch a Disney movie on TV

If you have a long weekend to spend with the kids, chances are you’ll curl up in front of the TV at some point for some popcorn, a Disney movie, and well-deserved down time. But with endless Disney movies to choose from, how to you pick the perfect film for your family?

Whether you want to introduce your family to animated films from your childhood or want to experience a contemporary favorite for the first time, we’ve rounded up the classic Disney movies that are guaranteed to be enjoyed by the whole family.

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The Lion King $20

The Lion King DVD cover featuring the Lion King's main characters

Quite possibly the best Disney movie ever made, The Lion King is a magnificent coming-of-age masterpiece about Simba the lion and his royal destiny on the great plains of Africa. Filled with humor, heart, breathtaking animation, and Academy Award-winning music, it's a movie you can watch again and again with the kids and still enjoy. 

The Little Mermaid DVD Movie Platinum Edition (2-Disc Set)  $22

The Little Mermaid DVD Movie Platinum Edition DVD cover with Ariel , Sebastian, and evil sea queen

Take an adventurous girl ready to strike out on her own, add a sarcastic crab as a sidekick and match them up with a villainous-yet-inspiring octopus and you get The Little Mermaid. This classic movie has some of Disney's best animation and it's full of catchy songs that make it a challenge to stay in your seat. 

Toy Story $20

Toy Story SPecial Edition DVD cover with clouds and blue background

What do toys do when no one's around...and what happens to them when their child grows up? That's the main premise behind Toy Story, a computer-animated adventure comedy from Disney-Pixar that's considered by many to be one of the best-animated films ever made. It features the voices of Hollywood favorites Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Don Rickles. as well as an unforgettable score by Randy Newman, including the song "You've Got a Friend in Me".

Beauty and the Beast $15

Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition DVD with Belle and the Beast

Released in 1991, Beauty and the Beast is an animated musical that tells the story of the Beast, a prince who was cursed by a witch and turned into a beast as punishment for his arrogant behavior, and Belle, the young girl he hopes will fall in love with him to end the curse. While the relationship between Belle and the Beast is the main attraction of this film, the supporting cast of servants that have been turned into household objects kind of steal the show. It has a fantastic soundtrack filled with catchy songs, a happy ending, and a strong female lead in Belle. 

Monsters, Inc $20

Monsters, Inc DVD Cover with Mike and Sully

If your little one is afraid of monsters under their bed and in their closet, they won't be after watching Monsters, Inc. The movie is all about a company filled with adorable monsters that make a living out of scaring little kids. It's a good-natured movie that's full of laughs for the kids, and even has a few jokes thrown in for the adults. 

Finding Nemo $16

Finding Nemo DVD with Dory, Nemo, and the sea turtle swimming through the ocean

While the story of Finding Nemo can be slightly stressful for very little kids (it's about a fish being separated from his parents and trying to find his way back home), it's a visual delight of a movie that's filled with great music and lots of comedy thanks to Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres). And the ending is one of Disney's best!

Coco $15

Coco DVD cover featuring Miguel playing guitar with Hector

The newest Disney film on our list, Coco follows the story of Miguel, a 12 year-old boy who is accidentally transported to the Land of the Dead. While there, he seeks out his great-great-grandfather, a musician, in hopes of bringing him back among the living to reverse his family's ban on music. Praised for its animation, respect for Mexican culture, and emotional story, it was the 11th highest grossing film of 2017 and the 15th highest grossing animated film ever. 

Moana $20

Moana movie DVD cover with Moana and mighty demigod Maui sailing on the ocean

Moana is the story of a strong-willed Polynesian girl on a mission to save her people from a blight that has stuck their island by finding Maui, a legendary demigod and joining forces to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. "Movie good for all ages. Funny but also helps show little girls that they can be leaders and have their own adventures," says Lightweight in their five-star movie review. 

Lady and the Tramp  $15

Lady and the Tramp DVD cover showing Lady and the Tramp in a restaurant

For classic Disney animation and charm, treat the family to one of Disney's most endearing movies, Lady and the Tramp. It tells the story of Lady, a privileged American cocker spaniel living a refined upper-class life and Tramp, a stray mixed-breed as they accidentally meet, embark on romantic adventures, and end up falling in love. Filled with a colorful cast of characters and a world-famous spaghetti sharing scene, this is a must-see movie for any Disney fan.  

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