DADventure Disney – Building Excitement With Our Disney & Pixar Movie Family Bucket List

I’ve said it here before, and I’ll keep saying it – one of the MOST important parts of planning your own DADventure to Walt Disney World is building excitement.

With my family, we do it through a number of ways. [DADventure Disney – Our Disney Character Countdown Banner]. We play Disney music all the time in the house, we watch Disney Food Blog and other amazing clips on YouTube. We watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to help introduce my Littles to the big names in the parks like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy.

We also use a family bucket list of Disney and Pixar movies we want to watch before heading to the parks this fall. It keeps track of what we’ve seen, what we want to see and even want we DON’T want to see!

With the trip a couple months away, the anticipation is growing for rides and attractions. But why are there spinning tea cups? Why does Buzz Lightyear fight Zurg? What is a flying carpet? Dumbo is an elephant that flies?

All good questions – questions that let me know the kids don’t know their Disney! (enough). They surely know how to Let It Go…. of that I’m certain.

STEP ONE – Make a List

We used a poster that hangs in the room by Dad’s DVD (yeah, I still have them) cabinet. This is going to be a LOT easier when Disney+ gets here in November!

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STEP TWO – Check Off The Movies You’ve ALL Seen

Anyone else notice that Gaston has FANGS?!

What HAVE we seen: Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Monsters Inc. Princess & The Frog, Tangled, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Winnie the Pooh, Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 4, Incredibles, Incredibles 2, Cars, Cars 3, Brave, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Frozen, Moana, Coco.

Sure, there are some holes, but that is what the Bucket List is all about. You may say, there’s a hole in our bucket! (#Dadjokes)

STEP THREE – Check Off The Movies You Don’t Want To See

We used colored tab stickers like these. Green stickers went on the movies we’ve seen and red stickers went on the movies we aren’t going to watch – at least before our trip.

These are movies that are older, or not represented in the parks, or a little too “adult” or scary for the little kids (Aged 5 and younger) or just plain bad (I’m looking at you Home on the Range).

What movies aren’t on our bucket list?
Fantasia, Sword in the Stone, Artisocats, Robin Hood, Rescuers, Rescuers Down Under, Pocohontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Wall-E, Bolt, Up, Toy Story 3, The Good Dinosaur, The Fox & The Hound, The Black Cauldron, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company, Fantasia 2000, Home on the Range, Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Cars 2. (Don’t get me started on direct-to-video movies – not on the list at all.)

I’m sure you have issue with us leaving some of these off. I’m happy to be persuaded – let me know in the comments!

STEP FOUR- Mark What Is Left to Watch

We use orange tabs for the movies we have yet to watch.

There are a few we’ve started watching and my little kids have run out of the room. These are movies I call “in progress”. They include: Hercules, Ratatouille and Wreck it Ralph. I’m sure we’ll get there, but maybe after the trip. But hey, at least the kids are aware of them.

Our current bucket list to watch: Pinocchio (we did read the Disney book), Dumbo (we did read the Disney book), Jungle Book, Aladdin, Lion King, Monsters University, Lilo & Stitch, Inside Out, Bambi (we did read the Disney book), Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, Mulan (we did read the Disney book), A Bugs Life, and Tarzan.

STEP FIVE- Celebrate Checking Another Off The List

Every time we finish a movie on our list, we run into the other room, remove the orange tab and replace it with a green one. It’s fun to watch the poster ‘turn green’ over time.

There you have it – another tool we’re using to get our family pumped for our DADventure to Walt Disney World. What do you use to do this? Share in our comments or on our Instagram and Facebook pages. I’d love to hear what YOU think!

Thanks for reading and, as always, I hope you enjoyed the DADventure.


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