Movies to watch before your day at Epcot

As you begin to prepare for your trip to Disney World, watching movies can be a fun way to create excitement for your days at the parks. Here’s a list of films that will feature characters you may interact with during the course of your day at Epcot.


At the Morocco pavilion you can meet Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, deep inside the pavilion. You’ll have to travel to the very back to find this character meet and greet. To increase the excitement of this character experience have your kids watch this movie before your day at Epcot.

Beauty and the Beast

There’s a fantastic character meal at the Norway Pavilion at the restaurant Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The feature character of this meal is Belle. You meet her at the entrance of the restaurant. You can also meet Belle and sometimes the Beast at the France pavilion.


If you’ll be dining at the character meal at Akershus Banquet Hall for breakfast, lunch or dinner you can expect to meet Cinderella. If your kids have never watched the film before you can always choose between one of two films: the classic animated film or the newer live action version.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

At the Germany pavilion, guest can meet the original Disney princess periodically throughout the afternoon. She is also one of the characters that’s in attendance at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.


The only place to meet Mulan, outside of runDisney events, is Epcot’s China pavilion. If you want your fellow guests to know who she is then watching this film will help.

Alice in Wonderland

At the United Kingdom pavilion you can meet Alice from Alice in Wonderland.

Mary Poppins

If you haven’t seen the latest film of Mary Poppins then I would strongly encouraging giving it a watch. It’s full of wonderful new songs and a beautiful message that will ring true with any family. But watching either Mary Poppins film will do the trick. Mary Poppins has a meet and greet at the UK pavilion throughout the afternoon.

The Three Caballeros

At the Mexico pavilion there is a boat ride hidden in the depths of the building. The ride features the three characters from The Three Caballeros: Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Panchito Pistoles. The attraction has scenes from the film. It can be enjoyed without watching the film but you may not know the characters if you’ve never seen at least bits from the 1944 movie. These three amigos are now starring in their own show on the Disney channel called Legend of the Three Caballeros. Watching an episode of that should do the trick.


Currently at the Mexico pavilion, a unique piece of entertainment is being performed daily. The March Cobre, a march band, play songs from the film Coco while performers use puppets to bring the characters to life.


The whole Norway pavilion is now home to all things Frozen. There’s a meet and greet with Elsa and Anna, the Wandering Reindeer Shop and the Frozen Ever After attraction.

Finding Nemo

In The Seas area of Epcot West is a number of things Finding Nemo. There’s the Finding Nemo attraction, Bruce’s Shark World, Turtle Talk with Crush and of course there’s a shop as you exit The Seas where you can buy shirts, mugs and plush toys of your favourite Nemo characters. Watching Finding Nemo or Finding Dory to remind yourself of these under the sea creatures.

Sleeping Beauty

The last film on the list is Sleeping Beauty. The dozing princess Aurora can be found in the France pavilion, on the odd day, and at Akershus Banquet Hall. She’s seen in her beautiful pink gown.

12 Movies. That’s 3 months of movie nights. We always try to pick about 12 movies to watch as we countdown towards our vacation. We look at what our plans are for our trip and pick films that will familiarize our kids with the stories that will be played out in front of their very eyes at the parks. It creates in them a fresh excitement and recognition of the characters. Giving us great memories and pictures to last a lifetime.

For more information on your day at Epcot, take a look at these previous posts:

Breakfast at Epcot

Lunch at Epcot

Supper at Epcot

Epcot: Future World East

Epcot: Norway Pavilion

Epcot: The Land