Everyone has those days where life just sucks the energy out of you. To combat those blues, many people pop in an inspiring movie. What other studio brings vibes of inspiration and positivity better than Disney? For years, they have been delivering only the best cinematic bits. Whether this is a tear-jerking montage or a moment of glorification, there is no doubt that Disney knows how to tug at our heartstrings. So if you are feeling down in the dumps, here are the most iconic Disney moments (listed in no particular order) that will instantly make you smile—or cry.
The 7 Most Unforgettable Disney Moments
1. Elsa sings “Let It Go” (Frozen)
Frozen was a worldwide sensation upon its release. One of the biggest appeals of the hit film was its catchy lead track “Let It Go” sung by Broadway actress Idina Menzel. The song alone provokes feelings of hopefulness and empowerment, which are perfect messages for young girls everywhere.
2. Simba returns to Pride Rock (The Lion King)
Frozen may have inspired a new generation of Disney fans but The Lion King is still the most iconic film produced by the studio. Simba‘s return to Pride Rock after the fight with Scar is truly one of the glorious Disney moments in history. From the rain to the shot where the true king reclaims its throne, it is easy to see why this film made such a great impact on the art of filmmaking.
3. Tiana opens her restaurant (The Princess and the Frog)
Back in 2009, Tiana made history by becoming the first African-American Disney princess. But it was not just Tiana’s skin color that gave her one of the most important Disney moments, it was also her hard work and resilience. At the end of the film, the New Orleans native finally opened the restaurant she dreamed of,proving to the world that anything is possible if you put your mind and heart into it.
4. Copper and Tod meet (The Fox and the Hound)
Anyone who has seen The Fox and the Hound knows that the movie has its share of heartbreaking scenes. But the part where Copper and Tod first meet made its mark as one of the most unforgettable Disney moments of all time. It provides a metaphor for a better society by showing that people of social classes, genders, and race can indeed be friends.
5. Beauty and the Beast waltz (Beauty and the Beast)
There are countless romantic Disney moments, but this is truly the best. The waltz scene in Beauty and the Beast shows how well-developed the love story between Belle and the Beast is. Who can ever forget that epic chandelier shot backed up by Angela Lansbury‘s soothing voice? Disney has yet to create another scene between two characters that can live up to this.
6. The opening montage in Up (Up)
Pixar and Disney created the most heartwarming and depressing open montage in a movie with Up. It is not every day that your heart swells up and breaks all in under five minutes. Audiences witness Ellie and Carl fall in love in the purest way possible, but they also watch her die as the music fades to black. There is no dialogue played in the entire scene, yet the emotions are very, very real.
7. Ariel sings “Part of Your World” (The Little Mermaid)
As soon as Ariel (voiced by Jody Benson) belts out “Part of Your World,” she single-handedly made every girl want to be a mermaid. Ariel’s hair, beautiful voice, and yearning to be a part of something out of her reach were all very genuine, making this one of the most iconic Disney moments of all time.