16 Disney World Moments That Always Make Us Cry

Picture it… you’re walking down Main Street U.S.A. The Trolley Show is rolling along. The Castle is standing before you. You just can’t help it… you start crying.

Cinderella Castle

Don’t be concerned! It happens to us all. the. time. Sometimes the Magic is just too much and you can’t help it!

Here are a few moments at Walt Disney World that never fail to make us cry.

1. The “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Bird Ballet in Festival of the Lion King 

Festival of the Lion King

2. During the “IllumiNations” Finale

3. When We Hear the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra playing “When You Wish Upon a Star” in the Grand Floridian Lobby 

4. When Elsa’s Ice Palace lights up during “Let it Go” on Frozen Ever After

5. When Mickey shows up on the top of mountain at the end of Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!

6. When the curtain is lifted and all of the presidents are revealed during The Hall of Presidents 

7. When the Woodsprites illuminate the forest on Flight of Passage

8. When Walt says, “It Was All Started by a Mouse” during the Wonderful World of Animation

9. The first time you see the Castle decorated for the holidays

Holiday Castle

10. When you finally get to hug your favorite character

11. The finale of “Rivers of Light: We are One” 

12. When Tinker Bell takes flight in Happily Ever After

13. When Belle confesses to the Beast that she loves him in Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

14. When the Main Street Philharmonic marches down the street playing The Mickey Mouse Club House March

15.  When you first drive through the Walt Disney World sign.

16. When you have to go home.

What about you — what Disney magic moments always make you cry? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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6 Replies to “16 Disney World Moments That Always Make Us Cry”

  1. Oh drat! Even reading the list of what makes you cry, made me cry! I’m such a softie …. It’s no wonder Disney has had most of my money over the last 30 years! (And I live in the UK, that’s a lot of money, folks!)

  2. “Golden Dreams” in the American Adventure. I lose it without fail every single time I see it. The song in and of itself is so beautiful, but the montage, especially after they added in 9/11, does me in.

    My other downfall are all the nighttime shows, past and present- Fantasmic, Illuminations, Wishes, and especially Spectromagic. I cry while I smile.

    1. ME TOO!!! Golden Dreams gets me every single time as well. That wonderful music and all the faces from our history, especially the recent additions!

    1. Ha ha! When I looked down at the bottom of the article and saw that there was only one comment, that’s exactly what I expected it to be!!