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15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020, 10:27 pm


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We all grew up watching Disney films and we love them. Have you ever seen something that surprised you in a Disney movie? Let us show you. Here are 15 secrets Disney has hidden in its movies that are sure to surprise you. Don’t miss these cool ‘secret Easter egg treasures’ hidden in Disney movies.
1.The Name Yen Sid is Disney in Reverse

Do you remember this character? Yen Sid is Mickey Mouse’s teacher and also a powerful sorcerer. He made his first appearance back in ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ film that was released back in 1940. Disney named this character ‘Yen Sid’, which reads as ‘Disney’ when spelled in reverse. 
The Name Yen Sid is Disney in Reverse-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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2.Sid’s Surprise Appearance in Toy Story 3

Sidney Phillips, popularly known as ‘Sid’ is the main antagonist character in the original Toy Story. Sid also made an appearance in Toy Story 3 as a garbageman. Given the fact Sid is the most hated character in Toy Story, this secret appearance as a garbageman is quite interesting. Don’t miss this cool moment.
Sid’s Surprise Appearance in Toy Story 3-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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3.Lion King ‘Scar’ in Hercules

We often see Disney’s Hercules wearing a lion skin. If you look closely, this lion skin reminds ‘Scar’ of ‘The Lion King’. The resemblance between Scar and the lion in Hercules is not surprising, as the same person worked for both the movies as lead animator.
Lion King ‘Scar’ in Hercules-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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4.Jungle Book’s Vultures Were Supposed to be Voiced by the Beatles

Disney’s idea was to rope in the four ‘Beatles’ superstars to voice four vulture characters in ‘The Jungle Book’.  Unfortunately, it never happened because of schedule conflicts. John Lennon was also said to be against this idea, so maybe he made up the schedule conflicts. If you look closely, you will see a striking similarity between Jungle Book’s vultures and the Beatles.
Jungle Book’s Vultures Were Supposed to be Voiced by the Beatles-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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5.Most Disney Characters are Motherless

Have you ever wondered why most Disney characters either lose their parents when they are young or there is no mention of them at all? According to a Walt Disney’s biography, this phenomenon somehow relates to Walt Disney’s loss of his mother. Walt Disney lost his mother in a tragic gas furnace accident.
Most Disney Characters are Motherless-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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6.The Mysterious A113 code

The code ‘A113’ appeared many times in many Disney and Pixar films. This code appeared in more than half a dozen popular movies of Pixar and Disney. A1-13 is the code of classroom in ‘California Institute of Arts’ where students learn character animation. Many California Institute of Arts alumni work for top entertainment companies like Disney.
The Mysterious A113 code-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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7.Sweet Mother of Abraham Lincoln

If you have seen Toy Story 2, you would remember Jessie (cowgirl) cry out ‘sweet mother of Abraham Lincoln’, when she first met Woody. Nancy Hanks is the name of Abraham Lincoln’s mother, who is a blood relative to Tom Hanks. As you already know, Tom Hanks has given voice to the Woody character in the movie.
Sweet Mother of Abraham Lincoln-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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8.Jafar is Old Prisoner in Hunchback of Notre Dame

Do you remember a scene in Disney’s 1992 Aladdin move, where Jafar dresses as a beggar? You will find more or less the same looking character in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame movie. The old prisoner in the Hunchback of Notre Dame looks so much like Jafar’s character that was disguised as a beggar.
Jafar is Old Prisoner in Hunchback of Notre Dame-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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9.Aladdin Character was Modeled after Tom Cruise

Disney has asked its animation team to beautify Aladdin more so he will be appealing to women. Throughout the character development, animators have borrowed some ‘looks’ from many popular men. The final Aladdin character was modeled on Tom Cruise. 
Aladdin Character was Modeled after Tom Cruise-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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10.Disney Recycles its Animation to Use Again and Again

In order to save time and money, Disney recycles old characters to fit into small or least important roles. If you watch Disney movies closely, you will see one similar character appear in many films.


Disney Recycles its Animation to Use Again and Again -15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know


Disney Recycles its Animation to Use Again and Again -15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know


Disney Recycles its Animation to Use Again and Again -15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know


Disney Recycles its Animation to Use Again and Again -15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know
Disney Recycles its Animation to Use Again and Again -15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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11.Ariel (The Little Mermaid) Character was Modeled after Alyssa Milano

The Ariel character from ‘The Little Mermaid’ is one of the most beautiful Disney creations ever. The Ariel character was modeled after popular American TV actress Alyssa Milano. She herself revealed this secret in a TV interview. Look at the image to see the striking resemblance between Alyssa and Ariel character.
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) Character was Modeled after Alyssa Milano-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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12.Peddler Character in Aladdin was Planned to Reveal as Genie

Do you remember this Peddler character in the Aladdin movie? Disney originally planned to reveal Peddler as Genie at the end of the movie. This is the reason Peddler and Genie share some common appearances. Robin Williams, who gave voice to Genie has also given it to Peddler. This is an interesting secret, right?
Peddler Character in Aladdin was Planned to Reveal as Genie-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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13.Apple Product References in Pixar Movies

Pixar Studios, acquired by Disney in 2006, was co-founded by Steve Jobs along with Edwin Catmull. Many of the Pixar movies include a reference to Apple products. Since Steve Jobs is founder of Apple, Inc, Pixar and Apple are related.
Apple Product References in Pixar Movies-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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14.Beast is the Combination of Many Animals

Can you guess how the creative team at Disney designed the ‘Beast’ character from ‘Beauty and the Beast’? It borrowed different features of Beast from different animals. As shown in the figure, Beast is a combination of about half a dozen animals including human beings. 
Beast is the Combination of Many Animals-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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15.Disney Preferred Tiger Roars over Lion roars for ‘The Lion King’ Movies

The roars you hear in The Lion King movies are not lion roars actually. Disney used tiger roars over lions because tiger roars are loud and powerful. If you find this interesting, you can quickly check the movie to confirm.
Disney Preferred Tiger Roars over Lion roars for ‘The Lion King’ Movies-15 Disney Movie Secrets You Don’t Know

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