What a decade it has been! Disney has gone through a lot of changes since 2010 under the leadership of Bob Iger, and some fantastic new things have come about these past ten years. There are so many things we could discuss that came about these past few years – from animated classics to brand new park updates. Instead of trying to go through each and every year and reviewing all the Disney productions we know and love, I thought I’d do a round up of my FAVORITE new content released by Disney this past decade!
Best Animated Film
There are so many amazing films that have been released by Disney this decade. No round up of Disney animated films would be complete without talking about Frozen, or the last Disney hand drawn animation film of the decade, Winnie the Pooh. However, my favorite Disney animated film of the decade came out at the beginning of the decade in 2010. Yes, I’m talking about Tangled!
The reason Tangled is my favorite Disney animated movie of the decade is because it really reignited my love for Disney. I had always grown up with Disney, but seeing Tangled was what really helped me appreciate the beauty and hard work that goes in to everything they do. Rapunzel is also such a loveable princess, and who doesn’t love Flynn Rider?
Best New Star Wars Film
This was a no brainer. My favorite new Star Wars film of the decade was Rogue One! The new trilogy is fun and all, but honestly this stand alone film stood out much more to me. It had all the feel of the original films, and I thought the idea of following the plot of a throw away line from the first film was intriguing. Cassian Andor is my favorite Star Wars character and I love how he has this shady past we don’t know about (but we will thanks to the Disney+ show in the works!) I love just about everything about the movie and I could watch it all day! I even have a Rogue One quote tattooed on my foot!
My Favorite Marvel Film
This MAY have been the hardest category for me to pick a favorite from. I love just about every Marvel movie. After much consideration, I think my winner definitely has to be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! I know, it’s an odd choice. Most people pick Captain America: Civil War or one of the Avengers movies. But honestly, GotG was my FAVORITE because of many reasons. Number one – the soundtrack! I love classic rock and a great soundtrack really makes a movie more fun. The comedy, of course, is another big reason. Finally, I loved the main central theme of not being tied to where you came from. You can be whoever you want to be regardless of your past (and idea also explored in Rise of Skywalker).
Plus, who doesn’t love Baby Groot?? Although sorry Groot – I’m definitely team Baby Yoda now.
Best New Attraction
There were so many great attractions that opened this decade in the Disney parks. Some of the most innovate additions to the parks came about during this decade – from Galaxy’s Edge to Pandora, so many great things came about these past few years! It was hard, as I finally got a chance to experience all these attractions this year, but I think my favorite new attraction from this decade was Flight of Passage!
I got to ride this ride for the first time during our October 2019 trip. I understand what all the hype is about now! It’s like Soarin but much more realistic. You can FEEL the Banshee breathing under you, and even though I got a little nauseous from the ride (thanks motion sickness!) it was tame enough that anyone could ride it. You definitely need a Fastpass though! The line was always a LEAST 90 minutes long when we were there. It was definitely worth getting up early to get my Fastpass!
Favorite New Disney Product
Disney really stepped up their game in the fashion department this decade. From Loungefly backpacks to spirit jerseys, there’s one that stood out amongst the crowd – Minnie Mouse ears! Ears have always been a staple at Disney parks. Disney took it to a whole different level these past 10 years though. There’s an ear headband for EVERYTHING! All sorts of colors, character designs, and events – there’s a pair of ears for that. Whether you collect them for yourself or for Instagram coult, they’re relatively inexpensive and a great way to Disney up any outfit. Not only that but they’ve spawned an entire area of the crafting community to come in to being! I myself also make my own Disney ears, and that wouldn’t be something people would be looking for 10 years ago. I can’t wait to see what new designs they come up in the next decade!
Best Pixar Film
This one was EASY for me! My favorite Pixar film of the decade was without a doubt Inside Out. Don’t get me wrong – Toy Story 3, Monsters University and The Incredibles 2 were all phenomenal. However, I loved the original idea behind Inside Out. I loved the idea of seeing what goes on in your head, and the overall theme of all the emotions being dependent on one another. It was just so whimsical and fun! It also was a lighthearted way to take something like depression and make it a bit easier to digest.
What is your favorite new content released by Disney this decade? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list as well – you’ll get a FREE WDW Planning Checklist as soon as you sign up as a thank you!