There’s no doubt that Disney has played an important, influential role in millions of lives around the globe. From its iconic movies and songs to Mickey Mouse and his gang, Disney has taught kids — and kids-at-heart — to chase their dreams and follow their imagination “wherever it may go.”
For the actors and entertainers on this list, their childhood love of Disney hasn’t faded. Here are 25 celebrities who are still obsessed with the Happiest Place on Earth.
Ryan Gosling has a long history with Disney. The 38-year-old actor is a former Mouseketeer, appearing on the “Mickey Mouse Club” alongside pop sensation Britney Spears. But his obsession with Disney didn’t end when he hung up his ears. Gosling even celebrated his 30th birthday at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Like Gosling, Britney Spears kicked off her career as an entertainer on the “Mickey Mouse Club.” But even without the ears, she’s still a Mouseketeer at heart and likes to get her kids in the fun.
John Stamos is a Disney superfan. The “Full House” star not only visits Disney theme parks regularly, but he’s also taken part in “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” the D23 Expo. And there’s more. Last year, Stamos proposed to his now-wife, Caitlin McHugh, at Disneyland resort. Then, in February, the couple spent their honeymoon at Walt Disney World, where the new dad performed with the Beach Boys.
Everyone’s favorite Captain America, Chris Evans, has a timeless love for Disney. Not only does he still visit Disney theme parks with his family, but he also remembers the lyrics to his favorite Disney movies. In fact, his mom told GQ in 2011 that “he still knows all the words to songs from ‘The Little Mermaid.’”
Todrick Hall developed a love of performing thanks to Disney. The entertainer was raised on Disney films and their iconic songs. He even started his career at Disney, appearing in Hollywood Studios’ production of “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage.” Hall’s obsession with Disney is so strong that he created a YouTube music video about its evolution.
Neil Patrick Harris
Actor Neil Patrick Harris is one of Disney’s biggest fans. He calls himself an “animatronics aficionado,” telling the Orlando Sentinel, “I’m a big fan of old-school Audio-Animatronics, so I also am a big Spaceship Earth fan. Haunted Mansion is probably one of my favorite designs ever, so I always have to go see that.”
And he’s parlayed his obsession into career opportunities: Harris is a frequent celebrity narrator of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, he’s the voice behind the record spiels for the California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure, and he was the host of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade in 2013.
Milo Ventimiglia is the last person you’d want to challenge to a round of Disney trivia. The “This Is Us” star sat down with Men’s Journal to talk about his career and test his knowledge on all things Disney, and he proved he’d be a valuable member of your trivia team. It’s not surprising, though, because his mom and older sister once worked at Disneyland. So the Disney obsession runs in the family.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is no stranger to Disney. The actor has starred in a few Disney films, including 1994’s “Angels in the Outfield.” But there’s one Disney movie that Gordon-Levitt holds close to his heart: “Dumbo,” which is getting a live-action treatment.
“It’s one of the first movies I remember seeing, with my mother,” he told Huffington Post in 2013. “That scene where Dumbo’s mom reaches through the cage bars and cradles him with her trunk? So classic. I still put it on now and then, and always have a good cry.”
Pete Wentz has never hidden his obsession with Disney. After all, two of his children are named after Disney characters. The Fall Out Boy bassist gave his 9-year-old son, Bronx, the middle name “Mowgli” because of his love of “The Jungle Book.” (Wentz shares Bronx with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson, shown below.) He also welcomed his second child, a girl, with girlfriend Meagan Camper back in May. His newborn’s name? Marvel Jane, after the comic franchise, which is now owned by Disney.
Wayne Brady spent his time making people smile at Walt Disney World before making people laugh on “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” A Florida native, the comedian played Tigger at the Magic Kingdom when starting out in his career. Now, Brady voices Clover on Disney’s “Sofia the First” and spends time at the park with his family as often as possible.
Ariana Grande loves Disney so much that she celebrated her 21st birthday at the Magic Kingdom. Prince Charming and Cinderella were right by her side when the pop star cut into her giant Bibbidi Bobbidi blue-hued birthday cake. And Grande couldn’t get enough of Space Mountain, which she rode five times in a row. Also, the pop star is one of more than a dozen artists who covered their favorite Disney tunes for a 2015 compilation album.
“Zootopia” star Ginnifer Goodwin is obsessed with Disney. So much so that she once worried her children, Oliver Finlay and Hugo Wilson, wouldn’t love Disney as much as their mom.
“We’ve gone to [Disneyland] probably a bit more than is healthy,” Goodwin told D23.com in 2016. “I have a couple deep, dark fears about childrearing, like they won’t love Disneyland because I’ll oversaturate them.”
If there’s anyone who could rival John Stamos’ superfan status, it would be Mariah Carey. The award-winning singer has been a fixture at Disney theme parks, whether it’s visiting with her family, celebrating her birthday or her kids’ birthdays, or even renewing her vows to now-ex Nick Cannon. Plus, Carey often performs her hit holiday song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” at Disneyland at this time of year.
Jason Bateman, who voiced the sly fox Nick Wilde in Disney’s “Zootopia,” can’t get enough of Disneyland. The actor often visits Disney theme parks with his family, sometimes multiple times a year. In fact, in November 2012, Bateman visited the Disneyland Resort to celebrate his daughter Francesca’s birthday, who was turning 6 years old. They wanted “to get the year started right, with a trip to the happiest place on Earth,” he told the Disney Parks Blog at the time.
Pete Wentz isn’t the only celebrity who took his kid’s name straight from a Disney movie. Rachel Bilson loves Disney so much that she named her 3-year-old daughter Briar Rose after the character from the 1959 animated film “Sleeping Beauty.” (Briar Rose’s father and Bilson’s ex, Hayden Christensen, is also an admitted Disney fan.) The “O.C.” alum also loves singing Disney songs around the house and was once called “a little Disney princess” by fellow actor Kate Bosworth.
If there’s one place Matthew Morrison loves spending his birthday, it’s at Disneyland. And why wouldn’t he! The “Glee” alum was born Oct. 30, which means not only does he get to enjoy the rides on his birthday, but also Disney’s Halloween festivities.
“I just love this time of year,” Morrison told Disney Parks Blog in 2012, “and I love what Disneyland does during Halloween.”
John Stamos isn’t the only celebrity to begin the next chapter in his life at a Disney theme park. In 2014, the “High School Musical” star proposed to Sasha Clements in front of Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. But the actor stepped up the proposal a notch, presenting Clements with an engagement ring set inside a glass slipper. What a way to merge your two loves!
Katy Perry‘s love for Disney is so well-known that the pop sensation was invited to honor Minnie Mouse as the iconic character received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January. It turns out Perry’s obsession with all things Disney began early.
“I was maybe two or three years old and into my peripheral vision came Minnie and Mickey Mouse-printed diapers,” Perry recalled during the ceremony, according to Billboard. “That was my very first memory ever. And of course, it turned into a lifelong devotion.”
Many fans may not know this, but actor and singer Emmy Rossum starred in Disney films before portraying Fiona Gallagher in Showtime’s hit drama “Shameless.” And even though Rossum now takes on meaty roles, she’s still a Disney kid at heart.
In one Instagram photo, the New York native is wearing a pair of Mickey Mouse ears while sitting on a staircase. Calling herself “Emmy Mouse,” she captioned the post, “I think I feel more ‘me’ with the ears than without.”
Hilary Duff may have said goodbye to “Lizzie McGuire,” but the Disney alumna hasn’t hung up her ears. The “Younger” star spent her 31st birthday in September 2018 at Disneyland with partner Matthew Koma and her 6-year-old son, Luca. Nine months pregnant at the time, Duff wrote on Instagram that she “braved” the theme park for her birthday.
“Wore a lot of ears,” she shared on social media, according to Entertainment Tonight. (Duff gave birth to baby girl Banks on Oct. 29.)
Matthew Morrison isn’t the only “Glee” star obsessed with Disney. His co-star Chris Colfer told Parade in 2011 that if he could, he’d add “Disney Imagineer” to his resume — that’s how much he loves the Happiest Place on Earth. Actor, writer, Imagineer … that has a nice ring to it.
Joey Fatone’s history with Disney runs deep. The singer and actor spent his teenage years in Orlando, not far from Walt Disney World, and would often visit the famous resort. And now as a family man, he still frequents the park, including as a participant in runDisney events. The former NSYNC member also served as host of the 2007 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, bringing his love of Disney full-circle.
Kourtney Kardashian is not shy about her love for Disney and has documented her obsession on social media. It’s not uncommon to find the reality TV star at Disneyland with her family or showing off her Mickey Mouse gear. And Kardashian loves Disney so much that she has a whole section on her website dedicated to her obsession.
It would be an understatement to say that Blake Lively is a Disney enthusiast. That’s because the “Gossip Girl” alum is totally obsessed. Lively often pays homage to Disney’s heroines with her red carpet fashion and knows how to dress the part when visiting Disney theme parks (which happens often). Plus, the actor would love to play Minnie Mouse in a Disney film — though she’d make a “terrible” Minnie, she told Vanity Fair.
She has passed down the obsession with Disney to 3-year-old daughter, James, who gets “so pumped watching Disney films,” according to dad Ryan Reynolds.
Like Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani also recorded her favorite Disney song for the 2015 compilation album. And what song did Stefani choose? “The Rainbow Connection” from 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” The pop star and fashion designer has no problem donning a pair of ears while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.