Take The Disney Movie Word Challenge!

If your television or tablet has been taken over by non-stop Disney movies, you’re not alone. Screen time is increasing in plenty of households as parents try to make do with schools closing while working from home.

Before you start wringing your hands and getting down on yourself, we’ve got a little bit of good news: Kids’ minds don’t have to be frozen by all that time with Anna, Elsa, and the gang.

Disney Movie Challenge has taken a look at some of kids favorite Disney movies, and we’ve pulled together a list of words your kids can learn from their favorite movies! Even better, we’ve put together a challenge that will help make these new words stick, and help your kids work their wiggles out too.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Before you turn on the tube, go over the word list associated with the chosen movie (below).
  2. Ask your child if the word sounds new to them or if they perhaps remember hearing it when they saw the movie in the past.
  3. Ask if they can use it in a sentence about the movie.
  4. Once they’ve got a good understanding, roll that videotape! But let them know that when they hear the word, they’ve got to hop up, do a little dance, and announce what the word means!
  5. Extra credit: Capture your kiddo’s defining moment on video or in a picture and share on social media so other families can join in the fun! Just tag @dictionarycom, and use the hashtag #DictionaryMovieWordChallenge.

Frozen/Frozen II

*We’ve made some mobile-friendly vocab lists for some of the movies below. If you see an image, click it while on your phone to get a visual reminder for kids while they are watching and for you to easily keep track of the words you are listening for!

unknown: not known; not discovered

fractal: a shape, or a pattern of shapes, that repeats and repeats, getting smaller and smaller. Trees, cauliflower, and snowflakes are some examples of fractals occurring in nature.

mocks: imitates

enchanted: under magical influence; bewitched

eternal: lasting forever

Toy Story movies

existential: relating to human existence

infinity: something that is unlimited or unmeasurable

light-year: the distance traversed by light in one year, about 5.88 trillion mi.

prospector: someone who searches or explores a region for gold or the like

ka-boom: a word used to represent a sudden and loud sound, as of an explosion or a bass drum

The Little Mermaid

tentacles: the slender, flexible appendages in animals such as jellyfish and used for grasping or feeling

immortal: not subject to death; deathless; undying

gadget: a mechanical device that does something useful

gizmo: another word for gadget

sturgeon: a number of large fishes inhabiting fresh and salt waters in the North Temperate zone. Sturgeons have fins similar to sharks, and are valued for their caviar


glam: glamorous

demigod: a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human

descended: having a specific person or family among one’s ancestors; directly related to that person

voyager: someone who travels

shapeshifter: a fictional being that can transform itself from one physical form into another

The Lion King

poacher: a person who trespasses on private property, especially to catch fish or game illegally

sire: a respectful term of address used to a male sovereign such as a king

hakuna matata: a Swahili phrase meaning “there are no troubles”

motto: a sentence, phrase, or word expressing the spirit or purpose of a person, organization, nation, etc.

mane: the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck of some animals, such as the horse or lion


twitterpated: excited or overcome by romantic feelings

bashful: lacking confidence; shy

perspective: the state of one’s ideas, especially as influenced by one’s own beliefs or knowledge

meadow: an open field or grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield

antlers: the horns of an animal of the deer family

Beauty and the Beast

baroque: relating to the musical period following the Renaissance, extending roughly from 1600 to 1750.

pastime: a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport

barge: a long, flat-bottomed boat, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for carrying heavy cargo or passengers

antiques: works of art, pieces of furniture, decorative objects, or the like, created or produced in a former period

bittersweet: both pleasant and painful or regretful

Lilo and Stitch

ohana: a person’s extended family

illuminate: light up

monstrosity: a monster or something frightful and hideous

abomination: something that is repugnantly hateful, detestable, or loathsome

gravity: the force of attraction that causes objects to fall toward the center of the earth


conjure: to produce or bring about by magic or as if by magic

wee: little; very small

destiny: things that happen or are to happen to a person in their life

beckon: to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand

caber: (in Scotland) a pole or beam, especially one thrown as a trial of strength

Cars movies

radiator: a device constructed from thin-walled tubes and metal fins, used for cooling circulating water in a car engine

hippie: a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness

pit stop: a stop in the pits during a race, in which a competing car receives gasoline, a change of tires, or other servicing or repair.

rust: the red or orange coating that forms on the surface of iron when exposed to air and moisture

aerodynamics: the study of the motion of air and with the effects of such motion on bodies moving in it


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