Right behind Marvel and Pixar, the Easter egg king of Hollywood movie making is most certainly Disney. The animators work on these films for years at a time, and like to sneak in little jokes and references for fans to discover for years to come. People scour these movies with a fine tooth comb, looking for any clever Disney Easter eggs and hidden nods that throw back to Disney’s storied history. This list includes all kinds of fun facts and little details you might not have noticed in Disney’s animated classics.
Disney has been planting Easter eggs (by hand and frame by frame, back in the day) since before the term was even relevant. From Genie's many, many references to other classic Disney movies in Aladdin, to the many Lady and the Tramp nods in 101 Dalmatians, Easter eggs in Disney movies are everywhere, if you're only paying attention!
This list contains Easter eggs from classic Disney animated films (all pre-1995). So, whether it's Sebastian showing up in Aladdin, Bambi's mother being resurrected and appearing in flashback in a few films, or Goofy, Mickey and Donald popping up in the strangest of places, these are the best Easter eggs in classic Disney Films!Upvote the most interesting and surprising classic Disney movie Easter eggs below and don't worry, there's an entire list of Easter eggs from modern Disney movies and all those hidden Mickeys, too!
Sebastian from The Little Mermaid Has a Cameo in Aladdin
The Little Mermaid's Sebastian makes a cameo as the Genie looks for a royal recipe to transform Aladdin into a prince.
The Beast from Beauty and the Beast Is a Toy in Aladdin
Look carefully, because the Sultan's toys include a hidden character – the Beast from Beauty and the Beast makes an appearance as one of the Sultan's toys in Aladdin.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy Have Little Mermaid Cameos
When Triton's enters the amphitheater, he passes three special guests in the audience. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy appear just to the left of Triton's back.
The Jungle Book Vultures Are Modeled After The Beatles
Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy (L-R), the quartet of singing Vultures from Disney's The Jungle Book were actually modeled after The Beatles. Though John, Paul, George, and Ringo did not provide their voices, the vultures were still caricatured with shaggy hair, matching postures and Liverpudlian accents.