Which Disney Classics are America’s Favorite Films?

To celebrate last Friday’s release of Disney’s Christopher Robin, the analysts at CableTV.com created a national report revealing each state’s favorite Disney “classic.”

Which of Disney’s iconic films does America enjoy most?

Report highlights include:

  • America loves animals — 38 states favored a film with an animal protagonist.
  • With the support of 17 states, The Lion King (1994) is hands-down America’s favorite Disney classic.
  • Dumbo (1941) is beloved by New York, which was known for the elephant walk through Manhattan, a tradition that lasted over thirty years. While the event garnered mixed feelings from residents and tourists, it certainly left its mark in NYC.
  • The trippy Alice in Wonderland (1951) is a big deal in New Mexico, which happens to be the only state where you can legally grow magic mushrooms (psilocybin-containing mushrooms).
  • The Beehive State (with the youngest average population in the US) had a fourteen-way tie for its top Disney classic. No other state but Utah had a tie for its favorite movie.

To determine each state’s favorite Disney classic, our analyst team cross-referenced each Disney movie (starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) through the end of the Renaissance period and used title familiarity, popularity, and cultural relevance within Disney’s theme parks to create a list of the top twenty-five films. Titles were run through Google Trends data to discover which films US states and Canadian territories and provinces showed the most interest in over the past five years.

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