Disney Summer Movie Guide for 2023

by | May 30, 2023 | Disney Movies

We’re sharing your ultimate Disney summer movie guide to Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel movies to look forward to in 2023!

The sun is shining. The popcorn is popping. The projector flickers as the lights begin to dim. It is the summer movie season, an exciting period from May to August when Hollywood loves to drop its biggest blockbusters and family films into theatres. The most wonderful time of the year for the avid film fan. This summer is no exception, as Disney is coming through with an impressive slate of films for every age and area of interest. Major titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm will dazzle, thrill, and entertain, vying for our eyes and hearts this summer. Consider this a preview of what is in store… 

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Disney Summer Movie Guide 2023

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 3.

RELEASE DATE: Now Playing
CAST: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a farewell to this lineup of the Guardians. In their third adventure, the team risks their lives to protect Rocket from the wrath of The High Evolutionary, played with Shakespearean excellence by MCU newcomer Chukwudi Iwuji. Writer-director James Gunn returns with his signature blend of inventive intergalactic action, offbeat characters and humor, and an Awesome Mix of a soundtrack matching classic and contemporary pop and rock hits. For all the fun moments, Vol. 3 also has plenty of heart and emotion, delving deeper into Rocket’s tragic backstory. A beautiful send-off, a ride that demands the big screen, and the best MCU movie since Avengers: Endgame.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3’ Review: A Miracle of a Trilogy Conclusion

The Little Mermaid

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RELEASE DATE: Now Playing
CAST: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Javier Bardem

The Little Mermaid is the latest Disney animated classic to receive the live-action treatment. Rob Marshall (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Mary Poppins Returns) uses his filmmaking experience with movie musicals and high-seas swashbuckling adventures to great effect. Halle Bailey is powerful and distinct in the role of Ariel, a mermaid longing for a life on the surface world. While complete with all the classic tunes you know and love (Part of Your World, Under the Sea, Poor Unfortunate Souls, etc.), audiences can look forward to four brand new songs with lyrics from Lin-Manuel Miranda (Moana, Encanto). With an emphasis on characters, dazzling visuals and charming romance, The Little Mermaid is poised to join Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King as Disney’s latest live-action hit.

‘The Little Mermaid’ Review: A Charming Remake With a Powerhouse Performance from Halle Bailey

Elemental

Highly Anticipated Disney Movies Elemental (2023)

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RELEASE DATE: June 16th, 2023
CAST: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Ronnie del Carmen, Shila Ommi, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara

Elemental will take audiences into the visually stunning world of Element City, where fire, water, land, and air live in harmony. The newest original film from Pixar, Elemental, aims to be the first romantic comedy from the animation studio, telling the love story between Ember, a fire element, and Wade, a water element. Inspired by his childhood as a child of immigrants in New York City, this is a personal project for director Peter Sohn to celebrate the diversity and vibrant cultures of metropolitan communities. A vibrant feast of pure eye candy with plenty of puns and visually inventive gags, and set pieces with a character-driven emotional story at its core, Elemental has the makings of another Pixar classic.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

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RELEASE DATE: June 30th
CAST: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, John Rhys-Davies

Harrison Ford returns for one final adventure as the iconic fedora-wearing and whip-wielding archeologist in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. After over a decade in development, this marks the first Indy film produced by Disney after acquiring the rights to the character in 2012. James Mangold, known for his Wolverine films and the propulsive sports drama Ford v Ferrari is attempting to recapture that Spielbergian cinematic magic complete with a mysterious artifact, engaging action and camerawork, and even a very impressively de-aged Harrison Ford. After a recent world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received a five-minute standing ovation, bringing star Harrison Ford to tears, the stage is set for one last globe-trotting, emotional journey with an action hero for the ages. 

Haunted Mansion

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RELEASE DATE: July 28th
CAST: Lakeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jared Leto

This one is for the Disney Parks fans! Haunted Mansion marks the second attempt to bring this beloved attraction to the big screen following the divisive 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy. This iteration is brought to us by filmmaker Justin Simien, a self-professed Haunted Mansion superfan who also has a history as a Disneyland cast member. For the keen-eyed parks fanatic, the film will be loaded with references, easter eggs, and plenty of happy haunts pulled directly from the classic attraction. The trailers have already teased such (the stretching room, portraits, and even the infamous Hatbox Ghost). Haunted Mansion is rounded out by a stellar comedic ensemble cast, including expectedly wacky performances from the likes of Owen Wilson, Lakeith Stanfield, and Danny DeVito, and recent Academy Award Winner Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota doesn’t hurt either. 

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Nicholas is a lifelong Disney fan and movie fan. After graduating with a BA in Film Studies, he has been writing about movies and producing social media content specializing in movies, TV and entertainment news. Follow him on TikTok & Instagram @nicholasjanzen
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