Who doesn’t love stories of cute Disney couples and best friends? Disney movies have never failed to bring their animated character couples to life.
For some Disney couples, it is love at first sight; for others, their relationship begins with friendship. We, the fans, fall in love with the characters as they fall in love on screen. From their first kiss to romantic royal weddings, these Disney couples warm your soul.
Disney best friends also demonstrate a strong bond of friendship and love by supporting each other when they are in danger or need help accomplishing their goals.
Let’s look at the best Disney couples list and best friends in Disney’s movie lineup who will always have a special place in our hearts.
Mickey & Minnie Mouse – Get A Horse 2013
Mickey and Minnie are the original Disney couple. Their classic Disney love story started in 1928 in a silent animation called Plane Crazy. Although, they weren’t introduced to the public until later that year in the iconic cartoon Steamboat Willie.
Snow White & The Prince – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
Snow White hit the screen in 1937. It was Disney’s first full-length animated film. After eating a poisoned apple, our heroine, Snow White, is awakened by true love’s kiss by none other than The Prince.
Cinderella & Prince Charming – Cinderella 1950
Cinderella and Prince Charming share a beautiful dance during which they fall madly in love. But when the clock strikes midnight, she disappears, and Prince Charming has nothing but a glass slipper to find her again.
Lady & Tramp – Lady and the Tramp 1955
L’amore is in the air in Lady and the Tramp. Two dogs are the main characters from different walks of life who share a plate of pasta in this original movie, save the day, and find happiness together.
Aurora & Phillip – Sleeping Beauty 1959
Sleeping Beauty is a classic tale of true love interests. When Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle, Prince Philip must battle thorn fields and dragons to wake her with true love’s kiss.
Duchess & Thomas O’Malley – The Aristocats 1970
In The Aristocats, the single mother Duchess falls for the ruggedly handsome Thomas O’Malley, the alley cat. Thomas the stray also falls for the sophisticated house cat and her kittens.
Robin Hood & Maid Marian – Robin Hood 1973
He steals from the rich, gives to the poor, and wins hearts along the way. Robin Hood’s charm doesn’t fail to woo the lovely Maid Marian in this Disney classic.
Bernard & Bianca – The Rescuers 1977
In The Rescuers, we see the birth of a beautiful partnership. But it isn’t until The Rescuers Down Under that we see Bernard & Bianca’s romance take off.
Ariel & Eric – The Little Mermaid 1989
The Little Mermaid has the cutest Disney couples, where the princess is the one who does the saving. Even without words, Ariel and Eric managed to find true love.
Belle & The Beast – Beauty and the Beast 1991
Beauty and the Beast brings us one of the best Disney couples of all time. It is about finding the good in everyone, including ourselves.
Aladdin & Jasmine – Aladdin 1992
Aladdin and Jasmine show us that it’s not where you come from that matters. It’s what’s in your heart. The film shows the happy couple during many romantic moments, like the memorable magic carpet ride.
Simba & Nala – The Lion King 1994
The Lion King is the perfect example of a childhood friendship growing into romance. Together these lions take on the evil Scar and restore order to the Pride Lands.
Pocahontas & John Smith – Pocahontas 1995
They might be from different lands, but their hearts speak the same language. Pocahontas and John Smith are one of the only Disney couples based on historical events from real life.
Meg & Hercules – Hercules 1997
A love story sometimes requires sacrifice; that’s the case for this Disney couple. Meg and Hercules put their lives on the line to save the other and be united in love.
Tarzan & Jane – Tarzan 1999
Two worlds collide when Tarzan, a man raised by apes, meets Jane. As they explore strange new places and ideas, they find they aren’t so different after all.
Milo & Kida – Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001
Although we never actually see this couple get together, it is heavily implied. When Milo discovers Atlantis, he meets the beautiful and vibrant Kida, who helps him unlock the long-forgotten secrets of the lost city.
Princess Tiana & Prince Naveen – The Princess and the Frog 2009
Tiana and Naveen couldn’t be more different. She is a self-made woman, and he is a lazy prince. Yet, through their contrast, they manage to forge a lasting connection as a married couple.
Rapunzel & Flynn Rider – Tangled 2010
Tangled takes the dynamics of a modern couple and places it into a classic tale. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider grow to care deeply for each other after a rocky start when Rapunzel ties Flynn up with her long hair. Eventually, they fall in love and set off to pursue their dreams.
Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket – Pinocchio 1940
Some of the most incredible Disney character couples aren’t in romantic relationships at all. Disney’s best friends come in pairs as well. Serving as the voice of reason, Jiminy helps this wooden puppet on his journey to becoming a real boy.
Jaq and Gus – Cinderella 1950
Were it not for these two mice, there might not have been a happily ever after. When the evil stepmother locks Cinderella in her room, Jaq and Gus climb mountains—or stairwells instead—to free their fair friend.
Merlin & Arthur – The Sword in the Stone 1963
The Sword in the Stone is another example of a Disney movie couple with a mentor and mentee relationship. Merlin takes Arthur on a magical journey of self-discovery that leads to a lifelong friendship.
Tod & Copper – The Fox and the Hound 1981
The Fox and The Hound are childhood friends. Tod and Copper show us that finding a Disney best friend is possible in even the most unlikely of places. Despite struggle, heartache, and betrayal, Tod and Copper’s friendship prevails.
Mulan & Mushu – Mulan 1998
Mulan is a strong, independent, and courageous woman, but sometimes she could do with a confidence boost from her Disney sidekick Mushu. This pair takes on an army together and earns the respect of an entire nation.
Kuzco & Pacha – The Emperor’s New Groove 2000
The Emperor’s New Groove brings together two enemies and forces them to work together to defeat an even more significant threat. Kuzco learns more about life than riches and fame, while Pacha gains a new friend and family member.
Lilo & Stitch – Lilo and Stitch 2002
Sometimes it feels like our best friends came from a different planet. This is absolutely the case for Lilo & Stitch.
Ralph & Vanellope – Wreck-It Ralph 2012
Wreck-It Ralph is destructive, Vanellope is glitchy, and neither quite fits in. But in each other, they find acceptance and friendship. They are a big and small team that proves no matter your size you can follow your dreams.
Elsa & Anna – Frozen 2013
Disney’s Frozen shows us that love can conquer all. From battling ice storms to thwarting arrogant princes, Anna and Elsa, the Disney sisters have become one of the most loved Disney duos of all time.
Nick & Judy – Zootopia 2013
Disney movie couples are often forced out of their comfort zones. In Zootopia, Judy’s morals are pushed to the edge when she is forced to work with Nick, who seems like a Disney villain, but it is the best thing for them both.
Moana & Maui – Moana 2016
Moana is a Disney princess who is called to save her people. Maui is a demigod who needs to correct his mistakes. Through their friendship, each gains confidence in themselves and becomes better a better person.
Jack Skellington & Sally
Jack is a dreamer and Sally is more practical, which helps balance out their relationship. It takes both of them a while to share their true feelings for one another. On the top of the spiral hill, they both open up and share their love for each other and share a kiss.
Woody & Bo Peep
Woody and Bo Peep share a love interest in the Toy Story series. Due to Woody’s heroics and always trying to do the right thing to save others, Woody and Bo Peep don’t often get alone time to develop their love. They are both very loyal and committed to each other over the series and choose to be with each other in the end.
Greatest Disney Couples
Disney characters and couples come in all shapes and sizes. Some Disney duos are romantic couples and some are best friends. Yet one thing rings true for all of them, their ability to teach us lessons and capture our hearts.
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Brandon established Featured Animation in 2006 to celebrate animated movies. His favorite animated movies include Finding Nemo, Aladdin, and The Lion King. Find out more about me and my movie journey, About Featured Animation.