In honor of the #Hamiltonys and our team’s collective love of Hamilton: An American Musical, we gathered together a collection of lyrics from the show that we think pair perfectly with Disney moments. Coincidence? Well, considering that Lin-Manuel Miranda has proven time and time again that he’s a big Disney fan—and he’s both penning music for Moana and starring in Mary Poppins Returns—we think not. So, read on! We hope you’ll be satisfied. But then again, like Alexander Hamilton, maybe you never are.
“I am not throwing away my shot.”
Hamilton is determined to not throw away his shot, and so is Merida. She’ll be shootin’ for her own hand, thankyouverymuch.
“I’m young, scrappy, and hungry.”
Judy Hopps and Hamilton have a lot in common: they’re both young, super scrappy, and hungry to make their dreams happen.
“I’m past patiently waitin’! I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation!”
Like Hamilton, Ralph doesn’t want to wait while someone else decides who he should be. They both set out to smash expectations … and Ralph literally smashes things along the way.
“Look around, look around! How lucky we are to be alive right now.”
Does anybody do any more looking around and feeling lucky than Aladdin and Jasmine on their magic carpet ride? The fact that Lin and Lea Salonga sang “A Whole New World” at #Ham4Ham makes this reference extra special.
“History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be in the greatest city in the world!”
Remember how Lin-Manuel Miranda reacted to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Hamilton with a Newsies GIF? Whether they’re rising up or seizing the day, the colonists and newsboys are equally amped to make history.
“Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder.”
Washington explains to Hamilton in this epic piece of advice that there’s glory in living, which is a very similar lesson to the one Rafiki teaches Simba.
“I’m helpless! Look into your eyes and the sky’s the limit.”
Hamilton was famous for having great eyes, and Flynn Rider’s are pretty great, too. Like, so great that Rapunzel stops looking at an entire sky full of glowing lanterns to look right into them.
“If it takes fighting a war for us to meet, it will have been worth it.”
When Hamilton meets Eliza, does anyone else think about that time-stopping moment when John Smith helps Pocahontas out of the boat? Also, fun fact: Hamilton’s line is a perfect haiku. As Lin-Manuel tweeted: “He’s gotta win her over with one sentence, only a haiku will do.”
“My father has no sons, so I’m the one.”
Mulan and Angelica Schuyler both feel a responsibility to step up and take on roles that would have normally gone to a son. In real life Angelica did have brothers, and apparently Mulan did too in the original epic poem … but leaving them out makes for way better storytelling.
“I am inimitable, I am an original.”
Burr’s line in “Wait For It” reminds us of another original: the one and only Baymax.
“Screw your courage to the sticking place.”
Does this sound like an actual lyric Gaston sings in “The Mob Song”? That’s because it is! Both Lin-Manuel and Howard Ashman quoted Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth, who originally says, “We fail? But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we’ll not fail.” In each case, it’s a rally cry that’s hard to beat.
“I wanna be in the room where it happens.”
We can’t help but think of Ariel’s showstopper when Aaron Burr sings his showstopper. The room Ariel longs to be in may be the entire world above water, but still.
“I love my sister more than anything in this life, I will choose her happiness over mine every time.”
Elsa’s fear of hurting her sister is reminiscent of Angelica’s protection over Eliza. Sisterly love is the greatest.
“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”
The final song in Hamilton is all about legacy, which is a major question in Toy Story 3. Luckily for Woody and friends, they get a new home. And luckily for Hamilton, he gets a groundbreaking musical that continues to blow us all away.