The font faces used by Disney are legendary. Options included run the gamut from Walt Disney's own handwriting to fanciful titles for movies like Wall-E and Pirates of the Caribbean. Here are our top 10 picks for free options.
So Many Great Options
Walt Disney inspired animation, art and film. But is that all? Even font design has been influenced by Disney. We can download a free version of Walt's own handwriting, or of the artistic title to A Nightmare Before Christmas. Here are 10 top free Walt Disney fonts in alphabetical order, downloadable in Mac and Windows versions.
All of these fonts are free for personal use. Some are also free for commercial use. Check with the font's author for license information if you plan to use it in commercial projects. All fonts except AL Cinderella are available for download at Dafont.
A Bug's Life
The A Bug’s Life font by Filmhimmel really stands out. The sans-serif letters whimsically incorporate different bug shapes into them. It’s a great font for display headlines for zoos or anything animal related. The upper case letters of the font are normal, while the lower case letters have the bugs decorating them. A Bug’s Life also comes in a “debugged" version without the bugs, but what’s the fun in that?
Our first movie font of many in this list, Aladdin comes with accented characters included and is free for personal use. Try using Aladdin for girls' Disney theme parties, as they tend to love Princess Jasmine. It could also be used to evoke a classic Middle Eastern feel in any project.
The only one of our Disney fonts not found at Dafont, AL Cinderella is instead found at Fontspace. Matching the title font in the movie Cinderella, AL Cinderella has fairy godmothers on the capital letters, making it a nice font for a single drop cap on a girly graphic design piece.
While not the font used in the original release of the movie, this Bambi font is the one fans are likely most familiar with. A very fat, chunky, Bembo lookalike, Bambi, by Gerard E. Bernor, would work well in nature-themed promotions.
Need a creepy font for a Halloween project? Burton’s Nightmare may be just the ticket…to terror! This font mimics the title art from the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s letterforms evoke a Gothic, late 19th-century sensibility. When reading something written in Burton’s Nightmare, one could imagine themselves walking with trepidation down a foggy cobblestoned London alley, dimly lit by gaslight.
Disney Heroic looks like the title from the film Hercules. It’s your basic Lithos-type face that looks as if it were carved in stone, only this isn’t as smooth as Lithos, but rather much more jagged. Try Disney Heroic when you want to bring out a Roman or Greek feel in your project. It’s good for travel-oriented materials for southern/southeastern Europe.
Does Gunship remind you of any recent movies? How about a dystopian future featuring humankind wandering in space and a robot love story? That's right. Gunship, designed by Daniel Zadorozny in 1999 for Iconian Fonts, was used for the Wall-E logo. Be careful about commercial use though. As with most of these fonts, Gunship is only free for non-commercial uses. Still, the font is a great choice for anything science-related.
Mickey and Minnie
Mickey and Minnie go together here because they're basically the same font. The only difference is one is an outline/drop shadow version. These fonts, while not famous in movies, are linked in the cultural consciousness with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Try Mickey or Minnie in anything related to children and fun.
Pieces of Eight
Hmm...what movie used Pieces of Eight as its title font? You probably already know it's Pirates of the Caribbean and its sequels. A well-designed all-caps font by Steve Ferrera, Pieces of Eight includes accented characters, the Euro currency symbol, and several pirate-themed dingbats, such as a skull and crossbones, hand hooks, swords, pirate flag, and more. Obviously Pieces of Eight works for uses such as pirate-themed events, but consider its utility for sailing themes, adventuring themes, or even 16th through 19th century themes in general.
And here we arrive with the font of the handwriting of the man himself, Walt Disney. Several Disney handwriting fonts exist, some paid and some free, and this is the best free one around. Designed by Justin Callaghan, Waltograph is a character-complete font that includes both upper- and lowercase accents and a Euro currency symbol. It even includes characters hard to find in free fonts such as a tilde, section symbol, and ampersand.
What would you use free Walt Disney fonts for? You might want to evoke a feeling by using a familiar-looking font in promotions for local non-profits or businesses. For instance, you might use the A Bug's Life font to promote the local zoo's insect exhibit. Or you might use Burton's Nightmare on ads and flyers for your town's Halloween haunted house. Whatever your decision, enjoy these Disney fonts.