Do you have Disney Plus yet? Well after this list, you’ll want it desperately. The months leading up to the its launch came with new news of exciting content that would be immediately available upon release. Classic Disney animations, nostalgic television shows and franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and even the Simpsons would find permanent homes on this application.
As if that wasn’t intriguing enough, Disney also announced Disney Plus Originals; content that would only be available on their subscription based platform. And these originals weren’t looking to be simple and cheap either. No, Disney went all out in order to ensure their subscribers would get content worth well beyond $6.99 a month.
Well, now Disney Plus is finally here and you might be overwhelmed by all there is to watch. That’s where we come in.
Here are “25 Things To Be Watching on Disney Plus.”
The Muppets Collection
The Muppets need no introduction, but now’s your chance to fall in love with them all over again. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Scooter, and way too many others to count have all found a home on Disney Plus. The service features the original Muppet Movie, both modern films, the classic Christmas Carol and three different Muppet TV shows and spin-offs.
Lady & The Tramp (2019 Live-Action Remake)
This is Disney’s newest live action remake of a classic cartoon. While some might be bored of these remakes, releasing them on a streaming platform rather than a theater honestly makes a lot more sense. Their latest reboot, “Lady & The Tramp” is sure to pump your heart full of nostalgia, especially if you’re a dog lover.
The movie stars Rose and Monte, two dogs who were rescued off the streets in order to give a real life touch to Lady and Tramp. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux give extra personality to the pups through their voice acting performances.
This channel offers an insight into the world we live in through the eyes of travelers, animals, and Mother Nature herself! Some people might claim that this is the least exciting aspect of Disney Plus. After all, it’s going up against Marvel, Star Wars, and the rest of Disney’s Originals. But we’re not going to undersell National Geographic. This section includes both movies and television series with new originals on the way; one in particular, we’ll get to later!
“Noelle” is the perfect cheesy feel good Christmas movie that a lot of us just wanna sit back and enjoy this holiday season. When Kris Kringle’s son, who’s destined to become the next Santa Claus, runs away from his responsibilities, it’s up to his younger sister, Noelle to bring him back home in time to deliver toys on Christmas Eve.
Featuring a hilarious performance from Bill Hader as well as Anna Kendrick basically just playing Anna Kendrick, “Noelle” can be enjoyed by a close family or really a group of friends who just want a movie they can make fun of.
Classic Disney Channel Shows
Disney Channel has had some great content and now you can find them on Disney Plus. The newer generation might find their favorites like “Jessie,” “Hannah Montana” “That’s So Raven” or “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody,” but it goes way deeper!
On Disney Plus, you’ll also find things like “Recess,” “Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers,” “DarkWing Duck,” “Boy Meets World,” “Timon & Pumba,” “Hercules,” “The Lilo & Stitch Series…” The list is practically endless! We can’t even name them all!
Classic Disney Channel Movies
So we talked about Disney Channel’s old shows, but what about their movies? Well if you’re worried they didn’t make it onto Disney Plus, allow us to put your mind at ease! All your nostalgic favorites found a new home and are here for you to enjoy.
From silly movies like “Hatching Pete” to classics like the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” and “Halloween Town” to Disney Channel’s cult favorite, “High School Musical,” Disney Plus has them all!
High School Musical; The Musical; The Series
For fans of the original “High School Musical,” this show might not be what you expect. This isn’t a spin-off or a continuation of the Disney Channel trilogy. Instead, it’s a mockumentary that follows the students of the real life fictional “East High” High School. Sound confusing? Let me explain. In this universe, High School Musical, the movie exists and it was filmed at a high school that’s fictional in real life, but real in the show. Now that school has decided to put on their own production of High School Musical.
Think about if Glee, The Bachelor, Parks & Recreation, High School Musical, and The Office had an accidental baby and rather than figure out who the parents actually were, decided to raise the child together, despite how screwed it would grow up to be. That’s High School Musical; The Musical; The Series.
And if that isn’t the recipe for a perfect guilty pleasure show, I really don’t know what is.
The Imagineering Story
“The Imagineering Story” tells a tale of blood, sweat and tears as Disney World comes together piece by piece.
“The Happiest Place On Earth” is the nickname associated with Walt Disney’s famous theme parks; Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and more. That nickname isn’t easy to earn however, and “The Imagineering Story” will show you exactly why.
Walter Disney had a near impossible dream, and once he passed, it was up to the artists and engineers, known as “Imagineers” to ensure that his legacy lived on.
DuckTales (Original & Reboot)
As I’m sure you’ve realized, not every item on this list is a Disney Plus Original and we’ve already mentioned Disney Channel classics as a whole. That being said, some series are so good, they need their own private shout outs. “DuckTales” is one of these shows.
This show follows the adventures of Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie as they’re left in the care of their great uncle, Scrooge McDuck. When Scrooge decides to come out of retirement, the three ducks are in for not just one but hundreds of crazy adventures.
And while the 1987 series is a classic, we can’t recommend enough that you check out the 2017 reboot! With a beautifully modern animation style and hilarious new takes on old characters, this show is a must-watch!
Phineas & Ferb
This show is ridiculous in all the right ways. While it isn’t a Disney Plus Original, it’s still very much worth a watch, especially now that the entire series has found its way onto Disney’s new platform. The series follows two stepbrothers as they try to make every day of their Summer Vacation the best day ever by building something new, crazy, and just a little bit dangerous every single day. While their sister, Candace does her best to bust her brothers’ shenanigans, their mom never seems to catch the boys in time.
Oh, and did we mention that they have a pet platypus who’s actually a secret agent in disguise? Because that happens and it’s glorious.
New original content will be produced for the show in the near future.
Gravity Falls is a Disney Channel Limited series that follows twins, Dipper and Mable as they try and uncover the mysteries of the small town their staying in for the Summer. When Dipper discovers a hidden journal documenting strange anomalies of the town, his curiosity only increases and he begins suspecting that his Great Uncle Stan, who’s currently housing him and his sister, might know more than he’s letting on.
This show will have you hooked from start to finish and is one of the best mystery shows ever made, despite originally being targeted towards a younger audience.
This classic cartoon ran on Disney from 1994 to 1997. After a thousand-year slumber, a gang of stone-by-day Gargoyles awaken in New York City. A darker show for Disney, “Gargoyles” follows the creatures as they begin fighting crime and become New York’s secret protectors. “Gargoyles” already has a huge Disney Plus following and the original creators have said that if enough people watch, the show could very possibly see a revival.
Mickey Mouse Through The Years
Starting all the way back in the 1930’s with Steamboat Willie to his present day rebooted short cartoons, Mickey has spent his 91 years on this planet well!
And seriously, you really should check out the newest collection of Mickey Mouse shorts. They’re both incredible and oddly charming.
Marvel's Hero Project
As children, not only did we look up to superheroes. We wanted to BE those heroes. The unfortunate fact of the matter though was that superheroes were only fantasy. However, “Marvel’s Hero Project” is a Disney Plus Original that strives to teach kids you don’t need spider powers or an Iron Man suit to make a difference in the world. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. A docuseries, this show follows children from around the world as they use their passion to make a positive impact throughout their community. It’s definitely worth a watch.
“Encore” is a Disney Plus Original that brings together past high school drama clubs to revisit their childhood stage-plays decades later. Hosted by Kristen Bell, this show teaches average everyday people that it’s never too late to recapture your childhood and go after goals you may have thought were long behind you. Unscripted and emotional, you’ll be crying happy tears by the end of each episode.
The Spider-Man Collection
For many of us, Spider-Man was our introduction to superheroes. He’s one of the most famous comic book faces and might arguably be the MOST famous. Spider-Man gives fans someone to look up to because they see themselves in the character. Underneath the mask is a young man with problems that differ far beyond supervillains.
Another thing that makes Spider-Man unique is actually how many different ways he’s been portrayed. You can enjoy almost all the different variations of Spider-Man through Disney Plus, from his 80s cartoon to different appearances in the MCU.
While his standalone films haven’t found their way onto the platform yet, rumor has it that Disney is trying their best to get the Homecoming series as well as “Into the Spider-Verse.”
You have to admit it feels a little weird to think of “The Simpsons” as a Disney owned property. It’s almost as if we’re living in an alternate timeline… or a Simpsons’ gag, but we’re not.
“The Simpsons” is a part of Disney and a big reason you might want to check out Disney Plus. You’ll find pretty much the entire 30 Season series waiting for you to binge; much more than you can handle with only a seven-day free trial, I’m afraid.
An additional fun feature, hitting the “Skip Intro” button will bring you to the END of the theme song rather than skipping it all together. This means that even if you skip the majority of the opening, you’ll still get to enjoy the couch gag every episode.
Some fans have complained that the show has been released in its remastered format, meaning stretched to fit more modern televisions, thus cutting out hidden background jokes. However, in early 2020, Disney will be adding the option to watch the first twenty seasons in their original 4:3 aspect ratio.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Whether or not the Marvel films are for you, there’s no denying their achievement in film. The MCU has done something we probably won’t see replicated for a very long time, perhaps again in our lifetime. This ongoing story brings Marvel Comics to life and builds upon our favorite heroes with every movie.
The entire MCU is expected to eventually find its way onto Disney Plus but as of launch the ones immediately available are as follows: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
It’s no secret that the MCU will to continue to grow, but thanks to Disney Plus, it’s going to expand in new and exciting ways. Original Limited Series featuring the original cast will premiere exclusively on the platform starting midway through 2020. Some standouts include a Loki show, Wanda/Vision, Falcon & The Winter Soldier, She-Hulk, MoonKnight, Hawkeye, and Marvel’s animated show, “What-If?” These shows will all tie into the theatrical films so if you want to stay up to date in the Marvel world, a Disney Plus subscription is all but unavoidable.
The Pixar Collection
For those out of the loop, Pixar is a 3D Animation studio known for producing heartfelt family films. They made their feature debut with “Toy Story” back in 1995 and they haven’t slowed down since. You can go ahead and binge Pixar through the years starting with “The Adventures of Andre & Wally B.” all the way the era of “Toy Story 4.”
Almost every Pixar Movie to date can be found on Disney Plus, and is organized by year of release and by particular franchise.
And yes, all of their original short films are included as well.
Pixar in Real Life
Different Pixar inspired scenarios are staged throughout New York City with the single goal of putting a smile on passer-by’s faces. This Disney Plus Original is in fact a classic “caught on camera” prank show, but with a very wholesome twist.
To give you a further idea, Episode 1 features the console from 2015’s “Inside Out.” People interact with the console to select different emotions and Improv actors produce different scenarios based on whatever mood-swing the audience puts them through.
New and Original Pixar Shorts
One of the best parts of seeing a Pixar Movie in theaters happens before the movie itself even starts. I’m of course referring to the cute, clever, or even heart-wrenching short films that often come attached to the screenings.
As we mentioned earlier, you can find all of these shorts inside Disney Plus’ Pixar Collection, but did you know it goes even further? Disney Plus features new Pixar short films produced specifically for the platform.
Kicking off the launch was “Float,” a short about a dad who discovers his son has the ability to… well, float. We won’t go any further as to not spoil anything but trust us. It’s worth a watch.
More shorts are confirmed to later premiere before 2019 is over.
The Star Wars Collection
Someone could easily subscribe to Disney Plus for Star Wars alone. The amount of content that’s available is unbelievable… because it’s almost all of it. You heard that right. Disney Plus offers the Original Trilogy, the Prequels, and the Sequels. You can also find the spin-off movies, Rogue One, with Solo slated to make it onto the platform in May of 2020. The Last Jedi will be available in July, as Disney’s contract with Netflix has yet to expire.
Want to learn more about Star Wars? Check out “Empire of Dreams” a documentary that teaches you incredible things about the Original Trilogy’s production and helps you realize just how impressive of a feat Star Wars is!
And what about the Expanded Universe? Yup, Disney Plus also has the entirety of The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Resistance; canon additions to the Star Wars universe whose stories are told through animation. And as a special treat for lovers of “the Clone Wars?” The series is coming back! You heard that right. A final season of the show is being produced, expected to lead straight into Revenge of the Sith.
And we’re STILL not done talking about new Star Wars content. In 2021, you can expect an Obi-Wan Kenobi eight part miniseries starring the one and only, “Hello there!” Ewan McGreggor! It’s enough to make a grown fan cry.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is an actor that everyone probably knows. You might recognize him in films such as “The Fly,” “Annie Hall,” “Jurassic Park” “Thor: Ragnorok” or because he’s Jeff Goldblum. Yes, Jeff Goldblum IS Jeff Goldblum and we as a species should be grateful for that. Who WOULDN’T want to see the world through his eyes? And now you can!
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” follows Jeff as he investigates seemingly normal everyday items like shoes and ice-cream. His mission? To prove how fascinating these little things actually are. Goldblum tackles the back stories, science, and even secret black-market dealings involved with objects you never imagined!
When it comes to Disney these days, perhaps your mind immediately goes to Marvel or Star Wars but I think it’s safe to say that the average mind thinks about the classic cartoon features. What classics are we referring to? Well honestly, what AREN’T we referring to? Disney Plus has the “Out of the Vault” section, which houses every Disney Animation film you want watch! Snow White, Beauty & The Beast, Peter Pan, The Lion King, Robin Hood, Aladdin? They’re all there and the list goes on!
“The Mandalorian” is Disney Plus’ big selling point. It’s their “Game of Thrones;” Their “Stranger Things.” What I’m saying is that “The Mandalorian” is where the big bucks went!
We’ve already talked about Star Wars content, but “The Mandalorian” is in a category all its own. From the minds and direction of Jon Favreau, who launched the MCU, Dave Filoni, the show-runner of The Clone Wars, Rebels, and Resistance, and George Lucas himself, comes the story of a lone Bounty Hunter who’s sent on the most intense mission of his life. This series takes place after Return of the Jedi, when the Empire has fallen and no true power is in charge. The galaxy has never been more unpredictable.
“The Mandalorian” is a show that Star Wars fans, despite how difficult they are to please, are unanimously praising for its story, cinematography, characters and design! Plus, let’s be honest. This show comes with the absolute cutest thing to ever come out of the Star Wars universe. We won’t spoil anything, but those of you who’ve watched already know exactly what I’m talking about.