What to Watch: Disney+


I probably speak for most of us when I say I have had it up to here with news, advertisements, and conversations about coronavirus. What better way to kick back and forget about reality with a good movie? Embrace isolation and immerse yourself in the universe of cinema! If you haven’t already, now is definitely the time to get a Disney+ account because they’ve got an entire Library of Alexandria chock full of movies to stream, and this list is counting down the best Disney+ films to watch during quarantine. While I wouldn’t recommend spending all of that time with eyes glued to the TV, a movie night every so often can be great! In this series, you can find outlines of options on different streaming platforms and recommendations for different shows and movies. This article, per the title, will focus on the newest hot platform, Disney+.

Caroline’s Recommendations:

Looking for a little nostalgia? Here are some childhood favorites to be found on Disney+:

  • “Kim Possible”
  • “Hannah Montana”
  • “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
  • “The Suite Life on Deck”
  • “Camp Rock”  and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”
  • “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2,” and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” (plus “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”!)
  • “The Cheetah Girls”
  • “Freaky Friday” (all three versions)
  • “Lilo and Stitch”
  • “The Parent Trap” (Lindsay Lohan edition)
  • “Lemonade Mouth”
  • Home Alone,” “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” and “Home Alone 3”

Or take a trip through Pixar’s best and brightest:

  • “Coco”
  • “Monsters, Inc.”
  • “Ratatouille”
  • “The Incredibles”
  • “The Lion King”
  • “Up”
  • “Wall-E”
  • “Toy Story” (and its sequels)

Start a new adventure in one of these giant movie collections:

  • Star Wars
  • Marvel
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Pirates of the Carribean

Missing sports? Here are some films to make up for the missing Olympics:

  • “The Game Plan” (starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) — football
  • “Remember the Titans” — football
  • “The Luck of the Irish” — basketball (and leprechauns)
  • “The Sandlot” — baseball
  • “Glory Road” — basketball
  • “Cloud 9” — snowboarding
  • “Free Solo” — rock-climbing

Elizabeth’s Recommendations:

Disclaimer: I am by no means a movie critic and my taste in cinema is questionable — this list is purely opinion, but hopefully you may glean some inspiration to see something new or re-watch an old favorite.

  • “Before the Flood” (Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • “Big Hero 6, Atlantis”
  • “Brother Bear”
  • “Lemonade Mouth”
  • “Princess Protection Program”
  • “Frozen 2”
  • “Teen Beach Movie”
  • “The Emperor’s New Groove”
  • “A Goofy Movie”
  • “The Great Mouse Detective” (Vincent Price)
  • the “High School Musical” Trilogy
  • “The Incredibles” (sequel)
  • “Herbie: The Love Bug”
  • “Newsies”
  • “The Parent Trap”
  • “The Princess and the Frog”
  • “The Sandlot”
  • “The Sound of Music”
  • “Tangled”
  • the “Toy Story” Quadrilogy
  • “Wall-E”
  • “Zootopia”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Robin Hood”
  • “Coco”
  • “Starstruck”
  • “Bambi”
  • “Saludos Amigos”
  • “101 Dalmatians”
  • “Mary Poppins” (1964)
  • “Aladdin” (1992)
  • “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
  • “Tarzan” (1999, Phil Collins)
  • “Mulan”
  • “Lilo & Stitch”
  • “Brave Little Toaster”

Of course, there are also all of the Disney princess movies, and an arsenal of other shows you might not expect to find on Disney+, such as “The Simpsons.” You can also check out various sequels you didn’t know existed, like “Pocahontas II” and “Bambi II.” If you’re looking for something completely new, the increasingly popular “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” is worth a shot! This article can’t begin to delve into Disney’s unbelievably deep library of content — the films and shows listed are just some of the best.

Don’t have Disney+ but still want to watch some of these shows and movies? Some of them can be found on other platforms:

Netflix has a collection of Marvel films and shows: “Spider-Man 3,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Amazon Prime Video has “Bunk’d,” “Liv and Maddie,” “My Babysitter’s a Vampire,” “Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,” “National Treasure,” “Spy Kids,” “The Karate Kid,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Incredibles 2.”

Hulu has “Gravity Falls,” “The Simpsons,” and “Free Solo.”

Keep an eye out for more articles about these streaming platforms, and stay safe and healthy!