Disney Plus is a relatively new streaming service from Disney that brings the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo, and more into one place.
There is a whole lot of content on Disney+, which could make finding something new to watch a little overwhelming. Luckily, we've done the hard work and rounded up some of the best shows and movies that you should be watching on Disney+ right now. From original series meant for kids, to action-packed or endearing films for the whole family, see our guide to the best Disney+ shows and movies below.
What is Disney+ and how do I sign up?
If you aren't familiar with Disney+ or have been holding out on signing up, now may be the time to learn more and get a subscription started. It brings pretty much the full collection of shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Marvel, and more into one service for a low montly cost that doesn't require a long-term commitment.
You can get started with a Disney Plus subscription for just $7.99 per month, or combine it with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month. Both give you access to the same Disney+ library, but obviously the bundle just gives you more services to watch.
Best series on Disney+
Disney+ is the go-to platform for new and classic series that are perfect for the whole family. While there's tons of content to choose from, we've sorted out some of the best options streaming on Disney+ right now.
Whether your a hig Star Wars fan, are obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) or are just looking for a new show to binge, Disney+ has you covered with some of the best orginal shows streaming right now. Here are four Disney+ originals you won't want to miss.
Whether you're a hardcore Star Wars fan or you're just interested in what Disney can do with a big-budget epic series, The Mandalorian is a must-see. Odds are that you've seen something related to The Mandalorian or "The Baby" (aka "Baby Yoda") online. Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now, and there are currently three spin-offs in the works in addition to the show's third season.
Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision finds Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living an idealistic life in the suburban town of Westview — set in the 1950s. As the series unfolds through decades of sitcom homages, however, the superhero couple realize that things might not be what they seem.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Set at East High School, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series introduces a new group of drama club students and their faculty advisers as they prepare for opening night of "High School Musical: The Musical." The second season starts in May, so now's the perfect time to jump in and get up to speed with all the drama on and off-stage.
The Right Stuff
Based on the 1983 film of the same name, The Right Stuff tells the true story of the early days of the U.S. space program and the seven pilots who were plucked from the military to become NASA's first astronauts.
In addition to orginal series, the Disney+ library includes hundreds of classic shows that you probably grew up on, or maybe even watched with your kids when they were younger. Witht that in mind, we've compiled a list of several throwback series currently streaming on Disney+ that are sure to make you feel nostalgic.
The Muppet Show
Return to your childhood by watching all five seasons of The Muppet Show. The classic variety series includes hilarious moments from the likes of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the Swedish Chef, among other fan-favorite muppets.
Experience the best of both worlds with Hannah Montana, the original Disney Channel series that helped skyrocket Miley Cyrus to the top of the pop charts. The series follows the fictional Miley Stewart, who moves to Malibu in hopes of living a normal life — while also trying to keep her pop star alter ego Hannah Montana a secret.
Originally aired in the early '90s, Dinosaurs follows the hilarious adventures of the Sinclairs — a family of dinosaurs living in sixty million and three B.C. All four seasons are streaming now.
All three seasons of the 1999 Disney Channel series So Weird are now available for streaming, though the kids might not want to watch this one alone. Disney's own Are You Afraid of the Dark?-like show follows a young girl as she explores the paranormal and tours the world with her rockstar mom. There's even an original soundtrack.
Movies on Disney+
Disney+ is also the hub for all the films — neww and old — in the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars catalogs, as well as a variety of movies and documentaries you'll only find on the platform. Whether you're looking for something brand new Disney+ content to watch on your 4K TV, or one of the animated Disney films you gre up watching, here are some options to start off your movie marathon with.
In addition to boasting a massive media library of Disney and Pixar classics, Disney+ offers a variety of brand new films. While some of the releases are only availble through the Disney+ Premier Access for the first few months of their release, others are free to all subscribers. Here are a few new releases that are streaming now.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Available now via the $30 Premier Access upcharge, Raya and the Last Dragon features Kelly Marie Tran as the voice of Raya, a warrior who is tasked with tracking down the last dragon in order to save the land and people of Kumandra. The film also features the voices of Awkwafina, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Benedict Wong.
Flora & Ulysses
Based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses follows the adventures of a 10-year-old comic book fan named Flora and her magical squirrel friend Ulysses.
Pixar's Soul features Jamie Foxx as the voice of Joe, a band teacher and aspiring musician whose life is turned upside down when he books the gig of his life, but immediately falls into a pothole and is thrust into a magical world between life and death. Before Joe can return to his body, he will have to answer some of life's biggest questions.
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions
An exclusive Disney+ documentary, Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions features Taylor Swift performing her Folklore album in its entirety from the historic Long Pond Studio in upstate New York. Swift is joined by collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, who also discuss the process of recording the album remotely.
Even without the full catalog of Marvel Studios films and the growing number of films and documentaries available from 20th Century Films (Fox), National Geographic, and even more in the countries where Disney Star launched — those movies wind up on Hulu in the United States — the sheer tonnage of films under the Walt Disney Pictures umbrella is impressive. Whether you're looking to relive the magic of the first films you remember from your childhood or are revisiting classic franchises before they get new retellings, these are the Disney classics you need to watch right now.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Get ready for Disney's upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid by watching the classic animated film that introduced the world to the headstrong Princess Ariel. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story — with a much happier ending than the book, thank goodness — the film also features songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. This film ushered in a new era of animation gold for Disney, and even thirty years later, The Little Mermaid is still one of the most beloved films in all of Disney.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Mighty Ducks stars Emilio Estevez as trial attorney Gordon Bombay, who is sentenced to coach a pee wee hockey team as part of his community service. As Coach Bombay attempts to turn the group of misfits into a true team, he also learns some personal lessons. Coach Bombay will also be back to feature in an upcoming Disney+ original series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers this spring.
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
The '90s update of 1963's The Incredible Journey, Homeward Bound follows the cross-country journey of American bulldog Chance, Himalayan cat Sassy and wise golden retriever Shadow, who are determined to reunite with their beloved owners. The film features the voices of Michael J. Fox, Sally Field and Don Ameche.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella stars Brandy in the titular role and boasts an all-star cast that also includes Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters, and Jason Alexander. Relive the movie musical that put a fresh spin on a classic fairytale.
The Disney+ catalog is quite extensive and features a whole lot of shows and movies for parents and kids alike. Whether you want to catch up on a game-changing series like WandaVision, or revisit an older show like So Weird, the platform's ever-growing media library will keep you busy.
If you're willing to pay a bit extra, you can dive into a handful of brand new releases, including Raya and the Last Dragon. And if saving money is at the front of your mind, then revisiting an older franchise or singing along to Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella might be the better option.
Do you have a favorite that's not included in this list? Be sure to drop a comment and let us know what you're watching, so that we can keep people up-to-date about the best Disney+ shows and movies streaming now.
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