Disney Plus has a huge catalogue of content that includes the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Pixar and The Simpsons, as well as all the Disney classics you know and love. But with so many iconic films and shows to choose from, where do you start?
Star on Disney Plus - 23 February 2021
Disney Plus will add a wealth of new content to its catalogue when it launches its Star channel on 23 February 2021. This will be where you can find a huge array of TV shows and movies that will expand the streaming platform's selection beyond just family-friendly content.
Star will be the home of a number of acquired 20th Century Fox content including Family Guy, Atlanta, Black-ish and 24 - one of the most binge-worthy TV shows of all time.
Star Originals coming to Disney Plus
- Big Sky
- Love, Victor
- Solar Opposites
TV shows on Star coming to Disney Plus
There are loads of new TV shows on Star that you'll be able to binge-watch on Disney Plus, including:
- According to Jim
- American Dad
- Animal Fight Night
- Apocalypse World War I
- Apocalypse The Second World War
- Bloody Tales of Europe
- Bloody Tales of the Tower
- Brothers and Sisters
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Buried Secrets of WWII
- Burn Notice
- Code Black
- Cougar Town
- Desperate Housewives
- Devious Maids
- Drugs Inc.
- Family Guy
- The Fosters
- The Gifted
- Grey's Anatomy
- The Hot Zone
- How I Met Your Mother
- Inside North Korea's Dynasty
- The Killing
- LA 92
- Lie To Me
- Mafia Confidential
- Maradona Confidential
- Modern Family
- Made in America: OJ Simpson
- Prison Break
- Raising Hope
- Scream Queens
- Sleepy Hollow
- Sons of Anarchy
- The Strain
- Ugly Betty
- Ultimate Survival WWII
- Valley of the Boom
- Witness to Disaster
- WWII Bomb Hunters
- The X-Files
- The 2000s
- 24 Legacy
- The 80s
- The 90s
- 9/11 Firehouse
Movies on Star coming to Disney Plus
There will also be hundreds of more movies to enjoy on Disney Plus, giving yo access to films that have more adult content than you're typical Disney movie. This include:
- Bad Times at the El Royale
- Breaking and Entering
- The Color of Money
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Deadpool 2
- The Devil Wears Prada
- Die Hard
- Die Hard 2
- Live Free Or Die Hard
- Good Morning Vietnam
- Maze Runner
- Office Space
- Planet of the Apes
- Pretty Woman
- There's Something About Mary
- 9 to 5
... to name a few.
Disney Plus pricing
The addition of all this new content comes at a price unfortunately, as the price of Disney Plus increases from £5.99 per month to £7.99 per month as of 23 February 2021. This works out to be a jump from £59.99 per year to £79.90 per year.
Existing Disney Plus subscribers will continue to have access at the original price until 23 August 2021, according to Disney.
What's on Disney Plus in January
While this is exciting news, it doesn't mean that you have to wait until February to enjoy great Disney Plus content (in fact it's a good idea to subscribe for the year now so you can get the cheaper price).
Marvel movies and TV shows coming to Disney Plus in January
The start of 2021 heralds the LONG-awaited return of Marvel Studios content. As 2020 was the first year since 2009 without the release of a Marvel movie, the arrival of Marvel Studio's first original MCU TV show this month is a huge relief for fans the world over.
Marvel Studios: Legends - Friday 8th January
Focusing on individual characters within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the first episode shines the spotlight on the stars of the upcoming WandaVision show - Wanda Maximoff and Vision.
WandaVision - Friday 15th January
Elisabeth Olsen is joined by Paul Bettany as they reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision in what looks to be a bizzare and intriguing show that's heavily inspired by classic sitcoms.
Marvel’s Runaways season 3 - Friday 15th January
Originally aired towards the end of 2019, Marvel's Runaways follows six teenagers with an array of strange powers as they unite against a common foe - their parents.
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE - Friday 29th January
Granted X-Men: Apocalypse isn't the most popular film in the franchise, the 2016 X-Men film stared James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and introduced young versions of favourites like Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawer. Even if you don't love it, it's worth a watch for the slow-motion Quicksilver scene alone.
What else is coming to Disney Plus in January?
In addition to a load of great Marvel content there are plenty of movies and TV shows being added to Disney Plus in Janaury:
- Dr. Dolittle 3
- Earth to Ned season 2
- Eleanor of Avalor
- Expedition Amelia
- Hello Dolly!
- Pixar Popcorn
- Puppy Dog Pals
- Star Wars Force of Destiny Specials seasons 1-4
- The Sandlot
Disney Plus viewing suggestions
Still not sure where to start with all this amazing Disney content? Here are a few suggestions.
Keep your kids entertained with new Disney shows
Of course, this is the main reason so many parents have subscribed to Disney Plus is to keep the kids entertained. And as you’d expect, there’s no end of TV shows, documentaries and movies for every age group.
The little ones will love all the Disney Junior shows. Doc McStuffins and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in particular come highly recommended by under 5s.
For the older kids, there are classic shows, such as The Simpsons, Hannah Montana and Boy Meets World. But if your kids are after something new, there’s the Disney Plus original High School Musical: The Musical The Series, which is set 13 years after Troy and Gabriella have graduated and follows the story of a new set of East High students.
And of course, there’s no end of classic cartoons that’ll keep everyone amused for hours.
Relive your childhood with classic Disney movies
Despite all this, Disney Plus is definitely not just for kids. As Walt Disney himself once said, “Adults are only kids grown up anyway”. And seeing as the Walt Disney Company has created world-class family entertainment for nearly 100 years, almost everyone has some happy childhood memories associated with the House of Mouse. And now you can recreate them with just a little bit of faith, trust and Disney Plus.
Did you see a Disney film the first time you went to the cinema? Grab some popcorn and rewatch it with the lights dimmed.
Or get up on a Saturday morning and watch all the TV shows they used to air on ITV back in the day. You’ll find everything from The Gummi Bears and Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers to Recess, That’s So Raven and Lizzie McGuire.
Even if your favourite memory is visiting Disneyland, there’s original content that’ll remind you of the magical time you had there. We definitely recommend watching The Imagineering Story, which uses loads of interviews and archival footage to show how the happiest place on earth, along with all its best-loved shows and attractions were created.
Have a Disney date night
No one does romance quite like Disney. Whether it’s a beast discovering his soul, a mermaid finding her voice or a princess learning about her true identity, Disney has an impressive catalogue of fairytale films that’ll win over even the hardest heart.
And there are even live action remakes to make your date night feel a little more grown up. With similar scripts and familiar songs, we’d recommend lighting some candles, getting a meal for two and watching the live action version of Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp or Aladdin.
Binge watch some magical content
There are so many fantastic TV shows on Disney Plus, it can definitely give Netflix a run for its money. You could binge watch all 30 series of The Simpsons, catch up on The Muppets or even watch every Mickey Mouse cartoon ever made.
One of our favourite things to do at the moment is watch all the Pixar shorts and marvel at the evolution of computer animation.
Learn more about the world
Disney Plus is so much more than light entertainment. Thanks to recent acquisitions, Disney Plus has National Geographic content, so there are loads of fantastic documentaries about nature and human history.
Right now, we’re addicted to The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a great series that follows the actor as he finds out more about industries that interest him, like jewellery, coffee and even denim.
Free Solo is also well worth a watch. As the title suggests, this feature-length documentary tells the story of free solo climber Alex Hannold as he prepares to climb the 3,200-ft El Capitan rock without a rope. It truly is nail-biting stuff.
Become a Disney fanatic
If, like me, you’ve already got a substantial Disney DVD collection, you might think there’s not much point in subscribing to Disney Plus. But there’s actually loads of great original content on there that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you’re a bit of a Dis-nerd, you’ll love the documentaries about the company’s history, like Waking Sleeping Beauty, which tells the story of how the company reinvented its animated film sector, or The Boys, a documentary on songwriters and Disney legends the Sherman Brothers.
Once you’ve worked your way through all the Disney documentaries, there’s still a huge trove of content to be discovered. Head to any of your favourite Disney classics and instead of hitting Play, scroll down to the extras, where you’ll find deleted scenes, commentaries and making-of featurettes.
You’ll be a Disney trivia champion in no time.
Fall in love with Baby Yoda
If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you won’t want to miss The Mandalorian. This Disney Plus original TV show is set after the fall of the Galactic Empire and follows a lone gunfighter as he makes his way through the outer reaches of the galaxy, earning his keep as a bounty hunter.
It’s an absolute must for any Star Wars fan. And even if you’re not all that interested in a galaxy far far away, it’s worth watching for Baby Yoda alone. He’s simply too cute to be allowed.
Immerse yourself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
As someone who’s been invested in the MCU since Tony Stark first announced, “I am Iron Man” back in 2008, I’ve seen these films more times than I can count. And each film is so packed with details that you’ll be sure to notice something different every time you want them.
But if you’ve never seen a Marvel movie before, then lucky you! You’ve got a whole universe to get lost in. Even if you’re not normally a fan of superhero movies, the MCU has got such a perfect balance of humour, heart and action, you’d have to be more hard-hearted than Thanos not to become genuinely invested in the characters and storylines.
We recommend watching them in the order they came out. In case you’re wondering, that’s:
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)*
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Black Panther (2017)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
* The Incredible Hulk is the eonly MCU film currently not available on Disney Plus.
Watch every Disney classic in order
There are 57 official Disney classics, so watching all of them in order is a bit of a mission. But instead of bingeing them all in one week, which might be a little impractical, we recommend having a regular Disney film night. If you watch one a week, it’ll take you over a year to get through them all.
Anyway, here’s a list of every Disney classic made by the Walt Disney Animation Studios in chronological order:
- Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
- Saludos Amigos
- The Three Caballeros
- Make Mine Music
- Fun & Fancy Free
- Melody Time
- The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
- Alice In Wonderland
- Peter Pan
- Lady and the Tramp
- Sleeping Beauty
- 101 Dalmatians
- The Sword in the Stone
- The Jungle Book
- The Aristocats
- Robin Hood
- The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
- The Rescuers
- The Fox and the Hound
- The Black Cauldron
- Basil, The Great Mouse Detective
- Oliver & Company
- The Little Mermaid
- The Rescuers Down Under
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Lion King
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Fantasia 2000
- The Emperor’s New Groove
- Atlantis: The Lost Empire
- Lilo and Stitch
- Treasure Planet
- Brother Bear
- Home on the Range
- Chicken Little
- Meet the Robinsons
- The Princess and the Frog
- Big Hero 6
- Ralph Breaks the Internet
- Frozen 2
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