Disney’s much anticipated streaming service, Disney Plus, is officially live and available to download in the UK. And with 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, it’s no wonder that 5 million Brits subscribed on the day of launch.
But with so many iconic films and shows to choose from, where do you start? Luckily, we’ve come up with an ultimate list of all the best things to watch on Disney Plus.
Keep your kids entertained
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
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 be hard-pressed 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