What We’re Watching: MSA Team’s Disney+ Picks
Many of us are binge-watching movies and TV at a higher rate these days and there are so many streaming services to use. One of the largest collections available right now comes from Disney. I was shocked to learn how much Disney+ covers beyond the expected movie content with movies, shows, shorts, and originals from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. There’s also an option to add Hulu and ESPN+ to cover all your viewing needs. Disney+ supports mobile devices, web browsers, game consoles, set-top boxes, and smart TVs. You also get unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices. With so much Disney+ content available, the MSA team decided to pick some of their favorites!
There are two options when subscribing to Disney+:
Disney+ is $6.99 per month, and includes shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, as well as Disney+ Originals.
Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ is $12.99 per month. This option includes Disney+, Hulu (ad-supported), and exclusive shows and live events from ESPN+.
Our Favorite Disney+ Shows & Movies
The Imagineering Story
Recommended by: Liz, Founder of MSA
Why they love it: This 6-episode series takes you through the history of building Disney parks worldwide. It’s fascinating to see how they built and came up with different parks/rides/etc. And I loved learning about the parks in other countries, too. Whether you are a Disney park fanatic or you’ve never been, I think you’ll find this series to be incredibly interesting and inspiring!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Recommended by: Eric, Co-Founder of MSA
Why they love it: This was one of my favorite movies growing up – but also absolutely frightened me when Christopher Lloyd’s character’s eyes bugged out. To this day, the animation is still fantastic – and is one of the best live-action/animation movies.
James and the Giant Peach
Recommended by: Savannah, Editor & Review Coordinator
Why they love it: Roald Dahl’s books and stop motion movies were both huge parts of my childhood, so it’s no wonder this movie holds a special place in my heart—it’s a wonderful intersection of the two. Admittedly, it’s a bit grittier than many of the works in the Disney catalog, but there’s still plenty of whimsy and adventure to go around. Plus, there’s no denying that the spider (voiced by Susan Sarandon) has had a huge influence on my current style.
Recommended by: Marne, Content Specialist
Why they love it: I’ll admit that I became obsessed with “The Child” (aka Baby Yoda) via memes before ever seeing the new Star Wars Universe TV show on Disney+. And yes, I even got a tattoo of the cutest little being this side of the galaxy before a single episode was viewed. It wasn’t until every episode was available that I dove in, already having some understanding through the internet and friends on what to expect. Even then, and even as a non-Star Wars fan, I was not prepared for such an awesome series. The cameo appearances, the jokes, the mystery of what Mando looks like, the pure essence of innocence in The Child, and Werner Herzog as the villain all really grabbed me. So much that I easily binged the eight episodes in one sitting. It lived up to the hype and I can’t wait for more!
Recommended by: Megan, Content Specialist
Why they love it: Mandy Moore is reason enough, but I also love the creative and kind personality of Rapunzel, who she voices. Add to that a cute lizard sidekick, a breath-taking lantern festival, a self-defense skillet, and loads of catchy songs? This is one of my faves! And hey, a few more weeks of time at home and I might be drawing and painting all over my walls too. Honorable mentions: Moana and Brave.
Recommended by: Lacey, Product Manager
Why they love it: The Rocketeer was released in 1991 and is a really cool little action movie that a lot of people have never heard of! My film-obsessed husband rented it for a movie night once when we were dating, saying it had been one of his favorites to watch when he was growing up. I was surprised to see it pop up on Disney+ and we couldn’t resist rewatching it recently. Without giving away too much: It’s set in the late 1930s and features a lot of tropes from the era, including stunt pilots, gangsters, military intelligence, Nazis, and a pretty epic zeppelin fight scene. Overall, it’s a fun and retro PG-rated action movie that you should consider for your next family movie night.
Recommended by: Salina, Content Creator
Why they love it: Before I jump into why I love this movie, I also love ALL Disney classics, and I subscribe to Disney+ just for access to them whenever I want. Aladdin, The Lion King, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast – I could have easily picked any of these. HOWEVER, the movie that was a real throwback and makes me crack up is Sister Act. A witness to a crime hides out in a convent, and that witness is Whoopi Goldberg. It’s a musical, it’s a mild thriller, it’s a comedy, it’s Whoopi in her prime – yes, please! Sometimes I feel like I’m watching an impure, abridged, and modern version of The Sound of Music. Although, The Sound of Music is also on Disney+ and is another one of my “favorite things.” I can clearly go on and on about the picks on Disney+.
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Recommended by: Sarah, Content Manager
Why I love it: Zetus Lapetus! I had a little trouble deciding which DCOM to go with but then I remembered the Zenon trilogy. This movie follows Zenon, a 13-year-old girl who lives on a space station. When she goes to live with her aunt on Earth she runs into typical teen problems but also uncovers an evil plot to destroy the space station where she used to live. Hijinks ensue, she enlists a rock star to help her and saves the day – all while wearing very cool neon clothes. This also spawned two sequels – Zenon: The Zequel and Z3. I have to note that almost every DCOM could have been my pick. When I go down the nostalgic route I just want to watch Brink!, Smart House, Rip Girls, Motocrossed, Halloweentown, etc. I think it’ll be fun to revisit the magic of a late ’90s/early 2000s TV movie.
The Emperor’s New Groove
Recommended by: Christen, Copywriter & Editor
Why they love it: My pick for a favorite movie is ever-changing, but it’s always followed up with, “and also Emperor’s New Groove!” It’s shamelessly quoted in my house all the time (confession: only by me, but at this point my husband at least knows what movie is being referenced). I don’t even have a profound reason for loving it, it’s just ridiculous to me that this young, self-centered emperor is turned into a llama, and the humor is great for all ages. You know those nights when you need a movie that won’t require much of you? This is the one.
What Disney+ shows or movies are you streaming now? Do you second any of our team’s picks? Let us know in the comments!