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What We’re Watching: MSA Team’s Disney+ Picks

Disney+

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+

Disney+

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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+

Disney+

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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 Disney+

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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 Disney+

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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 Disney+

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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.

 

Star Wars The Mandalorian Disney+

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The Mandalorian

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!

 

Tangled Disney+

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Tangled

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.

 

The Rocketeer Disney+

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The Rocketeer

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.

 

Sister Act Disney+

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Sister Act

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 Disney+

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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 Disney+

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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!

Written by Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul

Sarah’s first box was Honest Company and she was excited to learn that there are boxes to cover many of her interests which include coffee, sci-fi, books, pop culture, comics, and makeup. She’s currently loving Stars Hollow Monthly and Vegan Cuts, and can’t wait to find more!

Comments (15)

  1. Two of my boys wanted to try Diary of a Future President (8 and 12 year olds) and I was really surprised that all of us (including my 14 year old) really loved it. It wasn’t dumbed down, and wasn’t full of the oblivious, goofy parents that seemed to mark all the Disney shows of my 14 year old’s childhood (I’m looking at you, Good Luck Charlie).

  2. I watched stargirl and it was one of the worst movies ever. I never read the book though so idk but I was surprised it got like 75% on rotten tomatoes because it was bad. Production and cinematography was decent.

  3. The Pixar shorts are all great!

  4. Does any one have issues getting disney plus to load on their amazon fire sticks?

    • I did for a while but it seems fine now. You may need to completely logout and start from scratch.

  5. Ooh what a great idea for a post, Disney+ is so much fun! Tangled is one of my favorites—how did you leave out the handsome guy voiced by Zachary Levi!? My friends and I (virtually) watched The Emperor’s New Groove last month, and it was utterly perfect.

    I’ll put The Imagineering Story on my list—I went to Disney World last year and I want to relive the magic 🙂

    Recently I started Agent Carter, which is one of the Marvel shows that aired on ABC. So far it’s a brilliant ‘40s drama—Peggy Carter (Captain America’s love interest!) is a super spy; tons of awesome fight sequences and jazz music.

    • Yes to Disney+! And yes to Tangled, my favorite Disney princess movie ever. 🙂 🎥

  6. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a must see!

  7. Everyone should check out Pick of the Litter. It’s about what it takes to be a guide dog, and my very own guide is from the school featured. I was crying my eyes out by the second episode. Truly, truly amazing.

    • That’s amazing! And good to know! My kids would probably love that. They’ve watched World’s Greatest Dog on Disney+ on repeat. We’ll have to check it out!

    • Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” is so good! He does these deep-dives into random things and you learn all kinds of stuff about the history and more. They’re really neat.

    Also, A Day at Disney – they focus on random Disney employees and you learn about what they do or how they got there. It’s neat!

  9. Both Guardians of the Galaxy films. And Emperor’s New Groove! It’s my go-to when I’m happy, sad, bored, can’t sleep, or just can’t decide what to watch. I love everything about it—David Spade, John Goodman, Yzma’s eyelashes, Kronk’s theme music…it’s all perfect.

  10. We are re-living Disney’s “golden age” in our house. It was the original Parent Trap over the weekend and Swiss Family Robinson tonight. Maybe Blackbeard’s Ghost tomorrow?

    • Same here! Those were always summer staples for me…

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