On November 8, 2018, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the name of Disney’s streaming service and that they would target a late 2019 launch. Well, as the day creeps closer, the hype behind Disney+ continues to rise. Disney announced some major titles coming to the service at their D23 event, including a whole slew of Disney+ originals. Some of the shows that have fans most excited won’t be available at launch, but a significant number will be. Continue reading to find out what they are!
High School Musical
Fans are going to love having access to High School Musical, Disney’s original film responsible for a couple of Disney’s most famous songs, such as “Breaking Free” and “Get’cha Head in The Game.”
This movie features a young Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Corbin Bleu, three of Disney’s best acts to date. Not only was this film nominated for 32 awards between 2006 and 2007, but it also won 14 of them, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.
One of Marvel’s most recent releases and the newest addition to the team, Captain Marvel, will be an excellent addition to the Disney streaming service. The galactic warrior showed her powers early in 2019 with her self-titled film, and again when she went toe-to-toe with Thanos in End Game.
Marvel plans to have Captain Marvel fill the void that Captain America will leave behind, so fans should get comfortable with this otherworldly alien now because we’re in for a ton more of her.
With Star Wars being one of Disney’s most prevalent entities, it’s no surprise that they’re giving audiences an all-new original series for the streaming service. The Mandalorian will be the first live-action Star Wars series.
The Mandalorian’s timeline happens after the events of Return of the Jedi and will be an eight-episode season starring Pedro Pascal. The Mandalorian looks to be Disney’s crown jewel in the whole lineup, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if people were getting the service just for this series.
Pixar and Disney struck gold when they gave the world Finding Nemo in 2003. Who would have guessed a film about an adventurous young clownfish ending up in a dentist’s office aquarium would become so popular?
Add in the worrisome father, hellbent on finding his son, Nemo, with the help of a forgetful fish named Dory, and you’ve got yourself a classic. The only bad thing about the film is that it took 13 years for a sequel to release!
That’s So Raven
A ton of classic Disney Channel series are coming back, and That’s So Raven is one of them. The show starring Raven, Orlando Brown, Kyle Massey, and Anneliese van der Pol follows the life of a psychic teenager.
That’s So Raven was the first series in the network’s history to make 100 episodes, and it was the highest-rated program on Disney Channel during it’s first run. Bringing That’s So Raven to streaming was the right choice by Disney.
Another great move by Disney with this one. Released in 1998, Halloweentown is a Disney Channel original movie directed by Duwayne Dunham. It was the first installment of the series and would end up becoming a fan favorite.
The main character, Marnie Piper, learns she’s a witch on her 13th birthday and discovers a secret portal that transports her to Halloweentown. She finds herself in a magical land where ghouls, witches, and ghosts live. It’s all fun and games until she has to battle the evil.
A timeless animated series, Spider-Man (1981), is a gem. The show follows Peter Parker as he balances his crimefighting, responsibilities as a University student, being a photographer for the Daily Bugle, and taking care of his Aunt May.
Spider-Man has countless of superhero cameos from Captain America to Magneto, and it features the best of Parker’s witty demeanor. New fans of Spider-Man will get the chance to experience this series in its entirety and know the origins of the Spider-Men pointing at each other meme.
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Starting in November, fans will be able to watch the most iconic Star Wars line ever, whenever their hearts desire. In Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader stars in all his epicness.
James Earl Jones voices Vader, the powerful Sith Lord, who is also the father to Luke Skywalker. The young Jedi in training had no clue that his dad was one of the evilest forces in the galaxy until Vader utters those words.
Lilo & Stitch
In 2002, a runaway genetic experiment from a planet far away ended up on Hawaii and wreaked havoc. He soon becomes an adopted alien “puppy” for a little girl named Lilo.
Stitch learns about friendship, loyalty, and the Hawaiian tradition of family, ‘ohana. Not only is Stitch one of Disney’s most beloved characters, but the success of this film led to a whole Lilo & Stitch franchise. This was the film that started it all.
If you need her, call or beep her, and you’ll be able to reach her. The animated series Kim Possible followed the high school student, Kim, who had the responsibility of fighting crime regularly!
She had her sidekick Ron Stoppable, who was also madly in love with her, and his little naked mole-rat, Rufus. Their adventures took them all over the world, but they still needed to be in class to take a final without anyone noticing what they were doing in the shadows.
The Princess Diaries
In 2001, Disney sprinkled a little hope on the dreams and wishes of awkward teenage girls everywhere with The Princess Diaries. Anne Hathaway starred as the bright, but socially inept 15-year-old raised by her single mom.
She discovers that she’s a princess of a small European country after the death of her long-absent father, who was the crown prince of Genovia. Julie Andrews co-stars as the person who helps Hathaway transition from San Fransico teen to a princess.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Who did it? Who Framed Roger Rabbit!? That’s what Roger wishes to know after Marvin Acme turns up dead, and he’s the prime suspect. At first, he suspected his wife Jessica Rabbit of playing pattycake with someone else, so he hired detective Eddie Valiant.
Once he finds out he’s the main one under investigation, Roger Rabbit pleas for Valiant to help prove his innocence. The pair make a hilarious duo as they cruise around Los Angeles, interacting with numerous other cartoons like Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, and more.
The Santa Clause
Tim Allen stars in this film about a man who accidentally makes Santa Clause fall from his roof on Christmas Eve, knocking him unconscious. That’s when Allen’s character learns he needs to become the new Santa!
Apart from that mission, he has to convince his loved ones that he really is Santa Claus. This film released in 1994 and has since become a Christmas classic. Disney+ streamers around the world will have their hot cocoa ready with this movie when the holidays come around.
The Even Stevens Movie
Shia LaBeouf starred in the Disney Channel original series, Even Stevens. For that show’s series finale, Disney made the Even Stevens Movie, which drew 5.1 million viewers. The film is just as wild as LaBeouf’s real-life antics, making it that much better.
Released in 2003, the Even Stevens Movie follows the Stevens family on a new reality TV show called “Family Fake Out”. The setting is the fictional island of Mandelino, which is not too far off the coast of California.
Subscribers of Disney+ are in for a real surprise. Audiences will have the pleasure of viewing 30 seasons of The Simpsons whenever they wish with Disney+. Seeing Bart get chocked out by Homer never gets old.
The first family of Springfield will appear on the Disney streaming service after Disney made the massive acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Disney doesn’t have the power to cancel or renew the series, but they do have a role in overseeing behind-the-scenes things.
Much like Spider-Man, the animated TV series of X-Men is a Marvel classic that we know Disney is glad to have available for all their fans. This series came out in 1992 and had a principal cast of Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Gambit, Professor X, and more.
With five seasons, audiences will get to dive in and enjoy every episode of this animated show in their free time. Comic book-loving parents, this is your chance to show your young one what you grew up watching.
Lightning McQueen stars as a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed. He soon learns that life is about the journey, not the finish and finds himself on an unexpected detour.
Cars was a success for Disney when it released in 2006, grossing $60,119,509 in its opening weekend. The film held the number one spot for two weeks before Click surpassed it. Cars is a movie to throw on for the kids to keep them busy, or you can enjoy the nostalgia.
With the evil-villain Hades plotting to take over Mount Olympus, Hercules, the son of Zeus, sets out to prove he is a hero in the eyes of his father. Set in Ancient Greece, the 1997 animated film was Disney’s rendition of how times were back then.
Hercules has his friends tagging along with him every step of the way: his trusted flying horse, Pegasus, and Phil, the personal trainer. Danny DeVito provided all kinds of comic relief voicing Phil.
Freaky Friday released in 2003 and was a comedy based on Mary Rodgers’ 1972 novel of the same name. Viewers get to see Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as daughter and mother, who get their bodies switched by a magic fortune cookie.
Rotten Tomatoes gave this film an 88% as it grossed $22.2 million during its opening weekend. Freaky Friday is one of Lohan’s most memorable roles when she was more well-received by the general public.
The American musical fantasy Mary Poppins came out in 1964 with Robert Stevenson directing it. Julie Andrews had the pleasure of landing the lead role as Mary Poppins, the kind nanny who descends from the sky using her umbrella as Mr. Banks looks for a new hire.
Mary Poppins magically does her duties and helps the children, all while singing songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. This is one of the classic Disney films that’s stood the test of time.