These Disney+ Shows and Movies Will Bring the Theme Park Magic to Your Living Room (Video)
Stuck at home with nothing to watch? Not anymore. Disney made waves when it released Disney+, a video streaming service, last November. The subscription service includes movies and TV shows from the Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television, along with content from Pixar, National Geographic, Marvel, and Star Wars.
If you haven’t already invested in a Disney+ subscription, now is the perfect time. You'll gain access to hundreds of Disney films and thousands of TV episodes, which will keep you entertained for hours while you’re spending more time at home.
If you’re missing the Disney theme parks while they’re temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve got you covered. Disney+ has classic animated films that will take you straight to Fantasyland, like “Dumbo,” “Peter Pan,” and “Alice in Wonderland,” as well as movies based on iconic Disneyland attractions, like “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “The Haunted Mansion.”
In addition to those beloved flicks, we’ve rounded up 10 Disney+ shows and movies that will bring the theme park magic to your home.
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The Imagineering Story
The Imagineering Story is a must-watch for anyone who has visited a Disney park and wondered, “how did they do that?” This series takes you behind-the-scenes, offering a rare glimpse into the conception and creation of the Disney theme parks.
Nearly every Star Wars film is available on Disney+, so you can easily visit a galaxy far, far away without ever leaving your living room. The Mandalorian is a Star Wars Disney+ series, and it’s worth watching for the adorable Baby Yoda. Watch this show before your next visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to get into the intergalactic spirit.
For another behind-the-scenes look at The Walt Disney Company, check out Disney Insider, a new series that premiered on March 20. This show covers all aspects of the company, including movies, theme parks, destinations, music, and more.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
If you’ve ever dreamt of getting married in front of Cinderella’s castle or just wondered how Disney weddings work, this is the show for you. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings follows couples as they design their dream wedding at Disney destinations across the country, including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Aulani, and the Disney Cruise Line.
Be Our Chef
Families face off in this lighthearted cooking competition hosted by Angela Kinsey from The Office. Be Our Chef is another new series from Disney+. In the show, families visit the Disney theme parks and then work together to create a Disney-inspired dish. The winning family will have their creation served at Walt Disney World.
Disneyland Around the Seasons
Ever wondered what Disneyland was like back in the 1960s? The vintage outfits and old-school attractions are well worth the grainy footage found in this show that aired in 1966. Watch as Walt Disney himself discusses the opening of It’s a Small World — it’s fascinating to see how much has changed at the parks (and how much hasn't).
"Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic"
If you’ve ever visited a Disney theme park during the holiday season, you know they go above and beyond with the decorations. See how they make the parks the “Merriest Place on Earth” in this TV special.
“One Day at Disney”
Follow 10 Disney cast members to see what life is like as a Disney employee. This documentary follows imagineers, an animator, an actor, and more as they do their part to create Disney magic in their day-to-day life. There’s also a One Day at Disney series on Disney+, which focuses on 52 other employees at the company.
Can’t visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Here’s the next best thing. This new Disneynature film will be released on April 3, along with the new “Dolphin Reef” movie. See these impressive animals up-close in beautiful footage — the perfect thing to watch when you need a relaxing break.
“Saving Mr. Banks”
With Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers, this film tells the story of Disney’s development of “Mary Poppins.” It’s heartwarming and touching, and it includes classic songs from the movie and scenes recreating 1960s Disneyland.