Finding shows and movies that will keep the family entertained during the school holidays can be a tall order. Fortunately, there is a streaming service that makes this task fairly straightforward: Disney Plus.
With hundreds of family-friendly TV shows and movies, including the entire catalog of Disney animated classics, Disney Plus is the perfect streaming service to entertain school-aged children while on vacation.
Boasting a huge selection of TV shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, Disney Plus should have something for everyone in your household.
With hundreds of movies and shows to choose from – classic and new – it’s relatively easy to find something to watch on Disney +, but to point you in the right direction, we’ve compiled our top school vacation picks. .
Best kids movies and shows on Disney Plus
Arguably the very definition of a school vacation movie, Luca involves three children who embark on various adventures on the Italian Riviera during the summer vacation. Oh, did I mention that two of the kids are actually sea monsters that look human when on land? One of those children is the main character Luca (Jacob Tremblay), who develops a particularly strong bond with Giulia (Emma Berman), a human girl from the city. But what will happen when Giulia finds out about Luca’s secret? And how will Luca’s sea monster best friend Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer) react to Luca’s decision to go to school like a normal kid? Visually stunning and endlessly adorable, Luca is a wonderful movie for the whole family.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (TV series)
Picking up nearly 30 years after the original Mighty Ducks (released in Australia as “Champions” at the time), The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers gives the long-dormant ice hockey franchise the Cobra Kai treatment. – although for an even younger adolescent audience. When Evan (Brady Noon) is bluntly cut off from the Ducks, his mother Alex (Lauren Graham) decides to start a new team called Don’t Bothers, made up of misfit children who have been marginalized. Original star Emilio Estevez returns as Gordon Bombay, now the cranky owner of an ice rink who doesn’t want anything to do with ice hockey.
The Mighty Ducks (film)
Before you find yourself stuck in The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, it might be worth revisiting the classic children’s movie that started it all. When former ice hockey player and star lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets himself in trouble with the law, he’s doomed to coach an ill-fated pee-wee ice hockey team. In doing so, Bombay ultimately transforms the motley group into a true team and regains its heart. In other words, The Mighty Ducks is a good time for quackery.
The Mandalorian (TV series)
Action-packed and as cinematic as anything on the big screen, The Mandalorian follows a lone gunslinger who makes a living by taking bounties – and being extremely good at completing them. However, the world of the generally reliable bounty hunter is turned upside down when he decides instead to save one of his targets from the shady people who hired him. Chances are you already know who this target is, but we won’t spoil it for you if you ignore it. What we will say, however, is that he’s likely to become one of your favorite characters throughout the Star Wars universe. This one is an absolute must-have for Star Wars fans young and old.
The Simpsons (TV series)
Undeniably the greatest animated sitcom of all time, The Simpsons is now available to stream on SVOD in Australia! Join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as they engage in all kinds of crazy hijinx. It’s not just a few episodes, either – Disney + is home to 29 seasons, which is hundreds of hours of The Simpsons hilarity to munch on! And each of these episodes is available for download on your smart device for offline viewing, so you can take them on the road, too.
Bob’s Burgers (TV series)
From one animated family sitcom to another, Bob’s Burgers is a hilarious show that follows the Belcher family as they try to keep their burger restaurant above water. Unfortunately for Bob, his three precocious children don’t make things easy for him.
Home Alone (Film)
The premise of Home Alone is simple: an eight-year-old is accidentally left behind as his whole family goes on vacation, and he finds himself fending off some awkward burglars with a series of over-the-top comedic traps. . In the wrong hands, this kind of material could have been unbearable. Instead, a delightfully playful and clever storyline by the late John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and flawless directing by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) resulted in pure magic. Part of that magic surely comes from the casting of Macaulay Culkin, who despite his young age has managed to strike the perfect balance between precocity and heart.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (Movie)
A sequel almost as good as the original, Home Alone 2 once again finds Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) estranged from his family while on vacation, but this time he’s alone in the Big Apple! Sadly, the Wet Bandits (now known as Sticky Bandits) are also in New York City and have a score to settle with Kevin, which means he’ll have to find some inventive new traps to outsmart them again.
The Lion King (Film)
Once considered the watermark of Disney animation, The Lion King offers a bit of everything: catchy musical numbers, laughs, tears, and a big dose of dread. When a young lion prince named Simba is kicked out of his home by his evil uncle Scar, he settles into a new life alongside new friends, a meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. Although he lives by the credo of “not worrying about the rest of his life,” Simba must eventually return home and take his place as king. The 1994 original is the best, but there is also a fairly recent CGI remake available to stream on Disney Plus which is also quite good.
For those of a certain age, Aladdin is considered one of the best Disney animated films ever made. He follows a young street kid named Aladdin who finds a magic lamp that will change his life forever. Inside the lamp is the magical (and manic) genie (expressed to perfection by the incomparable Robin Williams), who offers Aladdin three wishes. The first one? Become a prince so that he can have a chance with the beautiful princess Jasmine. Like The Lion King, Aladdin was also recently remade, with Will Smith in the role of genius. This version is also available to stream on Disney Plus.
The Lady and the Tramp (Film)
2019 has been a big year for live-action versions of the Disney films, with The Lion King, Aladdin, and Dumbo delivering spectacular new big-screen interpretations of beloved classics. However, Disney somehow managed to save their cutest live-action reimagining for the small screen with Lady and the Tramp. The updated version of this beautiful story once again follows a beloved house dog (Tessa Thompson) who meets and falls in love with a street pooch (Justin Theroux) with a heart of gold. It’s a story that’s just as heartwarming today as it is in the original 1955 animated film. A perfect family movie if ever there was one.
If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance your kids are already obsessed with Frozen, Disney’s brilliant animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Frozen. If so, they’ll love the ability to download Frozen in the Disney Plus app and watch it over and over again on their smart devices! With the now classic songs âLet It Goâ and âDo You Want To Build A Snowman?â, Frozen also overturns fairy-tale traditions, teaching girls that they don’t need dashing princes to come and save them, and that they can be masters of their destiny.
From the same animation team who brought you Frozen comes Moana, a visually stunning adventure film about a young girl who walks away from her heavenly home in ancient Polynesia in order to reverse a curse on her island caused by the demigod Maui (hilariously voiced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). Like Frozen, Moana features a number of memorable characters and catchy songs, backed up by a story that is both epic and heartfelt.
Raya and the Last Dragon (film)
The creators of Frozen and Moana are back with their latest epic, Raya and the Last Dragon. While the film is brand new and still in theaters, it’s also available to stream on Disney Plus through Premiere Access for AU $ 34.99 – a little cheaper than a family outing to the movies. The film follows a warrior named Raya whose land is threatened by monsters known as Druun. Now Raya must find the last dragon in her world if she has any hope of saving it.
Duck Tales (TV Series)
A new take on an old favorite, DuckTales brings back wealthy adventurer Scrooge McDuck and his family of adorable cohorts including Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Beakley, Webby Vanderquack, Donald Duck and his three precocious nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. It might not be as good as the original series, but there’s a good chance your kids will prefer this updated take.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (TV Series)
Set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars is an action-packed adventure series that is beloved by fans of the Star Wars saga. Almost every episode in the series comes as a standalone story, making each entry feel like a mini Star Wars movie. A must have watch for dedicated Star Wars fans.
Warning: Disney Plus now has parental controls
At launch, the entire library of movies and shows on Disney Plus was family-friendly. However, Disney has since launched Star – a new streaming brand that offers more adult content as part of a Disney Plus membership.
Parents, take note: If you’re worried about your kids accessing strictly adult-only Disney Plus movies and TV shows, be sure to set the correct parental controls in the app settings. Disney luckily provided a step-by-step guide on how to do this.