Welcome to GamesRadar's picks for the new Disney Plus movies and shows to binge-watch right now. Every week, we go through the complete catalogue of what's new on Disney Plus and bring you the creme de la creme of what you should be bingeing and adding to your watchlist.
From Star Wars epics to animated classics, these are the new Disney Plus movies and shows to watch right now. Now, let's get streaming!
Howard (August 7th)
You may not know Howard Ashman's name, but you will know his music. The extremely talented lyricist penned songs for The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, single-handedly helping the Disney Renaissance take flight. However, in 1991, Ashman died due to complications with HIV. This series explores both his work and his life, and is well worth watching if you're interested in the man behind the music.
Black is King (July 31st)
Is Beyoncé now a Disney princess? Or the first Disney queen? That's the question everyone has with the release of Black is King, a visual album from the multi-hyphenated Beyoncé. There are cameos aplenty as she performs her album, The Gift, which was released as an accompaniment to the live-action adaptation of The Lion King in which she voiced Nala. Come for the music – stay for the stunning visuals and confirmation that Beyoncé is indeed royalty.
Muppets Now! (July 31st)
The Muppets have gone through many iterations, but their latest brings them into the world of 21st century streaming. The gang are all here, but the scripts are not – this is impromptu, situational comedy from the team behind the Muppets. The first episode alone features cameos from RuPaul, Taye Diggs, and Linda Cardellini, and future episodes will see appearances from Seth Rogen, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Trejo, and more.
X-Men: Apocalypse (July 17th)
Though a little bogged down with CGI spectacle, this introduction to the young versions of our hero mutants is an action-packed, super-powered adventure worth watching. Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, and more are all still teens trying to figure out their abilities when they’re forced to suit up and face Apocalypse and his attempt to rebuild the Earth from scratch. Oscar Isaac, who played the menacing villain, reportedly had to sit with his head rested on a table between takes because all the prosthetics were so heavy – stream it now on Disney Plus to make his day.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (July 10th)
Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo holds up remarkably well. The (wise) decision not to mimic Harrison Ford pays off, with a Han that’s confident, sure, but not quite as cocky as he would become. The quality cast aside from Ehrenreich – from Donald Glover’s Lando, to Emilia Clarke, to Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton – all come together to enrich a movie that’s part crime drama, part heist, and one that teases out some of the more interesting overlooked aspects of Star Wars lore. So, if you haven’t given Solo a second look – now’s the chance.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (July 10th)
See your favourite mutants, young and old, come together for the first time in the epic X-Men: Days of Future Past. Left with few options, Professor Xavier and what’s left of the X-Men choose to send Wolverine back in time in the hopes of preventing the Sentinels ever being created by Dr Bolivar Trask. But reasoning with Mystique, who is hellbent on assassinating Trask, is easier said than done. Introducing time travel to the X-Men movie franchise made them all that much harder to piece together, but the fun never left. If you’re unsure where this fits in on the ever-changing timeline, fear not, here’s how to watch the X-Men movies in order.
Frozen 2 (July 3rd)
Everyone’s favourite royal sisters are back for more adventures in this long-awaited sequel to Disney’s smash hit Frozen. This time, Elsa (Idina Menzel) isn’t quite settling into her new magical life as well as she thought and begins to hear a mysterious voice. As she seeks to discover the origins of her powers, Arandelle is left in danger and Anna (Kristen Bell) must save her sister once again with the whole kingdom’s eyes on her. Featuring an enchanting soundtrack that feels grounded and bolder than the first movie, Frozen 2 will leave you humming along long after the credits have rolled.
Hamilton (July 3rd)
Widespread lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant that theatres across the world are rethinking accessibility. Thanks to Disney Plus, audiences just hit the Broadway jackpot as a professionally shot movie of Hamilton’s original cast is now available to stream. We’re sure you don’t need us to remind you of the Hamilton hype – after all, it broke records with 16 Tony nominations (11 of which it won), a Grammy win, and a Pulitzer Prize. Lin Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical won hearts all over the globe when it debuted in 2015, and now it’ll win even more. Check out how to watch Hamilton on Disney Plus.
The Jungle Book (June 19th)
Director Jon Favreau breathes new life into one of Disney’s most iconic animated movies in this photo-realistic reimagining of The Jungle Book. Young actor Neel Sethi plays Mowgli and is endearing in every way, holding his own against icons such as Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, and Christopher Walken. It’s hard to forget sometimes that the animals onscreen aren’t real, and you’re not, in fact, watching the Discovery channel. Not to worry, though, the classic songs are still there, though this time “Trust in Me” feels all the more sinister when the snake looks that convincing. It’s a beautiful story and we’re sure it’ll whisk you away, though we won’t judge if you run behind the sofa the first time King Louis appears onscreen.
Percy Jackson (June 16th)
While this 2010 adaptation of Rick Riordan’s beloved children’s books may not stay all that faithful to the original text, the mythical adventure is the perfect movie to watch with your family. The eponymous Percy Jackson finds himself enrolled in Camp Halfblood for the summer, a place where the children of gods come together. That’s right, Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon himself, only, he doesn’t know that yet. What follows is a heartwarming journey to find his father and return the lightning stolen from Zeus, he just has to avoid terrifying greek gods along the way. Be sure to catch Percy Jackson on Disney Plus, in anticipation of their upcoming series adaptation.
Artemis Fowl (June 15th)
The first of Disney’s planned theatrical releases to swerve cinemas and debut on streaming service Disney+ due to Covid-19 restrictions, Artemis Fowl is – in one way – a trailblazer. Alas, it’s the only way this underwhelming, franchise-wannabe stands out. This is a movie squarely aimed at very young kids, with little thought to appeal to older generations. But, if you have kids in that age range – or are just desperate to make the most of your Disney Plus subscription – then give this one a whirl.
Night at the Museum (May 22nd)
Ah, Night at the Museum is one of those rare Fox movies that feels like a Disney movie. Ben Stiller plays a security guard at The Museum of Natural History where, low and behold, everything comes to life at night. It's basically Toy Story but not animated, and features a whole lot of very famous faces – Dick Van Dyke, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Rami Malek, and Steve Coogan to name a few.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian (May 4th)
Go behind the scenes on Disney Plus' first break-out original series, The Mandalorian, with the show's writers, directors, and prop makers. If you're craving more Mandalorian in your life, then this should have you covered until season 2 arrived later this year.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (May 4th)
While The Rise of Skywalker may be viewed as fairly controversial, it's still the final part of the Skywalker saga – and therefore a must-watch for anyone who has invested in the former eight movies. If you missed it at the cinemas, then now's the perfect time to watch Episode 9.
George of the Jungle (May 1st)
George, George, George of the Jungle... A classic live-action Brendan Fraiser starrer, George of the Jungle is the perfect movie to take your mind off of everything, and to distract the kids.
A Celebration of the Music from Coco (April 10th)
Coco, one of the best Pixar movies, features some truly remarkable music. This small series is a celebration of that soundtrack, as the cast, along with dancers and musicians, perform the songs from Coco live at the Hollywood Bowl. Yes, they do "Remember Me", and, yes, you'll cry again.
Doctor Doolittle (April 1st)
Before Robert Downey Jr. played Dolittle as a bizarrely accented voyager, Eddie Murphy took on the role in doctor Doolittle. A '90s classic, the movie remains a fun trip down memory lane and is equally enjoyable for kids today thanks to its timeless use of toilet humour and slapstick gags.
A Wrinkle in Time (March 25th)
Ava DuVernay’s imaginative adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's book is exactly the wholesome story you've been looking for. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her genius little brother journey through cracks in time to find their missing scientist father. They’re guided on their quest by three supernatural beings: Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). Whilst some technical aspects fall flat, A Wrinkle in Time is all about courage, perseverance, and family – and is well worth the watch for a heart-warming payoff.
Frozen 2 (March 16th)
In the sequel to the hugely-successful Frozen, Queen Elsa is finally beginning to realise the extent of her powers. After hearing a mysterious voice call to her, she and Anna travel to the Enchanted Forest to discover their beloved kingdom of Arandelle did not achieve greatness the way they thought. With suitably epic new songs, the sisters once again face tough decisions as they embark together on a journey of self discovery.
Black Panther (March 4th)
With Black Panther finally arriving on the streaming service, now's the perfect time to go back on feast on all those Marvel movies before Black Widow arrives in just under two months. And if you haven't watched them all, fear not, as Black Panther is a wonderful standalone superhero flick that's worth everyone's time.
Ice Age (March 1st)
Ice Age isn't just an entertaining prehistoric adventure filled with plenty of laughs and slapstick humour. It could be significant for Disney Plus as a whole. This marks one of the first times that a big Fox property has been introduced to the House of Mouse's streaming service. The floodgates could soon be opening.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 (February 21st)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is back for its final season, bridging the final gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. How will this all go down? Who can say. But we're incredibly excited to return to that galaxy far, far away, and if you want to make sure you're there the minute each new episode drops, be sure to check out our Clone Wars season 7 release schedule every single week.
Toy Story 4 (February 5th)
The fourth movie in Pixar's Golden Goose franchise is now available on Disney Plus – all all in time for Oscars weekend. Toy Story 4 is nominated for Best Animated Film, and – unless there's a surprise upset from Klaus – could very well win.
Around the World in 80 Days (February 1st)
Disney's Around the World in 80 Days may not be the best version of the iconic story – but it is the most star-studded. Come for Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, stay for Kathy Bates, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, John Cleese, Will Forte, Mark Addy, and entrepreneur Richard Branson.
Aladdin (January 8th)
When the Aladdin trailer first debuted Will Smith's Genie, everybody thought the Disney flick would be an utter disaster. Somehow, director Guy Ritchie managed to make this one of the most enjoyable live-action adaptations yet. What's more, thanks to the movie's surprising qualities, Aladdin went on to become a huge box-office success. While perhaps not as great as the original animation, this one's still worth a watch.
Cool Runnings (January 1st)
There are, frankly, few films as funny or as heartfelt as Cool Runnings. That may be the nostalgia talking, but revisiting this wonderful movie still warms you soul. As the Jamaican bobsled team says, "Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time!"
The Mandalorian (Finished December 27th)
We knew The Mandalorian would be good, but this good? Since concluding in December, dozens of publications have claimed that the Star Wars show represents the future of the franchise – one beyond big-screen trilogies and spin-off stories. The Baby Yoda show impresses with its breezy pace and fantastic creatures. We cannot wait for The Mandalorian season 2.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 26th)
Controversial upon release, many Star Wars fans have come to adore The Last Jedi for steering the franchise in a new direction and taking risks with beloved characters. While The Rise of Skywalker may have retconned a few ideas from Episode 8, Rian Johnson's movie remains a glorious addition to the series – and perhaps the best cinematography we've yet seen in a Star Wars film.
Thor: Ragnarok (December 5th)
Taika Waititi made a Marvel movie unlike any other Marvel movie with Thor: Ragnarok. The director managed to take arguably the most boring Avenger and transform him into one of the group's funniest. Throw in an excellent Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo (as a returning Hulk) and Ragnarok really is one of the best MCU movies to date.