Jan 17, 2020

10 Hidden Gems on Disney+ You Need To Watch

Disney has finally given the people what they want — a streaming platform dedicated to all of the company’s shows and movies. The catalogue is huge and, with a growing list of Disney+ originals rolling out, there are a lot of options to choose from. Understandably, many people are excited about the popular movie franchises and classic Disney movies and TV shows available to stream. For the first time, fans can watch  a lot of forgotten gems that have been flying under the radar.  Here are some underrated selections to watch during your next Disney+ binge session.


  • Pixar movies like Toy Story, Cars and Monster’s Inc. tend to get the most attention, but The Good Dinosaur is equally entertaining. It encompasses everything you know and love about Disney animated films. The movie takes place in a world where dinosaurs never went extinct and follows a dinosaur that’s swept away, far from home. He ends up meeting a human friend along the way and adventure ensues. It’s comedic, action-packed and will probably leave you teary-eyed at the end.

  • It’s hard to find a movie that Dwayne Johnson isn’t starring in these days. But The Game Plan, one of his earlier films, should definitely be added to your watchlist. He plays a megastar football player who — during the most important part of the season — is thrown a major curveball when his daughter shows up. The kicker? He never even knew he had a daughter. The eight-year-old drastically shakes up his superstar life and leaves us with a feel-good movie in classic Disney nature.

  • Not only does Disney+ stream beloved shows and movies you’ve already seen, but there’s also a great amount of new documentaries to check out. The Imagineering Story is a docuseries that takes viewers along for an in-depth look at what goes on behind the scenes at Disney. It starts with how Walt Disney started the company, the elaborate building process of their theme parks, and truly opens your eyes to the insane work that makes all the magic happen.

  • This movie is full of laughs from start to finish, and it rarely gets as much attention as other Disney animated classics. Watch as Emperor Kuzco, voiced by David Spade, goes on quite the journey when he accidentally gets turned into a llama. To his dismay, he teams up with a peasant who works to help him regain the throne back from the one who stole it from him. It’s a family comedy that’s sure to get a laugh out of anyone.

  • There’s a huge selection of dog movies on Disney+ and Eight Below is one of them. This 2006 film is inspired by a true story and follows a group of sled dogs who are stranded in Antarctica. They must work together to survive the dangerous terrain while their owner Jerry (played by Paul Walker) does everything he can to try and rescue them. It’s action packed, heartwarming and you’ll be rooting for the dogs and Jerry the entire time.

  • Sequels are always a tough act to follow, especially in the Disney realm. But The Little Mermaid sequel delivers, and it’s been vastly underrated since its release. It’s about Ariel’s desperate search to find her daughter Melody after she learns the truth about the ocean’s mythical sea creatures. Much like the first, this film has heart, adventure and plenty of catchy songs to get stuck in your head for a while.

  • This movie is a classic comic book come to life. It follows the famous cat Garfield as he lures fellow furry companion Odie out of the house. The lazy, sarcastic cat ends up going on a mission to bring Odie home. It’s funny, lighthearted and a good pick for anyone unsure of what to watch. If you like this, you’ll also enjoy the sequel Garfield: A Tail of Two Cities where Garfield swaps places with British royalty.

  • There’s a long list of iconic Disney Channel Original Movies that people have grown to know and love – and they’re finally all in one place. One forgotten DCOM is Get A Clue, which stars a young Lindsay Lohan. This mystery-drama follows her school gossip columnist character trying to uncover what happened to a missing teacher. It’s classic Disney Channel that’s a good pick for tweens and nostalgic for Disney Channel fans alike.

  • There’s a lot of talk about Marvel and Pixar sagas on Disney+, but there isn’t much about the Pirates of the Carribean movies. The first film in the story is an iconic movie that follows Captain Jack Sparrow for wild endeavors and surprising curses. All five movies are on the streaming service, which is enough to keep you busy for a day of action, adventure and lots of Johnny Depp.

  • Disney’s short films don’t get enough credit. It’s amazing how easily invested you can become in their shorts thanks to the stellar visuals and captivating storylines. Float is one such short film about a father who discovers his son is different and does everything he can to shield him from judgement. It’s a touching tribute to the film’s creator, who based this fantasy on his own son’s experience on the autism spectrum. Along with Float, there are plenty of other shorts on Disney+ you could stream for a mini-marathon.

  • There are hundreds of titles beyond this list that are currently streaming on Disney+. You can go to their website and access a free trial for one week and learn more about their annual costs.

    Disney is continuing to produce exclusive content available to watch only on their streaming service. With a quick browse, you’ll end up finding more hidden gems and just might rediscover some forgotten favorites. 

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