Whether it’s charming animations or stories from a galaxy far, far away, Disney+ has everything you need for perfect family movie times this school holiday.
The first school holiday of the year is finally here! This may be a short school break, but we think it’s a perfect opportunity for you and the kids to get some family movie time. And we know just the place for some wholesome family entertainment – Disney+! From beloved animation from Disney and Pixar, to galactic adventures in Star Wars, to blockbuster titles from the Marvel Universe and Star, the streaming platform has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Here are some of the top picks for the family to enjoy this school holiday.
Top shows on Disney+ for the school holiday
1. The Mandalorian (new season!)
We admit we’ve been looking forward to this since Disney announced the new season of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian back in December 2022! From what we gathered so far, the Mandalorian will make a return to his home planet Mandalore. Plus, we’re happy to see that the Mandalorian and Grogu (our personal favourite character) have reunited and their journey continues together.
Pro-tip: Nothing feels more satisfying than completing a much-awaited series with a friend who’s also a fellow fan. Grab some snacks for yourself and the kids, activate GroupWatch on Disney+, invite your friends, and you’re set for a virtual movie night!
2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
If you’ve yet to watch the sequel to Black Panther with the family, this is your chance! In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Wakanda faces a new threat after King T’Challa’s passing, and it’s up to Shuri to defend her country and people. Keep an eye out for Marvel Studios’ signature post-credit scene, as you’ll be in for a surprise. Can we get a “Wakanda Forever” salute?
Pro-tip: Got an IMAX Enhanced TV at home? You’re in for a treat because Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is available in IMAX Enhanced format, which means a cinema viewing experience for the fam!
3. Everything from the Frozen franchise
Why settle for Frozen when there’s Frozen 2, Frozen Fever, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Once Upon a Snowman, Olaf Presents, and even the Disney and LEGO special – Frozen: Magic of the Northern Lights. Your little Frozen fans will be delighted to find that they can find all these on Disney+.
Pro-tip: Got a neat home audio setup? Disney+ has sing-along versions of Frozen and Frozen 2 (with 5.1 surround sound audio support). We guarantee the kids won’t be able to hold back their singing voices anymore when you start streaming these!
4. Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Star Wars: The Bad Batch just dropped its second season earlier this year. For the uninitiated, this is an animated series that focuses on Clone Squad 99, a squad of elite and genetically enhanced clone troopers. The series picks up after the incidents in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, following the Bad Batch as they navigate the Empire after the fall of the Republic.
5. National Treasure: Edge of History
For families who enjoy adventure films with a dose of mystery and history, National Treasure: Edge of History is the series for you! Follow Jess Valenzuela as she hunts for a centuries-old treasure that’s linked to her late father, thereby leading her to discover more of her family’s past along the way.
6. Zootropolis and Zootopia+
More than just a vibrant animation with an exciting storyline, Zootropolis talks about inclusivity and diversity in really kid-friendly terms. And if the kids are already big fans of Zootropolis, treat them to Zootopia+ shorts, where they’ll find out more about the different stories of the city’s residents.
Encanto is probably one of the most beautifully created Disney animations in recent years. But it’s not just appearances – the film’s story is just as colourful as the artwork (which will look even more amazing if you have a 4K TV, as Disney+ movies are all available in 4K Ultra HD format). The beauty of the story lies in how relatable it is, as you and your kids are bound to find someone in the Madrigal family that they can relate to. Plus, did we mention how catchy “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is?
8. Turning Red
Mei, the main character in Turning Red, is all about working hard at school to make her mum proud. Sounds familiar? This is just one of the many reasons why we love this Pixar film! On top of a relatable storyline, Turning Red explores the scary physical and emotional changes a teenager goes through when entering adulthood – and it does so with such finesse! You can read our review of the film here.
9. Ron’s Gone Wrong
Here’s a heartwarming story about the true meaning of friendship that’s not just great for kids, but mum and dad too. Socially awkward teenager Barney finally gets a B-bot, a popular robot that’s designed to be every kid’s best friend. However, his B-bot (whom he named Ron) is a slightly defective model. What follows is a series of funny mishaps that led Barney to understand what it means to be a friend, and why friendship and close family bonds trumps all.
Is life happily ever after for Giselle and Robert? Not quite… Things took a bad turn after Giselle moved her family to the suburbs, which became worse after she wished for a “perfect fairy tale” with a wish-granting wand. Not only do they have an evil queen to defeat, but Giselle also has to stop herself from becoming an evil stepmother.
11. Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again
Unlike its predecessors, the latest Night at the Museum movie is an animated one. Nick is now filling in for his dad at the American Museum of Natural History, reuniting with his childhood friends at the museum. However, he accidentally allows the evil Kahmunrah to raise the Army of the Dead. Watch to see if Nick and his museum friends can stop Kahmunrah in time.
Bonus: Nat Geo Kids selections
Think documentaries are too boring and serious for the kiddos? Think again. Disney+ has a curated collection of kid-friendly documentaries by National Geographic, which can keep the kids learning over the holidays. Learn about fascinating world facts in Weird But True!; explore the underwater world in What Sam Sees; have an out of this world (literally!) adventure with Spaced Out, and many more!
Pro-tip: Your tweens and teens may have their own set of favourite shows that they want to catch up on over the holidays. You can create individual profiles for them on Disney+ and set the Content Rating under Parental Controls for each profile, so you can be sure your kids only have access to shows that are appropriate for their age. Got younger kids? You can enable the Kid’s profile setting to include a curated selection of G-rated shows only.
There’s something for everyone, anytime on Disney+
With thousands of amazing shows – from beloved animated classics to Korean and even Singaporean titles – you can be sure that there’s something for every family member on Disney+. Can’t come to an agreement on what to watch together? No worries – Disney+ allows up to four simultaneous streams. So you can go through your Academy Award watchlist, while the kids binge on Frozen or Marvel movies. All this at just $11.98 per month, or save over 15% and pay only $119.98 a year! Check out what’s on Disney+ and start your subscription today.
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