Feel-Good Disney Movies To Watch on Disney+ This Weekend

by | Apr 10, 2020 | WDW Blog

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Disney+ is always on in my house. We jump between classic Disney Channel shows to fun animated classics. Recently we’ve been getting into watching Marvel movies, which has done wonders for inspiring hope in my household! Feel-good Disney movies are just what the doctor ordered during this trying time.

A lot of families are experiencing some downtime, and probably a little stress too, so it is a wonderful time to schedule some family Disney movie marathons.

I spend a lot of my screen time deciding what I actually want to watch. Do we watch Cinderella or Finding Dory? Even Stevens or Hannah Montana?

If you’re like me and have a hard time deciding what you want to watch on Disney+, then look no further!

Feel-Good Disney Movies

I think a lot of us find comfort in our favorite Disney classics, so I have put together a list of family feel-good Disney movies for you and your quarantine gang to enjoy together.

The Brave Little Toaster

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Toaster and his appliance friends are out on another adventure. This time they are helping “The Master” (who is in veterinary school) recover his thesis, after he lost it to a computer virus.

What a totally bizarre plot, right? This was one of my favorite movies growing up, and rewatching it, I don’t totally understand why.

It’s a fun one to rewatch, especially because a lot of the appliances (and the computer) are outdated!

Finding Nemo

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I’ve seen this movie about 100 times since it came out in 2003—I was in the third grade when I went to see it in theaters with my mom.

I had a little fish drawn on my calendar for when we were going to go see it on opening day.

I have always loved Pixar’s talent of taking something as simple as a dental office fish tank, and creating an extraordinary adventure out of it.

How did the fish get to the dental office? Where are the fish from? When I was little I used to think that the people who created the story started with the dental office fish tank and worked the story around that.

To this day… I am still convinced that’s how the story was born!

The Goofy Movie

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I absolutely love that this movie made a resurgence. Before its comeback, I think it was a highly underrated movie.

Even though this movie is only an hour and 20 minutes, there is so much that happens!

Max and Goofy take a road trip, they meet Big Foot, they run into their pals PJ and Pete, they go fishing and then somehow they both end up on stage with Powerline.

Oh… did I mention this was all happening while Max was trying to win Roxanne’s heart. Wow… quite the adventure!

Can I just say that I would pay a gross amount of money for floor seats to a Powerline concert—just to hear one song.

Hercules

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Hercules is my absolute favorite soundtrack. From Zero-to-Hero to I Won’t Say I’m in Love, you can’t NOT love the album!

Hades is my favorite Disney Villain and Megara is my all time favorite Disney character.

This movie kind of hits all of the sweet spots for me. Great music, hilarious sidekicks (Pain & Panic, Phil, and Pegasus), and a perfect villain!

Lion King

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You can’t beat Beyoncé, but I definitely prefer the original Lion King to the live action version.

The Lion King is one of those universally loved Disney classics. No one in my family objects to this movie, and it’s always an easy one to throw on when you can’t decide what to watch together!

Monsters, inc.

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Mike Wazowski (with one ‘eye’) is my favorite Pixar character. He’s a funny, short sidekick to a tall, scary monster—which is basically how I describe me and my best friend’s relationship!

Monstropolis is so fascinating to me. Pixar took a common fear of a “monster in the closet” and turned the closet into a portal to a Monster’s world. How cool is that?

The message in this movie is so heartwarming to me—laughter and happiness is more powerful than fear. Can you tell this is my favorite movie? Well… it is!

Oliver and Company

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After watching this movie in the first grade I really wanted an orange tabby cat. My grandpa knew I wanted a cat, so he took a bus across town to adopt a cat from someone he knew from work who just had a litter of kittens.

He had to walk 2 hours back home with my new kitten because the bus driver wouldn’t allow him on the bus with the cat.

It wasn’t a tabby cat, it was a black cat, and I named her Midnight.

Every time I watch this movie I remember how much my grandpa loved me and my sister to do that for us. This one is my number one feel-good movie just for the nostalgic feelings it brings up.

The Rescuers

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As a kid, Madame Medusa, the villain in this movie, used to scare me pretty badly.

Of all the Disney villains, Madame Medusa has got to be one of the worst ones! She was just so mean to little Penny.

Did this movie inspire anyone else to write a message-in-a-bottle? If you haven’t seen the movie, then you’re going to want to do that now (and maybe you’ll want to write a message-in-a-bottle too)!

Tarzan

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Phil Collins wrote the soundtrack to this movie, and it makes the story so much more emotional! When You’ll Be In My Heart comes on when Kala holds baby Tarzan, I cry every time!

Turk is my favorite character in this movie. I think the most fun that can be seen in a Disney movie is the scene where Turk sings Trashin’ The Camp.

This is the scene where the animals start breaking all of the human’s belongings to make a song—I love it!

Toy Story

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Woody and Buzz have such a special friendship. I think they balance each other out perfectly. Buzz has delusions of grandeur, while Woody is almost afraid to leave his comfort zone.

By the time Toy Story 4 rolls around they both undergo serious character development. The first movie is the most satisfying to me. It is pure nostalgia for me.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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This is another one of those totally bizarre movies, but just like The Brave Little Toaster, it works!

It’s wacky and chaotic, and all around hilarious. This is an “outside-of-the-box” premise.

Now that I’ve rewatched the movie as an adult… there were quite a few things that went right over my head as a kid.

Wreck-it-Ralph

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When I first saw Wreck-it-Ralph I really didn’t know what to expect. I was definitely not expecting to cry as much as I did.

Vanellope von Schweetz is such a real character. She reminds me of the confident, spunky little girls that I taught when I was a teacher.

Ralph and Vanellope are seemingly unlikely friends, but they are totally #FriendGoals by the end of the movie!

What are you waiting for? Get into your comfy pajamas, build a pillow fort and watch some feel-good Disney movies now! Head over to Disney+ to start streaming now!

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Written by Alessandra Sferlazza

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Aly is the Social Media Coordinator for WDW Magazine as well as a contributing writer. For the past five years, she has worked with The Walt Disney Company and completed her BA, B.Ed, and a certificate in Journalism. Aly loves spending every second she can at Disney World with her best friends and family. Follow Aly on Instagram
Alessandra Sferlazza

Written by Alessandra Sferlazza

Aly is the Social Media Coordinator for WDW Magazine as well as a contributing writer. For the past five years, she has worked with The Walt Disney Company and completed her BA, B.Ed, and a certificate in Journalism. Aly loves spending every second she can at Disney World with her best friends and family. Follow Aly on Instagram