As one of the big players within the Australian streaming scene, Disney+ has plenty to offer you, whether you’re a fan of Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic or the good old Disney classics. But a major selling point for many users has been that Disney+ is one of the most family-friendly streaming platforms out there at the moment. It’s jam-packed with kid-appropriate movies and television, perfect for the whole family on a Friday night or for when the school holidays roll around. So if you’re looking to keep the kids entertained for a bit, what shows should you turn to? Find out in this Canstar Blue guide.
Top 10 Kids Shows on Disney+
To take some of the legwork out of finding a show to watch, Canstar Blue has compiled a list of some of the best kid-friendly TV shows that are currently available to stream on Disney+. Top shows on Disney+ include:
- Gravity Falls
- Phineas and Ferb
- Big Hero 6 – The Series
- Marvel’s Hero Project
- Be Our Chef
- Wizards of Waverly Place
- Girl Meets World
- Diary of a Future President
This smash-hit animated comedy has been described as “Rick and Morty/Twin Peaks for kids” and we’re hooked by that alone. Created by Alex Hirsch (a good friend of Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland), the show follows the adventures of the paranormal-obsessed Dipper Pines (voiced by Jason Ritter) and his twin sister, the boy band-obsessed Mabel (Kristen Schaal), who are sent off to spend the summer with their great-uncle Stan in Gravity Falls, Oregon. The twins think it will be a boring summer helping Stan run his tourist trap, “The Mystery Shack”, however the town is not what it seems — paranormal activity lurks at every corner — and it makes for some good animated TV.
Phineas and Ferb
When someone says, “there’s 104 days of summer vacation”, the appropriate answer is always “and school comes along just to end it”. Of course, we’re going on about Phineas and Ferb, the iconic Disney cartoon following two step-brothers Phineas and Ferb as they take on ambitious new projects during their summer vacation. At the same time, Dr. Doofenshmirtz does his best to take over the Tri-state area while the boy’s pet (and secret agent) Perry the Platypus does his best to stop him. How great is kid’s television?
If you’re a fan of David Tenant, DuckTales may just be something for the whole family. A reboot of the 80’s animated series, DuckTales follows Scrooge McDuck (voiced by Tenant), Donald Duck’s estranged uncle. When Scrooge is forced to babysit his nephews —Huey, Dewey and Louie — for the day, the family reunite, and Scrooge invites Donald and the boys to live with him in McDuck Manor. The show follows the family of ducks on their adventures around the world and their fictional hometown of Duckburg, as well as uncovering the years-long feud between Scrooge and Donald.
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Big Hero 6: The Series
If you (or your kids) were a fan of the Big Hero 6 movie, then you’re in luck. Big Hero 6: The Series is an animated series that follows on directly from the events from the movie, and is now in its third season. Created by Kim Possible creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, Big Hero 6: The Series continues the adventures of the 14-year-old tech genius Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and the compassionate, friendly and intellectual robot ‘Baymax’. The two, along with friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred, form the superhero team ‘Big Hero 6’ and fight to protect their city from evil tech villains.
Marvel’s Hero Project
Young or old, Marvel fans worldwide will fall in love with the franchise’s first unscripted series Marvel’s Hero Project. Editors of some of the best-known Marvel comics have come together to work on a special project – surprising kids who are creating positive changes within their community with a cool Superhero comic of themselves. According to Marvel, “in life, it doesn’t take wearing a suit of iron, carrying a mythical hammer or swinging from spider webs to be a real hero. Sometimes the person who can make a positive difference in the world is the person who simply sees a problem and has the passion to find a creative solution.” Your kids will love it, just be ready to grab the tissues.
After the announcement that Gargoyles would be on Disney+, people flocked to the internet to describe the show as “underrated” and a “hidden gem”. Intrigue set in and we discovered Gargoyles, and we have now decided it can be enjoyed by kids and parents alike (or heck — even if you don’t have kids). The cartoon, which was released in 1994, follows a species of nocturnal creatures who have been trapped in a petrified state for 1,000 years thanks to a curse, until they are re-awakened in modern day New York City and become its unofficial protectors. When the cartoon was first released it saw relative success, however in recent years it has become a cult favourite and gained a strong following. Much to the delight of said cult following, all three seasons have been added to Disney+.
Be Our Chef
A cute play on Beauty and the Beast’s “be our guest”, Be Our Chef is the perfect viewing for your foodie-inspired kids, or just a great show to watch together as a family. Hosted by The Office’s Angela Kinsey, the reality series follows five diverse families as they compete at Walt Disney World in Disney-inspired cooking challenges. Trust us when we say it will be one of the most wholesome reality shows you’ll ever see — perfect for the kids.
Wizards of Waverly Place
Kids these days need an education — and that education includes watching Wizards of Waverly Place, one of the most iconic Disney children shows of all time. The show follows the Russos, who, on the surface appear as an ordinary family who own a sandwich shop, but behind closed doors are anything but. The Russo siblings – Alex (Selena Gomez in her breakout role), her older brother Justin (David Henrie) and younger brother Max (Jake T. Austin) – are all wizards-in-training after inheriting wizarding powers from their father Jerry (David DeLuise). The siblings have to juggle keeping their secret safe at mortal high school, whilst preparing for the Wizard Competition which takes place once all three turn 18, to decide who will become the family wizard and keep his or her wizard powers.
Girl Meets World
One of the best spin-offs (at least in the Disney-sphere) is Girl Meets World, the spin-off to the iconic 90’s Boy Meets World. Now all grown-up, Cory and Topanga moved to New York City and had a daughter of their own — Riley Matthews (played by Rowan Blanchard). The comedy series follows the life of Riley and her best friend Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) as they navigate the highs and lows of high school in the Big Apple. Girl Meets World is the perfect show for your tween.
Diary of a Future President
This is the ultimate female empowerment show to show your daughter. Diary of a Future President centres on 12-year-old Cuban-American Elena who aspires to be the future President of the United States. The series is narrated by Elena’s diary, as she navigates life as a middle schooler and all that comes with it. The series also shows flashes of the future of adult Elena (played by Gina Rodriguez, who serves as the show’s executive producer) as she prepares to undertake her presidential campaign.
With a range of shows like this, we can be sure that your kids (no matter their age), as well as you, will be kept well entertained for hours on Disney+. And if you make your way through the above list, you can always check out what Netflix has for kids, or the top shows and movies available on Disney+.
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