We've all had more time to watch TV since lockdown began, so Disney+ couldn't have come at a better time.
The new streaming service finally came to the UK last month, just as we were told to stay home due to the pandemic.
So with a lot more time on our hands, it’s no surprise the woman&home team has had plenty of time to discover – and rinse – all the best gems available on Disney+.
While we’re loving re-watching all the animated classics that take us back to simpler times and the cheesy rom coms that allow us to escape reality for a couple of hours, we’ve also discovered some great new productions and serious documentaries – so don’t think it’s just for kids!
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What the woman&home team are watching on Disney+
Disney+ is being hammered in our household at the moment, with the kids working their way through the classic back catalogue (and me watching surreptitiously while scooping up toys and pottering). While I'm enjoying this meander through the archives, what I look forward to watching on Disney+ most is The Mandalorian.
It's their new big budget TV series. Imagine Star Wars meets the wild west and you'll get the idea. Sure, it can feel a bit silly at times, but it's light-hearted, escapist, and visually lots of fun. And the baby Yoda is one of the cutest things I've seen on a screen in a long time. It's a great antidote to the general gloom and grind of everyday life at the moment.
All the Disney Princess films
Growing into an adult has done nothing to slow my diehard love of Disney Princesses. From the classic beauties Aurora and Belle to the feisty likes of Jasmine and Mulan and even the newer additions of Elsa and Moana – a princess makes a Disney film for me.
And while all of the princess films are on my watch list, my top two have to be Moana for the brilliant music by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the live-action Aladdin for its gorgeous outfits and magical Arabian feel.
10 Things I Hate About You
I'm rewatching this '90s classic because it never fails to cheer me up, especially Heath Ledger belting out Can't Take My Eyes Off You to Julia Styles on the bleachers. There are loads of rom com gems on Disney Plus, including other brilliant films the Parent Trap and my favourite growing up - Three Men and A Baby (Hello, Tom Selleck!)
This incredible National Geographic documentary follows the journey of free climber Alex Honnald as he prepares to climb El Capitan – an iconic 3,000ft rock face in Yosemite National Park – without a rope! The scenery and filming is fantastic, and while there are moments that make my tummy do backflips, it’s truly inspiring to watch the grit, determination and dedication of Alex as he fulfils his lifelong dream.
Beauty and the Beast
I've been rewatching all of the brilliant live action Disney films - the 2017 Beauty and the Beast in particular! I loved the originals - Aladdin, The Lion King - as a kid (who didn't?) and I was really pleasantly surprised by the all of the live action remakes, so jumped at the chance to see them again when Disney+ launched.
Beauty and the Beast is my favourite without a doubt - the songs instantly put you in a good mood, Emma Watson is the perfect Belle, and I secretly fancy Luke Evans as Gaston...
I'm very close with my mum but we have very different personalities. Freaky Friday always reminds me to put myself in someone else's shoes before judging, mostly my own mother's - especially now that we're back living together during lockdown for the first time since my teens!
The cheesiness of this rom com also takes me back to simpler times and I know the soundtrack better than I'd like to admit (Ultimate You is probably one my top 10 songs ever... please don't judge).
When I was a child I watched Mary Poppins so much that I broke my VHS copy of it! It's been lovely re-experiencing the film again as an adult, and it's hugely enjoyable for the whole family. It stars British acting legends Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The songs are very catchy too...
Splash is the story of a mermaid who takes on life on land to pursue love with a lonely New Yorker after saving him from drowning. It’s a childhood classic for me and sparked a slight obsession with mermaids when I was a little girl. It’s such a heartwarming rom-com and watching it again now is so nostalgic. Plus, who doesn’t love Tom Hanks?