With a seemingly endless amount of content on Disney's streaming service, it can be hard to know where to start. Between nostalgic classics and fun new shows, there is a lot to choose from. So we've rounded up some of the best kids' shows on Disney+ to give you and your little ones plenty of ideas for what to watch during screen time.
Disney+ launched back in November 2019 with an impressive catalog of shows and movies for families to enjoy with content coming from Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and National Geographic. Since then, Disney+ has consistently added more films and series to its library, including plenty of options for kids.
Among the list of available shows to stream on
Disney+ is The Proud Family , a Disney classic from the early 2000s that millennial parents are sure to remember fondly. Along with the original animated series, Disney has announced a reboot is coming to the platform soon and promises to be "louder and prouder" than ever before. Disney+ also hosts popular hits like , Bluey , and, of course, Doc McStuffins . Mickey Mouse Club
As you probably suspected, Disney+ has plenty to offer your family. Here are a few options to get you started.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Chances are, your kids are probably already hooked on this show and have been saying “meeska mooska Mickey Mouse” in their sleep. But if you're late to the game,
takes children on one fun adventure after another courtesy of the magical Clubhouse. Mickey and the gang work together to solve problems, make new friends, and learn together. The best thing about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is that it is designed to help preschoolers gain problem solving and math skills in an exciting way. So not only will they be entertained by the “Hot Dog Dance” song, but they will also gather a few helpful skills in the process. Rated TV-Y Doc McStuffins is here to solve whatever problem her toys may have — whether they need to be healed or just need a little bit of companionship. Not only does Doc show kids how to care for their toys, but she also shares some kid-friendly health tips in each episode, which can certainly stick with the young ones. On top of this, Doc shows some amazing character strengths by caring for others and being brave. The show also Doc McStuffins single-handedly cured my daughter's phobia of visiting her own doctor, need I say more?
If you were looking for a show with positive role models and messages for kids, start with
Doc McStuffins. You’ll be so impressed with this kid’s show. Rated TV-Y Handy Manny
Bob the Builder: Handy Manny is here to fix issues as they pop up and take his friends, a group of silly, talking tools, along with him. The series not only teaches kids about problem solving, but provides viewers with conflict resolution scenarios and is a wonderful representation of diversity. Many of Manny’s escapades and daily doings embrace his culture and Spanish language, which reinforces commonly heard Spanish phrases, or introduces new ones to kids.
Most importantly, your kids will love his can-do attitude, handy abilities, super silly tools, and emphasis on helping your friends and family members.
Rated TV-Y Miles From Tomorrowland
This animated series is
set in outer space in the year 2051. Miles, along with his family members, discover alien life forms, race across the stars, and explore brand new planets in the galaxy. This is all for a good reason, Miles and the rest of the Callisto family are the people that connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. While there are some moments of suspense in the series, according to Common Sense Media, they are quickly and happily resolved.
If you have a kid that's space obsessed, or have a big imagination that is out of this world, this show is sure to be right up their alley.
Rated TV-Y Recess
Parents are sure to have some playground flashbacks watching this classic series, but there are plenty of reasons why
should be in your kid's TV rotation. From conquering social issues to discussing the power of protest, Recess for young minds about the young minds of fourth graders attending Third Street Elementary School. The playground is ruled by a sixth grader, King Bob, who has enforcers to make sure that his rules are carried out. But these four friends know that conformity isn’t the answer. Recess is packed with important knowledge
And rest assured, parents, according to Common Sense Media, there is “very little to worry about in the show.”
Rated TV-Y7 Muppet Babies
Even the hardest of hearts has to admit that
the Muppet Babies are absolutely adorable. Revisit your favorite puppets, including Kermit, Fozzie, Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, and Summer during their younger years as they use their imagination for all of their adventures in their playroom. Not only are the Muppets super cute as babies, but this show also teaches kids how to use their creative thinking skills to help with small problems. It shows that using your imagination can make things fun and helpful at the same time.
This show is a
Common Sense Selection for families, so you already know that it has universal parent approval. Rated TV-Y PJ Masks
When young friends Connor, Amaya, and Greg put on their pajamas at night, they magically transform into a
group of superheroes named Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko, who fight crime together and save the daytime at nighttime. While crime fighting might sound like it’s reserved for comic books or Marvel movies, PJ Masks teaches kids about positive social behaviors, teamwork, and thinking before you act. But, parents might have to warn their kids that sneaking out of the house and fighting crime in your pajamas isn’t acceptable, even if you are trying to save the day.
Your kids can join them by watching all three seasons on Disney+.
Rated TV-Y Puppy Dog Pals
Two thrill-seeking canine brothers, Bingo and Rolly, go on endless adventures in their neighborhood and beyond in
the three seasons of this Disney Junior show. Your kids will love to tag along! Whether Bingo and Rolly are helping their owner or assisting a friend in need, their missions take them all over their town and all over the world, for that matter. But if you’re looking for a show with a bit more educational value, Puppy Dog Pals might not be the show for you. The show is more entertaining than educational, according to Common Sense Media, but it does have some subtle, yet positive examples of friendship. Rated TV-Y Out of the Box
If you're looking for something creative and full of imagination, look no further than
Out of the Box , which aired on the Disney Channel from 1998 to 2002 . In each episode, a small group of children in the neighborhood come and play in the “box” — a clubhouse made out of cardboard boxes. The show is chock full of messages about creativity and give kids plenty of opportunity to play along and be creative with the hosts. But be warned, the show’s hosts might be a little too bubbly if you haven’t had your second cup of morning coffee.
Still, your kids will learn all about music and art, while getting their imaginations in gear.
Rated TV-Y Fancy Nancy
Let your kid experience
the finer things in everyday life with the Queen of Elegance herself — Miss Fancy Nancy. Although Nancy likes everything fancy, the TV series promotes individuality and self expression, rather than materialism. Throughout the show, Nancy learns about the beauty of people’s differences and learns to appreciate all that makes her friends unique. This mirrors itself in the show’s positive messages about family members, as Nancy loves on her younger sister and her supportive parents. While Nancy might not necessarily be your cup of tea, you have to give credit to a show that teaches kids to embrace their truest selves. Rated TV-Y T.O.T.S
Pip and Freddy are the delivery birds tasked with
delivering baby animals to their families for Tiny Ones Transfer Service, or T.O.T.S. While this flying duo has so much to learn, they give proof to how life isn’t about the feathers that you have on the outside, but it’s the stuff on the inside that matters the most. While the show might be low on the education value, according to Common Sense Media, Pip and Freddy are trailblazers in their jobs, and are able to combat stereotypes with perseverance and team work.
Your kids are sure to gush over the adorable animals and heartwarming stories of growing families.
Rated TV-Y Bluey
Surely this show needs no introduction, but what you may not know is that it is on
Disney+. And there is some good news — Season 2 of is now on Disney+. So if you haven’t already taken the plunge and let this Bluey adorable canine family take over your TV, there is no better time than the present. Follow your favorite blue heeler dog family as they make fun out of their days at home. Who knows, you may end up loving this show more than your kids do. There is so much to love, Especially since Bluey focuses on the importance of playing and using your imagination. Rated TV-Y7 Little Einsteins
Little Einsteins help your children grow their minds and embrace their curiosity on Disney+. Each of the four little Einsteins have their own special talent and often use it in a cooperative manner in each episode. This not only teaches teamwork, but teaches kids how to embrace the things that they have to contribute to the world. If this wasn’t special enough, the little Einsteins travel in each episode, using their imagination to visit sights like the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben. There really is so much to love in this super dynamic show geared towards children ages two and older. Rated TV-Y Elena of Avalor
Princess Elena embarks on a journey to defeat the evil sorceress Shuriki who took her parents and kingdom away from her. Years after defeating Shuriki, Elena is set to
inherit the throne, but she is only 16 years old. Throughout the show, Elena learns how to rule Avalor with the help of a Grand Council and some magical friends by her side that bring her on adventures teaching her all of the qualities that make up a good leader. Not only does the show focus on the importance of leadership, but also places a huge emphasis on family, who becomes a major source of strength and guidance for Elena. Rated TV-Y Vampirina The new girl in town is a bit batty Disney+
From Transylvania to Pennsylvania,
will teach your kids to embrace what makes them unique. The series focuses on Vampirina, or Vee, the new girl in town who has to quickly adjust to life as vampires in the city. This isn’t easy, especially since Vee helps her parents run the Scare B&B, a bed and breakfast for ghouls and goblins, while attending a regular school and trying to make regular friends. Vamprina
But rest assured, your kids won’t be scared or freaked out. Vampirina’s adventures
promote tolerance for others, according to Common Sense Media, and teaches kids about respect and friendship. On top of all of this, this show is a great introduction to the spookier things in life without scaring kids at all. Rated TV-Y Kim Possible
If there is anyone who can inspire your kids to fight for what is right, it's
Break out your cargo pants and get ready to have "call me, beep me," stuck in your head for another decade. In this animated series, Kim Possible balances between being your basic, average, teenage girl who is on the cheerleading squad at her high school while fighting crime and saving the world at night. Kim Possible makes balancing school, friends, and whats important look easy and it promotes girl power. However, there are some points where the villains in the show can be Kim Possible. a little too violent at times, according to Common Sense Media. Rated TV-G Lizzie McGuire
There is no better coming-of-age show than
in our humble opinion. Relive all of the cringe and tween awkwardness with the new generation. See as Lizzie struggles with her popularity, having crushes on boys, and trying to maintain her uniqueness at a school that embraces conformity. But most importantly, the show promotes the positive message of being yourself, no matter what. Lizzie McGuire,
And now that the
highly anticipated reboot of the popular show that was set to show Lizzie adapting to life as a 30-year-old has been permanently put on the back-burner, diving back into the original series may be your only shot at reconnecting to your inner angsty preteen. Rated TV-G Diary of a Future President After watching this, your kids are likely to have big dreams Disney+
Elena, a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl has big dreams — like
becoming the president of the United States for one thing. But first, she'll have to make it through middle school. Her can-do attitude is positively contagious in this brand new Disney+ original series that will seriously inspire kids to go for their dreams and learn things that will help them later on in life. While this show might tackle issues that are more appropriate for tweens than the little ones, it’s especially admirable to see the show dealing with things like emotions and problems in a completely honest way. It’s kind of refreshing. Rated TV-PG Girl Meets World
Catch up with Corey, Topanga, and a
new generation of middle schoolers who reap the benefits of Mr. Feeny's timeless wisdom through Mr. Matthews’ new lessons. This show is the perfect combination of nostalgia and modern life lessons that the whole family will love — whether you were a huge fan of Boy Meets World growing up, or want to instill positive messages in your kids now. Girl Meets World is told through the eyes of a tween girl and is all too relatable to watch as Riley deals with the twists and turns of fitting in at middle school. Rated TV-G Andi Mac Follow the current of emotions with Andi Mac Disney+
Life is a rollercoaster of emotions for
13-year-old Andi Mac. When her sister returns from a trip around the world, she brings home news that will change their family forever. This live-action series is packed with inclusivity and representation that your kids will love while still speaking to them in a fun way that makes sense.
This is a
Common Sense Selection for Families, standing out for positive messages about family not always being perfect, and positive character portrayals. Andi is a confident teenager and is surrounded by great, real role models that parents can appreciate their kids learning from them. Rated TV-G Tangled: The Series
3-minute-long episodes are the perfect way to keep your kids entertained while you handle small tasks around the house. You're welcome!
If your kid loves animated films or the source material,
Tangled, then they’ll love Tangled: The Series, which focuses on Rapunzel and her trusty sidekick, Pascal, as they become friends with all of the people and animals in their kingdom of Corona. Rapunzel is such a fierce role model, even if she only appears in each short for a small amount of time, and is someone that your kids can seriously learn from and be entertained by. Rated TV-Y7 Big Hero 6: The Series
Hiro and Baymax are back for more adventures with their friends in this animated series inspired by the
2014 animated film, Big Hero 6. Watch all three seasons on Disney+.
This series continues on the adventure from the film, bringing Hiro and his four trusty friends on many adventures as they deal with the pressures of school and protect their city from an array of villains who want to bring chaos to their hometown. The characters are strong, the way they solve problems is smart, and it focuses on team work, which is always a major plus in my book.
Rated TV-Y7 The Lion Guard
Lion King spin-off series, Kion, leader of the Lion Guard, has assembled his team and he's not going to let anything stand in their way. Kion may be fierce, but his friends Bunga, Fuli, Beshte, and Ono are brave, fast, strong, and keen. Together, they work as a team to protect the pride lands from predators threatening the circle of life, or unpredictable natural disasters that dare to destroy their home.
makes him a great leader, according to Common Sense Media, and he is also quick to find solutions that acknowledge his friends’ feelings while keeping the peace at the same time. Another perk about this show? It introduces kids to general environmental issues and conservation, which is super cool. Rated TV-Y The Proud Family
Introduce your kids to Penny Proud and catch up on all the old episodes of
, which aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2002 The Proud Family . This show focuses on all of the adventures and misfortunes of Penny Proud, a young Black girl who is doing her best to navigate her early teens to the best of her abilities. In each episode, Penny has a new encounter that is filled with hilarity and heart, especially when she tries to balance her home and school life. Parents will love the emphasis on Penny’s quirky family and how the show is filled with relatable stories that speak truth to growing up. Rated TV-G Amphibia
When Anne magically travels to
the world of amphibians, she learns no to judge a book — or a friend — by its cover. This hilarious show follows the comedic adventures of Anne, who embraces the wild marshland of talking frog people and learns to discover the true meaning of friendship — although she needs a little help getting there.
Common Sense Media selection for families places an emphasis on Anne’s can-do attitude, has charming characters, and is a super fun pick for everyone in the family to enjoy. It is just quirky enough that your young kids will love the animation, while the older ones will appreciate the humor. Rated TV-Y7 Pixar Popcorn
Catch up with all of your favorite Pixar characters in
. These animated shorts feature all of your favorite Pixar characters from some of your favorite Pixar films, like Pixar Popcorn Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Coco, and Cars in brand new storylines. While the shorts can be rather short, and each episode is a little more entertaining than it is educational, they are super fun. And if you have a Pixar obsessed person in your household, they are pretty much guaranteed to be enthralled with each episode. They’re light hearted, fun, and delicious to consume, just like popcorn. Rated TV-PG Fish Hooks
Three little fish — brothers Milo and Oscar, along with their goldfish friend Bea — spend their days at a school
in an aquarium in a pet store. Their lives may play out in various fish tanks at a pet store, but they have the same exact concerns as normal teenagers. They deal with issues surrounding their self confidence, friendships, and relationships, but they live in a fish tank. Their hilarious take on adolescence is jam-packed with laughs and surprisingly heartfelt moments. The characters overcome issues like self esteem by communicating with their friends, teaching kids about the power of words. Rated TV-G The Rocketeer
There's no shortage of superhero inspiration on Disney+, not least of which is Kit Secord. When she finds out that she is the next in line to become
The Rocketeer, a rocket-pack wearing superhero who can fly, she sets out to master the needed skills so she can save her town and the town’s residents from danger. With the help of her friend, Tesh, and sidekick bulldog, Butch, she is able to have the assistance she needs for her adventures. Not only is The Rocketeer surprisingly hilarious, but it teaches positive themes and challenges gender stereotypes, which is a win for me. Rated TV-Y Duck Tales
These little ducks are out to learn about Mr. Scrooge's past
in Mr. Scrooge's secrets are coming out when Huey, Dewey, and Louie — along with their friend Webby — go deep diving in his past in this Disney XD series, which is a remake of the cartoon series from the ‘80s. While Mr. Scrooge’s past takes the ducks on adventures all around the world, they are able to spread Duck Tales. the positive message of “the family that explores together, stays together.” Mr. Scrooge is a known curmudgeon, but he also encourages the younger ducks’ sense of adventure and discovery, which shows how supportive he is of his great nephews. Rated TV-Y7 Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers
If your kid is anything like mine, and completely hooked on
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, this speedy series will give you a much needed break from the "Hot Dog Dance” and introduce you to the “Sensational Six” who run their own garage in Hot Dog Hills. As Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy compete in transforming racers around town, they also lend a helpful hand to the folks around their town.
The show provides some fast paced fun while explaining the importance of community to younger kids. And if your little one is obsessed with cars, then they will probably love this show.
Rated TV-Y Wander Over Yonder
If you’re looking for a new show centered around outer space, look no further!
is a series from the mid-2000s, but is fresh to Disney+ as of May 2021. It centers around the title character Wander, Wander Over Yonder a plucky explorer who has an endless supply of optimism and uses it to help those around him. Along with his best friend, a horse named Sylvia, they move through the galaxies making friends and battling evil. From the same creative genius mind of Craig McCracken — creator of both The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends — your kids are sure to fall in love with their cause. Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Disney+. Rated TV-Y7 Big City Greens
Cricket Green, his sister Tilly, and his eclectic group of family members straight from the country take a bite out of big city life in this
adorable animated series from 2019. Literally, they live in a city called Big City. Along with their feisty mother, Cricket and Tilly make new friends, battle old enemies, and embrace life in Big City. Although adventure is the name of this show, it has a ton of heart and teaches kids about the importance of embracing your quirks and your family members. It is such a light hearted show with such a good core, it’s hard not to love Big City Greens. Rated TV-Y7 101 Dalmatians
After Cruella DeVil’s plot to make a fur coat with the puppies goes astray, the Dearly family and their 99 puppies move to the country, where they find new adventures in
this animated series from 1997. This show only ran for one season, but it has a whopping 65 episodes, at just under 30 minutes long, so they will keep you and your kids entertained for a very long time. If you’re looking for a show that will transport you back to watching Saturday morning cartoons in the ‘90s at your parents’ house, then 101 Dalmatians will do the trick. Rated TV-Y7 The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
This Disney+ original series
based on the 1992 movie, focuses in on the competitive world of youth ice hockey. Let’s set the scene — it’s present day Minnesota, and the Mighty Ducks are now a super competitive youth hockey team. But when a 12-year-old boy named Evan is cut from the team, he and his mom set out to make their own team, comprised of a group of misfits, who help to challenge the Mighty Ducks and start playing the game for fun. The show does have some mild language and questionable jokes, so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, according to Common Sense Media, but still worth giving a shot, especially if you love the original film. Rated TV-PG High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Follow along with the students of East High in this
Disney+ original series, as they work on staging a production of High School Musical and deal with all of the high school drama that comes with it. Not only does the incredibly talented musician, Olivia Rodrigo, star in the show, but it will bring you directly back to your high school days and make your kids excited for what is to come from high school theater. Even if your kid isn’t interested in singing or acting, this series is filled with goofy and funny moments as well as teen drama that is super relatable. Rated TV-PG Monsters At Work
Tylor Tuskmon has graduated in the top of his class at Monster’s University and
arrives at Monsters Incorporated to begin working as a scarer. But Tylor soon learns that they no longer want Scarers — they want Jokesters. Tylor gets temporarily reassigned to the facilities team at Monsters Inc. where he now works alongside a bunch of misfit mechanics who help him discover his funny bone and assist him in becoming a Jokester. Sometimes, it’s just better to embrace your humor and laugh, rather than run away and be scared.
spinoff will provide you with just as many laughs as the 2001 Pixar film. Monsters Inc. Rated TV-G The Mysterious Benedict Society
After winning a scholarship competition, four very gifted orphans are recruited by a man named Mr. Benedict for a mysterious mission to save the world from a crisis known as The Emergency. All four orphans must infiltrate a mysterious institute, where they have to discover the truth behind the crisis. And when they discover that the institute’s headmaster is behind the panic, it’s up to the kids to defeat him in any way they know how.
This super snippy
Disney+ original series will bring out the inner spy in your child and resonate with the positive messages of teamwork and friendship. Rated TV-PG Raven’s Home
That’s So Raven fans: you’ll want to show your kids this super fun show. This spin-off sequel series to That’s So Raven focuses on two lifelong best friends — Raven and Chelsea — raising their three children together and handling all of the chaos that comes their way. Raven’s 11-year-old twins and Chelsea’s 9-year-old son are used to navigating a chaotic household, which means that the kids are always in store for an adventure. To make things even more exciting, Raven still gets psychic visions from time to time, along with her son, Booker, who has inherited his mom’s unique ability. Jake and the Never Land Pirates
Jake, his parrot Skully, and their friends, Izzy and Cubby, sail from Pirate Island to hunt for treasure against Captain Hook in this
super cute animated series which originally aired on Disney Junior. Whether it’s a skateboard or a prized seashell, Captain Hook will do anything to get his hands on treasure. But with the help of some teamwork and problem solving, Jake and his friends are able to reclaim their treasure while earning dubloons for their team treasure chest.
This series is geared towards super young kids and teaches important messages and social lessons to young kids who live for adventure and saving the day.
Rated TV-Y Just Roll With It
This show, which was filmed in front of a live studio audience from 2019 to 2020, combines improv comedy with a scripted sitcom that encourages the audience to pick what happens next. It’s a
super fun series that encourages using your imagination to “just roll with it.” If your kid is good at thinking on their feet, or if you envision them starring on a show like Saturday Night Live one day, then Just Roll With It is the perfect introduction to improv comedy for your little class clown. Aspiring comedian kids will love this simple, fun show that is different from any other show on this list. Rated TV-Y7
Well, there you have it. All of the Disney+ content your heart desires. Happy watching!
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