15 nostalgic Disney+ films to make you feel like a kid again

Lollie King

For many of us Disney and Pixar provided the backdrop to our upbringings.

Whether we wanted to be transported to Neverland with Peter Pan and his friends or watch Hercules embark on his latest quest, their films were always there to spark our young imaginations and transport us to a Whole New World.

And of course, this was long before the days of clean cut live action visuals.

Now streaming platform Disney+ is giving us total access to all of the greatest Disney classics and some of their newer gems too.

So if you’re seeking that nostalgic child-like feeling, look no further. Here are some of the best nostalgic films in the archive...

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Mary Poppins

Warning: A Spoonful of Sugar may be stuck in your head for the foreseeable after watching Julie Andrews step into the role of the beloved nanny and help the Banks family in Mary Poppins, which is now streaming on Disney+.

For extra points follow up with Mary Poppins Returns and watch Dick van Dyke make his highly anticipated cameo.

The Little Mermaid

Ah, they just don’t make them like they used to do they?

Submerge yourself under the sea with this classic, which features one of the greatest friendships in Disney history between Ariel and Sebastian.

Pirates of the Caribbean,

This film without a doubt changed the course of Disney movies and for some of us kicked off an enduring crush on the dreamboat that is Orlando Bloom.

The opening bars of the theme tune instantly transport you back to your youth and we’re suddenly all on a quest to find Davy Jones’ locker.

Monsters Inc

Mike, Sully and Boo really will warm the cockles of your heart with their sweet friendship.

Potentially one of the best Pixar films of time, this is the perfect film to curl up and reminisce with when you need a boost.

High School Musical

If Breaking Free isn’t in your top Disney songs, who are you? Many of us (myself included) grew up dreaming of performing a duet to the track with their crush.

Watch Troy (Zac Efron) wrestle between basketball and his true calling, the theatre, as he falls for new girl Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens).

Finding Nemo

“Just keep swimming!” Aren't those words to live by?

Few films can brighten your day like this one can and the famous line “fish are friends, not food” arguably inspired a number of kids to embark on a life of vegetarianism.


The most thrilling film without words. This collection of short stories featuring the most iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse was truly magical, and will have you in goosebumps as the orchestra plays their symphonies.

The Sword In The Stone

Seeing Arthur’s superhuman strength made kids everywhere believe that they could do anything.

While there has since been a Merlin series and a new adaptation of the Sword In The Stone, nothing quite beats this one.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The original live action and animation hybrid sees Eddie Valiant work alongside Roger Rabbit to see who has framed him for the murder of nightclub owner Marvin Acme.

As a child, the use of actors and cartoons made it feel like was a little more mature than your standard cartoon.


Rippling abs and a mane of ginger locks, it can only be one man - Hercules.

For many of us, this was our first taste of Roman and Greek mythology. You won’t be able to stop tapping your feet when the Muses start belting out their harmonies.

The Lion King

Before Beyonce and Donald Glover took over the roles of Nala and Simba, we grew up on the cartoon.

The animated versions of Timon and Pumba really do take you back to a simpler time. Hakuna Matata!


This is a definite tear-jerker, so having a box of Kleenex at the ready is advised.

Jiminy Cricket tells the story of a woodworker Geppetto who longs for a son, so wishes upon a star for one. The song Always Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide will take you back to your youth, and might even leave you with a few pearls of wisdom.

A Bug's Life

“Don’t look at the light!” This is arguably one of the most underrated Pixar films, and follows inventive ant Flik as he leads his friends - and a motley crew of circus bugs - against a terrifying group of grasshoppers who steal their food every year.

Hocus Pocus

This is one of those films that scared the living daylights out us as children with Bette Midler’s overbite and Sarah Jessica Parker’s long talons.

It might also bring you a little bit of post-lockdown Halloween inspiration...

The best love story of all time. A terrier mix and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel really did prove to us that love knows no bounds as their romance blossomed despite the their different backgrounds.

And the spaghetti moment? Iconic.

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