We all love a good movie night. From Pixar to Marvel and National Geographic, here’s our list of movies and shows to watch on Disney+ to keep the whole family entertained. Cue the popcorn!
We movie buff Mamas and Papas were so excited when Disney+ launched in Hong Kong in 2021! Time to raise our movie buff babies! Belting out to our favourite Disney tunes is always on the cards when we need a quick break from working from home or online classes. Beat the social-distancing blues with our list of family-friendly movies and shows to watch on Disney+ Hong Kong, be it classic childhood favourites like Lion King or recent hits like Encanto (a sing-along is promised!).
What’s New On Disney+ This Month
One of the most loved Pixar characters, Lightyear follows legendary space ranger, Buzz Lightyear as he embarks on an intergalactic adventure with his crew. They must face against Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda, whilst finding their way back home. The backstory features Buzz with more human-like features with a refreshing wave of detailed animation and it’s a joy to watch for all ages.
Lightyear airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Wednesday, 3 August, 2022
The Ghost and Molly McGee
There’s always something heartwarming about unlikely friendships amongst polar opposites! Molly McGee is a happy-go-lucky tween wants to make the world a better place, fix what has gone wrong and spread joy. Whereas Scratch, a grumpy ghost, wants to do the exact opposite. When one of Scratch’s spells backfires, the two come together to help each other through the ups and downs of their respective worlds. This feel good series is suitable for older kids and tweens.
The Ghost and Molly McGee airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Wednesday, 3 August, 2022.
LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation
Looking for a much-needed break from stormtroopers and TIE fighters, Finn arranges a surprise vacation for his friends aboard the ultra-luxurious Galactic Starcruiser, the Halcyon. But his plans go awry when he’s separated from his group and instead, meets three Force ghosts: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, and Leia Organa. They each share their own unexpected stories of vacations gone wrong, with a moral that there’s more to vacations than just having fun. LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation is a fun watch and we can’t wait to see Darth Vader at the beach!
LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Friday, 5 August, 2022.
I Am Groot
We love Groot! Stealing our hearts with just one line, “I am Groot”, this series tells the tale of mischievous baby Groot as he makes friends, causes havoc (sometimes), and discovers himself and what he can do. Keep your eyes peeled for cameos from other star characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel Studio. The realistic animation and fun plot line has just about anyone setting a reminder on their calendar for I Am Groot to release!
I Am Groot airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Wednesday, 10 August, 2022.
Eureka is no ordinary girl…she’s extraordinary! Living ahead of her time, her imagination runs wild and her inventions (using creative, out-of-the-box thinking) aim at making the world a better place and moving her prehistoric community into a more modern era. The adorable friends, supportive family and peers and the colourful animation all comes as a package for the little ones to watch (see the trailer here). Plus, it proves that anyone can achieve anything (regardless of gender stereotypes) if they put their mind to it – definitely an inspiring watch from Disney Junior.
Eureka airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Wednesday, 24 August, 2022.
Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under
From the land down under, Secrets of the Zoo spotlights Sydney’s Taronga Zoo which has successfully re-homed endangered animals and helped increase their population whilst safeguarding their well-being. The zoo holds over 5,000 creatures with hundreds of zookeepers giving close attention to the animals.
Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Wednesday, 31 August, 2022.
New Sing-Alongs Coming To Disney+ Hong Kong
For all the budding singers (and their Mamas and Papas), have a sing-along marathon this August of your favourite classic Disney tales.
The Lion King Sing-Along airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Wednesday, 5 August 2022.
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Friday, 19 August 2022.
Tangled Sing-Along airs on Disney+ Hong Kong on Friday, 19 August 2022.
Series Returning To Disney+ Hong Kong In August
- Bluey Season 3 – Wednesday, 10 August 2022
An overenthusiastic and imaginative Blue Heeler puppy, Bluey, goes on adventures with her younger sister, Bingo, which unfolds in hilarious ways.
- High School Musical: The Musical Season 3 – Wednesday, 10 August 2022
The Wildcats are back and this time, they prep for a performance of “Frozen”
- Chibi Tiny Tales Season 2 – Wednesday, 24 August 2022
The adventures of various Disney characters are presented in chibi style.
Disney Movies And Shows For Young Kids On Disney+ Hong Kong
Toy Story – Pixar
A favourite for all ages, we recommend watching any one of the four movies from the Toy Story franchise (or a marathon!). Andy Davis’ beloved toys come to life when no one’s watching and in this movie, cowboy-toy Woody is faced with a potential threat, Buzz Lightyear, who quickly impresses the crowd. Despite the first installation releasing in 1996, Woody and his crew continue to give new meaning to friendship, humour, and adventure.
Sassy Mama tip: Watch Toy Story before your next visit to Disneyland Hong Kong and make a bee-line for Toy Story Land!
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Disney Junior
Before you know it, the little ones will be chanting “Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse” and pretend they know magic! Mickey Mouse Clubhouse interactively teaches problem-solving skills and important life lessons through the many adventures Mickey and his friends go on. Since the series is focused on pre-schoolers, you can expect each episode to be filled with sing-along rhymes that keep the tots on their toes.
More Disney+ Recommendations For Young Kids:
- Frozen – Animation/fantasy/musical
- PJ Masks – Animation/children’s TV/superhero
- Doc McStuffins – Animation/children’s TV/educational
- Finding Nemo – Adventure/animation
- Sofia the First – Animation/fantasy/musical
Disney Movies And TV Shows For Older Kids On Disney+ Hong Kong
Encanto – Disney
We don’t talk about Bruno – or do we? Become a part of the magical Madrigal family, with each member possessing a superpower – from healing to super strength and shapeshifting. The movie explores the power and unity of family and how every member plays a role in keeping the “encanto” (meaning charm) alive. The attention to detail, colourful and vibrant representation of Colombian culture and the catchy songs (penned by none other than Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame) make Encanto a pleasure to watch (and re-watch!).
Avengers Assemble – Marvel
For a short and punchy Avengers adrenaline-kick, Avengers Assemble delivers an old-school style animation, packed with action. If your child wants a deep-dive on all things Iron Man and Marvel’s mightiest heroes, they’ll appreciate all five seasons! As opposed to other Marvel movies and shows, Avengers Assemble isn’t gory and even if fight scenes intensity, they’re backed with comedic elements (a sigh of relief for parents).
More Disney+ Recommendations For Older Kids:
- Weird but True! – Docuseries/educational
- Night at the Museum – Fantasy/comedy
- Moana – Adventure/animation/musical
- Luca – Animation/coming-of-age/fantasy
- The BFG – Adventure/fantasy
Disney Movies And TV Shows For Tweens On Disney+ Hong Kong
Turning Red – Pixar
When your child is a tween, it may get tricky to put into conversation the transition of becoming a teen. That’s when movies like Turning Red can be entertaining as well as relatable (mostly for girls). The giant red panda is an adorable and humourous metaphor for hitting puberty (a topic rarely discussed in movies), and the animated comedy is filled with heart-warming scenes on the bonds of family and friendship (and boy bands!).
Welcome To Earth – National Geographic
Travel to the world’s best kept hidden gems from the comfort of your couch, and with the company of Will Smith. The six-part docuseries follows the actor to uncharted and the most remote locations including Icelandic glaciers, the Namibia Desert, and the heart of an active volcano in the Pacific region. Welcome to Earth gives you an adrenaline rush without moving a finger and remains educational throughout each episode (kids and parents alike will learn a ton of new info about the world and its creatures).
More Disney+ Recommendations For Tweens:
- Coco – Animation/fantasy
- What If…? – Action adventure/animation/anthology/science-fiction/superhero
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days – Comedy/fiction
- Avengers: Infinity War – Action/adventure/fantasy/science-fiction/superhero
- Up – Adventure/animation/comedy/fantasy
Disney Movies And TV Shows For Teens And Adults On Disney+ Hong Kong
Loki – Marvel
There may be a lot of Marvel shows to watch on Disney+, but Loki has garnered a fan following. The plot follows the after events of Avengers: Endgame where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as God of Mischief. Problem arises when an alternate version of Loki creates a new timeline and Loki needs to restore time and space or he may be erased from existence. Older kids will enjoy this series as it’s about Loki’s ever-changing sense of identity and also looks into his insecurities. Each episode may be slightly lengthy (almost an hour long) but there are only six episodes and a second season is in the works.
Hidden Figures – Star Movies
This inspiring biographical drama not only has a strong cast, but also powerful messages. Three African-American women who work for NASA as mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. The movie explores their hurdles in a racially segregated society devoid of equal opportunities and where discrimination in the workplace and public is rife. Hidden Figures also goes to show women too can go above and beyond to achieve their dreams and no career field is out of reach.
More Disney+ Recommendations For Teens And Adults:
- Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted – Docuseries/travel
- Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings – Action/adventure/fantasy/science-fiction/superhero
- Cruella – Adventure/drama
- The Mandalorian – Adventure fiction/drama/space western
- Soul – Animation/comedy/drama/fantasy/music
How To Watch Disney+ in Hong Kong
There are only two different price plans for Disney+ Hong Kong. You can either pay monthly for $73 or annually for $738 (saving 15%). Either way, both plans come with endless streaming, seven different profiles that four different devices can watch at the same time. You can download the Disney+ app on both Google Play and Apple Store.
Disney+ Hong Kong, www.disneyplus.com
Read more: 50 Things To Do In Hong Kong With Kids
Editor’s Note: “What’s New On Disney+ In August” was originally published in March 2022 by Fashila Kanakka and updated in August 2022 by Fashila Kanakka.