How many of us remember just how iconic some of our favorite Disney movies were? I remember watching the magic of the Sandlot for the first time and simply falling in LOVE with that movie. With the impending release of Disney Plus I sat down to look through the recent tweet that laid out all of the movies and shows that will be available to stream! With a toddler and a tween, movie nights have to offer entertainment that keeps them both happy. Here are what I think are the best tween movies on Disney Plus!
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Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
The classic version of this movie still holds that special magic. Two siblings with telekinetic abilities run from some shady pursuers. It’s dated sure, but really entertaining especially for tweens!
The Parent Trap (1961, 1998)
The original with Hayley Mills remains my personal favorite (love the scenes of vintage Monterey!) but your tween will like both versions of this classic movie! Twins switch places in order to live with their divorced parents. They plot to get their parents back together and proceed to drive everyone crazy in the meantime.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
Find out what happens when some precocious kids shrink themselves and get lost in a backyard jungle. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids revolves around the adventures of a group of kids who are accidentally shrunk to minuscule sizes. This movie should entertain tweens as it combines elements of adventure, fantasy, and problem-solving. The relatable characters and their journey to navigate the challenges of being tiny in a familiar world make for an exciting and entertaining storyline.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
When a kid suddenly gains the force to pitch at incredible speeds, find out what happens when he goes to the major league. This is a fun feel-good movie for tween sports fans!
White Fang (1991)
White Fang has drama, adventure, and beautiful dogs. Follow along a young man’s coming-of-age story set in the wilds of Alaska. This movie has suspense and gorgeous scenery. What else do you need?
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Now you can watch this cult classic Halloween movie all year round! Bonus is that Disney+ is developing a sequel for the film with the three original witches in talks to reprise their roles!
The Princess Diaries (2001)
Watch what happens when a plain girl is thrust into the role of a real-life princess. Anne Hathaway’s iconic role is so fun and perfect for a silly movie night.
Snow Dogs (2002)
Another silly adventure movie for those tween dog lovers! “Snow Dogs” revolves around a thrilling adventure in which the main character, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., discovers that he has inherited a team of sled dogs in Alaska. This premise sets the stage for a silly journey filled with exciting challenges and unexpected discoveries. Tweens will love the sense of adventure as they eagerly follow along to unravel the secrets and see how the story unfolds.
Tuck Everlasting (2002)
This is a wonderful adaptation of one of my favorite novels. Two young people fall in love but the catch is that one of them is immortal. Beautiful cinematography is what sets this adaptation apart from the rest!
The Sandlot (1993)
Probably one of the best tween movies streaming on Disney Plus is “The Sandlot.” A new kid on the block finds friendship, baseball games, and adventure in this fun heartwarming movie. “The Sandlot” tells a timeless and nostalgic coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1962. The film resonates with families by evoking feelings of nostalgia for a simpler time when kids spent their days playing outside and creating lifelong friendships. “The Sandlot” captures the essence of childhood innocence, adventure, and the bittersweet transition from youth to adolescence.
Jungle Cruise (2021)
“Jungle Cruise” has plenty of adventure and action as the characters go on a quest to find a magical tree. It’s set in an exciting jungle environment, which along with chase scenes and dangerous wildlife encounters, provides the kind of fast-paced adventure narrative that tweens tend to enjoy. The humor and comedic banter between Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s characters is generally family-friendly and likely to be appreciated by tweens. The back-and-forth quips add a fun and engaging element.