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Disney+ for Toddlers: Everything You Need to Know

Disney+ is officially HERE, and it’s like Christmas has come early! I’ve spent the morning diving into the service, and I’ve picked out the BEST shows and movies on Disney+ for toddlers.

Here's EVERYTHING you need to know about setting up Disney+ for Toddlers!

I know when my 4-year-old is left to his own devices inside any content service, whether it’s Netflix Kids, Amazon Prime, or – God forbid – YouTube, he immediately spirals into option overload and wants to watch everything and nothing all at once.

That’s a recipe for the worst kind of privilege-induced tantrum, if I’ve ever seen one.

I much prefer to set up a nicely curated watch list for him in advance, so he can make good choices and not fall into the FOMO abyss of endless options.

{And if you need some good ideas for educational shows to put on watch lists for your toddlers, I’ve got you covered.}

So, whether you need a good daily watch list for your toddler on Disney+, are looking to freshen up the rotation of daily shows for your toddler to watch over and over again, or are curating a list of shows to download for a trip to Disney World with a toddler, you’ve come to the right place!

And if you’re somehow still debating, “should I sign up for Disney+?” read on – but the short answer is: yes, yes you should.

What is Disney+?

If you’ve been living under a rock, Disney+ is Disney’s new streaming video service. It has ALL. THINGS. DISNEY. in it.

AKA, it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Think: all the Disney classics (the vault is officially OPEN, y’all!).

All the Disney Channel TV shows (Lizzie McGuire! Boy Meets World! That’s So Raven! Be still, my 90s girl heart!).

All the Disney Junior Series (Mickey! Elena! Doc McStuffins!).

All the Pixar movies (Toy Story! Monsters, Inc.! Even the Pixar shorts!)


All the Star Wars movies. (Like, ALL of them.)

PLUS, original series and movies that we’ve never seen before (even an Anna Kendrick original Christmas movie!).

And Disney+ costs just $6.99/month (even less if you pay annually)!

Can you tell I’m a little excited here?!!

If you’re able to resist signing up for it, I commend you. You should be negotiating with terrorists because you have an iron will.

This would also make a great gift for toddlers, or a toddler mom, for the record.

How do you set up Disney+ for toddlers?

First things first, you’ll want to create a separate profile for your toddlers. Maybe you thought this service was just for kids, but as you can see, mom & dad are going to be getting just as much use out of this as the kiddos.

So, here’s how to get your littles their own profile:

1. Click the user profile icon in the bottom right of your app.

How to set up Disney+ for toddlers

2. Make sure to name the primary profile as your own profile.

3. Click “Add Profile.”

How to set up Disney+ for toddlers

4. Choose a fun icon for your kids (we’re big Olaf fans over here).

How to set up Disney+ for toddlers

5. Name the profile, and toggle the “Kids Profile” option to ON.

6. Reselect the “Autoplay” option, assuming you don’t want your kids screaming at you to play the next episode every time PJ Masks ends.

How to set up Disney+ for toddlers

7. Save!

If you want to jump between the two profiles, you just tap that icon in the bottom right, and tap the new icon for the kids profile.

It’ll change your homescreen from this:

How to set up Disney+ for toddlers

to this:

How to set up Disney+ for toddlers

Can you limit what shows are available for my toddler on Disney+?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there are any deeper age-restrictions built into the app, like Netflix Kids has, or any ways to “block” certain shows if you don’t want your kids to stumble upon them.

(We’ll just have to use some good ol’ fashioned parenting, I guess.)

What you can do, however, is create a “watchlist” for your toddler in their Disney+ profile, and direct them to that screen.

With any luck, they’ll be so enamored with the choices on that screen, they won’t be tempted to click around to uncover the deep black hole of content that awaits them within the rest of the app.

To add a show to the watchlist, just go to your child’s profile, tap on a show, and then click the little plus sign next to the play button.

How to create a Disney+ watchlist for toddlers

What Disney+ movies and shows are best for toddlers?

I know everyone has vastly different opinions on what is and isn’t appropriate for young toddlers, so obviously, you know your own kid best.

I personally think any of the Disney animated movies and Disney Junior series are A-OK for all toddlers.

(However, I also know that when my sweet niece was 3, “Moana” terrified her, so again – know your own kid!)

There are a lot of live-action movies and series in the Disney+ kids app that I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for toddlers, like a movie called “Z-O-M-B-I-E-S,” or even “Hannah Montana.”

I do wish there was a way to hide or block categories of content or even individual items like those, just to remove the future argument from my life, but at this point, that doesn’t seem to be an option.

What’s on our toddlers’ Disney+ watchlist?

As I curated our watchlist for our two toddlers (4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl), I made sure to include a variety of movies, TV shows, and even shorts.

I also wanted to include a mix of their usual go-to favorites and some of the old classics that they haven’t seen yet, but have heard the music to, or that I know they’re going to love.

(Or maybe I just love them, and am going to force my kids to love them too… same thing.)

I know there will be times when my 4-year-old wants to change his mind every 90 seconds, so in those cases, I’ll direct him toward one of the Pixar shorts.

There will be times when one or both of them just wants to binge-watch the same 4 episodes of their favorite shows… so those are available to them.

And there will definitely be times when I’m too exhausted to deal with the pre-dinner crazy, and I’ll want them to just park it for a good ol’ Frozen 2 watch party..

So with that in mind here is our toddlers’ Disney+ watchlist…

The 25 Movies, Series, and Shorts on Our Disney+ Watchlist for Toddlers

25 movies, series, and shorts on our Disney+ watchlist for toddlers




So have y’all signed up for Disney+ yet?! If so, what’s on your watchlists? If not, what’s holding you back? I’m dying to know everyone’s thoughts, so let me know in the comments!

Everything you need to know to set up Disney+ for your toddlers – PLUS 25 of the best shows and movies for them!


Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Thanks for this :) i jusy got disney plus and have a two yr old little girl and wasnt sure what was all on there but it sounds like thnx again


Friday 16th of October 2020

"I personally think any of the Disney animated movies and Disney Junior series are A-OK for all toddlers."

Have you seen Tarzan? Hunchback of Notre Dame? Bambi? You might want to block out some time to talk with your kids about death (or human sacrifice...I see you Black Cauldron) before you have Disney+ babysit them.

MIsty Eilar

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I have been putting it off mainly because the new Star Wars game comes out Friday and I know what will be happening on my tv. SO I figure while husband is away at work Friday to get It done and setup lol

Shayla Marie

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I guess we must be living under a rock, we have a smart TV and mainly just go back and forth between Netflix and Prime.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

I’m so excited about this service! Waiting until the weekend to download it because I know I won’t get anything done for the first few days. Lol. I’m so excited to rewatch my old favorites.