Accessibility

Disney+ Movies with Audio Description

Time to talk more Disney+!  After sharing my post detailing the Disney+ Accessibility Features, a lot of the discussion I saw on my social media feeds was about audio descriptions.  Unsurprisingly, the two questions I saw the most frequently were: “What is an audio description?” and “Is there a list of the Disney+ movies with audio description that will be available?”  Luckily, I have answers to both!

For those of you who don’t need a background on audio description and just want the movies, the following link will take you straight to the movie list.

What is Audio Description?

Audio description icon for video content

Audio description provides information about visual details for those who may not be able to see them.  This can include descriptions of the setting, costumes, action, or non-verbal character reactions.  If you’ve read my post Creating an Accessible Instagram Account, think of it as alternative text, but for moving images.  An audio description track plays overtop of the movie, almost like a commentary track, except the additional narration only occurs during pauses in character dialogue.

If you’re curious what this sounds like, below is the Frozen trailer with the audio description.

Will There Be Disney+ Movies with Audio Description?

YES! Disney+ has confirmed that it will have content with audio description.  During the test run of Disney+ in the Netherlands that is occurring right now, about 1/3 of the available new and classic Disney films have an audio description track.  Also good news is that after you have selected to have the audio description play for one movie, it will continue to play for any other movie or series that has an audio description track available.

I am very fortunate to have a friend with access to the beta test identify over 200 Disney+ movies with audio description that will be available when it launches on November 12.  If I’m being honest, both the overall number of films as well as the variety with audio description available exceeds my initial expectations (even though I know in an ideal world I wouldn’t have to share this list because everything would be included).

I’m calling this an “unofficial list” for now, for several reasons.  First, there are some omissions that surprise me (such as no Tarzan or Mulan on the list, but their sequels are).  It is also currently limited to movies, no television series, and does not include any of the original content Disney has created for Disney+.  I will do my best to keep this list updated as new titles are added, but I would also encourage you to visit the Audio Description Project. Maintained and organized by the American Council of the Blind, they will have the most accurate and updated listings of titles with audio description for Disney+, as well as all other streaming platforms.

Unofficial List of Disney+ Movies with Audio Description

0-9

  • 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure
  • 102 Dalmatians
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

A

  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • Aladdin
  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • America’s Heart & Soul
  • Amy
  • Annie
  • Ant-Man
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • The Aristocats
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

B

  • Babes in Toyland
  • Bambi II
  • The Barefoot Executive
  • The Bears and I
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World
  • Benji the Hunted
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
  • Big Business
  • The Big Green
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Biscuit Eater
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Black Hole
  • Black Panther
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost
  • Blank Check
  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
  • Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
  • Brother Bear

C

  • Camp Nowhere
  • Candleshoe
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Casebusters
  • The Cat from Outer Space
  • Cheetah
  • The Cheetah Girls
  • The Christmas Star
  • Christopher Robin
  • Cinderella (1950)
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Cool Runnings
  • The Country Bears

D

  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  • DisneyNature: African Cats
  • DisneyNature: Born in China
  • DisneyNature: Expedition China
  • DisneyNature Wings of Life
  • Doctor Strange
  • DuckTales: The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Dumbo

E

  • Emil and the Detectives
  • Escape to Witch Mountain

F

  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Finest Hours
  • First Kid
  • Flubber
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • Frankenweenie
  • Freaky Friday (1977)
  • Freaky Friday (2018)
  • Frozen
  • Fun and Fancy Free

G

  • The Game Plan
  • George of the Jungle 2
  • Glory Road
  • A Goofy Movie
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

H

  • Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Herbie Rides Again
  • Hercules
  • Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I

  • The Incredible Journey
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Inspector Gadget 2
  • Into the Woods
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Iron Will

J

  • Jack
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story

K

  • Disney’s The Kid

L

  • Leroy & Stitch
  • The Lion King 1 1/2
  • The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
  • The Living Desert

M

  • Maleficent
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Max Keeble’s Big Move
  • Melody Time
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Miracle
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Mulan II
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Muppet Treasure Island

N

  • National Treasure
  • Newsies
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

O

  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
  • Oliver & Company
  • Operation Dumbo Drop
  • Oz The Great And Powerful

P

  • The Parent Trap
  • Perri
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Peter Pan
  • Peter Pan: Return to Never Land
  • Pinocchio
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • The Prince and the Pauper

Q

  • Queen of Katwe

R

  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Recess: Taking the 5th Grade
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • Return from Witch Mountain
  • Return to Oz
  • Robin Hood
  • The Rocketeer
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Rookie

S

  • Saludos Amigos
  • Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
  • Secret of The Wings
  • Secrets of Life
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • Sister Act
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow Buddies
  • Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Space Buddies
  • Splash
  • Spooky Buddies
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Stitch! The Movie
  • Strange Magic
  • Super Buddies

T

  • Tarzan II
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • That Darn Cat
  • Thor
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Trail of the Panda
  • Treasure Buddies
  • Treasure Island
  • Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Tron
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Turner & Hooch

U

  • The Ugly Dachshund

V

  • The Vanishing Prairie

W

  • White Fang
  • Willow
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo

There are no films beginning with X, Y, or Z that have audio description at this time.

Want More Information about Disney+ or Audio Description?

If you’re still on the fence about signing up for Disney+, my good friend Patty from No Guilt Life has written The Ultimate Parent Guide to Disney Plus!  You can also hear me chatting with her about Disney+ Accessibility on an episode of Now Streaming Disney Plus, the podcast she hosts with Andrea from Theme Park Parents.

To learn more about audio description, don’t forget to check out the Audio Description Project!

 

Theresa is a Maryland native who is grateful to only be a 2-hour flight from Walt Disney World. She loves exploring new locations & cuisines, and can beat anybody in a game of “Oh! You know what else that actor was in?” Although myopic macular degeneration is deteriorating her eyesight, it hasn’t dampened her spirit or sense of humor; she likes to tell people this simply makes her a “temporary visionary.” Visit About Theresa to learn more or send an email to insightfulllife@gmail.com!

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