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Disney+ Titles 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+ titles with audio description that will be available?”  Luckily, I have answers to both!

UPDATE 11/13/2019:  Disney+ has arrived!  The list below has been updated to reflect all movies (and some series) available with audio description on Disney+.  There is not currently a way to filter titles with audio description on the platform, so I will be adding additional pages with separate categories.  Also of note: Disney has confirmed that all movies and series created specifically for Disney+ (like The Mandalorian and live action Lady & the Tramp), will have audio description. There has also been some confusion as to how to enable audio description on Disney+.  The best way I have found is to play a title with audio description from this list and from there you can access the audio and subtitle settings, and change the audio to English Audio Description.  Once enabled, audio description will continue to play for any title that has it.

If you notice that a title I have listed here is not available with audio description at this time, or have feedback on how I can improve this list, please reach out to me on Twitter at @GertieTheDino.

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

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 over 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+ Movie and Series with Audio Description?

The good news: YES! Disney+ includes almost 300 movies and series with descriptive audio, ranging from new movies like Noelle with Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, animated classics like The Little Mermaid, and even some older live action films like 1969’s The Love Bug.  And once you set your primary audio to English (Audio Description), Disney+ will save that as your preference and automatically play it for any other title with audio description. If descriptive audio isn’t available, it will play the standard English audio.

The bad news: Unlike other streaming platforms with have categories to filter titles with audio description or bring up a list of titles when you enter “audio description” into the search, there is no way while using Disney+ to tell if what you are about to watch has audio description available until you start playing it.

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.

Disney+ Titles with Audio Description

0-9

  • 101 Dalmatians (1996 Live Action)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1961 Animated)
  • 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure
  • 102 Dalmatians
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

A

  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • Aladdin (1992 Animated)
  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • America’s Heart & Soul
  • Amy
  • Annie (1999)
  • Ant-Man
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  • The Aristocats
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Atlantis: Milo’s Return
  • Avatar
  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

B

  • Babes in Toyland
  • Bambi
  • Bambi II
  • Bao
  • The Bears and I
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991 Animated)
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Benji the Hunted
  • The BFG
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Biscuit Eater
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Black Hole
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost
  • Blank Check
  • Bolt
  • Brave
  • The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
  • Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
  • Brother Bear
  • Brother Bear 2

C

  • Camp Nowhere
  • Candleshoe
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain Marvel
  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • Cars 3
  • Casebusters
  • The Cat from Outer Space
  • Cheetah
  • The Cheetah Girls
  • Chicken Little
  • The Christmas Star
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Cinderella (1950 Animated)
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • Coco
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • The Country Bears

D

  • Dan in Real Life
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  • Day and Night
  • Deep Blue
  • Disney Family Sundays
  • Disneyland Around the Season
  • DisneyNature: African Cats
  • DisneyNature: Bears
  • DisneyNature: Born in China
  • DisneyNature: Expedition China
  • DisneyNature Wings of Life
  • Doctor Strange
  • Doug’s 1st Movie
  • DuckTales: The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Dug’s Special Mission
  • Dumbo (1941 Animated)
  • Dumbo (2019 Live Action)

E

  • Emil and the Detectives
  • Encore!
  • Escape to Witch Mountain

F

  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Nemo
  • Finding Dory
  • The Finest Hours
  • First Kid
  • Flubber
  • Forky Asks a Question
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Fox and the Hound 2
  • Freaky Friday (1977)
  • Freaky Friday (2003)
  • Freaky Friday (2018)
  • Frozen
  • Fun and Fancy Free

G

  • The Game Plan
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • 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
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2

I

  • The Imagineering Story
  • The Incredible Journey
  • Inside Out
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Inspector Gadget 2
  • Invincible
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Iron Will

J

  • Jack
  • The Jungle Book (1967 Animated)
  • The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
  • Jungle 2 Jungle

K

  • Kazaam
  • A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
  • Kronk’s New Groove
  • Disney’s The Kid

L

  • Lady and the Tramp (2019 Live Action)
  • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure
  • Lava
  • The Legend of Mor’Du
  • Leroy & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
  • The Lion King (1994 Animated)
  • The Lion King 1 1/2
  • The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
  • The Living Desert
  • The Love Bug (1969)

M

  • The Mandalorian
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Marvel Hero Project
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Melody Time
  • Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
  • Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
  • Miracle
  • Moana
  • Monster’s University
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Mulan
  • Mulan II
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Muppet Treasure Island

N

  • Newsies
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Noelle

O

  • Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
  • Oliver & Company
  • Operation Dumbo Drop

P

  • The Parent Trap (1961)
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Perri
  • Pete’s Dragon (2016)
  • Peter Pan
  • Peter Pan: Return to Never Land
  • Pinocchio
  • Piper
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pixar in Real  Life
  • Pocahontas
  • Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World
  • The Prince and the Pauper (1962 Live Action)
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Puppy Dog Pals

Q

  • Queen of Katwe

R

  • Ratatouille
  • Recess: Taking the 5th Grade
  • Recess: All Growed Down
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • Return from Witch Mountain
  • Return to Oz
  • Riley’s First Date?
  • Robin Hood
  • The Rocketeer
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Rookie

S

  • Saludos Amigos
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
  • Secret of The Wings
  • Secrets of Life
  • The Shaggy Dog (2006)
  • Sister Act
  • Sister Act 2
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Space Buddies
  • SparkShorts
  • Spooky Buddies
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Stitch! The Movie
  • Strange Magic
  • The Strongest Man in the World
  • Super Buddies
  • The Swap
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

T

  • Tangled
  • Teacher’s Pet (2004 Animated Film)
  • That Darn Cat (1997)
  • Thor
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • The Three Caballeros
  • The Three Musketeers (1993 Live Action)
  • The Tigger Movie
  • Tinker Bell
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Tom and Huck
  • Tomorrowland
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trail of the Panda
  • Treasure Buddies
  • Treasure Island
  • Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Tron
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Turner & Hooch

U

  • The Ugly Dachshund
  • Up

V

  • The Vanishing Prairie

W

  • WALL-E
  • Walt & El Grupo
  • White Fang
  • Willow
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Y

  • The Young Black Stallion

Z

  • Zootopia

Coming Soon

In addition to all of the Disney+ titles with audio description listed above, Disney has listed some movies on their platform with “Coming Soon” dates.  Most of these movies have a delayed arrival to Disney+ because they were already made available to other streaming services and Disney won’t be able to start streaming them until those existing agreements expire or reach their end date.  But here are some additional movies with audio description we can look forward to being added to Disney+ over the next two years!

December 2019

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (December 11)
  • George of the Jungle 2  (December 20)
  • Glory Road (December 1)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (December 5)

2020

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017 Live Action)
  • Big Business
  • The Big Green
  • Black Panther
  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
  • Christopher Robin
  • Cool Runnings
  • Frankenweenie (2012 Animated)
  • George of the Jungle
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Max Keeble’s Big Move
  • Mr. Magoo
  • National Treasure
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Pirate Fairy
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Tarzan
  • Tarzan 2

2021

  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
  • Space Buddies
  • Spooky Buddies
  • Tomorrowland
  • Treasure Buddies

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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