20 of Our Favorite '00s Disney Movies Available to Stream on Disney+ Now

Martha Sorren | Dec 2, 2019 Movies
20 of Our Favorite '00s Disney Movies Available to Stream on Disney+ Now

Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday (2003)
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Disney+ didn't just launch with a bunch of brand new original movies and shows, it also brought with it a whole host of classics that are now streaming -- some for the first time. The 2000s movies on Disney+ are packed with Disney Channel faves and other classics from our childhood that we may not have seen in a decade or two, but that are absolutely worth a re-watch. 

Sure, Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian is so cute, and the new High School Musical TV show is updating a nostalgic fave, but nothing is quite as much fun as hitting play on a DCOM (Disney Channel original movie) that we watched as kids and getting hit with a wave of nostalgia -- like Sydney Miller getting hit by real waves as she tries surfing for the first time in the DCOM classic Rip Girls.

Not only are a ton of animated films from our childhood streaming now, but a bunch of live-action films are too. Are we the only ones who forgot tat some major celebs starred in these Disney Channel movies? Nothing beats seeing baby Alexis Bledel, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, and Shia LaBeouf in some of their earliest roles in these films.

It's also wild how these movies have totally held up over the years. Sure, some of the technology is a little outdated now (no one's cellphones look like that anymore), but the story lines are forever. Sisters who have to work on a diary farm and catch a thief together? Timeless. A budding fashionista who makes military school her own? Iconic. A young Demi Lovato who gets discovered by Joe Jonas at music camp? Perfection. And that's just some of what viewers can expect to see on Disney+.

Already subscribed to the streaming site? Check out these early 2000s films ASAP. It's like our childhoods are back and better than ever. And if not, there's still time to grab a Disney+ subscription to join the party.

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  • 'Cadet Kelly' (2002)

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    This Disney Channel classic stars a young Hilary Duff. She plays a posh fashionista named Kelly who's forced to attend military school. It's very Legally Blonde in its premise, with Kelly totally out of place at first -- much like Elle Woods at Harvard -- but she quickly learns how to put her own spin on the cadet lifestyle.

  • 'The Princess and the Frog' (2009)

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    Princess Tiana broke barriers in 2009 as the first black Disney Princess. Her charming tale of turning a frog into a prince and realizing her own career goals is always worth a rewatch -- especially now that it's easily accessible to stream on Disney+.

  • 'The Even Stevens Movie' (2003)

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    Even Stevens cast
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    Disney knows how to take something that's working and spin it into a new project that also works. The Even Stevens Movie is a spin-off of the popular Disney Channel show that starred a young Shia LaBeouf. The movie adaptation follows the Stevens family on a doomed reality TV show vacation.

  • 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' (2003)

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    The same year Even Stevens got a movie, the Lizzie McGuire show did, too. It follows Lizzie on a post-graduation trip to Rome with all her classmates. When she falls for an Italian bad boy named Paolo, her friends will have to step in to put a stop to his nefarious ways. This movie includes one of the greatest musical moments in recent Disney history: the "What Dreams Are Made Of" performance.

  • 'Read It and Weep' (2006)

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    Jamie has kept a careful diary of the goings on at school -- good, bad, and ugly. But when it accidentally gets published by a major book distributor, she's in danger of all her classmates learning exactly what she thinks of them.

  • 'Cow Belles' (2006)

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    Real life sisters Aly and AJ Michalka star in this Disney Channel movie as two spoiled sisters named Taylor and Courtney. To help them learn about the family dairy business -- and get their acts together -- the girls' father sends them to monitor the dairy while he's out of town. When a thief empties the corporate bank account, it's up to them to track the suspect down and keep the company from going under.

  • 'The Cheetah Girls' (2003)

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    The Disney Channel Cheetah Girls movie made this musical girl group famous. The movie was based on the book series of the same name, but Sabrina Bryan, Raven-Symone, Adrienne Bailon Houghton, and Kiely Williams really took on the characters' personas and made the movie and musical group their own.

  • 'The Princess Diaries' (2001)

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    Anne Hathaway's breakout role will always be as Mia Thermopolis, a young teenager who discovers that she's actually a princess. Mia is not at all a proper royal, and she must be coached by her grandmother (played by Julie Andrews) to really embrace her Royal Genovian heritage. Her princess lessons makes for some seriously hilarious scenes.

    This movie made us all wish our parents were also secretly rulers of faraway kingdoms.

  • 'Get a Clue' (2002)

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    Young Lindsay Lohan and Brenda Song star in this movie about a teenage gossip columnist determined to solve the mystery of her missing teacher. Come for the intrigue, stay for the amazing early 2000s spy costumes that Lohan dons -- like a leather trench coat, dark sunglasses, and high ponytail. 

    Très chic.

  • 'Freaky Friday' (2003)

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    Another Lindsay Lohan Disney classic is Freaky Friday. In the movie, her teenage character switches places with her mom (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) so they can each see how the other half lives. Chad Michael Murray also stars. 

    It's fun from start to finish.

  • 'High School Musical' (2006)

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    All three of the High School Musical movies are streaming on Disney+, but give the first one a rewatch for sure. Although those aren't Zac Efron's vocals (his voice was dubbed until the second film), he and Vanessa Hudgens still steal the show, alongside Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, and the rest of the talented HSM cast. Over a decade later, it still holds up.

  • 'The Pacifier' (2005)

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    Watching Vin Diesel's Navy SEAL character have to go undercover as a babysitter is downright hilarious. He approaches child care the same way he approaches the military, only he's quickly put on the defense by his precocious young charges. Even the Navy can't totally prepare a person for parenthood.

  • 'Rip Girls' (2000)

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    Camilla Belle stars as Sydney in this Disney Channel movie. On a trip to Hawaii, Sydney learns about her late mother and her love for surfing. She decides to pick up the sport to get closer to the memory of her mom and learns a ton about herself along the way.

  • 'The Emperor’s New Groove' (2000)

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    This hilarious animated film follows spoiled Emperor Kuzco who gets turned into a llama and must regain his throne before it's taken from him. Along the way, he learns a humbling lesson about how the people who don't live in a palace get by day to day. 

  • 'Camp Rock' (2008)

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    Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers star in this Disney Channel film about a music camp. Lovato plays a camp kitchen employee who is afraid to sing in public -- but when she's overheard by Jonas, her dreams of stardom may not be as impossible as she once thought.

  • 'Twitches' (2005)

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    Tia and Tamera Mowry star in this movie about twins who are witches -- hence the title, Twitches. The movie has a sort of Parent Trap plot, where the two twin girls were separated at birth and find each other on their 21st birthdays. When they finally come together, they must unite to save the world with their magical powers.

  • 'Lilo & Stitch' (2002)

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    This animated movie taught us all that "'Ohana' means family, [and] family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." For that and more inspiring, relatable life lessons, Lilo & Stitch is streaming on Disney+ now.

  • 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' (2001)

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    When researcher Milo stumbles upon the lost city of Atlantis underwater, he must help its inhabitants protect their sanctuary from imminent destruction. The storyline is basically the 2-D animated version of James Cameron's Avatar.

  • 'Ice Princess' (2005)

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    No movie has made math more interesting than Ice Princess. Casey (played by Michelle Trachtenberg) applies her love for physics to ice skating to help her nail all kinds of complicated jumps and turns. Soon, she's beating out lifelong skaters for a coveted scholarship -- and that's not going to go over well with her fellow competitors.

  • 'Tuck Everlasting' (2002)

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    Based on the book of the same name, this heart-wrenching film shows the power of love and what it means to have it and to lose it. Winnie (played by Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel) falls for a boy who's actually immortal. She's soon faced with an impossible choice to become immortal, as well to stay with her loved one or let life take its natural course. It's hard to get through this movie without crying, but it's such a good watch.

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