It’s Friday, which means new episodes of Disney+ original programs are here! Our watch guide for the week of November 15th-21st covers everything that just dropped for streaming, as well as a few library highlights to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 91st birthday and the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid.
The Mandalorian – “Chapter 2: The Child”
The jaw-dropping finale of “Chapter 1” left everyone begging for more and now you have it. “Chapter 2: The Child” picks up right where you left off with more exciting space western action. To learn more about the inspiration behind the story, be sure to read Mike’s review of the newest episode.
The Imagineering Story – “What Would Walt Do?”
The second episode of The Imagineering Story reveals behind-the-scenes secrets of building Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland after the passing of Walt Disney. Learn about the movers and shakers behind two of the most visited resort destinations in the world.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – “The Read-Thru”
Now that the show is cast, Nini, Ricky, E.J., and Gina get to know more about their characters during the first read-thru. With tensions high, will one of them decide to bow out before the show even gets started?
Encore – “Beauty and the Beast – 2007 – Saginaw, TX”
A decade out of high school, former students from Saginaw, TX, reunite for another chance at performing Beauty and the Beast, with some of the actors unhappy with the role they were cast in over ten years ago.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum – “Ice Cream”
Jeff Goldblum explores the history of ice cream, the psychological effects of it, and meets with famous makers including Ben & Jerry and the founder of Salt & Straw.
Marvel Hero Project – “Incredible Elijah”
This week the spotlight shines on Elijah, a boy who uses his loud voice to raise awareness for kids in abusive homes. You can read the custom comic written about Elijah on Marvel.com.
Short: Forky Asks a Question – “What is a Friend?”
Forky’s question this week is about friendship, where he demonstrates incorrectly what he thinks it means. The hilarity continues as we learn about the world through Forky’s misshapen googly eyes.
Disney Family Sundays – “The Little Mermaid: Mermaid Tales”
This week’s craft celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid with a craft to make a felt mermaid tale, sewing machine required. Watch as parents and kids work together to make this craft.
The Little Mermaid
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, which was released on November 17th, 1989. Dive under the sea to relive this magical tale about a mermaid who dreams of life on land. If you want to continue the anniversary celebration, Disney+ also has both direct-to-video sequels and animated series that ran from 1992 to 1994.
Short – Mickey’s Birthday Party
November 18th is the official birthday of both Mickey and Minnie Mouse! This classic short from 1942 finds Minnie throwing a surprise birthday party for Mickey while all of his friends help out, including some hilarious cake baking antics by Goofy.
TV – Mickey Mouse – “Season 4, Episode 9 – The Birthday Song”
This made-for-TV short has a very similar theme to Mickey’s Birthday Party, albeit with different antics. Here, Minnie has written a special birthday song for Mickey but the notes have run away, leading to some hilarious moments during the chase.