The Best Disney Movies to Watch When You’re Sick

Jane Banks and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, A Spoonful of Sugar
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It’s unavoidable. Somehow you’ve got a runny and congested nose at the same time, your head is foggy and aching, maybe you’re even running a fever, or your stomach is struggling. You’re sick. Or even worse, your child is sick. Or even worse still, you’re BOTH sick. And miserable. And being big babies about it.

Well don’t worry, we get it! So, here’s a quick list of six Disney movies to watch when you’re sick and feeling icky that will not only entertain you but give you the strength you need to recover. So fire up Disney Plus and let’s get going!

Frozen (2013)

Princess Anna freezes in 2013 'Frozen', Disney Movies for When You're Sick

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The smash hit Frozen, featuring everyone’s favorite earworm “Let it Go,” is a great film to watch when you’re under the weather. If you’re running a fever, all those images of ice and snow will help your mind cool off, even with a summer-loving snowman number. And if you have a cold, you will never find Princess Anna’s struggle more relatable. But don’t worry her selfless act of true love cures her in the end, and your act of self-care by watching this 2013 Disney film could do the same for you!

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary Poppins sings aA Spoonful of Sugar, Disney Movies for When You're Sick

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This should be a no-brainer. First of all, Julie Andrews’ voice has the ability to soothe any soul. Second, Mary Poppins’ song “A Spoonful of Sugar” gives you explicit instructions on how to take care of yourself. She may be singing about doing lame tasks by finding the fun, but humming “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down / The medicine go down-own / The medicine go down/ Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down / In a most delightful way” will help you lighten up every new dose of cough syrup you and your little one struggle with.

Tangled (2010)

In 'Tangled' Rapunzel heals Flynn's hand with her hair, Disney Movies for When You're Sick

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Another recent animated movie can feel quite relatable during your illness as well! While you’re stuck inside all day, think of Rapunzel trapped in her tower all those years. You’re basically twins. It’s pretty awesome being able to relate to a Disney Princess when you feel like you’re on your deathbed (no offense to Sleeping Beauty or Snow White). Take some time to read a book (or maybe two or three), brush your hair, and try out Rapunzel’s healing incantation. Who knows, maybe it could work for you like it did for Flynn Rider and Mother Gothel!

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

'Alice in Wonderland' Mad Tea Party, Disney Movies for When You're Sick

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When you’re sick, you can feel like you’re going crazy. Why not throw on Alice in Wonderland and feel right at home with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare? This whole movie is a compilation of crazy images, colors, and happenings that may not exactly cure your ailments, but it sure will help make your fever dreams feel a whole lot more sane in comparison. Plus, you can drink your tea with them! A win-win!

Hercules (1997)

Hercules from 1997 measures muscles, Disney Movies for When You're Sick

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You’re probably bumbling around with a stuffed-up head or queasy stomach, knocking things off of counters and feeling like you’re all thumbs. Teen Hercules can relate. Stick it out with him as he goes the distance and is restored to god-like health, battling monsters even when he feels down and out. If that’s not doing it for you, hope that someone will jump into Hades’ River Styx (where all those ghostly lost souls float) and pulls yours out soon.

Hopefully, these Disney movie suggestions get you feeling better on even your worst sick days! Let us know if any one of these helps your recovery along!

Do you have a better Disney classic to suggest? What are your favorite Disney movies to watch when you’re sick?

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!