In a scene from Lilo & Stitch, Stitch (voiced by Chris Sanders), an extraterrestrial life-form resembling a blue koala, Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase), and Nani (voiced by Tia Carrere) are surfing. A wave hovers above them in various hues of blue, and the background features mountains and clouds. Lilo is wearing a red and orange striped one-piece swimsuit, while Nani is wearing a teal and dark blue bikini.

8 Disney+ Movies to Inspire Your Summer Fun

By Cecilia Sarantopoulos

Every year, summer brings the possibilities of endless days, road trips, and seaside adventures. For those who have a soft spot for the warmest season, we’ve compiled a playlist of titles that perfectly capture its essence.

You know them, you love them. Here are eight must-watch films on Disney+ that will keep you cool, entertained, and nostalgic:

In a scene from Lilo & Stitch, Stitch (voiced by Chris Sanders), an extraterrestrial life-form resembling a blue koala, and Lilo (voiced by Daveigh Chase) are dancing in an outdoor market. Stitch is wearing a green Hawaiian leaf hula skirt, while Lilo is wearing a yellow tunic with green leaf patterns and brown sandals. In the background, there are barrels of fresh produce, such as cherry tomatoes. Two signs read “Cherry tomatoes two dollars a pound.” and “Fresh Produce.”

Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Experience a heartwarming tropical adventure with a quirky alien twist. The Hawaiian setting and heartfelt story make Lilo & Stitch a summer must-watch.

In a scene from Finding Nemo, Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks), a clownfish, and Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang, are speaking to each other in the ocean. They are surrounded by purple and pink corals, with crystal blue waters in the background.

Finding Nemo (2003)
This Oscar®-winning classic follows Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) as they brave the ocean’s many dangers to rescue Marlin’s son, Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould). The underwater visuals of the Great Barrier Reef and thrilling ocean adventures make Finding Nemo an essential addition to this summer watchlist!

In a scene from Aquamarine, Hailey Rogers (JoJo), Aquamarine (Sara Paxton), and Claire Brown (Emma Roberts) are standing next to each other. Hailey is wearing an orange tank top with green butterflies and dark-tinted sunglasses. Aquamarine is wearing a purple tank top and pink sunglasses. Claire is wearing a pink top with ruffles and flowers patterns and gray sunglasses.

Aquamarine (2006)
A gem of early 2000s nostalgia, Aquamarine is a splashy tale of friendship and mermaids. Two best friends discover a mermaid named Aquamarine (Sara Paxton) in their beach club’s pool, leading to a story filled with humor and heart.

In a scene from High School Musical 2, Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens), and Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu) are dancing in a kitchen. Troy (left) and Chad (right) are wearing blue button-up shirts, beige khaki pants, and black-and-white sneakers as they high-five. Gabriella (center), smiling at Troy, wears a white zip-up jacket, red and white shorts, and white ballet flats. Surrounding them, other cast members join the musical number “Work This Out,” striking poses for the camera.

High School Musical 2 (2007)
“We’re gonna have fun in the sun/ Now that all the hard work, work is done.” Need we say more? Join Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), and the Wildcats as they navigate the balance of work and fun at the Lava Springs Country Club.

In a scene from The Last Song, Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) and Will (Liam Hemsworth), are inside a red car. Will is driving, while Ronnie sits in the passenger seat, smiling and looking ahead. Will gazes at her from the driver’s seat. Trees are in the background of the scene.

The Last Song (2010)
Prepare to be swept away by a mix of excitement and tears. The Last Song captures an unforgettable summer romance between Veronica “Ronnie” Miller (Miley Cyrus) and Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth), adapted from the novel by Nicholas Sparks.

In a scene from Teen Beach Movie, Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) dance with other actors on a sandy beach. Brady wears a short-sleeve yellow top and blue bathing suit shorts with orange stripes. McKenzie sports a black zip-up top with pink accents, paired with patterned bathing shorts. Palm trees and an orange building with a white rood create a backdrop.

Teen Beach Movie (2013)
Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) are transported into a 1960s beach movie, where they must blend in and find their way back home—all while encountering surfers, bikers, and catchy musical numbers.

In a scene from Luca, Alberto (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer) and Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay), two young sea monsters, swim in the ocean. Alberto, with light and dark blue scales and purple hair, wears brown shorts and a yellow tank top. Luca, who has teal and dark blue scales, wears blue shorts and a checkered green shirt. In the background, there is a rocky wall.

Luca (2021)
Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) and Alberto (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer), two young sea monsters, venture on land, where they appear as human boys, creating memories filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides on the Italian Riviera. Luca is basically summer itself, transformed into a movie.

Members of the Beach Boys pose for a portrait against a yellow backdrop. From left to right are Al Jardine, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson, and Carl Wilson. They are all wearing short sleeve plaid shirts, pants and white loafers. Love and Carl Wilson are sitting on two red mopeds.

The Beach Boys (2024)
The Beach Boys documentary chronicles the rise of the legendary band, capturing their highs and lows and dripping with songs fueled by the sun-soaked California energy that defines summer.