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20 Best Disney Apps for Kids

We all know our tablets and smartphones are no longer our own, but it doesn’t stop a parent from dreaming of a collection of age-appropriate apps all housed in one place, free from unsavory mashups and oranges with annoying voices that children seem to get into no matter how many parental settings try to keep them out.

Now, imagine this – Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, 101 Dalmatians, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and more of your children’s all-time favorite Disney stories wrapped up in one magical-meets-virtual world.

Disney Publishing is making it happen with its newest app – Disney Storytime.

Available today (!), Disney Storytime provides the largest collection of Disney stories in one app. As in 20 stories in one app large.

Three full-length stories come with the initial app purchase, and additional stories can be purchased in-­app for one credit each – in-­app bundle offers include 2 credits for $2.99, 5 credits for $4.99, and 17 credits (all books) for $8.99.

And, if you thought that was pretty magical, don’t miss this collection of 19 other Disney apps from Aristocats to Wreck-It Ralph.

My kids have played them all, and let’s just say there are days I want to kiss the app developers sitting somewhere out there behind their computer screens.

  • The 20 Best Disney Apps for Kids. You’re welcome. 1 of 21
    20 BEST DISNEY APPS
  • Angry Birds Star Wars 2 of 21
    ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire's evil Pigtroopers! Time to grab your lightsaber and join the (addictive) adventure.

    Download it here for $0.99.

    And yes, I know it's not an official Disney app. But what kind of list would leave out Angry Birds? And Star Wars?

  • The Aristocats 3 of 21
    ARISTOCATS

    Duchess and her three kittens are lost!

    Will they be able to find their way back to their beloved Madame Bonfamille? Or will Edgar, Madame's conniving butler, prevent them from ever seeing home again?

    With help from Thomas O'Malley, a resourceful alley cat, they're sure to make it back - with plenty of adventures along the way.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Bambi 4 of 21
    BAMBI

    Walt Disney's beloved coming-of-age tale will thrill a new generation of fans in this stunning storybook turned app. Read along, interact, and explore as Bambi and his furry friends grow up and learn about life in the forest.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Brave: Deluxe Storybook 5 of 21
    BRAVE

    The Scottish Highlands have long been a fierce, proud land filled with stories, magic... and danger.

    Merida, the Princess of DunBroch, adds her tale of courage and determination to the ancient lore as she sets out to defy an age-old tradition and forge her own destiny. Scavenger hunts, archery games and hidden animation make this app extra action packed.

    Download it here for $6.99.

  • Brave: Interactive Comic 6 of 21
    BRAVE COMIC

    48 interactive comic book pages take older readers through the Scottish Highlands - a place that has long been a fierce, proud land filled with stories, magic, and danger.

    Brave adds to the great lore of this land by telling the tale of Merida, the headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. When Merida defies an age-old custom, choosing instead to forge her own destiny the ensuing peril forces her to harness all of her skills to undo a beastly curse before it's too late, and discover the meaning of true bravery.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Disney Storytime 7 of 21
    DISNEY STORYTIME 1

    Available starting today, March 28, Disney Storytime provides the largest collection of Disney stories in one app - up to 20 stories in one!

    What's more, three full-length stories come with the initial app purchase: Toy Story: Starry Night, Tangled: Rapunzel's Story, and Monsters, Inc.: Always Time for a Laugh, and additional stories can be purchased in-­app for one credit each - in-­app bundle offers include 2 credits for $2.99, 5 credits for $4.99, and 17 credits (all books) for $8.99.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Disneyland Explorer App 8 of 21
    DISNEYLAND EXPLORER

    Take a spin around The Happiest App on Earth!

    A fave at our house - and not just for the kids - this app is filled with all kinds of magic as you swipe your way through Disneyland Resort in California. Just a few taps and flicks gives you access to more than 130 attractions, characters, and entertainment.

    Be on the lookout for hidden shorts, character drawing how-tos and exclusive digital postcards!

    Download it here for FREE (wheee!)

  • Dumbo 9 of 21
    DUMBO

    Mrs. Jumbo anxiously awaits the arrival of her new baby from the stork!

    When the little Jumbo bundle arrives, he has a big surprise - two enormous ears! The other circus elephants laugh and call him Dumbo. After Dumbo is separated from his mother, he makes an unlikely friend, Timothy Mouse. With Timothy's help, Dumbo learns to soar to great heights.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Jake’s Never Land Pirate School 10 of 21
    JAKE

    Ahoy and welcome to Pirate School, matey!

    Join Jake and his crew for four fun-filled pirate themed classes - Sailing, Pirate Band, Map & Spyglass and Pixie Dust - and earn virtual badges of honor and an official Never Land Pirate Certificate.

    Download it here for FREE (hooray!)

  • The Jungle Book 11 of 21
    JUNGLE BOOK

    Kidlets can read along, play games and explore as they follow the classic tale of a boy named Mowgli and his jungle friends as they face the dangerous tiger Shere Khan, and the unknown world of the humans.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Peter Pan 12 of 21
    PETER PAN

    To Never Land!

    It's second star to the right, and straight on til morning for young readers as they join Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the whole gang on a swashbuckling, pixie-dusted adventure.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Phineas and Ferb: Agent P Vs. The Puzzle-Inator 13 of 21
    AGENT P

    Something strange is going on in Danville! Dinosaurs are roaming the streets and werecows are frightening the inhabitants of the Tri-State area!

    Perry leaves the peace of Phineas and Ferb's backyard to reach Major Monogram and accept his new mission. But he won't be alone this time. You'll need to help him escape from the different traps that Dr. Doofenschmirtz has created for him and then destroy the Chaos-inator to bring peace back to the city!

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book 14 of 21
    DISNEY PRINCESS STICKER BOOK

    An all-time fave at our house, this cool little app helps readers get their favorite Disney Princesses ready for the most magical of moments.

    Whether they're off to a wedding or a special celebration, little ones will love dressing up Ariel, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Belle and Tiana in various outfits, shoes, accessories and tiaras.

    There's even a camera feature to let your little one's face appear as a Disney Princess!

    Download it here for $3.99.

  • it’s a small world 15 of 21
    SMALL WORLD

    Experience Walt Disney's "it's a small world" ride, song and lyrics as a modern reboot.

    Featuring the original Sherman Brothers' song lyrics, this simple, poetic story encourages kids to meet new people, explore new places, and discover that it's a small world, after all. They'll span the globe, traveling over snowy Russian hilltops, across sunny African plains, and through deep ocean waters.

    Download it here for $3.99.

  • Sofia the First 16 of 21
    SOFIA

    Meet Sofia, a little girl who lives a rather ordinary life. But everything changes when her mother, Miranda, marries the king.

    Overnight, Sofia becomes a princess, moves into the castle, gains a step-brother, a step-sister... and the ability to talk to her new animal friends, thanks to a magical amulet! Now, life is anything but ordinary for Sofia the First!

    Download it here for $9.99.

  • Toy Story 2 Read-Along 17 of 21
    TOY STORY 2

    When Andy goes to Cowboy Camp, Woody gets toy-napped!

    Buzz Lightyear and the other toys set out to rescue their friend before he is shipped off to a museum in Japan. In this action-packed adventure, Woody learns all about his past and makes new friends that are sure to last a lifetime.

    This fully interactive app comes packed with games, movies clips, coloring pages and music. What's more, kids can record their own voices - moms and dads can too - reading the story.

    Download it here for $3.99.

  • Toy Story 3 Read-Along 18 of 21
    TOY STORY 3

    The gang is back! But things have changed...

    Andy is 17 and on his way to college. With their owner gone, Woody and Buzz Lightyear lead our favorite toys on their latest adventure. Find out what happens as the toys leave Andy's bedroom and embark on an all-new exciting journey, and have three times the fun in this fully interactive reading experience!

    Zoom in to explore eye-popping 3D images, tap the blinking stars to reveal animated surprises throughout the book, tilt your iPad to steer Woody's kite through the air in the awesome flying game, paint your own Toy Story 3 masterpiece, solve puzzles and sing along to favorite Toy Story tunes!

    Download it here for $5.99.

  • Up: My Name Is Dug 19 of 21
    DUG

    Read, explore and listen to a new lovely adventure with Dug and his friends in a new original story full of animation!

    Featuring voices from the movie, readers can tap each page to discover special effects as they help Dug find the bird. During the journey he will introduce you to his pack, his world, and all the great things he can do.

    Download it here for $1.99.

  • Wreck-It Ralph: Storybook Deluxe 20 of 21
    WRECK IT RALPH

    Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game's resident Good Guy, Fix-It Felix, Jr. But soon, Ralph wrecks everything and accidentally unleashes a swarm of deadly cy-bugs that threaten to overwhelm every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz, a little girl "glitch" from a candy-coated, kart-racing game called Sugar Rush. But will he realize he is good enough to become a true hero before it's "Game Over" for the entire arcade?

    This app is pretty rad, and lets young readers relive Wreck-It Ralph's incredible story through storytelling, video clips, stunning animation, and hidden Vanellopes! Finished reading? Build and race your own kart in the Sugar Rush game against characters like Adorabeezle Winterpop and Francis Fluggerbutter.

    Download it here for $6.99.

  • Wreck-It Ralph: Hero’s Duty Interactive Comic 21 of 21
    WRECK IT RALPH COMIC

    22 interactive comic book pages take older readers through a Wreck-It Ralph prequel.

    Doctor Brad Scott is the only one left in a lab on a secret and unnamed planet trying to face terrible cy-bugs and complete a special weapon that could save his life. When the Space Marines - commanded by Sergeant Tammy Calhoun - land on the planet and start fighting the bugs, he comes to understand that they are his only possibility to survive. What he doesn't know is that adventure will bring something even more special in his life.

    Download it here for $1.99.

Photo credits: Disney Publishing, Rovio.

Photo edits: All me.

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