This past Tuesday, Disney released its new streaming service Disney+, which boasts all of Disney Channel’s original movies and TV series in addition to every Disney, Pixar and Marvel movie ever.
The format is fairly similar to Netflix. On the home screen, the movies are categorized by their production studios: Marvel, Pixar, Disney or National Geographic. Their movie-suggestion format is also similar to that of Netflix’s: feel-good movies, action, etc.
The major difference is the search page, where Disney further categorizes movies into sections like “Disney Channel Original Movies” and “Films about Spiderman.” My guess is that these search page categories will change frequently,
Disney+ has something for every generation. I squealed when I realized that the “Zenon” movies, “Kim Possible” and “Halloweentown” were among the list of movies I was scrolling through. My little sister, Beverly, on the other hand, was thrilled to watch “Doc Mc Stuffins” and “Descendants.” And of course, my dad was eager to sit down and watch “Avengers: Endgame” for the third time.
In addition to these classics, there is new original content, including a live-action version of “Lady and the Tramp.”
Other students on campus are also sharing in the excitement.
“My sister came sprinting into my room last night and asked ‘Do you want to watch Hannah Montanna?’ Of course I said yes,” said Bridget Kelly, a senior education major.
This streaming service isn’t all good news, though.
Although Disney+ is one of the cheaper streaming services at $7.99, it adds another monthly streaming expense to an already extensive list. Disney has tried to combat this a little, offering a bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for only $12.99, but that only does so much.
“I feel like Disney+ sets a dangerous precedent,” Andrew Wilson, a junior history secondary education and International studies major, said. “If everyone comes out with their own streaming service, we’re going to end up paying more than we did for cable.
In response to the release of Disney+, Netflix has announced a collaboration with Nickelodeon on many new original productions, including a spin-off TV series about Squidward.
Regardless of your opinions about Disney+, it doesn’t hurt to test it out for yourself. Right now, Disney is offering a free, week-long Disney+ trial. It’s uncertain whether or not this will continue into the future, so utilize it while you can.