(Courtesy The Walt Disney Compnay)

Courtesy The Walt Disney Compnay

Disney Plus…or is it really a negative

December 18, 2019

It’s a trip down memory lane

Have you ever seen an Instagram video of a scene from your favorite movie and now all you want to do is watch it? Well, now you can with a monthly subscription to Disney +. From “The Lion King” to “Moana,” all the Disney movies, shows and more are there for your enjoyment.

With the click of a button (and $6.99 every month), subscribers can now watch virtually everything that Disney has made over the years. Although much of the programs that Disney owns, some of them are still on contracts with other sites like Netflix. In addition, the newest movies will take time to get on Disney plus after having been in theaters and on DVD.

I grew up with Disney Channel original movies like “Lemonade Mouth” and shows like “Phineas and Ferb,” so it’s hard to say no for a chance to relive my childhood.

There is much more than just Disney movies and shows to Disney +.

If you have never seen any of the Avengers movies, Disney + can change that with all of the Marvel movies in its catalog. Before I had Disney +, I had never watched a single Marvel movie. Now, I love Captain America and the rest of the Avengers.

Pixar was a big part of my childhood because of its cute animation and cry-worthy storylines. If it had the lamp crushing the I in Pixar at the beginning of a movie, I knew it was going to be good. Disney + gives an opportunity for its viewers to watch

Disney + has something for everyone. The Star Wars franchise has been big since the 1970s, and now you can see what happens to the gang over the years. In addition, there are National Geographic TV shows and documentaries that explore everything that is wonderful about the Earth. 

Disney has also created its own new movies and TV shows called “Disney + Originals.” My favorite right now is “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which is a show about people who go to the school where the original High School Musical was filmed.

Sure, if you are the only one that will use a Disney + subscription in your family, then it’s understandable that about $7 a month is kind of steep. However, Disney + can bring families together for a reasonable price. A whole family can watch a movie together on Disney + every night for a month and it would cost less than the price of one person going to a movie theater.

Disney + has something for everyone, from the classics to fun new content, you and your family can enjoy this streaming service without breaking the bank!

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Not enough variety for the price

Since the 1950s, watching TV has been a major American pastime. Over time, channels expanded to offer seemingly endless shows to get lost in. Today, streaming services dominate the TV world with something for everyone at the click of a button. Disney Plus is the newest service to compete in the industry for $6.99 per month, a much lower price than its major competitors such as Netflix starting at $8.99 a month. But even then, it can’t compete with the selections of the big players like Netflix.

As soon as Disney Plus hit the public in mid-November, it was all anyone talked about. I immediately signed up for a free trial to see what everybody was praising. However, when I logged on, I was completely underwhelmed. The selections were limited, and the free trial wasn’t the reason why, but what could really be expected from an exclusively Disney service?

The home page options are National Geographic, Pixar, Star Wars, Disney and Marvel, and they can then be refined further within these categories. These categories, however, seem to be too niche for a monthly TV service. 

If I’m in the mood for a comedy show, there’s not much I can do to find one on Disney Plus. While the service is packed with content, it’s filled with family movies and TV shows with little else.

The point of Disney Plus is to have every Disney-owned programs in one spot. This sounds great in theory, but it makes it hard to keep a teenage or adult audience interested.

The service is perfect for young kids since so much of the content is for families. It’s filled with Disney Channel shows dating back to the 1990s, it’s also ideal for nostalgic young adults. 

This plethora of throwback shows and movies seemed perfect at first, and I was excited to watch my favorite Disney Channel Original Movies. But after watching two or three, I got bored. I wanted something I hadn’t seen before, and, more importantly, something that wasn’t targeted for children. 

Out of the seven days I had my Disney Plus free trial, I logged on twice. For days that I wanted to snuggle with a blanket and watch a cute movie, it was perfect. But over the course of the week, that only happened to me once. The other time I logged on was because I felt guilty for not using my free trial. Now, two weeks later, I haven’t missed Disney Plus even once.

Disney Plus is great in short bursts but quickly becomes too repetitive to be deserving of a monthly subscription. Disney Plus needs to acquire more programs that are entertaining for someone in any mood — not just someone who is feeling nostalgic. Until Disney Plus can do this, Netflix and Hulu will have my money.

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