A new streaming service has just entered the long-standing game of delivering shows, movies, and original creations to viewers everywhere. Disney+ launched on Nov. 12, and has already made a huge impact. It has tons of early 2000s Disney Channel shows such as “Hannah Montana”, “Lizzie McGuire,” and both “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “The Suite Life on Deck.” They’ve also included tons of Disney Channel original movies such as all three “High School Musical” movies, “Freaky Friday,” and “The Game Plan.” I bet you can guess what I’ve been doing for the past three weeks.
At only $6.99 per month, Disney+ stands at one of the least expensive streaming services out there right now. Compared to Netflix’s price of either $8.99, $12.99, or $15.99 per month (depending on which plan you’re subscribed to), Disney+ most certainly poses some strong competition for other services.
Disney owns quite a few individual studios, meaning a large variety of films and TV shows are included on their site. It isn’t just filled up with princess movies and cartoon TV shows. While those are definitely included (and much appreciated), Disney+ offers viewers the opportunity to watch films and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, and National Geographic. There’s truly something there for everyone.
Being an avid Marvel fan (as you all should know by now), I was most excited to be able to watch all of the Marvel movies and TV shows without having to break the bank or get a virus on my computer when trying to pirate the movies. One thing that I’m upset about with Disney+, though, is that they don’t have the Tom Holland Spiderman movies because they were co-produced by Sony.
Another major plus (pun intended) with Disney+ is that they have all of the “Star Wars” movies in one place. I can’t tell you how excited I was to be able to finally have a (relatively) free “Star Wars” marathon the other weekend. So for all of you fellow Sci-Fi movie lovers: you will regret not getting Disney+. It changes your life, I promise.
Disney+ also includes a bunch of “Extras” with most of the movies they provide. I’ve only watched the ones that go along with the Marvel movies (obviously) but I’ve found that it’s pretty cool to be able to see behind the scenes footage, bloopers, and other interviews with the cast and crew.
One of my favorite parts about Disney+ has to be the Pixar section of the site. They include all of the Pixar shorts that play before the movies in theaters and, honestly, they’re very addicting to watch. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Another great thing that Disney+ also includes is the multitude of original series they’ve created just for their streaming service. One of the (if not the) most popular of these is the Star Wars original series “The Mandalorian.” It takes place five years after the events of “The Return of the Jedi,” and it follows a Mandalorian bounty hunter and his journey in the new reality after the fall of the Empire.
This show has already made headlines and become a viral sensation due to the introduction of what the internet has named “Baby Yoda.” If you haven’t already, look it up, he’s adorable.
Other original shows that are featured on Disney+ are “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Encore,” and “The World According to Jeff Goldblum.” I’ve personally watched every episode to all of the above, and I can honestly say that they are amazing and incredibly entertaining.
Each show caters to a different type of audience, which allows for every viewer to have something to enjoy.
I am personally most excited about the upcoming Marvel series that are set to release starting in the fall of 2020. These series include “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” “Hawkeye,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Moon Knight,” “She-Hulk,” “Loki,” “WandaVision,” and “What If.”
Marvel clearly has big plans in expanding the universe and adding characters to that of already established heroes and continuing the stories of those fans already know and love. If you’re a die-hard Marvel fan (such as myself), then I highly recommend purchasing Disney+. Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios) has said that the events of these series will directly affect the events of any subsequent Marvel films.
Disney+ has, without a doubt, already proved itself to be a worthy opponent for all other streaming services. With it’s wide variety of films, TV shows, and other extras, Disney+ is a force to be reckoned with, and I suggest that all of you go and see for yourself just how amazing it truly is.