Nothing is likely to bring back waves of nostalgia like seeing clips from your childhood shows. Depending on what era you grew up in, you may see such snippets floating around on social media every so often. Whether it be a “Recess” meme or clip from “Boy Meets World,” it’s likely to evoke good feelings. For this reason, millennials were ecstatic when they heard the news about the release of Disney+.
The excitement can easily be seen by the nearly 2 million people who subscribed for pre-orders in the U.S., according to data provided by Jumpshot.
The brand made strategic moves to prepare for launching their streaming service, which included buying out Hulu and 21st Century Fox properties for $71 billion in March. The Disney Fox merger means that the legendary brand has access to Fox’s vast catalog of movies and television shows, which is big news for fans.
This is a great move for Disney, as they may be able to reclaim a former market of nostalgic adults keen on reliving their childhood memories. Beyond the uncontainable excitement, people want to know how they can access it, how much it’s going to cost them, and what kinds of shows they’ll have access to. Carry on reading to find answers to these questions and what the arrival of Disney+ means for you.
What is Disney+?
For those who still aren’t sure about what exactly Disney+ is, it’s basically an on-demand streaming service owned specifically by Disney in order to distribute Disney branded content. With the number of streaming subscribers surpassing the number of cable subscribers around the world last year, shifting their priority to streaming was a strategic thing to do.
Having said that, think of Disney+ as similar to other streaming giants that you may have come across such as Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, or CBS All Access. The major difference is that you’ll get to consume content that takes you back down memory lane which is an exciting reality for both you and your family, as well as consume brand new content being created for and released only on Disney’s new streaming platform.
How Can You Get Access to It?
The most burning question you may have about Disney+ is how you can access it. It’s as easy as subscribing directly or via an in-app purchase. The good news is that you shouldn’t have to buy any new hardware to watch as a number of smart streaming devices support it. Some include all Apple devices, Google devices, Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, and PS4.
Other partner platforms that you can stream from are Xbox One, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and your PC via web browsers. This gives you more options than you need when it comes to streaming.
Regarding how much it’s going to cost, you get a seven-day free trial and after that, you pay a monthly fee of $7 or the upfront annual subscription fee which is $69.99. Seeing as Disney now owns Hulu, you could get a bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN for $12.99 a month. Verizon users are in luck as they’re offering Disney+ free for the first year if you have unlimited or 5G Home.
Another important thing to note is that Disney launches at different times depending on where on the globe you’re situated. For instance, the Disney+ launch date in the UK is March 31st, 2020, while in the U.S., it launched on the 12th of November.
What Movies Can You Watch?
In terms of what you can expect to watch, you’ll get a mix of reboots, spinoffs, sequels, and prequels. To get a feel of how voluminous the Disney+ library is, they created a 3-hour trailer just to showcase the many programs they have in store for viewers.
If you’re interested in shows that will take you back to your younger years, brace yourself for reboots of shows like “Lizzie McGuire” or the classic Christmas movie “Home Alone.” Aside from these, “Lady and the Tramp” as well as “High School Musical” are other family-friendly shows you can expect to catch on the new streaming platform. Star Wars lovers won’t be left out as they can look forward to a live-action Star Wars series called “The Mandalorian.”
For those who want to watch original content on Disney+, you should be excited to know that they’ve debuted with 10 original movies, specials, and series. Within the first year, you can also anticipate the release of 45 original programs. With that being said, you may not be able to watch studio Ghibli movies such as “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” or “My Neighbor Totoro” on the platform, many of which were originally released via Disney distributions for English-speaking audiences. On the brighter side, it’s even more of an incentive for you to visit Japan, which is the home of these genius films.
What Does This Mean For Your Family?
The debut of Disney+ could do so much good for your family when it comes to bonding. It’s a way for you to spend meaningful quality time together watching shows that appeal to all ages. If you have kids, it creates an even more exciting opportunity for you to show them the types of shows you used to binge-watch as a child.
However, be careful not to spend too much time in front of the TV, as excessive exposure to blue light has been proven to cause damage to the eyes over time, so this could lead to vision problems. Some warning signs that your kids might be watching too much TV are squinting while watching TV, rubbing their eyes, or experiencing headaches. If you notice these signs, it may be a good time to take them to get an eye examination.
Now that the basics have been covered, hopefully, you understand everything you need to about Disney+. Gone are the days where you had to mourn your childhood shows as you can watch many of them on the latest streaming platform now.