The mouse strikes back with Disney streaming site


Anthony Quintano

In August 2019 at the D23 Expo in California, Disney+ was announced, as well as the various bundle deals, old and new shows it will contain and celebrities to star in them.

Streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, have become all the rage amongst television fans, allowing audiences to have unlimited content at the click of a button. However, because there are so many of these services, it’s hard to find which shows are where, especially when it comes to nostalgic throwbacks. However, Disney’s new streaming service Disney+ is home to numerous shows this generation has grown up with, as well as favorite movies combined with the sites original content. The House of Mouse once again made the impossible happen. 

Disney owns a large collection of companies, with big names such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and National Geographic under their name, meaning Disney+ users are now able to stream childhood classics such as “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” (Disney originals), “The Simpsons” (Fox) and “Spiderman and His Amazing Friends” (Marvel). Along with all of the previously mentioned classics, original shows like “The Mandalorian,” a spin of “Star Wars,” and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” are now available to stream, with episodes coming out weekly.

Although the launch of Disney’s new streaming service was a major success for the company, it did experience its fair share of technical difficulties. According to the company, the demand for the streaming service exceeded their “highest expectations.” The technical difficulties previously stated would not allow for excited users to watch “The Mandalorian.” Instead they received an error screen with the characters Ralph and Vanellope from the hit animated Disney film “Wreck-It-Ralph” on it. 

From an aesthetic point of view, the structure of the app is beautifully designed. Each show/movie is organized into categories such as ‘Originals,’ ‘Recommended For You,’ and ‘Hit Movies.’ Above these categories there is a ‘Disney’ button that allows you to scroll through all of the Disney properties on the app. There are also buttons for each Disney owned company that, when you click on them, it brings you to all of the company’s content on the app which makes it easy for users to navigate. There is also an option to search for a specific show, movie, or company. Unlike Netflix, Disney+ allows multiple users of the same account to watch shows at the same time. As some Netflix shows are downloadable, all shows on the fairly new streaming service are downloadable on Wifi for streaming offline.

Even though the streaming service is still very new, it already has over 10 million subscribers. With so many nostalgic shows and movies, it is no surprise that people have flocked to the service at a speed faster than Lightning McQueen.