Is Disney+ worth the hype?


Video streaming services are popular among students and adults alike. Now that the underwater world of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” is a click away, as well as Chalmun’s Cantina in “Star Wars,” even more people are logging on to watch their favorite films.

Disney+ launched on November 12, releasing hundreds of Disney titles to the general public, and it was an immediate success. Reports claim that more than 10 million people made accounts for the streaming service on its first day, an amount so overwhelming that the site crashed very shortly after it went live. After so many people went in blindly to Disney+, some mixed reviews emerged, and left the remaining population wondering, is Disney+ worth it?

With a mix of new and original series along with classic movies, Disney+ attracted a wide audience right off the bat. The current king of streaming video, Netflix, lacks in nostalgic titles, but Disney+ has an abundance of its first movies: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “Fantasia” and “Steamboat Willie” are in its lineup. In fact, a great deal of users bought a membership to go back to their roots. 

“Disney+ is the best thing ever; I love how it has all of my childhood shows,” sophomore Kaitlyn Gentry said. “It makes me feel like a kid again.” 

With hundreds of movies and series from as far back as the 1920s, Disney+ is a one-stop shop for people of all ages to feel like a kid again.

Along with Disney content, the site is full of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic titles, the mix of them all appealing to a wide array of users. A good number of the new original series to be added to Disney+ are under Marvel or Star Wars, and fans are eager to watch them.

“I love Disney+, my favorite thing to watch is The Mandalorian,” sophomore Hillary Humbaugh said. “Baby Yoda is the best part.” 

The user friendly interface also makes Disney+ extremely easy to use, making it a huge hit for kids. With all of these perks for only $6.99 a month, almost half as much Netflix, customers worldwide were instantly sold on Disney+. However, the new streaming service certainly is not flawless. 

First of all, there is significantly less content on Disney+ than on other streaming sites. With only about 500 movies, it is a mere collection in comparison to the over 3,900 on Netflix. The titles are also less diverse. Considering Disney+ consists mostly of Disney-owned companies, other competitors can offer a wider variety of pictures to viewers. While Disney+ does have plans for adding new shows in the next few years, many fans don’t want to wait that long.

“A bunch of the shows I wanted to watch aren’t even on Disney+ yet. I don’t want to wait until 2021, that’s too long!” Gentry said. 

A big part of the reason that Disney+ has so many users is the anticipation behind new Marvel series. With the first one coming out in fall of 2020, some find the wait unbearable. 

“I’m sad that I have to wait, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m really excited to see ‘Loki’ and ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’” Humbaugh said. 

Another emerging issue is glitches and loading problems that occur. While pretty harmless, the error messages can be annoying and disruptive.

“Sometimes the app can be really glitchy,” senior River Epperson said. “I get randomly kicked out of the shows I’m watching, or an error message pops up while shows are loading.” 

These issues have gone down since Disney+ launched, the bugs occurring mostly because of how much traffic the site received immediately after launch. 

All in all, Disney+ is definitely worth checking out if you’re into classic Disney movies, Star Wars films, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, it is affordable, accessible, and great for kids. However, when compared to leading competitors like Netflix and Hulu, Disney+ just does not have the same amount of content available.