All You Need to Know About Disney Plus

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Peyton Ludwig

Disney Plus is immensely popular, mainly due to its wide library of shows and movies that pull from some of Disney’s most popular franchises, such as Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar (Photo courtesy and credits to Peyton Ludwig).

Despite just being released, Disney Plus is already a smash hit. With 3.2 million mobile app downloads and 10 million sign-ups on opening day, people are thrilled about the extensive library of both Disney classics and upcoming shows to the platform. With yet another streaming platform for the masses, rivaling big names such as Netflix, HBO, and Hulu, it begs the question: how well does it hold up with the competition?

Right off the bat, the service has started off with a strong lineup of shows that a wide range of ages can enjoy. With over 700 titles for only $7 a month — compared to the costs of  $9 to $16 of Netflix and $15 of HBO — it gives great entertainment for the whole family.

“I love it! It brings back all the throwback shows. I love watching the shows I grew up with. I think I will use it for a while. I can’t see any reason why I would stop…the price isn’t too bad [either],” said sophomore Kathleen Hunter.

The younger viewers get to watch the shows popular on Disney Channel currently, and the older teens and young adults, who grew up with the original Disney Channel shows, are provided a great nostalgia revisiting the classics. Categories such as “Disney Channel Favorites” give a selection for the younger and older watchers, including Andi Mack, the Descendants movies, Good Luck Charlie, Jessie, and Phineas and Ferb among others.

“I’ve watched more of the older shows. I like having them so I can watch the same stuff I did when I was a kid. My favorite is obviously Phineas and Ferb,” said sophomore Addie Prince.

The older kids get to choose from the “Throwback” section, with Hannah Montana, Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and That’s So Raven, along with “Nostalgic Movies”, showing The Parent Trap, Swiss Family Robinson, and Freaky Friday

“The old throwbacks are the best! I love them and how they are on the platform because it’s easy to get,” said Hunter.

There’s also a selection of movies that were from the very beginning of Disney. A section titled “Out of the Vault” showcases Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin among countless other classics.

“I have watched some of the old Disney princess movies. I’m interested in them because of the nostalgia,” said Prince.

While there are only a few Disney Plus originals as of now, they’ve been greatly well-received. The Mandalorian, in particular — a Star Wars spinoff — has gotten largely positive feedback and high viewership. Disney says that within a year, the number of original shows will increase from 10 to 45, which may provide incentive for more frugal consumers to buy the service.

The future of upcoming shows is also why many people are on the platform. Marvel fans, in particular, have a long line-up of shows in the future, such as Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and WandaVision, and movies exclusive to the platform, such as Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

“I’m interested in all of those — I’m excited and I’ll think they’ll be super interesting. I’m most excited for Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” said middle school student Luke Forrester. 

Star Wars fans also have a plethora of content to look forward to. Along with having The Mandalorian and a new cut of the original trilogy, they have upcoming content such as the longly-anticipated final episodes of the Clone Wars series, a live-action Cassian Andor series, and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor.

“I love Star Wars so much! Obi-Wan died way too early, so we didn’t get to know that much about him, so I’m excited about the new show. I’ve seen the Mandalorian, and I think it’s very interesting. I really like Boba Fett, and there’s really not that much known about him, and I’m really into all the Mandalorian characters,” said Forrester.

All of this content makes the platform seem very promising. However, it has already run into technical difficulties. At launch, it received more than 8,000 reports of difficulties. These included the inability to log in, connect to the servers, access specific content, and use certain streaming devices. Customer service lines were left on hold for an hour or more.

“The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our highest expectations. While we are pleased by this incredible response, we are aware of the current user issues and are working to swiftly resolve them. We appreciate your patience,” Disney said in a statement released in light of the problems.

Just as those issues were beginning to subside, another issue plagued the site: hacked accounts. Thousands of Disney Plus accounts have been reported as hacked and stolen, then subsequently sold in underground cybercrime forums. 

“We have seen a very small percentage of users in this situation and encourage any users who are having these kind of issues to reach out to our customer support so we can help them,” said a response from Disney.

“We have found no evidence of a security breach. We continuously audit our security systems, and when we find an attempted suspicious login, we proactively lock the associated user account and direct the user to select a new password,” said a Disney spokesperson in a statement to Variety.

Despite these problems, Disney Plus’ popularity remains strong. Its extensive library of family-friendly content for all ages makes for a great streaming platform with a relatively cheap price. What it lacks in technical competence, it makes up for quality entertainment of countless Disney classics, making for a great platform for the family to enjoy.