This year premium streaming sites have popped up all over the place. One of the most anticipated streaming services for 2019 has been Disney+. The subscription service is jam-packed with Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and other shows!
In recent years Disney began pulling more and more content from other streaming sites. Netflix and Hulu were required to drop a lot of titles, leading up to the launch. Disney+ launched on November 12th, 2019. The highly anticipated service was so popular from day one that the website crashed a few times and users were unable to access the app!
The company promises to deliver exclusive content unavailable anywhere else. So far, they have delivered on that promise by releasing the popular series The Mandalorian. The show has been an overnight sensation and gives viewers high hopes that the company will continue to produce quality media.
Of course, we expect nothing less than perfection when it comes to such a big brand name. Disney really brings it with their streaming service. Disney+ is one of the most well-designed streaming services I have ever used. It has a seamless navigation system, as well as title placements.
The enormous HD photo quality banners that scroll the top are perfect. Typically, an overtly large image can be overkill. In this case, the image grabs the viewer’s attention in a pleasant manner.
The menu sits at the top of the page in plain text. The Disney+ logo is the first image on the list. Followed by the logo the menu reads from left to right – home, search, watchlist, originals, movies, and series. Everything you need is in one centralized location on the page.
Underneath the featured programs, the site blocks out popular choices. Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic are some categories available. When you click on any of the boxes, there is a nice animation within the box. After clicking the box the site takes you to a page with a large header animation and the shows related to the category.
Disney+ does a wonderful job of giving every audience what they want. Every generation can find something they are interested in on this website. From nostalgic series you forgot existed to the newest Avengers movies, Disney wows fans with its library.
Hitting the search button allows you to explore tons of titles. The Princesses collection includes all of the previously vaulted princess movies, as well as the newer ones like Frozen, Moana, and Tangled. Not only are the movies available, but there are a few series as well.
Much like Netflix, Disney+ has added original content to their stream. Netflix has been wildly successful with some of its Netflix originals like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Disney is smart to follow in their footsteps. So far, the most notable original from Disney is The Mandalorian. The series has swept the internet and kept fans on their toes. Viewers even created a meme from the reveal of the unforgettable baby Yoda.
Desktop & Mobile Accessibility
The desktop version of Disney+ is a dream. You can tell just how much time and effort was put into creating this website and streaming service. The background is a sleek black that allows the bright colors of the HD preview images from the shows to shine. The contrast of the images and background create a harmonious union.
The monochrome scheme is modern and appealing to the eye. Shades of grey are used to block out some of the category options. The text is a crisp white and complements the theme well. The font is simple and clean, resulting in a beautiful and cohesive design.
The mobile application opens with another lovely animation. The home page of the app is exactly the same as the home page on the desktop version. Usually, this would spell disaster but Disney modeled their website with thoughts of other applications in mind.
The thumbnails are large enough on the app to see be able to see without strain. The search on the app is easy to find and useful. It offers a search bar at the top and the option to discover new titles beneath. The third button beside the search menu is the download list. Movies and series downloaded on your device will appear here. The final option is your account settings.
From the app, you can add profiles and customize them. You are able to access and edit your watchlist, as well. App settings allow you to choose how to use your mobile data, download options, and video quality. Another handy piece of information the app settings give is your iPhone storage to let you know space availability for downloads.
There are so many positive things to say about Disney+ streaming service. The long wait for it definitely paid off. The developers made sure to cover all of the bases on creating a top-notch streaming service.
The price range for Disney+ subscriptions run anywhere from $6.99 per month to $69.99 per year. The price is very affordable for such a wonderful service. Bigger name streaming brands charge substantially more for their memberships with quite a few more stipulations. They also offer a bundle including ESPN and Hulu for $12.99 per month.
Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices are a superb feature of the program. The membership encompasses original content that you cannot find on any other site. If you aren’t watching the new original content from Disney, odds are you are missing out. Baby Yoda has taken the internet by storm and promises to be an unforgettable piece of Disney memories.
Disney+ is the best source for accessing nostalgic television shows from your childhood. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to share with your children the shows you grew up with and never thought you would see again. Gargoyles is a good nostalgic starting point. The popular ‘90s show was added to the Disney+ library.
It is almost impossible to find any negative details of this streaming site. Disney+ is a phenomenal choice when it comes to streaming, but if I had to be nit-picky I would say that there are a couple of things that could be viewed as a negative.
The search feature is, for the most part, flawless. However, at times it orders titles in a strange manner. Sometimes the system will organize search results as alphabetical. Other times, it will organize them from newest to oldest. Since Disney+ is so new, it could just be them testing things out, but we can’t wait for them to decide on an order and stick with it. Ideally, chronological order of what the titles from the first movie to the last would arguably be better.
Sometimes when selecting titles, the stream will lag out. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is a bummer. Luckily, it is not a constant occurrence. Usually, going back and reselecting is the solution to this problem.
Another annoyance from Disney+ is that some titles are currently unavailable. When you see a movie poster for a title, you typically click it to watch right then and there. However, Disney+ features an image then when you click to watch, the title is unavailable. It is an advertisement for an upcoming movie that will be made available in the future.
Nothing really needs to be improved on Disney+, but if I could choose one thing that could change, I would choose the misleading titles to be taken down. Instead of lumping them in with other titles a “coming soon” list that did not show in search results would be nice.
Premium streaming websites are plentiful, but one that comes out on the top is Disney+. The site offers an amazing amount of popular titles. The original content section of the site is growing. Downloading your favorite shows and movies are a dream with this website. Desktop and mobile apps are both practically perfect. Disney+ mastered the design of a flawless streaming service in just one try.