Disney+ Review – 2021

Disney’s new video streaming service, Disney+ provides both new and library content from Disney and its subsidiaries, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic. Disney+ focuses on delivering family-oriented entertainment.

Pros of Disney+

  • Safe viewing for children
  • Videos that families can watch together
  • Content from famous brands, including action series
  • A good deal when combined with ESPN+ and Hulu
  • Accessible while traveling abroad
  • Good transmission speeds
  • Can be accessed on computers and mobile phones and also streamed through to a TV

Cons of Disney+

  • Adults will soon run out of things to watch
  • Seasons of headline series are only released weekly
  • Not all Disney favorites are on the site

Table of Contents

Overview of Disney+ Internet Services

Disney+ works in a similar way to Netflix. It is available in several countries and any subscriber can continue to access the service even when traveling overseas. There are no live channel feeds; instead, users access a searchable library of videos. The library can be filtered by video category or brand.

How is Disney+ different?

Most video streaming services in the world don’t allow subscribers to access videos when they are out of their home countries. Disney is like Netflix in this respect because as long as the subscriber is in a country where Disney+ operates, the member can continue to watch video streams.

Disney+ is available in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, and India. So, if a subscriber in the USA travels to Canada, access to the Disney+ website’s videos is still allowed.

One difference that members might notice is that the videos in the libraries are different in each country. In some regions of the world, the differences are hardly detectable. In each country, the videos available on the Disney+ service will be edited differently in order to comply with local laws.

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Who is Disney+ best for?

Disney+ does not include any adult content. Some of the videos include scenes of violence – for example, there are shootings and fistfights in The Mandalorian. However, the guiding content rule of Disney+ is that all of its videos should be of interest to children and young adults. Parents might find little to watch on the service once the children have gone to bed.

How to access Disney+

Disney+ is available as a website, so it can be accessed through any web browser – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari, for example. The Disney streaming service is also available as an app for Android and iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). Smart TVs can access Disney+ through Google Play and most set-top boxes that run on Android also give access to the service. Amazon Fire Cube and Amazon Fire TV Stick are pre-loaded with the Disney+ app.

Anyone can use a casting device, such as Google Chromecast to stream videos from Disney+ through a computer or mobile device onto a TV screen.

As Disney+ is not a live TV stream, all content on the site is available at any time day or night; members don’t have to check a schedule and wait for specific shows to appear.

Disney+ member settings

Each subscriber gets a profile at the Disney+ and access is controlled by a username and password. The service can be streamed on four devices simultaneously and each account can host seven profiles. This means that it is OK to share your account details with others. However, Disney expects this account sharing to be restricted to family members.

The profile of each accessor stores the person’s viewing history. The account holder is responsible for creating profiles and can designate that a new profile is for a child. This enables parents to limit the content that each user accesses. Not all of the videos on the site are suitable for small children and every video has an age rating. Setting parental controls automatically filters out PG and PG13 content.

Each profile is represented by an avatar, which is selected from a library of Disney characters. So, when each person logs into the account, the profile selection screen allows that person to enter his or her own space, which will have a tailored menu.

Like Netflix, Disney+ uses information on previously watched videos to reorder the library in the main screen of the profile, putting videos similar to those already watch ahead of all others.

Some Points About Disney+

The attraction of Disney+ lies in the following features:

  • A combination of new and old content – Members are able to access familiar Disney favorites and also watch new content that has evolved from well-known Disney products.
  • Exclusive entertainment – Some of the content on Disney+ is only available on that system. These include The Mandalorian, which is a spin of from the Star Wars plot and Forky Asks a Question, based on the character from Toy Story 4.
  • On-demand video – There is no schedule to the Disney+ system, so members can access any content at any time. However, some serials are released episode by episode over a number of weeks rather than all episodes becoming available simultaneously. 

Disney+ Pricing Overview

A subscription to Disney+ costs $6.99 per month when paid monthly. This monthly price goes down to $5.83 when paid yearly. However, subscription fees have to be paid upfront.

All new members get a 7-day free trial before having to pay for the streaming service.

Disney offers a combined media streaming service package that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month. That works out about $5 per month cheaper than subscribing to each of the three services separately.

Disney+ Customer Service

The Disney+ website has a Help Center, which includes a searchable knowledgebase covering account, technical, and user guides. Those members who can’t get problems resolved through this channel can access a live customer support operator through a chat facility on the Disney+ website. Customers can also contact the help desk by phone and email.