It’s not very often that things line up perfectly in my life. But the launch of Disney+ coinciding with the UK being on (almost total) lockdown is pretty awesome.
Who doesn’t get excited when they hear the Disney Wish upon a Star music before a film begins?
I’m not even ashamed to say that as I couldn’t sleep again last night, I was still up when Disney+ officially launched in the UK. So, I was happily watching Bedknobs and Broomsticks at 1am. Sat on the couch in my pajamas, fluffy socks and blanket, with the dog snuggled up next to me. It was a pretty perfect ending to a stressful day.
What is Disney+ ?
In a nutshell, it’s similar to Netflix. It’s a paid subscription service, that you can either pay £59.99 annually or £5.99 monthly. That’s less than the price of one cinema ticket a month, or the cost of a few DVDs over a year. But better, because you don’t have to go out the house, or worry about DVDs getting scratched by small people. 👍
Once you’ve set up an account, you’re free to watch as much Disney as you want. But not just Disney! It also includes Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.
There is a MASSIVE library of films, series, shorts and documentaries. There is really something for everyone.
Unlike Disney Life that was around a few year’s ago, one subscription to Disney+ allows you to watch on 4 devices at once, rather than just the one screen that Disney Life offered.
You can also download movies and series to watch when you don’t have WiFi. And you can watch what you want when you want. Which is great for people like me who never know what day it is, because there’s no chance of missing something I want to watch. Result! (And also why I love Netflix).
Right now, you can try Disney+ for free for 7 days. Just follow this link and sign up* for the free trial and see what you think.
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How to watch Disney+
Disney+ can be watched on pretty much every device. Including;
- Android phones & tablets
- Apple iphones & iPads
- Amazon Fire tablets
- Smart TVs – download app for free
- Web browsers
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple AirPlay
- Apple TV (4th generation onwards)
- PlayStation 4
- XBox One
- Sky Q
So pretty much every which way you can think of, you’ll be able to watch Disney+. Handy now that none of us can go out for a while.
What’s available to watch?
The sheer volume of things in the library is astounding. As far as I can see, every single thing Disney has ever released, is included. Some of the (many) categories include:
- Mickey Mouse through the years
- Disney Channel series
- Disney Channel Original Movies
- ’90’s throwbacks (I’m very excited about this category!)
- Disney Junior series
- Live Action Movies
- Animated Movies
- Science and innovation (National Geographic)
- Animals and nature (National Geographic)
- National Geographic series
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Marvel animated series & specials
- Pixar Movies
- Pixar Shorts
- Star Wars movies
- Star Wars series
And so much more!
I am most excited about
Firstly, I am so excited about watching films that I haven’t seen for years. Some of them, I haven’t seen since I was really little – Like Fantastia. It’s not my favourite film by a long stretch, but it reminds me of my Grandma. So for nostalgic reasons, I’m going to be all over that.
Secondly, although I love Netflix, it will be nice to have a bit more variation in what we watch. Its mostly Riverdale and Stranger Things on repeat. Which are great, but Ruby can now actually repeat all the Russian words perfectly, so it’s time for a change. Which I’m looking forward to.
Lastly, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to the National Geographic documentaries. That counts as learning about Science, right? Actually, if we also watch the older films, does that count as History? Or am I over stretching?
The timing is weird
Let me pop my tin hat on again for a minute…
The timing of the Disney+ launch is a little coincidental isn’t it? It launched on the very day the UK were told to stay indoors as much as possible by the Government. I know the launch has been planned for a while, but imagine how much money Disney have made today alone!
I wonder if they gave our esteemed (?!) Prime Minister a little backhand to time our incarceration with their launch?
I am joking. I don’t really think that. But I’m bloody glad it did launch today. There’s only so many times us parents can watch the same programs over and over without losing our minds completely.
So cheers Disney! Your timing couldn’t have been more impeccable.
Are you subscribing to Disney+ ? Or are you thinking about it? What are you most looking forward to watching? I can’t wait to start watching Boy Meets World. I used to love that as a kid. Although, I wonder if Mr Feeny will seem as old to me now as he did back then?