What Is Disney Plus?
As children and adults sat mesmerized by what was taking place in front of them, little did they know the phenomenon they were witnessing would still have an effect on the entertainment industry to this day. A simple, animated mouse wearing a captain’s hat and steering a steamboat captivated audiences in nickelodeon theatres across the nation and around the world during the release of Steamboat Willie in 1928. The mouse, of course, would become known as “Mickey” to millions of followers, young and old alike, looking for a distraction from their everyday lives as America headed toward The Great Depression.
Behind the mouse were two visionaries – Walt Disney, a 27-year-old animator and Ub Iwerks, a special effects technician. Steamboat Willie, which was just over seven minutes long, was widely recognized as the most popular cartoon of its day and is now considered a classic work of art. While Iwerks continued to have a successful career in the cartoon industry, Disney of course had a vision beyond just the steamboat. Today, Walt Disney World attracts over 20 million visitors each year and the Disney Corporation is worth an estimated $250 billion.
Disney at the movies.
Of course, Disney is known for much more than it’s world-class theme parks. Movies like The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Frozen, Finding Nemo, Herbie The Love Bug, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Old Yeller, The Apple Dumpling Gang, and One Hundred and One Dalmatians, just to name a VERY few have become a treasured and legendary part of the world’s cinema conscience. And television shows such as Lizzie McGuire, Good Luck Charlie, That’s So Raven, Duck Tales, and The Wonderful World of Disney.
Of course, three of the biggest acquisitions in entertainment history were Disney’s purchase of Steve Jobs’ (of Apple Computers fame) Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, Lucafilms in 2012 which included the Star Wars franchise, and the deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios in 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger was instrumental in negotiating these acquisitions and Disney continues to build these brands by featuring Star Wars-themed rides and Marvel comic book heroes and heroines at Disney World, Disneyland and other parks.
To gain a larger share of the video streaming market and compete with Netflix, Disney is acquiring Hulu and also owns major shares in ABC and ESPN from previous acquisitions. Disney also owns Fox (The Simpsons are still going strong in Springfield after all of these years) and the accompanying National Geographic Channel.1
It seems as if Disney has taken over the world of entertainment, so it came as little surprise to most when the company announced it was debuting a new on-demand streaming service.
Disney Plus: The ultimate portal for Disney programming.
To tell you more about Disney Plus (Disney+), we went straight to the source. Here is information from the Disney website:
Disney Plus is an on-demand, ad-free streaming service where subscribers will be able to enjoy movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This subscription also includes original programming exclusive to Disney Plus.2
Here is what BusinessInsider.com has to say:
“A new streaming service has joined the ranks of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the many other services jostling for control of your TV. Disney Plus features TV and movie content from names we're all well familiar with: Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Television.
“With Disney Plus, subscribers can watch thousands of Disney movies and series from their devices (smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles). The service includes unlimited downloads so you can watch anywhere, anytime.
“Disney Plus content comes from Walt Disney Studios' and Walt Disney Television's biggest names: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.”3
Disney Plus original programming.
Besides being able to watch many of the classic Disney movies and shows from the past, Disney Plus (like Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming services) features original programming.
Some of the Disney Plus original movies and TV shows include: Wandavision, Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Rogue One; Rogue Trip; The World According to Jeff Goldblum; High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; Marvel’s Hero Project; Mandalorian; The Falcon and the Winter Soldier; Hawkeye; Ms. Marvel; She-Hulk; Star Wars Story (a Star Wars spinoff); Obi-Wan; Thor and many other scripted, real-life and live-action TV series, movies, reboots and streaming content.
The price of Disney Plus.
A subscription to Disney Plus is $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year and all programming is ad-free.
There is also a bundled package option with Hulu and ESPN Plus (ESPN+) [link to our December ESPN blog post] for $12.99 a month for all three streaming services.
To make sure you enjoy the programming, Disney Plus offers a free seven-day trial.
Streaming around (much of) the world.
Disney Plus is available in the U.S. and Canada, many countries throughout the world and recently expanded its streaming reach to include the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Italy and New Zealand.
The take on Disney Plus.
If you love all things Disney, including Star Wars and Star Wars prequels, sequels and Baby Yoda, plus a long list of classic and original programming, Disney Plus could be the streaming service for you. And with the opportunity to bundle a subscription with ESPN Plus and Hulu, it could be a great value and give you access to the entertainment you enjoy most.
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