Disney+ Review

By Dinh Duong, Staff Writer

Disney+ has been out for some time now, but I just never cared enough to probe further until two months ago. Last July, Hamilton became available to stream on the app. That release was what led me to subscribe since I was not ready to drop $1000 to see it live back in seventh grade. I thought I would get my money’s worth and watch other content after checking the musical out.


Overall, the variety was extremely limited since the service includes only titles created or purchased by Disney. I have already seen most of these movies growing up, so using Disney+ is like opening up your old DVD collection. It is so unsettling how they make great movies but fail at creating a streaming service that presents those films. 


 I am not too big of a fan when it comes to rewatching. I have just learned to accept that I will have far better memories of older content if I let them remain as childhood treasures, untouched at the back of my brain. The movies are targeted at young children, and I was a small kid when I watched them, so I liked them in the past. Now, though, I want my perception of those movies to stay that way. Some corny jokes are not going to entertain me the same way as a high school junior as they did when I was a third-grader in elementary school. 


For example, I rewatched Gravity Falls a while ago. I remember it being so good when I was younger, and I was extremely disappointed after rewatching them. Since then, I have stopped touching old shows and movies until I am certain that I truly want to rewatch them. 


Disney+ was not an entire let down, though. My first impression scrolling through the main menu was pure wistfulness. It was nice to see all these movies from my childhood resurfacing that I had forgotten. Remember Hercules? And Meet the Robinsons? Crazy. For a brief moment, I felt like a little kid again, and life was good.


I rewatched Inside Out again last week. I knew for sure I wanted to see it, and lo and behold, it was incredibly heartwarming; I was so sentimental afterward. Toy Story 4 was another great one to see again. I have also never watched a Star Wars film besides Solo, so I started a mini Star Wars marathon, and I loved it a lot. 


Disney+ is aimed at kids and parents who are willing to subscribe solely for their children’s entertainment. I can also see other people subscribing for the nostalgia, which is probably why everyone hopped on the train when released. Disney does include all the movies for the franchises they purchased, such as Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar, so it is great for anyone hoping to binge both old and new content. But, I have simply watched all the stuff I wanted to watch from Disney. And it is not like they will be bankrolling out movies and shows ever, because, hey, Disney masterpieces take time.