Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Disney+ in all its glory will be the best streaming service of 2019.
Opinion by Lexie Macias, Special to the Star
Disney’s streaming service is launching next week and brings the promise of original shows, most Disney classics, every Pixar movie and select Marvel movies at half the price of Netflix; it will be the best streaming service of the year.
Disney hopes to bring in both new and old fans to their streaming service by offering fresh, new stories from existing universes that will later play bigger roles in future films. Some of Disney+’s most highly anticipated shows are “The Mandalorian,” the final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “What If…?,” “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision,” according to CNET. At $6.99 a month, Disney+ comes out at a cheaper price than one of its major competitors, Netflix.
The affordable price is a key selling part for fans everywhere which Disney is offering for their new streaming service. Starting this year, Netflix has raised the prices for all of its plans, with its most basic plan coming in at $8.99, almost two dollars more than Disney+. For a cheaper price, customers will have access to all content of the businesses owned by Disney, and original content that can’t be found anywhere else.
One of the keenly anticipated shows coming to the new streaming service in 2021 is “WandaVision,” a new show focusing on Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision. The show will provide backstory and vital information for Marvel’s new Doctor Strange movie, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
Disney puts fans in a position where they need to purchase a subscription for the streaming service in order to have the information and details to understand what will happen in the major films that come after the Disney+ shows. Despite the fact that they will also have access to other great movies and shows that aren’t available on any other streaming service, it is unfair to put fans in that position. However, a recent development has been announced that will no doubt make Disney+ more enticing to potential subscribers.
According to a release on Oct. 24 from The Verge, “Disney will offer Disney+ subscribers the ability to download films and TV shows on the streaming service for offline viewing, but if those titles were to leave, so go the downloads.”
Along with new Marvel and “Star Wars” shows, customers will also have access to “Star Wars Episodes 1-7” and a select few Marvel movies. This comes as a shock to most Marvel fans because the streaming service was expected to have almost all Marvel movies. But Disney is set up to add eight more Marvel movies during its first year, according to CNET.
Customers will also be able to stream most of Disney’s classic live-action and hand-drawn movies, as well as all Pixar movies. The films that will be available for streaming include “Davy Crocket: King of the Wild Frontier,” “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Up” and “Finding Nemo.”
On launch day, Nov. 12, Disney+ prepaid subscribers will have access to all titles on the service. In addition, non-subscribers will have the opportunity to get a taste of the fantastic Disney+ with a free seven-day trial.