Rise of Disney+


The streaming wars took a new step as Disney+ launched on Tuesday, November 12. On day one, more than 10 million people subscribed to this new streaming service, according to Disney.

This new streaming service offers a wide range of entertainment, from old Disney classics to new animated favorites. Disney+ also includes tons of Disney Channel shows and movies, live-action theatrical films, and new original shows and films exclusive to the platform. 

The platform currently has only a basic plan which is $6.99/month or $69.99/year. This is a more affordable option than Netflix. Netflix’s basic plan is $9/month with only one screen being allowed to stream at a time. The standard plan, which includes two screens being allowed to stream at once, is $13/month. If someone want to stream four screens at a time on Netflix, which Disney+ allows for its basic plan, they have to look to their premium plan which is $16/month. 

The big selling point for the service is the original content. The first ever live action Star Wars show, “The Mandalorian”, was the big show that Disney+ showed off at launch. The show follows a bounty hunter making his way through the galaxy following the fall of the Galactic Empire. The show has a star-studded crew behind it, with Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man, taking the helm. The Mandalorian also stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and Werner Herzog. This new addition to the Star Wars universe has already gotten rave reviews.

“I think the visuals are amazing for a show with high budget cgi,” junior Will Rivera.

For those who want a good old trip down memory lane, Disney+ is for them. Disney+ features most Disney Channel shows, including “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, and “Hannah Montana”. This has quickly become the favorite feature among students. 

“Being able to watch old Disney shows brings me back to a time when life wasn’t so stressful and wack,” junior Spencer Jones said.