The 'House of Mouse' made a major announcement to the world yesterday about their new online streaming service, Disney+. We finally got a launch date which will be this November. Even better the service will also be coming to all smart devices, including all current major gaming consoles. This was very much welcomed but, now the question remains...Is their enough content there to warrant a subscription?
If you were a Disney kid growing up and still love with whatever Pixar is pumping out then I wouldn't be surprised that you had already left this blog to find out how you could start paying now. Disney+ will cost $6.99USD monthly or $69.99USD/year and allow you unlimited access to all of the contents of the famous Disney vault. Yep, the entire Disney animated film history will be ready and available with each subscription. Now an all-new generation gets the chance to cry their tiny eyes out after Bambi's mother dies or celebrate after Simba defeats Scar.
I can't go through this again
Furthermore, the service will also feature a vast library of content, from Pixar to Star Wars, from Marvel Studios to National Geographic. This includes most of the Marvel Cinematic universe and Star Wars films. If that wasn't enough, Disney will copy Netflix and broaden their library even more by creating completely new content (The new Falcon & the Winter Soldier TV series a stand out) as well as snapping up the licenses of popular intellectual properties (IT WILL HAVE THE FIRST 30 SEASONS OF THE SIMPSON!).
Disney+ is also on course to be coming to practically all electronic devices you may own bar the toaster, including your gaming console. This in itself isn't revolutionary as Netflix and Hulu had already covered similar grounds. However, the big takeaway from this particular part of their presentation was the fact that Disney+ would also be coming to the Nintendo Switch something even Netflix has yet to do.
Disney+ is coming to almost everything that has a screen
Now for the bad news, at least for those of us here in sunny ole Jamaica. While Disney+ will indeed be launching this November, a worldwide launch will only be completed in 2021. If you can't wait that long you could always purchase a VPN service and then subscribe but, you will, of course, incur an additional expense. Also, while the entirety of their movie catalogue was mentioned there were no news on their TV series collection. If there is no Kim Possible, Recess or The Famous Jett Jackson my excitement definitely diminish a little.
Nonetheless, having all those Disney animated classics that I adored as a child in one place has me looking forward to the launch of the service on November 12, 2019. I am also, hoping the official release for the Caribbean region will arrive much quicker than a vague release window of 2021. For those waiting like myself you can check our the Little Mermaid Anniversary Collection or look forward to some of Disney's movies that are schedule for later this year.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.