The Plus Side of Disney Plus


Photo by Natali Brito

Rebecca Lim, News Editor

   There’s only one place where you can find your favorite MCU superheroes, Disney princesses, and childhood favorites like Finding Nemo altogether, at the slightest press on a remote button or a phone screen. And it isn’t Orlando or in your dreams. Disney+ is the only streaming platform offering all of these perks, and so much more. 

   Thanks to Disney’s partnerships with Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and National Geographic, there’s something for everyone. Disney’s purchase of 20th Century Fox has also added to Disney+’s already-vast collection of movies and series.

   National Geographic and Disney nature make sure nature fanatics and animal lovers are well-fed with top-notch content. There’s mountains upon mountains of beautifully-made, captivating nature documentaries and docu series. Disney nature documentaries like Elephant and Born in China, along with NatGeo docu series like America’s National Parks and Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted bring you face to face with manatees, pandas, snakes, and elephants. 

   For the Marvel super-fans, Disney+  has the iconic Infinity Saga, which includes movies from MCU Phases One, Two, and Three: the perfect collection for binge watchers or a family MCU marathon. All three Iron Man movies, all three Captain America movies, all three Thor movies, all four Avengers movies, as well as other fan favorites like Black Panther and Doctor Strange are all available in the epic Infinity Saga collection.  

   To add, Disney+ original shows like Hawkeye, Loki, and WandaVision that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 are all available to turn to after finishing all of the movies in the Infinity Saga, or if you’d simply like to make the transition from the big screen to the small screen. Even if you prefer movies over episodes, Disney+ ensures you won’t be missing out on Phase Four, by bringing the movie theater to you. The world’s biggest and newest cinematic releases, like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Black Widow could be streamed on Disney+ soon after their initial theater releases, obliterating the need to go to movie theaters. After all, who wouldn’t want to enjoy movies at home, with the unlimited free snacks and comfy couches? Junior Faith Munar believes that “…Disney+ is better because it has everything. It has movies of interest, rather than random movies, like Netflix does.” Unlike the superior Disney+, Netflix cannot bring the theater to at-home viewers; despite its collection of original movies, Netflix can’t be depended on for the newest cinematic releases.

   Perhaps the best part of Disney+ is its nostalgia factor. As junior Katherine Omole expresses, “Disney+ is better because it has all the nostalgic movies from my childhood”. Similar to the Infinity Saga, the Princesses collection on Disney+ is an expansive collection of movies like Snow White and the live action Mulan, and even shows like Elena of Avalor. Beyond princess movies, for those seeking some 2000s and early 2010s nostalgia, childhood shows like Good Luck Charlie and Jessie can be found on Disney+.

   Plus, Disney+ originals like Forky Asks a Question (Toy Story), Dug Days (Up), and Olaf Presents (Frozen) expand on the original movies by zooming in on one character, allowing audiences to enjoy their childhood favorites with a new twist: much like a spinoff. In combination with new animated favorites like Luca and Soul, these nostalgic movies and modern spin offs create a childhood-reminiscent viewing experience, exclusively found on Disney+. 

   To be fair, Netflix does have its share of unbeatable shows under its belt, like Stranger Things and You. But its unparalleled binge worthiness, nostalgia factor, and expansive and diverse entertainment library make Disney+ the unrefuted King of streaming.