Streaming media on a tablet. Photo by: pexels.com
Streaming media on a tablet. Photo by: pexels.com

Disney Plus is a streaming service hosted by Disney that features content from their personal library, the Marvel library, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and more.

Verizon is providing the service for free to their customers with the unlimited data package for the first year and has reported that they will charge $6.99 after the first year. If you do not have Verizon’s unlimited data plan, Disney Plus does offer a seven day free trial. Disney also has a package deal with Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus available for $12.99.

As a person that has limited time between working full-time, running a business on the side, spending time with friends and family, as well as acquiring new certifications on a regular, I find myself with very little physical time to spend watching streaming media.

When Verizon announced they would be providing the streaming platform with a package deal to unlimited data users, I wanted to check out the options available.

On the first few days of the launch users reported several technical issues with the platform. As the engineers at Disney worked to fix them, the streaming service continued to pick up steam online.

My journey with Disney Plus began with immediately checking out the National Geographic library. I have been engulfed with Jeff Goldblum recently. National Geographic has recently put together a docuseries titled The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

The series has a new episode that is released each Friday. Currently there are two episodes to watch featuring sneakers and ice cream. Goldblum takes a close look at ordinary pieces of culture and provides his unique view on there subjects.

Goldblum also has a jazz group that he performs with on the side. Check out their track with Haley Reinhart ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ on YouTube.

The next piece of content I checked out was the documentary Free Solo. It features Alex Honnold and his epic 2017 ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. The film provides a look into the mind of dedicated individual. His drive and mindset is captivating.

The film taught me that planning and preparation is important for any big task, but there will also be moments where one has to go on autopilot and just do the task at hand.

Another great documentary that is on the platform is titled The Imagineering Story. Each of these documentaries provide a look into the minds of extremely unique individuals that push themselves far beyond the point of perfection.

In regards to the user experience, I did find some room for improvement. The layout does mirror Netflix with the mobile responsive view to make it accessible on multiple devices. With the creativity and unique nature of Disney, I would like to see more unique layouts for each device.

Similar to the opening day of Disneyland the streaming platform experienced technical difficulties due to demand. As reported by the New York Times, the platform launched with 500 films, and 7,500 television programs.

One of my favorite Pixar movies is Coco.

  • Disney Plus has noted that that Coco will be available on November 29, 2019.
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be coming to homes on December 26, 2019.
  • Black Panther is set to be available on the platform on March 4, 2020.
  • Avengers: Infinity War is due out on June 25, 2020.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp is scheduled for June 29, 2020.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story will be available on July 9, 2020.
  • The Incredibles 2 is set for release on July 30, 2020.

Disney Plus is keeping users interested in these new releases throughout 2020. They currently have categories setup for each library, as well as high definition and high dynamic range (HDR) programming.

Find out more on the expansion of Disney Plus in the United Kingdom arriving March 31, 2020.