The launch of the Disney+ streaming service was possibly the most anticipated event of 2019. Initially, I was hesitant to join the bandwagon, but I was only able to resist the temptation for two days. It launched on November 12, and ten million people had subscribed by November 14.
You’re never too old for Disney is a common saying. The content on Disney+ gives testament to that sentiment because it has something for just about anyone. Part of Disney’s magic is awakening nostalgia in all of us, no matter which generation we’re from.
The alternate universes of Marvel and Star Wars captivated the daydreamers who immerse themselves in worlds that are bigger than their own. They have Pixar for animation lovers, and they even have the Disney Channel classics that played a part in raising Gen Z. When I first downloaded it, the first thing I put on to watch was The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, just to appease the inner tomboy in me.
Disney+ entered the market at an opportune time, ushering in a new era that we now call the Streaming Wars. Its launch will give longstanding streaming services like Netflix, Crave, and Amazon Prime Video a run for their money. The entrance of Disney+ and other services like Apple TV will promote some healthy competition for better content creation.
Part of me is skeptical of how many subscribers will stay on the service; how long can this nostalgia last? How far can Disney magic take us?
We’ll just have to wait and see!