Let’s Discuss Disney Plus

How COVID-19 is affecting the Disney+ streaming service


JD Hancock

“The Court of Disney Captains” by JD Hancock is licensed under CC BY 2.0

With the holidays around the corner, one may find comfort in sitting by a fireplace with hot cocoa watching a Disney movie. With the pandemic, this is now easier than ever due to the new Disney+ release dates.

Disney+ has classic holiday films such as “Home Alone,” “The Santa Clause 1-3” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” They also have some lesser-known holiday movies that are still worth watching, including “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas” and the Disney+ original movie “Noelle,” all according to collider.com.

“The best part about watching a Disney film is the laughter,” sophomore Brandon Cox said. “When my sisters come home from college, it is so much fun to cherish those moments with the whole family.”

Disney+ has also released new movies that were supposed to be in theaters but got moved to the streaming app due to COVID-19. “Artemis Fowl” was scheduled to release on May 29 but was actually released on June 12, according to androidauthority.com. “Hamilton” was originally scheduled for an Oct. 15, 2021 release but jumped to Disney+ on July 3, 2020, instead, according to androidauthority.com.

Disney released “The One and Only Ivan,” which was a mostly computer-generated imagery film of the award-winning book with the same name. The movie was originally scheduled for an Aug. 14 release date but was instead released on Aug. 21, according to deadline.com.

“I think Disney made a smart and safe decision in the world we live in today,” sophomore Natasha Wood said. “It has likely kept a lot of people from heading out into the theatres and possibly exposing themselves and others to COVID-19”.

On Dec. 25, Disney+ is set to release its first Pixar film, “Soul,” straight to the streaming service, according to waltdisneystudios.com.

“I think it was a good idea that Disney+ is putting a Pixar film straight to the platform,” Cox said. “It gets more people to sign up for the streaming service and they can make some profit off of the movie”.

“Mulan” was a live-action remake of its 1998 classic movie. It was originally scheduled for a March 27 release date but landed on Disney+ on July 24, available to Disney+ members at a $30 fee, according to androidauthority.com.

“Even though I did not pay the $30 fee for ‘Mulan,’ I would pay a one-time fee of $30 [for a Disney+ movie],” Wood said.

Next month, Disney+ is going to be releasing more films. The streaming service will be joined by movies such as “Mulan,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Into the Woods” and “Soul” throughout the month, according to insidethemagic.net.