Students Share Disney Plus Childhood Nostalgia


Media by Mason Kellerman

We surveyed 325 students about Disney Plus, and here are the results.

Maria McAdamis, sophomore, obsesses over watching her favorite childhood films and reliving nostalgic moments since the Disney Plus streaming service released Nov. 12.

“It’s nice to watch really old animated movies like Cinderella or Peter Pan because they are not available to rent or buy on Amazon and make me feel like a kid again,” McAdamis said.

Disney, a company traditionally targeted toward younger audiences, now offers a plethora of shows, movies and documentaries with access to Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Out of a survey of 325 students, 38.6 percent of them have Disney Plus currently, while another 38.9 percent don’t have Disney Plus but want it.

The streaming service costs $6.99 a month, or at a discounted cost for $69.99 a year, compared to Netflix’s most basic plan starting at $8.99 a month.

“I like the cost of it a lot. I honestly thought it would be more because it’s Disney, but it’s almost half the price of Netflix,” McAdamis said.

Disney Plus also allows four devices to stream at once on one account with seven user profiles, while Netflix trails behind with two devices on their most basic plan and five user profiles.

I’m a big Disney fan and every Disney movie and show is on there.

— Addi Loving

The company also released original films including a High School Musical reboot series, a live action film of Lady and the Tramp and Encore!, a documentary series.

Marshall Grahn-Howard, junior, said he enjoys new additions Disney has brought to viewers, especially an addition to the Star Wars franchise, “Mandalorian.”

“ ‘Mandalorian’ is the only Disney Plus original I’ve seen so far, but it’s a fantastic show,”  Grahn-Howard said.

New shows like “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” in part with National Geographic, upload new episodes weekly unlike entire seasons that are uploaded on Netflix allowing viewers to pace themselves when watching entire seasons.

“Disney Plus is a great way for the company to advertise and give fans the stories they’ve always wanted to see on screen,” Grahn-Howard said.

Addi Loving, senior, appreciates the classic Disney animated films offered.

“I’m pretty indifferent about the new shows. I like watching older movies and shows better like ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘The Black Cauldron’,” Loving said.

Disney also announced the discontinuation of  the Disney Vault, an imaginary vault where retired Disney classics were stored and released every seven years to the public to purchase for a limited time. 

“I’m a big Disney fan and every Disney movie and show is on there,” Loving said. “I like that I have access to all of the movies I watched as a kid.”

Dhruv Bansal, freshman, signed up for a one-year subscription to Disney Plus for free as a Verizon customer.  

“I wouldn’t have gotten Disney Plus because I don’t think it is worth its price at the moment,” Bansal said. “Later when more content is on it, I think it will have better value.”

Bansal said his free subscription is a nice perk to have when trying out a new service that you don’t know if you want to further continue.