The vault finally cracks open

Disney CEO Robert Iger previews Disney Plus for investors at a meeting on April 11, 2019.

The wait is finally over. And while the app did have its fair share of technical difficulties on drop day, Disney Plus is here and is already getting rave reviews.

Variety reported that the streaming service was downloaded an estimated 3.2 million times in the first 24 hours of its launch day on Nov. 12.

Its interface is similar to Netflix with rows of selections from different categories, which makes it aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.

The only complaint I’ve seen so far is that there isn’t a row at the top dedicated to shows that have been started to conveniently pick up where you just left off.

Along with the hundreds of already released Disney titles on the service, 11 Disney Plus Originals debuted on launch day and there’s many more to come. These original works set the service apart from all the others.

Except for the new Apple Plus that premiered earlier this month, Disney Plus is one of the first streaming services that was intentionally made for original content.

While Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu all produce original content now, it was not what they were intended for and have arguably had their fair share of hits and misses.

There is not one miss in the Disney Plus Original selection, except maybe “Forky Asks a Question,” which was not exactly targeted at my demographic.

My personal favorite of the new releases is “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.”

While the show got a lot of heat for being a reboot of the Disney Channel Original classic “High School Musical,” and its silly name, it ended up surprising audiences with its authenticity and sincerity.

The show is a comedy that follows the students from the high school that was used in the original film as they embark on their first production of “High School Musical: The Musical.”

Main characters Nini and Ricky tackle teen dating in this digital age in a way that is relatable to the high school experience now, which can’t be said for many other teen shows.

Instead of dumbing down the characters and humor for its targeted audience, the show speaks to the viewer with a sense of maturity that I think is important for tweens to have to relate to.

Another title I was excited for was “The Mandalorian.” The series was everything and more than I could’ve asked for out of franchise’s first live-action show.  

It’s representative of the new, old and animated “Star Wars” all in one — it’s the epitome of “Star Wars.”

Another way the show succeeds is because you don’t have to necessarily be a Star Wars fan to enjoy it. The story is independent of the main plot in the films.

Disney Plus original films “Noelle” and live-action “Lady and the Tramp” also premiered and received mostly good reviews.

While the films weren’t groundbreaking, there was something satisfying about being able to watch them right from my home and not suffer any transaction costs to see them. I had a good time watching the films and I didn’t feel the need to be particularly critical toward them due to the accessibility of the titles.

With successful offerings like “The Mandalorian” and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” I can see Disney Plus being a good outlet for Disney to produce more experimental content in the future.

Considering how immensely successful the service has already been, it will be interesting to see how other services fair against this new competition. Netflix already made a big move by partnering with Nickelodeon, but only time will tell if that will that be enough to keep people subscribing.

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