Disney+ Versus Netflix: Which Is the Better Choice?


Reilly Smith

Disney+ offers nearly 500 movies and 7,500 different episodes of TV.

Luke Thompson, Staff Reporter

On November 12, Disney+ joined the swiftly growing market of online streaming services vying for our attention. The service sells itself on the premise of having almost the entire library of Disney media rolled into one package. But is this promise worth the price tag? And will the Disney Magic prove to be enough to dethrone Netflix as the leader of the streaming industry?

Disney+ subscribers are charged a monthly fee of $6.99 for the basic package, but can choose to pay an extra $6 to access Hulu and ESPN+. However, if sports are not your first choice, then the standard content is more than enough to hold you attention.

You can instantly watch Pixar animations like “Up” and “The Incredibles,” Disney Channel favorites like “Descendants” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,”  and big and small-screen offerings from the Star Wars Galaxy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You also have the ability to watch adventure classics like “Indiana Jones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” childhood staples like “High School Musical,” and timeless tales of magic and mystery like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Disney has also heavily invested in a lineup of original shows and movies for the service. So far, these Disney originals have been hit-or-miss, with “The Lady and the Tramp” striking a bland note with audiences, while the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian” and the behind-the-scenes documentary “The Imagineering Story” have been met with praise from viewers and critics alike.

However, the determining factor for which service is the better choice might not be what Disney+ has, but what Netflix doesn’t have. The surge in popularity surrounding streaming services has led Disney, as well as other companies, to reclaim their properties from under the Netflix umbrella. 

Critically acclaimed “Moana,” previously available on Netflix, has joined the ranks of Disney+ content. Even fan favorites like “The Office” and “Friends” are set to be removed from Netflix as their owners set about creating their own streaming platforms. Fans of those shows might not be thrilled to pay $13 a month once they are taken off of Netflix’s library.

Netflix still has a number of high quality and binge-worthy shows to offer, with the fourth season of “Stranger Things” coming sometime in the next two years, shows like “Castlevania” and “The End of the F***ing World” getting new seasons, and the highly anticipated TV adaptation of “The Witcher” coming on the horizon. But these shows require a great deal of viewer discretion, and their mature content is likely to lose people who simply want to experience the family fun and nostalgia that Disney+ offers.

As with all things, the choice between Disney+ and Netflix is your own opinion and preferences. Personally, I choose Disney+, but it really depends on what you are in the mood for. A family movie night or a trip down memory lane? Or more mature stories that make for less family-friendly viewing?

Disney+ might not be the next big thing for internet streaming, but its introduction is representative of the seismic shift in the entertainment industry that Netflix popularized. Streaming is the future, but Netflix’s dominance in that future has become doubtful.