Disney+

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Unmatched media collection; falls short on parent controls.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Most titles are for entertainment. The National Geographic titles are beautifully done and are very informative. The kid profile limits them to titles that deal only with animals, so it may be worth using an adult profile to search for titles that appeal to older kids. Many titles reinforce character strengths.

Ease of Play

Setting up a profile is a cinch. Navigating through the titles is seamless.

Violence & Scariness

There’s no R-rated content. Iffy content related to violence can be easily accessed by simply switching profiles.

Language

There’s no R-rated content. Moderately iffy content with language concerns can be easily accessed by simply switching profiles.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There’s no R-rated content. Moderately iffy content related to drinking, drugs, and smoking can be easily accessed by simply switching profiles.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney+ is a media streaming app for iOS and Android devices. With a paid subscription, kids can search, download, and watch TV series and movies from Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Marvel, Star Wars, and more. Users can set up individual profiles that allow them to create watchlists and get recommendations based on viewing history. There’s an option to create a kid profile, which gives a user access only to content that's suitable for kids (according to the developers). But it’s not possible to set an age range on the kid profile or to create a PIN that protects access to titles with more mature ratings. And there's no explanation of exactly what "content suitable for kids" means. Older titles that have problematic (i.e. racist or sexist) content come with a disclaimer that says they "may contain outdated cultural depictions." Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kids' information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter; note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLs8s May 5, 2020

A good streaming service for kids

Disney+ is very child friendly.It has stuff for two year olds eight year olds and adults.Theres also nothing above PG-13 and you can change a profile to a kids... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byidonotremember April 15, 2020

Difficult Content for Sensitive Children

Some shows are wonderful such as the complete Star Wars collection but others are very upsetting for sensitive children. For instance, my 11 year old son was ve... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2020

Surprisingly good app!

My family got this as a free gift, so for free it is great value! Almost all of the Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, 20th century Fox, Nat Geo ( the list goes... Continue reading
Kid, 6 years old August 8, 2020

What's it about?

DISNEY+ is an app that allows users to stream or download TV shows, movies, and documentaries directly from their devices. Users can simultaneously stream from up to four different devices and have unlimited downloads for up to 10 devices. Setting up a profile is super easy: Choose an avatar, enter a name, and turn on the kid profile setting if you want to. Then users can search for content manually or by using the app's pre-set search criteria, including Trending, Hit Movies, Disney Channel Favorites, Musicals, Throwbacks, and more. Some titles are available in 4K UHD and HDR.

Is it any good?

There's an impressive selection of titles here that will appeal to a wide range of viewers, but the lack of customized parent controls is a significant drawback. Most of the titles are strictly for entertainment, but there are a handful of National Geographic documentaries that are part of the kid profile setting (additional titles from National Geographic that older kids could enjoy are excluded from that setting). The simplistic nature of the parent controls could be frustrating for parents with multiple or older kids. It's unlikely that tweens will be interested in the same content as toddlers, yet the tween might not need to have full access to all titles. Customizable kid profiles and a way to PIN-protect some content would go a long way. That said, if you love Disney (or Marvel or Star Wars or Pixar or...), you have hundreds of viewing options here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they enjoy most about Disney+ shows and movies. Are there titles that families can watch together? Which titles are more educational?

  • Talk about how you'll monitor what kids watch. The developers say that there won't be any R-rated content hosted by the streaming service, but kids may need to be monitored more closely when it comes to PG- and/or PG-13-level titles. 

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