Disney LOL

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Swipe through, share Disney-related pics and GIFs with ads.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Swiping through content is easy, but technical difficulties get in the way of smooth operating.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

Mild language in some GIFs, such as "moron."

Consumerism

Kids can tap on the Disney icon to see ads for other Disney apps. Commercials from select third parties appear at random intervals while you're using the app and cannot be skipped. All material in the app promotes the Disney brand.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney LOL is a Disney-fied version of one of the latest trends in internet life: watching and sharing GIFs, memes, and silly still images, often accompanied by cleverly worded text. It's similar to Vine and its kids' version, Vine Kids, in that kids can easily search through a large assortment of six- to 15-second looping video segments, still images, and quizzes. Kids can copy what they like to paste into a text or email, or they can save it to their device's camera roll. Unlike the grown-up versions of these kinds of apps, users can't post their own content; instead, Disney creates and posts all material. There are so many endless small bites of silly things to see, it can also be hard to stop, so parents may want to help kids set some limits. Also, there's no parent gate to access, purchase, and download other Disney apps. At the time of this review, technical issues sometimes interfered with sound in the videos and sometimes caused the app to freeze. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 11 year old Written bymaddox121 July 20, 2016

I never bought the game, but this is an important message

"Moron" is not mild language, "Hell" "Damn" and "Ass" are mild language, unless referring too the place, a donkey, and t... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 year old Written byBinge W. August 7, 2018

Hard to find something good on there, I guess it’s OK.

Very mild language and sexy stuff nothing much to worry about.
Teen, 13 years old Written byAndrewK7503 April 25, 2017

Memes?

The featured memes are really bad. They aren't funny, and half of them aren't even memes. It's horrible, just don't download. And plus, if t... Continue reading

What's it about?

DISNEY LOL is a collection of Disney-produced GIFs and still images with clever titles and Disney quizzes. Kids choose from categories such as "fun," "cute," or "fail" and swipe to the side to browse through content. Videos start looping immediately, but kids have to tap the screen to activate the audio. When kids find something they like, they can copy it to paste in a text or an email and share it with friends, download it to the device's camera roll, and/or save it to the in-app "favorites" collection. Ads for Disney-related content pops up in the feed every few minutes, and kids can opt to buy and download other Disney apps without a parent gate.

Is it any good?

Though the content is kid-friendly and all Disney-related, the ads, access to downloads and purchases, and never-ending swipe-through might make this questionable for kids. Everything Disney is fair game here, from old animated classics to the most modern creations. And kids who want to express themselves through the latest social trends should find a Disney safe space to do so here. Though using the app and sharing content with friends is pretty easy, a few glitches get in the way. Having to tap on a video to start the audio is a sanity-saving feature, but those audio tracks don't always activate when they should, and the app sometimes freezes. Also, if kids don't mark what they like when you see it, it can be hard to find again. It would be nice to be able to see thumbnails rather than having to swipe through everything to make it easier to browse through content. Also, the advertising and lack of parent controls isn't ideal for kids, and the endless stream of content might make it hard for kids to put their devices down. For big kids who just want to share some funny stuff with friends, this app might do the trick, but its overall commercial interests put a damper on the Disney magic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of endlessly looping short videos and whatever limits you might have for viewing them. Why are they fun? Would they be more or less interesting if they were longer?

  • Swipe through the content together with your kids. Ask them what they enjoy and why they find it funny or entertaining. Can you relate to any of the thoughts expressed in the text cleverly paired with images?

  • Talk about the Disney empire and why this app might feature Disney-only content. Do Disney characters and themes make the content more or less appealing? Does it make you more likely to be interested in other Disney products?

  • Discuss your rules around in-app purchases. Is it OK to download other Disney apps? Does it matter if they're free?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 1, 2016
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 22.10 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up

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