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Disney Movies Anywhere

Simple to stream the whole Disney canon on your devices.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about the stories behind the scenes, makeup and costume design, and musical craft, as well as what makes bear families tick and why sisterly love is a powerful force. They won't, however, get any limits on viewing time, ideas for physical and outdoor exercise, or specific ways to apply lessons learned to real life. Disney Movies Anywhere raises the bar on quality browsing; its simple interface and organized content make it a necessary luxury for serious Disney fans.

Positive messages

Disney movies generally have positive messages, although consumerism is accepted without question.

Violence & scariness

Light fighting in some films.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Disney is the epitome of consumerism, and the purpose of this site is to generate income. Movies must be paid for individually, and there's no subscription option. Rewards get viewers into theaters to make more purchases.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney Movies Anywhere allows you to organize and stream your collection of Disney films from one hub (there's also an app version). You'll connect one of the accounts you already use to purchase media (iTunes, Google Play, or Vudu), and when you buy a Disney title, it'll show up in both places. It's not a subscription service like Netflix; you'll buy or rent each movie separately and then watch through the site or your mobile device. Closed captioning and parent controls are easy to manage, and there's a rewards system that offers points for both digital and physical Disney purchases. Access controls allow parents to disable purchases and block films with particular ratings, such as PG-13, for each individual device. The site is lovely and designed with classic Disney care, but you may run into some connectivity issues when viewing on the site, depending on your Internet connection. 

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What's it about?

With stunning layouts and welcoming design, Disney Movies Anywhere organizes about 450 full-length feature films sortable by name, release date, what's featured, or "your collection," titles you've purchased digitally. Registration is quick and simple and requires an email and a password. To actually rent or purchase a film, you're redirected to your platform of choice, (iTunes, Google Play), which must be already installed on your PC or device. The purchased title is now available in both places. When renting, you have 30 days to start watching; after you click play, the film will be available for 24 hours. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY

DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE presents its collection of classics and latest hits beautifully, and browsing is a joy. Movies can be listed by release date, giving a visual representation of the Disney legacy starting with its 1937 debut Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Twenty-three languages are available for subtitles, and you can like and share on Twitter or Facebook, create a wish list, or send someone a gift. 

Though it's not totally a necessity, it's very nice to have all your Disney movies accessible from one place; and with parental controls, it's possible to let kids roam the site to find their own favorites. One problem is that the streaming itself can be uneven. While we watch a single movie online, connections dropped and the screen froze, and restarting after these issues was tricky. App streaming is smoother. Rentals are a bit more expensive than competitors, but the site sometimes offers freebies and bonus content. Amazon Instant Video and Netflix offer a handful of Disney movies for a monthly fee, but if you want the full Disney pantheon at your fingertips, this is the site for you.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about collecting things. When it comes to movies, what's the difference between owning and renting, especially in this digital age? 

  • Settle in for a cozy family movie night once a week to make the experience special. Many Disney films deal with complex themes; you can chat about them afterward over hot cocoa.

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: storytelling, vocabulary
Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, global awareness, history
Arts: dance, film, music
Skills:Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, persevering, perspective taking
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, making wise decisions
Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Paid (Most movies are about $4.99 to rent and $14.99 to buy and store online but prices do vary.)

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Parent Written byanon-person December 28, 2015

Its ok for little kids and Disney fans like me

DMA is literally the best for adult Disney fans and little ones alike, because it is free to make an account, and you can watch your fave Disney movies online (you have to pay for them unless you have a Disney Movie Rewards code from an existing Disney Movie DVD you have) without the hassle of super slow wifi or bad cell service (like me) and it has literally every single Disney movie the company has made since it was first created. Also, I like how the website itself has exclusive shorts that are very funny for the little ones. However, it s full purpose it not to educate children, but to educate them. Disney sometimes puts PG 13 movies on there that the babies cannot watch, which puts a burden on them. But, on the bright side, there is the most glorious gem of all: PARENTAL CONTROLS. This is what prevents the kiddos from watching bad stuff, so all I would do is like block the PG 13 stuff, duh. Another bad (ish) thing about DMA is "closed captioning" service. Yesterday, my son wanted to watch Planes: Fire and Rescue and I turned on the captions in English, and I click English, but the captions do not show up. Don't use the closed captioning service. Overall, DMA isn't too shabby.
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Adult Written byNorman S. April 17, 2017

bfg, hidden mystery

We saw this movie on netflix and thought it was one of the best kids (and adults) movies we've seen in some time. We were really puzzled why we'd never heard of the movie as we usually watch for similar movies. Then found out it lost money - the only reason is the really awful job done in publicizing the movie. Watch for it - see it - you wont be disappointed!!!!!
Adult Written byElyse H. February 27, 2017

The website is ok. Customer service hit or miss.

The interface on the website is okay, and it works well as long as you're using the movie buying functionality and as long as ALL your devices are the latest and greatest technology. However connecting DMA to iTunes is a nightmare for this 2011 Macbook/2010 iPad user. The nail in the coffin for DMA for me was the customer service on the tech support phone line. I had an awful experience the first time I called. I talked to Don who would not let me finish a sentence and was so condescending with his customer service singsong voice, I cried after he hung up. Exceedingly rude and unbecoming of the Disney company; he should be fired. I called back and talked to Peter who stayed on the line for half an hour doing everything he could to help me. He even gave me a phone number to contact Apple to work out what was happening with my iTunes account.
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