Disney Movies Anywhere

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Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Simple to stream the whole Disney canon on your devices.

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age 4+
Based on 5 reviews

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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

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

What 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. 

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byQUINTISON N. April 1, 2018

Great app but it is no more

This is now available as movies Anywhere going forward and Disney shut down the servers so Disney movies Anywhere is gone! If you had any movies here you had t... Continue reading
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 nev... Continue reading

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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, prices do vary.)
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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