By Dylan Haslam
This past reading week has been one filled with much needed rest and recovery. It was a time where we, as university students, were given the rare opportunity to take a step back and simply breathe. However, for most of us, this week was one of pure nostalgia. It has been years since we were able to watch our favorite Disney movies and series, aside from those who own the VHS copies of course. Our favorite series have also been off the air for a handful of years, leaving them as occasionally remembered relics of the past that we pull out once in a while. With this week’s launch of the Disney Plus streaming service, we are now able to revisit those memories and place ourselves back in front of our televisions in our living rooms, just like we did on weekend mornings. It had been a long time since I last heard people reciting the “crazy, funky, junky hat” song from the Wizards of Waverly Place
A big highlight I found with Disney Plus is the ability to create a watch list. I was able to browse countless movies and comprise a list of my favorite childhood movies, as well as ones that were hard to obtain on video. From Hannah Montana to Gargoyles, to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody to Johnny Tsunami and even the Simpsons, your watch list can be a work of art that truly reflects your top picks in the realm of Disney. Mine may just have more Duck Tales and Disney Channel originals. I had the opportunity of getting a quote from an eager Disney enthusiast. When asked what it was about Disney Plus that makes you enjoy it, Disney Master Dylan had the following to say: “It has been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to sit with my sister and watch Hannah Montana. This streaming service allows me to get in touch with that cool Disney-loving kid that got lost in the midterms and term papers. I have been able to immerse myself in a comfort of pure nostalgia, and I hope other people get the chance to feel the same way. Movies unite the world, and everyone deserves a chance to experience that.” I also had the opportunity to talk to another Concordia student. When asked the same question, Janet had this to say: “I like Disney Plus because there is every single show I watched growing up and so many options to choose from. I can relive my childhood through Disney Plus. It’s definitely worth getting.”
Disney Plus has also proven to be a haven of new ideas. With the arrival of most of the Star Wars films, it is natural that a new show would follow. Thus, we were given The Mandalorian. This Disney Plus original adds a fresh take with new characters while continuing on after the events from the original films and, thus far, has remained pretty true to the Star Wars we know and love. But let’s be honest in saying that we really got hooked and stayed for baby Yoda. We also have a new take on High School Musical, which breathes new air into one of the most popular Disney franchises. We will eventually see Hillary Duff and cast reprise their roles within the world of Lizzie McGuire. Moreover, we will be able to see them go about their lives as adults. Disney has really gone out of their way to give fans of all ages the chance to relive their childhood and nostalgic moments, but also, we have the privilege of creating new moments with our family and friends, surely allowing us to share these moments for years to come.
Lastly, Disney Plus is an innovative new way to share our top picks from the Disney vault. This streaming service will soon replace movies watched amongst friends at events, children at sleepovers and family movie nights. As a wise Disney character once said, “Ohana means family, and family means no one is left behind or forgotten.” When it comes down to it, that is what Disney Plus is, fun for the whole family. I enjoy it and I highly recommend at least using the one week free trial. Anything is possible when you wish upon a star.