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 Older titles that have problematic (i.e. racist or sexist) content come with a disclaimer that says they “may contain outdated cultural depictions.”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.

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.

RATING AND CONTENT

Recommended for ages 8 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

Educational value: 3 out of 5

Ease of play: 5 out of 5

Violence and scariness: 3 out of 5

Language: 2 out of 5

Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 2 out of 5

Consumerism: 0 out of 5

APP DETAILS

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Price: Free to try ($6.99/mo.;$69.99/ year)

Release date: November 14, 2019

Category: Entertainment

Size: 178.60 MB

Publisher: Disney

Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up

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