Friday, 5 August 2016

DisneyLife App - An Instant Hit with my 9 Year Old's

DisneyLife is a fabulous family friendly service where you can access Disney's massive collection of movies, ebooks, audiobooks, music and TV programmes. All my kids are massive Disney fans but probably most so my 9 year old twin girls. Programmes like Austin & Aly, Jessie and Shake It Up are massive hits with Miss M and I'm so pleased that Miss E us still interested in the Disney Junior programmes like Art Attack and Dc McStuffins.

Signing Up -
Creating my account was super easy on my PC and then I downloaded the free app from the app store and logged in. There wasn't anything complex about it and it took me just moments. The service costs £9.99 per month but you can get a month free trial first to make sure it suits your needs. There is no contract and your subscription can be cancelled at any point.

Use it on Multiple Devices - 
Your one membership to DisneyLife allows you to access the app on up to ten compatible devices and you can stream on up to four of them at any one time, which is great for when you have multiple children like I do. Sadly the list of compatible devices or software is more limited than I would have liked. My girls have a Samsung Tab2 tablet each but we couldn't access DisneyLife on this as the Android software required is of a higher level than has been released for this tablet. Luckily we have an old iPad that we could use along with mine and JJ's iPads.

We can also use it on our laptops and it says it is compatible with some TV's, like Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast but sadly I couldn't get it to work with the iPad Airplay.

Set up Multiple Profiles -
In a similar way to Netflix each member of the family (up to six) can have their own profile and this is great as it means DisneyLife retains a list of the last watched programmes and you can resume where you finished watching. The kids love that they can pick their own avatar from tons of Disney characters and you can easily customise your view too by selecting favourites.

Parental Controls - I can also set time limits for watching/ playing during weekdays and weekends separately and more importantly set if my children can watch U, PG or 12 rated films and programmes.

Did we like it?
Silly questions really. I'd like to just say that the kids liked it but the truth is so did I. I love all those cheesy feel good Disney films like The Mighty Ducks, Big Business, The Runaway Bridge and even Confessions of a Shopaholic. They are the kid of movies I can snuggle up on the sofa with my girls and feel sure there isn't excessive bad language or themes that I'm not happy with them watching.

Before I said yes to reviewing the DisneyLife app I had a google and read some reviews; a number of them talked about lag and the app just logging them out but we have had none of that, so it appears Disney have been working real hard to make this app super usable. We have used it for hours and hours so far and nothing wrong with it at all.

What is available?
All the original animated movie classics that Disney is so well known for, loads of family movies, comedies, Pixar movies like Monsters Inc and Up, short movies and inspiring true stories. Then if you are not content with movies you can watch all the Disney box sets and the regular programming from the following channels - Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney XD.

If you are using a mobile device rather than your PC or TV then you can also use the books, ebooks and music function as these have been optimised for mobile devices. My girls did find the books pretty easy though and there were limited ones that appealed to them at age 9 but there is a super selection for younger children that are just learning to read. As for the music, there is around 5000 tracks and thus something for every Disney fan.

Inclusive Downloads -
of the latest movies, programmes and music to take with you. As long as you have space on your device you can download unlimited content in the UK (via a wi-fi connection) and take the device anywhere in the world and be able to watch the content for 30 days. That is a really massive attraction for us as long car journeys can be the bane of my life and good viewing makes a real difference.

10% off the Disney Store - 
A nice perk of DisneyLife membership is 10% off all your purchases whether online or in-store.

Conclusion -
We love it. DisneyLife is a massive hit with our family. The only niggle is that I can't get it to AirPlay to my Apple TV but I'm not sure where the fault lies with this as it isn't the most modern Apple TV device. The ability to download programmes for use when there is no internet connection is a massive plus point for us and we love the variety of programmes too. For £9.99 a month I think we will probably continue with the subscription once our 6 months free finishes.

Have a look at this advert and see DisneyLife in action -


Disclosure: We were provided with a 6 month membership to DisneyLife for the purpose of this review. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.
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