A few months ago I wrote a post about giving the girls some Disney Education. It was a list of films that I wanted them to watch before we go to Walt Disney World next Easter as I think if they’ve seen the films they will appreciate some of the rides so much more. So when I was given the opportunity to trial Disney’s new digital service, DisneyLife, I jumped at the chance.
We already had a Disney account as we’ve bought our tickets for next year and have been busy booking restaurants 180 days in advance for our trip (sorry bit off topic that) so we didn’t need to create an account to sign up.
The girls were thrilled that they could each create their own profile with their own favourite character. They didn’t need me to explain how to use the app as it is really easy to use and very intuitive. Creating their own profiles means that when they log in, the film or the story book is saved to where they were up to, which definitely saves arguments in our house.
It’s split into different sections and there are classic films, Disney Junior box sets (which we haven’t seen before), long stories and stories that are read out loud, mini movies (perfect for just before bed) soundtracks (oh fantastic we can listen to more Frozen!) and access to a free app to download every month.
Being able to download these films and mini movies to the iPad to watch on the go is perfect for my three and will be brilliant for travelling in the car or on plane. I also think it is a great perk to be able to download a new app a month which cost around £2/3 each anyway.
At £9.99 a month it is quite expensive but if you think about the fact that a Disney DVD will cost you around £8 and the amount of films you have access to, then is starts to make sense. Your membership allows you to access DisneyLife on up to 10 devices too and it’s also possible to watch on your television if you have Airplay with Apple TV, or Chromecast.
You can see that mine like to all watch together, but for me DisneyLife will really come into its own after Christmas when they will all have their own iPads (eek) as everyone is chipping in to buy one big present rather than more plastic which our house is full of.
Current favourites are Frozen Fever, Tangled Ever After, Sofia the First and Mary Poppins!
They also love the read aloud stories where the word goes red when it’s being read out. These have proved to be a really big hit and its lovely to see them trying to read the words aloud with the story teller.
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