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I woke up in the middle of the night and actually considered logging in to see if Disney+ was operational yet. But then exhaustion and sanity overcame me and I went back to sleep.

But the first thing I did this morning was check on it and BEHOLD! It is finally up and running!

Well, kind of. Reports across Twitter indicate that there are problems all over. Which isn’t a big surprise when millions of people across America are all trying to connect at the same time! People are receiving “unable to connect” error messages. From what I did see this morning, it is amazing. The home screen is very user friendly. It has tabs for Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. At least, I THINK it did. Right now, you can’t even access the home page. I was having trouble adding items to my queue (probably because of the connection issues) but really, why bother? I want to watch it all! I may never leave my house again.

Honestly, I’m kicking myself this morning. I just burned off a couple of vacation days last week when I SHOULD HAVE taken them this week so that I could stay home and binge watch Disney movies. On top of that, it was pouring rain here in Atlanta this morning. Our low was SUPPOSED TO BE 27 degrees, which would have given me the perfect excuse to stay home because the roads would have been iced over and the whole city would be on lockdown.┬áMaybe it’s for the best. Might as well be working instead of banging my head on the TV crying in frustration.

I did manage to catch a few minutes of the old “Mickey Mouse Club” this morning. Boy, did THAT bring back memories! And Disney made a surprise announcement yesterday that it had added more of the MCU to its opening lineup. I would tell you which ones, but right now the site is only showing movies from A-C! My only disappointment is that the original Muppet Show isn’t included. Yet. Maybe they’ll get around to it some day.

I promise to give a complete review of the site as soon as I have some time to sit down and watch it. Maybe they’ll have it working by then.

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4 Responses

  1. Doctor Jay says:

    A hard launch/bring up of a high-resource website (such as streaming!) is a tough, tough thing. It’s made harder by the fact that it isn’t done very often, so there aren’t a lot of people out there who know much about how to do it.

    The good news is that eventually, they will get all the resources lined up and the kinks worked out, since a streaming service, in and of itself, is not that new of a thing. It’s known technology, it will eventually work.

  2. I’ve been waiting for this. We got the ESPN/Disney/Hulu bundle and my wife is now eager to tell the cable company to stick their fees where the sun don’t shine.

    • Doctor Jay says:

      I wish I could tell my cable company that, but they are also the only consumer broadband available at my house, since the copper that the phone company ran to my house went bad, and they don’t want to replace it. The tech told me that, but AT&T’s official response is “too far from the node”.

      Gah. I hate them all.

  3. I hope I’m not the only person who thought “Disney +? That thing’s operational.”