DISney+ has been at the forefront of its explosive growth since the service was launched in a number of countries in November 2019.
In the US, Disney-owned Hulu offers a series of add-on services, so with the recent discussion of a Disney version of the Amazon Prime service, I thought I’d compile an article with add-ons that Disney could pack into such a subscription as well as other benefits we could also see
ESPN+/ESPN Player is a good compliment to Disney+:
Let’s start by looking at a service that is already part of “The Disney Bundle,” which is ESPN+. In the UK, our alternative to ESPN+ is the slightly outdated ESPN player. Still, bundling an ESPN service into a “Disney Prime” service would be an excellent complimentary addition to Disney+’s movie and series library. Disney+ has a variety of documentaries, series and movies based on sports, including Disney+ Originals such as “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”, “Big Shot” and “Safety”, having ESPN+/ESPN Player bundled in a Disney alternative to Amazon Prime would be a nice compliment to Disney’s priority entertainment streaming service.
Marvel Unlimited would benefit Marvel fans:
Another service Disney offers is Marvel Unlimited, which would be a blur in a “Disney Prime”, especially for Marvel fans. With Marvel being one of the core brands on Disney+, it would make sense to bundle Marvel’s comic book subscription service Marvel Unlimited into a “Disney Prime,” especially since Amazon has done a similar thing by offering their Comixology service in Amazon Prime.
Disney Prime may offer discounts at parks, cruises and Disney Stores:
This would be one of the most unique and widely used benefits of a “Disney Prime” subscription. Disney theme parks, cruise lines, and stores are expensive, so if you pay for a Disney “Prime” membership, give those subscribers 10% off merchandise and food at the parks, cruises, and Disney stores. Whether Disney gives you a membership card or an app on your phone, getting a discount at Disney’s hospitality and retail businesses is a huge bonus for such a subscription.
Disney Prime may include a D23 membership:
Let’s look at the last important thing that I feel a Disney Prime could offer to convince people to subscribe to a Disney “Prime”-like subscription, which would be a membership to the ultimate Disney fan event, D23. D23 is a colossal event held every two years and may be the deciding factor for some die-hard Disney fans as to whether or not they want to subscribe to a Disney “Prime” service. Now, this inclusion could cost Disney a lot of money depending on how competitively the Disney “Prime” service is priced, but paying for the D23 membership as part of the Disney “Prime” service can help increase and retain subscriptions and can increase interest for D23.
With Disney’s rumored Amazon Prime competitor, I thought I’d take a look at some of the potential services and benefits that this “Disney Prime” service could offer. Alongside the core Disney+ service, adding the likes of Marvel Unlimited and ESPN+/ESPN Player, for example, would be excellent free services due to the fact that they are a crossover between select content on Disney+ and the ESPN+/ESPN Player service, as well adapt comic book stories available on Marvel Unlimited. All in all, this is, in my opinion, the dream service “Disney Prime”, but I hope Disney surprises us with something like a Disney-focused music app in such a service as well.
What do you think a Disney Prime Service will look like?