Review: The Imagineering Story documentary on Disney+

Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:22 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the review:

Overall, the first two episodes of The Imagineering Story balance the creative and design sides of Disney Park history with the human stories. It's a little sanitized -- we don't hear from guests or any cast members who have to wear bulky costumes all day -- and sometimes you'll wish it dug deeper into your favorite ride. But it's hard not to come away with a massive appreciation for the people who made these incredible theme parks possible.

Read the entire review from CNet.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 1:34 PM

I pre-paid for something like three years of Disney+ through some promotion or other. Cost less than a single year's membership to the fourth-tier soccer club in town. I would have been happy with just the film catalog, but stuff like this is definitely adding value for me.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:10 PM

3 years for $141 back in August I believe. I was on the fence about adding another streaming subscription but it was a no-brainer at that price point.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:34 AM

I would be interested in watching this, but I can't see myself taking out a subscription to Disney for it.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:27 AM

We'll be canceling our Netflix and getting the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ package.

Netflix has gotten stale for everyone, so it'll be a nice change of pace. Just having the Simpsons catalog will make for good watching with my son, who is excited for that, Marvel, and Star Wars.

In short, for $13/month, it'll be worth it for at least a year.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:52 PM

I finally pulled the trigger on a year of Disney+ after seeing that it doesn't look to be available as an add-on to ad free Hulu+ Live. $70 for a year seems like a no-brainer. I haven't had much time to do anything other than tinker around and, although it was a little wonky and unstable on the site and the app this morning, there's a lot there to keep me entertained. It looks like the 3 original series that I'm most interested in (Goldblum, Imagineering, and Mandalorian) are being released one episode at a time. That's all well and good since I don't have time to binge anything right now, but I'm flying to Orlando next week and I'm still confident I can find plenty to download for viewing on the plane.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:12 PM

bigboy said:

I finally pulled the trigger on a year of Disney+ after seeing that it doesn't look to be available as an add-on to ad free Hulu+ Live.

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/yes-hulu-with-live-tv-commercial-free-hulu-subscribers-can-get-5-99-off-with-the-disney-espn-bundle/

See if you can work with this. It'll give you ESPN+ and, if I'm reading it correctly, a $5.99 credit.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:28 PM

Thanks! I think I did it right now.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 8:20 PM

As long as you use the same email to register, the bundling just turns out as a $6 credit on the Disney+ side, so it won't matter what level or add-ons you have on Hulu. I do the ad-free as well, and the net charge was $7 plus tax.

I haven't watched any library content yet, but everything new has been somewhere between feel-good entertainment (Encore!), to quirky and good (The World According to Jeff Goldblum), to better than expected (The Mandalorian). I also watched some college volleyball on ESPN+. I can definitely ditch the cable, because between Prime, Disney+ and Hulu, almost everything is covered for me now.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 8:36 PM

Am I correct that Disney+ is $6.99 a month? And if I bundle it with my Hulu, I am getting a $4.99 credit? That means it's $1.99 a month more than what I am already paying? Wow.

I haven't watched anything yet, but I browsed the content, and I'm seriously thinking about discontinuing my Netflix. I might watch five or so hours of Netflix a month. I watch an average of 30 or 60 hours of Hulu a month.

I assume that Disney+ will raise their prices after a few years. Right now, it's an exceptional value.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:46 PM

No, the bundle is $13, so assuming that you pay $6 for base Hulu and $7 for Disney+, you get ESPN+ for free.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:23 AM

Jeff said:

I haven't watched any library content yet, but everything new has been somewhere between feel-good entertainment (Encore!), to quirky and good (The World According to Jeff Goldblum), to better than expected (The Mandalorian). I also watched some college volleyball on ESPN+.

You're like a twin, other than Mandalorian, which I haven't watched yet.

Found Encore to be good. There are some changes I hope to see over future episodes (more Kirsten Bell and clips of rehearsals, less "evening chat" with the cast). Goldblum's show was okay - I'll give it a few more episodes before really making a decision. I found both Forky Asks a Question and Pixar in Real Life to be enjoyable shorts.

I also watch volleyball. I referee, so watching some of the best officials do the craft is always enjoyable.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:05 AM

NCAA season is winding down, unfortunately, but next year is an Olympic year.

Imagineering Story is really, really good. What I found so extraordinary about it is that the film they used was clearly remastered and cleaned up, so it was like it was shot yesterday. We haven't seen anything like that in other docs.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:36 PM

If you have certain unlimited plans thru Verizon, you get a year free. Started my year yesterday.

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