Disney – The Digital Download
Autumn and winter for me as a parent means endless trudges through the woods with the dogs, getting soaked jumping in puddles with my toddler and finishing each day off with marshmallow topped hot chocolate and a Disney film. Blankets, cushions, dens and that iconic fairytale castle lighting up on my living room television; it’s the stuff of dreams. My personal favourite’s Beauty And The Beast if we’re talking old school but we often opt for Brave if we want something all the family are happy to relax in front of.
We’ve recently moved house while our old property is being renovated and this means stuff’s EVERYWHERE. Belongings are boxed up and packed away, non-essentials are in the storage unit and DVDs didn’t make the cut. They wouldn’t be journeying with us to the new house.
However, stash aside, I knew there was a simple way for us to cosy on down with some Disney and that was either with the use of Amazon Video, Sky Store or iTunes (you can also use Google Play and lots of other online stores). Dependent on wifi speed of course (at the last house ours moved at the speed of a hedgehog in tar, this house – we’re talking Billy Whizz on acid) you can download whichever movie you (your children, let’s not pretend we make any decisions round here) fancy watching and off you go! The great thing being that they’re stored indefinitely so no ‘here, enjoy this for 10 days and then enjoy buying it all over again’. They’ll just be ready for whenever you need ’em and if you go through Sky Store, you get a hard copy on DVD through the post for no extra cost. If your wifi’s the bees knees strength wise, you can even stream and watch without waiting for the download to go through. Ta da! Films at your finger tips. (And less ‘muuuuummmyyyyyyy, is it ready yeeeeetttttt?’s every 0.003 seconds while you’re desperately willing the download percentage to move just that little bit faster).
Cold weather faux cinemas aside, downloading Disney for us is ideal when we’re on the road. While Milo’s pretty good at dining out/travelling, there are of course times when propping a screen in front of him is far better for our sanity. When we head to The States each year, we always take the iPad along for the ride and now we’ve got a fantastic library filled with ye olde classics and new favourites such as Moana and The Good Dinosaur (although I really do resent that one being a fave… it’s the saddest film I’ve seen since My Sister’s Keeper and I dread the request to pop it on). Milo watched a couple of movies on his iPad (and then my iPhone once he’d drained the battery) during our 11 hour flight to Arizona last year and while yes, it might be a tad excessive to make sure I’m armed with all technology in existence, it did mean I could just plonk him on my lap staying quiet and occupied while I watched Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone tap dance their way through a relationship courtesy of British Airways.
(Any excuse to wheel this photo out – some Good Dinosaur merch)
While I’m a huge advocate of not always reaching for a screen, I’ll also never be made to feel guilty for relying on it at certain junctures. Little ones often come to work with us nowadays, travel more, dine out etc and to know you’ve got something in your pocket/changing bag which can keep everyone on track and not pulling their hair out is often just what we need.
Whether you’re an at-home movie watcher or an on-the-go parent Disney have made it super easy for all of us to have access at any time. No internet connection needed (once it’s been downloaded of course) and available across a multitude of platforms & devices, I can’t praise them enough.
This is a sponsored post with Disney. However, as always, I only promote/work with brands we use as a family and/or who I genuinely love.