The Pros and Cons of Disney YouTube
I’ve kind of forgotten that there’s any other way to watch tv and videos besides YouTube. And here’s some breaking news…Disney has quite a presence on Youtube. I mean a big presence! For the sake of simplicity, I’m just going to talk about channels related to Disney trips and locations.
Here’s what’s great about the Disney side of YouTube. First, the travel channels Disney owns and operates are terrific! You should definitely subscribe to the Disney Cruise Line channel, the Disneyland Resort Channel and the Disney Parks channel. Every video is professionally done, has the perfect characters with the most scenic settings and gorgeous lighting with all the classic music – just like one would expect from Disney. I sometimes almost forget that I’ve essentially just binge-watched an evening’s worth of commercials for Disney. They really are that good! I love how they’re short (maybe 3 minutes average) and how well they can tell a story that relates to my family and really any family. I never have to worry about there being anything other than G rated Disney fun when I stick to those channels. My favorites are the Tilt-Shift videos for every park!
Sticking with the great side of Disney YouTube, there are some solid vloggers who are not affiliated with Disney in any official way. And these videos are generally pretty good. You will notice the lighting, camera stability, script and production values are not quite up to Disney standards. However, they give the viewer something Disney doesn’t; they can review and critique a resort, a theme park, a Disney ride/restaurant in a fully honest way. Here at MickeyBlog, we support and sponsor our friends, Josh and Jenna at ResortTV1. They’re great and they live stream every Friday night at 6:00pm EST!
For anyone trying to plan a Disney vacation, some candid opinions from vloggers along with the visuals of seeing all the places are pretty cool. As appealing as videos are, they really do not replace your MickeyTravels planner. Because as that relationship grows you’ll then have someone you know and trust personally giving you their park reviews, resort tips and favorite Disney insider info. You’ll quickly get in a groove with your MickeyTravels planner and your planning will get more and more fun and personalized. So really, I’ve found a mix of YouTube and the guidance of MickeyTravels to be very helpful in getting ideas, making plans and building anticipation for your next Disney trip.
Now for the not-so-great side of Disney YouTube I’ll just say it, a lot of families put their vacation videos on YouTube and that’s okay, I do the same. But, don’t go down that video rabbit hole. There’s just too many and most of them are average at best. (My family’s videos are always the exception, ha!). Also, be aware that some vloggers do not value the magical side of Disney. They will reveal secrets and behind the scenes details. I don’t believe my kids have seen these videos and I hope they never do. I love the magic and even as an adult, I do not want to know how they make the magic happen. Also, I would suggest pushing back against your curiosity to watch every single video on what you’ll do and see on your trip. Leave some room for surprise and for your imagination to fill in some blanks. It’s part of the fun! Finally, there are some videos of Disney bloopers, like the time Mickey’s eye fell out during a parade or Snow White tripping over the Seven Dwarves. I don’t want to see that not to mention it also diminishes some of the magic.
So, have fun, enjoy YouTube and always remember as a general rule, Disney videos or not, kids sitting in front of screens should be supervised and try to keep a good mix of screen time and outside activities and adventures – both for the kids and for you!
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