Going into 2022, Disney+ is now moving on from its newcomer tag. It’s no longer the new streaming service on the block. It is one of the most subscribed streamers on the planet, with over 118 million homes subscribed, with double, treble or quadruple that many people actually watching Disney+ on a daily basis.

But there are still some problems with Disney+,  many of which are just small annoyances, that Disney has already either fixed or has the ability to improve.

So I wanted to highlight some of the problems Disney+ has right now, that should they sort out, would make Disney+ a much more pleasant place to watch your favourite shows and movies.

Here’s the rundown:

1) Better Notifications of New Episodes

One of the most frustrating things I find on a Wednesday after Disney+ has updated, is trying to see what new episodes have been released.  When a whole new series is added, it’s pretty easy to tell, since we get to see a brand new thumbnail that we’ve not seen before.

But unlike many other streaming services, there is very little indication that there is a brand new episode available.  Sometimes Disney updates the banner on the top of the Disney+ home page, but this is often only used for the biggest and most popular shows.

An idea could be a small little feature could be to add an overlay or even add a temporary thumbnail stating there is a new episode would be great.  Other streaming services like Amazon and Netflix already do this.

Obviously, we would only want this notification to be available for a limited time, since there is nothing more annoying seeing “NEW” but you’ve already watched it days or weeks ago.

2) Bring Back The Coming Soon Section

I feel like I’ve been saying this for years, ever since Disney+ launched, it’s been lacking a coming soon section.  Ironically, recently, on Disney+ Day in November, a small coming soon section was added to the home page, but within weeks, it’s now been removed.

While I understand that it might not be possible to include every single upcoming film and series in this section, just focusing on the next wave of new Disney+ and Star Originals would make awareness of these shows higher.

3) Bring Back The A-Z

Ever since Disney+ added “Star” as the new general entertainment brand to Disney+ around the world in February, it removed the ability to view the entire collection of Disney+ in one handy list.

At the time, it made sense, since Disney+ had doubled the amount of content it had available for millions of subscribers globally, so it’s likely that it was pulled to reduce strain on the platform.  But over six months, it’s never returned and it would be great to be able to stroll through the entire Disney+ catalogue without any filters or restrictions.

Either then, or just make more filters available, such as by brand ie Star, Disney, 20th Century Studios, etc. As currently, the filters within the menus are still very simple.

4) Less Rectangles

For over 2 years, strolling through Disney+ was just a never-ending selection of identical rectangle thumbnails, which while uniform, didn’t exactly catch the eye when something was new.

On Disney+ Day, the whole front page was updated with some new…..wait for it…. tall rectangles!  It broke up the entire Disney+ home page.  Not only that, they also added a little section to highlight “Olaf Presents”.  This really caught your attention when strolling through the Disney+ home page.

But once again, much like the coming soon area, it was removed.  Returning back to the same rectangle designs. It’s not the most important feature I’d like to return, but it just highlights new originals or celebrations in a interesting way.

5) Notify Users When Something Is Going To Leave

In the US, Disney+ has a problem with existing contracts that result in some films being removed for a temporary period and having to go to another streaming platform.  These contracts were either made before Disney purchased 20th Century Fox or long before Disney+ existed.

One option to fix this would be to buy out all the existing contracts, but a simple option, would be just to inform subscribers this is going to happen.  Which is what every other streaming service does.

Disney+ already has added a little area within the app to provide this type of information, but never uses it for this purpose.  It could also be used to indicate when a removed title is coming back.

6) Improved Recommended

Most streaming platforms have a “Recommended” area within Disney+, highlighting things to watch that you’ve not already seen.  It makes complete sense for streaming services to encourage you to dive into something new.

But whereas YouTube has a complicated algorithm to deliver the perfect list of videos that it has worked out from your viewing habits that it thinks you’ll be interested in.  Disney+ doesn’t necessarily need to have an algorithm like YouTube, which Google spends millions of dollars developing.  But it should at least offer shows varied for the user.

When I log into my Netflix account, it looks completely different to my wife’s.  Because it’s been adapted through an algorithm to present a new selection of appropriate shows and films.  The only flaw to this is when we end up watching a show together. The other profile doesn’t highlight you’ve seen it.  But that’s out of the app’s ability, unless they start monitoring who’s sat on the couch watching, which I don’t think we actually want to happen.

Disney+ has some variation between users, adding sections based on your viewing history. However, it still feels pretty basic and feels way behind Netflix, who spend much more time developing ways to increase viewing within the app.   Disney could drastically improve its viewing time if it invested more in creating a better way to promote new content to users.  And with the amount of content coming into Disney+ over the next few years, it’s going to have to take this more seriously.

7) Disney+ Has Parental Controls – Use Them

When Disney+ initially launched, it launched with a minimal parental control system because it didn’t have any content rated beyond a TV14.  It was either the main account or a kids account.  This was pretty simple, and parents quickly got used to Disney+ being a child-friendly app because there wasn’t much on the platform that children shouldn’t be watching.

Earlier this year, Disney+ implemented a new parental control system globally, making it possible to change a Disney+ account to allow content from a specific age category.    However, it should be noted, that in the US and Latin America, this content rating selection doesn’t include 16+ or 18+ options, since there isn’t anything on the app rated that high.

As you’ve seen from the screenshots of my Disney+ account in this article, we have mature content like “The Walking Dead” sitting alongside “Doc McStuffins” in the UK.   This is because my account is set to 18+, so it is completely unlocked.

When Disney+ launched Star, it released several little videos and adverts online, showcasing the new parental controls, and since then, generally, international parents embraced the ability to watch more content and had the tools in place, like with any other streaming service, to control or limit access to content not appropriate for their children.

I believe, Disney needs to do a similar promotional campaign in the United States, to make parents more aware that some content on Disney+ might not be appropriate.  Especially, as it starts to add more content that isn’t suitable for everyone.

Recently, Disney+ added “The Beatles: Get Back”, which was rated 16+, but in the US, it had to be rated differently because it wouldn’t fit into the categories.   They also had to put an advisory notice on it due to the swearing and smoking.

As Disney+ continues to evolve, making parents more aware that Disney+ has these tools in place to protect their children and to start using them. Especially if they are planning on adding more content.

Now, obviously, there are some issues with Hulu that can’t just be fixed without spending billions buying out Comcast’s 33% stake in the streaming service.  Obviously, I’d rather Disney+ subscribers in the United States and Latin America had access to Star in 2022, because it makes Disney+ a much more better offering.

But.. Disney could start making some steps to change the attitude towards Disney+, utilising some of the content they already own that fits within the current idea of keeping Disney+ in the US as family-focused, while still keeping Hulu as it is right now.    Adding shows like “The Strain” or films like “Deadpool” would take a massive publicity campaign, as we saw with the launch of Star internationally.   But Disney+ could push a little more into the confines it has been given.

National Geographic is one of the core brands of Disney+, yet Disney is still sliding some of its content with controversial topics away from Disney+.  Documentaries are a great way of slowly pushing the boundaries on more mature topics, but are still only rated for audiences aged 12 or 14 and over.  With many teenagers learning about topics like World War 2, 9/11 or drugs at school, not having this content on Disney+ is a missed learning opportunity.

Another way of introducing more content for older viewers is to include some popular ABC sitcoms or shows that are about families.  New shows like “The Goldberg”, “The Wonder Years”, “Black-ish”, or “Modern Family” are all great binge-worthy shows, that families can watch together.

8) Next Day Releases

Possibly one of the most frustrating issues with Disney+ is how Disney Channel and National Geographic channel content is released onto Disney+.

In the past year, we’ve seen the Disney Channel use multiple strategies to release new content on Disney+, they’ve released some things on the same day (Chrismas Again), sometimes a week later (Under Wraps), in batches after they’ve aired (Gabby Duran and the Unsittables), in batches before they’ve aired (The Ghost And Molly McGee) and even weekly after they’ve aired (Secrets Of Sulphur Springs).  If someone asked me when a new Disney Channel episode or film will be added to Disney+, I’d never be able to guess because it changes for every project.

But, for the ABC or Freeform channels, it’s simple.  It’s on Hulu the next day.  They even actually promote it on their advertising for the shows.  Something they’ve been very opposed to doing with Disney Channel/National Geographic.

A straightforward system could make all the difference and provide Disney+ with regular original content and, more importantly, gain more viewers because of a clearer understanding of when it’s available.

Internationally, it’s actually even more frustrating, as often the Disney Channel doesn’t even exist, so new content is literally being held back from release, that could be released at the same time as in the US.  But often, it isn’t.  Global releases are possible. We see them every week with Disney+ Originals.  Disney Channel and Nat Geo shows should be treated the same, released in every country simultaneously.

9) Better Collections

Every now and again, Disney+ will add a new collection, highlighting a selection of films and shows, with a specific theme.  But some of these collections aren’t available globally and are locked, which often doesn’t make any sense since the content is available.

But more importantly, some of the collections are just very generic and haven’t been updated much in years.  It would be a great way of increasing the searchability within the app with better collections, including offering films and shows by decades, brands and much more.  One of the most popular collections was “Disney Throughout The Years”, but that was removed when Star launched and has been mentioned by readers of this site almost weekly since it was removed.

Especially internationally, as the selection of collections is relatively poor for anything within the Star brand.  With thousands of movies and shows available, there are just a handful of collections.  There are so many collections that could be added, such as sitcoms, binge shows, vampires, or even collections for brands like 20th Century Studios, Searchlight, FX or ABC.  The collections generally haven’t had much attention since Star launched.

10)  More Classic Content

And finally, something people really feel passionate about, Disney+ is still missing thousands of titles from the Walt Disney vault.  There are hundreds of classic 20th Century Studios films from the early years that are nowhere to be seen, or dozens of Disney Channel shows missing.  While Disney is slowly adding some of them to Disney+.  It’s been extremely slow.

Recently I compared Disney+ to being a house.  Instead of going out and spending money-making new shows and films all the time, maybe they should go have a look in the garage or loft and see what you’ve already got that you could use.

Disney has such an incredible library of films and shows, but many of them are held up from being added to Disney+ for various reasons.  This could be due to music rights, legal issues, existing contracts, quality issues etc.  But it seems odd that Disney just hasn’t set up a team to focus on sorting this out.  They are sat on so much content, but it’s just gathering dust in the vault.

What would you do to improve Disney+?  Comment below:

Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. Denis C McBride December 4, 2021

    better rewind and fast forward..if i missed 1 sentence i don't wanna rewind two minutes

    1. Chas December 5, 2021

      And the ability to remove accidently watched videos on continue watching row in Disney +. Very annoying when you click on something you're not particularly interested in and now it's on your continue watching section without the ability to remove that.

  2. John December 4, 2021

    Next day releases and more classic content is what I would like to see on Disney plus and some abc content too.

    1. S-Mania December 5, 2021

      I agree with all of them. I have many others I'd love to see, but a few small changes that would go a long way would be these: 1. Themes and Backgrounds for every profile to make it feel unique and different. Kids profiles already introduce this, maybe have Kids Profile theme as an option. Maybe make the rectanges into different shapes for different themes etc. 2. Letting us remove content from the Disney+ from the Continue Watching section ourselves easily (and on any device, especially PS4 using the triangle button or such). Currently, you can skip to the end of a movie or the last episode of a show to remove it, but that takes more time than having a single button or button that let's you highlight multiple at once. I hate how Disney+ removes them itself randomly and doesn't even give you any options to see which ones they were, just expects you to remember them. 3. Updating the PS4's D+ app. For example, on PC and Mobile, you can press a button on the Continue Watching section to go to the content's landing page as well as watching the movie. But on PS4, that's not the case, you can only watch the movie. Making it the Triangle button would be great, since it doesn't have any uses. Also, before one of the updates, you could hold down a D-pad button in any direction and it would glide there easily. But now, you can do that and have press it every time over and over, sometimes not even registering the button press. The PS4 app needs to be fixed and updated.

    2. Jordan December 26, 2021

      My only complaint about some of the animated film vault content on D+ ever since launch day is that they didn’t have enough time to restore the outdated studio logos, credits and other marketing materials, especially from film sources. Movies with these minor marketing changes include: SALUDOS AMIGOS (1942, missing RKO logo), THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE (1986, missing 1985 WDP logos), OLIVER & COMPANY (1988, missing 1985 WDP logos and the last eleven seconds of the end credits underscore to ONCE UPON A TIME IN NEW YORK CITY), THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989, missing 1985 WDP logos, “WALT DISNEY PICTURES presents” opening credit mistime and additional restoration credits), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991, missing 1990 WDP logos, the incorrect shot mistake at the end of “SOMETHING THERE” and restoration credits), ALADDIN (1992, missing 1990 WDP logos and additional restoration credits), THE LION KING (1994, missing 1990 WDP logos, additional restoration credits, “soundtrack available from WALT DISNEY RECORDS”, the Frank D. Wells opening tribute moved to the closing credits and “distributed by WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES”), POCAHONTAS (1995, missing 1990 WDP closing logo, which was originally supposed to be filmed sourced), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1996, the tail end of the closing credits now has the updated “soundtrack available from WALT DISNEY RECORDS” and “distributed by WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES”), HERCULES (1997, missing 1990 WDP logos), MULAN (1998, missing 1990 WDP closing logo, which was originally supposed to be shortened and film sourced), BROTHER BEAR (2003, the film currently closes with the last fourteen seconds of the 2011 “Disney” logo), TOY STORY (1995, missing the Pixar variant of the WDP logo with Randy Newman’s original bombastic underscore), TOY STORY 2 (1999, missing the Pixar variant of the WDP logo and no nowadays controversial outtakes should be included during the closing credits), MONSTERS INC. (2001, missing the Pixar variant of the WDP logos, opening albeit shortened to accommodate Newman’s jazzy underscore), FINDING NEMO (2003, missing the Pixar variant of the WDP logos and no outdated 3D conversion credits should be included) and CARS (2006, missing the Pixar variant of the WDP logos, plus no “Celebrating 20 Years” on the opening Pixar logo and no outdated 3D conversion credits should be included). I know it’s a super nerdy concern, but I like when Disney movies have the correct and original marketing materials, especially if it has unique sound effects (i.e. THE LION KING’s original opening castle logo had the African Savannah morning sound effects). I also want the original, unaltered STAR WARS trilogy (albeit 4K HDR Dolby Vision rescanned and anamorphic widescreen) added to the service to go alongside the Special Edition trilogy as well as more 4K HDR Dolby Vision restorations and rescans of most Walt Disney Animation Studios feature films and all of its animated short film libraries. That’s my wishlist for the streaming service.

  3. Nicky J. O'Hagan December 4, 2021

    The point is more classic content is what I like to see more 20th Century Fox classics on Disney+ including 19 Shirley Temple films, Snow White and the Three Stooges, The Mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power, The Blue Bird with Elizabeth Taylor, The King and I, Carousel, Five Weeks in the Balloon, STATE FAIR (1933, 1945 and 1962) and many more.

    1. CrosswalkX December 5, 2021

      I agree with you, why isn't Shirley Temple films on Disney Plus? I would love to see them on Disney Plus since Shirley Temple has passed away a while back in the 2010s and while they're at it, how about they add the original movie Cheaper by the Dozen 1950, All About Eve, Les Misérables 1952, Titanic 1953, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Cleopatra 1963, The Flight of the Phoenix, M*A*S*H, The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Nine to Five, The Man from Snowy River, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, The Pagemaster, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Independence Day, That Thing You Do!, Romeo + Juliet, Volcano 1997, Never Been Kissed, Titan A.E. are the movies that I don't see on Disney Plus that owns those fox films. And the Disney company needs to add more classic Silly Symphony cartoon shorts like The Flying Mouse 1934, The Practical Pig, Country Cousin, Robber Kitten, Funny Little Bunnies. And how about more classic Donald Duck cartoon shorts like The Clock Watcher, Window Cleaners and Goofy cartoons like Lion Around or Aquamania. I hope they start adding more content soon especially the old black and white films dating back to the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s.

      1. Nicky J. O'Hagan December 5, 2021

        Because, Shirley Temple films (including Stand Up and Cheer, Bright Eyes, Poor Little Girl, The Littlest Rebel, Curly Top, The Little Colonel, Dimples, Stowaway, Poor Little Rich Girl, Captain January, Wee Willie Winkie, HEIDI, Little Miss Broadway, Just Around the Corner, Rebecca of the Sunnybrook Farm, Susannah of the Mounties, Young People, The Little Princess and The Blue Bird) was made by 20th Century Fox.

  4. jordan December 5, 2021

    the coming soon section, using parental controls, bring back the "Disney through the years" collection, and living up to "the vault is open phrase is what I Disney+ to improve on.

  5. Sam December 5, 2021

    Adding an age field in settings would also help with the recommendations. If you have a profile that is just for you or your mother or an elderly relative that only likes a certain type of content, you can go into settings and type in your age and the kinds of things you like. For example, my mother only likes MASH and Criminal Minds, stuff like that, so far. She also wanted to watch NCIS as she likes that show too, but it's owned by a different company sadly. Giving her whole profile recommendations based on that and not including any of the things she has no interest in would be a big help.

  6. CrosswalkX December 5, 2021

    The biggest improvement Disney Plus could do is add more content I've been begging to have requested on Disney Plus. The Silly Symphony cartoon shorts needs to add The Flying Mouse 1934, The Practical Pig, Country Cousin, Music Land, Funny Little Bunnies, Little Hiawatha, because they're memorable cartoons. Also, they need to add more Donald Duck cartoon shorts Moving Day, Window Cleaners, Donald Gets Drafted, Bellboy Donald, Donald's Snow Fight, The Clock Watcher, Donald's Crime, Donald's Diary, Toy Tinkers and many more classic Donald Duck cartoon shorts missing on Disney Plus. And how about the Goofy Cartoons like Goofy's Gymnastics, Cold War, Aquamania, How to Play Football, How to Play Basketball, How to Play Golf are missing on Disney Plus. They should also add Disney Channel TV shows and movies from the 1980s, 1990s, Kids Incorporated, Welcome to Pooh Corner, Dumbo Circus, The Wuzzles, Aladdin TV series, The Little Mermaid TV series, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Famous Jett Jackson, PB and J Otter, Aaron Stone, Heidi 1993, The All New Mickey Mouse Club, House of Mouse, Alice Adventures in Wonderland, Bear in the Big Blue House, Muppet Babies 1980s TV series. And they need to add more classic live action films missing on Disney Plus, The Hardy Boys The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure 1955 TV show, Johnny Tremain, Son of Flubber, North Avenue Irregulars, The Jungle Book 1994, Freaky Friday 1995, Escape to Witch Mountain 1995, Angels in the Outfield. And for adding new content on Disney Plus, they should make TV shows like rebooting Artemis Fowl as a TV series which needs to happen to save the Artemis Fowl franchise from the embarrassing Artemis Fowl film they made back in 2020 which I'd rather forget about, reboot The Black Cauldron 1985 film as Prydain Chronicles TV series, The Fantastic Four live action TV series, X-Mutants as live action TV series, Make The Sword in the Stone as a TV series, or a movie split into 2 parts. I hope Disney Plus starts listening to me and other people. In fact, they should start having a monthly or annual premium pay service option to get us to play to have more content unlocked. I hope it happens soon.

  7. Snorebutt December 5, 2021

    I'd make the subtitles not completely white (No joke, the subtext is all white and has no outline for some reason), and get a petition for a Nintendo Switch version on Disney+.

  8. Peter December 5, 2021

    The US NEEDS to bring back the through the decades collection.

  9. Dan December 5, 2021

    11. Fix the inaccurate age ratings that some titles have on Disney+ UK. American Dad! is listed as a 12+ for some reason when it is a BBFC 15. It's bizarre that that TV show currently has a lower age rating on Disney+ than The Mandalorian.

  10. CuriousUserX90 December 6, 2021

    We don’t know yet if Disney+ is a Streaming Service where stuff it has to offer can end up leaving it. I myself haven’t even noticed for certain on anything that had been up at some point in the past 2 years that’s no longer there.

  11. ItsMe December 6, 2021

    I like all these suggestions and really recommend the ones about coming soon would be great to know exactly what's coming to my particular region as Hit Monkey was advertised online for Ireland & UK in November but still not up also the new episodes notification would be great as some series new episodes are not always mentioned, personally I missed new episode announcement for Ducktales and Star Wars Resistance!

    1. john December 9, 2021

      allnew episode

  12. Joshua Whitmore December 12, 2021

    I'd add EVERY episode of Andi Mack to the channel, instead of blindly removing Stormy Westmoreland's episodes, and thus RUINING the entire premise and development of one of the best shows they've ever produced! I've begged Disney for an explanation and a change, but never once received a response. Is THIS how Disney+ treats its subscribers?

  13. Kir December 13, 2021

    I agree in the comments above that Disney treats its heritage badly, which was what the brand did to them. I don't understand why there are no series from the Jetix and Disney Toon channels in the catalogs (both Disney closed for some reason), there are so many masterpieces left: Life with Louis, What with Andy, my favorite W.I.T.C.H. (which were closed or frozen and there has been no information for 15 years), these cartoons attracted a huge audience and now remain very popular. In the era of restarts and reboots, these cartoons are more likely to spoil, but add at least those very old seasons (if they have rights, because Disney has rights to the W.I.T.C.H. series and the cartoon belongs to them) to Disney Plus, so that fans can watch and others could touch such masterpieces

    1. john December 24, 2021

      fox kids tv shows 90 2000 2001 2002

  14. Maxwell Bogie December 29, 2021

    Hi, I just want to let you know that Home Improvement, Nurses, Empty Nest, Ellen, Bear in the Big Blue House, PB&J Otter, Chuggington, Choo Choo Soul, Dumbo’s Circus, Fluppy Dogs, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney, I’m in the Band, Welcome to Pooh Corner, The Wuzzles (Original & Reboot TV Series), Aladdin (TV Series), The Mickey Mouse Club, Zorro (1957 TV Series), Bunnytown, Nightmare Ned, W.I.T.C.H., Shorty McShorts’ Shorts, Frankenguy and the Professor, Encyclopedia (Jiminy Cricket Series), The Nature of Things (Jiminy Cricket Series), This Is You (Jiminy Cricket Series), I’m No Fool (Jiminy Cricket Series), Tasty Time with ZeFronk, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Yin Yang Yo!, Honey I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, Go, Baby, The Adventures in Nutrition with Captain Carlos, Sofia the First, The 7D, The Buzz on Maggie, Jungle Cubs, Raw Toonage, The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show, Mickey Mouse Works, Marsupilami, Dave the Barbarian, Muppet Babies (1984 TV Series), Omba Mokomba, Fillmore, Teamo Supremo, Lloyd in Space, Shanna’s Show, Shane’s Kindergarten Countdown, The Torkelsons (also known as Almost Home for Season 2), Under the Umbrella Tree, Bug Juice, Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp, Sing Me a Story with Belle, Stanley (2001 TV Series), Breakfast with Bear, Kids Incorporated, Brotherly Love (1995 TV series), JoJo’s Circus and Mouseterpiece Theater is coming to Disney+ in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Mexico City, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Other parts of the world, UK, Channel Islands, Portugal, South Africa, Canadian French, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, India, Hungary, South Korea, Israel, Morocco, Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Egypt, North Korea, Malaysia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Alaska and Around the World in 2022. Thank you very much and Have a good evening. Goodbye! Love you too.