There was just no sense of peril, urgency or darkness at all. I mean, within the first 15 minutes of the first movie the witches suck the life out of a young girl, turn her brother into a cat and then get hanged! To be honest the rest of the movie never really gets that dark again but it immediately tells the viewer that there are real stakes if the witches win.
Now I'm not going to claim that the first movie is a masterpiece because it had problems with the way it just seemed to make up countless rules as it went along to suit the plot and the fact that the witches' powers seem incredibly inconsistent (why is Winnie so sparing with her electricity powers when they're so powerful and she can conjure them seemingly at a whim? Why wasn't Sarah singing to lure children to them half the movie ago? Why is it they can turn a boy into a cat with little more than a rhyme but struggle to do nearly anything else?)
But despite all that it had a good balance of darkness, danger, jokes, campiness and kid-friendly drama/romance.
If the first movie doesn't really feel like a Disney movie at all, the biggest insult I can give the second movie is that it feels exactly like what you would expect from a Disney straight to streaming production in 2022. It's ugly, bland, undercooked, relies entirely too heavily on nostalgia to get by, and any interesting edges have been completely sanded off. I found the sequel simultaneously irritating and dull and definitely won't be watching it again.