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What is Disney Plus? Cost, devices, what’s on, and how to sign up

If you're a kid or you have a kid, you're going to want to consider letting the Mouse into your life.

Mar 25, 2021, 2:52 pm*

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  • Disney+ is $6.99 a month on its own, or is $12.99 to $18.99 if bundled with ESPN+ and Hulu (dependent on if you want your Hulu with or without ads).
  • Disney+ launched in November 2019 with 10 million users, making it one of the most popular streaming video-on-demand services in the entertainment galaxy.
  • The service is available on many streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, a number of Smart TVs, and gaming systems including PlayStation 4 and XBox One.

Disney Plus carries Disney movies and shows ranging from Walt Disney’s beginnings to its most recent releases, as well as most Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel titles. But is Disney Plus worth it?

From the cost to what’s on Disney Plus, here’s everything you need to know about the streaming service before signing up.

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How much is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus on its own costs $6.99 per month, but there are a few options to consider that make it cheaper or a greater value if you’re streaming other platforms.

One way to save some cash is to purchase the subscription bundle that allows you to enjoy Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month. This saves you money by combining the three options into one monthly fee. 

Another money-saving option open to all Disney Plus subscribers is paying for a $69.99 annual fee upfront. If you commit to a year of the service right off the bat, it reduces your monthly costs to $5.83 per month, essentially giving you two free months.

If you’re looking for free Disney Plus, you might be disheartened to know it is one of the only streaming services that no longer offers a free trial. But even the $6.99 per month price point is cheaper than Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now.

Disney Plus
Disney+$6.99
Disney/Hulu/ESPN+
Bundle
$12.99

How to sign up for Disney+

It’s a simple three-step process to sign up for Disney Plus.

  1. First, go to the Disney Plus website, enter your email, and agree to the customary legal language.
  2. Then, choose a password.
  3. Finally, select monthly or annual billing, put in your payment info, and click the “Agree & Subscribe” button. To borrow from Will Smith’s genie in Aladdin, “There is no Step Four! It’s that easy.”

What’s on Disney Plus?

Original Series

In addition to the legacy content—500 movies and 7,500 episodes across all sorts of beloved material from your childhood—Disney+ launched with a suite of original series. The clear-cut headliner from its original batch of offerings is The Mandolorian, a glossy, top-shelf Star Wars serial that’s already sparking controversy with its first big shocker and spoiler. Other highlights from the first wave of Disney+ content include:

  • Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader’s holiday comedy Noelle.
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum, a Jeff Goldblum-hosted explainer and travelogue series where he tackles points of interest like sneakers and ice cream.
  • A live-action Lady and the Tramp movie made with rescue dogs.
  • The Imagineering Story, a warm and fuzzy docuseries about Walt Disney. Yes, it’s company propaganda but it’s downright earnest.
  • Encore! which the Daily Dot called a “love letter to high school theater” in its review.
  • And speaking of high school, the well-liked High School Musical reboot debuted on Disney+ as well. We’re also all about it.

Disney+ is also developing sequels for nostalgic properties like Hocus Pocus and, yes, more Star Wars spin-offs. For an exhaustive list, here are all of the Disney+ titles streamable right out of the gate.

Premiere Access movies

As movies got pushed back in 2020 due to lock-downs, Disney Plus started to experiment with what they call Premiere Access movies. Launching with the release of Mulan, Disney Plus subscribers could pay an extra $29.99 to see a Disney movie that would normally be in theaters at home.

This program is rarely used, with the films included being added to the service shortly after being in Premiere Access. Currently, you can stream the latest Pixar film, Raya and the Last Dragon on Premiere Access. It will be added to the standard streaming library on June 4.

What movies can you stream on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus’s biggest feature is arguably its massive movie library spanning everything from classic animation to Star Wars and the Marvel Universe.

Once upon a time, Disney classics got locked in the hateful Disney Vault. Now the doors have been busted open, giving fans everything from Aladdin to Frozen and The Apple Dumpling Gang.

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Want to catch up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars? Don’t go broke renting 20+ movies, just sign up for Disney Plus and stream them at your leisure. They’ve even started to add PG-13 titles from the Fox library to the service.

Even better, Disney+ has most of its modern films and beloved classics available to stream in 4K Ultra HD. We’ve been truly blown away by the video quality on Disney Plus since day one.

What TV shows does Disney Plus offer?

Beyond its original series Disney Plus offers a staggering amount of legacy TV content. The vast majority of these shows are Disney based or from the Disney channel, but there are exceptions.

You’ll find ABC shows like Once Upon a Time, all of the classic Fox Kids Marvel Comics animated series, and educational shows from National Geographic. Disney Plus is also the home of Marvel’s ABC TV shows, including Agent Carter and Agents of Shield.

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Finally, we can’t forget the Star Wars fans out there. You’ll find everything you could ever want from Star Wars, except for the Holiday Special. Sorry, you’re still stuck with YouTube on that one. Still, being able to stream Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance, Lego Star Wars, and more softens the blow.

What can’t you find

As the Daily Dot wrote previously: “Due to licensing complications, there are a number of high-profile titles that won’t be on the service at launch. At launch, for example, Netflix was still hosting Thor: RagnarokDoctor Strange, Coco, Moana, and Beauty and the Beast.

Over time those films made there way back to Disney Plus. But occasionally you’ll still notice something you thought was on the service is gone. That’s not a problem with Disney Plus, but a problem existing streaming licensing deals.

You also won’t be seeing any R-rated films like Deadpool, on Disney Plus, even when they have the rights. At least, that’s how it is in America. In the UK, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia Disney Plus offers TV-MA and R rated content in a section called Star.

American audiences will probably sadly never get Star added to Disney Plus because Disney owns Hulu. It simply makes more sense for them to charge us for an extra subscription here. We’ll let you know if Star is ever added to Disney Plus in the states.


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Supported devices

You can basically take your pick of devices to use Disney+. For starters, you can stream your content at DisneyPlus.com. There is also an app available for Apple and Android. Disney+ is also supported via Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Roku, Samsung devices, and Xbox One. It won’t be hard to access the content once you’ve subscribed.

Amazon Fire TVApple TV (4th generation and later)Android TV
RokuSmart TVsChromecast
Playstation 4Xbox OneSamsung devices

Disney Plus DVR and multiple screens

While Disney+ doesn’t have a live service to DVR shows off of it does let you download movies and shows on your account-approved devices. Disney Plus subscribers can download content on up to 10 devices. That’s a staggering number designed to keep traveling families happy.

It’s also generous with its screen sharing. You can watch from up to four different devices at once, and on up to ten different devices total per account.


Disney+ vs. The Competition

Disney+ vs. Netflix

A lot of this boils down to who your audience is. Netflix is much bigger than Disney Plus, as it’s not just focused on what Disney owns, but the price point’s also heftier, with Netflix’s base package starting at $8.99 and ballooning up to $17.99 a month.

While Netflix has a much bigger library of movies and shows overall, Disney+ has so many great choices for children—arguably, better overall than Netflix’s choices—that you’ll find it essential if you’re a parent.

Of course, different ages will gravitate toward different fiefdoms within the Kingdom of Disney, especially when they’re old enough to get into what Pixar’s offering.

Disney+ vs. Hulu

As you can bundle Disney+ and Hulu, it’s probably best to consider the services complementary rather than competition. If you are considering one vs. the other, it’s a similar query to what you face with Netflix.

Hulu does have kid-friendly content on its platform and labels it as such, but if you’re a parent and you want to satisfy everyone in the family, it’s best to bundle.

Disney+ vs. Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video will bring access to a number of different streaming video on demand options. One of those is Noggin, a fantastic kids’ channel that is home to such favorites as Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, and Bubble Guppies.

If you’re wanting to entertain and educate younger children, it’s nice to have Amazon Prime Video just for Noggin alone. If you’re already getting Amazon Prime to get a shopping-from-home edge, the video access is a nice throw-in.


Disney Plus: Is it worth it?

If you’re a parent or a Star Wars fan or a Marvel fan, it’s just under seven dollars a month to access Disney+ content on a reliable, accessible platform. Going through the catalog shows that while it’s not as massive as a Netflix or a Hulu, it’s still got hours upon hours of content that will satisfy kids or satiate whole families.

It’s best to bundle it with Hulu with ESPN+, though it’s worth noting that the $12.99 bundle price is for Hulu with limited ads, and a full ads-free experience brings you up into the $18.99 range. Still, it’s an almost-unstoppable block of generation-spanning movie and show content at that point, with sports thrown in for next to nothing.


Disney Plus
Disney+$6.99
Disney/Hulu/ESPN+
Bundle
$12.99

Daily Dot Disney Plus Guides

Disney Plus Plans
Disney Plus Devices
What’s new on Disney Plus
Best Disney Plus originals
Best movies on Disney Plus
Best shows on Disney Plus

Disney Plus Genre Guides

Animated MoviesMarvel Movies
Classic MoviesPixar Movies
DocumentariesStar Wars
Live Action MoviesClassic Movies

Disney Plus
Disney+$6.99
Disney/Hulu/ESPN+
Bundle
$12.99

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*First Published: Aug 5, 2020, 8:34 am