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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.

Sep 24, 2020, 12:42 pm*

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Ramon Ramirez 

Ramon Ramirez

  • 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.


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

Show and movies: What’s on Disney Plus?

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, Lizzie McGuire, and yes, more Star Wars spin-offs. For an exhaustive list, here are all of the Disney+ titles streamable right out of the gate.

You can find the Disney movies of recent years you’d expect, like Frozen, Frozen II, Aladdin (both versions!), and the Descendants series, as well as classic Disney titles and even cartoons from the House of Mouse’s earliest days. You’re also now able to watch most every title in the Star Wars franchise, Pixar classics like Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., and all the Toy Story movies, and Marvel titles like Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man.

Additionally, Disney+ comes with 4K streaming built right into the basic subscription.

What won’t be on Disney Plus

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. Netflix, for example, is sitting on Thor: RagnarokDoctor Strange, Coco, Moana, and Beauty and the Beast, which rank among the best movies on Netflix. That said, Disney is reportedly working to renegotiate those deals, already having migrated initially-unavailable Star Wars titles for Christmas 2019.

You also won’t be seeing any R-rated films, like Deadpool, which is owned by the recently-acquired Fox.”

Ultimately, if you want to binge the Marvel MCU films, it may take a while to make it happen. Here’s every MCU movie and show missing from Disney+ (and what we know about when they’ll join the party).


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 Disney Plus 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

Whereas Disney+ doesn’t have a DVR set-up per se, you can download movies and shows on your account-approved devices provided you have space on them.

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 $15.99 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.


How to sign up for Disney+

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

  • First, click on the link below to go to the Disney+ website, enter your email, and agree to the customary legal language.
  • Then, choose a password.
  • 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.”
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

Premium Streaming Service Guides

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CBS All AccessCuriosity StreamAMC Premiere
Disney PlusDC UniverseBritBox
HBO MaxShowtimeShudder
HuluStarzRooster Teeth
NetflixCriterion ChannelYouTube Premium
Peacock

Entertainment Channel Guides

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BBC AmericaBETBravo
Cartoon NetworkComedy CentralDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney XDE!
Food NetworkFreeformFX
FXXHallmark ChannelHGTV
History ChannelIFCLifetime
MTVNat GeoNickelodeon
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*First Published: Aug 5, 2020, 8:34 am