What is Disney Plus?
Launched in November 2019, Disney Plus delivers some of the best Disney movies and series of all time. From nostalgic originals like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to modern animated classics such as The Mandalorian and Frozen. It has more to offer than just Disney, too. There’s a library full of Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and Pixar movies and series — programming which you simply can’t find anywhere else.
If you’re a non-cable streamer, you’re in luck. Disney Plus is a direct-to-consumer streaming service, which you can download straight to your device with an app – there’s no cable required. It can also be purchased in a bundle that includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+, so you can stream live sports and Hulu’s award-winning titles alongside your favorite animated shows and films.
Disney Plus plans and pricing
Disney Plus doesn’t offer much variety when it comes to plans — you either commit to a monthly or yearly subscription. Still, the pricing makes other competitors look way more expensive.
|Disney Plus||Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle|
|Free trial length||7 days||None|
|Number of TV shows and films||Thousands||Thousands|
|Streaming quality||4K HDR||4K HDR|
|Live sports streaming||No||Yes|
At $7.99/mo., the Disney plus price point is positioned competitively among other streaming services. Netflix is $1/mo. more for a basic package and Hulu is $4/mo. more for an ad-free subscription. The exclusive library of shows and movies suitable for entire families make the Disney Plus price fair for the service. It’s yearly subscription for $79.99 provides some savings if it’s an essential streaming service for your home.
Unlike Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus does not offer premium add-on content. However, the Disney Plus bundle makes up for the missing premium titles. For $13.99/mo. you get Disney+ ad free, Hulu’s ad-supported library, and ESPN+, which totals to $17.97/mo. when purchased separately. From sports fans, to teens and adults, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone.
Before signing up for the bundle, take some time to consider which shows and movies are most important for your home. Check out what streaming with Disney Plus is all about before committing to a subscription by taking advantage of its 7 day free trial. Keep in mind, the Disney+ bundle does not offer a free trial. However, Hulu offers a 30-day free trial for their on-demand library. Remember to cancel Hulu’s free trial if you decide to bundle with Disney Plus.
You can cancel your subscription at any time just by logging into the app and heading over to your account settings. You need to cancel before your next billing date to avoid being charged.
Disney Plus look and feel
Do you like Netflix’s interface? Then chances are you’ll enjoy Disney Plus. After opening the app, a carousel boldly displaying the biggest hits is seen front and center on the home screen. Under the carousel, the icons to affiliates within Disney Plus are listed in this order: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.
When hovering over the icons, they’ll animate. After clicking on the icon, you’ll see an animated transition before landing on the branded home screen you chose. When you arrive at the branded home screen you’ll notice more large icons featuring different genres to help you find something to watch.
You can further customize your Disney+ account by creating up to 7 user profiles. Like Netflix, the sidebar to the left includes a search tool and the “Who’s Watching?” screen allows you to switch between user profiles. For the youngsters, a kids profile only displays G-rated content and the background color shifts to Disney’s iconic bright blue. Disney Plus also adapts to your favorite content style over time.
Disney Plus supported devices
The Disney Plus app is ready to download from the Google Play or Apple Store, and it’s compatible with many popular mobile devices. If you’re a console user, you can stream too — the service is accessible on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Many Smart TVs are also on the list, but you can’t watch Disney Plus on desktop computers.
Here’s the full list of Disney+ supported devices:
- Apple TV
- Android phones
- Android TV
- Google Chromecast and other Chromecast-compatible devices
- iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
- PlayStation 4
- Sony TVs
- Xbox One
What to watch on Disney Plus
Disney Plus has more than 600 titles to choose from, including popular TV shows and movies suitable for the whole family. Once you’ve logged in, you can search using the following categories:
In this category, rediscover classics like Pinocchio, Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, or 90s favorite The Lion King. Find all your favorite Disney princesses like Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine, Mulan, and Tiana. Plus, new favorites like Rapunzel and Moana. There’s also plenty of Disney Channel original movies and TV shows.
Marvel fans, get your popcorn ready. Watch blockbuster hits like Iron Man, Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, Incredible Hulk, and more—right in your living room. You can also catch up on animated Marvel shows like all the Spider Man universes, Xmen Evolution, or Fantastic Four.
Star Wars titles
No need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to binge-watch Star Wars Episodes I – IV or the compelling spin-off The Mandalorian. It’s all in this Disney Plus category. Plus, find other Star Wars themed series like Star Wars: Rebels or plenty of Lego Star Wars shows.
National Geographic titles
Get to know planet Earth with eye-opening movies like Giants of the Deep Blue, Sharks of Lost Island, or Planet of the Birds, among others. There’s also plenty of educational, but fun shows to enjoy as a family like Brain Games, Paradise Islands, Life Below Zero, and Unlikely Animal Friends.
Watch Toy Story and other Pixar classics like Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, WALL-E, Cars, or Up. Then, catch up on some new favorites like Inside Out or Onward. There’s even animated series like Pixar In Real Life or Forky Asks a Question to discover.
Disney+ has just about every family member covered with its huge library of content. Those that prefer documentary-style or more adult-oriented series and TV shows might prefer a different streaming service, like Hulu or Netflix. But, that’s exactly what the three-in-one Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ bundle is designed for.
Here’s a list of titles scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in 2020 and 2021:
- Artemis Fowl: June 12, 2020
- National Treasure: April 30, 2020
- John Carter: May 2, 2020
- Solo: A Star Wars Story: July 9, 2020
- Tarzan: June 23, 2020
- Avengers: Infinity War: June 25, 2020
- Race to Witch Mountain: July 1, 2020
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: July 29, 2020
- The Incredibles 2: July 30, 2020
- Cinderella: September 1, 2020
- Christopher Robin: September 25, 2020
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: August 2020
- Beauty and the Beast (2017): October 1, 2020
- Maleficent: October 1, 2020
- The Mandalorian season 2: October 2020
- Ralph Breaks the Internet: December 11, 2020
- WandaVision: December 2020
- The Jungle Book (2016): May 30, 2021
- The Lone Ranger: April 30, 2021
- Tomorrowland: September 1, 2021
- Loki: 2021
- What If…?: 2021
- Hawkeye: 2021
- Moon Knight: 2021
- Ms. Marvel: 2021
Disney Plus features
Disney Plus doesn’t offer DVR cloud storage, so you’re unable to record anything to watch later. Although, you can download choices you want to watch offline.
You have up to 10 simultaneous connections on one account, but you can only watch across 4 devices at any one time. So multiple users can download and view using the app. You can create seven different user profiles, too.
Disney Plus is designed for the whole family, so it comes with parental control features. To get started, just set one of your user profiles to a “Kids Profile.” This removes any PG or PG-13 content from that profile’s library.
The 4K HDR streaming is an exciting feature, though it does depend on your internet speed. You need at least 25 Mbps to enjoy 4K HDR streaming on Disney+. Even if you can’t get super high-quality streaming, you still have HD.
The final cut
Disney Plus has a lot to offer, which is probably the reason it’s racked up millions of subscribers less than a year into its launch. It’s also why we’ve ranked it one of the top streaming services of 2020. Every Disney movie you could ever want is right there for you to watch—even ones you’ve probably forgotten about. Plus, a whole host of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic movies and series.
If you’re looking for something the whole household can enjoy, or if you’re in search of easy-watch options to keep the kids entertained, Disney Plus is a great choice. The Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ bundle promises even more great content for those hankering for a little extra. Even if you’re not sure, Disney Plus’s seven-day free trial is definitely worth a spin. And don’t forget, Verizon customers can get a year free with Disney’s new deal.