The “happiest company on Earth” launched the popular streaming service in late 2019 and quickly became one of Netflix’s top rivals.
The service includes all the Disney classics — along with popular content from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. It also includes quite a bit of new original content and never-before-seen content as well.
But in a crowded streaming marketplace, does this subscription belong on your list of monthly bills? Team Clark has tested this service and gathered all of the particulars to help you make an informed decision.
Table of Contents
- How Much Does a Disney+ Subscription Cost?
- Can I Bundle Disney+ With Other Services?
- How Can I Watch Disney+?
- How Many People Can Use a Disney+ Account?
- What Movies and TV Shows Are Available On Disney+?
- Is There Original Content on Disney+?
How Much Does a Disney+ Subscription Cost?
Disney has positioned its new streaming service in what has proven to be a market sweet spot at $7.99 per month. That’s just below the entry-level subscription for Netflix ($9.99 per month) and slightly more expensive than the basic Hulu subscription with ads ($6.99 per month).
You can get an even better deal on your Disney+ subscription if you’re willing to commit for a full year. Disney is offering an annual subscription for $79.99, which breaks down to just $6.67 per month.
|Monthly Subscription||Annual Subscription|
|Disney+ (always ad-free)||$7.99||$79.99 ($6.67 per month)|
It was announced in 2022 that Disney+ will introduce an ad-supported version of the service. Pricing and details are still in the developmental stage as of June 2022.
Disney offered a seven-day free trial for users to try out the service upon its release, but that option went away back in 2020.
Can I Bundle Disney+ With Other Services?
There are some pretty exciting promotional deals out there associated with the Disney+ product.
Many Verizon wireless customers are eligible to receive Disney+ at no additional cost.
Holders of the following plans receive Disney+ for free:
- Play More Unlimited
- Get More Unlimited
Holders of the following plans receive a 6-month free trial of Disney+:
- Start Unlimited
- Do More Unlimited
So if you’re looking to make changes to your cell phone provider, this could be an enticing option.
ESPN+ and Hulu Bundle Package
If you want the ad-free version of Hulu included in this deal, the price jumps to $19.99 per month.
The inclusion of ESPN+ should be attractive to sports fans who are interested in the streaming service but are hesitant to break away from live television offerings due to the availability of sporting events.
And with the shows and movies available on Hulu, the variety of content from the three services really could offer “something for everyone” in a household at a bargain price.
Hulu + Live TV subscribers now receive access to Disney+ as a part of their $70 base subscription price.
How Can I Watch Disney+?
This streaming service is available via smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets and gaming consoles. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the popular devices you can use to stream Disney+:
- Amazon devices
- Apple TV
- Apple iPhone and iPad
- Android devices
- Google Chromecast
- LG smart TVs
- PlayStation gaming consoles
- Roku devices
- Samsung devices
- Vizio smart TVs
- XBox gaming consoles
- Xfinity devices
You can review a complete list of supported devices here.
How Many People Can Use a Disney+ Account?
Since Disney produces content that appeals to all ages, it’s likely that pretty much any household will be interested in tuning into this service. Disney seems to have kept that in mind with what many would consider a pretty generous setup for a $7.99 subscription.
Disney+ subscribers are able to:
- Stream on as many as four devices at once
- Set up as many as seven user accounts within one subscription
- Make unlimited downloaded content available for offline consumption on up to 10 devices
You can quickly do the math on how that plan could be shared generously within a household.
What Movies and TV Shows Are Available On Disney+?
If you have a little more than three hours of spare time on your hands, you could watch this video that Disney released that highlights “basically everything” that was made available on Disney+ upon its release.
Needless to say, it’s a whole bunch of content. We won’t even attempt to list all of it (that’d ruin the fun, anyway), but we will hit some highlights of popular movies and shows you can watch on Disney+.
- Alice in Wonderland
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The Lion King
- Toy Story
- Finding Nemo
- Monsters Inc.
- Frozen and Frozen II
Popular Movie Titles
- Entire Star Wars series
- Entire Marvel universe movie collection
- The Rookie
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Mary Poppins
- Saving Mr. Banks
- The Simpsons (all 30 seasons)
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Darkwing Duck
- Classic Mickey Mouse and Friends
- Doc McStuffins
- Puppy Dog Pals
- The Lion Guard
- Tangled: The Series
- My Friends Tigger and Pooh
Disney also has decided to use the platform for the digital release of select movies. This sometimes includes making them available the same day they hit the silver screen in movie theaters.
For example, Disney released Pixar’s Onward on Disney+ back in 2020.
And if you have kids, you probably have heard about the smash animated hit Encanto in 2022. That movie, which features the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” is available to stream on Disney+.
Disney also has chosen to branch out into live theater with the addition of the smash-hit Broadway production of Hamilton for all subscribers.
One of the most popular features recently added to Disney+ is Group Watch. This allows users in different households to sync the stream of a movie or show on Disney+ and interact with one another in real-time.
Disney says a GroupWatch cannot exceed seven participants or four streams from the same account.
Is There Original Content on Disney+?
In a relatively short period of time, Disney has put out a number of original releases to keep subscribers on board for things beyond the classics.
So far, Disney has released original content in the form of new series, films, documentaries and short-form content. That includes some exciting new projects for fans of the popular Star Wars and Marvel series.
The original content collection includes the following as a few examples:
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian (series)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated series)
- The Book of Boba Fett
- Lady and The Tramp (remake of original film)
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (series)
- Marvel: Hero Project
- Marvel: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
- Into The Unknown: Making Frozen II (with Kristen Bell)
- Disneynature’s Elephant (documentary)
Here’s a look at the trailer for The Mandalorian series, which took the internet by storm with its portrayal of “Baby Yoda.”
Final Thoughts on Disney+
Any household with young children is likely to give this Disney+ offering a long look, and I suspect that families may try to give that $13.99 bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ a trial run as a bargain monthly home entertainment bill.
But there’s plenty here for adults, too. Access to the Star Wars and Marvel universes likely will be worth the investment for fans of those products.
It’s hard to not recommend at least checking this service out for $7.99 to see if it is something your household enjoys.
And if you do check it out, let us know what you think in the Clark.com Community!