Disney+ Review: Everything You Need to Know About the Streaming Service

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It didn’t take long for Disney+ to become one of the top video streaming services on the market.

The “happiest company on Earth” launched the popular streaming service in November 2019. It 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.


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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 is just below the entry-level subscription for Netflix ($8.99 per month) and slightly more expensive than the basic Hulu subscription with ads ($5.99 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 SubscriptionAnnual Subscription
Disney+ (always ad-free)$7.99$79.99 ($6.67 per month)

These prices were increased on March 26, 2021. They previously were $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually.

Disney offered a 7-day free trial for users to try out the service upon its release, but that option went away in June 2020.


Can I Bundle Disney+ With Other Services?

There are some pretty exciting promotional deals out there associated with the Disney+ product.

Verizon Deal

Many Verizon wireless customers are eligible to receive Disney+ at no additional cost.

Holders of the following plans receive Disney+ for free:

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Holders of the following plans receive a 6-month free trial of Disney+:

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So if you’re looking to make changes to your cell phone provider, this could be an enticing option.

ESPN+ and Hulu Bundle Package

Disney+ is available as part of a streaming bundle with Hulu (with ads) and ESPN+ for $13.99. That is a $6 monthly discount off the regular price of all three products if purchased individually.

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.


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 the ways Disney has confirmed that you’re able to watch:

  • Amazon devices
  • Apple TV
  • Apple iPhone and iPad
  • Android devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • LG devices
  • PlayStation gaming consoles
  • Roku devices
  • Samsung devices
  • XBox gaming consoles

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.

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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+.

Animated Movies

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio
  • Cars
  • The Lion King
  • Toy Story
  • Moana
  • Aladdin
  • Finding Nemo
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Frozen and Frozen II
  • Pocahontas

Popular Movie Titles

  • Entire Star Wars series
  • Iron Man and other Marvel titles
  • The Rookie
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Mary Poppins
  • Saving Mr. Banks

Cartoons

  • The Simpsons (all 30 seasons)
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • DuckTales
  • 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.

Disney also has chosen to branch out into live theater with the addition of the smash-hit Broadway production of Hamilton for all subscribers.


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:

Here’s a look at the trailer for The Mandalorian series, which took the internet by storm with its portrayal of “Baby Yoda”:

You can watch for new announcements about Disney+ original content here.

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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.

It’s hard to not recommend at least checking this product 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 comments below!

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