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

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Disney Plus Streaming Service
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If you haven’t already heard the news from the Disney lover in your life yet, the happiest company on earth has come to a device near you in the form of a new streaming service.

The Disney+ service, which launched in November 2019, 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.

Expectations and excitement levels have been high for this one, and we know that many Clark readers are contemplating adding this service to their streaming options. That’s why we’ve taken some time to research some of the questions you may have about this new service.

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How Much Does A Disney+ Subscription Cost?

Disney has positioned its new streaming service in what they hope is a market sweet spot at $6.99 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 $69.99, which breaks down to just $5.83 per month.

Disney offers a standard 7-day free trial for users to try out the service. If you’re a Delta SkyMiles member, you are eligible for an extended 14-day free trial.

Can I Bundle Disney+ With Other Services?

Yes, and there are some pretty exciting promotional deals out there associated with the launch of the Disney+ product.

Verizon Deal

It was revealed in October 2019 that many Verizon customers are eligible to receive a free year of Disney+. Team Clark member Theo Thimou reported that the following Verizon customers should be eligible for the deal:

  • Existing and new 4G LTE unlimited wireless customers
  • Existing and new 5G unlimited wireless customers
  • New Fios Home Internet customers
  • New 5G Home Internet customers

So if you’re looking to make changes to your cell phone or internet 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 $12.99. That is a $5 monthly discount off the regular price of all three products if purchased individually.

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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+?

You’ll be able to enjoy this streaming service 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 Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Apple iPhone and iPad
  • Android devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • LG devices
  • PlayStation 4 (PS4)
  • Roku devices
  • Samsung devices
  • XBox One

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 $6.99 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 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

In April 2020, Disney decided to use the platform for the release of the Pixar film Onward.

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Onward was originally set for a global theatrical release, but the coronavirus pandemic that swept the world in early 2020 caused Disney to change course with a digital-only release. It will be interesting to see if it continues to use Disney+ as a platform for future movie releases in an attempt to grow its subscriber base.

Is There Original Content on Disney+?

Yes, and it appears Disney plans on producing a healthy amount of it in an attempt 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.

Here are some of the titles that have already been unveiled as a part of the Disney+ offering:

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

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

Final Thoughts on Disney+

Whether Disney is open to admitting it or not, it sure looks like they’re coming after Netflix with this new streaming service. With the company’s diverse portfolio of content assets that stretches across so many genres, it’s hard to see this idea flopping in the near term – especially with a consumer-friendly introductory price to get users in the door.

Any household with young children is likely to give this Disney+ offering a long look, and I suspect that families may attempt to give that $12.99 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 $6.99 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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