We wanted to put together a review of the Disney+ (Disney Plus) that answers any question one may have about the streaming service, and see if Disney+ is worth the price.
What is Disney+
Disney+ is a Disney owned OTT (over the top) subscription-based streaming service. The service provides video-on-demand content from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and the recently acquired 20th Century Fox.
Disney+ launched on November 12th, 2019. It offers direct-to-consumer streaming, so you do not need a cable TV or satellite subscription to purchase.
How Much is Disney Plus
The service costs only $6.99 per month. However, Disney+ also has year-long subscriptions at a discounted price of $69.99. There is no contract commitment unless you chose the annual plan. Sign Up Now
Bundle Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu
If you already have Hulu, you are still eligible for this offer. Just follow the instructions below:
- You’ll need to sign up for the bundle via Disney+ (not Hulu)
- You’ll need to use the same email address associated with your Hulu account.
- You will continue to be billed separately for your Hulu subscription
- As long as you keep your eligible existing Hulu account, Disney will give you a credit towards your Disney bundle subscription in the amount of $5.99/month — the value of the Hulu (ad-supported) plan included in the Disney bundle (however, you’ll keep the Hulu plan you have)
So this means even if you have the Hulu Live TV plan, you’ll keep that plan, have access to Disney+ and ESPN+, and get a $5.99 credit to your monthly Hulu bill. We’ve put together a guide on How To Bundle different Hulu plans with Disney+ if you need a bit more detail.
Disney+ is Free with Verizon
Right now, Verizon is including 12 months of Disney+ with all of their Fios Internet plans. They are also offering up to 12 months of Disney+ for customers with Verizon unlimited wireless plans. This deal is for new and existing customers.
What’s on Disney+
Disney+ is more than just classic Disney films and TV. It is the online streaming hub for Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and more. Here are some of the highlights:
- The entire Disney Movie Vault
- Every Pixar Movie and shorts
- All of Disney’s Star Wars movies and TV shows will be moving to Disney+ within its first year of launch
- New Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, and Pixar movies will stream exclusively on Disney+ after their theatrical run
- 30 seasons of The Simpsons
- Nearly 500 movies and 7500 TV episodes in all.
- A ton of Muppets Content
- Original Shows and more which we will cover later in this article
The Top 10 Movies on Disney+
Below are the top movies on Disney+ based on popularity. We update this list daily to give you the top movies on Disney+ every day!
#1. Hocus Pocus
300 years ago, the Sanderson sisters had bewitched people. Now it's Halloween 1993 and Max Dennison has lit the candle that would bring the witches back to life! Now Max, Allison, and Dani must save all the kids in Salem from the witches including leader Winifred, goofy Sarah, and high-strung Mary who will steal the lives of children! (Watch on Disney+)
#2. Avengers: Endgame
The fourth installment in the Avengers saga is the culmination of 22 interconnected Marvel films and the climax of an epic journey. The world's greatest heroes will finally understand just how fragile our reality is—and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it—in a story of friendship, teamwork and setting aside differences to overcome an impossible obstacle. (Watch on Disney+)
#3. Secret Society of Second-Born Royals
Meet Sam, a rebellious royal, second-in-line to the throne of the kingdom of Illyria. She is not a typical royal and doesn't really fit into this world. Unlike Sam's older sister, Eleanor, who is almost 18 and in training to become the next queen, Sam would rather rock out with her band or put on a concert to protest the monarchy, resulting in an inevitable run-in with the authorities. Queen Catherine, fed up with her daughter's behavior, sends Sam to royal summer boarding school where she discovers the school is just a ruse. Sam and the four other second-born royals learn they have superpowers and are actually there to train to become part of a very special, secret society. But this isn't the only surprise in store for Sam and her new friends as training begins. When a mysterious stranger threatens the safety of everyone they hold dear, will Sam and her friends learn how to use their powers in order to save their kingdoms? (Watch on Disney+)
#4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. (Watch on Disney+)
In Disney and Pixar's Onward, two teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad and embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley's epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles, and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys' fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes that her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior – aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) – and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed. (Watch on Disney+)
An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of "Hamilton" combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. "Hamilton" is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, "Hamilton" has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, "Hamilton" is inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers. The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical stars: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton. (Watch on Disney+)
#7. Thor: Ragnarok
In Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk! (Watch on Disney+)
#8. Black Panther
After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T'Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he's drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. (Watch on Disney+)
#9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once more to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Experience the riveting conclusion of the landmark Skywalker saga, in which new legends will be born—and the final battle for freedom is yet to come (Watch on Disney+)
#10. Avengers: Infinity War
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (Watch on Disney+)
Want to see everything available on Disney+? Check out our database of every TV Show and Movie on Disney+. It also updates daily and shows you everything available. It even allows you to filter results.
For information on shows coming out this month, checkout What’s new on Disney+.
Original Shows on Disney+
Disney has an entire slate of TV shows it’s looking to release on Disney+. Here are some of the highlights.
I’ve been craving a Star Wars Bounty Hunter movie since I first saw Boba Fett in Empire Strikes Back when I was a kid. The Mandalorian TV series may be better than I imagined.
The 8 episode series focuses on a Mandalorian bounty hunter similar to Boba Fett. The timeline takes place about five years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi. This is the first time we see this period of the Star Wars universe on screen. The show has already announced a season 2, which will air in October of 2020.
The Mandalorian is the first live-action Star Wars series and it is written and produced by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. This series is currently available on Disney+
Marvel’s “Hero Project”
Hero Project is a documentary sharing stories of 20 kids around the county doing kind, brave, and heroic deeds in their community. Marvel Entertainment says:
In life, it doesn’t take wearing a suit of iron, carrying a mythical hammer or swinging from spider webs to be a real hero. Sometimes the person who can make a positive difference in the world is the person who simply sees a problem and has the passion to find a creative solution.Marvel Entertainment
The First Episode is available right now on Disney+. It features a 13-year-old girl named Jordan Reeves, who has a limb difference, having been born with one of her arms ending before her elbow. Rather than let this get her down, Jordan has been galvanized into finding creative solutions for achieving everyday goals. She learned to swim, go rock-climbing, and become a cheerleader. Learn more in our review of Marvel’s Hero Project
Encore! is a reality show hosted by Kristen Bell where cast members of a high school musical are reunited to recreate their performance years after they initially performed. This show isn’t just about enjoying the potential pitfalls of adults recreating their high school performance, but seeing how these people have changed since highschool. We published a review of Encore! for a deeper dive into this entertaining show.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
The World According to Jeff Goldblum is an educational documentary program driven by curiosity. In each episode, Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day) digs into the history and development of everyday items that people are passionate about, learns about how they are made, the culture of popularity surrounding them, and just what makes them exciting and appealing. Check out our review of the first episode!
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
High School Musical is back in series form on Disney+. This mockumentary follows a group of theatre kids attending the school where the original High School Musical movie took place. To make the show even more like a set of Disney Russian nesting dolls, the group is part of their school production of “High School Musical: The Musical.” If you are as confused as I am, check out our review of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Disney+ Features and Specs
- Movies and TV Shows are in 4K HDR and ad-free
- Have Disney Plus Watch Parties with friends and family far away with GroupWatch Feature.
- Every Disney Plus account can stream to four devices simultaneously
- Subscribers can have up to 10 devices use one account
- Users can create multiple profiles
- Subscribers can download shows and movies to their devices to watch offline
- Recommended speeds are 5.0 Mbps for High Definition content and 25.0 Mbps for 4K UHD content
- Dolby Vision is supported with some content (recommended speed 25 Mbps)
How To Watch Disney Plus
As you see below in the “supported devices” section, Disney+ is available on a wide array of devices. Once you sign up for Disney+, you can download the Disney+ app and start binging content!
Where to Get the Disney+ App
After you sign up for Disney+, download the app from the sources below:
- Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Game Console – Download the Disney+ app from each device’s respective app or channel store.
- iOS devices – on the App Store
- Android Devices – Google Play
Download Content from Disney+
You can download and store TV shows and movies from Disney+ on up to 10 devices. There are no limitations on how many times you can download the same title, or on the amount of time to watch a downloaded title, provided that you connect one of your compatible devices to the internet and access Disney+ at least once every thirty (30) days.
Watching Disney+ On Your TV
You can watch Disney Plus (Disney+) on your TV using streaming devices like Roku. Disney+ also works on smart TVs, web browsers, mobile devices, and game consoles.
Disney+ Supported Devices
Here are all the devices Disney+ supports:
- Roku – (Watch Disney+ on Roku)
- Roku TVs – (Watch Disney+ on Roku TV)
- Amazon Fire TV Cube and Fire TV Stick (All Versions)
- iPhone, iPad, iPod touch (iOS/iPad OS 11.0 and later)
- Apple TV (4th gen or later and Apple V 4K running tvOS 11.0 and later)
- Android phones and TV devices (Android OS version 5.0 Lollipop or later)
- Playstation 4 – (Watch Disney+ on PS4)
- Xbox One
- Some Vizio Smart Cast TVs (Watch Disney+ on Vizio Smart TVs)
- Sony Smart TVs (Android based)
- LG WebOS Smart TVs
- Samsung Tizen Smart TVs
Is Disney+ Worth the Price
Disney+’s $6.99 price tag makes it one of the more affordable streaming services out there right now. Considering Disney+ is the only place to stream Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Pixar movies once they wrap up their theatrical run, this is a natural choice for those wanting to stream blockbuster movies. Disney releases 20-30 films a year and raked in about 40% of the 2019 box office. Renting half of these movies would easily cost more than subscribing to Disney+
If that isn’t enough to justify the price, subscribers have access to the entire Disney movie Vault, Pixar movies and shorts, nearly every episode of TV shows aired on Disney Channel, Disney Jr, and Disney XD, 30 seasons of the Simpsons, along with anything Marvel or Star Wars. Then there the slate of Disney+ original shows. Many would pay $6.99 just to watch The Mandalorian.
The app interface is smooth and responsive, the amount of content available is vast, and the cost only comes to $6.99 per month. We rate Disney+ as a top-rated 5-star streaming service. It’s easily worth the price and consider the service an amazing value.
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