- What is Disney+
- How Much is Disney Plus
- What’s on Disney+
- Disney+ Features and Specs
- How To Watch Disney Plus
- Is Disney+ 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. Let’s take a look at the content, features, pricing, and devices supported by Disney+.
How Much is Disney Plus
Disney+ costs $6.99 per month. However, Disney+ also has year-long subscriptions at a discounted price of $69.99. There would be no contract commitment unless you chose the annual plan. You can subscribe through this sign-up page.
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.
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
- Star Wars movies and TV shows
- New Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, and Pixar movies will stream exclusively on Disney+
- 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
Disney has also revealed an entire slate of original shows and movies that will be coming to Disney+ over the next few years. Here are some of the highlights
- Obi-Wan Kenobi – Ewan McGregor returns to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in this Disney+ series. Hayden Christensen is coming out of retirement to play Darth Vader in the show as well.
- Ahsoka – A The Mandalorian spin-off starring Rosario Dawson as the Jedi Ahsoka Tano
- Rangers of the New Republic – Another spin-off from The Mandalorian
- Andor – Will follow the spy exploits of Cassian Andor from the movie Rogue One
- The Acolyte – Set 200 years prior to The Phantom Menace, this show is billed as a “mystery thriller” set within the latter days of the High Republic
- The Bad Batch – An animated spin-off of The Clone Wars series centered around a group of defective clones.
- Disney+ has also announced a show about Droids, a Lando centered show, and a Rogue Squadron Film
- WandaVision – Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will be playing Scarlet Witch and Vision in the reality-warping TV series premiering in January 2021
- Loki – Tom Hiddleston reprises his role of Loki: God of Mischief in this 6 episode series due out in May 2021
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Brings back Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as the titular characters, due out March 19th, 2021
- Hawkeye – This limited series will follow Hawkeye after the events of Endgame training up his daughter Kate Bishop
- Ms. Marvel – Features Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American teenager with shapeshifting abilities, tied to the Captain Marvel 2 film
- Moon Knight – Stars Oscar Issac as the comics character Moon Knight
- Disney Has also announced a Skull Show called Secret Invasion, a Groot Show, She-Hulk, and more
Other Disney and Pixar Content
There is also a ton of non-Marvel/Star Wars content coming to Disney plus. We will see:
- Dug Days, about the dog from Up trying to make his way in suburbia
- a Cars series, about Lightning McQueen and Mater driving around the country
- Lightyear, the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear
- a Baymax show
- A Zootopia show
- a Moana show and more
Disney has a ton of content lined up over the next few years for Disney+, making the streaming service well worth the price, even with plans in place to increases the price of the service to $7.99 per month in March 2021. For information on shows coming out this month, check out What’s new on Disney+.
Original Shows on Disney+
Disney has an entire slate of TV shows available 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 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. Disney has already released 2 seasons of The Mandalorian on Disney+ and already announced that season 3 will release in December 2021.
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+. You can read my review of The Mandalorian and see why Disney could take my $6.99 per month on the movies and this series alone.
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 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
The list below details all the features and specifications you should be aware of when subscribing to Disney+
- 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 TV
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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