Disney announced well over a year ago that the company plans to launch its own streaming service that would compete directly with services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and plenty of others. Disney Plus formally launched late last year and quickly became one of the most popular streaming services in existence.
So what is Disney Plus, what does it offer, and what else should you know about the service? This master guide serves as the place to find answers to all your Disney Plus questions.
What is Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is your one-stop shop or all your favorite Disney Content. It’s not just Disney, there’s also tons of content from brands including Pixar, Marvel Studios, National Geographic, and Star Wars universe. There’s even some content from the Disney-owned Fox network, including the vast majority of Simpsons episodes.
Check it out: Our favorite Simpsons episodes available on Disney Plus
For now, most of the content consists of Disney’s massive library of pre-existing shows and movies. This includes newer content as well as Disney classics straight from the Disney Vault. Of course original content is also part of the plan, and there are already some great exclusives to be found here — including the highly popular Star Wars show, The Mandalorian.
Disney Plus represents enormous value for consumers, especially families. Instead of paying individually for all your favorite Disney movies or shows, Disney Plus gives you access to its entire library for a monthly fee. Disney Plus is also being very aggressive with adding highly anticipated new Disney movies to its library relatively soon after they leave the theaters. For example, you can already get Frozen 2 or Onward on Disney Plus!
Signing up for Disney Plus is easy and there are tons of options, including a bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN Plus in the mix.
Disney Plus launch date, price, and availability
Disney Plus is now available in the US. It costs $6.99 a month or for $69.99 for an annual subscription, each with a seven-day free trial.
It’s also available as a one-year gift subscription for US residents for $69.99.
Disney Plus is also available in the US bundled with Hulu (with ads) and ESPN Plus. The price for getting all three streaming services is $12.99 a month. There is no free trial with this bundle.
If you are a current or new subscriber to Verizon Wireless’ unlimited 4G or 5G plans, you can get a full year of Disney Plus for free. This deal is also available for new customers for Verizon’s Fios internet and 5G home internet services.
Disney Plus is also available in Canada for $8.99 CAN per month or $89.99 CAN for a yearly subscription. It’s also available in the Netherlands, priced at 6.99 euros per month or 69.99 euros for an annual subscription.
Disney Plus has launched in Australia and New Zealand. In the Land Down Under, the service costs $8.99 AUS a month $89.99 AUS per year. In New Zealand, Disney Plus costs $9.99 (New Zealand) a month or $99.99 (New Zealand) for an annual subscription.
In India, Disney Plus had an early soft launch. The company had renamed its existing streaming service Hotstar to Disney Plus Hotstar. It was available for everyone who has already signed up for Hotstar. It costs 999 INR, or about $14, for an annual subscription. Disney Plus will launch in India on Friday, April 3. The price for a yearly subscription will be going up, from Rs 999 ($13.2) to Rs 1,499 ($20). There will also be a cheaper yearly subscription, priced at Rs 399 ($5.3). It will include access to a library of movies and TV shows, but won’t include access to any Disney Plus original content.
Disney Plus was initially scheduled to launch in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain on March 31, 2020. Disney later announced that all these countries as well as Austria, Ireland, and Switzerland will receive the service on March 24.
However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Variety reports the launch in France will be delayed until April 7, at the request of the country’s government. Also, to prevent internet traffic congestion during the crisis, the service will cut its bandwidth use for the remaining European launch countries by 25%. On March 24, the service launched as planned in the remaining European launch countries. The subscription price is £5.99 a month in the UK, and €6.99 per month in the other European countries. An annual subscription costs £59.99 in the UK, and €69.99 in the other European countries.
The company adds that Disney Plus will launch in Belgium, Portugal, and the Nordics in “summer 2020.”
Here’s how to sign up for Disney Plus
As we mentioned, the service is now available to pre-order for US customers. Here’s how to handle the Disney Plus sign up process:
- Go to the Disney Plus web site on your browser. You will see two subscription choices. One is for $6.99 a month, while the other is for $69.99 for an annual subscription. Both offer users a seven-day free trial. Even if you sign up now, November 12, your credit or debit card won’t be charged until November 19. Of course, you can cancel your subscription before that trial period ends and not pay anything.
- Next, you type in your personal password for your account. It must be at least six characters long. It must also have at least one number and one special character. Once you have typed that in, tap on “Continue”.
- Now it’s time to put in your payment information. You can either put in your credit/debit card info, or you can use a PayPay account. There’s also the option to enable a checkbox so that the payment info can be used across all of the Disney properties. Once you have filled out the payment info, tap on the “Agree & Continue” box for the next phase of the Disney Plus sign up process.
- That’s it. You are done with the Disney Plus sign up procedure.
What platforms and devices support Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is available on a wide variety of platforms devices. Here’s a list of what’s been confirmed:
- iOS, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices
- Apple TV set-top boxes, including integration with the new Apple TV app. It will allow customers to sign up for the service inside the app
- Android, including Android-based phones and tablets (specific OS version not yet revealed)
- Android TV-based devices, including the Nvidia Shield.
- Google Chromecast and devices that have Chromecast built-in
- Microsoft Xbox One game consoles
- Sony Playstation 4 game consoles
- Roku, including all Roku sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs that have the Roku OS installed
- Amazon Fire TV-based sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs
- PC desktop web browsers
- Samsung smart TVs from 2016 to the current models.
- LG smart TV models.
- Vizio SmartCast TVs from 2016 to the current models.
The company has not confirmed Disney Plus support for the Nintendo Switch console. However, an early promo slide for the service did show Disney Plus running on that device. It’s possible it will be added in the future.
Disney Plus interface and features
The Disney Plus app and UI include special sections for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic brands There will also be sections in the interface so users can see all of the service’s movies, TV shows, and original content. It recently added a “Continue Watching” section so users can see which movies and shows they stopped watching in the middle, so they can quickly resume them.
Users will be able to create up to seven custom individual profiles. Kids can see the shows and movies they are interested in, while their older parents can see their preferred content.
Disney Plus will also feature 4K streaming for movies and TV shows that support it. The service will support streaming for up to 10 devices at once, with up to four concurrent streams at once. The smartphone and tablet apps will include support for downloading content as well. That means users can watch movies and shows offline for as long as they subscribe to the service. Some movies and TV shows will have DVD-like commentaries and extras.
Disney Plus also has a Kids Mode. It includes parental controls so moms and days can keep their sons and daughters from seeing content that’s out of their age group.
Will Disney Plus have ads?
According to a new report on The Verge, there will be ads for the cable TV service Starz. However, they will only be seen on the login page for the Android app and on web browsers. Once you get past the login page, the Disney Plus service will be ad-free.
So why is there going to be a login screen ad from Starz in the first place? The Verge states it was part of a deal to get certain movies as Disney Plus launch titles that were previously licensed to Starz.
What older movies and TV shows does the service have?
Disney Plus will have access to hundreds of movies and TV shows from its 90 years of content. As we mentioned, that includes all those great animated films and live-action movies from the Disney brand. Movies and shows from Mickey Mouse to Snow White to Beauty and the Beast to Frozen and tons more are on the service. All of the Pixar and Star Wars films will be available on Disney Plus within the first year of its launch. It also includes the majority of the Marvel Studios superhero movies. It also includes TV shows from the National Geographic Channel. Classic content from The Disney Channel is also available on Disney Plus. That includes shows like Duck Tales to Hannah Montana, with thousands of episodes and over 100 movies.
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Because of a current contract with Netflix, the most recent films from the studio, such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and A Wrinkle in Time, have made their streaming debuts on that service. Those films will make their way to Disney Plus in the next couple of years.
Disney Plus also has a number of family-themed TV shows and movies from its recent Fox purchase. That includes The Simpsons, with all 30 seasons available from day one on the service.
You can check out the full list of what classic TV shows and movies are available on the Disney Plus launch date in the US at the link below:
What original and exclusive movies and TV shows did Disney Plus have for the November 12 launch date?
These are the Disney Plus original and exclusive movies and TV shows that were available to stream for the launch day on November 12:
Noelle – a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick as the daughter of Santa Claus. The movie also stars Bill Hader.
Lady and the Tramp – a live action-CGI remake of the classic Disney animated film.
The Mandalorian – A 10-episode live-action TV series based in the Star Wars universe. It centers on an unnamed Mandalorian bounty hunter. The series has been renewed for a second season, due in fall 2020.
High School Musical – The Musical: The Series – A TV series reboot of the popular Disney Channel movie series. The show has already been renewed for a second season.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum – A NatGeo series centering on actor Jeff Goldblum and his look at interesting things on the planet. The series has been renewed for a second season, due in fall 2020.
The Imagineering Story – A six-part docuseries that focuses on the works of the Imagineers. They have combined art and engineering to bring the Disney parks attractions to life.
Sparkshorts – Disney’s Pixar animation group has a number of exclusive shorts that can be streamed now on Disney Plus.
Pixar in Real Life – Another Pixar-based series, but this one is not animated. Instead, this docu-series will see classic Pixar movie characters interact with real humans in a “Candid Camera” type of way.
Forky Asks A Question – A series of shorts featuring Forky, the new character from Toy Story 4.
Encore – Former students reunite to once again stage their high-school musical as adults.
Marvel’s Hero Project – A series about kids who are making a difference in their communities.
In addition, Disney Plus has posted One Day at Disney on the service. It is a feature-length documentary that will look at the lives of Disney employees around the world. It was filmed during one day on the job, February 21, 2019. After the feature film is released, Disney Plus will show One Day at Disney short subjects every week, and each will focus on just one employee in the Walt Disney company.
What other original and exclusive movies and TV shows are now available on the service?
Since the November 12 launch date, Disney Plus has added a number of new and original movies and TV shows:
- Togo – a movie based on the real-life story of a sled dog, Togo, and his master who have to transport a diphtheria serum to Nome, Alaska in 1925.
- Diary of a Female President – A show about a 12-year old Cuban-American girl who is destined to become the President of the United States. This show will actually be made by CBS Studios, rather than by Disney.
- Pick of the Litter – A docuseries about six dogs being trained to be guide dogs for the blind.
- Timmy Failure – a movie based on the popular children’s book series of the same name
- Stargirl – a movie based on the young adult novel of the same name
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The seven and final season of the cult-favorite animated TV series set in between Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
- Be Our Chef – Families complete to cook dishes, with the winning dishes to be offered at Disney’s theme parks.
- Shop Class – Students compete to create new and cool gadgets.
What other original and exclusive movies and TV shows will be available on the service?
Here’s a quick look at the many other original films and TV shows that are either in production now or have been completed that will make their exclusive debut on Disney Plus:
Disney Plus original films
- Magic Camp – a family comedy centering on a summer camp for magicians
- Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe – A new animated movie based on the classic Disney Channel series
- Secret Society of Second Class Royals – This movie centers on a princess who is second in line to the throne of her kingdom, who discovers she has superpowers.
In addition, Disney is in early development for a ton of other movies for the streaming service, including remakes of many of its live-action comedies, such as Three Men and a Baby, Father of the Bride, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, and The Parent Trap. Also, live-action remakes of other classic Disney animated films are in development for Disney Plus, including The Sword in the Stone and Peter Pan.
Future original scripted TV shows
Here’s a look at the TV shows that have been confirmed as being in development for Disney Plus:
- Lizzie McGuire – This is a sequel series to the popular Disney Channel teen comedy show. It will feature Hillary Duff reprising her role as the title character, who is now 30 years old.
- Monsters at Work – A TV show based on the universe of Pixar’s Monsters Inc and Monsters University animated films
- The Sandlot – A show based on the cult hit kids baseball film
- Chip ‘n’ Dale – A new reboot of Disney’s animated show featuring the two chipmunks Chip and Dale
- Life and Death – A half-hour sitcom about a child who grows up in the 1970s with two deaf parents.
- Muppets Now – A new series of shorts featuring the Muppets characters.
- Big Shot – John Stamos will star as fired college basketball coach. He’s then hired to be a coach and teacher at an all-girls high school.
- The Biggest Star In Appleton – Kristin Chenoweth will star in this half-hour comedy. She plays a small town mom, wife, and waitress who is also the star performer at her town’s local theater.
- The Mighty Ducks – A reboot of the hit movie about a kid’s hockey team
Future original Star Wars TV shows
There will be at least three original Star Wars-based TV shows on Disney Plus:
- Untitled Star Wars: Rogue One prequel series – a TV show that centers on rebel spy Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna, before the events of Rogue One
- Untitled Star Wars: Obi-Wan series – Ewan McGregor will return to the role he took on during the Star Wars prequel movies in this series. Currently, this series is on “indefinite hold” in terms of production but it has not been canceled.
- Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge – This will be a game show made for kids with Star Wars-themed challenges. Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best will be the host.
Future original Marvel TV shows
If you are a fan of the MCU movies, get ready for a ton of original Marvel shows set in that universe on Disney Plus
- Falcon and The Winter Soldier – A Marvel series that teams up two of the superheroes that have been previous teammates of Captain America.
- WandaVision – A Marvel series that focuses on The Scarlet Witch and Vision couple
- Loki – A six-episode TV show based on Loki, the popular Marvel Studios supervillain. Actor Tom Hiddleston will reprise that role for the series.
- Hawkeye – Jeremy Renner will return to his role as Marvel’s top archer in this series.
- Ms. Marvel – A Marvel Studios series centering on the Pakistani-American superhero of the same name.
- Moon Knight – Yet another Marvel Studios series, this one telling the story of Marc Spector, a dark vigilante with moon-based powers
- She-Hulk – The gamma-powered woman who is also a lawyer will be the subject of another Marvel Studios series.
- Marvel What If – A animated series that takes a look at how the Marvel Cinematic Universe would look if certain events had happened differently.
Future original non-scripted TV shows
Disney will also launch a number of non-scripted TV shows on Disney Plus:
- Ink & Paint – the story of the women who worked on Disney’s classic animated films.
- Marvel’s 616 – A show about how Marvel Comics stories and characters intersect with the real world.
- Earthkeepers – A look at people dedicated to preserving endangered animals.
- Rogue Trip – A travel series centering on overlooked destinations.
- (Re)Connect – Families with issues try to come back together with the help of experts.
- Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies – A look at props and costumes from well known Disney films.
- Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 – A series that goes behind the scenes of the creation of the upcoming CGI movie sequel.
What about all of that Fox content and Hulu?
As mentioned, Disney has now acquired much of the content of 21st Century Fox. That means Disney will have the movie and TV rights to franchises like Aliens, Predator, Planet of the Apes, and the X-Men-Deadpool Marvel Comics characters. However, Disney Plus will launch for a family audience, which means that much of Fox’s franchises, which are made for an older audience, won’t show up on the Disney streaming service.
However Disney chairman Bob Iger has stated that a number of former Fox franchises will be rebooted in some way for Disney Plus. Specific movie franchises that were mentioned included Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Cheaper by the Dozen.
The good news for Disney is that it now effectively controls all of Hulu. It originally owned 30 percent, and then it bought the 30 percent share once owned by Fox. Recently, it made a deal with Comcast to buy the remaining interest it has in Hulu in about five years, but Comcast also agreed to give operational control of the service to Disney. Hulu currently has about 20 million subscribers. Disney has indicated that it could offer content of the properties that it bought in the Fox deal on Hulu, rather than on Disney Plus.
More recently, shows that were slated originally for Disney Plus have now been moved to Hulu. That includes the recently released TV adaptation of High Fidelity, and the upcoming Love, Simon show (now to be titled Love, Victor).
The best on Disney Plus
As we said, there’s a ton of content you can stream on the service. Here are some of our guides showing the best of Disney Plus.
If you want to know more about Disney Plus, including some how to articles and how it compares with Netflix, check out our dedicated posts below:
That’s all we currently know about Disney Plus. What do you think of the Disney streaming service as it now stands, and do you plan to sign up for it when it launches?
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