A Disney Plus free trial in 2023 could really make a big difference with so many top streaming services out there. Just having the ability to test out what movies and TV shows are on offer before committing to a platform would be useful for both convenience and monetary purposes.
That said, unfortunately, all Disney Plus free trials were phased out a few years ago. So the cheapest way of trying the streaming service would be a standard month's subscription for $7.99 (with ads) in the US (opens in new tab) or £7.99 in the UK (opens in new tab). So, unless you're getting Disney as part of a membership with Verizon (opens in new tab) in North America or O2 (opens in new tab) in the UK, you won't find it for less. Damn you, Mickey!
Of course, we appreciate that nothing is cheaper than 'free' – but needs must! Additionally, seeing as there's no cancellation fee for a basic Disney membership, you can ultimately then jump ship before your subscription rolls over into the second month. We've listed pricing for each region below, along with some other alternatives now that the Disney Plus free trial is sadly no more. As for whether the service is worth your time in the first place, check out our full Disney Plus guide.
Disney Plus free trial - everything you need to know(opens in new tab)
Is there a Disney Plus free trial?
Unfortunately, you can no longer get a Disney Plus free trial in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia. It was removed a couple of years ago, and there's been no talk of bringing it back. With over 160 million subscribers too, Disney has no incentive to bring back the free trial either.
With that in mind, the cheapest method of signing up is a standard membership for $7.99 (with ads) in the US (opens in new tab), $11.99 in Canada (opens in new tab), £7.99 for UK viewers (opens in new tab), or $13.99 in Australia (opens in new tab). Besides being able to cancel whenever you like, you also get access to the full Disney Plus library in super-sharp 4K resolution where possible (there are no restrictions or tiers to worry about, at least not yet).
Will the Disney Plus free trial come back?
If you're curious about if and when a Disney Plus free trial will return, you're not alone. We're wondering the same thing, but it isn't looking good. Disney Plus now has over 160 million subscribers since launching in November 2019, showing how popular it's become in a short period of time without a free test period. So, with that, there's no incentive for Disney to reverse its removal and we don't expect one to return in near future.
Even though we can see the Disney Plus free trial getting an encore during promotional pushes (maybe sometime in later 2023), the odds still aren't great. Disney seems content to rely on a stream of original content that'll reel in audiences instead, and there's more than enough on the horizon to pique interest for even the most belligerent viewer.
Whether it's Peter Pan and Wendy, Secret Invasion, Loki (opens in new tab) season 2, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, X-Men '97, The Mandalorian (opens in new tab) season 3, there are plenty of headline-grabbing must-watches on the way. We've even rounded up the 30 best movies on Disney Plus to watch right now to help make that decision easier.
Instead of a Disney Plus trial, perhaps the best we can hope for is a discount like the one we got during Disney Plus Day. This temporarily reduced the price to $1.99 for a single month if you were a new or returning subscriber.
Disney Plus free trial alternatives(opens in new tab)
Cheesed off that the Disney Plus free trial has gone? Don't worry, it's not a total disaster. Disney Plus bundles are reasonably affordable, and some offers are available to get you the service for less. We've listed the latest prices below.
As we explained in our Disney Plus sign-up guide, a price increase and ads made their way out to those in the US for December 2022. It's likely that the UK, Canada, Australia, and others will follow suit sometime in 2023 but the good news is that the cheapest version remains under $8. The bad news is that ads are now included. See below for all the updated prices.
Disney Plus - US
Disney Plus with ads (monthly) | $7.99 per month (opens in new tab)
Now that the Disney Plus trial is no more, this standard subscription with ads is the cheapest way of getting the service. It gives you access to everything Disney Plus has on offer, and you can cancel whenever you like.
Disney Plus ad-free (monthly) | $10.99 per month (opens in new tab)
As of December 8th, Disney Plus increased its standard ad-free subscription to $10.99. This gives you access to everything the streaming service has on offer without any interruptions.
Disney Plus ad-free (annually) | $109.99 one-off payment (opens in new tab)
If you're in it for the long haul, this annual pass is much better value for money. It gets you 12 months for the price of 10. It's also only available for the ad-free version of Disney Plus.
Disney Plus with ads + Hulu with ads (monthly) | $9.99 a month (opens in new tab)
Taking up both Disney Plus and Hulu with ads can also be beneficial with this bundle coming in at just under $10. This gains you access to everything on Disney Plus and Hulu.
Disney Plus with ads + Hulu with ads + ESPN Plus with ads | $12.99 per month (opens in new tab)
Want the best value deal now that the Disney Plus free trial is gone? This trio bundle provides three services including the original dramas of Hulu and live sports via ESPN Plus, alongside Disney Plus.
Disney Plus (no ads) + Hulu (no ads) + ESPN Plus | $19.99 per month (opens in new tab)
This bundle is exactly the same as the one above, but there's a key difference - you're avoiding the (quite annoying) ads on Hulu and Disney Plus.
Disney Plus gift card (annually)| $109.99 at Disney Plus (opens in new tab)
This offer is digital, so it can be delivered instantaneously to an email address of your choice (in other words, it's ideal for those of us who have left present-buying a bit late). Just remember that it can only be redeemed by new subscribers.
Disney Plus - Canada
Disney Plus (monthly) | $11.99 per month (opens in new tab)
If you're looking to get the streaming service for as little as possible now the Disney Plus free trial is no more, we'd recommend the standard membership. You won't find anything for less, but you're still getting access to the full library with no restrictions.
Disney Plus (annually) | $119.99 one-off payment (opens in new tab)
Settling in for the long haul with Disney Plus? You get maximum value by signing up for a full year. This saves you around $24 on the standard monthly cost of Disney Plus, and you're getting the Star channel as well.
Disney Plus - UK
Disney Plus (monthly) | £7.99 per month (opens in new tab)
Looking for the cheapest option now that the Disney Plus free trial is gone? This standard monthly subscription is your best bet. It gives you access to everything the service has to offer as well as the more mature Star channel.
Disney Plus (annually) | £79.90 one-off payment (opens in new tab)
Paying a one-off fee will get you the streaming service for a full year, and you'll save roughly £16 in the process compared to the monthly cost (you're getting 12 months for the price of 10).
Disney Plus gift card (annually) | £79.90 at Disney Plus (opens in new tab)
Delivered to any email address at any time you like, this is perfect as a last-minute gift. However, remember that the card can only be redeemed by new subscribers.
Disney Plus - Australia
Disney Plus (monthly) | $13.99 per month (opens in new tab)
A standard month of Disney Plus will set you back $14 in Australia and $14.99 in New Zealand (opens in new tab). It's a shame that the Disney Plus free trial is gone, but the standard rate isn't too bad considering that you're getting the new Star channel as well.
Disney Plus (annually) | $139.99 one-off payment (opens in new tab)
Getting hold of a full year of Disney Plus provides the best value for money. At $140 in Australia and $149.99 in New Zealand (opens in new tab), it saves you the equivalent of two months compared to the standard fee. Once again, you're getting everything on Disney Plus and Star for that price.
If you're keen to see if the service is worth your time, be sure to check out our full Disney Plus review. And if you want to upgrade your setup so you can watch shows like Moon Knight at their best, don't forget to drop in on our guide to the best gaming TVs. It's worth taking a look at the best 120Hz 4K TVs too.