Despite being one of the newest streaming services on the block, Disney Plus has already made a name for itself. Why? Its library includes everything from major franchises like Star Wars to brand-new TV shows, and plenty more is on the way.
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To help you decide if Disney Plus is for you, we've rustled up everything you need to know about the Netflix rival below. That includes pricing, availability, what's on it, and the most important question of all - whether it's actually worthwhile.
Either way, it couldn't have come at a better time. Disney has always been the perfect pick-me-up, and their streaming service is no different. As we mentioned in our Disney Plus review, it's crammed with hundreds of hours of feel-good content across a variety of genres. That means you can be watching Marvel movies, Pixar films, The Simpsons, Hamilton, and more at the press of a button. And because every Disney Plus membership also runs in 4K HDR whenever possible, they'll look great as well.
Let's get right to it.
What's on Disney Plus?
The Disney Plus library is extensive no matter where you are. More specifically, there's hundreds of hours of content available to you. Because Disney owns Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Fox, The Simpsons, and National Geographic, there's a lot on offer.
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For instance, most films set in the Avengers universe, aka the 'MCU', can be watched on Disney Plus right now (except a couple that are tied up with other studios, like Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk). What's more, some movies have actually been released on the service early thanks to COVID-19. That includes Frozen 2, Onward, and Artemis Fowl.
If you've got a spare moment, you can browse the whole catalogue (at the time of release, anyway) in video-form right here:
Shows, movies, and documentaries are being added all the time, so expect that list to change regularly. And more is on the way, of course. A couple of new Marvel TV shows set in the MCU will arrive before 2020 is through, a Home Alone reboot is in the pipeline as well, and Ewan McGregor has confirmed that he's returning for an Obi-Wan series in the not-so-distant future.
In other words? There's lots to keep you busy on Disney Plus during 2020 and beyond.
Will shows and movies leave Disney Plus?
Even though Disney owns an awful lot, rights and licenses can make things tricky. That means movies and shows aren't always guaranteed to be available on Disney Plus. Classic Disney properties like Aladdin aren't going anywhere, and neither are series created especially for the platform (Loki, say). However, content created by other companies may come and go.
Naturally, this isn't a problem exclusive to Disney. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and more have the same issue, so it isn't altogether surprising.
Are Disney Plus shows and movies in their original format?
This varies from case to case, but there have been a few changes that are worth keeping in mind. As an example, you can choose to watch seasons 1-19 of The Simpsons in the modern 16:9 format (which caused upset upon release, because it cut off a few visual gags) or the 4:3 original. A few other cartoons have been stretched as well, including classics such as Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers.
Meanwhile, there have been a couple of changes to shows and movies here and there; to start with, a handful of changes were made to Star Wars (including Greedo saying "McClunkey" before meeting his end), and Hamilton has had some of its swearing trimmed back. Meanwhile, insensitive cartoons from Disney's past with outdated attitudes or portrayals now come with a disclaimer.
Disney Plus cost
The price of Disney Plus is aggressively reasonable regardless of your location. Namely, it costs less than a Standard HD month of Netflix across the board. Considering how much content you're getting for your cash(and the fact that it'll stream in 4K HDR whenever possible), that's not bad value at all.
Most regions get two possible deals to choose from; monthly and yearly. We've listed their cost below, and you can find more details in our guide to getting a Disney Plus sign-up.
Based in the US? Lucky you - there are a few more options to take advantage of, including a Disney Plus gift card and other money-saving offers that we've included here. Want a complete overview? You can see the full list of deals on our Disney Plus bundle page.
Disney Plus - US
Disney Plus (monthly) | $6.99 per month
The standard month-by-month subscription to Disney Plus in the US is $6.99, and that's fairly reasonable considering how much you're getting for your money. It's easy to cancel, too - there's no binding contract.
Disney Plus (one year) | $69.99 one-off payment
If you want maximum value for money, this 12-month membership is the way to go. It cuts the cost of Disney Plus by $14 overall, essentially saving you two months compared to the standard monthly fee.
Disney Plus + Hulu + ESPN Plus package | $12.99 per month
This is a great offer if you already watch any combination of the above, or are tempted to invest in Hulu or EPSN Plus - it saves you roughly $6 each month.
Disney Plus gift card (1 year) | $69.99 one-off payment
Hunting down a present for your friends or family? This gift card saves you $14 compared to the normal month-by-month fee, and because it's digital you'll receive it instantly. Just remember, it's only redeemable by new members of Disney Plus.
Disney Plus - Canada
Disney Plus (monthly) | $8.99 per month
Disney Plus costs just $8.99 per month in Canada, and you can cancel at any time you like. That makes it an attractive proposition, especially considering how much you're getting for your money.
Disney Plus (one year) | $89.99 one-off payment
Going to be watching a lot of Disney Plus over the next few months? This is the deal to go for. It saves you approximately $16 on the standard monthly Disney Plus sub.
Disney Plus - UK
Disney Plus (monthly) | £5.99 per month
Disney Plus is £5.99 per month if you live in the UK, and that's cracking value considering the hundreds of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more you're getting access to.
Disney Plus (one year) | £59.99 one-off payment
Alternatively, you can get a full year of Disney Plus for £60. That's roughly £12 less than paying for the service month-by-month, giving you two months for free.
Disney Plus - Australia
Disney Plus (monthly) | $8.99 per month
A normal month of Disney Plus is available for only $8.99 in Australia, and it's sitting pretty at $9.99 in New Zealand. That's not bad at all, especially considering the many hundreds of hours of content you're getting with this offer.
Disney Plus (one year) | $89.99 one-off payment
A full year of Disney Plus is great value for money, particularly because it saves you two months' worth of cash on the standard monthly Disney Plus price (the same is true of either Australia or New Zealand, albeit with slightly different costs - it's $99.99 in NZ). If you know you're going to be watching for long-haul, this is the deal to choose.
Disney Plus exclusives
There's plenty of original content on Disney Plus that you won't find anywhere else. Hit Star Wars show The Mandalorian can be found there, not to mention remakes of classic films like Lady and the Tramp. You can even stream Hamilton via Disney Plus these days; the original and beloved Broadway version from 2016 is available on the service globally.
Here's a list of the exclusives on Disney Plus right now:
- The Mandalorian - The first live-action Star Wars series, following the adventures of a deadly bounty hunter.
- Hamilton - A filmed version of the hit musical from Broadway in 2016, featuring the original cast.
- Lady and the Tramp - A live-action remake of the classic Disney cartoon, starring Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux.
- Prop Culture - Pulls back the curtain on iconic props from movies that are known all over the world, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Tron.
- Artemis Fowl - The boy supervillain makes his way to Disney Plus in this big-budget adaptation. It was originally slated for theatres, but COVID-19 stopped that.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series - A feel-good series where students at East High attempt to recreate the movie on-stage.
- The Imagineering Story - An in-depth look at the history of the Disney theme parks, including Disney World and the tech behind their inventions.
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian - A behind-the-scenes look at the live-action Star Wars series, including Baby Yoda.
- One Day at Disney - Documents those behind the Disney magic, allowing viewers to experience everything from animation to theme park Imagineering.
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum - A documentary series on a range of subjects (from gaming to coffee) hosted by Jeff Goldblum himself.
- Noelle - A live action Christmas comedy movie with Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader that's currently exclusive to the US.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 - The highly-anticipated finale of The Clone Wars animated show, pitting Ahsoka Tano against Darth Maul.
- Disney Insider - Go behind-the-scenes of the Walt Disney company at large and explore everything from upcoming movies to its parks.
- Togo - Retelling the uplifting true story of a 1925 champion dogsled trainer, starring Willem Dafoe.
- Zenimation - Relaxing clips from animated Disney movies intended to chill out viewers and give them a moment of mindfulness.
- The Big Fib - Children's gameshow where contestants must sort the liars from the experts, preparing them for a world of "fake news".
- Stargirl - A romantic, offbeat coming-of-age story based on the bestselling novel of the same name.
- Marvel's Hero Project - This documentary celebrates the positive impact young Marvel fans are having on their communities.
- Pixar in Real Life - A series of lighthearted shorts that bring beloved Pixar characters to real-world New York.
- Be Our Chef - A cooking competition in Walt Disney World that sees families battling it out for a grand prize.
- One Day at Disney Shorts - A series of short films that follow different members of the Disney company as they go about their day.
- Disney Fairy Tale Weddings - Explores the weddings that take place in Disney parks and on Disney cruises.
- Pick of the Litter - Documents the journey of six puppies as they train to become guide dogs for the blind.
- Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made - Family-friendly comedy based on the popular book series for children.
- Diary of a Future President - A comedy charting the life of a teenage girl who will one day become President of the United States.
- Sparkshorts by Pixar - Collects a variety of memorable short films created by Pixar over the last few years.
- Encore! - A high school musical series featuring Kristen Bell, best known for her roles in Frozen and The Good Place.
- Forky Asks a Question - A series of funny but informative shorts starring Toy Story 4's Forky, the googly-eyed spork.
- Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 - A documentary that goes behind the scenes of Frozen 2.
- Lamp Life - A short film from Pixar showing what Bo Peep got up to between Toy Story 2 and 4.
- Short Circuit Experimental Films - A series of experimental animated films created by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
- Shop Class - A gameshow that tasks teams of students with creating new and innovative contraptions.
- Disney Family Sundays - Crafts-based show where families are taught to create something amazing based on beloved Disney films.
- It's a Dog's Life with Bill Farmer - The voice behind Goofy and Pluto travels the US to meet dogs doing unusual work.
- Disney Nature - A variety of Disney nature documentaries are now available on Disney Plus, spanning the elephants of Africa to the dolphins of the ocean.
This list will continue to grow in the coming months; a show revolving around Loki isn't all that far away, an Obi-Wan series set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope is in production, and big names like Night At the Museum are getting rebooted down the line. Basically, there are more than a few exclusives to get excited about.
What's coming to Disney Plus?
Now we're getting to the good stuff. If you're wondering what's in the pipeline for Disney Plus, you won't be disappointed - there are dozens of new, original movies and TV shows on their way over the next couple of years. That includes big-budget shows set in both the Marvel and Star Wars universes.
Chief among these is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and it's coming August 2020. Besides being the first Marvel Phase 4 TV show, it also has the brand-new Captain America - Sam Wilson - teaming up with Bucky Barnes to take on a villain from their past.
This will be closely followed by WandaVision in December 2020. The mini-series sees Wanda Maximoff reunited with her dearly departed Vision, and it looks super weird; it's set up like a sitcom, and will apparently have a big impact on the MCU going forward. That's an exciting prospect, especially with Loki, 'What If...?', Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel shows on their way.
As for the galaxy far, far away, we're getting The Mandalorian season 2 this October. We can then look forward to a spin-off focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi, not to mention a series featuring K-2SO and Cassian Andor from Rogue One.
That's not the end of it, either. More Disney exclusives like reboots of Home Alone, Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are in various stages of production.
Want an itemized list? No problem - we've got one right here:
- Rogue Trip (July 2020) - A tourism show hosted by ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff and his son, Mack.
- Muppets Now (July 2020) - The Muppets are back in action, and this mini-series returns them to their sitcom roots.
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (August 2020) - Set after the events of Avengers Endgame, this series stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as the Falcon trains to become Captain America.
- Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (August 2020) - The second movie spin-off to the popular animated show.
- WandaVision (December 2020) - This live-action series reunites Wanda Maximoff with the late Vision, and it promises big changes for the MCU.
- Marvel's 616 (2020) - A documentary series by a diverse range of filmmakers that'll examine the legacy of Marvel and the context behind its biggest stories.
- Loki (2021) - A live-action, time-hopping series that sees the return of Tom Hiddleston in the title role.
- Marvel's What If...? (2021) - An animated series that digs into some fun alternate universes, like Peggy Carter becoming Captain Britain or a zombie Steve Rogers.
- Hawkeye (2021) - The Avengers archer returns for this mini-series that sees Hawkeye training his protege, Kate Bishop.
- Monsters at Work (2021) - A TV sequel to the original Monsters Inc film that follows the monster world's transition to laughter energy.
- Cassian Andor Star Wars show (date TBC) - This will be a live-action prequel series to Rogue One, and it'll focus on Rebel spy Cassian and sarcastic 'bot K-2SO.
- Lizzie McGuire (date TBC) - Hilary Duff steps back into her famous role. We don't know when it'll be out, though; production has ground to a halt.
- Magic of the Animal Kingdom (date TBC) - A documentary series that takes a good look at life in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium.
- Earthkeepers (date TBC) - Cinematic documentary following conservationists and the animals they're trying to protect.
- (Re)Connect (date TBC) - An anthology series focusing on the modern American family, and the challenges they face.
- Moon Knight (date TBC) - The amoral Moon Knight will make his MCU debut on Disney Plus, and his multiple personalities are likely to be a focus.
- Ms. Marvel (date TBC) - We're getting a series revolving around the MCU's first Muslim superhero in Ms. Marvel, and it follows an Avengers fan who gains powers.
- She-Hulk (date TBC) - Lawyer and cousin of Bruce Banner Jennifer Walters arrives in the MCU with this series, and it'll probably explore her origin as a Hulk.
- Home Alone reboot (date TBC) - We know very little about this reboot at the moment, but it'll apparently be re-imagined for a new generation.
- Cheaper by the Dozen reboot (date TBC) - The 2003 comedy is also getting a rework for Disney Plus, but we don't know anything more at the moment.
- Night at the Museum reboot (date TBC) - Night at the Museum is yet another reboot for Disney Plus. As with the others, we know very little about it right now.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (date TBC) - The popular book series is being reworked for Disney Plus as we speak, and we'll probably know more soon.
Disney has gone all-in on their streaming service, so we can't imagine these are the only upcoming Disney Plus projects. As such, we'll keep this list updated as and when more are announced.
What devices are compatible with Disney Plus?
As you may expect from a multi-media giant like Disney, their streaming service is available almost everywhere. That means it's easy to get a hold of it regardless of whether you want to watch on TV, your phone, tablet, or console.
Here's the full list of devices compatible with Disney Plus right now:
- Samsung or LG Smart TV
- Xbox One
- Roku device
- Google Chromecast
- Apple TV
- Fire TV
- iOS/Android device
- Web browser
Most of the above will let you download the app and start watching straight away (so long as you've got an account, anyway). Thankfully, it's an easy process. The only downside? Disney Plus doesn't seem to be available on Nintendo Switch at the time of writing.
For more info, don't miss our guide on how to download Disney Plus.