Disney Plus is one of the newest streaming services on the block, but it's already made a name for itself. In fact, it's built up millions of subscribers and a massive library of content since its launch just over a year ago. And because that library includes everything from Star Wars to Marvel, it's showing no signs of slowing down.
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Disney Plus is exactly what we need right now, all things considered. As we mentioned in our Disney Plus review, the service is crammed with hundreds of hours of feel-good content across a variety of genres. That means you can be watching everything from Disney films to new episodes of The Simpsons in super-sharp 4K resolution at the press of a button.
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, and the most important question of all: whether it's worthwhile.
Let's get down to business (heh) and discuss all things Disney Plus.
What's on Disney Plus?
What can you watch on Disney Plus? The answer is 'a lot'. In fact, we can't fault the service's library; you have hundreds of hours of TV and movies to choose from, not to mention documentaries by National Geographic.
It's home to more than a few pop-culture juggernauts, too. For starters, most films that take place within the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' can be seen on Disney Plus at the moment (except for those tied up at other studios, such as Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk). Star Wars is also well represented - every instalment of the saga is available here, including animated shows such as The Clone Wars and The Bad Batch. When combined with The Simpsons and beyond, you've got quite the line-up on your hands.
What is the Star channel on Disney Plus?
Audiences in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have access to an even bigger range of drama via the Star add-on. This new channel is packed with sitcoms like Modern Family or genre classics such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to say nothing of Oscar-winners including Nomadland. As a result, Star fills a niche that Disney Plus has been lacking for some time - more grown-up content.
Don't worry about your kids watching something they shouldn't, though. It's quick and easy to lock Star behind parental controls, and you'll have the opportunity to do so right away.
Will shows and movies leave Disney Plus?
Even though Disney owns a lot of content, licenses make things tricky. That means movies and shows aren't always guaranteed to be available on Disney Plus in perpetuity. Classic Disney properties like Aladdin aren't going anywhere, and neither are series created especially for the platform (Loki, say). But content created by other companies? That may come and go.
The exception to the rule is Raya and the Last Dragon now that it's finished its theatrical run. Because the movie was on Disney Plus Premier Access and in theatres this March, it disappeared after May 5 for anyone that didn't purchase it (don't worry though, you can still watch Raya and the Last Dragon if you bought it via Premier Access). The film will be available again for free as part of the Disney Plus membership this June 4.
We imagine it'll be a similar story for Cruella and Black Widow when they arrive on Premier Access. They'll probably vanish once their theatrical run is over, only to reappear for all subscribers after a few months.
Are Disney Plus shows and movies in their original format?
This varies from case to case. And it's not all bad; 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. In addition, insensitive cartoons from Disney's past with outdated attitudes or portrayals now come with a disclaimer.
However, some alterations are a bit more controversial. To start with, a handful of changes were made to Star Wars including Greedo saying "McClunkey" before meeting his end. Meanwhile, Hamilton has had some of its swearing trimmed back.
Disney Plus cost
No matter where you are in the world, the Disney Plus cost is surprisingly reasonable - it's usually less than a Standard HD month of Netflix.
Because most of us can't get a Disney Plus free trial anymore, there are two possible deals to choose from: a monthly or yearly subscription. If you're based in the United States, you get even more options that range from exclusive Disney Plus bundles to a Disney Plus gift card.
You can see the full roundup of offers below or in our guide to getting a Disney Plus sign-up.
Disney Plus - USA
Disney Plus (monthly) | $7.99 per month
The standard monthly subscription to Disney Plus is the cheapest way of getting the streaming service right now. Although it's $7.99p/m, it's still pretty good value considering the sheer amount amount of content you're getting for your money. In addition, it isn't difficult to cancel if you get bored. There's no binding contract to speak of, so you can bow out whenever you want.
Disney Plus (one year) | $79.99 one-off payment
Want maximum value for money? This 12-month membership is the way to go. It slashes the Disney Plus cost by $16 overall, effectively giving you 12 months of the service for the cost of 10.
Disney Plus + Hulu + ESPN Plus package | $13.99 per month
Besides being a tempting offer in and of itself, this is even better value if you already watch any combination of the above (or are tempted to invest in Hulu or EPSN Plus separately). That's because it saves you around $7 every month - the Disney Plus cost, in other words. Lovely stuff.
Disney Plus+ Hulu (no ads) + ESPN Plus | $19.99 per month
This offer is exactly the same as the triple bundle above, but with one key difference - you're not getting ads on Hulu. Because these interrupt your shows or movies with annoying regularity - especially on more popular titles - paying the extra few bucks to get shot of them entirely is more than worth your time.
Disney Plus gift card (1 year) | $79.99 one-off payment
Hunting down a present for your friends or family? Left the gift-giving a little late? This card saves you almost $16 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) | $11.99 per month
The Disney Plus cost is just $12p/m in Canada for new subscribers, 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. No matter whether you're into Star Wars, Marvel, or classic Disney, there's more than enough to keep you busy.
Disney Plus (one year) | $119.99 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 more than $16 on the standard monthly Disney Plus cost, which is always welcome - you're essentially getting 12 months for the price of 10.
Disney Plus - UK
Disney Plus (monthly) | £7.99 per month
The Disney Plus cost is currently £7.99p/m for new subscribers, and that gives you everything the service has to offer in sharp 4K wherever possible. That's cracking value considering the hundreds of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more you're getting access to. In addition, loads of original content is on the way as well. Namely, we're getting 10 Star Wars and 10 Marvel shows over the next few years alone. Not bad at all.
Disney Plus (one year) | £79.90 one-off payment
Alternatively, you can get a full year of Disney Plus for just under £80. That's roughly £14 less than paying for the service month-by-month, giving you two months for free. Lovely.
Disney Plus gift card (1 year) | £79.90 one-off payment
Wanting to get a thoughtful but straightforward present for your family, friends, or loved ones? The Disney Plus Gift Subscription Card is perfect, especially if you've left things a little late. That's because it's delivered digitally to any email you choose whenever you like. It also saves you around £14 compared to buying Disney Plus month by month, so it's good value for money. However, be aware that it's only redeemable by people who aren't already Disney Plus members.
Disney Plus - Australia
Disney Plus (monthly) | $11.99 per month
A normal month of Disney Plus is available for only $11.99 in Australia and $12.99p/m 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) | $119.99 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 cost (the same is true for New Zealand, albeit with a slightly different cost of $129.99). If you know you're going to be watching for long-haul, this is the deal to choose.
Disney Plus exclusives
There's more than enough original content on Disney Plus to keep you busy. Two seasons of live-action Star Wars show The Mandalorian can be found here, for example, and it's now possible to watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in its entirety. You can even stream Hamilton (the original, beloved Broadway version from 2016) via Disney Plus. The list goes on, and it's only going to keep growing.
Here's a breakdown of the biggest and best exclusives that are available on Disney Plus right now.
- The Mandalorian - As the first live-action Star Wars series, this generated enough hype to become mandatory viewing each week. It features a bounty hunter and his mysterious companion, nicknamed 'Baby Yoda' by fans.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Set after Avengers Endgame, this series sees Falcon grappling with Captain America's legacy while the Winter Soldier tries to make amends for his past. It's an exciting look at what's next for the MCU.
- WandaVision - Wanda Maximoff and her beloved Vision star in this new chapter of the MCU saga. But wait a minute: isn't he dead? And why are they living in period sitcoms? It's an intriguing idea that leads into future films.
- Raya and the Last Dragon - This animated movie from the creators of Moana whisks us off to a land overrun by monsters, mythical beasts, and heroes. It's delightful and touching in equal measure so is well worth a watch.
- Soul - A heartfelt story about a musician who dies unexpectedly... so tries to find his way back to the world of the living. Because it's an Oscar award-winner for best animated feature and best score, you should definitely check it out.
- Hamilton - This is a recording of the 2016 musical from Broadway, and it features the original cast (including Lin Manuel Miranda and Daveed Diggs). It tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through songs inspired by everything from hip hop to R&B.
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch - An animated successor to The Clone Wars series, this show follows an elite unit as they struggle to find their place in an Empire that doesn't need them anymore. If you liked Clone Wars or Rebels, you'll love this.
- The Imagineering Story - Want to be inspired? Here's a fascinating, in-depth look at the history of the Disney theme parks (including Disney World) and the incredible tech powering their inventions.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series - A feel-good series where students at East High attempt to recreate the movie on-stage, all while getting up to shenanigans of their own. It's fun, light-hearted, and silly in the best kind of way.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 - The highly-anticipated finale of The Clone Wars animated show pits ex-Jedi Ahsoka Tano against Darth Maul... all while the events of Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith kick off. If you liked Ahsoka in the Mandalorian, you can see where she comes from here.
- Lego Star Wars Holiday Special - Taking place after the events of Rise of Skywalker, this animated special shows Rey training Finn in the ways of the Jedi with help from masters of the past. Quite literally. It's goofy and good-natured, making it perfect Holiday viewing.
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum - A quirky documentary series that rattles through a range of subjects from gaming to coffee, hosted by none other than Jeff Goldblum himself. If that's not reason enough to watch, we don't know what is.
- Prop Culture - This documentary series pulls back the curtain on props from movies that are beloved all over the world, including Pirates of the Caribbean and Tron. It's surprisingly good, so we'd recommend checking it out.
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers - Following on from the 1992 film, this series jumps to the present day to see how the eponymous hockey team are getting on almost 30 years later. It's a smart revival that doesn't rest on its laurels.
- Noelle - A charming Christmas comedy with Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, Noelle establishes 'Santa Clause' as a family business where the mantle is passed down through the generations.
- Black is King - Beyonce's visual album (inspired by the Lion King) is exclusive to Disney Plus, and you won't find it anywhere else. That alone makes it worthy of your attention.
- Lady and the Tramp (2019) - A live-action remake of the classic Disney cartoon, this adaptation stars Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. The visuals blend real-life dogs with CGI to maximum effect.
- The One and Only Ivan - With an all-star cast that includes Sam Rockwell and Angelina Jolie, the children's book hits the big screen with a gorilla escaping from captivity in an attempt to uncover his past. It's nice, easy-watching.
- One Day at Disney - Documents the people behind Disney's magic, allowing viewers to experience animation at Pixar, the intricacies of theme park Imagineering, and beyond. If you want to know what goes on behind closed doors, this is for you.
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 TV shows arriving over the next couple of years. Chief among them is Loki (due to air in June of 2021), and it's followed by an animated Marvel 'What If...?' series that explores alternate timelines. As for a galaxy far, far away, season 3 of The Mandalorian is in the works alongside spin-offs focusing on Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi (not to mention a series featuring Cassian Andor from Rogue One in the not-so-distant future).
Want an itemized list? No problem.
- Cruella (Premier Access, May 28 2021) - As well as being released in theaters, Cruella de Vil's origin story will also be available through Premier Access this year. It costs you a bit extra, but you'll then be able to watch the movie as often as you like.
- Loki (June 11 2021) - A time-hopping series that sees the return of Tom Hiddleston in the title role. Because this is a parallel timeline-version of the god of mischief (the one who escaped with the Tesseract during Endgame), he hasn't yet been redeemed for his villainous ways. That means more fun for us.
- Luca (June 18 2021) - This colorful film from Pixar follows two young friends as they go on adventures across the Italian Riviera. The twist? They're sea creatures in disguise.
- Black Widow (Premier Access, July 9 2021) - Taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, this long-awaited solo outing sees Black Widow tackle her dark past. It's also a simultaneous theater and Premier Access release, meaning audiences can watch it in the cinema or at home for a small fee if they so choose.
- Marvel's What If...? (2021) - An animated series that digs into some fun alternate universes, like Peggy Carter becoming Captain Britain, T'Challa taking up the mantle of Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, or a zombie Steve Rogers.
- Hawkeye (2021) - The Avenging archer returns for a series that sees Hawkeye training his new protege, Kate Bishop. This one seems to draw inspiration from a recent comic book storyline by Matt Fraction and David Aja, which is great news; that run was fantastic.
- Monsters at Work (2021) - This is a TV sequel to the original Monsters Inc film from Pixar, and it follows the monster world's transition from scream power to laughter energy.
- Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett (2021) - This surprise announcement at the end of The Mandalorian season 2 got everyone talking, but we don't know much about it other than the fact that it's starring our favorite bounty hunter and his sharp-shooting companion, Fennec Shand.
- Star Wars: Ahsoka (date TBC) - It's high time that Ahsoka, Jedi star of the Clone Wars animated series, got her own show. Now we can expect a live-action take on the character following on from her cameo in The Mandalorian.
- 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 as he battles the Empire. Although it won't feature K2-SO, we're hoping the sarcastic droid will turn up in a later season.
- Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic (date TBC) - We're not sure what this series will involve, but it seems to be spinning directly out of The Mandalorian and is set within the same time-period.
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (date TBC) - Obi-Wan is back for his own solo series, and Ewan McGregor is returning to portray the world-weary Jedi once more. Because this season is set between Episodes III and IV, it'll be a glimpse at what he got up to during his exile on Tatooine.
- Star Wars: Lando (date TBC) - A Lando series is coming to Disney Plus. About time! The smooth-talking smuggler was one of the highlights of the original trilogy and Solo, so being able to revisit his adventuring days is irresistible.
- Star Wars: Acolyte (date TBC) - Another live-action Star Wars show is on the way, but this one is set way back in the era of the High Republic (Disney's new publishing initiative taking place hundreds of years before the prequels).
- Moon Knight (date TBC) - The amoral Moon Knight will make his debut on Disney Plus, and his multiple personalities are likely to be a focus. This one stars Oscar Isaac and promises some wild action full of Egyptian moon gods and superpowers.
- Ms. Marvel (date TBC) - We're getting a series revolving around the MCU's first Muslim superhero in Ms. Marvel, and we can't wait. Starring newcomer Iman Vellani, it follows an Avengers fan who gains powers.
- She-Hulk (date TBC) - Lawyer and all-around badass Jennifer Walters arrives in the MCU with this series. With Tatiana Maslany in the title role, it'll probably explore her origin as a Hulk and features Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner (her cousin) alongside his old foe, Abomination.
- 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. Your guess is as good as ours.
- 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. We don't know when it'll arrive, either.
- Night at the Museum reboot (date TBC) - Night at the Museum is yet another do-over for Disney Plus, though a release window hasn't been announced yet. As with the other reboots, we know very little about it right now.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (date TBC) - The popular book series is, you've guessed it, being reworked for Disney Plus as we speak. We'll probably know more within the next year or so.
Disney Plus Premier Access explained
Disney Plus occasionally features the 'Premier Access' add-on to go with its lineup of films and TV shows. What is Premier Access, though? And do you have to pay for it separately?
To answer the first question, think of Premier Access like going to the cinema. It allows you to see brand-new movies from the comfort of your own home on the same day they hit theaters, albeit for a small fee. So long as you've got an existing Disney Plus membership, it'll cost $29.99 in the US, £19.99 in the UK, $34.99 in Canada, and $34.99 in Australia.
In essence, Premier Access allows you to see blockbusters when they release even if you can't get to the big screen because of coronavirus restrictions. Just remember, you need a Disney Plus subscription before you can use Premier Access.
Is there anything on Premier Access right now? Not at the moment, but that's set to change. Cruella and Black Widow are coming to the service soon, for example; Cruella will arrive this May 28, while Black Widow follows on July 9. They'll probably be available to purchase with Premier Access for a month or so in total, at which point they'll disappear again.
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.
Disney Plus errors
Even an entertainment giant like Disney struggles to contend with millions of subscribers tuning into their streaming service, so it makes sense that there would be a few errors here and there.
Although most issues have been resolved by now, a few still exist. For the most part, they're easy to sort out. But if you consistently have issues, we've got a few tips for you to try below.
- Log out of Disney Plus, then log in again: OK, so we know you've probably tried this already - our apologies. But most of the time, it provides a quick and easy fix. All you need to do is select your profile, go to 'Account Details', and select 'log out of all devices'. As this would suggest, it'll sign you out of every device using Disney Plus. You're then free to log in again.
- Check your internet and make sure Disney Plus isn't down for everyone: If you're struggling, we'd recommend making sure that your internet is still active - take a look at the router or your other devices. If everything seems fine, have a quick look at the Disney Plus help account on Twitter to see if the streaming service is offline or down for maintenance.
- Delete the app and re-download it: The nuclear option of error code solutions. If you're getting nowhere, it's worth getting rid of the app on your TV or device and then re-downloading it. This could straighten out any issues Disney Plus was having.
Still hitting a brick wall? We'd suggest contacting Disney Plus Help on Twitter. You can also head over to the Disney Plus Help Centre and enter your error code, email them via DisneyPlusHelp@Disney.com, or contact customer service on 888-905-7888 if you're based in the US.
For an explanation of the most common issues, remember to check out our Disney Plus error guide.