It's been more than a year since the Disney Plus streaming service launched -- and its global rollout will continue through the remainder of 2021! It's safe to say the platform has established itself as one of the premier streaming platforms, thanks to its exclusive family-friendly offerings from Disney itself and Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, and 20th Century Studios.
While the catalog size may not rival Netflix and the competition just yet, some awesome Disney+ originals are available. The latest Disney Investor Day event revealed that at least 10 Marvel and 10 Star Wars series would hit the platform over the next few years.
Odds are you're interested, but still unsure how much a Disney+ subscription costs, right? Thankfully, there are several different plan options for Disney+, with fees ranging from $7.99 to $13.99 per month. You can also sign up for an annual plan to save a little extra. Let's take a second to break down the current offers and then get into the details about Disney+ -- including where it's available, how the prices compare to other services, and more.
Disney+ Price By Country
|Country||Monthly rate||Annual rate|
|Argentina||ARS$ 385||ARS$ 3.850|
|Austria||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Belgium||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Brazil||BRL$ 27,90||BRL$ 279,90|
|Canada||$11.99 CAD||$119.99 CAD|
|Chile||CLP$ 6.500||CLP$ 64.900|
|Colombia||COP$ 23.900||COP$ 239.900|
|Denmark||79 DKK||790 DKK|
|Finland||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|France||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Germany||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Greenland||59 DKK||589 DKK|
|Iceland||8,99 €||89,99 €)|
|India (as Disney+ Hotstar)||Rs 299||Rs 1,499|
|Indonesia (as Disney+ Hotstar)||Rp 39,000||Rp 199,000|
|Ireland||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Italy||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Luxembourg||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Monaco||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Mexico||MXN$ 159||MXN$ 1.599|
|Netherlands||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Norway||89 NOK||890 NOK|
|Peru||PEN$ 25,90||PEN$ 259,90|
|Portugal||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Spain||8,99 €||89,99 €|
|Sweden||89 SEK||890 SEK|
|Switzerland||12.90 CHF||129 CHF|
Disney+ started rolling out a series of subscription increases in global markets in mid-February. Disney announced the price increase as it began rolling out the new Star section of the app in countries where Hulu is not available, as well as paying for the absolutely insane amount of content slated for the next three years from Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and more.
The Star brand page on Disney+ is currently accessible to subscribers in Australia, Austria, Canada, Europe, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK. Specifically, the Star brand library consists of movies and TV shows from Disney Television Studios, FX Productions, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures. Highlights include Grey's Anatomy, 24, and The X-Files, as well as brand new originals such as Love, Victor, and Solar Opposites.
The Disney+ and Star services are expected to launch in Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan by the end of 2021.
Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN+ bundle explained
Disney+ currently offers one bundle with ESPN+ and Basic Hulu for just $13.99 a month. That's right; you can access all the content from all three platforms for roughly as much as the Standard Netflix plan. By bundling the three services together, you end up saving about $5 per month, which is like getting ESPN+ for free.
So what does $14 a month get you? To start, you get unlimited access to Disney+ and its library of over 7,500 episodes and over 500 films from Disney, 20th Century Studios, Marvel, National Geographics, and Star Wars. In addition, you'll be able to access nearly 50,000 different titles from Hulu and watch all the sports your heart desires on ESPN+. ESPN+ has exclusive UFC fights, NCAA football, baseball, basketball, and professional NHL, MLB, NFL, and more.
The Hulu plan included is the ad-supported one, but you can also upgrade to Hulu (No Ads) or Hulu + Live TV. Your savings aren't higher just for getting a more expensive bundle — it's just under $5 savings at every level — but it does allow you to build a bundle that fits you and your family. If you want to have Live TV so that it's easier for you to watch your favorite shows, you can. If you just want to skip all those incessant ads during your favorite shows, you can do that, too, even though Disney would prefer you didn't because they make more money from ad-supported Hulu than the No Ads upgrade.
|Plan name||Hulu only monthly price||Disney+ Bundle monthly price|
|Hulu (No Ads)||$11.99||$19.99|
|Hulu + Live TV||$54.99||$62.99|
|Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV||$60.99||$68.99|
Verizon Wireless also currently offers the Disney+ Bundle free to customers who subscribe to a selection of eligible Unlimited wireless plans for six months. All you need to do is sign up, switch or upgrade to the Do More Unlimited or Start Unlimited plans, and the Disney, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle will be included. If you're already subscribed to one of Verizon's discontinued Unlimited plans, you may still be eligible to add the Disney+ Bundle to your account.
However, it's worth pointing out that Verizon mobile accounts that have already redeemed a Verizon Disney+ 12 months free or Disney+ 6 months free promotion are not eligible to get a second Verizon Disney+ promotion for that mobile account.
Disney+ Deals for UK
The UK's O2 network is currently offering a sweet deal on Disney+, giving new customers six months of the service for free. All you have to do is select Disney+ as an added extra when signing up. Existing O2 subscribers fear not! You can also benefit from this partnership in the form of bill credits. Additionally, if you're already a Disney+ subscriber in the UK, you can still get six months free via O2. Again, all you have to do is choose Disney+ as an Extra, and it'll credit you the cost of six months.
The Tesco supermarket chain also offers an impressive Disney+ deal to its most loyal customers. Clubcard holders can exchange just £8 worth of reward vouchers for a full three-month Disney+ subscription as part of the new campaign. Based on the current £7.99 monthly subscription fee, the deal offers savings of £23.97. Tesco's Disney+ deal is available to both new and existing Disney+ customers.
Where can you stream Disney+ right now?
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- India (branded as Disney+ Hotstar)
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
- United States
A continued rollout in East Asia is taking place in 2021 and 2022.
How does Disney Plus pricing compare to Netflix?
If you're comparing Disney+ versus Netflix, there are a few things you should consider. Netflix currently starts at $8.99 per month for its most basic plan, restricted to SD streaming. For HD streaming, you'd have to move to one of the other two tiers at $13.99 or $17.99, while Disney+ only offers a single tier which gives you access to SD and HD content for one low price. Netflix's most basic plan costs almost $25 more per year than Disney+, and that's before taking any discounts into account, such as the $70 Disney+ yearly membership offer.
Additionally, the Disney+ Bundle gives you access to ESPN+ and Hulu and Disney+, all for just $13.99 monthly. That's more comparable to Netflix's Standard plan, which includes HD content for that same monthly price, though you have access to three streaming services rather than just one.
Which service you choose really boils down to what you want to watch. Disney+ is perfect for families with kids interested in Disney animated movies, live-action Disney Channel shows and movies, and Pixar films, as well as adults who love Marvel movies, The Simpsons, and Star Wars. And the content doesn't end there. Netflix is great as well, and these days it's full of exclusive content that you can't watch elsewhere, from shows like Stranger Things and Bridgerton to movies like Moxie and Malcolm & Marie.
How does Disney Plus pricing compare to Amazon Prime Video?
Prime Video is made available as part of Amazon's Prime subscription, which costs $12.99 a month or $119 for the year. You can also choose to skip the Amazon Prime membership and pay for a standalone Prime Video membership, which costs $8.99 per month. Comparing the Amazon Prime subscription directly to Disney+ and its $7.99 a month fee is hardly fair, as Amazon Prime offers free shipping, cloud storage, and more, whereas Disney+ is strictly content. However, if you subscribe solely to Prime Video, then Disney+'s library of original content is superior.
There are some additional differences that are favorable to Disney+ as well. For example, while you have access to a variety of series and movies via Amazon Prime Video, you can only stream content on two devices at a time. In contrast, Disney allows up to four concurrent streams and up to seven user profiles.
How does Disney Plus pricing compare to Hulu?
On its own, Hulu pricing starts at $5.99 a month for the ad-supported version. If you want to upgrade to the commercial-free plan, it will set you back $11.99, and the Hulu with Live TV plan runs $64.99 a month. When comparing the base Disney+ package to the base Hulu package, you'll see that it's only $1 more, but where Disney+ wins is that it doesn't have ads. This puts it in better comparison to the $12 plan.
Where Hulu excels is in its content library. Disney+ is currently limited when you compare the two, but the target audience is also very different. Hulu doesn't compete with Disney+ when it comes to the movies and shows available, and Disney+ is actually creating its own original programming, which you obviously won't be able to access on Hulu. Each service has pros and cons, and quite honestly, the best thing is that you can bundle the two of them together for one low monthly cost.
How does Disney Plus pricing compare to YouTube TV?
YouTube TV is a service more aimed at someone who wants to cut the cord but still have access to tons of channels and programs as needed. Disney+, however, is a comprehensive library of older films and TV shows mixed with a growing library of new and original content. YouTube TV has more standard cable features, like DVR recording, a channel guide, and a soon-to-be added feature that allows users to save shows for offline viewing. In comparison, Disney+ is all on-demand content. Thanks to a recent increase, pricing also starts at $64.99 per month on YouTube TV, whereas Disney+ comes in at just $7 a month.
In addition to this, YouTube TV is only available in the U.S. right now, whereas Disney+ is available in 44 countries and counting.
Disney Plus shows & movies: What's available right now?
This service is a must-have for parents with younger children, from every Pixar movie like Toy Story and Up! to classic Disney animated films such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. It also includes a huge slate of movies you'll want to watch ahead of the new Marvel Studios series like WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Additionally, the platform is the place to go for new Star Wars content, including the first two seasons of The Mandalorian and upcoming series such as The Book of Boba Fett and Star Wars: Ahsoka.
When it comes to the best shows to watch on Disney+, you'll also find the entire catalog of The Simpsons and The Muppet Show, as well as a bevy of Disney Channel TV shows and original movies, from Lizzie McGuire and Hannah Montana to the High School Musical and Descendants franchises. It's also worth pointing out that some of the content available on Disney+ hasn't been available to watch at all for over a decade, such as the Disney Channel show So Weird, making Disney+ the only place to find certain shows and movies.
There are also new films such as Raya and The Last Dragon, Flora & Ulysses, and Pixar's Soul. To learn even more about Disney+, this guide can fill you in on everything you need to know.
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