Disney Plus is getting a huge price hike and ad-supported tier — here’s how much you’ll pay now

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Gulp. A Disney Plus price hike, its second in the less-than-three years since it launched, is coming. And it's really freaking big. Oh, and if you don't want to pay that much? An ad-supported Disney Plus is coming.

CNBC broke the news, but that's not the only bad news at hand. Fellow Disney-owned streaming service Hulu is also getting more expensive. All in all, two of the best streaming services are getting more expensive.

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Disney Plus$7.99$10.99 (Dec. 8)
Disney Plus with adsn/a$7.99 (Dec. 8)
Hulu with ads$6.99 $7.99 (Oct. 10)
Hulu without ads$12.99$14.99 (Oct. 10)
ESPN Plus$6.99$9.99 (Aug. 2022)

Disney Plus, which last had a price hike in March 2021 (going from $6.99 to $7.99) will be getting a much larger increase, of $3 more per month — now $10.99. That, though is for the ad-free Disney Plus. Ad-supported Disney Plus will be sold for $7.99 per month, the same existing rate. These changes go into effect on Dec. 8. 

Bizarrely, Disney's own press release mistakenly showed an incorrect $19.99 per month ad-free Disney Plus price. A Disney rep confirmed to Tom's Guide that this was an "error in the online version." 

Meanwhile, on October 10, Hulu's price goes up by $1 for the ad-supported version, now $7.99. Ad-free Hulu will go up to $14.99, from $12.99. This all comes on the back of the ESPN Plus price hike, which is $3 per month more now, which goes into effect this month.

Analysis: The Disney Bundle is the way to save 

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Ad-free Disney Plus, ad-supported Hulu and ESPN+$13.99$14.99

Current customers can save around $14 bucks when they get the Disney bundle, with ad-free Disney Plus ($10.99) and ad-supported Hulu ($7.99) and ESPN+ ($9.99). 

That bundle, you might notice, is also more expensive than it formerly was, as it's moving up to $13.99.

New customers? Well, they'll have three bundle offers to choose from:

  • Ad-supported Disney Plus and Hulu: $9.99 per month — savings of around $6
  • Ad-supported Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus: $12.99 — savings of about $13
  • Ad-free Disney Plus and Hulu with ESPN Plus: $19.99 — savings of about $16

The most interesting deal there is the new Disney Plus and Hulu bundle that's there for people (like myself) who see ESPN Plus as something unnecessary. There will not be an ad-free Disney Plus and Hulu bundle.

Annual pricing goes up too — but it's still available

There is one way to avoid the Disney Plus price increase.

Ad-free Disney Plus currently costs $79.99, and it's going up by $30, to $109.99 on Dec. 8. So, if you get the current annual deal now, you can save — especially when compared to the $51 per month more you'd spend at the new rate.

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Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.

  • nduke
    I had Disney+ and discontinued it. They do have a lot of brands included, but new content is extremely slow to add and very sparse. It's a far cry from Netflix that adds so much content even weekly at times. I know that Disney is (usually, but not always) a quality product, but I just can't see subscribing for more than a one month stint every 6 months or so.