Disney Plus boasts a gigantic library of classic movies, hit Marvel movies TV shows, and originals. But a huge Disney Plus price hike is about to make it all the more expensive. Its enormous catalog has been the key to its success and popularity and a reason why it's one of the best streaming services, as we note in our Disney Plus review. But the biggest questions surrounding Disney Plus often rotate around a one word question: "when?"
Most of the chatter is about upcoming Disney movies and shows, including The Mandalorian season 3, Fantastic Four, The Little Mermaid, a new live-action Snow White, Echo and The Thunderbolts. That said, Elton John Live: Farewell From Dodger Stadium will see Disney get into the live concerts space.
And the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special trailer just hit to make sure you stay around through the end of November. Want non-MCU holiday cheer? Disney's actually offering other stuff, too, such as Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again.
The service streams most of the Marvel movies in order, as we're still waiting on the Spider-Man movies and that one Hulk movie. Not only that, some of the Marvel movies that are already in the library got "bigger" thanks to a new feature called IMAX Enhanced. Plus, there's also the ability to soar through Skywalker saga and see the Star Wars movies in order.
There's also the Disney Plus Star channel, available everywhere but the U.S. — and making Disney Plus more complete with content from Hulu and elsewhere. This means you'll need to learn how to manage Disney Plus parental controls, because a lot of the new stuff isn't for younger audiences.
So, welcome to our guide to everything you need to know about Disney Plus. We're constantly updating this page with details about pricing, deals, supported devices and release dates.
Latest Disney Plus news
- The Disney Plus price hike can be avoided
- Code analysis suggests that the ad-supported Disney Plus tier may not support GroupWatch or SharePlay
- The next Doctor Who seasons will be exclusive to Disney Plus in the U.S. and abroad
Disney Plus cheat sheet
- Price: In December 2022, Disney Plus will be available in a $7.99 per month ad-supported version and a $10.99 per month ad-free version, as a new price hike is coming. But the Disney Plus price hike can be avoided.
- Bundles: Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus are bundled together in at varying prices. Existing customers will start paying $14.99, an increase of $1, with overall savings of around $14 — basically half off.
- Supported Devices: Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android and Chromebooks.
- App download links: The Disney Plus apps are available on a wide range of devices.
- Key shows and movies: Loki's first episode set a record for Disney Plus, and preceding that, Mandalorian was (by far) the most popular Disney Plus show for a while.
- What's next: Hocus Pocus 2 (Sept. 30), Disenchanted (Nov. 24)
- IMAX Enhanced: 13 Marvel films can be viewed in the IMAX Expanded Aspect Ratio, so you can see more movie on your screen.
How to sign up for Disney Plus
And while the regular Disney Plus free trial is over, other options can be found.
The streaming service, which boasts a library of thousands of movies and shows made by Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and 20th Century Fox.
Frustrated? Call Disney Plus customer service for help. Cord-cutters in the United States might want to check out the details below on the ESPN Plus and Hulu bundles. The latter is especially important for watching series like The Handmaid's Tale, the new High Fidelity series and Rick and Morty — the kind of not-exactly family-friendly content that Disney Plus is primarily comprised of.
Either way, Disney Plus features a mix of classic titles (Cinderella, Toy Story, Star wars) and new programs developed exclusively for Disney Plus (The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical).
Disney Plus price and bundles
Starting Dec. 8, Disney Plus is going up in price, as a Disney Plus price hike is coming. The ad-free version will now cost $10.99 per month, an increase of $3. A new ad-supported version will keep the current $7.99 per month pricing.
Currently, Disney Plus costs $7.99 / £7.99 per month or $79.99 / £79.90 per year, which essentially gives you two free months. If that's not enough savings, we're tracking the best Disney Plus deals.
Canada: $11.99CAD per month (or $119.99 per year)
New Zealand: $12.99NZ per month (or $129.99 per year)
Australia: $11.99AUD per month (or $119.99 per year)
New Zealand: $12.99NZD per month (or $129.99 per year)
United Kingdom: £7.99 per month (or £79.90 per year)
Hulu viewers should consider the Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus bundle, which costs $13.99 and saves you about $8. But those who don't want ad-supported Hulu now have an easier time now that Disney is promoting the ad-free Hulu Disney Plus bundle.
The Disney Plus pricing is pretty competitive, and quite cheaper per month than the $13.99 "Standard" Netflix package most people get (though there's a basic plan with standard definition streaming that costs $8.99 per month).
Apple TV Plus is even cheaper, at $6.99 per month, but has much less content. Disney CEO Bob Iger defended his service's higher price, arguing that Disney Plus' unique mix of originals and the incomparable Disney library makes the service stand out, even in front of more affordable services. Check out our Disney Plus vs Apple TV Plus face-off guide for more details.
Disney Plus is also adding an ad-supported tier on December 8. It will cost $7.99 a month, as the ad-free tier rises to $10.99 a month, though other specifics haven't been confirmed. Code-analysis has, however, suggested that GroupWatch and SharePlay features may be unavailable if your subscription includes ads.
Disney Plus shows
Disney Plus may have a huge film library, but it's been winning thanks to new original shows and classic TV series. Recent big debuts included Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Right now, we're all too eager to see how Andor episode 9 continues the best Disney Plus show yet. That said, the list of the best Netflix shows feels longer than the Disney Plus originals worth watching.
Be sure to check out our picks for the best Disney Plus shows.
Classic shows already on Disney Plus include Disney Channel faves as well as shows produced by 20th Century Fox, like the entire series of The Simpsons.
Originally, Disney Plus was led by the breakout hit The Mandalorian (Baby Yoda, we love you). Other originals include High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Encore and Diary of a Future President.
Disney Plus movies
The next big movie coming to Disney Plus is probably Thor's latest run. We think Thor: Love and Thunder likely hits Disney Plus in late August or mid-September. Before that, July 22 sees Disney Plus gain Deadpool, Deadpool 2 and Logan — its first R-rated movies.
2022's big Disney Plus movies include Disenchanted (the Enchanted sequel) with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey, Hocus Pocus 2 (with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker all coming back) and Pixar's fantastic Turning Red.
On Disney Plus Day, Nov. 12, the service got two big movies from this past summer: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Jungle Cruise. Disney's new Home Alone movie Home Sweet Home Alone (starring Aisling Bea, Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Pete Holmes and Kenan Thompson) also debuted that day.
Other big-name additions include the feature-length taping of Hamilton, Clouds and The One and Only Ivan.
Disney's vault also offers the big mix of animated films. Those include classics like Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. There are also newer hits like Frozen and Frozen 2, as well as Pixar favorites like Finding Dory and Toy Story 4.
Since Disney owns Lucasfilm, Disney Plus is home to Star Wars films, including the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy and the sequel films. Yes, The Rise of Skywalker is there too, now.
And Disney also owns Marvel, so you can stream Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and most of the other MCU movies (some are still on other streaming services, due to previous licensing deals).
But while Disney Plus is great for kids and families, adult-oriented content is lacking. For instance, for Valentine's Day, Disney Plus had a sad collection of romantic movies for grown-ups.
Be sure to check out our picks for the best Disney Plus movies.
Disney Plus 2022 titles
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (5/27/22)
- Ms. Marvel (6/8/22)
- Star Wars: Andor
- Disenchanted (TBA)
- Hocus Pocus 2 (TBA)
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (Holiday 2022)
- Moon Knight (TBA)
- She-Hulk (TBA)
- Secret Invasion (TBA)
Disney Plus review and recommendations
In our Disney Plus review, we gave the service positive marks, naming it one of the best streaming services yet, especially for families. The early hiccups of streaming issues have subsided, and Disney Plus' elegant animated interface continues to charm us.
It doesn't hurt that Disney throws in included 4K Ultra HD resolution and family sharing (up to four devices). Plus, its $7.99 price is hard to argue with, especially now that Disney keeps adding new movies and shows.
Disney Plus streaming devices and apps
Disney Plus is available on desktop browsers on Mac and PC. The Disney Plus app is also available on the best streaming devices. Plus, Disney Plus added SharePlay for iPhone and other Apple devices too!
- iPhones and iPads
- Android phones and tablets
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- Fire TV
- Fire tablets
- Microsoft Xbox One
- Smart TVs (LG WebOS, Samsung Tizen, Android TV, Vizio SmartCast, Roku TV)
Marvel movies and TV on Disney Plus
The Disney Plus Marvel lineup has assembled, and it's almost complete. After launching with 16 titles, including Tom's Guide favorite: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney Plus got Thor: Ragnarok later, and then acquired Black Panther, after its Netflix contract expired.
All that's left is the Spider-Man movies (coming eventually thanks to the Sony and Disney Plus deal) and The Incredible Hulk ... which Marvel Studios basically ignores because it stars Edward Norton and not Mark Ruffalo.
Want to stream them all in chronological or release order? Check out out guide on how to watch the Marvel movies in order.
Star Wars movies and shows on Disney Plus
All of the Star Wars films are on Disney Plus. That means on top of the whole Skywalker Saga (Episodes I through IX), Rogue One and Solo are both there too.
Here's how to watch the Star Wars movies in order on Disney Plus.
Later, Rosario Dawson will reprise her role of Ahsoka Tano in the Disney show bearing the same name, on Disney Plus.
After that, Star Wars: Andor will be Disney's next way to stop people from unsubscribing to the service over the coming years.
Disney Plus 4K HDR and downloads
You don't need to concern yourself with spending more to get a more-complete version of Disney Plus. Unlike on Netflix (where you need to spend an extra $5 per month to move from 1080p to 4K), Disney Plus includes Ultra HD streaming and 4 simultaneous streams at its standard price.
Disney Plus also lets you download all of its shows and movies to its apps.