How to get Disney Plus and Hulu for free

(L to R) The Hulu, Disney Plus logos
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2024 is the year that Hulu and Disney Plus finally become one as parent company Disney works to integrate both into a single experience sometime this year. The beta version of the merged app is already live. 

For now, the services are still separate and require users to have their own individual or bundled plan. Currently, standalone Hulu with ads is $7.99, or $17.99 for the ad-free option. Similarly, Disney Plus alone costs $7.99 with ads and $13.99 for the ad-free version. 

Those looking to subscribe to both can save some money with the Disney Bundle Duo, which costs $9.99 per month for both services (with ads). Those who want to go ad-free can purchase the Disney Bundle Duo Premium, which costs $19.99 per month and allows downloading content for offline viewing. 

Does Disney Plus or Hulu have a free trial?

Interestingly, while Disney Plus does not have a free trial, Hulu’s standalone service does. New users can sign up for a 30-day Hulu free trial of the ad-supported tier or a 3-day trial of Hulu + Live TV on the official website. Currently there are no free trials available for the Disney Bundle or any of the ad-free options. 

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Disney Plus now included with Spectrum cable TV plans

Disney Plus Basic (with ads) is now included with Spectrum TV Select cable TV packages or higher at no additional cost. Users can activate their Disney Plus Basic perk via an activation link on the Plan Details page of their Spectrum account.

Note: If you are already a Disney Plus subscriber, but want to take advantage of this offer you’ll need to cancel your old plan and sign up with a new email address to get this deal, as it cannot be applied to pre-existing Disney Plus accounts. 

Learn more at Spectrum 

Hulu on Us for T-Mobile customers

Hulu With Ads is currently free for one year as part of a promotion available exclusively for T-Mobile’s Go5G Next unlimited customers. However, if you plan to take advantage of this deal, make sure to set a calendar reminder one day before your first anniversary, when the Hulu subscription will auto-renew at the regular monthly price. 

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Get the Verizon Disney Plus Bundle for free

Verizon offers customers who have Unlimited Plus or Unlimited Ultimate service can get a Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus bundle as a myPlan perk for free for six months. After this period, customers can continue to get the bundle for $10 monthly, essentially getting all three streaming services for the price of one as long as they don't downgrade or change their plan. 

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Do Disney Parks employees get free Disney Plus and Hulu?

Currently, salaried and hourly Disney Cast Members (what employees who work at Walt Disney World or Disneyland are called) can get the Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus ad-supported bundle for free as a perk of their employment. Cast Members can simply log on to Disney’s employment portal (known as The Hub), access their benefits area (where they normally find comp admissions) and activate their benefit from there. Note: This benefit is unavailable to those enrolled in the Disney College program. 

Learn more at Disney Careers

Disney Plus, Hulu and Max bundle

A new bundle will soon be available that will pair Disney Plus and Hulu with Max as part of a discounted, bundled deal. Both ad and ad-free subscription options will be available, but pricing has yet to be revealed for this upcoming bundle. 

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Amanda Kondolojy

Amanda Kondolojy is an entertainment journalist based in Florida with over 15 years of experience covering film, TV, theme parks and more. When not in front of a screen you can find her reading something at the beach (usually by Neil Gaiman, Grady Hendrix or Brandon Sanderson) or dancing around the kitchen to her favorite showtunes.