For many millennials growing up, Disney films dominated their childhoods. For some, it was the heroic battles and shipwrecked adventures of Jack Sparrow, while others preferred the wishful but brave thinking of many a Disney princess.
Since then, Disney has catapulted into different universes, like Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, and created new endings to beloved character arcs in live-action remakes (which are pretty hit or miss, to be honest), and therefore undoubtedly cemented the fact that there’s a Disney film, show or documentary out there for everyone.
So when the company announced in 2019 that it was launching its very own streaming service, Disney fans went haywire. It meant that a vast amount of Disney-licensed content, that we couldn’t previously stream online, was going to be accessible by millions of people — and for a pretty decent price too.
However, some question whether Disney Plus is worth maintaining an ongoing subscription to, especially if you’re in a pinch and can’t afford to pay for multiple streaming services. Each service has its own unique pricing structure, plans and content, making it just as equally challenging to decide what's best for you.
In an effort to help you with that decision, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on what Disney Plus will cost you in 2024, spelling out what’s included in its plans and more. If you’re interested in price comparisons across Australian streaming services, or what the best streaming services in Australia are, we’ve got you covered too.
How much does Disney Plus cost in Australia?
When Disney Plus first arrived on the Australian streaming scene, it was considered the family-friendly alternative to Netflix and seemed to be worth the value. With no ads, four screens streaming at once, unlimited downloads for 10 devices and no restrictions on streaming resolution, there was not much else Disney could offer. Disney had pretty much every other streaming service trumped, as an alternative.
Disney Plus currently offers two subscription plans:
However, a recent announcement revealed that a new Premium subscription tier is set to be introduced across Disney Plus in Australia and New Zealand. The standard inclusions will be limited to the new offering, meaning current subscribers will lose out on some of Disney Plus’ benefits. The platform, however, will remain ad-free across both tiers, debunking our previous speculation of an ad-supported tier potentially being rolled out Down Under.
From 5 March 2024, Disney Plus will offer four subscription plans:
The standard plan will remain priced at AU$13.99 p/m and AU$139.99 annually, however it will only have two screens in HD resolution and up to 5.1 audio playback. The only thing you won’t miss out on with this plan is unlimited downloads across 10 devices.
The new Premium tier will feature all of the inclusions originally included with Disney Plus — namely, four simultaneous streams in 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos audio and unlimited downloads across 10 devices.
Disney Plus is our service of the month for February, thanks to an impressive lineup of new content. This month sees the Disney Plus debut of MCU's latest entry, The Marvels. We also get the series debut of Shogun, and a new season of the award-winning comedy series Abbott Elementary, the second season of Life & Beth, and the new animated series Iwájú, which is a collaboration between Walt Disney Studios and the pan-African company Kugali.
How to pick the right plan for your needs
For most streaming services — Disney Plus included — plan prices typically revolve around two key factors: number of screens and streaming resolution. Obviously, some other factors go into this, like catalogue access and other non-streaming-related benefits, but for the most part, plans are based on the former.
As mentioned above, both of the current Disney Plus plans feature no ad breaks, and allow you to stream on up to four screens at the same time. Plus, you can download unlimited amounts of content for offline viewing.
For most households, a monthly subscription would suffice for multiple users and devices. However, if you’re looking to save some extra cash on subscription costs, then an annual plan may be the right choice for you.
Saving AU$27.89 per year, the annual subscription offers the exact same benefits of a monthly subscription, but without monthly billing. Currently, only five streaming services in AU offer yearly subscriptions — Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, Prime Video, BritBox and Apple TV Plus — and offer customers decent savings, so it might be worth switching over if you’re looking for more bang for your buck.
Are there ways to save on subscription costs?
For most subscribers, switching to an annual plan is the best way to save on subscription costs. Disney Plus is encouraging current subscribers to switch to a yearly plan by March 4, 2024, to continue accessing their existing benefits before the new Premium tier rolls out. This would save you AU$40 over the year before the plan automatically switches to premium in March 2025.
Alongside the monthly and annual plans, there's an extra offering exclusive for Aussie subscribers only. Open to new, existing and returning subscribers, the OnePass Bundle offers you access to retailer benefits from Kmart, Target, Catch and more, for only a dollar extra per month, costing you AU$14.99.
OnePass members receive free delivery from the retailers listed above, 5x FlyBuys points, 365-day returns and express click & collect. And if you sign up now, you'll receive a 14-day free trial that you can cancel anytime. So, if you're a regular shopper at any of the aforementioned OnePass partners, this may be a great option for you.
How does Disney Plus pricing compare to other services?
When it comes to comparing Disney Plus to other streaming services available in Australia, Disney is smack dab in the middle. While it’s not the cheapest for a monthly subscription, it also isn’t the most expensive.
It is comparable in price point to a Paramount Plus premium plan or Apple TV Plus monthly plan. However, when the new tiers come into effect, the premium plan will be on par quality-wise with Netflix, Binge and Stan’s respective premium plans — but cost roughly AU$4 less per month.
In terms of content, Disney Plus has shows, movies and documentaries from across its umbrella (Star, National Geographic, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel). Notably, Disney Plus is known for its original shows, which almost rival Netflix’s originals. Namely, its original Marvel shows are as essential to the MCU as any theatrical release — but in saying that, are also partly to blame for the MCU’s undoing.
Some of Disney Plus’ originals like Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Zootopia+, The World According to Jeff Goldblum and American Born Chinese have breathed serious life into the platform. Not to mention the endless Star Wars spin-offs too, like The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and Obi Wan Kenobi, weaving more intricate storylines into George Lucas’ expansive universe.
Upcoming originals include the long awaited Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, which is set to premiere this year, and the animated X-Men ‘97 is also set to reintroduce the beloved series from the 1990s.
And it would be remiss to gloss over the inclusion of Star and National Geographic into Disney’s library. Star, akin to Hulu, graces us with grown-up fare like The Bear, Pam & Tommy and The Kardashians, providing more than enough adult-focused content to justify that the service is not just for kids. NatGeo, meanwhile, feeds curiosity with endless amounts of nature docos, wildlife content, and more.
Has the Australian Disney Plus price increased over time?
Since its introduction in 2019, Disney Plus' monthly subscription has risen by AU$4p/m, and its annual plan has been increased by AU$50. The new tier introduction will mark the fourth time that Disney Plus has been hiked for Aussies.
The last jump saw the service rise from AU$11.99 p/m to AU$13.99 p/m — a relatively minor hike. However, despite not forking out more this time, current subscribers will pay the same for a downgraded service.
Meanwhile, the new Premium tier will set you back AU$17.99 p/m and AU$179.99 annually.
Is a Disney Plus subscription worth it?
If you’re gotten this far, you’re probably still wondering if a Disney Plus subscription is worth your hard-earned cash, so here’s our advice.
Largely due to its affordable price point, steady stream of new releases, and enormous content library, Disney Plus is one of the few streaming services that we would stay subscribed to full-time — particularly if you have children in your household.
That said, it’s proven that Disney Plus is not only for kids, with hours of entertainment for adults (or big kids), and has delivered blockbuster after blockbuster, with its original lineup continuing to grow. There are numerous new shows and movies planned for 2024, so there’s sure to be a wealth of content to stick around for this year.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether Disney Plus is worth it for you, so if it isn’t, we have a guide on how to cancel Disney Plus AU that you may want to check out.
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Lucy Scotting is a digital content writer for Tom’s Guide in Australia, primarily covering NBN and internet-related news. Lucy started her career writing for HR and staffing industry publications, with articles covering emerging tech, business and finance. In her spare time, Lucy can be found watching sci-fi movies, working on her dystopian fiction novel or hanging out with her dog, Fletcher.