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Disney Plus Review 2022: Plans, Pricing, and More

Check out Disney Plus plans, pricing, original shows and movies, and more with our comprehensive review.

Best for kids (on-demand streaming)

Price: $7.99/mo. or $79.99/yr.

Free trial: N/A

On-demand library: 500+ titles

Price Streams User profiles Offline viewing Offline downloads
Monthly plan
View Plan
$7.99/mo. 4 7 10 devices Unlimited
Yearly plan
View Plan
$79.99/yr. 4 7 10 devices Unlimited
Bundle plan
View Plan
$13.99/mo. 4 7 10 devices Unlimited

Is Disney Plus good?

At $7.99 a month, Disney+ is a decent streaming deal even if you don’t have kiddies in need of digital babysitting. It has over 7,000 movies and TV shows that aren’t available anywhere else, meaning you could clear all those beat-up Disney DVDs out of the garage and maybe park your car (or Tauntaun) in there again.

Disney+ is our obvious editorial pick for best on-demand streaming service for kids, but there’s plenty here for adults, too. Well, adults who are into cartoons, lightsabers, and superheroes, that is. If you need more PG-13-and-above fare, you can bundle Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+.

Disney Plus pros and cons

Pros

  • Over 7,000 movies and TV shows
  • 4K capability

Cons

  • Content mostly PG-13 and below
  • No same-day theatrical releases

Disney Plus deals and promotions

If you want to save in the long run, you can take the plunge on Disney+’s $79.99-per-year deal. You’ll save $15.89 annually.

Or you can up your streaming game with a bundle that includes Disney+, ESPN+, and (ad-supported) Hulu for only $13.99 per month. You’ll save $6.98 per month on the cost of the three services separately. This bundle is also available with ad-free Hulu, ad-supported Hulu + Live TV, and ad-free Hulu + Live TV.

Disney Plus plans, bundles, and pricing

Plans Price Streams Video Details
Disney+ $7.99/mo. 4 1080p, 4K, HDR10, DolbyVision View Plan
Disney+ (annual payment) $79.99/yr. 4 1080p, 4K, HDR10, DolbyVision View Plan
Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ Bundle $13.99/mo. 4 1080p, 4K, HDR10, DolbyVision View Plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Most streaming services offer a discounted annual plan, but not all of them let you know about it upfront, so always look into those FAQ sections. Disney+’s yearly $79.99 service plan can save you about $16.00 over monthly payments—a better choice if you plan to keep streaming all year.

Streaming TV’s favorite bundle, Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ for $13.99 a month, can save you about $6.00 a month, or $72.00 annually. This bundle also applies to ad-free Hulu (which can be had $19.99 a month).

Disney Plus vs. the competition

Service Price Editorial rating Streams Video Details
Disney+ $7.99/mo. 4.6/5 4 1080p, 4K View Plan
Netflix $9.99–$19.99/mo. 4.3/5 1–4 1080p, 4K View Plan
Prime Video $8.99–$14.99/mo. 4.2/5 3 1080p, 4K View plan
Hulu $6.99–$12.99/mo. 4.4/5 2 1080p, 4K View Plan
Peacock Free–$9.99/mo. 4.3/5 3 1080p, 4K View Plan
ESPN+ $9.99/mo. 4.2/5 5 1080p View Plan
HBO Max $9.99–14.99/mo. 4.5/5 3 1080p, 4K View Plan
Paramount+ $4.99–$9.99/mo. 4.1/5 3 1080p View Plan
Apple TV+ $4.99/mo. 3.9/5 6 1080p, 4K View Plan
Discovery+ $4.99–$6.99/mo. 4.0/5 4 1080p, 4K View Plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Disney+ is in the middle of the streaming pack, cost-wise. Apple TV+ and Paramount+ are cheaper, HBO Max is more expensive, and Netflix starts at the same price. They all have their own exclusive content, but Disney+’s equally-essential catalog of Marvel, Star Wars, and (of course) Disney properties is pretty compelling.

Movies and shows on Disney Plus

On-demand movies and shows

Did we say Disney+’s content is compelling? More like staggering: Disney+ carries almost every Disney classic and recent favorite, from 1940’s Fantasia to 2021’s Luca. We say “almost” every classic because there are a few gaps in the Disney+ collection, like the 2007 live-action fairytale Enchanted and 1970 farce The Boatniks, among hundreds of others. Don’t even ask about 1946’s Song of the South.

Still, with thousands of movies and shows to choose from, it’s unlikely you’re going to be mad about not finding Lindsay Lohan’s Herbie: Fully Loaded on Disney+ (it’s on HBO Max, fyi).

Movies on Disney+ (partial list)

  • Aladdin
  • Avatar
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Blank Check
  • Brave
  • Cars
  • Coco
  • Flubber
  • Freaky Friday
  • Hamilton
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Incredibles
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mulan
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Rocketeer
  • Up

TV shows on Disney+ (partial list)

  • Agent Carter
  • Andi Mack
  • Boy Meets World
  • Doug
  • DuckTales
  • Even Stevens
  • Gravity Falls
  • Hannah Montana
  • Kim Possible
  • Lizzie McGuire
  • Muppet Show
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Phineas & Ferb
  • Running Wild with Bear Grylls
  • Simpsons
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars: Rebels
  • Suite Life of Zack & Cody
  • That’s So Raven
  • Wizards of Waverly Place

Disney Plus original shows and movies

Disney+ made a major splash right out of the gate with its original The Mandalorian Star Wars series that gifted the world with Baby Yoda (sorry, sorry—“Grogu”). After that, Marvel took over the buzz with WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki.

It’s not all about Star Wars and Marvel, though: Disney+ has also stepped up with more down-to-earth fare like Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. (an update on Doogie Houser from the ‘80s), Big Shot (a sports comedy starring John Stamos), and Just Beyond (a Twilight Zone for tweens).

On the movie front, you probably know about the animated Pixar offerings Soul and Luca, as well as Beyonce’s Black is King and Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever. Disney+ originals may be family-friendly, but they’re far from predictable.

Original shows and movies on Disney Plus (partial list)

  • Big Shot
  • Black is King
  • Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.
  • Forky Asks a Question
  • Godmothered
  • Hawkeye
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • Just Beyond
  • Loki
  • Luca
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ms. Marvel
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Soul
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  • Taylor Swift: Folklore
  • Turner & Hooch
  • WandaVision
  • What If . . . ?

Disney Plus specs and features

Disney+ allows for up to seven personal profiles and gives you dozens of avatars from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, The Muppets, The Simpsons, and other universes to choose from. We’re partial to Dug the Dog from Up.

If you want to keep the little kids away from the big kids’ content, Disney+ also features customizable, PIN-locked parental controls for each profile. PG-13 is as intense as the streaming service’s content gets, but it’s a nice option to have.

Multiple streams

Service Streams Offline downloads
Disney+ 4 Unlimited

Four simultaneous streams is a minor upgrade from the three most streaming services give you, for sure. If you have more housemates to keep entertained, Disney+ also offers unlimited offline downloads for up to 10 devices as a workaround. Bravo, Mickey!

Supported devices

Device Disney+
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
LG TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD Pro TV
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 3, 4, 5
Roku Ultra, Express, Premiere, Stick, TV
Samsung TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream
Wii
Xbox One

Data effective as of post date.

Disney+ is compatible with every major streaming device there is, with the exception of Nintendo products. We’ve seen few streaming services that cover this many bases, so chalk up another win for Disney+.

Video and audio quality

Disney+ streams in 1080p HD, with some content available in 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. Many older Disney movies and shows have been remastered to take advantage of Disney+’s eye-popping visual capabilities, but don’t expect the first few seasons of The Simpsons to look as sleek as The Mandalorian.

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Disney+’s audio output is standard 2.0 stereo or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, depending on the movie or show. Some newer titles feature Dolby Atmos audio, if your system can handle it.

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The Disney+ home screen as seen on a computer browser.

Final take: Is Disney Plus worth it?

Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, The Simpsons, and The Muppets? That’s a pop-cultural Mount Rushmore.

If you have children in the household, we think Disney+ is a must-have streaming service—but we wouldn’t limit it to just the kids (or kids at heart). The phrase “something for the whole family” gets tossed around a lot, but Disney+ fits that bill almost perfectly for just $7.99 a month.

The only real limitation of Disney+ is its limited adult content above the PG-13 level (though the R-rated Deadpool and Logan have recently made the cut). But, if you need more grown-up viewing in your streaming life, there’s always the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle starting at $13.99 a month. As with Disneyland and its other theme parks, Disney’s mission is to leave no customer unsatisfied—or cash left on the table.

Get Disney+

Disney Plus FAQ

How much does Disney+ cost?

Disney+ service costs $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year. Paying for a year of service upfront saves you about $16.00 annually.

Does Disney+ stream in 4K?

Disney+ streams in 1080p HD (Blu-ray quality), with some content available in 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. To get the full, clear picture, you’ll need a TV or device that supports these video formats.

Does Disney+ offer same-day movie premieres?

Disney has released some movies, like Black Widow, on Disney+ the same day they arrived in physical theaters for an extra fee of $30. But, in late 2021, Disney has gone back to a theater-first model, with new movies being made available to stream on Disney+ (with no extra fee) 30 to 45 days after theatrical release.

Methodology

Our TV experts spent many magical hours in the land of Disney+, rating the service on value, reliability, features, and customer satisfaction. Then we matched it up against other on-demand streaming TV services head to head to give a clearer picture of its strengths and weaknesses. For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

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