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Disney Plus Review 2020: Stream Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and More

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

Smooth interface with fresh new content

Price: $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr.

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$6.99/mo. 4 7 10 devices Unlimited
$69.99/yr. 4 7 10 devices Unlimited
$12.99/mo. 4 7 10 devices Unlimited

Data effective 7/6/20. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Update 7/6/20: As if adding the smash success broadway musical, Hamilton, on July 3rd wasn’t enough, Disney+ is bringing the beloved bestselling children’s book, The One and Only Ivan, to life this August 21, 2020.

The One and Only Ivan film adaption will be exclusive to the Disney+ streaming service and showcases impressive live action and CGI to capture the beloved animal cast. The movie will also have a star-studded roster: Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan, Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant, and Danny DeVito as Bob the dog.

What is Disney Plus?

Disney Plus, styled as Disney+, is a new on-demand streaming service. Along with Disney favorites, it features shows and movies from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

If you’re looking for The Mandalorian, Marvel’s What If . . . ?, or the live-action Lady & the Tramp, Disney+ is the only place to get them. There’s a ton of other new shows coming from Disney+ over the next few years.

Is Disney Plus good?

Despite the app bugs at launch, Disney+ has a smooth interface and a lot of fresh new content. But is Disney+ worth it for a few new shows? Well, if you want a place to stream your kid’s favorite Disney movies and binge on Star Wars, Marvel, and surprise new movies like Hamilton, there’s no better place.

Disney Plus plans on not streaming its movies anywhere else—and that includes Netflix. So unless you’re planning on buying the Blu-ray for every Disney movie your kid wants (or superhero movie you’ve got to have), Disney+ will be your only option.

Disney Plus deals and free trials

Disney+ has a seven-day free trial. You can check out all the shows and videos before deciding if the service is worth $6.99 per month to you.

If you want to save in the long run, you can take the plunge for Disney+’s $69.99 per year deal. You’ll save $13.89 annually.

Or you can up your streaming game with a special Disney bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for only $12.99 per month. This bundle deal will save you $4.98 per month on the cost of the three services separately. We say that makes the Disney Plus price even more worth it.

Disney Plus deals and promotions

If Disney+ doesn’t seem enough for you, check out the Disney bundle that gets you Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $12.99 per month, which saves you $4.98. That makes your Disney+ price even sweeter, huh?

Verizon customers (new and existing) can get Disney+ free for the first year with the company’s Unlimited phone plan or new 5G Home Internet plan. So you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy getting your Disney Plus cost down to a sweet, succulent zero. But be aware: after that first year, your Disney Plus cost returns to $6.99 a month like usual.

Disney Plus vs. the competition

How does Disney+ compare to the competition?

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If you’ve tried out other streaming services, you’ll have an easy time figuring out Disney+. But Disney+ shines in some family-friendly ways the competition doesn’t.

You can make up to seven user profiles, where your family members can customize their watchlist and get shows recommended for their interests.

And right from the get-go, your family can stream four shows at once. You have to pay $15.99 per month to get that from Netflix. And to get that many with Hulu, you have to pay $54.98 per month for its live TV streaming service and unlimited streams. Yikes.

And in addition to four streams, Disney+ encourages you to download as many shows as you want on up to ten devices. Netflix lets you download 100, but only on up to four devices (with the $15.99 per month service).

But Disney+ isn’t available on previous generation gaming consoles. Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video—as long-time favorites—still support many of these outdated models.

But if that’s a concern for you, keep in mind that a Roku costs just $26.99. A simple streaming device upgrade will open the wide world of Disney+ to you and your kiddos.

Disney Plus price and plans

Different prices, same access

How much is Disney+? Check it out: Disney+ cost may not be as high as you think.

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So how much does Disney+ cost? As you can see, there are three ways to slice it. The monthly Disney+ price is $6.99, but you can pay for an entire year ahead of time, which saves you $13.89 total.

Or you can get Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month. That’s a savings of $4.98 each month.

Keep in mind the bundle plan only includes Hulu’s basic on-demand service. You won’t be able to upgrade to the no-ads or live-TV services. So the bundle deal is a nice package if you want just a taste of Hulu, but it won’t get you the full experience.

Disney Plus shows and movies

You might be wondering—what is on Disney+, exactly? Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about Disney Plus plans restricting what’s available to you (everyone who signs up gets all the same access to this huge, enormous library). But even with that worry eliminated, it doesn’t hurt to see the entire smorgasbord of Disney properties set out before you. Check out all of what’s on Disney+ below.

On-demand shows and movies

Disney+ pried open the Disney Vault, releasing tons of classic films. You’ll also find Disney Channel, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic favorites.

But Disney+ isn’t a full archive. You won’t find any R-rated content here, and the problematic Song of the South is still tucked away. And this writer still hopes for the cult-favorite Aladdin animated TV series to join the lineup.

While we wait for Aladdin’s TV show to zoom in on a magic carpet, there’s a ridiculous amount of movies and shows for you to watch for the first or thousandth time. Consider starting with these favorites:

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • The Sandlot (1993)
  • The Parent Trap (1961)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

Original shows and movies

What is on Disney+ isn’t restricted to the classic Disney products of yore. In addition to the opened vault, Disney+ brings with it original shows and original series you can’t get anywhere else. It’s not just Disney IPs, either—Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic all have their contributions.

Unlike the Netflix style of putting up a whole series at once, Disney+ takes a page from traditional TV release schedules. New episodes from its original series come out about once a week.

The verdict is still out on which shows will become fan favorites, but there are a few strong contenders:

  • The Mandalorian
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • Marvel Hero Project
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum

And this writer admits that High School Musical: The Musical: The Series showed more self-awareness than expected, but I could endure only seven minutes and 30 seconds. (But I’m probably not the target audience, so take that with a grain of salt.) The Mandalorian, on the other hand–wow. If you’re a Star Wars fan, that show alone makes Disney Plus worth it.

Disney Plus specs and features

Disney+ flew out of the gate with some of the most family-conscious features we’ve ever seen.

But no matter the size of your household—even if you’re single with a cat, like this writer—the 4K Ultra HD specs will look phantasmagorical. (Thanks for the five-dollar word, Jeff Goldblum.)

Personal profiles

How many profiles does Disney+ let you customize?

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With Disney+, up to seven of your family members can have their own profile. They can build their own watchlist and get personalized recommendations on what to watch next.

And with the toggle of a button, you can make profiles kid-friendly. Kids Profiles have access only to TV-7FV, G, and some PG shows and videos. These limits will help you keep “big kid” shows out of your younglings’ grasps until they’re ready for them.

Multiple streams

How many devices can stream Disney+ at the same time?

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UpgradesN/AN/A“Unlimited” streams for $9.99/mo.N/A

Go ahead—set one kiddo in front of the TV and let the teen twins stream shows on their phones, while you kick back with Free Solo on your tablet. It’s straight-up generous how many devices can stream Disney+ from one account, especially compared to rival streaming services like Netflix.

If you need Disney+ on more than four devices at once, though, keep in mind Disney+ doesn’t offer any stream upgrades. But the easy workaround for that is to download titles ahead of time. It’s generous about that, too. We think most people will be satisfied with how many screens on Disney Plus can entertain your family’s varied tastes.

Offline viewing

Does Disney+ let you download shows?

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You can stuff up to 10 devices full of as many Disney+ shows and movies as you want.

Really—you can download unlimited shows for the whole family. As long as you have a device ready for everyone, you can avoid every fight for movie-choosing supremacy. Road trips just became quieter than ever. Praise be.

Compatible streaming devices

Is your device compatible with Disney+?

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PC and Mac Web browsers
Playstation 3
Playstation 4
Roku
Samsung TVs
Wii U
Xbox 360
Xbox One

Disney+ runs on most recent-generation streaming devices. There were a few stumbles with apps not working first thing on Disney+’s launch day. But most of those seem sorted out by now.

Keep in mind that Disney+ has a lot of 4K Ultra HD content. You can watch those shows on lower resolution devices, but they’ll look best on a nice new 4K TV.

Video quality

This writer loves how Disney+ looks on their 4K TV and iPhone XR. It’s not quite as magical on their company-issued monitor, which maxes out at Full HD resolution (1080p).

All the new Disney+ originals are ready to play in 4K Ultra HD and HDR. It’s breathtaking to see the alien landscapes of The Mandalorian in such high resolution.

On top of that, Disney remastered its older titles for Disney+. We’re not telling you to toss your old Disney VHS and DVDs, but they’ll be collecting a lot of dust with all the visually superior content on Disney+.

If you’re watching on a TV or mobile device, you can check the highest available quality in each title’s Details section. This feature isn’t available on the browser version of Disney+, though.

And keep in mind that Disney+ will adjust the quality of your stream based on the strength of your internet connection. If you’re going to be out and about, you’ll get a better picture by downloading your shows ahead of time rather than relying on a spotty 4G LTE connection.

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One shooty robot playing on Disney+, as viewed from a Full HD computer monitor.

The Disney+ interface makes it one of the most intuitive streaming services to navigate. It serves up studios, a personalized recommendation list, and a wide variety of collections like Feel-Good Sports Movies, Best Friends, and Fun Mysteries.

And if you don’t see the show you want on the front page, you can quickly search and find it. Or click on the title card for any show and go to the Suggested column for related things to watch.

Basically, you’ll always have something family-friendly to watch from now until the end of time. So start stocking that watchlist already.

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

Final take: Is Disney Plus worth it?

Disney+ is a wish your heart made while you were fast asleep. There’s so much here for you and your family (or you and your cat) to enjoy. Your new subscription will be the best $6.99 you’ve spent on entertainment this month.

Pros and cons of Disney Plus

Pros

  • Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic all in one place
  • Offline download availability for all shows and movies
  • 4K Ultra HD video quality

Cons

  • No rated-R movies (but that can be a pro if you fancy family-friendly material)
  • Spotty original shows
  • No info on multiple streams yet

Disney Plus FAQ

How to get Disney Plus?

Disney+ released on November 12, 2019 and is now available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 a year, depending on which plan you pick. Since it’s a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, it’s simple to sign up for and start watching.

How to get Disney plus:

  1.  Go to the Disney plus’s website on your computer’s browser or download the Disney+ app on your favorite streaming device.
  2.  Follow the instructions on the website or app and set up your account.
  3.  Select whatever Disney+ plan you’d like, enter your credit card information, and finish checkout.
  4.  Start watching.

Will Netflix still get Disney movies?

Netflix may host a few holdovers after Disney+ debuts, but it won’t get any new Disney movies. Captain Marvel is available exclusively on Disney+.

Does Disney+ have Disney Channel Original Movies?

Yes, Disney+ has Disney Channel Original Movies. You can get everything from the 1990s classic Halloweentown to the 2010s Kim Possible movie.

Is Disney+ 4K?

Yes, Disney+ offers 4K streaming for originals and old favorites. You’ll need 4K-supporting devices to enjoy the full quality of this high resolution, so it might be time to buy a new 4K TV and an Apple TV 4K.

Does Disney+ include Hulu?

No, Disney+ is a separate service from Hulu. But when you sign up for Disney+ (check out “How to Get Disney Plus” above), you can opt for a deal that comes with Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for just $12.99 per month.

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