Disney+ review

Disney+ highlights

Disney+ review

Disney has always been a big player in the entertainment business. With the launch of Disney+, Disney has taken its influence to a whole new level. Disney pulled their content from Netflix and other streaming services in the months up the service’s launch, making Disney+ the exclusive stop for Disney content.

This new streaming service features the Disney classics you know and love, along with its own original shows and movies. Plus, the recent Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox means that these shows and movies will be coming over to the platform as well. 

Like Netflix, the service does not offer live streaming, only on-demand. Beyond the huge content library, the service also offers offline downloads, 4K streaming and a personalized catalog. It’s already incredibly popular since its November 12 launch, with 1.9 million subscribers signing up during the first week.

Sign up for Disney Plus
Start a 7-day free trial

Access titles from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and classic Disney flicks for just $6.99/mo, or bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for just $12.99/mo.

Why Disney+ may be the right streaming service for you

If you’re looking to enjoy the full Disney content lineup or are looking for PG-13 movies and shows to stream, Disney+ is a great option at an affordable price. Plans start at $6.99/mo and give you access to content you can’t find anywhere else. 

Compare Disney+ packages and pricing

Disney+ has three different streaming plans available. The standard plan will suit the majority of users, but you can also bundle ESPN+ and Hulu. Existing Verizon customers can get a free year of Disney+ streaming.

See related: Disney+ vs. Netflix

While both Hulu and Netflix have larger libraries (Hulu has more than 43,000 show episodes and 2,500 movies, while Netflix has more than 100,000 titles), Disney+ is the only service with access to Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and Disney classic flicks. Learn more about each Disney+ competitor in our in-depth reviews of Netflix and Hulu.

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Overall, the plans offered by Disney+ are very similar. You have access to the same shows, movies and additional options like multi-user accounts and simultaneous streaming, with options to bundle with other services. Existing Verizon customers can enjoy a free year of Disney+.

Here’s a look at the three different plans Disney+ has available:

Disney+  Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Verizon customer offer
Monthly price$6.99/mo. $12.99/mo. Free for 1 year, then $6.99/mo.
Annual price $69.99/yr. $155/yr. Free for 1 year, then $69.99/yr.
Free trial 7 days None N/A
Number of simultaneous streams444
Number of user profiles 777

Disney+ bundles, deals and free trials

The standard Disney+ plan will suit the majority of users, but if you don’t want to compromise on entertainment and sports, the ESPN+ and Hulu bundle for $12.99/mo. may be for you. If you’re already a Verizon subscriber – you’re in luck. Verizon customers can take advantage of a year of free streaming before transitioning to the standard $6.99/mo. plan. Disney Plus has recently stopped offering its 7-day free trial to first-time customers. In comparison, Netflix and Hulu both offer 30 day trials for their basic plan.

Bundle Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99/mo.

The Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu bundle includes access to the Hulu Standard content library and live sports streaming from ESPN+ on top of Disney+. Though you’ll need to download all three apps to watch each service’s content, you can use the same sign-in for each.

One thing to note: this bundle comes with Hulu Standard, which includes ads. To bundle Disney+ with ad-free Hulu you’ll pay $18.99/mo, while upgrading to Hulu + Live TV is $61.99/mo..

Existing Verizon customers enjoy one year of Disney+ free 

For Verizon customers who enroll in an Unlimited plan or purchase 5G Home internet prior to August 19, 2020, Disney+ is free for 12 months and $6.99/mo afterwards. This special offer does not include Hulu and ESPN+.

To learn more about this promotion, visit the Verizon website.

User experience

You can access Disney+ via desktop, Disney Plus app, mobile browser or smart TV.

If you’re used to services like Hulu and Netflix, then you’ll feel right at home with Disney+. The home screen on the desktop and TV interface is a giant slider with rows of different movies and shows below.

You can also sort through content via their five big brands: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. 

As you browse through the list of shows, you’ll find a very organized catalog. Like other services, there’s a search function you can use to find a specific show or film. Or, you can filter by different categories like 4K Ultra HD, Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Kids and Shorts. 

Users can stream on four screens at the same time and have seven different user profiles, so every member of your family can enjoy personalized recommendations. 

Device compatibility

Disney+ is currently available on:

Disney+ features

Disney+ is on its way towards becoming a big-time competitor in the online streaming space. The content library is more niche-focused and smaller than those of Netflix and Hulu. But it contains features that set it apart from other streaming services.

Easy for the whole family to stream

Disney+ expects families to use their service. Features like the ability to simultaneously stream on four screens and support for up to seven different profiles give families the ability to make the most of their subscription. 

Disney shows and movies

If you’re a big Disney fan, there’s only one way to watch the shows and movies you love, and it starts with a subscription to this new service.

No ads, ever

Disney+ doesn’t have ads, so expect an interruption-free viewing experience across the board. 

Free trial included with signup

Disney minimizes the steps required to give its free trial a run. You’ll score a seven-day free trial when you sign up as a new subscriber.

Bright streaming future

The Disney+ content library is pretty extensive considering it’s a new service. Several new releases are slated for the future, including original titles in the Marvel and Star Wars universe. 

4K streaming included

Disney+ has a variety of shows and movies you can stream in 4K Ultra HD. Every plan has access to 4K streaming. 

What to watch on Disney+

Disney+ has movies, series, documentaries, behind the scenes content and originals unique to the platform. You can access around 500 movies and 7,500 television episodes with your subscription.

There are several Disney+ originals worth watching, including Lady & The Tramp, a reboot of the 1955 animated classic, The Mandalorian, a live-action Star Wars series and Pixar IRL, a prank show with real-life Pixar characters. Later this summer, the film version of the Broadway musical Hamilton and Solo, the latest installment of the Star Wars series will be released on the platform.

Besides the originals highlighted above, Disney will continue to add older movies and shows to the catalog. The service plans to add more than 50 older Disney releases throughout 2020. 

Visit our full guides on what shows to watch and what movies to watch on Disney+.

Our hot take

So, is Disney+ worth the investment? For most people, the answer is yes. Fans of Marvel, Disney classics, Pixar or Star Wars will love that their favorites are all in one place. It’s worth testing out Disney+ for the cheap $6.99/mo. rate. And, of course, there’s always the seven-day free trial. 

Streaming services like Netflix give you more content, along with movies and shows with an MA rating. But, Disney+ is a stellar option for fans of Disney shows and movies. 

Sign up for Disney Plus
Start a 7-day free trial

Access titles from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and classic Disney flicks for just $6.99/mo, or bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for just $12.99/mo.

Kevin Wood