Disney+ review

Disney has always been a big player in the entertainment business. With the launch of Disney+, it’s taken this influence to a whole new level.

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

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.

Compare Disney+ plans

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.

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 profiles777

How much is Disney+ compared to competitors?

Disney+ prices itself cheaper than other services at $6.99/mo. or $69.99/yr. It’s a dollar more than Hulu, and around nine dollars cheaper than Netflix. 

Both Hulu and Netflix, however, have larger libraries. Hulu has more than 43,000 show episodes and 1,650 movies, while Netflix has more than 100,000 titles. Hulu’s cost ranges from $5.99/mo. to $50.99/mo. and Netflix ranges from $8.99/mo. to $15.99/mo., with a $12.99 Standard option. 

However, Disney+ is the only steaming network with Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and Disney classic flicks. In time, Disney will pull any remaining titles from other networks, so users will only be able to stream these on Disney+. 

Overall, the plans offered by Disney+ are very similar. You have access to the same shows, movies and additional options like user accounts and simultaneous streaming. With the bundled plan, you also get access to ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99/mo. Existing Verizon subscribers can take advantage a year of free streaming before transitioning to the standard $6.99/mo. plan.

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:

  • Android devices
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • iOS devices
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs
  • Sony PlayStation 4
  • Web browsers (mobile and desktop)
  • Xbox One

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.

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. 

How to sign up for Disney+

Signing up for the Disney streaming service is very straightforward:

  1. Navigate to the Disney Plus site and select your plan. 
  2. Choose between the monthly plan for $6.99.mo. and yearly plan for $69.99/yr. The seven-day free trial applies to both. 
  3. Enter your email address, agree to the terms and conditions and accept the subscriber agreement. 
  4. Create a password for your account.
  5. Enter your credit, debit or PayPal account information. 

You can manage your account, change billing information and enable accessibility settings within your Disney+ dashboard.

The takeaway

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. 

Kevin Wood