Disney Plus is the new go-to streaming service for families, with its absolutely vast suite of content from many of the world’s biggest and most celebrated content studios, literally delivering months of viewing pleasure. It is also incredibly affordable and accessible, thanks to its app being available on any device you can think of, too. Rival streaming services, on balance, offer a little more mature, adult movies and TV shows, but if fantasy, sci-fi, superheroes and classic/modern animation is your bag then Disney Plus is a must buy.
Disney Plus includes thousands of Disney-owned TV shows and movies in a clean, easy-to-use interface, making it well worth the $7 per month.
Just like seemingly everything else Disney does, from Rise of Skywalker to Avengers: Endgame to Galaxy’s Edge, its streaming service is a phenomenon. Disney Plus launched in November 2019, and as of May had amassed 54.5 million subscribers — no small feat for a new streaming service. Its marquee original series, The Mandalorian, gave fans Baby Yoda theories, merchandise and memes. And its success has Netflix and other big names in streaming taking notes. Not bad for $6.99 a month.
Disney Plus (styled Disney+) is available in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as many other countries worldwide. The release date for Disney Plus in the US was November 19 2019, and in the UK the service launched on March 31, 2020.
There is a 7-day free trial to Disney Plus that is available in almost every territory worldwide, including the US and UK.
Disney Plus is available to access on basically every device and operating system you can think of, including:
Apple iPhones, Android phones, Sky TV, Now TV, Amazon Fire Tablets, Apple iPads, Samsung Galaxy Tab slates, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, webOS TVs, LG TVs, Sony TVs, Hisense TVs, Nvidia Shield, Roku streaming devices, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCs, and Apple TVs.
The result of this is that accessing the vast library of content on offer with Disney+ is easy no matter where you are.
In terms of app design, users will find using it on any device very intuitive, as the user interface is heavily image led and menu systems clearly labelled.
With continued coronavirus lockdowns restricting access to movie theaters, Disney Plus has become a platform not only for old favorites and new originals but for big-screen releases too. At first, it started streaming already-released movies months earlier than planned, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Frozen 2, and Pixar’s Onward.
Now, Disney is speeding up the streaming releases of brand new movies too, giving you even more bang for your buck. The film adaptation of young adult novel Artemis Fowl was scheduled to hit theaters in May, but instead premiered on Disney Plus instead in June. And the company’s live-action film version of the mega hit musical Hamilton will be going straight to Disney Plus on July 3, coinciding with the Independence Day holiday weekend in the US — more than a year earlier than its planned theatrical debut.
This won’t be the case for every new Disney movie, though. The company has yet to announce that any of its big budget blockbusters like the live-action Mulan or any of the upcoming Marvel movies will come to Disney Plus before theaters.
Coronavirus filming shutdowns will disrupt some Disney Plus original shows and movies, too. But season two of The Mandalorian is still on track for an October release.