Last updated 11/12/2019, as Disney+ is now available!
The on-demand streaming industry has long been dominated by a handful of services – namely Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. But several new services threaten the “old guard” of the industry. One of the most exciting options is the newly released Disney streaming service, called Disney+. We put together a Disney+ review to share all of the details about this brand new service and to answer any questions you might have.
Disney is joining a crowded marketplace, but they are betting big on Disney Plus. Disney has already begun pulling their content from Netflix and other streaming services over the last several months. Fans that want access to Disney’s award-winning shows and movies, including epic franchises like Marvel and Star Wars will need to subscribe to Disney+. Learn more in our full Disney Plus review below.
What is Disney+?
Disney Plus is an on-demand streaming service that launched in the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands on November 12, 2019, and is priced at $6.99 per month.
Disney intends this new service to be a direct competitor to Netflix and other on-demand streaming services. Like Netflix, the service does NOT offer live streaming, only on-demand.
Here are some of the key features and details
- Ability to stream movies and shows on-demand from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Nat Geo, FOX, and other Disney-owned properties
- No commercials
- No live streaming
- Compatibility with most devices (mobile devices, Roku/Apple TV/etc, computers, etc)
- No contract or commitment
- Price will be $6.99 a month
- 4K streaming included at no extra charge
- Dolby Atmos support
- Downloadable content for offline viewing
- Up to 4 simultaneous streams allowed
- Disney+ was released November 12th, 2019
- Disney+ offers a free 7-day trial
At least at first, Disney+ will mostly carry Disney’s own content. Specifically, the service will focus on family-friendly Disney content. For more mature content, you’ll want Hulu as that’s where Disney will be putting those kinds of shows and movies in the future.
The library is still growing by the day, but you can expect to see shows and movies from franchises like Marvel, Star Wars, and many others.
Disney+ Release Date
Disney CEO Bob Iger first announced in a April-2019 conference that Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019, and after tons of anticipation, the service is finally here!
So, as of November 12th, Disney+ is available in the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands. It will be available in Australia and New Zealand on November 19th. The company also plans to roll the service out in Europe and Asia in the coming months and years.
What is the Disney+ price? Disney+ costs just $6.99 a month, making it one of the cheapest streaming services out there! If you want to save more, you can prepay for a full year at $69.99, a savings of $14 over the course of the year.
For reference, Netflix’s base plans cost $9 to $16 a month, with its most popular Standard package running $12.99 a month, nearly twice the price of Disney+.
The best part? Disney+ comes with 4K streaming and up to 4 simultaneous streams at that $6.99 price point. To get those same features from Netflix, you have to pay $16 a month for its Premium package.
Disney+ also offers a discount bundle with other Disney-owned services — Hulu and ESPN+ — for just $12.99 a month. The Disney Plus bundle is an excellent deal giving you the family-friendly Disney+ service, Hulu for content adults will love, and ESPN+ for tons of live and on-demand sports content. You can click here to learn more about this bundle offer.
Disney+ Shows & Movies
What content can you get on Disney+?
Disney+ features tons of family friendly Disney content, including kids movies and shows. You can also expect plenty of family content from Pixar.
Popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel also find their home on Disney+. This goes for already released content, as well as some future releases.
According to an interview with Disney CEO, the service will have the following existing content:
- About 500 films from the Disney library (at least 100 movies at launch)–Highlights at launch include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Bambi, Pinnochio, Cinderella, and more
- About 7,000 episodes of TV shows from Disney Channel, Disney Junior, FOX, and more (at least 5,000 episodes at launch)–Highlights at launch include The Simpsons, Boy Meets World, Darkwing Duck, PJ Masks, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, High School Musical, Kim Possible, X-Men animated series, Spider-Man animated series, Marvel’s Runaways, and more.
- 16 movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Pixar movies and short films–Highlights at launch include Toy Story 1-3, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Cars, A Bugs Life, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Wall-E, and many more.
- Star Wars films–At launch: the original Star Wars trilogy, the prequels, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, LEGO Star Wars films. The rest of the saga will be available by the end of 2020
- Exclusive Disney+ series (more on this below)
Disney+ is also investing heavily into exclusive original shows based on existing popular franchises. At launch, Disney+ original series and films include The Mandalorian Star Wars series, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, live-action Lady and the Tramp, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Encore! (reunies high school musical casts to perform their shows once again), The Imagineering Story documentary series, Marvel’s Hero Project, Forky Asks a Question, and Noelle (a holiday movie starring Bill Hader and Anna Kendrick).
Other original content we know is coming in the future includes:
- At least one Marvel original series, focused on Loki
- Other Marvel original series (report here)
- At least one Star Wars original series, focused on Cassian Andor
- A new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- New show based on Monsters Inc. and the Muppets are planned
We already know that Disney Plus will offer at least 10 original films and 25 original series within its first year, so Disney is not wasting any time with this service! TheVerge has a good round-up of all the shows and movies that Disney+ is planning.
Disney+ will not include any R-rated films or content that’s owned by Disney. Instead, the company plans to send that content to Hulu. Fans looking for Disney’s edgier content will want to check out Hulu’s platform.
As for new movies, such as Star Wars Episode 9 and Captain Marvel (both set to launch in 2019), we expect to see these movies on Disney+ – but not until after they launch in theaters. Unlike Netflix, which launches nearly everything on their streaming platform the day it comes out, Disney+ will take a more traditional approach. Big blockbusters from Star Wars and Marvel will likely launch as normal in theaters worldwide, before eventually making their way to Disney+.
This Disney+ review will continue to be updated as new details emerge in the coming months as the service grows.
Where Will Disney+ Be Available?
Disney+ is currently available in the US, Canada, and The Netherlands, as of November 12, 2019.
It will become available in Australia and New Zealand on November 19, 2019.
Finally, Disney+ has been announced for release in Germany, the UK, France, Spain, and Italy on March 31, 2020.
We expect Disney+ will expand to other countries beyond these, but no dates have been officially announced yet.
Disney+ is available on just about any device that offers streaming apps. Disney+ devices available right now at launch include:
- Streaming Players–Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku
- Gaming Consoles–PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Smart TVs–LG, Samsung, Roku TVs
- Mobile Devices–Apple (iPhone/iPad) and Android phones and tablets
- Web browsers for PC and MAC
Disney+ Review: Is Disney Plus Worth It?
While everyone is different and no one streaming service will appeal to all, we believe that Disney+ is worth it for a wide audience, including families (tons of content kids and adults can both enjoy), Marvel fans, Star Wars fans, people who want access to the vault of classic Disney movies, and others.
The pricing – $6.99 a month – is also quite attractive. This puts it decidedly in the budget-friendly category, as it will be one of the cheapest streaming services!
Disney’s move into their own streaming service has big implications for Netflix and the entire streaming industry.
The streaming industry is becoming crowded, with more and more services popping up. Customers will have to carefully consider which services they find the most valuable.
This Disney+ review will be routinely updated as the service continues to evolve in the coming months. Stay tuned!