What is Disney Plus?
Disney Plus (R) is an American subscription video-on-demand over-the-top streaming service owned and operated by the Media and Entertainment Distribution division of The Walt Disney Company. In 2022, the streaming service has surpassed 100 million global subscribers. Disney Plus features dedicated content hubs for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. In this Disney review, we will cover everything you need to know about the service.
- Type of Service: OTT Platform
- Price: $7.99/mo.
- Free Trial: No
- Number of Movies: 500+
- Number of TV Episodes: 7,000+
- Streaming Quality: HD, 4K HDR, Dolby Vision
How much does Disney Plus cost?
New Disney Plus subscribers can sign-up for $7.99/month but you can receive a discount $79.99/annual if you opt for the annual plan. The on-demand streaming service no longer offers a 7-day trial.
Disney Plus is one of the most economical streaming services; however, it is one of the pricier on-demand services. By comparison, Apple TV+ is $4.99/mo., Hulu is $5.99/month, Netflix is $8.99/month, and Paramount+ is $4.99/mo.. If you are a fan of the content then Disney Plus is likely worth the price.
Disney Plus and Hulu and ESPN+ Bundle
The cost of Disney Plus gets significantly better if you opt for their bundle. This bundle includes Hulu’s ad-supported tier and ESPN+ in addition to Disney Plus. The cost of the bundle is $13.99/mo.. You can also upgrade to the Hulu ad-free tier for an additional $6.00/month which is a total of $19.99/mo..
What Content Is Available?
Disney Plus offers more than 7,500 television episodes and over 500 film titles. These TV episodes and films bridge several decades and genres. The on-demand streaming service has just about everything under the Disney umbrella from Mickey Mouse to the Avengers.
The content is separated into distinct category groups such as Classic Disney Throwbacks, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic. We have compiled a list of popular shows and movies in each category.
Classic Disney Throwbacks
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Swiss Family Robinson
- Miracle on 34th Street
- Alice in Wonderland
- Peter Pan
- Lady and the Tramp
- Old Yeller
- Sleeping Beauty
- 101 Dalmatians
- Babes in Toyland
- The Parent Trap
- The Incredible Journey
- Mary Poppins
- The Sound of Music
- The Jungle Book
- High School Musical The Musical The Series
- Big Shot
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
- The Mysterious Benedict Society
- Marvel Studios Legends
- 22 vs Earth
- Finding Nemo
- Finding Dory
- Monsters, Inc.
- Inside Out
- Toy Story 1-4
- The Incredibles
- Cars 1-3
- A Bugs Life
Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Iron Man 3
- Thor The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Doctor Strange
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther
- Avengers: Inifinity War
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers: Endgame
- Wanda Vision
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Star Wars Movies and Shows
- Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars series
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- The Mandalorian series
- Heartland Docs
- X-Ray Earth
- India From Above
- Gathering Storm
- Gordan Ramsay Uncharted
- Wicked Tuna
- Running Wild With Bear Grylls
- Giants of the Deep Blue Sea
- Big Cat Games
- The Hidden Kingdoms of China
- Bizarre Dinosaurs
- Wild Yellowstone
- Lost Temple of the Inca
- Easter Island Unsolved
- Scuba Sam’s World
- Spaced Out
- Weird But True!
- Animal Showdown
What Devices Does Disney Plus Support?
Disney Plus supports most major streaming devices and platforms. Customers are allowed up to 4 simultaneous streams so you can watch in one room on your smart TV while your children watch on their tablet. Disney Plus cord-cutters can access the app on mobile devices, tablets, smart TVs, game consoles, and streaming devices. The following is an up-to-date list according to the streaming platform.
Mobile Devices and Tablets
- Android phones and tablets
- Apple iPhones and iPads
- Amazon Fire Tablet
- Android TV Devices
- LG WebOS Smart TVs
- Samsung Tizen Smart TVs
Connected TVs, Game Consoles, and Streaming Devices
- Amazon FireTV
- Apple AirPlay
- Apple TV (4th Generation and later)
- Sony PlayStation
- Vizio SmartCast TV
- Xfinity Flex and X1 TV Box
Disney Plus Design
The design of the Disney Plus apps is some of the best in the business. Disney Plus has apps for digital media players, web interface, and mobile. The user experience is very similar on each device.
Disney Plus’s interface uses dark background colors, light text, and consistent elements. The menu items appear at the top of the screen and are intuitive and organized. These menus are Home, Search, Watchlist, Originals, Movies, and Series.
The Home tab makes it easy to navigate by highlighting featured content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Also featured on the Home screen are different sections such as: Recommended for You, New To Disney Plus, Continue Watching, Trending, Because You Watched, and other sections.
In the Search section, you are able to search content by title, character, or genre. The search also several more collections including Cars, The Simpsons, Disney Channel Original Movie Collection, Disney Junior Collection, Princesses Collection, and several more.
The playback screen is standard with 10-second rewind and fast-forwards buttons and built-in caption settings. It also pops up the next episode in a season after the current one ends, instead of making you go back to the episode list to start the next one.
What Are Disney Plus Features?
Disney Plus has several great features that stand out. Subscribers can have up to 10 devices connected to one account. Every Disney Plus account can have up to four devices streaming simultaneously. This means you and your family don’t have to worry about sharing the same device and you can watch different content at the same time. Worried about personalized viewing habits? You can also create up to seven different user profiles.
Want to watch Disney Plus content with friends and family that are far away? Disney Plus comes with a relatively new feature called Disney Plus Watch Parties. GroupWatch is a feature that lets you watch any title on the streaming platform with your friends and family virtually through the app. Other streaming services that offer this feature are Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and Sling TV. Up to 7 people can join a group and up to 4 different profiles on a Disney Plus account can stream together.
Disney Plus offers multiple parental controls. These features include content ratings, kid’s profiles, kid-proof exit, profile pins, and profile creation restriction. Some older content is labeled “Contains tobacco depiction.” Additionally, kid’s profiles cannot participate in the GroupWatch feature.
Disney Plus Video Quality and Data Usage
The streaming app will automatically detect your system’s capabilities and Internet connection speed to deliver the highest quality experience possible. You are also given several options to manage data usage on your devices. It is important to keep in mind that modifying your data usage will impact your video quality.
If you are connecting on mobile over WiFi then you will have the highest quality possible which is full 1080 HD, Dolby Atmos sound, and this will consume 2.5 GB of data per hour. Without WiFi, mobile devices will default to HD video quality, 5.1 surround sound, and will consume 2.0 GB per hour.
If you are connecting via a smart TV or set-top box streamer you will be automatically defaulted to the UltraHD/4K HDR video quality, Dolby Atmos sound, and will consume 7.7 GB per hour. There is a moderate setting that gives HD video quality, 5.1 surround sound and consumes 2.0 GB per hour.
Web browsers will automatically default 1080p video quality, stereo audio, and will consume 4.2 GB per hour. The moderate setting is HD video quality, stereo sound, and consumes 1.2 GB per hour.
These settings will determine how much Internet download speed is required for the on-demand streaming service. Disney Plus recommends 5 Mbps for HD content and 25 Mbps for 4K content. This is per device so if you have multiple devices streaming in the same household you will need faster Internet service.
The Bottom Line
Disney Plus offers an impressive library of high-quality shows and movies in a featured-filled video streaming package. Disney Plus is chock-full of hit titles including Marvel and Star Wars. The base offering of movies and 4K-ready 4K HDR content is strong but lacks original material. Netflix leads the pack with original content, while Amazon Prime Video dominates from the standpoint of sheer numbers. This streaming platform is on the pricier end of the on-demand streaming service spectrum. However, the good news is that the service is built on a solid platform and is worth trying for yourself. We definitely recommend trying this service if you are a fan of the content.