These days, everyone has their own streaming service. Gone are the days where you could count the number of streaming services on one hand. Now movie studios are starting their own streaming services, which make sense since they do have a large library of content they’ve made over the years and even decades, or centuries like Disney. In comes Disney+. A streaming service, with a boatload of content, thanks the many decades of movies and TV shows that The Walt Disney Company has produced over the last century plus.
It owns quite a few popular franchises too, which makes Disney+ really attractive. It has Disney (of course), Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic and Pixar. Which have made some of the most popular movies and shows ever, in the last few decades. So it sounds like a no-brainer to be the best streaming TV service, right? Well let’s give you all of the details on Disney+ to see if it is right for you.
How much is Disney+?
Disney+ will cost you $7.99 per month. However, that is changing in October. Disney has announced that Disney+ is getting an ad-supported tier which will be $7.99 per month, and the ad-free tier will be $10.99/month or $109.99 per year.
Disney is also raising prices on its bundles, and introducing some new bundles. You will be able to bundle Disney+ and Hulu with ads for $9.99 per month. Or bundle Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ with ads for $12.99 per month. The Premium bundle which includes no ads on Disney+ and Hulu+, but ads on ESPN+ will cost $19.99 per month.
What is Disney+ Premier Access?
Premier Access is a new tier of Disney+ that it debuted in the summer of 2020. This allowed users to pay $20 to watch Mulan, when it would have been in theaters. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, theaters were closed, so Mulan was available on Disney+ for $20.
So far, no other movies have been added to Disney+ Premier Access yet, but Disney has promised to add more movies to this service in the future. This could finish off movie theaters even before the pandemic is over with.
Disney has discontinued Premier Access as movies are now more openly available to watch in theaters.
What devices can I watch it on?
You can watch Disney+ on just about any platform. As a result it is available on your web browser on Mac, PC and even Chrome OS. It is available on mobile via Android, iOS, iPadOS and Amazon’s Fire OS.
When it comes to the TV. It is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, LG TV and Roku. It is also available on the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One consoles. However, it is also worth nothing it is also available on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S released in late 2020. Making it one of the first streaming apps available on these new consoles. That is a big deal.
So basically, any platform out there, Disney+ is available on. As a result, it’s super easy to watch Disney+ anywhere and at anytime.
What movies are on Disney+?
The short answer here is, almost everything that is under the Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Star Wars or Marvel umbrella. There are very few movies that didn’t make the cut to Disney+. And of those that aren’t available on Disney+ now, they will be later.
You see, some movies were already available on other streaming services. Like Thor: Ragnorak, which was available on Netflix and Disney had to wait for that licensing deal to run out before it could be put on Disney+. Now it’s worth mentioning, that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything is available on Disney+. With the exception of the Spider-Man movies. Since Sony actually owns the rights to Spider-Man and not Disney, those movies are not available on Disney+ – they are currently on STARZ though. The 20th Century Fox Marvel movies have been added as well, after it closed the deal to buy that studio just before Disney+ launched. So X-Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four (2015), Fantastic Four (2005) and The Wolverine are also available.
Star Wars movies
Moving over to the Star Wars movies, all nine of them are available on Disney+. It also has the spinoff movies: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Additionally, there are two feature-length documentaries on Disney+: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Adventure Awaits and Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy.
The acquisition of 20th Century Fox (Now just called 20th Century), brought more than just Marvel movies over to Disney+. It also brought over some other popular Fox films like Miracle on 34th Street, The Sound of Music, Willow, Home Alone, Doctor Dolittle (1998), The Simpsons Movie, Avatar, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Never Been Kissed, The Sandlot, Ice Age: Collision Course, and The Peanuts Movie.
The entire Disney vault is available on Disney+ too, as well as some of its more modern hits. Including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, Race To Witch Mountain, The BFG, and Pete’s Dragon (2016) have been placed alongside classics like Mary Poppins, Treasure Island, The Absent-Minded Professor, Old Yeller, The Parent Trap, The Incredible Journey, That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
What TV shows are available?
The 21st Century Fox acquisition also helped add another popular show to Disney+. And that is The Simpsons. All 32 seasons of The Simpsons are available on Disney+ to watch. Giving you plenty of shows to watch and binge-watch. Disney+ even adapted the show from the native 4:3 aspect ratio it was initially shot in for the classic episodes, bringing it to 16:9. So you won’t see huge black bars on either side when watching the show.
Disney’s library of TV shows isn’t as vast as its movie library. And that’s because it didn’t get into doing TV shows until the ’80s and ’90s when it launched The Disney Channel and later bought ABC Television (which included ESPN). Some of the favorites from the ’80s and ’90s are available though. Including DuckTales (1987), Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, The Little Mermaid, Bonkers, and Quack Pack. As well as Adventures of the Gummi Bears and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
There are other animated TV shows available on Disney+ too like Recess, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, TRON: Uprising, Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb, Big Hero 6: The Series, Kim Possible, DuckTales (2017), and Tangled: The Series. Along with live-action shows like Hannah Montana, Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Wizards Of Waverly Place, and Girl Meets World.
Marvel TV shows
There’s plenty of TV shows available for Marvel fans too. For instance, shows like Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Woman, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four (1994), Spider-Man (1994), Silver Surfer, Spider-Man Unlimited, The Avengers: United They Stand, X-Men: Evolution, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and Wolverine and the X-Men in cartoon form. Modern Marvel animated adaptations, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Spider-Man (2017).
Star Wars shows
Finally, for Star Wars fans, every episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars Resistance are available on Disney+. As well as a number of LEGO adaptations. Like LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles, LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, and LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars.
What original content will be available, and when?
The service launched with some originals, though the biggest one came from the Stars Wars arm of Disney. And that was The Mandalorian. It introduced Baby Yoda which quickly became an internet sensation. But that is not the only original show or movie coming to or available on Disney+.
Marvel and Star Wars announced a ton of original series for Disney+. Star Wars also has the seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+. And Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor and Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi are also in the works, as live-action Star Wars series.
Marvel had some big plans for Disney+, but the pandemic delayed filming of some of its originals. Which have been pushed back to 2021. These included The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki. There are also plans for live-action shows featuring Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Hawkeye, and Moon Knight.
Under the Disney umbrella, there are some other original shows coming. Like Muppets Now recently bringing back Jim Henson’s iconic creations in a new comedy sketch show. There’s also High School Musical: The Series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Encore!, Fairy Tale Weddings, Marvel’s Hero Project, Be Our Chef, Prop Culture, and Rogue Trip.
Finally, it has also planned a few different documentaries. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian andInto the Unknown: Making Frozen II are already available.
What is Star?
Star is a new umbrella of content that Disney+ added to its library in a number of countries in Europe as well as Canada and Australia. It’s essentially Hulu, for countries that don’t have Hulu (which is everywhere except the US).
On Star, you’ll find all sorts of content, particularly from ABC Signature, 20th Television, FX, Freeform, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures.
With the addition of Star in other countries, Disney+ did raise its price. So that it does cost a little bit more, but still cheaper than paying for Disney+ and Hulu, however. So it’s a pretty good deal.
Is Disney+ available in 4K HDR?
Yes, but there are a few caveats here. With most newer content is being filmed in 4K HDR. But most of Disney’s library was not filmed recently, or even in the last decade. So the majority of Disney+ content is not available in 4K HDR, or Dolby Vision. However, there are “dozens” of titles available in 4K HDR and/or Dolby Vision according to Disney+.
Disney+ does have a category showing which titles are available in 4K HDR. Now since most of these were not filmed in 4K HDR, they are upscaled. So it’s not quite the same as true 4K HDR for these titles. But it’s better than watching it in 720p or even 480p on a big 4K HDR TV.
How fast does my Internet need to be for streaming Disney+?
The recommendations provided by Disney+, is that you need at least 5Mbps for streaming high-definition TV shows and movies. For 4K UHD, you’ll need at least 25Mbps. Of course, the more speed you have, the better. Especially if there are other people on your network.
You can test out your Internet speed here. And see if it is fast enough.
How can I sign up for Disney+?
You can sign up for Disney+ by clicking here. And it’s a pretty simple process. You’ll just create an account, add your credit card information, and you’re all set.