National Geographic and The Simpsons are just two of the educational shows that can be found on Disney+. You could never want to stop watching Disney movies and TV shows. We Disney fans have been waiting for an all-in-one destination for almost two decades, and Disney has finally given us one. You are welcome to Disney+.

What is Disney+?

Disney+ is a streaming service that brings together all of the content in Disney's massive media empire, from Disney and Pixar to Lucasfilm to National Geographic and 20th Century Fox, in one easy-to-use app. With hundreds of films and TV shows from the Disney Vault and recent theatrical releases, Disney+ is a wonderful realization of a dream many Disney nerds have had of being able to watch their favorite shows and films in one place. Disney+ is everything we wanted it to be.

Everything that falls under the Disney umbrella will eventually go through the Disney+ app on any platform you want to watch it on. You are correct if that sounds too big. It is easy to sign up for Disney+, whether you are at your computer or on the go. The low monthly cost of Disney+ makes it cheap to sign up and try it out, even though there is no free trial.

What countries is Disney+ available in?

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Channel Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • France
  • French West Indies
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Greenland
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India (branded as Disney+ Hotstar)
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Wallis and Futuna

Disney plans to launch Disney+ in dozens of other countries over the next two years. In the summer of 2022, Disney+ is expected to roll out in Andorra, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, and Turkey. The service will launch in the Philippines and Vietnam.

What devices support Disney+?

Over the past two years, the list of devices that support Disney+ has grown. Disney+ is available on a phone, laptop, TV, or gaming console built in the last three years.

iPhone and Android devices

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Disney+ is available on a number of mobile devices. The benefit of using Disney+ on a phone or tablet rather than watching on a smart TV is that you can download videos for offline viewing, which is something you can do on up to 10 devices per Disney+ account, meaning everyone on the plan can keep a few videos downloaded.

Desktop and laptop computers

Disney+ allows you to stream directly from on Windows, MacOS, and Chrome OS computers. You cannot download videos for offline play when streaming through the browser, but you can use keyboard controls.

If you use a Chromebook, you will probably have an error on the first time you try to watch, but after a quick refresh, it should work just fine. Chromebooks are the only laptops that can download videos for offline viewing.

The Disney+ UWP app is available in the Microsoft Store for both Windows and Xbox One, despite Disney not releasing a Universal Windows Platform app at launch.

Xbox, PlayStation, and streaming consoles

Most people want to watch Disney+ on a bigger screen and support the gaming and entertainment consoles that we use now more than ever. Since launch day, there has been support for all of the above devices.

Disney+ is not supported on a few of the Roku devices. The models of devices that are included are the Roku 2, 2 HD, and 2 Streaming Stick models.

The new PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S consoles are supported on the gaming console side. I believe that gaming consoles are the best for Disney+ because you can use your controller to fast forward and back up quicker than using the on-screen controls.

Disney may bring Disney+ to Nintendo Switch in the future, but no mobile consoles are currently supported on the mobile console side of the equation. We don't know when it could launch on Switch.

Smart TVs

There are a number of smart TVs with Disney+ apps at the moment, including from Sharp, AQUOS, and Sony Bravia, as well as the newer models from the likes of Samsung and Vizio.

Beyond these brands, there is support for TVs that run other platforms through their respective app stores. Disney+ can not be streamed through browsers on Smart TVs. The Disney+ app on Vizio TVs doesn't have a built-in one, but they can use Apple's AirPlay.

Which devices support Disney Plus in 4K?

There are over 100 titles that are ready to stream in 4K Ultra High Definition on Disney+. To stream this content, you need a 4K Ultra HD or HDR device, TV, or display, as well as a high-speed internet connection of at least 25Mb. There are a lot of 4K devices supported, such as the NVIDIA Shield TV 2019, as well as a whole host of excellent 4K TVs at every price point from $300 to $3000.

What shows and movies are on Disney+?

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Disney's extensive content has been a source of pride for the company. Disney+ now hosts most of the Disney Vault, along with an impressive array of content from Lucasfilm, Fox, and National Geographic. Disney+ has 500 films and more than 7,500 TV episodes, including most of the films in the Star Wars Skywalker Saga.

Disney+ has premiere a number of brand new content from the Marvel Studios, including series like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Disney+ will have a lot of new original movies and series coming to the platform in the next two years, as part of its Disney+ Day celebration in November 2021. The upcoming series include Agatha House of Harkness, Spider-Man: Freshman Year, and X-Men.

Win or Lose and a series adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles are both in the works for Pixar. The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is one of the series hitting the platform over the next two years. The upcoming Disney+ exclusive movie releases include Better Than Ever, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, Disenchanted, Hocus Pocus 2, and Rodrick Rules.

Disney+ still has room to improve when it comes to grouping content in categories for easy marathoning, but you will find dedicated collection tabs for franchises like Frozen, Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians, and Home Alone under the Disney section. Existing films are grouped under the four current phases of the MCU. There is a tab with every movie in the MCU listed in the order. Disney and Sony are in the middle of negotiations over the rights to Spider-Man, so those films have not yet made it to the platform.

There are differences in the available content. French law forbids theatrically released films from being put on a streaming service in that country for three years, so don't expect to see brand new MCU movies on Disney+ in France until months after they're released in North America.

The United States, Canada, and the Netherlands all have the same amount of available content, but some of the recent Disney films are unavailable.

The new Star section of the Disney+ app was rolled out in countries that don't have access to Hulu in 2021. The Star brand page on Disney+ is currently accessible to subscribers in Australia, Austria, Canada, Europe, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK.

New releases

Most of the newest Disney films are available on Disney+ right now, but with a few exceptions. Movies will launch on Disney+ after the full theatrical and home video release, which will vary between individual films but should be at least five months after the theatrical release.

Since Disney+ launched, Onward, Frozen II, and Hamilton all came to Disney+ much earlier than expected. There were a number of new films being released in theaters and via Disney+ in the year 2021.

The Disney+ bundle: ESPN+

Disney is serving up a number of digital platforms in the new streaming era. It is the largest for sure. It is just one part of the puzzle. The Disney+ bundle gives you the option to subscribe to Disney+ for just $13.99) per month.

If you are a sports fan of any kind, you should consider a subscription to ESPN+. It runs on the same platform as Disney+, so you will be familiar with how things work.

As for the content, well. If you're not sure if there's a lot of sports on TV, you should check out ESPN+. It has live sports. There are live sports. It has college football games that you can't see on TV. It has a lot of college basketball. It has a lot of NHL. If you want to watch pay-per-view UFC events, you have to have a subscription to ESPN+.

There is the matter of original content. Is it possible that Manning was resting in his retirement? Not quite. His places is keeping him busy. Les Miles has a show, and you can find the duo of Boomer and TJ on the internet.

You can also watch the show on your TV.

The Disney+ bundle: Hulu

Disney also has a controlling interest in the third arm of the trio. It is where you will find all the on-demand content you have come to know from that service, as well as original shows like The Great and Dopesick. As Disney tries to keep Disney+ to more family-friendly fare, the bundle will be the only way to ensure that you can see all of the content that is coming down the pike.

It is important for Disney to have Hulu with Live TV because it gets you live TV with all that other content. You can get the Disney+ bundle with Live TV, which allows you to watch current Disney Channel shows, as well as legacy shows and older seasons on Disney+.

What is Disney+ Premier Access?


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Disney decided in the late 2020s to offer feature films on Disney+, as the Pandemic kept theaters closed and pushed back big blockbuster releases.

Disney+'s premier access feature allows you to buy a movie for $30 and then use it for as long as you want. You can watch the movie as many times as you want, a significant change from other movies, which have been rentals for 48 hours.

Disney+ subscribers will eventually be able to watch films offered through premier access. If you don't want to pay for it early, you'll have to wait 3-6 months to watch it through the main Disney+ catalog.

Parental controls, profiles, and account limits


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Since Disney+ allows up to seven user profiles on a single account, and up to four users stream at a time, it is only natural that Disney+ accounts are meant to be shared amongst family. It is time to change the password and lock the kids out when they are messing with you and your friends.

It is easy to get sucked in while watching your favorite shows on Disney+. I put on an episode of Kim Possible during lunch. It is dinnertime! If you want to give yourself a chance against being sucked in by the binge-watch, turn off Autoplay. If you hit play every 20 or 40 minutes, you can break the cycle and get back to work, and since Autoplay is profile-based, you can turn it off for your kids account.

Disney+ is a streaming service geared towards families and kids, and parental controls are pretty simple at the moment: you can set up a child's profile and only allow content with a specific rating. Disney's content filters work based on the U.S. television rating system rather than age-based restrictions. You have to decide if you want your child to see G/TV-G or TV-Y7.

How to get the most out of Disney+: tips and tricks


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Disney+ isn't all smooth sailing as it may seem. Disney+ saw more users sign up on day one as expected, so overloading the server has been the most common problem so far. Things are getting better.

Not all connection issues are related to server strain; you might need to check and make sure your internet is fast enough. It is possible to get around Error 83 by changing from wi-fi to lte, but you need to remember that streaming Disney+ can eat a capped data plan alive. If your network is down, you can still watch Disney+ videos on your phone, tablet, or Chromebook.

Disney+ cost, deals, and gift cards

You can save a few dollars by opting for the annual billing rate instead of the monthly billing for Disney+ in most countries. One account can have up to four streams going at once and up to seven profiles on the account, so you won't need to shell out for multiple accounts in one family. Here is a breakdown of how much Disney+ costs in countries where the platform is currently available.

CountryMonthly rateAnnual rate
ArgentinaARS$ 385ARS$ 3.850
Austria8,99 €89,99 €
Belgium8,99 €89,99 €
BrazilBRL$ 27,90BRL$ 279,90
Canada$11.99 CAD$119.99 CAD
ChileCLP$ 6.500CLP$ 64.900
ColombiaCOP$ 23.900COP$ 239.900
Costa Rica$5.99$59.99
Denmark79 DKK790 DKK
Finland8,99 €89,99 €
France8,99 €89,99 €
Germany8,99 €89,99 €
Greenland59 DKK589 DKK
Iceland8,99 €89,99 €)
India (as Disney+ Hotstar)Rs 299Rs 1,499
Indonesia (as Disney+ Hotstar)Rp 39,000Rp 199,000
Ireland8,99 €89,99 €
Italy8,99 €89,99 €
Luxembourg8,99 €89,99 €
Monaco8,99 €89,99 €
MexicoMXN$ 159MXN$ 1.599
Netherlands8,99 €89,99 €
New Zealand$11.99$119.99
Norway89 NOK890 NOK
PeruPEN$ 25,90PEN$ 259,90
Portugal8,99 €89,99 €
Spain8,99 €89,99 €
Sweden89 SEK890 SEK
Switzerland12.90 CHF129 CHF
United Kingdom£7.99£79.99
United States$7.99$79.99
Uruguay$ 7.4974.99

The Disney Plus Bundle

Disney has a bundle option that gives users Disney+, ESPN+, and ad-supported Hulu for $13 a month. If you have separate accounts on each of the three services, you can link them together in a virtual bundle via a single email address. You pay Disney+ once a month, and Disney+ will give you credits for Disney+ and Disney channels. For an extra fee, you can keep the various add-ons like No Ads with the Disney+.

Get six free months of Disney Plus from Verizon

Disney+ Verizon deal

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For the first six months, the Disney+ bundle is free for customers who sign up, switch or upgrade to the Do More or Start unlimited plans. If you already subscribe to one of the discontinued unlimited plans, you can add the Disney+ bundle to your account.

Give the gift of Disney Plus

There are a few things to know about Disney's physical subscription cards and digital subscription codes, which you can give as gifts.

  • They can only be bought and redeemed in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.
  • The person who redeems the subscription card must not already have a Disney+ account or have ever signed up for the 7-day trial. They'll need to use a different email address and make a new account to redeem it if they have one.
  • This is only redeemable for a standalone Disney+ account, not the Disney+ bundle. If you switch to the bundle, you lose whatever time was left on your gift subscription and immediately switch to monthly billing.

Disney cannot give someone a free year to redeem on their account right now, but we hope they expand it to be a normal account credit in the future. We are not there right now.

How does Disney+ stack up to the competition?

Disney+ has proven to be a worthy competitor to seasoned services. Disney+ has a lot of impressive content. With the Disney+ Bundle still costing less than aNetflix Premium subscription, it is easy to switch over to Disney's offerings.

Things may get a little more complicated when comparing the two. The Disney+ bundle costs one dollar more than the ad-free HBO Max plan, but it also comes with thousands of titles that are likely to appeal to even the most passionate Disney fans. The Batman and Justice League are just two of the titles you can get instead of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney+ is a clear winner for kid-friendly content.

It is helpful to know that Prime Video is included in the price of the Prime subscription, which costs $12 a month or $119 a year, and gives you access to free shipping and cloud storage. Prime Video's catalog of original content isn't as family-friendly as Disney+, which is why you can opt for a stand-alone Prime Video membership. Amazon Prime Video subscribers can only watch on two devices at a time. Disney+ has up to four concurrent streams and seven user profiles.

Now that you know everything there is to know about Disney+, it is time to watch something. If you want to plan your next viewing party, take a look at our list of the best movies and shows on Disney+.