Amassing 130 million subscribers as of the end of last year, Disney Plus has certainly grown and solidifies its place amongst the biggest players in streaming. Hakuna Mutata - it means no worries! Of vourse, its success is helped by the incredibly affordable Disney Plus price points, offering hundreds of enchanting titles from a number of hubs including classic Disney and Pixar movies, National Geographic documentaries, and plenty of old and new things to come out the Marvel and Star Wars universes. International markets also benefit from the Star hub, which sees plenty of Hulu titles and more.
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There’s also a whole heap of new Disney Plus Original series – the highly anticipated Star Wars spin-off Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as Ms Marvel. The TV reboot of Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy film Willow is on the way, too, as well as Hocus Pocus 2, which arrives 29 years later.
Looking to save a buck or two? Below we’ll explain how Disney Plus prices and plans compare to other VOD platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max, as well as the fantastic deals, bundles, and free trial offerings available to new customers.
Disney Plus price at a glance
- Monthly: $7.99
- Yearly: $79.99
Compared to the competition...
- Netflix: From $9.99 per month ($15.49 for HD)
- Amazon Prime: $12.99 per month ($119 per year)
- HBO Max: From $9.99 per month ($14.99 Ad-Free)
How much does Disney Plus cost?
In the US, a monthly subscription to sign up for Disney Plus (opens in new tab) currently costs $7.99. However, an annual membership is more cost-effective: at $79.99 it’s almost 20% less than if you paid the monthly fee over the year.
You can also choose to sign up to the Disney Plus bundle, which adds its two other streaming services - Hulu and ESPN Plus - for the reasonable price of $13.99 a month – that’s $8 cheaper than subscribing to all three separately and a low price for such a wide range of prime content. Getting Hulu without ads though costs an extra $6 per month.
Here's a breakdown of the monthly and annual Disney Plus prices internationally.
- UK: £7.99 a month/£79.90 a year
- Europe: €8.99 a month/€89.90 a year
- Canada: $11.99 a month/$119.99 a year
- Australia: $11.99 a month/$119.99 a year
- New Zealand: $12.99 a month/$129.99 a year
Below, we take a look at how Disney Plus prices and sign up deals compare to other major streaming services in the US.(opens in new tab)
What countries can I sign up to Disney Plus?
Initially you could sign up to Disney Plus in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands when it launched in November 2019. It then expanded into Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Europe before arriving in Japan and Latin America. It's now available in 106+ countries with the Philippines and Vietnam the final destinations for 2022 on its trajectory.
How to get Disney Plus for free
The introductory 7-day free trial came to an end a while ago with no countries currently benefiting from one. But it may well return once the company’s period of rapid growth subsides, as well as potentially being available when launching in new countries. For more information, check out our Disney Plus free trial guide.
Alternatively, shift the cost onto a loved one and ask for a Disney Plus gift card for your birthday or Christmas.(opens in new tab)
How does the Disney Plus price compare to Netflix?
With a comparatively slender library, but packed full of commercially lucrative franchises and content from major film studios, Disney Plus looks poised to rival Netflix as the world’s most popular streaming service.
However, Netflix has nearly two times the number of subscribers and almost five times as much content, with a large variety of exclusive hits like The Crown (opens in new tab), Squid Game, Stranger Things (opens in new tab), and Midnight Mass.
It also includes exclusive movies like The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Regé-Jean Page. It's also the exclusive home to Ryan Reynolds' adventure The Adam Project and chilly thriller Against The Ice, plus a huge library of family-friendly programming and a curated kids section.
A Netflix Basic plan will cost $9.99 a month, but that only lets you stream one movie at a time and only in SD resolution. A Standard subscription costs $15.49 and includes two simultaneous streams and HD resolution, while a four-screen Ultra HD Premium plan will set you back $19.99.
What does this mean? In the price wars at least, Disney Plus comes out on top with its mightily affordable $7.99, single tier subscription plan.
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How does Disney Plus price compare to Amazon Prime?
Online behemoth Amazon’s online video service may not have produced quite as many big hits as Netflix when it comes to its own original content, but it can boast a much deeper library than its rival, with four times as many movies and access to top-notch classic TV such as Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and House (in the UK, anyway).
It’s also the exclusive home of bloody good superhero series The Boys, while we're in breathless anticipation for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which drops in September this year, only on Amazon Prime.
A single Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 per month or $119 per year (opens in new tab) if you choose to pay annually, which allows you to stream content to two devices at once. While this might seem expensive compared with the Disney Plus price, it also includes Amazon Prime membership, giving you access to same-day or one-day shipping on Amazon.com purchases, plus photo storage and access to exclusive deals at times like on Amazon Prime Day. It's a lot more than a streaming service.
How does Disney Plus price compare to HBO Max?
HBO Max is the tantalizing on-demand offering from WarnerMedia. It hosts a mouth-watering agglomeration of shows, and, where Disney Plus supports Team Marvel, HBO Max is staunchly Team DC.
There's a choice of two subscription plans available, the 'With-Ads' option at a reasonable $9.99, and the premium 'Ad-Free' plan at $14.99 per month (opens in new tab). Membership grants you access to an impressive 13,000 hours of film and TV content: iconic HBO shows like Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos, recent HBO hits like Westworld season 4 and Hacks, and new Warner Brother blockbusters, as well as being the exclusive home of iconic TV series, Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
But rather than resting on their laurels, HBO Max continues to develop an exciting range of original content, which currently includes Rap Sh!t and Harley Quinn season 3, and dark comedy The Flight Attendant, starring Kaley Cuoco.
HBO Max can be viewed on - among other devices: apps on iOS and Android, Apple and Android TVs, PCs and Macs via the HBO Max website, as well as consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And finally, you can get HBO Max on Roku and on Fire Stick, too.
How does Disney Plus price compare to Apple TV Plus?
At $4.99 a month ($49.99 for an annual plan) Apple TV Plus undercuts even Uncle Walt’s budget-friendly service, with an account offering six simultaneous streams rather than four, and all programming in 4K rather than HD as standard. There are, however, some significant differences between the two.
Disney Plus offers a wealth of highly sought-after entertainment. It has a total of around 1,200 films and TV shows, while Apple TV Plus has only 90-odd. The difference may seem stark. But Apple TV Plus does produce largely brand-new content, and is gradually amassing a diverse and accomplished library of titles.
In addition to Golden Globe-baiting content like The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, recent additions include Elisabeth Moss's Shining Girls and the instantly twisty and popular Severance. Each show is highly polished, plus, Apple TV Plus has a handful of excellent acquired movies too, including the unmissable The Tragedy of Macbeth starring Denzel Washington.
Where Disney Plus has brand appeal, the best Apple TV Plus shows feature A-list celebrities and some thrillingly original programming. And, if it doesn’t yet have enough content to satisfy your VOD appetite, it at least makes a thrilling side dish.
How does Disney Plus price compare to Hulu?
Despite being a majority Disney-owned service, Hulu is, in some ways, a competitor to Disney Plus.
Boasting popular Hulu Originals like Solar Opposites, Love Victor, American Horror Stories, and new series How I Met Your Father, the on-demand service is also bolstered by its new IPTV offering which adds over 75 live TV channels, including live sports broadcasts. The service has three main pricing tiers (opens in new tab); a basic $6.99-a-month ad-supported option, a $12.99 ad-free monthly tier, and the aforementioned Hulu with Live TV which comes in at $69.99.
The latter option may seem costly, but you get heaps for that price: a subscription to Disney Plus and sports streamer ESPN Plus, on top of Live TV programming and on-demand access to thousands of titles.
It’s worth noting that while you can add in Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN+ as mentioned above. Choose either its ad-supported or without ads Hulu plan from $13.99 a month (opens in new tab), or throw it in with the Hulu + Live TV package for $75.99 a month (opens in new tab).
How does Disney Plus Price compare to other streaming services?
Disney Plus has continued to provide fantastic value, undercutting the price of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max. But one thing it’s lacking is live access to its own TV channels, like Freeform or Disney Junior. So, if you’re looking primarily for an online cable replacement, you’d be wise to check out the following OTT providers. Each offers a free trial of varying lengths to new subscribers.
For $69.99 a month, YouTube TV has a single plan that brings you 85 channels or more depending on your location, across news, sports, entertainment, and children’s TV. Plus, it has the inimitable Unlimited Cloud DVR feature. But even more comprehensive is FuboTV (opens in new tab). The $69.99 Pro plan provides in excess of 110 channels, a third of which are sports-related. And you can pay to add on extras like Showtime ($10.99 a month) or International Sports Plus if you want more.
But if those monthly fees hit you hard in the bank balance, then Sling TV (opens in new tab)is a great low-cost alternative. First, pick a base package depending on your tele-visual preferences. Sling Blue offers over 40 channels, largely news and entertainment networks like A&E, CNN, FX and Comedy Central, while Sling Orange has fewer channels, but incudes the Disney-owned Freeform, ESPN networks, and the Disney Channel. Both are $35 a month, although for an extra charge you can add individual channels or themed add-on packs.