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Disney Plus free trial in 2022: is there one?

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Our happy ever after came to an end long ago when the Disney Plus free trial disappeared just six months after the service's initial launch in June 2020. Originally offering new subscribers 7 days to explore the Walt Disney streaming service before spending a cent, hopes of trying before you buy have well and truly been dashed. That said, there may be some hope with other ways to bag yourself a free subscription below.

It's been a while since we said farewell to the Disney Plus free trial, disappearing to a land far, with the last known existence of the promotion available to customers in Japan ending in late 2021. Since then, launches in new territories haven't seen the House of Mouse offer the complimentary trial period.

With $1.1 billion revealed in financial losses in August, however, the reintroduction of a free trial wouldn't be amiss - especially if the new ad-supported tier about to launched doesn't have the desired effect. We explain below ways to get a Disney Plus free trial, allowing new subscribers to sample some of the best Disney Plus shows

Disney Plus free trial: is there one?

Unfortunately, there isn't a Disney Plus free trial.

Disney Plus free trials did allow users in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia to use the service in full for seven days before spending anything, giving them an opportunity to enjoy a whole bunch of movies and TV shows in a quick burst before cancelling if they wanted to. However, this ended in June 2020.

Even as Disney Plus has rolled out elsewhere around the world, new territories where the platform has launched haven't received the same kind of offer. That is since Japan, anyway, where a Disney Plus free trial entitled customers to a whole 31-days. Sadly, as mentioned, this came to an end in late 2021. 

The Philippines and Vietnam are the final countries in the current roll out schedule, so it could be possible we'll see a Disney Plus free trial there.

Mei falling through the air in Turning Red

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How else can I get a Disney Plus free trial?

The good news for Verizon customers in the States is that subscribers to select Unlimited plans will get a 6 months free subscription to Disney Plus (opens in new tab). But you’d need to subscribe to Verizon by May 31 to be eligible.

For those in the UK, if you're on an existing plan from O2 (opens in new tab) you can add Disney Plus as an extra and get £2 off your monthly airtime. Those new to O2 or upgrading, however, can enjoy this family-friendly streaming service absolutely free for six months.

Or why not ask for a Disney Plus gift card for your birthday or Christmas? Sure, someone is paying for it, but it won't be you.

What's the best way to try Disney Plus without a free trial?

The Disney Plus price for a monthly subscription is a reasonably lean $7.99/£7.99/AUS$11.99, but if you're prepared to commit with a hefty upfront payment of $79.99/£79.90/AUS$119.99 a year, saving just under 20% annually.

Want even more for your money? US customers can benefit from the Disney Plus bundle, including Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for just $13.99 a month (opens in new tab) or $19.99 a month if you choose to have Hulu without ads. This, of course, gives you access to even more content, including more content catered to adults on Hulu, while ESPN Plus more than covers sporting fans with a bunch of great entertainment.

Those who want Hulu with Live TV can pay £75.99 a month to throw in Disney Plus and ESPN Plus (opens in new tab).

Of course, it's also worth keeping your eyes peeled this Disney Plus Day. If last year is anything to go by, there could be a significant saving for new and returning customers.

A screenshot of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Jedi's Disney Plus TV show

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What could you watch with a free Disney Plus trial?

The Disney Plus free trial granted access to the entire streaming library to watch as much as you liked in a seven-day period. Functionally, it was a week-long subscription to the service, and as long as you cancelled before the end of the trial period, you got to enjoy every TV show and movie without spending anything.

That included a payload of Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Pixar movies, alongside originals like The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars. 

For now, at least, you'll have to pay if you want to check it out, though it's fair to say there is a boat load more Disney Plus Originals and other excellent titles now landing on the platform, including new Pixar movies like Turning Red, and expansions of the MCU and Star Wars, like Ms Marvel and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Does Disney Plus have gift cards?

Needless to say, it's not quite on the same wavelength as a Disney Plus free trial. However, much like its competitors, gift cards do exist for the service. You can find out more in our Disney Plus gift card guide.

Alice is the resident eCommerce Staff Writer at Future with a focus on VPN and streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.