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Disney Plus UK: how to sign up, Star, and future TV shows explained

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Disney Plus UK is more than a year old, and since the addition of Star to the service, it's become a more well-rounded streamer. As well as being the streaming home of Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar and Disney's own animated favorites, Star has also made it the destination for everything from Futurama to Grey's Anatomy. 

The addition of Star has sent the price up to £7.99 per month instead of £5.99 – but considering the level of originals Disney Plus is bringing to the table, alongside this greater suite of content, the offering is pretty competitive. You also get 4K content included as standard, and even though not everything on the service is available to stream in Ultra HD, most of the heavy hitters like Marvel and Star Wars are. 

Disney Plus is the home of big Marvel and Star Wars TV shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The Mandalorian and WandaVision, with more to come. That's still the main reason to subscribe in 2021 – Loki is next up in June 2021.

In this guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about Disney Plus in the UK, including upcoming shows and movies, the price and what's worth knowing about Star on the service.

What is Disney Plus?

Think of Disney Plus as the House of Mouse's version of Netflix. You get a near-complete archive of Disney movies to watch, as well as extensive archives of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic movies and TV shows. You've also got 31 seasons of The Simpsons to watch.

Disney is bulking the offering out with a massive range of original TV shows and movies, too, which have so far included WandaVision, The Mandalorian, the last season of The Clone Wars, Diaries of a Future President, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Lady and the Tramp, Pixar's Soul and many more. 

You can watch Disney Plus on a whole range of devices. Scroll down for more on app compatibility. 

How to sign up to Disney Plus

To get Disney Plus, all you have to do is head to the Disney Plus website, create an account, pick which tier you want and enter your billing details to get started. With your login details to hand, you'll then want to download Disney Plus onto the device of your choice, say a smartphone, smart TV, games console or tablet. Scroll down for a list of compatible devices. 

Disney Plus free trial: is there one?

There is no Disney Plus free trial any more, unfortunately, as it was discontinued in June 2020. The cheapest way to get Disney Plus is the monthly deal, or you can wait and see if Disney offers another sale deeper into the year.

Frozen 2 (2019)

Frozen 2 (2019) (Image credit: Disney)

Disney Plus UK price: worth it?

Disney Plus costs £7.99 per month or £79.90 per year as of February 23, 2021, which is when Star content was added to the service. Back when it launched, it cost £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year – so it's had a price increase.

Existing subscribers, however, have rates honoured for six months – that means August 23, 2021 is when the new tariff will apply. 

For a more in-depth look at the Disney Plus price – including info on bundles – click the link for our dedicated guide.

Star on Disney Plus: TV shows and movies added to the service

In February 2021, Disney Plus UK got Star – a new channel that sits on the homepage like Star Wars, Disney, Pixar, Marvel and National Geographic. With parental controls enabled, this allows users to watch adult TV shows and movies on the streaming service, and has doubled the amount of content available. Here's everything that came at launch – more has been rolled out since then. 

The line-up includes loads of older stuff that Disney owns via its production houses, including Fox. As well as adding extensive library content to the service, like The X-Files, Lost, 24, Atlanta, Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother, Prison Break, Black-Ish, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers and a selection of the Die Hard movies, original shows are a massive part of the offering, here. 

Originals on Star via Disney Plus include Helstrom, Big Sky, Love, Victor, Solar Opposites, Dollface and Next. Many more are coming: if it's made by FX, Hulu, 20th Century TV or ABC in the US, it'll probably land on Disney Plus in the future. Confirmed future exclusives include Jeff Bridges spy drama The Old Man and comic book adaptation Y: The Last Man. 

Additional older movies are being added each month, meanwhile, and we're already pretty impressed by the lineup. 

Star is included with your existing Disney Plus subscription. You don't have to do anything additional to get it.

Disney Plus new TV shows and movies: what's coming up?

Want a sample of what Disney Plus has coming up? Disney revealed a whole heap of new shows and movies during its Investor Day, many of which are coming to Disney Plus instead of theaters. We've listed them below. Cruella and Black Widow will cost you extra when they release, the same way Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon did previously, though we'd expect both to be part of the basic subscription eventually.

First, let's start with movies:

  • Cruella (Premier Access): May 28
  • Luca: June 18
  • Black Widow (Premier Access): July 9
  • Disenchanted: TBA
  • Sister Act 3: TBA
  • Peter Pan & Wendy: TBA
  • Pinocchio (live-action): TBA
  • A Droid Story: TBA
  • Chip 'N' Dale: Rescue Rangers: TBA
  • Cheaper By The Dozen (reimagining): 2022
  • Flora and Ulysses: February 19, 2021
  • Safety: TBA
  • Three Men and a Baby: 2022
  • Hocus Pocus 2: TBA

These are the Disney Plus TV shows we know about, too, including a heap of new Star Wars and Marvel shows:

  • Loki – June 11, 2021
  • What If...? Summer 2021
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – 2021
  • Hawkeye – Late 2021
  • The Book of Boba Fett – December 2021
  • The Mandalorian season 3 – TBA
  • Lando Calrissian series – TBA
  • The Acolyte – TBA
  • Star Wars: Visions – 2021
  • Ahsoka – TBA
  • Rangers of the New Republic – TBA
  • Andor – 2022
  • Secret Invasion – TBC
  • Armor Wars – TBC
  • Ironheart –TBC
  • She-Hulk – TBC
  • Moon Knight – TBC
  • Ms. Marvel – Late 2021
  • Cars – Late 2022
  • Dug Days – Late 2021
  • Iwájú – 2022
  • Baymax – 2022
  • Zootopia+ – 2022
  • Tiana – 2022
  • Moana – 2023
  • Earthkeepers – TBC
  • (Re) Connect – TBC
  • Ink & Paint – TBC
  • Wakanda series – TBC
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch – TBC 2021
  • Monsters at Work – Spring 2021
  • Turner and Hooch series – TBC
  • Beauty and the Beast Gaston and LeFou spin-off – TBC
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi – TBC
  • Lizzie McGuire sequel series – TBC
  • Willow TV series – 2022
  • Percy Jackson TV series – TBC
  • National Treasure TV series – TBC

WandaVision began in January 2021 on Disney Plus

WandaVision

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On January 15, 2021, WandaVision began on Disney Plus. This nine-episode show (with episodes being around 30 minutes each) stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their respective roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision from the Avengers and Captain America movies, and it's the first new entry in the MCU since Spider-Man: Far From Home all the way back in 2019. This is the biggest original of the moment – don't miss it.

Pixar's Soul on Disney Plus UK

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Soul, the latest movie from animation powerhouse Pixar, released on Disney Plus UK on December 25, 2020. It's about a music teacher, who's close to getting his big break playing with a jazz quartet, before he inadvertently steps into a realm of souls trying to find their way to Earth. 

It sounds a bit out there, but Pixar's original movies are a treat – and this one comes from Pete Docter, director of Up and Inside Out. While it's probably a bit complicated for kids to follow, it's well worth a watch.

Disney Plus supports 4K and HDR streams

Disney Plus indeed supports 4K and HDR. When you're in the app, head over to the 'details' tab of a given movie or show and you'll see a section that says 'available in the following formats', which will explain if the content in question features 4K Ultra HD and HDR. 

You now have every Star Wars and Marvel movie to watch in 4K with HDR. Enjoy!

Disney Plus UK: compatible devices and apps

Disney Plus has launched on pretty much any device you can name in the UK, including mobile devices, games consoles, streaming media devices and many of the best smart TVs. You can take Disney Plus shows on the go, too, downloading as many movies and shows as you can fit on your device, as long as you have an active subscription and connect to the internet every 30 days.  

Disney Plus UK is available on LG TVs, Sky Q, Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Android (5.0 and later), iOS (11.0 and later), PS4, Xbox One, LG WebOS smart TVs, Samsung Tizen smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Now TV, and Amazon's Fire range of streaming devices. PS5 and Xbox Series X/S can also get the service.

One notable exception is the Nintendo Switch, which is still pretty poor at supporting streaming services. 

Phillips' Android-based smart TVs support Disney Plus too. Your Samsung TV may be able to get Disney Plus, as well. Read our guide and discover if your TV can support it.

You should be able to search for and download Disney Plus on the device of your choice, but here are some app links if you're having a bit of trouble. Disney Plus is available in web browsers, on Smart TVs, through Amazon devices, iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One, Roku and almost anything else you can name (except Nintendo Switch).

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