(This article was updated on 11/11/2019)
Disney Plus (Disney+) is one of the most anticipated launches of any streaming television service in recent memory. The Walt Disney company, parent company to some of the most popular and entertaining brands on the planet such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN and with its recent merger with Fox, now also owns much of Hulu and their content as well like The Simpsons.
Here is everything we know so far about the launch of Disney Plus including launch date, cost, and what is included.
What exactly is Disney Plus?
Disney+ is the new Disney streaming service that will allow customers to have “unlimited” online and offline access to all Disney movies and television content much like other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. In addition to previously released movies and shows from Disney, Marvel and Pixar, Disney+ has also been creating a ton of new original content only available to those who sign-up for the Disney Plus streaming service. We’ll talk more the new Disney Original content below as well as pricing.
When Will Disney Plus Launch?
Disney+ will launch on November 12th, 2019. Disney announced the official launch date of Disney Plus at its D23 EXPO this year in August.
How Much Will The Disney Streaming Service Cost?
Disney+ has two pricing plans and an option to bundle with Hulu and ESPN+. Here is what pricing will be at launch.
Disney+ will only be $6.99/mo if paying month to month, with no contract required. That is a super competitive price when you consider everything you can watch! If you want to pay annually, the price is $69.99/year which when you break it out by month, that is only $5.83 per month. (Free Trial Here)
I really don’t know how anyone can compete with that pricing, not Netflix, not any other service that provides the high level of popular content that Disney is including. (We’re assuming the new original content will be just as good as the standard Disney has set for its movies – check back for reviews on the new shows after launch)
Disney Plus Streaming Bundle
At launch, there will also be a Disney+ streaming bundle offered. You will be able to bundle Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ for only $12.99 per month. Normally, the 3 services separately would be $17.97 per month, so you are saving about $5 per month by getting all three together. (Free Bundle Trial Here)
Hulu is pretty well known already and has a ton of subscribers. Tons of on demand content and original series starting at $5.99/mo. If you aren’t familiar, you can read more at our Hulu page. We haven’t confirmed, but we are assuming the version of Hulu is the base package which is supported by commercials. There is a commercial free add-on where you can remove them for an extra charge.
If you are already a Hulu subscriber, no word yet on how you will be able to add Disney+ and ESPN+ to your package. We will update this page once more details come out.
ESPN+ is not as well known. The ESPN+ service has not been pushing itself as a stand-alone cord cutting option but as a supplement for those looking for extra sports entertainment. They have been adding both Live sports and on demand content around UFC, MLB, NHL, College Football and a variety of other sports along with adding access to other ESPN content like the 30 for 30 series and Peyton’s Places.
What Shows and Movies Will Be Available on Disney+?
On launch, Disney+ will have (almost) the full libraries available for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. They expect to have over 7,500 episodes of television and over 500 movies available for consumption by the end of the first year (November of 2020). We have broken out the list of Animated and Live Action Movies available at launch and the movies that will arrive within the first year after the launch. You can see the lists here:
For us at Cut The Cord, being Star Wars and Marvel nerds, this is the most exciting thing about Disney+. Dozens of Disney Original shows and movies have been already been created and or are in-progress all across the entire Disney empire, including the Star Wars and Marvel universes. These series are said to tie in with the previous and next generation of movie releases for each franchise. We can’t wait to check them out! We can’t go into details on all of the projects announced but here a couple of the series we are most excited for:
***Insert cheesy grin here*** – We can’t wait for this one! This Jon Favreau produced Star Wars series will focus on a bounty hunter (Think Boba Fett but not.) and the time between the Empire falling and the rise of the New Order. It is set to star Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) along with Carl Weathers and Gina Carano. We can’t wait to see what Star Wars secrets and timelines this opens up. See more info on the Mandalorian here.
The Disney Vault
***Updated*** It looks as if the entire Disney Vault will be available for streaming through Disney+ at some point within the first year of the service. Many of the classic movies from the vault are available on Day 1, which is awesome. Confirmed classic Disney movies to be available are Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Little Mermaid and much more along with newer movies like Moana and Frozen.
Other Disney+ Original Programming
Like we said, there are too many to go into detail on so here is a quick list of announced shows and movies available. High School Musical: The Series, Noelle, The World According To Jeff Goldblum, Encore!, Forky Asks A Question (10 Animated Digital Short Stories), A new Obi-Wan Kenobi series is also in the works along with The Marvel Series, Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Check out the Disney+ launch announcement here.
Disney Plus Compatible Devices and Apps
***Updated*** Disney Plus will be available on almost all major platforms and operating systems including: PC/web browsers, iOS, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android, Android TV, PlayStation 4, Sony TV, Roku, XBOX One as well as recently announced Amazon Fire TV, Samsung and LG devices
Here is another area that Disney Plus is going to shine. They have announced a number of amazing features that will further make this streaming services one of the most subscribed to in 2019 and 2020. Here is a list:
Subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of shows and movies on the Disney+ app to watch offline later on up to 10 mobile or tablet devices, with no constraints on the number of times a title can be downloaded per year. Once downloaded, subscribers can watch on the go and without an internet connection. The number of titles stored at one time on a device is dependent upon the available storage space on a subscriber’s device.
Up To 4 Devices At Once
Disney+ allows subscribers to concurrently stream video content on up to four registered devices with no up-charges. All the kids (or parents) can watch what they want, when the want without worrying about kicking someone off the service.
Subscribers can access unlimited viewing of Disney+ content without having to watch a single commercial. (Update: This has changed for some US subscribers. You may see an occasional ad for the Starz cable network during sign-up in some cases (read about it here). This seems to be due to an agreement between Starz and Disney over streaming some movies.) We expect this to be temporary and this deviates from the Hulu model for online content, so we’ll see how long this will last – for launch, it’s a huge bonus.
Custom Avatars – Subscribers can set up to seven different profiles and choose an avatar tailored to their favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars characters, with over 200 avatars available.
Subscribers will also enjoy an ultra-high-definition viewing experience with up to 4K Ultra HD video playback in Dolby Vision ultra-vivid imaging, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos immersive audio on supported devices for available programming.
At launch, Disney+ will offer support for English, Spanish, French and Dutch languages, including both user interface as well as audio support and/or subtitles for library content, with additional languages available for Disney+ Originals.
The app offers support for closed captioning, descriptive audio and navigation assistance to help subscribers with disabilities discover and enjoy their favorite stories.
We don’t have all the answers yet, but as we get closer to November 12th, the picture is getting much clearer that Disney Plus will, at a minimum, be a great complimentary service for cord cutters and with the Hulu, ESPN+ bundle – could provide a fairly complete cord cutting option that will save you money each month, but also a lot of money by not having to purchase every Disney, Pixar or Marvel movie when they are released. For me personally, Disney Plus is going to save me hundreds each year and make my digital download collection of movies obsolete. Something to consider when signing up.