Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “Disney Plus” floating around social media, television, the radio, (your kids), and you wondered to yourself “what exactly is this ‘Disney Plus’??”
I’m here to answer it all and explain what this amazing streaming network is.
Disney Plus is Disney’s newest streaming network, similar to Netflix and Hulu (although it will be competing with Netflix). In the same way you can watch shows and movies on your phone, TV, tablet, XBOX, and/or computer using those networks, you will be able to watch anything Disney related on Disney Plus. Viewer content is available to stream and/or download onto the device.
When I say anything Disney related, I mean anything Disney related—Disney, Disney Junior, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic (fun fact: Disney owns LARGE shares in the National Geographic company and partnered with them). The cost is $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year, and launches in the U.S. on November 12, 2019. Disney+ also has a bundle where you can purchase Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ altogether for $12.99 per month.
Disney+ alone or the bundle are priced amazingly considering how much we pay pay for cable and Netflix together (at least in my home anyway), and will decrease our television streaming bills by a lot. And in the same way that Netflix subscriptions can be shared, so can Disney+ on 4 different devices and between 7 different users with the same subscription.
Which titles are included in the streaming network? The cool thing is that all the old Disney movie and show titles are included—think “Disney Vault” content movies such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, The Three Caballero’s, Pinocchio; and old TV shows and movies from our childhoods such as Even Stevens, Finneas and Ferb, High School Musical, etc. as well as TONS of others that were Disney produced or purchased by them such as every episode of The Simpsons, with a total of 7,500 TV episodes and 500 movies set to be included by the end of the year. Here’s a link to the D23 website which lists every single show and movie coming to Disney+, though keep in mind more are set to be added throughout the year (I’m most excited for Toy Story 4 and the newest Star Wars films). Seeing the list helped me decide whether or not to purchase as I checked to make sure my kids favorite shows (Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Muppet Babies, etc.) were included, which they are.
Is it worth purchasing? That all depends on how much Disney and Disney related content your family views on a regular basis. Personally in our house, our TV is set to Disney and Disney Junior all the time since that’s all my kids watch. We also have a family tradition called “Sunday Movie Night” which we try and do most Sunday’s (unless life takes over as it sometimes does) and we always choose a Disney movie. So it will be nice to have all the movies in one spot, and the piece of mind that all the new titles will be added periodically throughout the year. I won’t have to pay $25-$30 for a new DVD anymore, and I can introduce my kids to lots of the movies and shows I watched as a kid. I also LOVE the idea that I can download kid-friendly Disney movies for them on their Tablets for travel purposes when WiFi isn’t available.
Money-Saving Deals: About 10 days ago I posted about a coupon code link to the Disney+ website where there was a deal listed at $4.99 per month if signed on to a 3-year contract. Yesterday Verizon also announced that they’re offering new and existing costumers one year of Disney+ for free. Check this link to see you if you qualify. If your looking to save some money on this subscription, my suggestion is to subscribe to the Disney+ or D23 websites (both links on this page) as I would imagine more deals will be popping up.