Disney’s streaming platform Disney+ has been an entertainment lifeline for many parents during the pandemic, with its range of titles from Marvel to Pixar.
Having launched in November 2019, Disney+ has had a successful first year, with the exclusive recording of Hamilton arriving on the platform and original shows like The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series captivating audiences all over the world.
Meanwhile, arriving on Disney+ in February is Star – a brand new tile, like National Geographic and Fox, which will introduce shows from FX, ABC, Freeform and other Disney studios for subscribers to enjoy for a slight price hike.
In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about Disney+ including cost, upcoming TV shows, movies and Disney+-compatible devices.
A guide to Disney+ UK
How can you sign up? How much does Disney Plus cost? And what are the best shows and films to watch? Find out everything you need to know about the Disney streaming service below.
What is Disney Plus?
Disney+ is a major new streaming service owned by The Walt Disney Company which features a host of new and past TV series and films from Disney and its many subsidiaries.
That means you can not only expect to find Disney projects like Lady and the Tramp, but also shows and films from:
- Star Wars
- National Geographic
- FX, 20th Century Studios, ABC, Searchlight, Freeform (February onwards)
From February onwards, Disney+ subscribers will have access to a range of shows and films made by Disney’s creative studios (FX, Fox, 20th Century Studios, ABC, Searchlight and Freeform) with the addition of Star – a brand new tile coming to the streamer.
As per streaming services like Netflix, you don’t have to buy for each show or film you watch. Instead, you pay a monthly subscription for access to all titles on the service’s massive library, completely ad-free.
Unlike other streaming services, however, Disney+ won’t release new shows in bulk, with new episodes of series like The Mandalorian available each week.
How much does Disney Plus subscription cost?
A Disney+ subscription currently costs £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year in the UK. The Disney+ price is less than a Netflix premium plan which comes in at £11.99 a month to give you a comparison.
However, with the arrival of Star – a new title that’ll double the amount of content available on Disney+ by adding films and shows from Disney’s creative studios like FX and ABC – the price of Disney+ is expected to rise.
According to the Disney+ website, the subscription will be increasing from £5.99 a month to £7.99 a month/£59.99 a year to £79.90 a year.
For the release of the live-action remake of Mulan, Disney+ also revealed a new Premier Access offering. Instead of releasing it straight onto the streaming service, fans were asked to pay £19.99 (on top of the subscription fee) to gain exclusive access to the film. Disney fans are then able to watch the film as many times as they like.
How do I sign up for Disney Plus?
You can sign up to Disney+ on their website or through the Disney+ app.
Find out more about compatible Disney+ devices.
What devices are compatible with Disney Plus?
How many devices can I watch Disney+ on?
Disney Plus UK subscribers can watch on four screens at the same time. That’s the same as Netflix’s Premium Plan and one more than Amazon Prime Video. You can also register up to ten devices, and Disney Plus will support seven profiles.
Can I get Disney Plus on Sky?
Disney Plus has teamed up with Sky meaning you can get the Disney Plus app on your Sky Q box. You can watch the new service alongside your other Sky content, easy peasy. It’ll also just be added to your Sky bill. Even easier. Disney Plus is also available on NOWTV too.
Disney Plus on Virgin Media and BT won’t be integrated but you can still get the app.
What TV shows are on Disney Plus?
Top Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Fox shows are available for all subscribers, including:
- Star Wars series The Mandalorian, a live-action show set in the outer reaches of the galaxy between episodes VI and VII.
- 30 seasons of hit animation series The Simpsons.
- A new Toy Story series centred on new character Forky, called Forky Asks a Question. Viewers can also expect Lamp Life, an animated short exploring where Bo Peep was during the events of Toy Story 3.
- Earth to Ned, an original series from the Jim Henson Company that follows a titular blue-skinned alien and his lieutenant, Cornelius, who are sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion. Instead, what happens is they become obsessed with popular culture – starting up their own chat show in the process.
- All seven seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. An animated series delving into what happened between Episode II and Episode III.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The scripted show is set in the school in which High School Musical was filmed, and sees students putting together their own stage version of the film. Not confusing at all.
- A National Geographic show led by Jeff Goldblum called – amazingly – The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
Later on, viewers can expect titles such as:
- Several Marvel TV shows including Ms Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki and What If…?.
- A Star Wars Rogue One prequel series based around Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor.
- An Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars series, starring Ewan McGregor as the main Jedi Knight.
What movies are on Disney Plus?
Disney+ hosts a gigantic library of classic Disney movies (think Snow White), to Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Fox movies.
The biggest films to look out for include…
- Mulan – the live-action remake was released onto the streaming service due to continued disruption from coronavirus. However, it is Premier Access only for the time being so requires an additional payment of £19.99.
- Hamilton took Broadway by storm back in 2015 and continues to be wildly popular. Now the award-winning musical has arrived on Disney+ for all theatre fans to see.
- Frozen 2. Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Disney made the hit sequel to the kid’s movie available from 3rd July.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, along with all the previous Star Wars films, are available on Disney+.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Almost all of the MCU superhero films will be available to watch, including Avengers: Endgame.
- Disney+ original movies including Togo and Lady and the Tramp
- 20th Century Fox classics including Mrs Doubtfire.
- The X-Men movies, including the acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past.
- Elephant – a feature-length documentary following elephants in migration, narrated by Meghan Markle.
- Dolphin Reef – a feature-length documentary narrated by Natalie Portman about a young dolphin called Echo.
Later on, viewers can expect titles such as:
- Mary Poppins Returns, the Emily Blunt-led sequel is set 25 years after the original film.
- A Cheaper by the Dozen remake
- Hocus Pocus 2 – A follow-up up to the cult 1993 hit
You can find out more in our guide to the best movies on Disney+.
Is Disney Plus worth it?
There’s certainly a lot going for Disney+, with its subscription price (£5.99) cheaper than Netflix’s standard package (£8.99). And while Netflix’s standard package only allows for viewing on two devices at once, Disney+ allows for four screens to simultaneously view titles from one account.
However, although the price is certainly appealing, you have to consider what type of content you’re looking for. While Disney+ promises many child and teen titles, the service arguably lacks programmes aimed at adults, with Star Wars series The Mandalorian the only real show generating interest. But this could change by 2021, with the service set to release a string of Marvel and Star Wars titles in coming months.
Read more in our ‘Is Disney+ worth it?’ analysis
How many people can watch Disney Plus at once?
One Disney+ account can host seven profiles and can stream different shows from four separate screens.
Read more about how many screens can stream Disney+ titles simultaneously – and a comparison with Netflix
Can I download Disney Plus films and TV shows?
Yes, you can download titles and watch them later on the Disney+ app. Downloads will last 30 days
What is the difference between DisneyLife and Disney Plus?
Disney already had a subscription service in the UK, called DisneyLife. A £4.99 subscription granted access to a catalogue of 450+ Disney movies (including all the original versions of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and so on).
Disney+ confirmed during a Twitter Q&A that DisneyLife will be replaced with Disney+. Read more about the difference between DisneyLife and Disney+.