How much is Disney Plus? What’s included in the UK price
Here's everything you need to know about Disney's own streaming service, which has content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star and so much more.
Since its launch in 2020, Disney Plus has quickly become one of the UK's leading streaming services. With continual releases of original shows, new films and gripping series, Disney Plus is committed to remaining a powerhouse in the streaming world.
To strengthen its position against other streaming heavyweights, Disney Plus has partnered with Star. Star offers everything from Disney's repertoire, including Star Wars titles like Ahsoka and MCU hits like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
Disney also holds a vast library of content from the likes of Fox, FX and ABC, including sitcoms How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs, as well as iconic cult TV hits like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.
Disney Plus continues to add to this library and has a hugely diverse range of films and series available.
New and continuing releases like The Bear and Only Murders in the Building prove that adults can get just as much out of Disney as kids. Although you shouldn't worry: Disney Plus is still safe for children to browse through, and if you're nervous, you can find out how to set up parental controls which will put the more mature content out of reach.
When it comes to buying a Disney Plus subscription, it's important to know how much it will cost and what will be included in the UK price. To help you, we've got this guide to the streaming service and all it has to offer.
What is Disney Plus: What’s included in the UK subscription?
Disney Plus is a major 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.
- Star Wars
- National Geographic
Disney Plus subscribers 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 Star – a section added after launch catering for more mature content.
As per streaming services like Netflix, you don’t have to buy 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.
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Unlike other streaming services, however, Disney Plus won’t release new shows in bulk, with original productions like Star Wars' Ahsoka instead airing weekly.
How much does Disney Plus cost in the UK?
A Disney Plus subscription costs £7.99 per month or £79.90 a year in the UK.
While the vast majority of content on Disney Plus is included in your subscription cost, the studio does occasionally release so-called Disney Plus Premier Access titles which are available for an additional fee.
The first title in this scheme was the live-action remake of Mulan, which landed on the service for an initial cost of £19.99 (on top of the subscription fee) and became a free title three months later.
However, since the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced, fans have seen a 48-day window between theatrical release and a film's arrival on Disney Plus, as noted by the releases of Marvel films such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
How do I sign up for Disney Plus in the UK?
You can sign up to Disney Plus on their website or through the Disney Plus app.
How many people can watch Disney Plus at once?
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.
How many devices can you use Disney Plus on?
You can also register up to ten devices, and Disney Plus will support seven profiles. The Disney Plus app can be downloaded on most Apple and Android devices, Smart TVs and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, as well as consoles such as the PS4 and Xbox.
What TV shows are on Disney Plus?
Top Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Fox shows are available for all subscribers, including:
- Star Wars series Ahsoka, a live-action show based on the characters of cartoon series The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Also there's Star Wars' Andor, a series that acts as a prequel to the movie Rogue One.
- Marvel Studios is rolling out an ambitious slate of shows set in its cinematic universe, which started with WandaVision and continued with Secret Invasion.
- Season three of Only Murders in the Building, a comedy series fronted by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, whose apartment building is plagued by a series of incidents.
- Star Originals including Welcome to Wrexham, a docuseries about Ryan Reynolds's purchase and ownership of one of professional football's oldest clubs, which is soon returning for its third season.
- National Geographic shows like the new series of Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory, which shows us the daily lives of some of the world’s most extraordinary animals in new detail.
- Cartoon shorts like I Am Groot series two and Forky Asks a Question from the world of Toy Story.
- 32 seasons of hit animation series The Simpsons and new episodes of its sister show Futurama.
- All seven seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series delving into what happened between Episode II and Episode III, as well as a second series of spin-off Star Wars: The Bad Batch.
What movies are on Disney Plus?
Disney Plus hosts a gigantic library of classic Disney movies (think Snow White) alongside Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Fox movies.
The biggest films to look out for include…
- Recent Oscar nominees such as the The Banshees of Inisherin and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
- The Little Mermaid - Disney's latest foray into live-action remakes starring Halle Bailey as Ariel.
- The Menu - a black comedy starring Ralph Fiennes in which 12 privileged guests arrive on a lavish private island and are served by a former celebrity chef.
- Peter Pan and Wendy - A new adaptation of J M Barrie's classic which sees Wendy Darling flying off to Neverland with her two brothers.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, along with all the previous Star Wars films, are available on Disney Plus.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Almost all of the MCU superhero films will be available to watch, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
- Disney Plus original movies including Strange World and Lady and the Tramp.
- 20th Century Fox classics including Mrs Doubtfire.
- The entire Pixar collection, including new releases Turning Red and Luca. Plus, soon the platform will have the brand new film Elementals.
- The X-Men movies, including the acclaimed X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Is Disney Plus worth it?
There’s certainly a lot going for subscription service, with the Disney Plus cost (£7.99) being cheaper than Netflix’s standard package (£10.99). And while Netflix’s standard package only allows for viewing on two devices at once, Disney Plus allows for four screens to simultaneously view titles from one account.
At the launch of the service, a weak spot for Disney Plus was that its content was almost exclusively child and teen-friendly, leading to a shortage of mature titles for adults to dive into. However, that totally changed with the inclusion of Star in 2021 - oh, and just in case you're a parent nervous about your little ones watching something they should, here's our explainer on the Disney Plus parental controls.
Marvel Studios also regularly produce original television series for Disney Plus set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with Secret Invasion, Loki season two and Daredevil: Born Again all launching in 2023, it will be the streamer of choice for comic book aficionados.
Disney Plus may well be the best streaming service for Marvel fans, Star Wars lovers or those with children - or indeed anyone with an interest in the streaming service's rapidly growing choices for both young and old, at a very reasonable price.
Read more in our ‘Is Disney Plus worth it?’ analysis
Can I download Disney Plus films and TV shows?
Yes, you can download titles and watch them later on the Disney Plus app. Downloads will last 30 days