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Disney+ review 2020: Is it worth it?

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Start watching classic and contemporary movies and shows for $6.99 a month.

Disney+ is a new streaming service that’s coming out mid-November, and is effectively retiring the concept of the Disney vault. Outside of the classics, it also features new original content that will be exclusive to the service.

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Pricing $6.99
Free trial No
Number of devices 10
Simultaneous streams 4
Closed captions Yes
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Pros and cons of Disney+

Pros

  • New exclusive documentaries, full-length feature films, series and shorts
  • Entire Disney film library set to be included shortly after launch
  • Unlimited downloads so you can watch offline and on the go
  • Create up to profiles and stream on 4 devices at the same time
  • Can bundle Disney+ with Hulu’s ad-supported plan and ESPN+ for only 12.99 a month

Cons

  • Limited Marvel and Fox content available at launch
  • No way to manually adjust streaming quality
  • Adding items to watch list is clunky and unintuitive
  • Original series uploaded by episode instead of by season, making binge watching difficult at launch.

What features does Disney+ offer?

Disney+ offers a few enticing features to draw in more than just avid Disney fans. It features a host of Disney’s animated and live action films throughout the years with popular offerings like The Little Mermaid and Pirates of the Caribbean to more obscure titles like Melody Time and The Shaggy Dog. In a surprise move, several titles are also available in 4K UHD for the ultimate quality streaming experience. With so much unique content not available anywhere else, the streaming wars just got a strong new contender for your monthly subscription budget.

Exclusive content

One of the biggest draws of Disney+ is its range of exclusive documentaries, feature films, original shows and shorts. And it includes more than Disney originals — you’ll also get exclusive Star Wars, Marvel Studios and National Geographic content.

Unlimited downloads

Conserving data or getting a good connection to stream a movie while on the go can be tricky. Disney+ lets you download as much content as you want, so you can bring it with you wherever you go.

Stream on multiple devices at once

Entertain the whole family, even if you’re apart or simply have different tastes. You can watch Disney+ on up to 10 devices at once, and you can keep watchlists separate with up to profiles.

Curated Media Collections

Whether you’re a fan of princess films, early 2000’s Disney Channel movies or diving into a National Geographic series, you can see the entire list of films and TV shows from a specific series with Disney+‘s different media catalogs. You can even explore every Disney short and animated feature in the order of their release from 1928 to today.

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What devices is Disney+ compatible with?

The website and help center for Disney+ states it will work with the following devices:

Set-top boxes and Smart TVs

  • Apple TV – 4th Generation and later
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Apple AirPlay
  • Amazon FireTV
  • LG WebOS Smart TVs
  • Samsung Tizen Smart TVs
  • Android TV Devices

Game consoles and other streaming devices

  • Playstation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Desktop browsers
  • Chromebook

Mobile devices

  • Android mobile devices and tablets – OS 5.0 (Lollipop) and later
  • iPhone and iPad – iOS 11.0 and later

How much does Disney+ cost?

Currently there are only two options for Disney+. You can pay a monthly subscription fee of $6.99, or you can prepay an entire year for $69.99.

You’ll also be able to choose a combination package with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month. As far as deals go, you certainly get a lot for your money, especially considering that a single standard subscription to Netflix costs the same amount.

Free trial

As of June 2020, there is not free trial.

What can I watch with Disney+?

As the name implies, you’ll get more than just Disney originals with Disney+. Pixar, Marvel Studios, National Geographic and Star Wars are also included, along with some 21st Century Fox classics.

Be on the lookout for exclusive original titles both at launch and coming soon to Disney+ such as:

  • The Clone Wars
  • Disney Monsters at Work
  • Encore!
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Hamilton
  • Mulan
  • Loki
  • The Mandalorian
  • Marvel Hero Project
  • Noelle
  • Wanda Vision
  • Artemis Fowl

There’s a lot more on the horizon for Disney+‘s content lineup, but you can browse the full list of Disney+ movies and TV shows in our guide.

Compare streaming services

Name Product Service type Pricing starts at Free trial 4K or UHD Number of devices Simultaneous streams
The Disney Bundle
On-demand streaming, Sports
$12.99
No
Yes
10
4
Hulu
On-demand streaming
$5.99
30 days
Yes
99
1
Disney+
On-demand streaming
$6.99
No
Yes
10
4
Amazon Prime
On-demand streaming
$8.99
30 days
Yes
99
2
Starz
On-demand streaming
$8.99
7 days
No
4
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Expert review

Exclusive content is where Disney+ has a chance to shine and draw in more than just families looking for kids’ entertainment. With the lingering promise of it also featuring the entire Disney film library, Disney+ may be able to avoid getting lost in a sea of niche premium video streaming services.

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