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How to get Disney+ cheaper – What’s happening with Disney Plus

How to get Disney+ cheaper – What’s happening with Disney Plus

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. And in select international markets, Disney+ also includes the general entertainment content brand Star.

The service offers an ever-growing collection of exclusive originals, including feature films, documentaries, live-action and animated series, and short-form content such as “The Mandalorian”, “Turning Red” and “WandaVision”. Disney+ offers unparalleled access to Disney’s long history of incredible film and television entertainment; Disney+ is also the exclusive streaming home for the latest releases from The Walt Disney Studios.

Since launching in 2019, Disney+ is currently available in more than 150 markets across North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and Latin America.

How to save money with Disney+

There are many ways to save money on your Disney+ subscription.

Disney+ Basic ad-supported tier

One way to save on a Disney+ subscription is to take out the cheapest tier. As of December 2022, US citizens now have access to two tiers, Disney+ Basic and Disney+ Premium.

The base tier includes ads, meaning viewers will be shown 4 minutes of commercials every hour, in exchange for a reduced monthly subscription of around $3. There are also some other limitations to the Disney+ Basic tier, such as not having access to Premium features like downloads or GroupWatch and SharePlay, as well as Dolby Atmos at launch. There are also some restrictions on which devices can use the Disney+ Basic tier, as Roku does not currently support this tier.

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Currently, the ad-supported tier is only available in the US, but Disney plans to offer Disney+ Basic in other countries in 2023.

Annual subscription

Another way to save money on your Disney+ subscription is to sign up for an annual subscription. If you know that, you’ll watch Disney+ all the time and feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. An annual subscription can save you around two months of monthly subscription costs. The only downside is that you have to pay for a one-time annual subscription, and Disney doesn’t offer an annual subscription for the Disney+ Basic ad-supported tier.

Sharing an account

This may not be something Disney wants you to do, and some streaming services like Netflix have started cracking down on this, but it’s still a good option for families and friends. Disney+ allows up to seven people to have profiles and allows subscribers to stream on up to four supported devices simultaneously. So for larger families it may not be suitable, but logging into your account on your partner’s, best friend’s, parent’s or sibling’s main device, such as a Smart TV, is a way to share a subscription, especially if you’re paying, say, for Disney+ , and they pay for another streaming platform, and they log into it on your TV.

It’s not ideal, and streaming companies are cracking down on sharing passwords and accounts between passwords, but it’s still a way to save a monthly fee.


One of the great things about streaming services is that they offer a lot more flexibility in terms of opting out. Unlike cable or satellite providers that want you to sign up for an annual subscription, Disney+ only limits you to subscribing for a minimum of one month.

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So to save money, simply subscribe to Disney+ for a month or two so you can watch as much Disney+ as you can. Ideally, canceling your subscription the day after you sign up, like if you forget to unsubscribe before the month is up, it will just roll over for another month with an extra month’s cost. With a little planning, you can watch all the biggest shows and movies of the year, across all the different streaming services, just paying for a single subscription at once. The only downside to this is that you won’t be able to keep up with all the weekly releases of original Marvel and Star Wars shows.

Of course, Disney will want to keep you subscribed all the time, which is one reason why new episodes are spread out over several months. But if you can hold out, let the new episodes pile up until you think it’s worth subscribing again, jump into a month and binge, and jump to another streaming platform the next month.

Disney Streaming Bundle

If you want to save some money on your subscriptions in the US, it’s worth considering looking at the packages offered with ESPN+ and Hulu. There are a number of different options depending on whether you want two or three platforms and whether you want ads or no ads.

Plan Subscription(s) Price
Disney+ Basic Disney+ $7.99/month
Disney Bundle Duo Basic Disney+ (with ads), Hulu (with ads) $9.99/month
Disney Bundle Trio Basic Disney+ (with ads), Hulu (with ads), ESPN+ (with ads) $12.99/month
Hulu (with ads) + live TV Hulu (with ads) + live TV, plus access to Disney+ (with ads) and ESPN+ (with ads) $69.99/month

And if you live in Latin America, Disney also offers the Combo+ package with Star+, which can also save you money.

Disney+ Free Trial

Disney+ unfortunately no longer offers a free trial for new subscribers, but sometimes there are some deals with other companies like Uber, or credit card and cell phone companies. So it’s always worth contacting your credit card company or mobile phone provider to see if there are any offers.

Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a child and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney parks all over the world and has a huge collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What’s On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: [email protected] Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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