Are you ready to relive Simba’s journey to adulthood in The Lion King or witness the ongoing eternal battle between the light and dark sides of the Force? Disney+ is here, and for the uninitiated, it will grant you access to the Magic Kingdom’s most beloved properties.
More than a year after its debut, Disney+ houses more than 500 films and thousands of TV episodes ranging from animated classics and Disney Channel favorites to everything that defines the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s an incredible value, especially if you have kids, and one that continues to roll out new content with each passing month. After all, The Mandalorian was only the beginning.
Before you can binge the best movies and shows on Disney+, however, you’ll need to sign up for an account and figure out which devices you’ll be watching on. Fear not: The process is quick and painless, and we’ll lay it out for you right here.
How to get Disney+
There are a few different options for securing your Disney+ subscription, though the most popular starting point will be theDisney offers to all new subscribers. That should give you enough time to evaluate the service and determine whether you want to continue.
First, head to the Disney+ website (available via the links above) or download the Disney+ app on your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV device. Next, hit the Free Trial button, create your account, and enter your payment information. Before long, you’ll have access to Disney+ for a full week for free.
If you’re not happy with the service, you can cancel that subscription any time before the trial period expires to avoid a charge. You’ll have your pick between monthly and annual subscriptions. The monthly charge is $7, while the annual subscription is $70 and includes a 16% discount. Payment options include PayPal and any standard credit or debit card.
Disney also offers incentives for those subscribed to both Hulu and ESPN+. They call it the , which gives you $6 off if you’re signed up for all three services. There are a couple of different ways to get this bundle, and the differences between them are pretty important:
- Your first option is to buy the Disney Bundle directly from Disney. Bundling is a good option for those who also want Hulu and ESPN+, but caveats apply. For starters, you’re stuck with the $6 version of Hulu, which is ad-supported. You also can’t add extras to your Hulu package if you go this route. Lastly, there’s no free trial for this streaming cocktail, so you’ll want to be sure that everything in the lineup whets your appetite.
- The second option is for those who already have Hulu and ESPN+ subscriptions. You can keep your existing accounts exactly as they are, and so long as they share the same email account as your Disney+ subscription, a quick call to customer service will get you squared away with a permanent $6 monthly credit. The upside is that you can keep your full Hulu service with add-on channels and features, ad-free viewing, and Hulu + Live TV, but account management and charges are handled individually instead of in one neat package.
No matter which route you go, however, keep in mind that you can’t add Disney+ to Hulu as an add-on service, which means you’ll need to continue using two different apps. For more information on the Disney Bundle, be sure to read through the FAQ here.
The absolute best deal is available for Verizon customers. Verizon offers an entire year of Disney+ at no extra cost for anyone with a Verizon Wireless unlimited plan or Verizon Fios Home Internet. Both new and existing customers are entitled to the freebie. To claim it, log in to your Verizon account via the company’s website or the MyVerizon app, then head to Account > Add-Ons > Get Disney+.
Which devices can I watch Disney+ on?
After creating your account, the next step is to sign in and enjoy it. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to watch. Disney+ is available using any standard web browser, and there are native apps for all the popular platforms, including iOS, Apple TV (tvOS), Google Chromecast, Android, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and select Samsung and LG smart TVs.
While that list doesn’t have everything, there are enough popular devices covered by these platforms that you should have no worries accessing Disney+ whichever way you fancy. Don’t see your device or platform? Sit tight. The company is sure to whip up more apps to cover the few bases that remain.