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Move over, Netflix: there's a new streaming service in town. Disney's subscription streaming service, Disney+, is the most impressive Netflix alternative that streamers have seen in a long time — if not ever. So what makes Disney+ such a big deal? What sort of shows and movies can you watch on it? And what will it cost you each month to access Disney+'s stash of streaming content on your various streaming devices? Fear not, dear reader: Cordcutting.com is here to break it all down for you. Below, we'll lay out everything that you need to know about Disney's on-demand streaming service.

What Shows and Movies Are On Disney+?

Disney+ explained
Love Star Wars? Then Disney+ might be for you.

Pay Disney+'s monthly subscription fee, and you'll have access to Disney+'s catalog of streaming content. But what kind of stuff are we talking about here? What shows and movies are on Disney+, and how many of them are there?

Disney is building the Disney+ content library around its own collection of TV shows and movies, which (needless to say) is impressive. Disney describes its new service as the “forever home” of every Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars film. Disney set itself up for its big streaming debut by acquiring 21st Century Fox, which expanded the company's media holdings even further. So Disney has quite a bit of stuff to offer in its streaming service — and it's making even more. Like its streaming rivals, Disney+ is investing big bucks in original content. And Disney is using its popular franchises to further its streaming goals: fans will get new original Disney+ content from franchises like Star Wars and Marvel.

Let's take a look at some of the shows available on Disney+. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will give you a sense of what there is to watch on Disney's subscription streaming service. Please note that this list includes planned shows and movies that may not be available just yet, even though we've already passed the day of Disney+'s launch.

TV Shows

Movies

  • The Avengers: Endgame
  • Frozen
  • The Lady and the Tramp
  • The Lion King
  • Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe
  • Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
  • Toy Story

You get the idea! All told, Disney+ has a pretty impressive library — though it's not as large as Netflix's. You'll have to decide if Disney+'s elite content and lower price tag (more on that later) is worth that trade-off — unless, of course, you just decide to subscribe to both!

What Devices Can I Use to Watch Disney+?

Disney+ on Roku
Disney+ is on Roku

Streaming services like Disney+ are a great reason to cut the cord, but that doesn't mean that you can't keep using your big-screen television. There are lots of devices and smart TV platforms that can help you put Disney+ shows and movies up on the big screen. And there are other ways to watch, too, of course: mobile devices, computers, and more.

Disney+ already supports a ton of popular home streaming platforms and mobile operating systems, including all of the major ones we endorse here on Cordcutting.com, and the streaming service is likely to add support for even more platforms as time goes on. Let's take a look at the list as it stands right now.

Streaming platforms and devices

  • Roku
  • Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast

Mobile devices

  • Android
  • iOS (iPhones and iPads)

Video game consoles

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One

Other

  • In-browser app (for PC, Mac, and other computers)

All in all, that's a pretty extensive list! You should have plenty of options for streaming Disney+, and you start right now.

How Much Does Disney+ Cost?

Here's a question that Disney knew you were going to have: how much does all of this great streaming content cost? As Disney developed its new streaming service, it had to device which price point to attack: Would Disney+ come after Netflix and HBO at around 13 or 15 bucks? Or would it go cheaper, like Hulu (which is also controlled by Disney)?

In the end, Disney went for the bargain price. Disney+ costs just $6.99 per month, which is barely more than half the price of Netflix's most popular plan (“Standard”) at the time of this writing. Subscribers can save even on that price by opting for the annual subscription option, which gives customers a year of the service for $69.99.

On top of this, Disney is offering three of its streaming services — Disney+, Hulu, and the sports-focused ESPN+ — in a bundle. That bundle will cost $12.99 per month.

Deals on Disney+

Paying $6.99 per month for Disney+ is a pretty good deal. But can we do even better? This is Cordcutting.com, so you know that we're going to try!

The ongoing bundle deal is a great way to save on Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ if you're interested in all three. As mentioned above, that bundle will run you $12.99 per month — the same price as a monthly subscription to Netflix's most popular plan. Hulu normally costs $5.99 per month and ESPN+ normally costs $4.99 per month, so the bundle deal represents savings of about 5 bucks a month — you can think of it as getting ESPN+ for free.

If you're not interested in all of those other streaming services, you can save on Disney+ by committing to a year. The annual price of $69.99 is about 12 bucks cheaper than subscribing for a year on the month-to-month plan. You'll just have to be sure that you want the service for a full year (see our Disney+ contracts section for more on why).

The two ways to save above are always options, assuming Disney doesn't have a change of heart on them. But there are also sometimes temporary sales and promotions that will give you a chance to save on Disney+ — if you're quick enough.

Most recently, Disney ran a sale on Disney+ subscriptions that allowed customers to get Disney+ for $46.99 per year, provided they committed to three years ($140.97 total). Unfortunately, that sale wrapped up in early September. But we'll keep our eyes peeled for new discounts and deals. There may very well be deals on the way even though Disney+ has already launched. For the latest ways to save on Disney+, check Cordcutting.com frequently and follow our accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Getting a Disney+ Free Trial

Interested in Disney+, but not quite ready to commit to a month of the service? Then you're probably wondering how to get your hands on a Disney+ free trial.

Like many of its peers — including Disney's other streaming services, Hulu and ESPN+ — Disney+ offers a free trial. You can test out the service for free for a week before you have to either cancel or pony up the dough!

Disney+ Contracts

Cutting the cord means saying goodbye to all of the worst things about cable — including contracts. Disney+'s subscription contract looks a lot like that of Netflix or Hulu, and very different from the awful deals you have to sign when you turn to cable or satellite providers.

Unless you signed up for a special deal that dictates otherwise (like last month's promotion that locked customers into a three-year deal for a steeply discounted price), you can cancel Disney+ at any time. (Actually, you can pretty much always cancel, even if you have an annual subscription. As we'll see in the moment, the only question is how soon the cancellation takes effect and how much money you'll have spent.)

Keep in mind that cancellations on services like Disney+ take place at the end of the current “billing cycle.” Cancelling means that you won't pay any new charges, but it doesn't mean that you'll get any money returned to you. So if you cancel the day after you pay your bill that month, you'll still have Disney+ until the end of the month, at which point your subscription will end and you will not be charged for the following month. This is an important thing to consider if you're looking at Disney+'s discounted annual subscription rate. At $69.99, the annual rate is a great way to save about 12 bucks a year — but it creates an annual billing cycle, which means that you'll still be out the whole $69.99 even if you cancel during the year (again, the bright side is that you'll also keep being able to watch the Disney+ you paid for — in this case, through the end of the year).

How to Cancel Disney+

If Disney+ doesn't meet your expectations, or if you simply want to downsize your streaming setup a bit, you may find that you want to cancel the service. So how can you do that?

It's pretty easy to do online or through Disney+'s apps. Just navigate to your account, which you can do via the little icon in the upper right of your screen on Disney+'s web app. Hover over the icon, select Account from the drop-down menu, and then navigate to Billing Details and hit the Cancel Subscription link. Hit Complete Cancellation to confirm your decision, and you'll be all set.

All About Disney+

We've shared an awful lot about Disney+. But is this all there is to know? Not by a long shot! Let's talk about a few more things.

Like Netflix and other streaming services, Disney+ allows users to stream on up to four devices at once. The streams are impressive, too: Disney+ offers content in 4K Ultra HD in Dolby Vision and HDR. Audiophiles will enjoy the Dolby Atmos audio, which is also included. Not all titles offer these high-quality perks, but there's a healthy selection on Disney+'s app. Plus, streaming isn't the only way to watch Disney+: The service also allows users to download videos for later viewing. In contrast with its competitors, Disney+ makes every single title on its service available to download.

And we're not done talking about Disney+ just yet. Be sure to keep tabs on our homepage, Twitter page, and Facebook page for the latest on the service. Check out our Disney+ review, details on the Disney+ launch, news stories, and more! Cordcutting.com is your source for all things Disney+.