How to max out your Disney Plus free trial
How to spend your first 7 days on Disney Plus
Now that the Disney Plus hype train has slowed to a crawl, we’d wager there’s nary an Australian out there that hasn’t taken the service for a whirl. But if you are one of the few that haven’t tried out the new streaming platform from the House of Mouse, there’s no better time to take up Disney on its 7-day free trial program and burn through the most important TV series and movies it has on offer. We’ve been subscribed since launch and can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, what’s worth your time and what’s not.
So let us guide you through your first week on Disney Plus before you suspend your subscription (at least until a new and worthy original series releases).
The Mandalorian Season 1
Yarp. If you’re signing up to Disney Plus, chances are those Baby Yoda memes finally got to you and you’re looking to stream the original Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. That’s completely fair enough. It was the thing keeping us subscribed for the first eight weeks.
If you’re a Star Wars fan from a long, long time ago, you should have no problem whipping through the first season. It’s nine episodes long with run times varying from 36 to 44 minutes. All up, Season one will take you 5.38 hours (or 323 minutes to complete).
Now that’s a mighty task for your first day of streaming but we’re housebound at the moment so it doesn’t just seem doable, those are rookie numbers. If you absolutely must, you can probably split this one up into two days but that would be a coward’s move.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Disney dropped Frozen 2 early on its shiny new streaming service. Whether you’ve got kids or not, you might as well take advantage of the free trial by bingeing some of the latest flicks from the studio.
Speaking of, the 2019 remake of The Lion King is also streaming if you missed it at the movies.
Even if you aren’t able to go outside, you can still take a trip down memory lane and remember what it was like with the outstanding documentary Free Solo. This rock-climbing doco isn’t just “good for Disney Plus,” it’s genuinely one of the most thrilling documentaries we’ve ever seen and it could offer some much-needed fitness inspiration while you’re in quarantine.
If you’re spending this quarantine like a hot-headed smuggler, Solo, why not revisit the timeless classic Home Alone. Culkin’s slapstick home security measures might not offer anything of use under quarantine but it might get those creative juices flowing.
Of course, in today’s climate the Wet Bandits’ home intrusion wouldn’t just be criminal, it would be downright irresponsible. Stay at home folks.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7
Alrighty, moving along at lightspeed as we jump back on the Star Wars sandcrawler. If you truly despised the Star Wars prequels, we’re here to tell you there’s an animated series that (almost) makes up for it. This prequel trilogy spin-off has been running for years now but was ultimately cancelled without a satisfying conclusion. That was until Disney Plus stepped up to the plate.
But how? I hear you ask. How am I expected to binge through seven seasons in a single week? You don’t. Just watch a recap video of the events leading up to Season 7 and get it over and done with. Historically, the show’s quality hasn’t been super consistent and there are really only a handful of story arcs you need to follow. Get yourself clued up and hop aboard for the series’ thrilling climax.
Oh my god, we’re running out of time. Okay, on to the sixth day. No, not that Sixth Day. Saturday, probably.
If you’ve got kids and a Disney Plus subscription, there’s no better way to show those little squirts what television was like back in your day with these Saturday Disney cartoons and kids’ movie classics.
On the TV side of things, you’ve The Simpsons, Recess, Spider-Man, X-Men, Darkwing Duck, even Adventures of the Gummi Bears. But if you really want to show them how hard cartoons used to rock, you’ve got to show them Gargoyles.
For movies, there’s a decadent feast of your most fondly-remembered films; Mighty Ducks, Mrs. Doubtfire, Cool Runnings, Blank Check, Mighty Joe Young, and of course, 90s animated classics, like Hercules, Aladdin, and early Pixar picks, like Toy Story and A Bug’s Life.
Take your pick.
Fill those Marvel and Star Wars gaps
On the seventh day, you’re going to want to do two things: decide if you want to cancel or not (or be charged the $6.99 subscription fee the next day) and make a list of missing movies from your Marvel and Star Wars repertoire.
Look, there’s just no way you will be able to binge every Marvel or Star Wars movie today. But, it’s as good an opportunity you’ll get to catch up on the flicks you missed, without paying a cent.
I’m pretty sure nobody saw Thor 2: The Dark World when it first released. And the criminally underappreciated Iron Man 2 certainly didn’t fare much better.
We know for a fact that a lot of Star Wars fans noped out of seeing Solo in cinemas.
Take this literal free time to catch up on some of the more under-loved entries in the world’s two biggest franchises.
Bonus Day 8: Sign up to another streaming service free trial and do it all again
Every streaming service in Australia offers a free trial, except for Netflix. If you’re housebound like most of Australia, there’s no better time to take each service for a test drive to at least stream the most popular exclusives on offer. We’ve got round-ups for days here at Reviews.org so have a browse through our top picks to decide which free trials are worth your time.