Disney+ Review 2023

Disney+ is a must for all family households

Disney Plus
Disney+
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
  • pro
    Access to most Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Disney content
  • pro
    Comes with the option to bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+
  • con
    Less variety than other streaming platforms
Catherine McNally
Editorial Lead, Internet & Gaming
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December 09, 2022
7 min read

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Disney+ is where you'll find everything Disney with a vast amount of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content.

This streaming service just added a new tier that includes ads (which used to be the pricing of the original Disney+ without ads). We don't like that we have to cough up $3 more dollars per month for Disney+, but, where else are we going to stream The Sandlot and Moana?

Is this streaming service worth the price? And should you cancel your other streaming subscriptions for this one? Well, let’s just say if you’re a fan of Disney princesses, Pixar pictures, Yoda, or Thor, the answer might be “yes.”

Let’s find out if Disney+ has all the bare necessities of streaming life.

Disney+ streaming overview
FeaturesDisney+
Price$7.99/mo.–$109.99/yr.
Content fromDisney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic
Video quality4K
AdsLimited or no ads
Simultaneous streamingUp to 4 devices
DownloadsUnlimited
Details

Data effective 12/09/2022. Prices and features are subject to change.

How much does Disney+ cost?

Disney+ now has two monthly plans to choose from

Disney+ increased its pricing by $3 and added a tier with ads in December 2022.

Now, you can opt-in to a plan without ads for $11 per month or cheaper plan without ads for $8. We'd recommend subscribing to the annual plan for $110 to save $22 throughout the year.

It might not sound like much, but if you know you're going to want to watch The Santa Clause at Christmastime, keep up with Chris Hemsworth on Limitless, or don't want to feel the FOMO when everyone is talking about the new Disney Original, then the annual pass is worth it.

We can stash that savings away for our Disneyland park pass.

How much is Disney+?
ServiceDisney+HuluNetflixHBO Max
Price range$7.99–$10.99/mo.$7.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$6.99/mo.$19.99/mo.$9.99–$15.99/mo.
Video resolutionUp to 4KUp to 4KUp to 4KUp to 4K
AdsLimited or no adsLimited or no adsNoLimited or no ads
Details

Although Disney+ increased its pricing for no ad interruptions, this on-demand streaming service is still cheaper than its competition. 

Disney+ is still less expensive than Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Max.

Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle

If you think the only sports action you’ll see on Disney+ is the 6th Annual College X Games scene in An Extremely Goofy Movie, you’ll be happy to know there’s some ESPN+ action lurking just around the river bend. (Sorry, we had to drop that pun.)

Disney+ comes with The Disney Bundle which includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $13.99 a month (with ads). Yup, you can get your Disney+ viewing on plus your sports and A Handmaid’s Tale fix too.

The bundle comes with the basic subscription to Hulu, so expect some ads. You also have the option to upgrade to the no-ad version for $19.99 a month. But if you’re a sports fan, this bundle will probably make up for it with all the sportsball. And we mean all of it.

ESPN+ comes with MLB, MLS, and NHL games, golf, tennis, boxing, ESPN films, and college sports. (Go Utes!) If you’re all about international sports, tune in for rugby and cricket. Oh, and SportsCenter. Who could forget about that?

What content does Disney+ have?

It's the spot for all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic

You'll get quite a lot with Disney+ as it is the streaming platform for all things Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. And Disney too, of course.

That means you’ll just need to log into one place to stream Finding Nemo, rewatch Captain Marvel and more titles from the Marvel series, explore even more of a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and save them all with Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue.

Oh, and did we mention you get to watch 33 whole seasons of The Simpsons? That makes us wanna dance like Baby Groot.

How does all this content compare to what you’ll find on other streaming services? Well, the biggest advantage is that you know what you’re getting. Most of us are probably tuning in to Disney+ to relive all that childhood nostalgia. And Disney+ definitely delivers on that.

But if you’re looking for lots of Original content, you might want to check out Netflix or Hulu. Disney+ offers a few Original series you can't miss, like The Mandalorian, and it continues to dream up new fantastic points of view.

Here’s a glimpse of what is available to stream on Disney+ right now. Or you can dive into the our grand list of 600+ titles. And remember, there’s always more to come.

Disney and Pixar titles

1930s–1940s

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Fantasia (1940)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • Bambi (1942)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

1950s

  • Cinderella (1950)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  • Peter Pan (1953)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  • Old Yeller (1957)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)

1960s

  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • Babes in Toyland (1961)
  • The Parent Trap (1961)
  • The Incredible Journey (1963)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • The Jungle Book (1967)

1970s

  • The Aristocats (1970)
  • Robin Hood (1973)
  • Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
  • Freaky Friday (1976)
  • Pete's Dragon (1977)
  • The Rescuers (1977)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)

1980s

  • The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  • TRON (1982)
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  • DuckTales series (1987)
  • Oliver & Company (1988)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers series (1989)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • Turner & Hooch (1989)

1990–1995

  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Darkwing Duck series (1991)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Sister Act (1992)
  • Boy Meets World (1993)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Sandlot (1993)
  • Gargoyles series (1994)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • The Santa Clause (1994)
  • A Goofy Movie (1995)
  • Toy Story (1995)

1996–1999

  • 101 Dalmatians (1996)
  • Hercules (1997)
  • Flubber (1997)
  • Recess series (1997)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • The Parent Trap (1998)
  • Johnny Tsunami (1999)
  • Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

2000–2005

  • The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  • Remember the Titans (2000)
  • Lizzie McGuire series (2001)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • Kim Possible series (2002)
  • Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  • The Rookie (2002)
  • Freaky Friday (2003)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)

2006–2009

  • Cars (2006)
  • Hannah Montana series (2006–2011)
  • High School Musical (2006)
  • Phineas and Ferb series (2007–2015)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • WALL•E (2008)
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

2010–2015

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • TRON: Legacy (2010)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)

2016–2019

  • Moana (2016)
  • Zootopia (2016)
  • Andi Mack series (2017–2019)
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (2019)
  • Kim Possible (2019)
  • Lady and the Tramp (2019)
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019)

2020–2022

  • Mulan (2020)
  • Onward (2020)
  • Hamilton (2020)
  • Soul (2020)
  • Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
  • Encanto (2021)
  • Black Widow (2021)
  • Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
  • Disenchanted (2022)

Star Wars universe titles

  • Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Star Wars: Episode I  The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode II  Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode III  Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars series (2008–2013)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
  • The Mandalorian series (2019)

Marvel Universe titles

  • Spider-Woman (1979)
  • Spider-Man series (1981–1982)
  • X-Men series (1992)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Ant-Man (2015)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  • Captain Marvel (2019)
  • Marvel’s Hero Project series (2019–present)

National Geographic titles

  • Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan series (2004–2012)
  • Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (2014–present)
  • Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity (2016)
  • Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)
  • Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron (2017)
  • Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue series (2018)
  • Apollo: Missions to the Moon (2019)

Other titles

  • The Simpsons series (1989–present)
  • Little Einsteins: Our Big Huge Adventure (2005)
  • Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)

Which devices can you stream Disney+ on?

Right now, you’re pretty much good to go for streaming Disney+ on any up-to-date streaming device.

Here’s a list streaming devices you can download the Disney+ app to:

  • Apple iPhones and iPads
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV and tablet
  • Windows 10 & 11 tablets and computers
  • Apple TV
  • Android, Hisense, LG, Panasonic, and Samsung smart TVs
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation and Xbox

Is there a watch party mode?

In October of 2020 the company announced the availability of a new GroupWatch feature. This is a way to catch up to Netflix and Amazon since they both have similar modes.

GroupWatch is fairly limited for now because you can't actually chat with other people (unless you chat by texting normally from your phone). You can react with emojis, and each person has the ability to pause or fast forward.

The only catch here is that each person you invite to GroupWatch has to have their own Disney+ account. So this isn't a sneaky way to let Uncle Bill watch the back-catalog of Star Wars for free. What it does mean is Disney is serious about the service, will eventually add more and more features, and there is "something in the air" again with a new Indiana Jones movie coming in June 2023.

We won't say Disney+ suddenly became much more appealing, but it is a sign the streaming media app warrants a second look and may even make some of us question our Hulu account or other apps that cost a little more.

Recap: Is Disney+ worth it?

You should get Disney+ if you’re a fan of any and all things Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic because this is now their new home. And we think it’s pretty neat that Disney has pushed for the extra mile to earn its users a few diamonds in the rough like The Simpsons and The Mandalorian.

  • Price: At $7.99–$10.99 per month, Disney+ runs cheaper than Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime Video. You can also pay for a year up front, which gets you about two months free. Or go for the ESPN+ and Hulu bundle, which is a bargain at $13.99 a month (with ads).
  • Content: Disney+ has over 1,000 titles in its library, which means you’re hard-pressed to find nothing to watch. But the biggest plus is the wealth of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars content. 

The $8 per month price isn’t too steep to sign up and at least give the service a try. Then if you like the content, you might consider upgrading to the ad-free plan for $3 more. You may find you just keep tuning in to Disney, which means you can tell your other streaming services “Bye, bye, bye!” (Sorry, had to throw that reach of a reference to The Mickey Mouse Club in there.)

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Catherine McNally
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Catherine McNally
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.

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