Disney+ Review 2021
Disney+ is finally here, and we don’t know if we’re elated or gassy—but we’re somewhere in that zone!
But is the newest streaming service on the block worth the price? And should you cancel your other streaming subscriptions? Well, let’s just say if you’re a Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, or Marvel fan, the answer might be “yes.”
Let’s find out if Disney+ has all the bare necessities of streaming life.
|Price||$7.99/mo. or $79.99/yr.|
|Content from||Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic|
|Simultaneous streaming||Up to 4 devices|
|"The Disney Plus Bundle" (Disney+, Hulu, & ESPN+)||$13.99/mo.|
|Details||Get a Free 7-Day Trial|
Data effective 7/28/2021. Prices and features are subject to change.
How much does Disney+ cost?
The Disney+ price is highly reasonable, especially since it comes with no ads and 4K streaming
But while Hulu starts out a buck cheaper per month, don’t forget the basic version comes with ads. Disney+, on the other hand, comes ad-free. That’s so shiny.
|Service||Disney+||Hulu||Netflix||Amazon Prime Video|
|Monthly price||$7.99||$5.99 and up||$8.99 and up||$8.99 and up|
|Video resolution||Up to 4K||Up to 4K||Up to 4K||Up to 4K|
|Ads||No||Limited or no ads||No||No|
|Details||View Plan||View Plans||View Plans||View Plan|
Data effective 7/28/2021. Prices and features are subject to change.
And if you pay for a full year of Disney sing-alongs and Marvel superhero action, your annual price will save you some moolah too. The monthly price totals up to about $96 for a year, but the annual price comes in at $79.99—that’s close to a $16 discount.
Can we stash that savings away for our Disneyland park pass?
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.)
Now that Disney+ is live, you can pick up a Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle for $13.99 a month. 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. (We’ve heard you might be able to upgrade to the ad-free version later.) 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?
Is it any surprise Disney+ will be the spot for all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars?
Okay, so the Disney+ price sounds right. But what does that monthly cost actually get you?
Quite a lot, actually. Disney+ 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 get your Finding Nemo fix, 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 30 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 more original content, you might want to check out Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. Currently, Disney+ offers a few original series like The Mandalorian, but we’re hoping it continues to dream up new fantastic points of view in the future.
Here’s a glimpse of what we know is available to stream on Disney+ right now.1 Or you can dive into the full list of all 600+ titles. And remember, there’s always more to come.
Disney and Pixar titles
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Fantasia (1940)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
- Dumbo (1941)
- Bambi (1942)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- Cinderella (1950)
- Alice in Wonderland (1951)
- Peter Pan (1953)
- Lady and the Tramp (1955)
- Old Yeller (1957)
- Sleeping Beauty (1959)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
- Tangled (2010)
- TRON: Legacy (2010)
- Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
- Frozen (2013)
- Big Hero 6 (2014)
- 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)
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)
- The Simpsons series (1989–present)
- Little Einsteins: Our Big Huge Adventure (2005)
- Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
Disney+ user experience
The Disney+ app ran into some speed bumps during its Dutch beta test but still looks promising
Image: Disney+ on Google Play
The Disney+ streaming app went live in the Neverland—oops, we meant Netherlands earlier this year, and while most of the feedback is positive, there are a few things we hope Disney improved.
Dutch users noted that the app doesn’t automatically start the next episode in a series, which makes it difficult to veg out and binge-watch your favorite shows. Though a response from Disney shows the company is actively working on that feature. Maybe they could use a genie?
Many users also reported a lot of buffering issues. But keep in mind those lucky Dutch users were taking part in a beta test, which means the whole point was to flush out these kinds of problems. So don’t start panicking about whether the app will be good or bad just yet.
Glimpses of the app remind us of, well, the Netflix app. But we’re okay with that since our experiences using Netflix have been pretty great. (Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right?) We do hope the Disney+ “recommended for you” algorithm is just as spot-on too.
You can grab the iOS and Android versions of the Disney+ streaming app here:
What devices can I stream Disney+ on?
Right now, you’re pretty much good to go for streaming Disney+ on any up-to-date streaming device.
However, users in the Netherlands beta reported issues with streaming on older versions of the Chromecast (1st generation). Disney is aware of the issue and noted it’s due to the high-quality signal the service sends out. Hopefully, an update is coming soon.
Here’s a list of the Disney+ streaming devices we know of right now:
- Amazon Fire TV
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- Apple TV
Amazon Fire TV users, can you feel the love tonight? You’re finally able to stream Disney+ on your device now that Amazon and Disney have come to an agreement over ad sales terms.2 This should affect Disney’s other ad-supported apps—your Disney+ is still ad-free (for now)!
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 season two of The Mandalorian coming this month.
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: Should you get Disney+?
You should get Disney+ if you’re a fan of any and all things Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar because, over time, those titles will disappear from other streaming services. 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 a month, Disney+ runs cheaper than Netflix 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.
- Content: Disney+ has over 600 titles in its library, which means you’re hard-pressed to find nothing to watch. But the biggest plus is the wealth of Disney vault, Marvel, and Star Wars content. Many of those are classic favorites, and a few newcomers look promising too.
- App: We’re still holding onto a final verdict for the Disney+ app, but the Dutch beta looked promising. There are a few kinks Disney needs to work out, such as buffering, no automatic play for the next episode, and issues with older devices.
At the end of the day, the seven bucks a month price isn’t too steep to sign up and at least give it a try. 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.)
So whaddya think? Are you giving Disney+ a go? Tell us why—or why not!