Disney Plus Review
Updated · Jan 28, 2023
Best for: Streaming original Disney content
What Is Disney Plus?
Disney Plus (Disney+) is an online streaming platform belonging to the Walt Disney Company. It debuted in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands on November 12th, 2019. One week later, the solution expanded to Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. By the first quarter of 2021, the platform had 94.9 million subscribers.
Let’s see what’s so special about it:
Disney Plus Library
When the company first announced Disney Plus, it promised a robust library. On that front, it delivered - you get movies and series from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and National Geographic. Disney Plus reviews have mostly positive comments from users about it, but the platform sure needs more work.
But let’s first focus on the benefits.
Disney Library and National Geographic
While streaming Disney, you can access 15 original television series, as well as 10 shorts and 6 specials.
The notable ones are:
- High School Musical: The Musical – The Series
- Marvel Hero Project
- Pixar Sparkshorts (Inside Pixar, Burrow, Zenimation)
- Marvel Legends
- Star Wars the Clone Wars (season 7)
- Marvel 616
- Penguins: Life on the Edge
The platform has 20 exclusive original films and over 120 animated movies. It offers more than 60 animated TV series, over 240 live-action films, and above 125 TV movies. The Disney Plus streaming service lets you enjoy:
- One Day at Disney
- Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Saves the Universe
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
- Pinnochio (1940)
- The Lion King (1994)
- Frozen 1 and 2 (2013 and 2019)
- Hercules - Series (1998)
- P.J. Masks (2015)
- Mary Poppins (1964)
- The Home Alone series
- Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
- Aladdin (2019)
- High School Musical sequels
If you like live-action television series, Disney Plus offers about 51. Some of the popular ones are:
- Boy Meets World (1993)
- That’s So Raven (2003)
- JONAS (2009)
- Girl Meets World (2014)
- Disney Channel Epic Holiday Showdown (2020)
Furthermore, the Disney streaming platform has over 200 documentaries. Some of the titles go as far back as 1950. Of course, you can watch some from 2020, too.
Disney Plus Marvel Library
The new Disney streaming service is a great option for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At the time of writing of this Disney Plus review, there are 27 movies and 3 TV shows. Also, the platform has 23 animated series and 5 documentaries.
The top available Marvel movies are:
- Iron man 1, 2, & 3 (2008, 2010, 2013)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Doctor Strange (2016)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Black Panther (2018)
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
- Captain Marvel (2019)
- Avengers: Endgame
However, you won’t find the 2008 Incredible Hulk, 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming, and 2019 Spider-Man: Far from Home. They are only available on Amazon, and Disney has not announced if they’ll air on their platform.
Disney acquired Marvel in 2019. Some famous contents are the X-Men series and two Fantastic Four movies. It also has 30 seasons of the Simpsons.
What the Disney movie streaming service doesn’t have are three of the X-men films. It lacks the recent Dark Phoenix (2019), the 2020 New Mutants, and the two Deadpool movies. But you’ll find television series like Agent Carter, Inhumans, and Runaways. Agents of Shield and Daredevil are currently unavailable.
On animated series, you’ll find older shows like 1979 Spider-Woman, or 1999 Avengers: United They Stand. There’s X-Men: Evolution from the turn of the century to the 2018 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
Disney Plus Pixar Library
Pixar is famous for its Oscar-winning productions. The Disney Plus streaming service has 20 movies, 29 short films, and 11 Pixar Toons for you to stream.
There are three Pixar Originals on the platform. They include Forsky Asks a Question and Pixar in Real Life. The latter consists of short films — Purl, Float, Smash, and Grab — made by the company’s employees.
The top available Pixar movies are:
- Toy Story 1, 2, and 3 (1995, 1999, and 2010)
- A Bug’s Life (1998)
- Monsters, Inc (2001)
- Finding Nemo (2003)
- The Incredibles (2004)
- Cars 1, 2, and 3 (2006, 2011, and 2017)
- Up (2007)
- WALL-E (2008)
The Disney streaming channel has the Oscar-winning Ratatouille (2007), Brave (2012), and Monsters University (2013). You can also enjoy Inside Out, Good Dinosaur, and Finding Dory (2016).
Some of the top short films are Bao, La Luna, Lou, Sanjay’s Super Team, Presto, and Partly Cloudy. Lastly, you’ll find Toons from Toy Story and Cars, with characters from the two features.
Disney Plus Star Wars Library
Fan of Star Wars?
I’ve got great news for you.
All the 11 parts of the saga are available on Disney Plus streaming devices. You can add to your streaming party:
- The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV, V, VI)
- The Prequel Trilogy (Episodes I, II, and III)
- The Sequel Trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII, and IX)
- The Anthology Films (Rogue One, Solo)
Judging by most Disney Plus user reviews show that’s the reason they subscribed to the platform. Aside from the movies, you can watch The Mandalorian. All of the expected spin-offs, such as Ahsoka and Obi-Wan Kenobi, will also be available for subscribers.
You can also watch Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, and Star War Blips.
If you like the documentaries, you have a lot to choose from, including Empires of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars Galaxy Edge: Adventure Awaits.
Basically, if you want something Star Wars related, get Disney Plus.
Disney Plus Star Library
While I was preparing this Disney Plus review, the streaming platform had not added Star to its Library. However, all things Star produced will start airing by February 23rd, 2021.
The lineup of films and TV series comes from Disney’s Creative Studios. It includes Disney Television Studios (20th Television and ABC Signature) and FX Productions. You will also get to enjoy content from 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, and more.
Subscribers will have access to over a thousand titles, no matter their age or interests. Some of the incoming movies and series on the Disney streaming service are:
- Modern Family
- Desperate Housewives
- Die Hard
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Planet of the Apes
With Disney streaming services, you can access over 35 Star originals.
Disney Plus Quality
So is Disney Plus worth it, quality-wise?
When Disney Plus launched, it suffered many glitches. The problems caused people to criticize the platform, and there were several unflattering headlines.
Since then, Disney has gotten it right. It has several 4K produced movies and Ultra-High Definition (UHD) that works relatively well with a stable Wi-Fi connection. The UHD movies and series are available to every subscriber.
The Disney Plus 4K content streams well on multiple devices, including small and big screens. It also uses Dolby Vision.
You can watch the older movies and television series on the platform using HD/SDR. The imagery is quite impressive, showing that Disney paid attention to the overall visual quality. Furthermore, you can expect more 4K contents coming soon.
We must point out that you need a stable internet connection to enjoy the UHD Disney stream. It should most preferably be about 10mbps or more. For the best experience, use a 4k TV with Disney Plus HDR support.
You can’t, however, save on bandwidth usage. Instead, you can view content offline. It means that when using public Wi-Fi or a wireless connection with unlimited data, you can save a movie or TV series on Disney Plus for offline viewing.
To watch, click on the download button at the bottom of the screen, and select from the content list. There’s no limit, and it does not expire as long as you sign in within 30 days.
You can indicate if you are using mobile data on the Disney streaming app. If you pick yes, it lets you stream in lower quality (options include standard, average, and high). Note that it doesn’t show the precise resolution.
Another downside users often mention in Disney Plus reviews is the resume function. Rather than continuing from where you stop, it sometimes reverts to the beginning. Hardly fatal, but extremely annoying nonetheless.
On a more positive note, the sound quality is perfect. There is no background noise, and you can hear the dialogue clearly.
Disney Plus Supported Devices
The platform works with Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS. If you’re streaming Disney Plus on Chrome OS, use version 79 or later. The platform does not support mobile browser playback, browsers on smart TVs, game consoles, and Linux.
You can download the Android app on the Google Play store. It works for mobile phones and tablets using OS. 5.0 Lollipop or later. For Apple devices, you need iPhone and iPod Touch that support iOS 12.0 and later.
Disney’s new streaming service supports Amazon Fire tables with OS 5.0. On Smart TVs, you can pre-install the application or download it. It works on Android TV devices, LG WebOS Smart Television, and Samsung Tizen Smart TVs.
Additionally, Disney Plus works with Amazon FireTV and Apple AirPlay. You can also watch it on your 4th generation Apple TV, Chromebook, Chromecast, Roku, Sony PlayStation, Xbox, or Vizio SmartCast TV.
The Disney Plus streaming service can work on up to four devices simultaneously, under one subscription.
Interface and Ease of Use
Before Disney Plus became what it is today, it was clunky — awkward, heavy, and outdated. The designers fixed it, making the Disney Plus interface highly intuitive. Nowadays, all the bugs are just urban legends.
After you choose one of the Disney Plus packages, the platform takes you to the home page. You’ll see the logo of the five production houses. Beneath them is a list of recommended movies and television series, sorted by categories.
You’ll see Recommendations, What’s New, Originals, Trending, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Animated Movies. You can also choose from Musicals, Reimagined Classics, Hit Movies, Comedies, Throwbacks, and Ultra HD and HDR.
Clicking on any of them takes you straight to a specific pick. Once you’re in, there’s an option to stream directly or watch the trailer. At the far right is the group viewing button, and before it is “+” for creating a watch list.
Anytime you want to view the list, click on the “+” sign at the page’s top. Furthermore, you can streamline movies and TV shows by clicking on the filter icon. Although Disney Plus’s design is not groundbreaking, it is easy to navigate. And, honestly, that’s the priority.
What To Expect From Disney Plus?
2021 is off to a good start for Disney Plus. The creators are keeping their promise to enrich the library.
Disney already kicked the year off by including the much-anticipated Marvel series: WandaVision. Superheroes’ fans can enjoy Legends, Earth to Ned, and The Wolverine, too. You can also find Upside Down Magic and Disney My Music Story, a documentary.
All through 2021, there will be new additions to original series and movies.
At the time of writing of this Disney Plus review, the anticipated titles include:
- Flora and Ulysses
- Raya and the Last Dragon
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
- Marvel’s What If...?
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch
- Ms. Marvel
- Bug Days
- The Mysterious Benedict Society
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi
While 2021 seems packed, the Disney Plus streaming service is already looking to the future. Some of the top movies and series set to premiere in 2022 are:
- Thor: Love and Thunder
- Black Panther 2
- Captain Marvel
- Dug Days
- Star Wars: A Droid Story
- Star Wars: Andor
- Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
In 2023, you can expect Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Ahsoka, The Acolyte, and Lando. Disney streaming services will release Moana, The Series, Tiana — based on the Princess and the Frog, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Fans of Groot will also get to see a series of short films exclusively starring the character.
Disney Plus Pricing and Bundles
The streaming platform is quite affordable compared to its counterparts.
When I was writing this Disney Plus review, the software offered both single and bundle plans.
Or $7.99 per month - You get access to all Disney original content, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic documentaries and series. You can also watch UHD content in Dolby Vision, benefit from unlimited downloads, and stream on at least four devices. You can add up to seven profiles and group watch by syncing playbacks.
- Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ ($13.99 monthly)
- Disney Plus, Hulu (ad-free), and ESPN+ ($19.99 monthly)
- Disney Plus, Hulu + Live TV, and ESPN+ ($72.99 monthly)
- Disney Plus, Hulu (ad-free) + LiveTV, and ESPN+ ($78.99 monthly)
There is no free plan or trial for Disney Plus. Disneyland employees in California and Walt Disney World in Florida get one free subscription.
Disney’s Streaming Service vs the Rest
The table below shows how the Disney Plus video streaming platform compares with its top competitors.
|Features||Disney Plus||Netflix||Hulu||HBO Max|
4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD
4K Ultra HD
|Number of Titles||Over 1,400||Over 15,000||Over 3,000||Over 2,200|
|Quality||720p to up to 1080p||
640 x 480 pixels
|Ads||Ad-free||Ad-free||Hulu Premium is ad-free; lower plans contain ads||Currently, its ad-free but will launch a version with ads in 2021|
$5.99 monthly or $59.99 yearly with ads
$11.99 monthly without ad-free
$64.99 monthly Hulu + Live TV
|Subscribers||94.9 million||203.67 million||39.4 million||37.7 million|
|Availability||24 countries||190 countries||Only in the United States||Only in the United States|
Disney Plus Review - Verdict
If you’re a Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars fan, that’s the logical choice. You can stream Disney Plus on multiple devices at an affordable fee. Saving and downloading content is easy.
It’s true that Disney offers 4K streaming only for some selected movies and series, but it comes at no extra cost. Unfortunately, there’s no update schedule. And the platform is not yet available worldwide, which is a huge con.
Despite these limitations, the Disney online streaming software is family-oriented, making it perfect for children and teenagers. For now, however, the platform lacks movies and TV shows for its older audience. The company has taken measures to diversify its library, so you can expect some new titles soon.
Disney Plus will expand to more countries by the end of 2021. So get ready to binge! Some of the shows are so addictive, that it took me quite a while to finish this Disney Plus review... but, you know, research and all...
Is Disney Plus worth getting?
Yes, it is definitely worth it, if you’re a Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic fan. It not only features the newest productions but some of the older classics, too.
What is the cheapest way to get Disney Plus?
Disney Plus cost is the most flexible of the top streaming platforms. The cheapest monthly plan is $6.99. For more information on the price bundles, check out our Disney Plus review above.
How many devices can you have on Disney Plus?
You can use four devices to stream Disney Plus simultaneously.
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