Skip to main content

Is Disney Dreamlight Valley free to play?

If you’re a fan of Disney, the Animal Crossing games, or better yet, both, then you’ve no doubt at least heard about Disney Dreamlight Valley. This original title lets you create a custom character that can enter the titular valley to meet a wide range of your favorite Disney characters. The game launched into early access in 2022, but with a price tag of $30 to play. For those who would rather wait until the game is complete to join in on the fun of helping out all your favorite childhood characters, there’s the question of whether you will also need to pay when the game fully launches. Here’s what you need to know regarding Disney Dreamlight Valley and if it will be free to play.

Is Disney Dreamlight Valley free to play?

A player walks by Wall-E while heading into a cave in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Disney Dreamlight Valley remains in early access for now, but the developers at Gameloft have made it clear from the start that the title will indeed be free to play upon its official release. There will still be microtransactions and expansions to purchase, but  the base experience will be free for everyone.

That leaves the big question of when Disney Dreamlight Valley will leave early access. Gameloft has only given the window of 2023 for the full release, however, the content road map may hint at the game coming out sometime after the early summer update. The only update listed after this, simply listed as “Late 2023,” is the final entry on the road map and is by far the most substantial and ends with the vague “…and other magical surprises.” Fans speculate that an update of this size, whenever it comes, would likely be when the game finally exits early access.

There is one slight technicality some players can take advantage of. If you are a Game Pass subscriber on either an Xbox console or PC, you will have full access to Disney Dreamlight Valley. Since it does require a paid subscription, this isn’t “free,” but it is a way to access the game without an additional cost if you are a Game Pass subscriber.

As soon as we know when Disney Dreamlight Valley is set to exit early access and go fully free to play, we will update this article to keep you in the loop.

Editors' Recommendations

Jesse Lennox
Jesse Lennox loves writing, games, and complaining about not having time to write and play games. He knows the names of more…
All the free characters in MultiVersus right now
A large group of DC and Warner Bros characters stand together in MultiVersus.

Taking a page from other free-to-play games with large rosters, such as League of Legends, MultiVersus gives players multiple ways to experiment with new characters. Without playing to earn enough gold to completely unlock a character, you can always play the full roster in training or local modes. However, that won't be the way most people want to play, and with more and more characters planned to come to this crossover fighter, even the most dedicated players will have trouble earning enough currency to unlock them all.

That's where the rotation of free characters becomes so valuable. MultiVersus rotates which characters in its roster are free for everyone bi-monthly, or every two weeks, with the current offering being four free characters at a time. Here are the characters you can play as, free of charge, right now.

Read more
Disney Dreamlight Valley: trophy and achievement guide
A town landscape appears in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Like most farming and social sims, Disney Dreamlight Valley is a game meant to be played over the course of many months and years, and that's perhaps most apparent in its trophy and achievement lists. Though the lists are small, unlocking each trophy or achievement requires a significant time investment, and some of the tasks can't even be met until the game has grown and added many more characters. If you're itching to get a headstart, though, we've got a trophy and achievement guide here to get you going.

Further reading

Read more
Is Disney Dreamlight Valley multiplayer?
A player walks by Wall-E while heading into a cave in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Gameloft's new free-to-play life sim Disney Dreamlight Valley is now in early access, letting players loose in a Disney-themed world to make their own. Taking cues from similar successful franchises like Animal Crossing, there's no shortage of beloved characters to meet, locations to discover, and cosmetics to customize your avatar and town with.

As fun as it can be to do all of this alone, part of what makes Nintendo's popular series so exciting for many is the ability to share the experience with a friend. That being said, you may be wondering if Dreamlight Valley allows you to do the same, so read on to find out if and when you can share the magic with your pals.

Read more