Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

How to get Disney+: Everything you need to know

Are you ready to relive Simba’s journey to adulthood in The Lion King or witness the ongoing eternal battle between the light and dark sides of the Force? Disney Plus is here, and for the uninitiated, it will grant you access to the Magic Kingdom’s most beloved properties.

Coming up on three years since its debut, Disney+ houses more than 500 films and thousands of TV episodes ranging from animated classics and Disney Channel favorites to everything that defines the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s an incredible value, especially if you have kids, and one that continues to roll out new content with each passing month. After all, The Mandalorian was only the beginning.

Before you can binge the best movies and shows on Disney+, however, you’ll need to sign up for an account and figure out which devices you’ll be watching on. Fear not: The process is quick and painless, and we’ll lay it out for you right here.

How to get Disney+

Disney Plus Lifestyle
Image used with permission by copyright holder

First, head to the Disney+ website or download the Disney+ app on your smartphone, tablet, or smart TV device.

The monthly charge is $8 (rising to $11 in December 2022), while the annual subscription is $80 (rising to $110 in December 2022). Payment options include PayPal and any standard credit or debit card.

Disney also offers incentives for those subscribed to both Hulu and ESPN+. They call it the Disney Bundle, which gives you $16 off if you’re signed up for all three services. Bundling is a good option for those who also want Hulu and ESPN+, but caveats apply. There are three different bundle choices being launched in December 2022, including with ads and without.

  • Disney+ and Hulu, with ads: $10 per month
  • Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, with ads: $13 per month
  • Disney+ and Hulu, without ads, and ESPN+ (which still has ads): $20 per month

Remember that Disney+ isn’t an add-on service with Hulu, so no matter what option you choose, you’ll have to use two different apps to have access to everything. For more information on the Disney Bundle, be sure to read through the FAQ here.

Additionally, if you’re interested in getting a Disney bundle that instead includes Hulu with Live TV, we have all the details for that, too.

The absolute best deal is available for Verizon customers. Verizon offers an entire year of Disney+ at no extra cost for anyone with an eligible Verizon Wireless unlimited plan. You can access this benefit whether you’re a new customer or you’ve had Verizon for a while already. To claim it, log in to your Verizon account via the company’s website or the MyVerizon app. If you have an Android device, click Account > Manage apps and add-ons > See all (in the Entertainment section) > Learn more (in the Disney+ section) > Get it now. If you have an Apple device, tap the Essentials tab > Learn more > Enroll. 

Which devices can I watch Disney+ on?

Disney+ Web Interface
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Once you’ve done the work of creating your account, you’re all set to log in and enjoy the service. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to watch. Disney Plus is available using any standard web browser. There are native apps available for all the popular platforms, including:

While that list doesn’t have everything, there are enough popular devices covered by these platforms that you should have no problem accessing Disney Plus whichever way you fancy. If you don’t see your device or platform, more and more apps are being created to ensure there’s always a way to watch.

Editors' Recommendations

Quentyn Kennemer
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Quentyn Kennemer's passion for tech keeps him thoroughly invigorated. A gamer since before birth, he contributes to Digital…
Everything you need to know about The Old Man season 2
Jeff Bridges in The Old Man staring at two people at his doorstep.

It's been almost two years since fans of The Old Man watched the finale of the show's first season. The series, which stars Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow, was compelling for reasons beyond its star-studded cast, and proved to be one of the best shows on Hulu. Now, the show is set to return for a second season, and fans are ready to learn more about what that new season will entail.

The show's first season told the story of a former CIA agent who left the agency on bad terms and now lives off the grid. When an assassin finds him and attempts to take him out, it leads to a manhunt. Entering season 2, fans have plenty of questions about what paths the show will explore, and many of them are tied to the revelations that the season 1 finale left us with. Here's what we know about The Old Man season 2:
What is the release date for The Old Man season 2?

Read more
The best shows on Disney+ right now (April 2024)
An octopus and a diver interact in Secrets of the Octopus.

The good news for Disney+ subscribers is that there are new episodes of X-Men '97 and Star Wars: The Bad Batch throughout April and into early May. Beyond those two shows, older audiences are starved for new programing on Disney+ that isn't geared toward young children. And if you do have kids, then you may learn just how many times you can watch the same episodes of Bluey season 3 over and over again without going mad.

This month, National Geographic is the only option for new Disney+ shows if you don't have a Hulu subscription as well. On April 21, National Geographic is debuting the new three-part miniseries Secrets of the Octopus, which will make its streaming debut April 22 on Disney+. Additionally, National Geographic's Drain the Oceans has been added to Disney+ as well.

Read more
Everything you need to know about Rings of Power season 2
Morfyyd Clark in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."

The war over Middle-earth will continue to unfold with the upcoming season of Amazon's The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Though not everyone jumped on the hype train for season 1, the upcoming season seems ready to build upon the grand epic established so far.

Until the heroes of Middle-earth return to TV screens, here's everything that has been revealed about season 2 of The Rings of Power.
When will season 2 come out?

Read more