Disney+: Everything You Need to Know about Disney’s Streaming Service
Disney has been one of the biggest and most loved content creators for decades. Ever since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937, Disney has become a household name with countless hit movies and shows that generations have grown up with.
Now with its new streaming service Disney Plus (Disney+) finally launched in Australia, everyone can now relive their childhoods and show the younger generations the classics that we all know and love. Let’s take a look at what you can expect with a subscription to Disney+.
What is Disney+?
Disney+ is Disney’s own versions of a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service where you can expect a library of films and shows comprising of much of the ‘Disney Vault’. Not only does Disney have a huge selection of animated and live-action films and shows under the Disney brand, but the studio has over the years purchased the rights to several big production companies and content assets including Pixar, Star Wars (Lucasfilm), Marvel, National Geographic and Fox Broadcasting.
Much like other streaming services, you’ll have access to a library of shows and movies but the real stand out for Disney+ is that this is very much a family-friendly streaming platform. While Disney does own many assets which produces content for older audiences (including content under the Hulu brand), you won’t see any of this content on Disney Plus. While other streaming platforms offer ‘kids’ profiles which restricts access to inappropriate content, with Disney+ you won’t need to worry about what your kid is watching, with the exception of much younger kids.
Disney is also one of the few production companies to release its streaming service outside the US. While many TV networks and production companies in the US, such as HBO, release their own streaming platforms, these companies rarely launch these platforms outside the US. Instead these companies license content to Aussie pay TV and streaming platforms such as Foxtel, Stan and Netflix.
How much does Disney+ cost in Australia?
Like most other streaming services, Disney+ is a paid subscription service. However, unlike many of its competitors, there is no tiered pricing. All of the features available on Disney Plus will be available for the one subscription price of $8.99 per month. You also have the option to prepay for a year at $89.99, which works out to be around $7.50 per month (or a 16.6% saving), so you can score some savings if you’re willing to prepay.
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What do you get with a Disney+ subscription?
Often with the different subscription prices comes access to or restriction of certain features, such as how many screens you can simultaneously stream on. The good news is that your Disney Plus subscription will come with many of the same features offered by other streaming platforms. Let’s take a look at the features available with a Disney+ subscription.
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How to watch Disney+
There are several ways you’ll be able to watch Disney+, both at home and on the go. Of course, you’ll be able to stream via most web browsers on your PC, but you’ll also be able to download apps on Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, along with Android-supported phones and tablets.
If you want to watch Disney+ on your TV, there are several ways you can stream to your TV. There are several smart TV brands that will have the Disney+ app available, including Samsung Smart TVs, Sony TVs, LG TVs and Android-compatible TVs. If you find your TV isn’t compatible with the Disney+ app, you can stream to your TV via Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV (AU), along with gaming consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
What to watch on Disney+ Australia
If you’re a big Disney, Marvel or Star Wars fan, you’ll probably already have your mind made up as to whether you’ll be signing up to the streaming service. After all, Disney+ will be the exclusive home to this content, not to mention the original programming. Here is a list of Disney+ shows, documentaries and movies which is available to stream in Australia now:
- High School Musical: The Series
- The Mandalorian
- Forky Asks A Question
- Marvel’s Hero Project
- The Imagineering Story
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum
- Lady and the Tramp (live-action remake)
There are plenty more Disney+ originals in the works, including two live-action Star Wars series — one featuring Rogue One character, Cassian Andor and the other with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. There is also a whole bunch of Marvel shows in the works including The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye and WandaVision, plus many more to come. There will also be a new show called Diary of a Female President and a series called Love, Simon, based on this hit film of the same name. These titles aren’t on Disney+ now, but many are expected to be released in the next couple of years.
As Disney owns many assets, you can expect a fairly expansive library of content. Here is a selection of what shows and movies you can now stream on Disney+ in Australia, including Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic, along with its more recently acquired Fox assets.
Shows and movies you can now stream on Disney+ in Australia:
- 101 Dalmatians
- A Bug’s Life
- A Goofy Movie
- Ant-Man & Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Avengers (including the first film, Age of Ultron, Infinity War & Endgame)
- Beauty and the Beast
- Black Panther
- Captain America (including The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier & Civil War)
- Captain Marvel
- Darkwing Duck
- Doctor Strange
- Earth Live
- Finding Nemo & Finding Dory
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 & 2
- High School Musical
- Hocus Pocus
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
- Hostile Planet
- Iron Man 1, 2 & 3
- Lilo & Stitch
- Mary Poppins
- Monsters Inc.
- Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Planet of the Birds
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Sister Act 1 & 2
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Solo: A Star Wars Story
- Star Wars: Episodes I-VIII
- Star Wars: Rebels
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Princess Diaries
- The Santa Clause
- The Simpsons
- The Sound of Music
- The Sword in the Stone
- Thor (including the first film, The Dark World & Ragnarok)
- Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron
- Toy Story 1, 2 & 3
This is only a handful of the shows, documentaries and movies that you can expect to stream on Disney+ in Australia. Not only will you get to enjoy all the Disney classic films you grew up with, but many of the popular Disney shows from the 80s, 90s, 00s and now will also be available.
Is a Disney+ subscription worth it?
Ultimately, you’ll know if a Disney+ subscription is right for you. If you’re a fan of Star Wars or Marvel (or perhaps both), with the thought of having access to the existing Star Wars and Marvel shows and movies — along with a whole bunch of new and original content — you might find yourself signing up sooner or later. Now that these assets have found their home on Disney+, you won’t see any Star Wars or Marvel pop up on the likes of Netflix or Stan — especially the new shows and movies.
Likewise with Disney and Pixar content, this will be the only place you can enjoy your favourite Disney and Pixar movies, including older movies and shows which weren’t available to stream before. Plus, it’s the only streaming platform in Australia to offer the entire catalogue of The Simpsons, so you can binge-watch your favourite episodes to your heart’s content.
It’s clear that Disney did create Disney+ with families in mind, so if you have kids, you might find that this could be the family-friendly app you’ve been looking for. For adults, you’ll need to think about whether there is enough content on the platform for you, especially if you’re not too keen on Star Wars and Marvel. If you love documentaries, you might find there is enough National Geographic content to keep you occupied. Or you can just relive your childhood by binge-watching your favourite Disney movies and shows.
What are the best internet plans for Disney+?
Disney+ doesn’t currently offer a report on streaming speeds like Netflix does, however there are NBN speeds which are required for video streaming. Generally you’ll find the Standard Plus NBN 50 speed tier is the best option for high-definition video streaming, especially if you have multiple users streaming simultaneously.
As for Ultra HD 4K (which Disney+ does offer), you’ll most likely need a plan on the NBN 100 speed tier, which is recommended by NBN Co as the speed tier required for this quality of video streaming.
Keep in mind that there are many factors that can affect the NBN speeds you experience, especially during the peak high-traffic evening time. When researching NBN plans, it’s worth comparing the expected peak evening speeds listed by the providers to give you a rough indication of typical performance.
Let’s take a look at a selection of NBN plans on the NBN 50 speed tier. The following table shows a selection of plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest and all featuring unlimited data. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database. These are products with links to referral partners.