How to Get Disney Plus
No media company has fans like Disney. From animated classics and their major blockbuster series like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to their legion of theme park fans and those nostalgic for classic Disney Channel Original Movies, the Walt Disney Company is one of the biggest brands around today. Now, in 2019, they’re preparing to bring their library of fan favorites and forgotten classics directly to you with Disney Plus. As a streaming service, Disney Plus is shaping up to be a pretty exciting addition. Original shows and movies help round out a collection of legacy content guaranteed to keep you entertained for days on end.
Of course, if you’re excited for Disney Plus, you might be ready to sign up right this instant. But with the service not launching until November 12th, you might be wondering whether it’s possible to sign up yet, or if you have to wait until next month to put your name on Disney’s list. Wonder no more: here’s your guide to getting Disney Plus. n
Signing Up for Disney Plus
We can’t think of another time where this option has been available, but believe it or not, you can pre-order your subscription to Disney Plus a month out from launch. Head on over to Disney Plus’ preview site here, where you can view a countdown displaying when Disney Plus will finally launch. Below the countdown, select your preferred payment method between $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually. If you plan to stay subscribed to Disney Plus for at least a year and can afford the annual subscription, the $69.99 option will save you about $14 over the first year of your subscription.
After selecting your payment option, you’ll be taken to Disney’s Founders Circle, where you can sign up for Disney Plus with your email. As detailed on this page, you’ll have access to Disney Plus starting right on November 12th when the service goes live. You’ll also get access to the 7-day free trial offered by Disney. You still have to put a card number on your profile in order to be charged, but Disney won’t start your subscription until November 19th. This free trial is available for both monthly and annual payment plans. Disney accepts all major credit cards, as well as PayPal. In order to not get charged, you’ll have to cancel your subscription in your account settings by November 19th.
It’s unclear whether you’ll be able to sign up for the service on devices like Roku or your smartphone, but options for starting a Disney Plus subscription on a television should start to become clearer in November. If you can sign up from a streaming box or a gaming console, here are the devices Disney Plus supports:
- Desktop web browsers like Chrome or Safari
- iOS and iPad OS
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- LG Smart TVs
- Samsung Smart TVs
Originally, Amazon had been left out of the devices supported at launch by Disney, but on November 7th, Disney announced during an earnings call that Disney Plus would arrive on Amazon Fire TV right at launch. The original report from the Wall Street Journal had noted that the conflict stemmed from advertising, with Amazon wanting to sell ad space on top of the Disney apps, including ESPN Plus. It’s unclear what came of the negotiations between the two companies, but for the end-user, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is, yes, your Amazon Fire TV (in addition to your Roku, PS4, and plenty of other devices) will support Disney Plus at launch.
Signing Up Through Verizon
If you happen to be on an unlimited plan through Verizon, you can get your first year of Disney Plus for free right through your carrier. Starting on launch day, you can head over to My Verizon to receive your invitation for the Disney Plus promotion. After accepting the terms and conditions from Disney, you can activate Disney Plus through your Verizon account and add members right from Disney’s site.
Just keep in mind that the email used through your Verizon account can’t already be in use by an active Disney Plus account before signing up.
Can I Get Disney Plus Early?
In September, Disney launched a soft beta of Disney Plus in the Netherlands, allowing them to test their service while also giving those customers who sign up free access to a limited selection of the Disney Plus library prior to the full launch in November. It’s easy to fool your location online using a VPN, so I fired up ExpressVPN and got to work. As soon as I moved my location to the Netherlands, I was met with a completely different Disney Plus site, one that promised a free preview of Disney Plus.
Unfortunately after making my account, I was met with a paywall that required a payment method on file. Inputting my credit card information got me nowhere, since I didn’t have a card based out of the Netherlands. I haven’t found a reliable service that allows you to make a payment method in another region without actually making a credit card in that region, so for now, consider this a lost cause. If you do happen to have a payment method based in the Netherlands—or you yourself are based there—you should be able to sign up for the service with no issues, getting free access to the Disney Plus library before its full launch on November 12th.
Signing up for Disney Plus is quick and easy, only requiring a payment method like a credit card or PayPal. Though you can’t access the service once you’ve preordered, there’s an obvious benefit to signing up early. If November 12th rolls around and Disney’s sign-up service gets bogged down in traffic, you’ll be ready to start streaming the first episode of The Mandalorian. November 12th is less than a month away, so head to Disney’s website and get signed up today!