Disney Plus offers a small-but-mighty streaming library that’s attracted more than 118 million subscribers since the platform’s launch in 2019.
In addition to classic Disney movies, Pixar shorts, and the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, Disney Plus has delivered new cultural icons like Baby Yoda from its marquee original series, The Mandalorian. The streaming service also offers Marvel shows like Loki, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Now that we’ve spent some time exploring the streaming service, here are a few tips you may not know to help you get the most out of your Disney Plus subscription.
Get Disney Plus for free (or at least for less money)
Compared to its streaming peers, Disney Plus is priced pretty competitively at $8 a month, or $80 a year.
But free is even better. Amazon Unlimited subscribers and Verizon Unlimited customers can each get six months of Disney Plus free.
Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian might just be the cutest Star Wars character ever.
Disney also offers a bundle option where you can get Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN Plus for $14 a month. To swap to the bundle deal or change your payments from monthly to annual in the Disney Plus app, just click your profile character icon and click Account.
A cheaper, ad-supported subscription plan will also be available in the US in late 2022 and worldwide in 2023. Disney hasn’t specified the new plan’s price or launch date, or whether the price of its current, ad-free membership would be affected by the new option.
If you’re going somewhere without Wi-Fi, you can download movies and episodes of shows from Disney Plus to watch on the go. To download a title, just select the downward arrow icon to start the process. You’ll find anything you downloaded by tapping the same downward arrow icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the menu of the app.
There are no restrictions on how many times you can download a title or watch a title you’ve downloaded. You just need to access Disney Plus at least once a month. Essentially, you don’t get to keep the movies you download if you get rid of Disney Plus. Deleting downloads is easy, too.
Disney Plus features all of your favorite Pixar films.
Make a watchlist
Disney Plus’s watchlist option is a major benefit to those of us who found dozens of throwback movies and shows on the platform that we want to rewatch when we have the time. The watchlist works just like your Netflix queue. To add a title, just tap the + icon found next to the play button. You can find your list in the Disney Plus toolbar at the top of the screen, under Watchlist.
Search more effectively
Disney continues to add new content to Disney Plus, and if you’re not looking for a specific movie or show, the huge catalog available can be overwhelming. But the platform splits every film into categories, and everything is pretty easy to navigate.
If you click the magnifying glass icon, it opens Disney Plus’ Explore feature. Instead of scrolling, you can choose from a number of different collections to narrow down your search, like the Spider-Man collection or The Muppets collection. The Disney Through the Decades collection starts with Steamboat Willie, the Mickey Mouse cartoon from the 1920s, and goes all the way up to the Avengers series.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy are back to their witchy ways on Disney Plus for this sequel to 1993’s much-loved Hocus Pocus.+72 More
While there isn’t a way to share Disney Plus content URLs within the app, you can do so if you’re watching on the service’s website. To share a specific episode of a show, start playing the video and copy the URL. Send it to your friend and save them some time searching for the monorail episode of The Simpsons.
While there’s plenty to watch on Disney Plus, there are still many shows and movies that could be added. If you don’t see the show you’re looking for on the service, and you haven’t seen any news that it’s coming later, you can request that it be brought to the service.
Here’s how to pitch your favorite Disney flick:
1. Open Disney Plus’ Help Center in the app or on your computer browser.
2. Click Give Feedback under the search bar and select Request a Film or Show. You can suggest up to three titles at a time.
You can also read how you can watch Marvel’s Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for free now on Disney Plus or about the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to the streaming service in 2022.
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