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Streaming services populate the media today. With several options across all platforms, choosing a specific subscription service is challenging. To help you refine your choices, we’ve prepared an all-encompassing guide on everything you need to know about one of the leading platforms today, Disney Plus.
The platform has original content from shorts to feature-length films and older Disney Channel Original films from the 90s and early 2000s. Disney also has property rights to FX and Hulu, so shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Reservation Dogs,” and “Scream Queens,” reside on the service, too.
If you’re thinking about signing up for Disney Plus Canada, wondering if you should keep the service, or simply curious about its offers, keep reading. This guide outlines a comprehensive overview of its key features, pricing, pros, and cons, and our honest thoughts about the platform.
What Is Disney Plus
Disney Plus Review
- Disney Plus is affordable. Clocking in at CAD$11.99 per month
- 1,600+ movies and 28,000+ episodes
- The service works with most smart devices. The only product you cannot stream Disney Plus on is a Nintendo Switch.
Disney Plus Key Features
A misconception about Disney Plus’ content is it only caters to kids when in reality it streams Star Wars, sports, Marvel movies and shows, Pixar films, and other esteemed classics. You can watch every single “The Simpsons” episode if you wish. If you have kids, Disney Plus allows you to place viewing restrictions on the platform, so you don’t come home to your child watching “Scandal” instead of “Finding Nemo.”
You can’t beat the price of Disney Plus. For just CAD$11.99 a month or CAD$119.99 a year, you get access to most of Disney’s catalog, National Geographic films and shows, Pixar original movies, and sometimes you can screen Disney movies while they are still in theaters. Disney Plus offered this option for “Encanto” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” in 2021.
Disney Plus caters to all ages, generations, and backgrounds. The service pulls content from many beloved sources and programs to provide an inclusive and entertaining platform. The child can watch a Pixar movie while the parents watch the latest “Star Wars” movie and the teenager binges grown-ish.
Disney owns most of the entertainment today, and if it doesn’t own a company right now, there is a good chance it will gain rights to that company in the future. This just means that Disney Plus’ content will continue to expand over the years.
Despite its name, Disney Plus has more than just Disney content, and bundling Hulu and ESPN Plus with the subscription interests even more viewers.
Disney Plus permits unlimited downloads per year over ten devices. This means if you want to watch something on an airplane or when you don’t have service, you can. All you have to do is download the show or film when you do have service or WIFI to watch it later. If you wish to download content on more than ten devices, you will have to delete one of the previously used devices from Disney Plus.
Looking at competitors, Disney Plus offers the best downloading options.
The most popular streaming services are coveted for a multitude of reasons, including content, user interfaces, layout, and download capability, but one of the underlooked aspects of a good streaming service is its visual quality. Disney Plus has 4K HD, HDR (high-dynamic range), and Dolby Vision streaming, and you can choose between 720p or 1080p for a crystal-clear viewing experience.
For sound, Disney Plus includes stereo audio, surround sound, and Dolby Atmos audio. Basically, Disney Plus reverts to the best audio option it sees fit based on the device you are using (most likely stereo or the built-in microphone on a laptop or tablet) and you can select which output works best for you. To change your audio preferences, open settings and select the best fit for your viewing preferences.
Why Should You Get Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is an inclusive streaming service with content from Disney, Hulu, Fox, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, National Geographic, Star Wars, 20th Century Fox, and more.
From this content selection, you and your family and friends can watch content for endless days while still finding new programs you’ve never heard of before.
Another benefit of Disney Plus is its price. Subscribe for all this content at a low monthly rate of $11.99. That’s just $11.99 for every single Star Wars movie, National Geographic documentary, and most Disney Channel original movies.
Plus, this price allows you to watch content in 4K HD, HDR, or Dolby Vision if your systems are compatible. If not, you can still watch programs in 720P or 1080P, the highest resolutions beneath HDR.
The sound design works with spatial audio and surround sound for some programs, providing a unique experience for the viewer.
The ad-free service caters to all ages and backgrounds with kid-friendly options and profiles that don’t limit themselves to kid-friendly material. Disney Plus expands daily, and with that, the service gains more and more content and more and more users.
If you find yourself still debating whether or not this service is right for you, let’s break it down a tad bit further.
Downloads allow you to select and curate content you wish to upload onto your phone, tablet, or computer and upload it to watch while offline.
This is good for the service because it allows unlimited downloads over ten devices which is the highest amount of downloads any streaming service offers right now. With Disney Plus’ content and cost, the download capability is a huge factor in swaying favor toward the service.
This editor would choose Disney Plus over any other service based on its download capabilities. You definitely get what you pay for.
We’ve already established Disney Plus has a wide array of content available for streaming. This is good because more people will use the service, but it can also be a negative aspect because more content can mean an increase in price.
Disney Plus increased by five dollars since its launch in 2019, and although the bundles offer a great combo, every streaming service has increased in price at least once. When is Disney’s next turn?
This editor thinks Disney Plus has a great selection and will soon increase in price.
As most streaming services should, Disney Plus knows its audience. If you toggle on the kids’ profile, you only see content suitable for a child.
Depending on the content viewed via this profile, Disney Plus suggests other titles you may like. It is not quite as adept as Netflix, but it is a start.
For adult or older users who do not wish to solely view kids’ content, Disney Plus recommends titles based on your viewing preferences and the popularity of shows and movies.
This method takes a little while to start, and if you don’t know what you like going into the service, it may take longer to curate the content than those who know their favorite classic Disney film and Star Wars episode.
This editor thinks this is good for the subscription but has room for improvement.
Content Does Not Change Much
Although Disney Plus has a wonderful selection of content without ads, the content on the subscription does not change much.
Instead of filtering through titles every few months or years, Disney Plus acquires the rights and leaves content on the platform. If you’re looking for a service that has more variety, Disney Plus might not be your best option.
Another component of the content not changing is you never know when Disney will add a movie it received the rights to.
This is not uncommon in other streaming services, but if you rely on Disney Plus for updated movies, you might have better luck with Max or Netflix.
But if you enjoy the same constant content from Disney and its affiliates and don’t need to see the next Marvel movie on streaming services immediately, Disney Plus is perfect for you.
Not the Best User Interface
A user interface measures the relationship between the device and the user. How easy it is to navigate the platform. Disney Plus’s user interface is okay, but many users complain about the layout.
When you watch a program, Netflix shows you similar content to what you consumed, considering you liked the content. Disney Plus tries to do the same but does not eliminate shows and programs you’ve already seen.
So, if you’ve already watched “Spider-Man: Homecoming” on Disney Plus, the interface might recommend it to you again. Even if “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is your all-time favorite movie, the interface should suggest new titles to keep gauging the customer’s interest.
Disney Plus doesn’t show the programs it offers on the same page if you select a specific tag such as Pixar shorts or National Geographic programs. The platform fails to organize all its content in one space. So, you might find a random sitcom among the original movies.
This editor thinks this feature is bad for the service because it will frustrate users and cause them to think twice about investing in Disney Plus.
Services not loading or buffering are the worst part of streaming. You might have the best WIFI in town and a great connection, but the streaming service will not work. This happens for a number of reasons.
The server might use a lot of bandwidth to power due to the number of content on its app. For Disney Plus, this is the main reason customers run into issues with Disney Plus taking so long to load.
Since the service has a ton of content, the more power it takes to fuel the platform. This might not cause a problem, but when you factor in higher-quality streaming or sounds, the server uses even more bandwidth to run on its own.
There are ways to fix this issue, like restarting the app, downloading a browser extension, or reducing your viewing quality, but those seem a little extensive just to enjoy a show or film without pausing.
This editor thinks Disney Plus’ buffering is unfair to viewers and will cause some to unsubscribe.
So, Should You Get Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is just like any other streaming service. It has a good selection of content and user features but also runs into issues with its user interface and buffering.
This editor gives Disney Plus a B-. If you love Disney, Marvel, Fox, and 20th Century Fox, Disney Plus is the service for you. With a cheap monthly subscription and bundle options, Disney Plus offers a solid service to its customers.
Disney Plus Cheat Sheet
The platform starts at CAD$11.99/month and CAD$119.99/year.
The addition of the CAD$7.99 ad-supported plan will also come with a new Premium subscription tier, which will start at CAD$14.99/month and CAD$149.99/year.
Best bundle deals
Disney Bundle Trio Premium for CAD$19.99 (No ads except for ESPN)
Compatible on all devices, except for the Nintendo Switch
“The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Loki” Season 2, “Ahsoka,” “Percy Jackson and the Olympian2s,” “I Am Groot”
How Much Is Disney Plus?
The platform is notorious for its frequent price hikes, so it can be challenging for users to keep track of Disney Plus’ subscription costs, but we have you covered. Keep reading to learn how much Disney Plus is in Canada.
Disney Plus Pricing and Plans
Currently, Disney Plus is offering two membership plans: monthly and annual.
|Plan||Price||Simultaneous Streams||Video Resolution|
New Pricing and Plans for October
Starting in October, the platform will introduce three membership tiers: Premium, Standard, and Standard with Ads.
|Plan||Monthly||Annual||Simultaneous Streams||Video Resolution|
|Standard with Ads||CAD$7.99||–||2 devices||1080p|
|Premium||CAD$14.99||CAD$149.99||4 devices||4K UHD to HDR|
Disney Plus Bundles
The platform has partnered with Hulu and ESPN Plus for bundle packages that allow users to access each of the three platform’s content in a single subscription. Check out its prices and offerings below:
|Disney Bundle Duo Basic||Disney Plus + Hulu||CAD$9.99/month||Yes|
|Disney Bundle Trio Basic||Disney Plus + Hulu + ESPN||CAD$12.99/month||Yes|
|Disney Bundle Trio Premium||Disney Plus + Hulu + ESPN||CAD$19.99/month||Ads for ESPN only|
New Bundle Price for October
Like the standalone membership plans, the Disney Plus bundle packages are also subjected to price adjustments by October.
|Duo Basic||Disney Plus + Hulu||CAD$9.99/month||Yes|
|Duo Premium||Disney Plus + Hulu||CAD$19.99/month||No|
|Trio Basic||Disney Plus + Hulu + ESPN||CAD$14.99/month||Yes|
|Trio Premium||Disney Plus + Hulu + ESPN||CAD$24.99/month||No|
Does Disney Plus Have a Free Trial?
There is no Disney Plus free trial in Canada. The platform initially offered a week-long free trial upon its launch, but it was discontinued in 2020. Currently, only users from the US are eligible for a trial period.
Does Disney Plus Have an Ad-Supported Plan?
Starting in October, Disney Plus will begin offering an ad-supported tier as part of their membership plans in several countries, including Canada. The Standard with Ads plan will start at CAD$7.99 per month.
Are There Disney Plus Gift Cards?
Disney Plus offers gift cards for CAD$119.99 that you can give to a friend or loved one. When you purchase the gift subscription, you will be paying for your first year of Disney Plus. This offer can only be redeemed by new subscribers.
How Do I Sign Up for Disney Plus?
There are various ways to create a Disney Plus account via web browsers or directly through the mobile app. Simply follow the steps below to sign up for Disney Plus.
- Visit the Disney Plus website. www.disneyplus.com/begin
- Click “SIGN UP NOW.”
- Enter your email address.
- Enter your password.
- Choose a plan. (Monthly or Annual)
- Choose a payment method and enter your details.
On mobile devices
- Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Download the Disney Plus app.
- Launch the Disney Plus app.
- Tap “SIGN UP NOW.”
- Enter your email address.
- Enter your password.
- Choose a plan. (Monthly or Annual)
- Choose a payment method and enter your details.
What Devices Does Disney Plus Support?
Disney Plus is compatible with almost every smart device and web browser. Check out the list of devices where you can enjoy Disney Plus.
- Chrome OS
- Windows PC
Mobile and Tablet
- Amazon Fire Tablets
- Android Phones & Tablets
- iPhone & iPad
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV devices
- Apple TV
- LG TV
- Vizio SmartCast TV
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X
- Xbox Series S
Is there a Watch Party Mode?
Yes. GroupWatch is a special feature on Disney Plus that allows up to seven users to stream the same series or movie together virtually. Simply look for the GroupWatch icon on any title and send an invite link to your friends or family, and you’re good to go.
What Features and Formats Are Supported on Disney Plus?
Disney Plus entails different features and formats across its membership plans, like content accessibility, number of downloads, simultaneous streams, and video and sound resolutions.
Features Included In All Plans
- All membership plans provide users with unrestricted access to all of Disney Plus’ content.
- Both the annual and monthly plans allow up to four simultaneous streams.
- All users are entitled to create up to seven profiles in one account.
- All plans offer a 4K streaming resolution.
Features Exclusive to Ad-Free Plans
While the ad-supported plan is yet to launch in Disney Plus Canada, we can expect the following features to be exclusive on the upcoming ad-free tiers.
- Only Standard and Premium users are entitled to unlimited downloads or offline streaming.
- The GroupWatch feature is also not available to those who are subscribed to the ad-supported plan.
- A Dolby Atmos resolution will only be available for Premium users.
What Can I Watch In Disney Plus?
One of Disney Plus’ standout features is its extensive collection of family-friendly content. From century-old Walt Disney fairytales, and classic Pixar animations, to blockbuster comic book adaptations, the platform delivers a diverse range of entertainment that appeals to viewers of all ages. Check out some of the best shows and movies on Disney Plus Canada.
Some of the best shows on Disney Plus are original programming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. Some of the binge-worthy series you can enjoy on the platform include “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “I Am Groot,” “Moon Knight,” “The Mandalorian,” and “Andor.”
Critically acclaimed titles from Hulu, FOX, ABC, and FX like “9-1-1,” “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Black-ish,” “The Bear,” “Only Murders in the Building,” and “American Horror Story” are also on the platform. Additionally, it offers a treasure trove of classic TV shows such as “Once Upon a Time,” “Prison Break,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Modern Family,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”
Disney Plus is also expanding its collection of K-content, perfect for hardcore fans of South Korean entertainment. Prepare to be captivated by fan-favorite dramas like “Snowdrop,” “Big Mouth,” and “Moving.”
The best movies on Disney Plus are also from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Disney Plus, you can follow the Avengers’ journey in chronological order, from the inception of the MCU in “Iron Man,” the formation of Earth’s mightiest heroes in “The Avengers,” down to the epic conclusion of MCU’s Phase 1 with “Avengers: Endgame.” Unfortunately, some MCU films, like “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” are currently unavailable on the platform due to licensing rights. Aside from the “Avengers” franchise, other superhero films from the MCU are also available on Disney Plus, including “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Captain America.”
Apart from the MCU, you can also immerse yourself in Disney’s Star Wars collection. Embark on a journey in a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars classics like “Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of The Jedi,” and “The Force Awakens.”
For a wholesome family-friendly entertainment experience, the best Disney movies viewers can indulge in are “Mulan,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and all the “Frozen” movies. Animated films from Pixar are also available like “Inside Out,” “Toy Story.” Meanwhile, “Black Swan,” “Natural Born Killers,” “The Menu,” and “Prey,” are also some of the best movies on Disney Plus for adults.
You can even sing along to your favorite songs on Disney Plus with its growing lineup of concert feature films like “BTS: Permission To Dance On Stage – LA,” “BLACKPINK THE MOVIE,” “Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u,” and Taylor Swift’s “folklore: the long pond studio sessions.”
Disney Plus goes beyond mere entertainment by offering a wide selection of educational and informative documentaries. Learn about history, space, animals, and everything in between through some of the best National Geographic documentaries like “Limitless,” “Welcome to Earth,” “Titanic: 20 Years with James Cameron,” and “Cosmos: Possible Worlds.”
The platform also offers an intimate glimpse at your favorite artists’ lives through engaging musical documentaries like “The Beatles: Get Back,” “SUGA: Road to D-DAY,” “j-hope IN THE BOX,” and “TOMORROW X TOGETHER: Our Lost Summer.”
Does It Offer Anything Else?
Sports aficionados can also join the fun on Disney Plus through the ESPN Plus bundle, which allows users to stream live sports events like the UFC, NHL, college basketballs, and the Emirates FA Cup, among others. ESPN Plus also has its own original programs like “The Last Dance,” “30 for 30,” and “Playmakers.”
What’s New On Disney Plus
Disney Plus’s new releases feature an exciting lineup of entertainment, including the third season of “Only Murders in the Building,” the fourth season of the “High School Musical” series, the classic animated sitcom “Futurama,” and the Star Wars original series “Ahsoka.” The popular anime series “Bleach: A Thousand-Year Blood War” has also made its way on Disney Plus Canada. Viewers can also look forward to future releases, like the much-anticipated new season of “Loki” and the series adaptation of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.”
Who should sign up for Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is the ideal service for Marvel and Star Wars enthusiasts, those seeking to relive nostalgia with timeless Walt Disney tales, and fans of animated movies and series. It is also a perfect platform for those who wish to indulge in marathon viewing sessions of their beloved classic shows.
How to Cancel Disney Plus
You can cancel your membership via browsers or directly through your mobile app. But canceling also requires different methods for iOS and Android users. Simply follow the steps below to cancel your subscription on any device.
On your desktop browser
- Visit the Disney Plus website.
- Look for the profile icon and click “My Space.”
- Click on “Help & Settings.”
- Click “Cancel.”
- Click on “Cancel Auto-renewal” to confirm your cancellation.
On the mobile app
- Open the Disney Plus app and tap “MySpace.”
- Tap on the “Help & Settings” option.
- Click on “Account Settings.”
- Choose “Cancel.”
- Click on “Cancel Auto Renewal” to confirm your cancellation.
For Apple users:
- Open the “Settings” feature.
- Tap on your Apple ID.
- Tap on “Subscriptions.”
- Tap on “Disney Plus.”
- Choose “Canel Subscription.”
- Click “Confirm” to finalize your cancellation.
For Android users:
- Open the Google Play Store app.
- Tap the “Menu” button and click on “Subscriptions.”
- Look for “Disney Plus” and click.
- Tap “Cancel Subscription” to confirm.
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How does Disney Plus compare to other streaming services?
This one won’t require much of an explanation. Netflix is spending a ton of resources on developing exclusive content and has some of the best shows and movies out right now. They have three plans in Canada: Basic with ads, Standard, and Premium. The main difference between the plans is the number of devices that can be streaming Netflix content at the same time.
Amazon Prime is another great alternative to Disney Plus. It has a good offering of top-quality series and movies with original and licensed content. Amazon Prime offers you the service for CAD$9.99 per month, or pay upfront for a year at CAD$99.99. Also included in the plan are various Amazon perks.
Peacock TV is a video streaming service based in the United States, owned and operated by NBC Universal, offering popular shows like 30 Rock and having exclusive access to sports coverage like Premier League soccer matches. Sadly, the service is only available in the US for now, but users outside the US can still use a VPN.
Max has some of the best series and movies available online, such as “The Sopranos,” “Succession,” and many more. Max relies on past content to attract future subscribers compared to other streaming services. Warner Bros has no plans to release Max in Canada yet, but a VPN can solve your issue.
Hulu is available in the United States and Japan and offers a wide selection of TV shows and movies on top of its own original programming. Some of the top TV shows and movies Hulu offers include Normal People, The Great, and many more. However, you won’t get to access the platform directly if you want to watch Hulu in Canada unless you use a VPN that works with Hulu.
Frequently Asked Questions About Disney Plus
Is Disney Plus with ads available on Roku?
Yes. Disney Plus is available with ads on the Roku TV streaming device for CAD$7.99 per month.
Does Disney Plus still offer Premier Access?
As of 2023, Disney Plus has not introduced any films available through the Premier Access feature. The Disney Plus Premier Access allows users to stream a recently released film on the same day of its theatrical release. From 2020 to 2020, movies like “Black Widow” and “Cruella” were released via Premier Access. Each movie typically costs around CAD$30 to CAD$34.
Is Disney Plus merging with Hulu?
Yes. Later this year, Disney Plus and Hulu will combine their content into one app to create a more seamless viewing experience for their users. This merger will also include another price increase.
A Whole New World Of Streaming
Disney Plus stands out among its competitors for its entertainment options that cater to individuals of all ages. From Disney’s cherished classic animation and the expansive Star Wars universe to Marvel’s blockbuster superhero stories, viewers will never run out of variety on Disney Plus. Moreover, its extensive content library is poised to get even bigger with its upcoming collaboration with Hulu, further enhancing the platform’s appeal.
Aside from its diverse content library, Disney Plus commits to elevating the streaming experience of its users through its top-quality video and sound resolutions. With special features like GroupWatch and enticing gift card offers, Disney Plus fosters shared moments with friends and family, adding a layer of enrichment and togetherness.