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Is Disney+ Worth the Cost or Should You Save Your Money?

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Over the past year, many people have streamed more content than ever before. Since COVID-19 regulations closed movie theatres, there are a ton of streaming services that offer both series reboots and original content.

There are so many streaming options, so people have some hard choices to make. How do you know if Disney+ is worth the cost?

How Much Is Disney+?

You can get Disney+ for $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year. Disney+ now offers a deal where you can get Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ for as low as $13.99 a month — the price goes up to $19.99 a month for the No Ads version of Hulu.

Your budget probably doesn’t allow you to subscribe to every streaming service, so you may be asking yourself if Disney+ is worth it. It depends on what kind of content you like to watch.

What Does Disney+ Offer?

Disney has a huge advantage as a streaming service due to the vault of Disney films they have. Disney+ also offers movies and shows from the Marvel Universe, Star Wars, National Geographic and Pixar.

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Disney Plus spent $71.3 billion to acquire the film and TV rights to Twentieth Century Fox, so they could add those titles to their offerings. Disney has also invested in a ton of original programming so they can compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

When Disney Parks shuttered for part of 2020 due to COVID-19, Disney hoped the streaming service can pick up the slack. It seems to have worked. Disney+ is ranked #2 in streaming services by CNBC — tied with Amazon Prime — despite only being available since November of 2019.

Disney+ offers you Star Wars content, the Marvel Universe, The Simpsons and National Geographic, as well as the vault of Disney movies and original content they’re investing in. They also offer a range of Disney Channel movies and TV shows and content from Twentieth Century Fox.

How Does Disney Plus Stack up Against Competitors?

If you’re considering Disney+, perhaps it would help to compare it to what other streaming services offer.

Netflix

Netflix offers a wide variety of both original and licensed content. The base price is $8.99 a month and it’s the most popular streaming service.

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Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video offers hits such as “The Expanse” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” It also offers both original and licensed content.

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HBO Max

HBO Max has a huge variety of movies and shows, including some original content.

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Peacock

Peacock is the subscription version of NBC. They offer a ton of NBC series and premium subscribers have access to over 20,000 programs.

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What’s Next for Disney Plus?

Like many companies, Disney has had to adjust to the pandemic-era world. Disney gets much of its revenue from Disney Parks and cruise ships, which have suffered during the pandemic.

Disney continues to create original content for Disney+. It has a slew of content coming for Star Wars and Marvel, including “I Am Groot” and “Agatha: House of Harkness,” not to mention continuations of hits like “The Mandalorian” and content for their Pixar and Disney platforms.

Is Disney+ Worth It?

For many Marvel, Pixar or Star Wars fans, the featured content available on Disney+ is worth the low monthly fee.  For parents of small children, the large amount of quality kids’ content makes it stand out amongst streaming services.  The content the consumer desires will determine whether having a Disney+ subscription is worth it.

Disney has announced a new streaming service aimed at adults called Star, but you can’t get it in the U.S. However, you can bundle Hulu together with ESPN+ for other content that isn’t specifically geared towards children. If you have any sports fans in your house, bundling Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ is a no-brainer.

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Disney+ offers a lot of movies and original series. Disney appears to be beefing up their original content, especially with new series. “The Mandalorian” and “WandaVision” were huge hits, and Disney would like to repeat that same success.

Takeaway

If you have children, there’s plenty to keep them entertained on Disney+. For adults, Star Wars and Marvel fans will find plenty to keep them interested. There is a lack of entertainment aimed at adults, although you could argue that Disney is generally aimed at kids and kids-at-heart — and Disney+ recently began adding more mature content, suggesting that adults will find more to watch on Disney+ in the future.

At $7.99 a month, Disney Plus is one of the cheaper streaming services available. For the money, Disney+ offers good value.

Information is accurate as of June 6, 2022