Is Disney+ Actually Worth It?

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The Pros and Cons of Disney+. Ways to Save Money on Disney+.

Last week Disney finally released the long-awaited Disney+, which was met with both excitement and criticism. Some people were thrilled that all of their favorite TV shows and movies were finally in one place, along with new original content. They signed up the morning it released. Others complained that they were upset with how many different subscriptions there were to choose from. They refused to pay for another streaming service and threatened to boycott Disney. An online argument has started on if this is the beginning of a streaming war as well as if people should support the release of Disney+ or avoid it. Today we will discuss the pros and cons of spending money to sign up, as well as a few ways to save extra money on this new service.

The cons:

Thousands of Americans have decided to cut the cord on cable to save money. Now they only have to pay for the internet and one or two inexpensive streaming services. So understandably, some people became upset when Disney removed its shows and movies from their favorite streaming services, and then announced that they’d create their own program. Netflix used to be known for its wide selection of Disney shows and movies. In addition, Netflix has a basic plan priced at $8.99 a month and a standard plan priced at $12.99 a month. Disney+ made sure to choose prices for its two plans that would directly compete with Netflix. A person could spend $6.99 a month for just Disney+ (which is $2 less than Netflix’s cheapest plan). Or a person could spend $12.99 a month for Disney+, Hulu (with ads), and ESPN (for the same price as Netflix’s more expensive option). Some fans worry that Netflix will increase their prices if customers leave Netflix for Disney+. Others speculate that within a year Disney+ will increase their prices, too.

The pros:

Disney+ doesn’t just have your favorite classic movies, they also have a number of other programs too! Disney owns Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Fox. Many of these shows and movies are on Disney+. This means that Iron Man, Toy Story, The Simpsons, Disney’s TV shows, Star Wars, and Free Solo are all available on the same streaming service. Plus, Disney+ is offering new original shows that are only available on their streaming site, including a new Star Wars show! Others are excited for the live-action Lady and the Tramp movie, as well as the Highschool Musical series. Some young adults are just looking forward to seeing their favorite Disney TV shows from their childhood again. The basic Disney+ plan may make sense for families with kids. The more expensive plan is a no-brainer for families that were already planning on signing up for Hulu and ESPN. Separately, Disney+, Hulu (with ads) and ESPN would cost $17.97 a month. The Disney+ offer could actually save a family $4.98 each month! 

Ways to save:

Ultimately, the decision to sign up or not is yours. For many people, Disney movies are a safe backup option for when they can’t find anything else to watch. For others, Disney movies are a constant must-have for their family. If your family will actively watch the Disney shows and movies, then it may make sense to get a subscription. If your family has enough non-Disney programs they love to watch instead, then it may make sense to save money and stick with the streaming program(s) you currently have. At Net Pay Advance, we’re all about finding ways to save money and spend less! The rest of this article will focus on ways for a family to save on Disney+, or find a way to easily cover the costs, if they do decide to sign up. 

A lot of people can actually get Disney+ for free! Current and new Verizon customers with an unlimited wireless plan or home internet service plan can qualify for a free year of Disney+! There are other ways to save though. Netflix and other streaming services already have taken steps to prevent people from sharing their account with friends, since it goes against their terms and conditions, and yet many people still seem to be sharing the same account information and splitting the bill. Some people plan to do the same for Disney+. Disney also has a promotion to save $19.99 on a two-year subscription and $39.98 on a three-year subscription. Other fans are speculating that more specials will be dropped on the weekend of Black Friday. 

Need another $7 – $13 each month for Disney+? Here are 7 ways to save $7: 

  1. If you haven’t cut the cable cord yet, this may be the perfect opportunity to do that and save money by switching online streaming services!
  2. Alternatively, you could consider giving up your current subscription to another streaming service. You could drop your current plan with Netflix ($12.99/mo), YouTube TV ($49.99/mo), HBO ($14.99/mo), or even Amazon Prime Video ($4.99-$14.99/mo).
  3. Stop splurging on coffee or a smoothie twice a month to save $5 each time.
  4. Stop buying birthday and holiday cards for each celebration, and start making your own.
  5. Cancel a gym subscription or magazine subscription you haven’t used in months.
  6. Sign up for the email clubs of every restaurant you go to so that you can unlock special offers.
  7. Stop taking the family out to the movies and start hosting the movies at home (With Disney+ you’ll have access a lot of Disney movies your kids have probably never seen). A pillow fort complete with snacks and soda is likely more fun than going to the movies anyways!  

What are your thoughts on Disney+? Have you signed up or will you be signing up? Comment below.

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