Disney+ is available for UK pre-order now at a cheaper price than usual

24 February 2020, 17:27

Sophie Thompson

By Sophie Thompson

Disney+ is coming to the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland on 24th March, a week before it was originally due.

Are you living in the UK and fed up that you're missing Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series? Well, good news. Disney+ is finally coming to the UK and the rest of Europe in March. It will be the first time a lot of Europe will be able to (legally) watch Disney+'s original content.

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Disney+ launched on 12 November 2019 in the US, Canada and The Netherlands. A week later it was rolled out in Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand. Netflix's streaming rival offers almost 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes across the company's brands – Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. With so much on offer, it's no wonder that 10 million people subscribed to Dinsey+ on its first day.

When is Disney+ launching in the UK?

Disney+ is coming to the UK in March 2020
Disney+ is coming to the UK in March 2020. Picture: Chesnot/Getty Images, Disney+

Disney+ will launch in the UK on 24 March 2020 – a week earlier than initially proposed. According to Film Stories, Disney+ has taken longer to launch in the UK and other parts of Europe because of licensing hurdles and existing contracts with broadcaster Sky.

The service will initially roll out in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. Disney+ will later add Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal to its roster in summer 2020. There are also plans to expand the service to Latin America and Eastern Europe later in 2020.


How much is Disney+?

Disney+ will cost £5.99/€6.99 a month or £59.99/€69.99 a year for European customers, it has been confirmed. The price is the same as Netflix's standard plan. Disney+ users in The Netherlands currently pay €6.99 for the service, while it's set at $6.99 a month in the US.

Before the UK launch, Disney is running a special promotion, where you can get an annual subscription to Disney+ for £49.99 for the year, or a saving of £10. It also makes the monthly cost work out at a cool £4.17. Subscribers to the UK-only Disney Life service will be migrated over to Disney Plus, but they haven't let anyone in on how that will work just yet.

Each subscription package allows you to watch on four screens at any one time, unlimited downloads (on a maximum of 10 devices) and the option to create seven profiles. In the US, Disney are currently running a promotion where you can gift a year of Disney+ to one of your friends - but no UK option for this has been announced yet.

What shows can you watch on Disney+?

There'll be over 7,500 TV show episodes and over 500 films, including favourites Avengers: Infinity War, Ice Age, and Bambi, as well as 25 exclusive Disney originals, including the new live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, which will be released on the streaming service on the day of the UK launch.

Star Wars' new show, The Mandalorian, will also drop on 24th March with a rollout of weekly episodes, as well as High School Musical: The Series, Encore!, Togo and Diary of a Future President, too.

Lucasfilm has a second season of The Mandalorian coming in October 2020, and will then make other spin-off shows featuring Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi and Diego Luna's Cassian Andor from Rogue One. 

Oh, and did we mention there will be every episode of The Simpsons will be streamable?

The film giant has already started planning future exclusive shows to launch, including Winter Soldier (August), WandaVision (November), Loki (2021) and plenty of Marvel-Disney crossovers.

How can you watch Disney+?

The app will be available on most devices in the UK including smart phones, games consoles, smart TVs and Apple TV. You can also download as many shows as you want if you're on-the-go, as long as you have an active subscription and access to an internet connection at least every 30 days.

Watch your back, Netflix.