How To Avoid The Disney Plus Price Hike


If you’re based in the US, Disney Plus prices are changing this Friday (26 March 2021), increasing from US$6.99 per month and $69.99 per year to $7.99 per month and $79.99 per year for both new and existing subscribers. The change will take place for current account holders when the next billing cycle happens after 26 March 2021. 

The price increase comes after the UK site increased its prices due to the addition of Star, a new brand on Disney+. The price increase won’t be a joy for many. However, never fear – you still have some time to dodge it. We’ve rounded up all the options you can try to keep costs down.

Buy an annual subscription

If you’d rather keep the same Disney Plus account (or you’re a brand new subscriber), then your best option is to buy or renew your account with an annual subscription before 26 March. 

An annual subscription costs $69.99. If you’re a new subscriber, you can sign up for this on the Disney+ website.

If you need to renew, take the following steps before 26 March 2021:

Open the Disney+ website in your browser
Click on the profile icon on the right hand side and tap ‘Account’ on the drop-down menu
Follow the steps to manage your account and change your subscription – this will be different depending on how you pay for Disney+
Buy a 12-month Disney+ gift subscription

Another way to save money ahead of the Disney Plus price hike is to buy a 12-month gift subscription for yourself.

Gift subscriptions can be activated at any time. Therefore, you could lock in for an annual subscription first, and then activate this when your 12 months are up to keep the lower prices for longer. There’s currently no expiration date on gift subscriptions, so we don’t see why this shouldn’t be possible. 

Here’s what you’ll need to do before 26 March 2021 if you’re in the US:

Head to the Disney Plus gift subscription page
Enter the recipient’s name and email address – make sure it’s an address not registered with the site already as it only applies to new customers
Purchase the 12-month subscription for $69.99
Once the gift card arrives in your inbox, don’t activate it until you wish to
When you want to use the gift card, sign up for a brand-new Disney+ account using the gift card as your payment option
Bundle in Disney+ with a broadband contract

Another way to keep costs down with your streaming subscription is to bundle in Disney+ with a broadband contract. The longest Disney+ offer we’ve seen so far is for a full free year of the service with one of Verizon’s unlimited data plans in the US.

You can read more about this deal in our article on how to get a discount on Disney Plus. 

Cancel your subscription altogether

If none of these options are suitable for you, then you can cancel your account with Disney Plus altogether. You can always re-join further down the line if a show/movie you’re desperate to watch becomes available on the platform.

Here’s what you need to do to cancel a subscription:

Open the Disney+ website in your browser
Click on the profile icon on the right hand side and tap ‘Account’ on the drop-down menu
Follow the steps to manage your account and cancel your subscription

You can find more granular instructions – including how to cancel from a phone or TV – in our guide to cancelling Disney Plus. 


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