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Disney Plus UK: how to sign up, 2020 movies, Hamilton and more explained

TechRadar logo TechRadar 02/06/2020 Nick Pino
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Disney Plus UK has been around a little while now, and you've hopefully sampled a good portion of what the new streaming service has to offer at this point. And there's more to come: Disney Plus UK will get Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on June 6, and the brand new movie Artemis Fowl on June 13. Frozen 2 is also coming earlier than expected on July 3. 

Disney Plus costs £5.99 a month, or £59.99 for the year, and in exchange you get a massive archive of TV shows and films from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars National Geographic, and more. It's basically like a more focused version of Netflix, and the real reason to care is upcoming Disney exclusives like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. For the relatively modest monthly fee, you can watch as many of the included Disney Plus UK shows and movies as you want until you cancel.

In our Disney Plus UK guide, we'll explain the price of the service, the shows available to stream, which movies are coming soon and which devices support the Disney Plus app.

The Mandalorian has ended in the UK, with season 2 on its way later this year, and a making-of series called Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian to enjoy in the meantime. There's plenty to look forward to on Disney Plus UK, including the original cast recording of Hamilton in July 2020. Subscribe here, at monthly or yearly tiers:

Below, we'll talk you through everything we know about Disney Plus in the UK, including the price, compatible devices, free trial, shows, movies and more. You can also read our impressions of Disney Plus UK for in-depth analysis of the service.

How to sign up to Disney Plus

To get Disney Plus, all you have to do is head to the Disney Plus website, create an account and enter your billing details to get started. With your login details to hand, you'll then want to download Disney Plus onto the device of your choice, say a smartphone, smart TV, games console or tablet. Scroll down for a list of compatible devices. 

Not sure you want it yet? Head here to grab a 7-day free trial of Disney Plus. It's easy to cancel if you don't want to commit (here's how you cancel Disney Plus). 

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Hamilton is coming to Disney Plus UK in July

The original Broadway recording of Hamilton will arrive on Disney Plus on July 3 2020, it's been announced. This is a huge deal, as it was originally destined for cinemas in 2021. Instead, you can enjoy it safely at home for a reasonable price, opening up a world-famous musical for pretty much anyone to enjoy, wherever you are. 

Disney Plus UK 2020 movies: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Artemis Fowl, Frozen 2 and Onward (hopefully)

With the launch out of the way, Disney Plus's next big original release is Artemis Fowl, the Kenneth Branagh-directed movie based on Eoin Colfer's popular book series. You'll be able to stream that on Disney Plus UK on June 12, the same as other territories. The movie was originally scheduled for a cinematic release, but since all cinemas are closed, this is now a major Disney Plus exclusive.

Before that, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will come to Disney Plus UK on June 5.

In terms of other big releases, Frozen 2 is coming to Disney Plus on July 17. And even though Onward released in the US in April 2020, it still has no release date on Disney Plus UK. 

The original movie Secret Society of Second Born Royals comes to Disney this summer, too. 

Disney Plus: UK price and subscription tiers explained

Disney Plus costs £59.99 for an annual subscription, or £5.99 per month. These are the two available tiers, and you can cancel at any time. Unlike in the US, where it's bundled in with ESPN and Hulu, in the UK Disney Plus is a standalone service. 

Either tier gets you four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads with a maximum of 10 devices and the option to create seven profiles. 

In the US, you can gift a year of Disney Plus either digitally or in the form of physical cards, but no such option has been announced for the UK yet.

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Disney Plus supports 4K and HDR streams

Disney Plus indeed supports 4K and HDR. When you're in the app, head over to the 'details' tab of a given movie or show and you'll see a section that says 'available in the following formats', which will explain if the content in question features 4K Ultra HD and HDR. 

You now have every Star Wars and Marvel movie to watch in 4K with HDR. Enjoy!

Disney Plus UK: compatible devices and apps

Disney Plus has launched on pretty much any device you can name in the UK, including mobile devices, games consoles, streaming media devices and smart TVs. You can take Disney Plus shows on the go, too, downloading as many movies and shows as you can fit on your device, as long as you have an active subscription and connect to the internet every 30 days.  

Disney Plus UK has launched on LG TVs, Sky Q, Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Android (5.0 and later), iOS (11.0 and later), PS4, Xbox One, LG WebOS smart TVs, Samsung Tizen smart TVs, Google Chromecast, Now TV, and Amazon's Fire range of streaming devices. 

One notable exception is the Nintendo Switch, which is still pretty poor at supporting streaming services. 

Phillips' Android-based smart TVs support Disney Plus too. Your Samsung TV may be able to get Disney Plus, as well. Read our guide and discover if your TV can support it.

Disney Plus UK: shows and movies, including The Simpsons 

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Click to see the full list of Disney Plus UK movies and shows at launch, and see what you can stream right now. Every Star Wars movie minus The Rise of Skywalker is on there, as well as a near-complete list of Pixar movies and Marvel movies. You've also got 2019's Aladdin and The Lion King movies on day one. As mentioned, Frozen 2, Artemis Fowl and Hamilton are coming soon.

Looking for recommendations? Check out our list of the best Disney Plus TV shows and best Disney Plus movies. Star Wars series The Mandalorian is the clear highlight of Disney Plus originals. 

In the UK, all new episodes of original shows on Disney Plus will be released at 8am each Friday

Other originals include the live-action Lady and the Tramp, High School Musical: The Series, Encore!, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Togo, Diary of a Future President, Forky Asks a Question and The Imagineering Story.

Disney Plus app links: how to download Disney Plus

You should be able to search for and download Disney Plus on the device of your choice, but here are some app links if you're having a bit of trouble. Disney Plus is available in web browsers, on Smart TVs, through Amazon devices, iOS, Android, PS4, Xbox One, Roku and almost anything else you can name (except Nintendo Switch).

Disney Plus: future shows and movies

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In the future, Disney Plus is getting plenty of big exclusive shows. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe side of things, new shows include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (August), WandaVision (November), Loki (2021), Hawkeye (2021) and animated show What If?. It's possible these dates could be affected by the current global health crisis, although Disney hasn't changed the dates yet. 

Further off, expect TV shows based on Moon Knight, Ms Marvel and She-Hulk. Unlike Marvel's Netflix shows, too, these will canonically be part of the MCU, and feature actors crossing over between the movies and these TV series.

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

We're likely to see Pixar's Onward come to the service at some point this summer, too, following its release on home video. That will tick off most of the missing new movies on Disney Plus in the UK. 

Disney Plus is on Sky Q and Now TV (finally)

Disney Plus has made a deal with Sky to host Disney Plus on its Sky Q platform at launch. That means you can watch Disney Plus as well as your other Sky content – it'll just be added to your Sky bill. According to Pocket Lint, full integration into the Sky Q platform won't come until April, but you can watch Disney Plus through an app on your Sky Q box.

As of April 23, Disney Plus is also available on Now TV devices. It took a bit longer, meaning we had to wait a month after Disney Plus' UK launch, but now any of you using a Now TV streaming stick will be able to access the app fine.

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