Disney Plus UK is almost here – and this week, after a lot of speculation, Disney has confirmed The Simpsons is coming to the service. The Disney Plus release date in the UK and Ireland is March 24, a week earlier than the originally announced March 31. 

With this new streaming service, you can watch all the Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and The Simpsons you could want – assuming it’s available to stream without rights issues. Pre-orders have gone live, and you can pick up a year of Disney Plus for just £49.99 right now

The usual Disney Plus UK price is £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year, so it’s a nice saving, but it’s only available until launch. Save £10 here:

Disney Plus previously launched back in November in territories like the US and Australia, but if you were hoping we’d get every episode of The Mandalorian at launch in the UK, episodes will only start to ‘roll out‘ on the March 24 launch. Still, future originals are more likely to keep pace with US releases. 

Existing DisneyLife customers will be migrated onto Disney Plus – though we’re not sure how that’ll work yet. 

Below, we’ll talk you through everything we know about Disney Plus’s UK launch, price, compatible devices, free trial, shows, movies and official confirmation of Sky Q integration. 

Disney Plus UK release date: start streaming in March

Disney Plus has an updated release date in the UK: March 24, a week earlier than initially planned. It launches in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland at the same time. It’s been a long wait, but it’ll hopefully be worth it. 

And just to make it extra enticing, just weeks before launch, Disney UK has confirmed that 600 episodes of The Simpsons will be available at launch. Watch the trailer below:

It does feel like the delayed rollout of the service has made piracy Disney Plus’s worst enemy, even knowing a firm date is on the horizon for many European countries.

We saw the UK release date for Rick & Morty Season 4 brought forward after fan backlash over the delay, but doing so for a whole platform such as Disney Plus was likely too big a task. After all, a lot of Disney movies were still on Sky over the holidays, including most of the Star Wars films.

Even with the Disney Plus UK release date coming months after the US, though, programming like The Mandalorian is rolling out on a weekly basis. So you won’t see it all at once. 

Disney Plus: UK pre-order deal, price and subscription tiers explained

Disney has confirmed that Disney Plus will cost £59.99 for an annual subscription, or £5.99 per month. As mentioned above, until March 23 you can pre-order a year’s subscription and bring the price down to £49.99. Monthly and yearly, then, 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 has so far only been announced as 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. Disney UK doesn’t specifically mention 4K resolutions, just ‘high-quality’ viewing. Since it’s available in the US and Australia, though, expect to see that for the same price tier. We’ll explain more about compatible apps below. 

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.

Disney Plus will launch with Sky Q and come to Now TV at a later date

Disney Plus has made a deal with Sky to integrate Disney Plus on its Sky Q platform at launch. That means you can watch Disney Plus alongside all your other Sky content – it’ll just be added to your Sky bill. This is a major convenience win for users of the service. 

Disney Plus will be available on Now TV in the coming months, too. 

Disney Plus free trial UK: watch seven days for free at launch

If you don’t want to subscribe to Disney Plus right now, expect a 7-day Disney Plus UK free trial at launch similar to what we’ve seen in other territories. It’s easy to cancel if you don’t want to commit. 

Disney Plus UK: devices and apps

Disney Plus should launch 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.  

In the US, the app launched on Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One, Nvidia Shield, Hisense TVs, Google Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire range of streaming devices. One notable exception is the Nintendo Switch, which is still pretty poor at supporting streaming services. 

Philips has confirmed its Android-based smart TVs will support Disney Plus, and Amazon has confirmed its Fire TV devices will feature the service too. 

Disney Plus UK: shows and movies, including The Simpsons 

(Image credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Star Wars series The Mandalorian is the clear highlight of Disney Plus originals. As mentioned, episodes will only start to ‘roll out’ on March 24. Expect 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 at launch, too. 

An important thing to note: UK Disney Plus content will differ to Disney Plus US, which already has movies like the live-action Lion King and Aladdin pictures from 2019 to stream. 

As of mid-February, Disney started sending out marketing emails with samples of what to expect from Disney Plus UK at launch, which will include over 1000 films, series and originals, according to the email. Here’s everything we spotted on there that isn’t an existing Disney Plus original, as well as content the official Twitter account has discussed – most notable is X-Men: Days of Future Past, as none of the Fox X-Men movies are currently on the US version of the service.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Wall-E
  • Free Solo
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Flood (National Geographic)
  • Avatar
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Duck Tales
  • Darkwing Duck
  • The Gummi Bears
  • Chip ‘N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
  • Pinocchio 

The Simpsons was initially left out of initial marketing for Disney Plus UK, but now the service has confirmed the animated sitcom is coming on Twitter, suggesting some kind of deal has been made. The timing was notable: this was the same day Disney Plus and Sky announced their deal. Could The Simpsons have been a part of the overall partnership?

Sky has a pretty deep archive of Disney movies right now, including 2019’s Aladdin. It’s hard to tell how that might affect the content on Disney Plus, so for now we’ll have to wait and see. 

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?. 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. 

(Image credit: Disney Plus)

Disney Plus annual subscription: £59.99 £49.99
Until launch, save £10 on a year of Disney Plus. This offer expires on March 23, and it gives you 12 months to stream old and new Disney content to your heart’s content. Disney Plus discounts don’t tend to be that frequent, so if you want it, now is a good time to order. View Deal

Disney Plus annual subscription: £59.99 £49.99
Until launch, save £10 on a year of Disney Plus. This offer expires on March 23, and it gives you 12 months to stream old and new Disney content to your heart’s content. Disney Plus discounts don’t tend to be that frequent, so if you want it, now is a good time to order. View Deal

Disney Plus annual subscription: £59.99 £49.99
Until launch, save £10 on a year of Disney Plus. This offer expires on March 23, and it gives you 12 months to stream old and new Disney content to your heart’s content. Disney Plus discounts don’t tend to be that frequent, so if you want it, now is a good time to order. View Deal

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