Spend less on your Disney+ subscription service.
This streaming service from Disney launched on 24th March 2020 in the UK, added a ton load of grown-up TV and movies in February 2021.
You can read more about how it compares to Netflix and other streaming services here.
I’ll share the best ways to pay less when I spot them, including special offers, free trials and discount codes.
Sadly there’s no free trial for Disney Plus. Though a 7-day trial was initially available you’ll now need to pay to access the service.
It costs £7.99 a month, and you can cancel at any time. Or if you pay upfront for a year it’ll cost £79.90, saving you 17%. You’ll essentially get two months free.
Though the price hike happened in March 2021, existing customers could still get the previous annual price of £59 until August 2021, which means they’ll only face the higher price when they need to renew.
Pay monthly: £7.99
If you’re paying for occasional months then the full price is £7.99 a month, though there are occasional offers.
Annual pass: Two months free
Paying for an annual subscription to Disney+ offers you two months free. This works out at £79.90 rather than £95.88, a saving of £15.98 which is just under 17% off.
However, it’s possible to save even more if you’re new to Disney+ as the next deal shows.
Up to £27 off annual plans with cashback
Users of Quidco and TopCashback can get £10 back when they take out a year-long subscription to Disney +. You’ll still pay the full £59.99 but you’ll get £10 paid back to your account.
Even better, if you’re new to either cashback site you can also get a £17 or £10 new member bonus too.
This is only open to new Disney+ customers.
Andy’s analysis – is it worth paying for a year upfront?
If you know you want Disney+ all year round (hello anyone with kids!), the annual pass discount and potential cashback bring the price down.
But it’s worth thinking just how often you’ll actually watch it. Do you only want it for the big Marvel and Star Wars TV shows? If so, maybe you only need to get it when these are released.
And if you can cut Disney+ for at least two months a year (more if you get the cashback), then it’s exactly the same cost to go for the monthly price. So every month on top that you don’t subscribe you are saving cash.
Of course you do need to remember to cancel and not let it keep rolling over month to month.
Up to 6 months free with O2
If you’re new to O2 or upgrading then you can claim either one, three or six months of Disney+ for free. This can be a great way to save, but you need to make sure you can’t get a cheaper SIM-only deal elsewhere.
This “Extra” is only available on certain deals, and most of the time O2 SIM deals are more expensive than elsewhere
However, sometimes you can find a bargain. For example, you can get 15GB of data for £8 a month via comparisons sites such as Uswitch, which comes with 3 months free Disney+.
So you’d pay £96 a year for your phone tariff, get three months free Disney, then (via a deal listed below) get £2 off the Disney+ for the next nine months (and beyond). There’s also currently £13 cashback via Quidco for SIM-only deals at Uswitch. This means you’d pay a total of £136.91 for your SIM and Disney+ for one year.
Let’s compare this to the best alternative deal. You can get 12GB with Three for £8 a month, but when you factor in £30 cashback, the total for 12 months of your phone is £66. A year upfront for Disney would be £79.90. So in total, you’ll pay £145.90 this way – pricier than O2 by £8.
£2 off a month with O2
If you’re already with O2 but not due an upgrade you can add it to your mobile plan (so you’ll pay alongside your bill) at £7.99 a month, and get £2 credited to your bill, effectively meaning you’ll save £24 a year.
Clubcard: Three months for £8
New and existing Disney+ customers can swap Clubcard vouchers for credit to use at Disney+. You need £8 worth of points which you can swap for three months’ credit. Since one month is £7.99 you’re getting the equivalent of triple value for your Clubcard points.
You must use any vouchers claimed by 10 August 2023.
You can only have one voucher live on your Disney+ account at any time, so you’ll need to wait until one ends before redeeming another code.
3 months free with O2 (expired)
Some O2 customers will get three months free Disney+ when they text DISNEY3 to 21500 from their O2 phone. If it works, you’ll get a text confirmation and a link to connect your existing Disney+ account or set up a new one. I’ve used this twice – I just had to wait for the first three months to end.
Clubcard: Three months for £6 (expired)
The offer (detailed below) is improved until 22 August 2022 as you’ll pay the £6 in Clubcard vouchers rather than £8 for three months of Disney+.
Disney+ Day: £1.99 for a month (expired)
New and returning customers can get a month for just £1.99 as part of the Disney+ Day celebrations to mark the anniversary of its launch. The offer runs from 5am 8 September until 7.59am on 20 September 2022.
Discounts via banking cards
it’s worth checking apps for your debit and credit cards to see if there’s a discount on Disney+.
15% off with American Express
If you have an Amex card then check the offers tab in your account to see if you can add a deal to save 15% on Disney+.
You’ll need to activate the offer in the app and spend at least £7.99. The offer ends 14 December 2022 and you’ll get the discount on all transactions that are on your card in that time.
Don’t pay via a third party, e.g. your phone or PayPal.
15% off with Santander (Expired)
If you have access to Santander’s Retailer Offers via a current account or credit card, you might see an offer earn 15% cashback on Disney+.
It says it’s on new purchases, though I reckon you’d get the money even as an existing customer. It’s certainly worth a try if you are already paying. Premier Access payments are excluded.
The offer expires 8 November 2022 and the most you can earn is £7.99 (so that’s really only 10% off the annual price).
15% off with Curve (expired)
The multi-bank app Curve (you can get £10 for signing up here) is offering 15% off Disney+ until 8 November 2022.
You’ll need to activate the offer in the app and pay with a card connected to Curve and spend at least £7.99. The biggest discount you can get is £11.99 (if you pay upfront for a year at £79).