Despite only launching 16 months ago, Disney+ has quickly become one of the biggest streaming services in the world amassing over 100 million subscribers so far. The company recently announced its first subscription hike since its launch, but it is limited to subscribers in the United States.
The subscription hike will go into effect starting this Friday, March 26. The change will also impact bundles that can be purchased along with access to other platforms like HULU and ESPN Plus.
Disney+ increasing subscription prices in the United States for the last time since its launch
It makes sense that the increase in subscription prices follows the platform reaching a milestone of surpassing 100 million subscribers after many successful TV show releases like “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” and “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” along with movies like “Soul.”
Starting this Friday, prices for Disney+ will increase by $1 per month to start at $7.99 USD, while annual subscriptions are set to increase by $11 per year. Here is a breakdown of the subscription hike. According to CNBC, these increases were officially announced by Disney during Disney Investor Day in December 2020.
- Disney+ will now be $7.99/month or $79.99/year
- Disney Bundle with (ad-supported) Hulu will now be $13.99/month
- Disney Bundle with (no-ads) Hulu will now be $19.99/month
A way to save money before this increase in subscription cost is to sign up for an annual Disney+ subscription before March 26. This way, you can save $10. If you are an existing monthly subscriber, you will be charged $7.99 instead of $6.99 after March 26, so transfer your plan as soon as you can to save some extra money.
Disney+ recently announced plans to launch more than a dozen Marvel series including “Ironheart,” “Armor Wars” and “Secret Invasion”; “a “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” and almost as many Star Wars shows including “Lando,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and a “Mandalorian” spinoff. The service will also be releasing animated series based on “Cars,” “Zootopia,” “Big Hero 6,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Moana” and more.