Disney knows you love Disney+, and after the success of WandaVision and The Mandalorian, they’re willing to bet you’ll pay for it, too. On top of the announcement, that some theatrical releases will now hit Disney+, and others will hit the platform while simultaneously being released in theaters, (including Black Widow), families will now need to get ready to pony-up a whole extra dollar a month.
Previously, Disney+ has cost $6.99 per month for the basic package. According to Entertainment Weekly, that will now go up to $7.99 per month starting on March 26, 2021.
That’s right. In just one day, Disney+ will cost a dollar extra a month, and the Hulu+ESPN+Disney+ bundle will jump from $12.99 to $13.99, and the ad-free version of that plan will go from $18.99 to $19.99.
Is there any good news? Well, it’s “only” a dollar more and there is one small workaround: Cancel Disney+!
Just kidding. Disney+ is good. And useful. Over a year after the launch of this monster, we’re still just now digging into the vast archive, which includes everything from Tron to Sean Connery singing to leprechauns.
So, is there a way to avoid the price increase? Yes. If before March 26, 2021, you pay for a year in advance, you can lock-in the old rate. So like, right now if you pay $69.99 for an annual Disney+ membership that comes out to about $5.83 a month, a bit cheaper than the “old” rate of $6.99 a month. But, after March 26, this all shoots up to $79.99 per year, which comes out to about $6.60 per month.
Either way, the annual rate is slightly cheaper than the 8 bucks a month you’ll now pay going forward. Do what you will, traveller, but for now, it looks like these Marvel shows, Star Wars shows, and Willow reboots aren’t gonna pay for themselves.