Disney Bundle Price 2021: Is The Disney Plus, Hulu, And ESPN Bundle Worth It?
One of the best entertainment deals around, the Disney Bundle gets you Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus. Here's what you need to know before signing up.
Once upon a time, figuring out which streaming services you needed for certain movies or shows was a fairly simple thing, with only three or four major players out there. Unfortunately, the streaming world has only gotten more crowded and convoluted in recent years. It’s the Wild West, and every streaming service is trying to carve out its own space. But there's one deal that really stands out among all the noise, and it comes from one of the newer entries into the streaming space: Disney Plus, which you can get packaged with Hulu and ESPN Plus in the Disney Bundle. If you're on the fence about signing up for the Disney streaming bundle, we've rounded up all the info you need to know here, including how much bang you'll be getting for your buck content-wise. Your wallet will thank you later.
What is the Disney Bundle?
The Disney Bundle includes Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu. As the name implies, Disney Plus is the home of all things Disney--which, at this point, encompasses some of the most popular franchises ever made. It’s a powerhouse service where having the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, The Muppets, and every Pixar movie in one place is just the tip of the iceberg.
ESPN Plus is the streaming home for sports, including not only live events but also an increasing number of well-crafted studio shows, documentaries, and vintage matches. The subscription also comes with a couple of other perks, like access to ESPN fantasy league tools and exclusive online articles by some of the leading authorities in sports.
And then there’s Hulu, which started as the place to see new episodes of TV as (or shortly after) they air live. That's still the case, but in recent years, Hulu has expanded into its own little niche of original shows and exclusive films. The Disney Plus Bundle packages all three of these services together, with one login and one joint price for all three platforms.
How much does the Disney Bundle cost?
To give you a sense of what the Disney Bundle is worth, here's a quick overview of what each service costs separately. The base monthly Disney Plus price is $7.99, while Hulu's price starts at $5.99 per month. ESPN Plus costs the same as basic Hulu at $5.99 per month. If you do the math, that comes out to $19.97 a month for subscribing to each service separately. The Disney Plus Bundle, on the other hand, costs $13.99, which is an absolute steal for the wealth of content.
However, that's not the only Disney Bundle plan, which is where things can get a little confusing. The distinction comes with which Hulu plan you want to include in your bundle. The base Disney Bundle plan comes with ad-supported Hulu, which just means you'll still get some commercials as you watch shows and movies. To get Hulu without ads in the Disney Bundle, you'll pay $19.99 per month--which is still a better deal than paying for each service separately, as Hulu without ads costs $11.99 per month on its own.
Those interested in Hulu + Live TV can still take advantage of the Disney Bundle as well, though you'll pay a decent chunk more considering Hulu + Live TV is an alternative to traditional cable, letting you watch cable news, stream award shows, and watch other live TV as it airs. The Disney Bundle with Hulu (with ads) + Live TV costs $72.99 per month, and once you have that plan, you can select the no-ads Hulu add-on to get ad-free Hulu + Live TV with the Disney Bundle--this is the most expensive option at $78.99 per month.
For most, the basic plan will be enough, but having these other options lets you customize the plan a bit to your viewing preferences. For easy reference, you can check out the current Disney Bundle pricing below.
|All Disney Bundle plans||Price|
|Disney Bundle (Hulu with ads)||$13.99 per month|
|Disney Bundle (Hulu, no ads)||$19.99 per month|
|Disney Bundle (Hulu with ads + Live TV)||$72.99 per month|
|Disney Bundle (Hulu, no ads + Live TV)||$78.99 per month|
Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu add-ons
There are, of course, additions to consider. A Disney Plus subscription gets you access to everything with the exception of Premier Access titles--such as Raya and the Last Dragon and the upcoming Black Widow--that drop on Disney Plus the same day as they do in theaters. Premier Access titles are meant to give folks who'd rather stay home access to the biggest films Disney has to offer, and at $30 each, they’re priced as such.
ESPN has a similar option with its UFC partnership, which allows ESPN Plus to stream live fights. Those can be purchased like pay-per-view for $69.99 a pop. There are also add-on subscriptions for MLB.TV and NHL.TV, which can be thrown in for $24.99 per month each.
Finally, Hulu offers add-ons for other networks like HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax, and Starz, which range from $8.99 a month to $14.99 a month each. You can also pay more for features like unlimited screens or expanded DVR recording space. You can see the full breakdown for Hulu add-ons in our Hulu pricing guide.
What to watch with the Disney Bundle
Of course, what you're really here for is the content, and you'll have no shortage of that with the Disney Bundle. Disney Plus is extremely strong on family-friendly and children’s programming, thanks to the Disney and Pixar libraries. You also get documentaries from Nat Geo, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, and every Star Wars movie, plus original programming. That includes exclusive new spin-off TV shows like WandaVision, The Mandalorian, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Just about every film or TV show Disney has made in the last 60 years is on Disney Plus, as is an unfathomably huge treasure trove of Disney animation--shorts and feature length--stretching back to the '30s. There are also plenty of surprises to be found too, like nature documentaries, concerts, and non-Disney-produced cartoons ranging from the '90s X-Men and Spider-Man to 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
With ESPN Plus, you get a wide range of live sports, which run the gamut from Major League Baseball and the NHL to rugby and lacrosse. The service even gives you access to out-of-market Major League Soccer games. That's bolstered by a slew of excellent produced content like the lauded 30 for 30 series, E:60, and documentaries like the Oscar-winning OJ: Made In America.
And then there's Hulu. For many shows, Hulu will drop brand-new episodes either right after they air or a day after. That's on top of a huge library of TV from nearly every major broadcast network stretching back decades. Hulu has a nice library of original content such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Solar Opposites, Pen15, and Letterkenny. It's also amassed a rather impressive collection of movies along the way, which also includes a few wonderful exclusives like The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Derek Delgaudio's In and Of Itself, and Joe Carnahan's bonkers Groundhog Day riff, Boss Level.
Those looking for a replacement for traditional cable can also watch live channels and shows as they air without having to wait. Hulu's Live TV add-on gives you access to 65 basic cable and local channels, though, obviously, watching them live does mean you're getting the commercials too.
Final thoughts on the Disney Bundle
During a time when just about every studio and channel on the planet has its own streaming service, figuring out which subscription gets you the biggest bang for your buck has become tedious. With the Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu bundle, though, you've got access to such an enormous collection of content, it actively makes the search for more content easier. You won't find many competing services offering that volume of content at such an appealing price. There are certainly those that try--HBO Max having HBO, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Looney Tunes, and Turner Classic Movies under one roof is undeniably impressive--but getting that kind of value is a rare thing nowadays and worth chasing. The Disney Bundle is also a particularly appealing option for families, not only for being budget-friendly but because its wide variety of content offers something for everyone, from kids to teens and adults.
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