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Has Disney Plus stopped free trials in the UK in 2023?

There's plenty to enjoy in Mickey's vault.

We don't blame you if you feel it's become a bit of a nightmare deciding which streaming services are worth your hard-earned cash. Especially as just when you think you've got it sorted, another one seems to pop up out of nowhere.

But if you're one of the many who have completed Netflix (or joined in on the great cancellation that saw the site's stock plummet), Prime Video is doing nothing for you and being mainly used for the quick delivery more than its shows, and you're on the fence about signing up to Paramount+, then Disney+ is more than likely your best shot, considering it has you covered whether you're a kid or an adult.

Yup, when it comes to the crunch it seems the good old House of Mouse is where it's at for all of your viewing needs – whether you're after all things Marvel, a gritty drama, you're a Star Wars fan or just fancy rewatching some of the Disney classics, there's only one place to watch it all.

With instant smash hits like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever available to watch now, there really is something for everyone.

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It's also the main home for Hulu and FX content in the UK – so in a way, you're getting three streaming services for the price of one! That means you get access to critically acclaimed shows like Dopesick, How I Met Your Father, Love, Victor, The Walking Dead and Pam and Tommy too.

Eternals, The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, West Side Story, Cruella? All present and accounted for on the service. Then of course there's the absolutely incredibly full back catalogue of Disney classics we can watch over and over again like Mulan, Tarzan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

But what you really want to know is if you can get a cheaper monthly price for all this visual brilliance, or even get it for free? Read on to find out.

Is the Disney Plus free trial still available?

Unfortunately, a Disney+ free trial is currently not available.

On the launch of the streaming service back in March 2020, Disney+ did offer a free week to celebrate its start. However, that was only available for the first month.

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In November 2021 and September 2022, the service dropped prices to £1.99 for a month during Disney+ Day.

If you want to sign up now, you'll pay £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year – which means you get two months for free if you pay up in one go.

Either way, it's still cheaper than some of its rivals, including Prime Video at £9.99 a month and Netflix at £10.99 a month.

Looking for some cheeky deals? You can trade in your Tesco Clubcard points for a free subscription. Every £8 in vouchers will buy you three months of Disney+ for free.

If you're a new O2 customer, you can add Disney+ to your plan as an 'Extra' and get up to 6 months free whether you're a new or existing Disney + subscriber. How many months you get for free will depend on the tariff you choose.

If you're an existing customer, you can add Disney+ as an Extra to your current plan via My O2 for £7.99 a month, and you'll get £2 a month off your bill. This takes the monthly cost down from £7.99 to £5.99, saving you £24 a year.

Samsung is offering a free Disney+ subscription on all eligible smartphones, so if you own a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Samsung Galaxy S22 or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, you can get yourself up to 12 months of Disney+ for free.

Meanwhile, Magic Breaks is offering 12 months of Disney+ for free when you book a holiday to Disneyland Paris.

If there are any other deals, we'll be sure to let you know about them.

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What is Disney+?

Disney+ is your one-stop shop to enjoy everything the company has to offer, including the huge library of Disney original content and classics like Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

This also includes other arms of their overarching brand, most notably Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and Hulu content.

To sweeten the deal even further, Mickey himself (probably) later added a channel on the service called Star, which holds the best of the rest from FX, Hulu, 20th Century Studios and 20th Television, including 75 hit TV shows and 270 films that are a bit more adult, with more being added monthly.

Told you, something for everyone!

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Within this section, you'll find shows like The X-Files, 24, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scrubs, My Name is Earl and Grey's Anatomy. As for the movies, there are the Oscar winners The Favourite and The Grand Budapest Hotel, blockbusters such as Deadpool 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and classics like Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge.

In September 2022, the channel introduced Andor to the ever-growing Star Wars universe. Diego Luna makes a comeback in the Rogue One prequel series as the rebel spy Cassian Andor, shedding additional light on the Rebel Alliance's past before he teamed up with Jyn Erso on a fruitless mission to sabotage the Empire.

Then there's She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which follows Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, who enlists the help of her cousin Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) when she gets Hulk-like powers herself.

With that fans also saw some beloved faces make an appearance, including Mark Ruffalo as the smashing green giant once again, and Charlie Cox's Daredevil.

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If adult cartoons are more your thing, Solar Opposites from the creators of Rick and Morty and Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy are available to stream.

When it comes to movies, Disney+ also has you covered, with theatrical releases often making their way onto the service within a few months of being in the cinema.

It also features exclusive movies such as the Sandra Oh-led Pixar movie Turning Red and Pixar's Lightyear, which follows the origin story of the astronaut (voiced by Chris Evans) that inspired the Toy Story toy we know and love.

If you're looking for some fantastic sequels to some of your favourite childhood movies, Disney+ is the place for you.

Disenchanted takes place 15 years after Giselle (Amy Adams) left her fairytale world of Andalasia to be with her one true love Robert (Patrick Dempsey). It seemed perfect to begin with, but Giselle's desire for a fairytale life ends up threatening the lives of her loved ones.

Why not check out Hocus Pocus 2? In this spooky sequel to the 1993 cult-classic, a fresh generation of teens must save Salem from the child-hungry Sanderson Sisters before All Hallows Eve comes to an end.

If you're not quite ready to let go of the festive season (and why should you?), then you can still catch up on The Santa Clauses, which brought back Tim Allen as good old St Nick. Other festive TV outings that came to the platform were The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Best in Snow and The Hip Hop Nutcracker.

Want to start your year off the right way? Look no further. Mark Mylod's black comedy The Menu starring The Northman's Anya Taylor-Joy, X-Men's Nicholas Hoult and Harry Potter's Ralph Fiennes – is currently available to stream.

Other new additions include animated feature Strange World, plus sing-along versions of Disney favourites like Encanto, Tangled, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

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So, for *just* under £8 a month, you can enjoy more than 500 TV shows and movies across the entire library.

That number is ever-increasing thanks to titles Hamilton, The One and Only Ivan, Artemis Fowl, Mulan, WandaVision and The Mandalorian, with Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Marvel's What If…? and new shows and movies are constantly being added.


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