The Disney Plus Basic plan is now available in the United States. While this means that new users can still sign up and start a subscription at the same $7.99 per month price, they will be receiving a lesser product than before. Specifically, they will have to sit through ad breaks.
Disney had previously confirmed that a number of its digital services were going to increase in price in 2022. The first was ESPN Plus which increased to $9.99 per month in August. This was then followed by a Hulu price increase in October, resulting in the cost of a subscription rising to $7.99 per month.
Now it is the time of Disney Plus, which has risen in price from $7.99 per month to $10.99 per month. Likewise, the price of the annual plan has also increased and now costs $109.99 per year. At the same time as implementing this price increase, Disney has launched its new Basic (With Ads) plan at $7.99 per month. Although there are a few differences between Basic and Premium, the most obvious is that Disney Plus Basic includes ads while Disney Plus Premium continues to be an ad-free subscription.
The introduction of the Disney Plus Basic plan has also resulted in some changes to the Disney Plus Bundle. For example, subscribers can now opt for the Disney Bundle Trio Basic plan for $12.99 per month or upgrade to the Disney Plus Premium bundle at $19.99 per month.
For those less interested in live sports, there’s now also the option to bundle just Hulu (With Ads) and Disney Plus (With Ads) through the $9.99 per month Disney Bundle Duo Basic plan. For those wanting an ad-free viewing experience, there’s currently no option to skip sports and just bundle Hulu and Disney Plus. Another area of change is that the $69.99 per month Hulu Live TV plan now includes Hulu (With Ads), Disney Plus (With Ads) and ESPN Plus (With Ads). In contrast, the previous version with ad-free Disney Plus now costs $82.99 per month.
In spite of these various price and plan changes, there are no major changes in terms of content. No matter which variation of a Disney Plus plan a household signs up to, they still get access to the entire Disney Plus library, including Originals and exclusive videos.