Disney+ releases subscription deal ahead of launch

There’s a timer on the Disney+ home page that counts down the days to the release of the new streaming service. If that’s your web browser’s home page, a recently released deal is just for you.

The streaming service that will house new and old movies and content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, as well as all 30 seasons of The Simpsons is scheduled to launch Nov. 12. A regular subscription is $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. A bundle that includes ESPN+ and Hulu will be available for $12.99 per year.  

Now the service is releasing a discount exclusive to D23 members for early sign-up that requires a three-year commitment for $23 less per year. That’s the equivalent of the third year for free (or $3.92 per month for 36 months). 

There are a couple items in the fine print to note about the discount.

First, the discount is only good through Sept. 2. So you have to be ready to sign up for the three years now. 

Second, you have to be a D23 member. General membership is free, but the discount isn’t released to members immediately; it will appear in your account 36 hours after applying. So, to take advantage, you should sign up by Sept. 1. (D23 is the Disney fan club and Gold members receive discounts at parks, gifts and invites to annual events.)

Third, the discount doesn’t include additional subscriptions to Hulu or ESPN+, so if you were eager to add those, sign up for the regular subscription at regular price. 

At the D23 Expo Aug. 23-26, fans were treated with released information about upcoming projects for the channel and trailers for new movies (such as “Noelle,” which is about Santa’s sister, and a live-action “Lady & The Tramp”). Fans of retro Disney TV classics were thrilled to learn that Hilary Duff will reprise her role in a new “Lizzie McGuire” series and the Muppets will return with a short-form, unscripted series. 

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