There’s only a handful of hours now until Disney Plus (or Disney+) hits its global release in the US, Canada and The Netherlands on 12 November, 3AM PT/11AM GMT.
Although the UK has now been confirmed to get Disney+, it will sadly be four months until it’s officially available, meaning that all the British Disney fans will be left in the lurch.
Or will they? We here at Tech Advisor have a workaround for accessing streaming sites from abroad; the same technique you can use to watch channels like The CW, HBO or The Criterion Channel.
Please note that this is written before Disney+ has gone live, so we are currently basing our knowledge on accessing other subscriptions. Once the service is officially live, we’ll update this article with more detailed and up-to-date information.
How to watch Disney+ in the UK
The best way to access Disney+ from the UK would be to use a VPN. VPNs block your IP address, which means not only do they protect your data by erasing your online footprint, but they can also make it appear as if you’re browsing from another country.
There are numerous VPNs that you can choose from for streaming, but our top choice would be NordVPN, as it offers a very seamless user-experience and numerous servers to choose from – all of which at a competitive price. If you’d like another option, we’d also recommend ExpressVPN, though this is slightly more expensive than NordVPN.
You can take a look at other options in our list of recommended VPNs. There are also free VPN options if you’d like to save some cash. However, these are less reliable and secure than the paid versions.
Once you’ve downloaded your preferred VPN, you’ll need to select your server of choice. To access Disney+ this will be either the US, Canada or The Netherlands. Once you’ve done that, you can head on over to the Disney+ homepage and choose the plan you’d prefer (i.e. paying monthly or annual).
Sign-ups for the subscription service will go live at the following times:
- 3AM PT
- 5AM CT
- 6AM ET
- 11AM GMT
It’s important to flag that there may be a few snags when using a VPN. We’ve tried to access the early sign-ups, but encountered a roadblock when it came to payment information. Your card or Paypal account must be tied to a bank that is based within a country that Disney Plus is launching in. If it’s not, you won’t be able to get further in the sign-up process, even if you try to trick the system by using a US address.
There are a few other methods we’ll be trying on launch day that are worth thinking about. If you (or a trustworthy friend) have US, Canadian, or Dutch payment options, you should be able to sign up and use these for the seven day free trial, and then perhaps switch over to UK payment information once you’ve got an account locked down.
Launching tomorrow is also the Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle – which may have an entirely different sign-up process. There may also be a loophole with gift cards – something that you can use to sign up for Hulu. You can purchase a gift card from anywhere in the world, load it up with money and then create an account with this, so fingers crossed that Disney+ are offering this as an option.
Finally, if you can bear to wait a few days, you can also try setting up a TransferWise account, as this is one of the payment options for Disney+. You can convert your money to USD, and then get a physical card delivered to you. Of course, the downside to this is that you definitely won’t be getting Disney+ on launch day.
We’ll be testing out these methods shortly – watch this space to see our results.
What can I watch on Disney+?
Though Disney+ is late to the streaming game, it’s still got a ma-hoo-sive library of content to choose from. It’ll please superhero fans to know that the MCU films will be available upon launch, including 2019’s additions, Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. Fans of The Simpsons will also be able to catch every single episode, seeing as Fox is the latest pawn in the Disney game.
For brand new content, you’ll also be able to watch The Mandalorian – the new Star Wars spin-off show created by Jon Favereau. Other shows available upon launch include The World According To Jeff Goldblum, High School Musical: The Musical and Forky Asks a Question.
There’s also a lengthy list of content planned for the service post-launch; many of which are shows that will contribute to Marvel Phase 4, tying in with the cinematic releases. If you’d like to know more about Disney Plus and the shows available, then take a look at our Disney+ news article.