Disney Plus NZ Guide: Everything You Need to Know in 2021

Disney Plus NZ was officially released on 19th November 2019, the same day as Disney+ Australia. With its launch, the subscribers could access a wide variety of content ranging from all-time favorites like Grey’s Anatomy to the trending movies and TV shows like Black Widow and Just Beyond.

Following its release in New Zealand, Disney+ was later launched in countries with different branding and collaborations. For instance, Disney Plus Singapore is in partnership with StarHub.
Similarly, Disney+ Malaysia and Disney Plus Thailand have partnerships with Hotstar (as well as Astro and AIS, respectively.)

We will share all the features of Disney Plus New Zealand in this guide. From answering your queries regarding the cost to the device compatibility, we have everything covered.

Furthermore, suppose you plan on traveling abroad to a country where Disney+ is not launched. In that case, you can access the content library of Disney Plus NZ by following the steps mentioned in the section “ How to Watch Disney Plus NZ Abroad [Simple Steps].”
Additionally, if you reside in New Zealand and want to access the content library of Disney+ US, jump to the section “ How to Watch Disney Plus (US Version) in NZ.”


Disney Plus NZ Quick Overview:

THE GOODTHE NOT SO GOOD
New content is updated on a weekly scheduleNo free trials
Premier Access feature for exclusive viewingPrice hike since February 2021, making it a relatively costly
Group Watch features supporting four streams simultaneously
Works on all major devices
Offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby 5.1 surround sound streams
Parental controls

How Much Does Disney Plus NZ Cost?

The cost of streaming Disney+ NZ is as follows:

  • NZ$12.99 for a monthly subscription
  • NZ$ 129.99 for an annual subscription

Did you think about the price change? Well, yes, the cost of Disney Plus New Zealand originally was NZ$9.99 per month and NZ$99.99 per year; however, the new prices came into effect on 23rd February 2021.

The price increase results from the expansion of Disney Plus’s content hub from five to six choices. In addition, it means that “Star” has been added to the streaming service alongside Pixar, Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, and National Geographic.


Comparison of Disney+ With Other Streaming Services in NZ:

Streaming ServiceMonthly PriceFree TrialMaximum Video

Resolution

Simultaneous

Streaming Devices

Disney Plus NZ

Disney Plus

NZ$12.99No4K4
ACORN TV NZ

Acorn TV

NZ$7.997 daysHD1
Prime Video NZ

Prime Video

NZ$5.997 daysSD3
iwonder NZ

iWonder

NZ$6.9930 daysHD2
Netflix NZ

Netflix

NZ$16.99-NZ$21.9930 days4K2-4
 

Curiosity Stream NZ

Curiosity Stream

US$2.99-US$9.99No4KMultiple
Neon TV NZ

Neon

NZ$15.9914 daysHD2

What is “Star” on Disney Plus New Zealand?

Star was added to Disney Plus to cater to a mature audience. However, more mature content for adults is available thanks to the company’s merge with Fox Studios and owning production studios such as Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and ABC.

So, what how the difference the content of Disney Plus is with the introduction of Star? The answer lies in the fact that 1000+ movies/ TV shows are expected to be added to the content library in the first year.

At the time of launch, there were already four Star originals premiered – Big Sky, Helstorm, Solar Opposites, and Love, Victor.

Besides Star originals, you can access your all-time favorite movies and TV shows such as Black Swan, Ugly Betty, Moulin Rouge, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Titanic – to name a few.


What Content of Star is Available on Disney+ NZ?

Although the list is long, let’s briefly have a look at what is content is already on Star in Disney Plus NZ:

Movies on StarTV Shows on Star
  • Black Swan
  • Braveheart
  • Armageddon
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Die Hard (All parts)
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Firefly (first season)
  • Fresh Off The Boat (season 1-6)
  • Taken (season 1-3)
  • Ugly Betty (season 1-4)
  • The X Files (season 1-11)

What Content of Star is Upcoming on Disney Plus NZ?

Here is the list of upcoming content on Star in Disney Plus NZ:

  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Pam & Tommy
  • Dopesick
  • Immigrant
  • Welcome to Wrexham
  • The Choe Show
  • Dear Mama
  • The Kardashian Jenners

How Do I Sign Up for Disney Plus NZ? [3 Quick Steps]

You can sign up to Disney+ NZ in 3 quick steps:

  1. Launch Disney Plus’s official website.
  2. Choose a subscription plan.
  3. Select “Sign Up Now” and enter your details to get the subscription.

Another way to sign up is through Disney Plus’s official app, available on iOS and Android.


How to Watch Disney Plus NZ Abroad? [Simple Steps]

Listed below are the steps that will help you watch the content of Disney Plus NZ Abroad:

  1. Subscribe to a reliable and strong VPN. (ExpressVPN is our top recommendation)
  2. Download and install the app, and log in with your credentials.
  3. Connect to a New Zealand server from the countries listed.
  4. Visit the Disney+ website and log into your account to enjoy!

Disclaimer: It is a must to have a subscription account for Disney+ for this method. You might access the site, but you won’t be able to watch paid Disney streaming NZ content for you. A VPN only unblocks the site; to view the content, you need to buy the subscription.


How a VPN Allows You to Access Disney Plus Outside NZ?

The internet is based on an IP address that identifies your location, streaming sites like Disney Plus and Netflix tracks that IP address and take actions according to your region. If they have no distribution rights there, the site is banned for the user.

The same is the case with Disney+ in most countries worldwide, so you need an IP address of a region where Disney Plus is available.

This is where a VPN steps in; it masks your IP address with the one from New Zealand, manipulating the system into thinking that you are in New Zealand when you’re not. This lets you access restricted sites like Disney+ or open up the NZ Netflix list from anywhere.

Keep in mind that not all VPNs, especially the free ones, perform well in unblocking content. So we tested it and found out ExpressVPN as the best VPN for Disney Plus.


How to Watch Disney Plus (US Version) in NZ?

While Disney Plus NZ offers a variety of content from its set library, many shows seem to be missing and can only be found in the US library of Disney Plus.

As the US is the primary location, all the popular and famous shows launch there first, if not globally. And to ensure that you won’t miss those shows at any cost, you can always use a VPN.

Therefore, we recommend using ExpressVPN for streaming Disney+ US in New Zealand because it is the best VPN that offers smoother, buffer-free streams with excellent speed and no server disconnections. What more would you want?!

In addition, by connecting to any server from the US, you can unlock numerous movies and TV shows not available on Disney Plus NZ.

Log in to the VPN app and connect to a US server (For ExpressVPN, we suggest connecting to New Jersey, Washington DC, or New York servers.) Once you do that, launch Disney+, and it will open up Disney Plus in the US for you.


What Can I Watch on Disney+ NZ?

If you are clueless about what to watch on Disney+ New Zealand, the list below of the top movies and TV shows might save you from browsing aimlessly on the Disney Plus NZ app or website.

Popular TV Shows

  1. Grey’s Anatomy
  2. Family Guy
  3. Just Beyond
  4. Turner & Hooch
  5. WandaVision
  6. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
  7. Hawkeye
  8. The Mandalorian
  9. Star Wars: Rebels
  10. The world, according to Jeff Goldblum
  11. What If?
  12. Loki

Popular Movies

  1. Black Widow
  2. Hamilton
  3. Cruella
  4. Jungle Cruise
  5. Maleficent
  6. Moana
  7. Lady and the Tramp
  8. Toy Story 4
  9. Avengers: Infinity War
  10. Luca

What is Coming to Disney Plus New Zealand?

The following movies and TV shows are expected to launch in the last quarter of 2021 in Disney Plus Nz:

  • Underdog
  • Dan in Real Life
  • Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever concert
  • Dug days
  • Hawkeye
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Night at the Museum (Animated version)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Animated version)
  • Kardashian content
  • Star Wars: Visions

What Devices Are Compatible With Disney+ NZ?

Following devices support Disney Plus in New Zealand:

  • All smartphones, tablets, and mobiles with iOS (version 10 and above) and Android (version 4.4.4 and above.)
  • Desktop, and laptop browsers include Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and US Browser.
  • Smart TVs, including Apple TV (OS 11, gen 4 and above) and Android TVs (OS 7 and above.)
  • Gaming consoles like PS4, and Xbox.
  • Other devices like Roku, Firestick, and Chromecast.

We have separate guides on how to watch Disney Plus on some of these devices; refer to the links below to read more:


Is Disney Plus New Zealand Worth it?

Yes, Disney+ NZ is definitely worth the purchase. Let’s quickly have a look at some of the reasons:

  • Supports up to seven profiles.
  • Allows four simultaneous streams.
  • Allows setting up Kids profile with the help of its parental controls. Viewing offline is permissible.
  • Request for a specific Disney movie or show from the Help Center.
  • Most of its content is in Ultra HD, in short, 4K.
  • Closed captions.
  • Audio descriptions.
  • Text-to-speech support.

Besides the features mentioned above, plenty of other features make the Disney Plus subscription worth it.


FAQs


Yes, Disney Plus is available in NZ. It was launched alongside Disney+ Australia on 19th November 2019 just a week after its official release in the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands.


If you own a smart TV, you need to sign in on your Disney+ account. Next, visit the Home Screen of your smart tv. Now access new apps by scrolling left and selecting the option for recent apps that will take you to the app store. Next, select the Disney+ app title and install it by clicking Add to Home. Once completed, log into your credentials and enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows on your flat screen.


Yes, New Zealand does have Disney Plus. In November 2019, Disney+ NZ was released officially at the price of NZ$9.99/month and NZ$99.99/year. The price was later revised to NZ$12.99/month and NZ$ 129.99/ year with the addition of Star as a part of its content hub expansion.


You can use Disney Plus NZ on 4 devices simultaneously on a single account. You can also download content for later on up to 10 selected devices.


No, Disney+ does not offer a free trial in New Zealand. A free trial was offered to new subscribers at the time of launch. However, at the moment, there isn’t any promotional free trial.


No, Disney+ does not have ads. You will enjoy your streaming without any random ads running in between streams.


Canceling a Disney Plus NZ subscription is very simple. Just follow the steps below:

  • Log on to the Disney+ website.
  • Navigate to your profile and locate “Account.”
  • From there, click on “Cancel Subscription.”
  • Click on complete cancellation to confirm.

Concluding Disney Plus NZ

We have shared all the Disney Plus NZ attributes that make it a good purchase in this guide. With the addition of Star, there’s a lot more content for a mature audience. Having said that, if you plan on traveling and want to access the NZ content library anywhere, then we suggest using a VPN service.