How to Watch Disney Plus on Roku [Buffer-Free] in Oct 2021

Have a Roku device but not sure how to watch Disney Plus on Roku? Fret not because we are here! Let’s quickly get you to install Disney+ on Roku in 6 easy steps.

Fortunate are the ones who are in countries where Disney Plus is officially available as they have access to the streaming service.

However, for other regions where it is not available, you may either witness Disney Plus error code 83, Disney+ error code 73 or simply a message which will prevent you from installing the app:

“Sorry, Disney+ is not available in your country.”

Disney Plus geo-restriction error

The way around it is to use the best Disney Plus VPN.


How to Install Disney Plus on Roku? [6 Easy Steps]

Follow these steps to sign up, install and watch Disney Plus on Roku from anywhere in 2021:

  1. Launch your Roku device and press the home button that will take you to Roku home screen.
  2. Click on “Streaming Channels” on your screen and press OK.
  3. Look for “Search Channels” and type Disney+.
  4. Click on the app and add the channel to begin download.
  5. Once Disney Plus gets added, click “Go to Channel”.
  6. Log in, and start streaming Disney Plus.

From streaming your Pixar classics or Star Wars Channel of Disney Plus in Germany on Xbox to browsing local content on Disney Plus Malaysia to watching the latest TV shows of Disney+ Australia on Apple TV, consider yourself lucky as the above steps are applicable only in the countries where Disney Plus service has launched officially.

In the countries where Disney+ is not supported (as of now), you will need a trusted VPN to watch Roku Disney Plus. As the stars would have it, there are no built-in VPNs in the Roku devices. Hence, setting up a VPN on your router or setting up a Smart DNS connection is imperative.

For Roku users who reside in Disney+ unsupported countries, we highly recommend ExpressVPN quite simply because it is the best VPN to watch Disney Plus

In addition to this, a VPN will allow you to stream any Disney Plus channel on Firestick, Smart TVs, Roku streaming stick 4K and other devices such as Chromecast, Xbox One, PS4, iOS, and Android. Apart from the devices mentioned earlier, watching Disney Plus on Smart TV and other TVs such as Apple TV is also possible with a VPN.

To learn more, skip to the section: “How to watch Disney+ on Roku in a Geo-Restricted Region.”


Roku Devices That Support Disney Plus

Following are the Roku devices that do not support Disney Plus service:

Disney Plus Compatible Devices on Roku
Roku 1, 2, 3 and 4 ModelsRoku ExpressRoku Express+Roku Express 4K
4K Roku Premiere4K Roku Premiere+4K Roku Ultra4K Roku Ultra LT
4K Roku Streaming Stick+4K Roku Smart SpeakerRoku TVRoku Streaming Stick
Roku LT 2700X

It is worth noting that even though you may download the Disney+ app, but you will not be able to access the streaming service.


Roku Devices That Do Not Support Disney Plus

Most Roku devices, Roku TV models and Roku devices support all channels of Disney Plus streaming service, but if you have any of the following, including the Roku HD model, Roku 2 XS model, Roku 2 HD models, Roku LT and streaming stick, you’re in for some bad news!

  • Roku LT model (2400X & 2450X)
  • Roku HD model 2500X
  • Roku 2 XS model 3100X
  • Roku 2 HD models (3000X & 3050X)
  • Roku Streaming Stick models (3400X & 3420X)

Best Roku TV Brands Compatible With Disney+

Although Disney Plus streaming service is compatible with a wide variety of devices like Apple TV, Smart TV and Roku TV’s, if you want to find out a particular Roku TV models’ compatibility, then here is the list below:

Roku TV Models that Support Disney Plus
HisenseHitachiSanyoSharpElement
RCAJVCTCLMagnavoxWastinghouse
Philips

How to Watch Disney Plus on Roku in a Geo-Restricted Region?

Yes, it is possible to watch Disney Plus on Roku devices from a geo-restricted region.
To elaborate further, if you attempt to watch Disney Plus in the Philippines on your Roku device or Smart TVs, it won’t happen! Similarly, streaming Pixar channel on Disney Plus South Africa on your Apple TV (or any other country where Disney Plus is not officially launched) won’t be possible because of content geo-restrictions.

The good news is that watching your favorite series on Star Wars channel, Disney+ TV shows and movies from such regions is now possible. All you need to do is get Disney Plus by a simple download, set up a VPN on your Roku device and start streaming Disney Plus from anywhere globally. The access is that simple! Here is how you can do this:

Set up US Roku Account

You can skip this step if you already have a US Roku account.

  1. First, download and subscribe to ExpressVPN (Best VPN for fast & buffer-free streaming for $6.67/mo) on your Windows device to watch Disney Plus.
  2. Now open the ExpressVPN app and sign in with your account username and password.
  3. Continue to scroll to the USA server option and click it.
  4. Now head to https://owner.roku.com to create a US account.
  5. Select the United States as your country, then type US Zipcode, such as 90210, 10005, 92803.
  6. Congratulations, you created your US Roku account successfully.

Set Up Virtual Router on Your Windows

  1. First, click on the Windows Logo > Settings > Network & Internet and then turn on the Mobile hotspot option (Make sure you are not connected with the VPN server while setting up a virtual router).
  2. Now ser Wi-Fi under the, “Share my Internet Connection” option.
  3. Here you would be required to create a new network and password. To do so, click on the “Edit” option.
  4. Now below “Related Settings,” click “Change Adapter Options.”
  5. Scroll to the “Network Connections” screen, copy the name of the connection you created a few seconds before.
  6. Hover cursor on “ExpressVPN Tap Adapter,” press right-click and then select the “Properties” option.
  7. Now in properties, click on the “Sharing” tab and box to allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection.
  8. Select the name of the internet connection you created from the drop-down menu and click “OK.”
  9. You are then required to connect to the USA server in your ExpressVPN app (ExpressVPN recommended servers: New Jersey-1, Washington DC & New York).
  10. Now it’s time to connect your Roku device to your new US-server-based virtual router.

Connect Roku to Virtual Router & Watch Disney+ from Anywhere

  1. Launch your Roku device, and from Roku home screen, head to “Settings” from side menu and then “Network.”
  2. From there, now select the “Wireless (Wi-Fi)” option.
  3. You will see “Choose your Network,” select the VPN-enabled virtual router (that you set up earlier), type in your login credentials, and wait for the process.
  4. Press the home button to head to Roku’s home screen and select “Streaming Channels,” located on the left side of the screen.
  5. Now search for “Disney Plus” and download it by selecting the “Add Channel” option to get Disney Plus.
  6. Once you install Disney Plus, log in to your Disney Plus account in the app.
  7. Stream your desired TV shows & movies of Disney Plus on Roku in an unsupported country.

Note: Bear in mind that using a VPN does not mean that you can watch free content on the Disney+ Roku app. A VPN service only allows you to access the Disney Plus service in an unsupported country by changing your IP address with the one where it is available, such as the USA.

Additionally, just like other streaming services, Disney+ offers its dedicated app for all the major streaming devices, including streaming stick 4K Roku, Smart TV, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick, PS4, Xbox One, and Apple TV.


Disney Plus Features on Roku Devices

Though there are extensive features of Disney Plus on Roku, the ones worth mentioning for the latest Roku models and streaming stick are:

  • Four simultaneous streams
  • Numerous avatars
  • 4K streams
  • Up to 7 profiles
  • Parental controls
  • Accessibility options

Besides that, the latest version of 4K Roku Ultra comes with a remote control with personalized shortcuts to help you get to your desired content quicker.


How Much Is Disney Plus on Roku?

The cost of a Disney+ subscription is $7.99 per month or $79.99 annually. Although Disney Plus is available for free on Roku, you need an active Disney Plus subscription for streaming all the popular shows and movies on any of its channel.

For people who wish to stream advertisement-free content of Disney Plus on Hulu and don’t want to miss their daily dose of sports, then we suggest you purchase a bundle offer with ESPN+ and Hulu for only $13.99 per month.

The prices remains the same on Xbox, PS4 and other devices.


What Can I Watch on Disney Plus on My Roku Device?

Now that you have installed the Disney+ app on your Roku device, do you know what channel to watch on the streaming service? Here is the list of top movies and TV shows that you can enjoy on any channel of Disney Plus Roku:

  Best TV Shows

  1. Just Beyond (October 2021 release)
  2. What If..? (August 2021 release)
  3. Turner & Hooch (July 2021 release)
  4. The Mandolorian
  5. Loki
  6. WandaVision
  7. Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  8. Forky Asks the Question
  9. That’s So Raven
  10. The Simpsons

Best Movies

  1. Black Widow (Premiered July 2021)
  2. Cruella
  3. Mulan
  4. Jungle Cruise
  5. Togo
  6. Lady and the Tramp
  7. Luca
  8. Raya and the Last Dragon
  9. Togo
  10. Thor Ragnarok

How to Cancel Disney Plus on Roku?

There are two ways to cancel a Disney+ subscription on Roku devices:

Cancel Disney Plus From Roku Device in 4 Quick Steps

  1. From the “Home screen,” by pressing the home button and navigate to the Disney+.
  2. Press the Star/Asterisk button from your Roku remote, and there will be a popup.
  3. Click on “Manage Subscription,” it will lead you to a popup that has two options: “Cancel Subscription” and “Leave Unchanged, Exit.”
  4. Click on “Cancel Subscription”.

Cancel Disney Plus From Roku Website

  1. Open your web browser and launch the Roku website.
  2. Click on “Sign in,” located on the top right side of the browser. Then, if your browser keeps you logged in, go to “My Account” from the drop-down menu of the avatar located on the top right side of your browser.
  3. As soon as you press “Manage Subscriptions,” it will show you the list of channels you have subscribed to.
  4. Locate Disney+ and click “Unsubscribe”.

Another way to cancel your subscription is to log on to your Disney+ account on the official Disney Plus website, navigate to the “Billing Details” option, and hit “Cancel Subscription.”


How to Turn Disney Plus Roku Subtitles On or Off ?

The subtitles may be necessary to stream for some, while others may want to turn it off. You can watch Disney Plus’s any channel with or without subtitles. If you’re going to either turn on or turn off the subtitles, follow these steps:

  • Open the Disney+ app and select the TV show or movie you wish to switch on the subtitles for.
  • Once the content opens, press Star/Asterisk from your Roku TV remote.
  • A menu will pop up, navigate to “Closed Captioning/Subtitles.”
  • By pressing the right arrow on your Roku remote, you can either switch these on or off.

There have been instances where even after turning the subtitles off, they keep on popping back up. We suggest you try restarting your device or checking and installing software updates if any.


What Other Streaming Services are Available on Roku?

Following is the list of other streaming services that can be accessed on Roku besides Disney Plus:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Hulu
  • Apple TV Plus
  • HBO Max
  • BBC iPlayer
  • YouTube
  • Now TV
  • Mubi
  • Peacock
  • Crunchyroll

FAQs


Your Roku may be too old to access a Disney+ channel depending on the device’s compatibility. Disney Plus recently discontinued a few older Roku devices. The discontinued models are from 2011 and earlier. If you have older devices, upgrade it to a newer model to effectively stream Disney Plus and any of its channel.


You can do this by installing the Disney Plus app on your Roku device. You will need to install the Disney+ application by navigating to “Streaming Channels”, followed by typing “Disney+” in the “Search Channels” tab. Once you locate Disney+, “Add Channel”. After the installation, click “Go to Channel” and log in to access Disney Plus TV shows or movies on any of its channel.


Yes, Disney+ is officially available in Canada and you will have no issues in watching Disney Plus on Roku in Canada. You may find our article helpful to check what’s on the Disney Plus Canada channel, you can always refer to the Roku Live TV guide and the latest movies and TV shows schedule.


Usually, issues with your internet connectivity may cause problems with streaming your Disney+ channel on Roku devices. The quick solution is to restart both devices, your wireless router and your Roku device. Additionally, check and install an updated version of the Disney Plus app. There may be several other reasons, some of them (with their solutions) are briefly mentioned under the blog “Disney Plus not working“.


There are three different ways to get a Disney+ bundle for your Roku devices.
– First method is that you can subscribe to the Disney Bundle offer on Hulu’s official website.
– Or, you can directly purchase from the subscription from the Disney+ website.
– You can also subscribe to Disney Plus through the ESPN+ website itself.

Once you are done with the purchase, use those credentials to sign in on your Roku.



Disney Plus buffering issues on Roku are mostly due to unstable or slow internet connection. It could also be due to distortion in your wireless connection. Possible fixes could be restarting your internet device or connecting your Roku devices through a wired connection. The same fixes can also be applied to other devices too.

You should contact your ISP if the issue persists.


Conclusion:

Watching Disney Plus on Roku is relatively simple as long as your device is compatible. While latest Roku streaming stick models like Roku Express, 4K Roku Ultra, LT 2700X Roku, 4K Roku Premiere, 4K Roku Streaming Stick+ and 4K Roku Smart Speaker support Disney Plus, but, some older models like XS model 3100X Roku, streaming stick models 3400X, Roku LT model 2400X, 2450X Roku, 3050X Roku and Roku HD model 2500X don’t support Disney Plus. However, suppose you reside in a country where Disney+ officially is not launched. In that case, a trusted VPN like ExpressVPN can sort it out because it offers streaming without buffering, thanks to its multiple server locations.