How to get Verizon’s Disney Plus free offer for a one-year subscription
Disney Plus is The Walt Disney Co.’s ambitious attempt to dethrone Netflix in the ongoing battle for dominance of the streaming market, and Disney is pulling out all the stops in an effort to get as many people as possible to subscribe to the service, which costs $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. That includes giving away one year of access through a deal with telecom giant Verizon, as well as a now-expired promotion in which customers could pre-purchase three years’ worth of a Disney Plus subscription at a discount.
The Verizon offer will go live alongside the launch of Disney Plus on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and neither Verizon nor Disney has yet revealed all the details of the deal. But as of right now, here’s what we do know about the promotion: how to sign up for it, who’s eligible for it, how long it’s available, and what the fine print is. Read on so you can start watching The Mandalorian on Tuesday for free!
What is Verizon’s free Disney Plus offer?
In October, Disney and Verizon announced that certain Verizon Fios and Verizon Wireless customers will be able to get their first year of Disney Plus for free.
That’s a savings of as much as $83.88, for people who were thinking of subscribing to Disney Plus on a month-by-month basis.
What are Verizon’s eligibility requirements for the deal?
In order to qualify for Verizon’s free year of Disney Plus, you must be at least 18 and fall into at least one of the following three buckets:
You currently have Verizon Wireless cellphone service on an unlimited data plan, including the Verizon Unlimited plan, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, Above Unlimited, Get More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, or Start Unlimited. (It doesn’t count if you have a business or prepaid account, or if you’re grandfathered into one of the company’s old shared data plans.)
You are a new Verizon Fios customer — i.e., you’re about to sign up for, or switch to, Verizon Fios home internet service. (It doesn’t count if you’re already a Fios customer, or if you’re signing up for Fios Business service.)
You are a new Verizon 5G customer — i.e., you’re about to sign up for, or switch to, Verizon 5G wireless home internet service, which is currently available only in certain areas of Chicago; Sacramento, California; Los Angeles; Houston; and Indianapolis. (It doesn’t count if you’re already a Verizon 5G customer.)
As long as you meet one of those criteria, you can take advantage of the offer. In addition, Verizon’s FAQ says that you’re still eligible to get a free year even if you’re already signed up for Disney Plus, whether through Disney or a third party:
Your pre-purchase will be paused and resume after the Verizon promo period. If you pre-purchased a monthly subscription through Disney, or a monthly or annual subscription through a third party, the Verizon promotional offer will begin when you enroll through Verizon, but will not automatically replace your pre-purchased subscription. After you enroll and complete the account setup, you will be sent an email with information about how to manage your pre-purchased subscription.
If you’ve pre-purchased a three-year subscription already, you’ve paid the full cost upfront, so it’s not like you’ll have monthly payments that will pause and resume. Instead, Verizon will essentially be tacking on a free 12 months at the front of your existing membership.
How to get Disney Plus through Verizon
“Through Verizon” is the operative phrase here: That’s how you have to sign up in order to take advantage of the free year of Disney Plus that Verizon is offering.
As for how the redemption process works, we’re still waiting on further details. For now, you can sign up on Verizon’s website to be notified in the future — the company says it will email customers with more information on Nov. 12. (Update: The website has since been updated to say that the offer will go live at 6 a.m. EST.)
You should be aware of a couple of things from the fine print on Verizon’s sign-up page. Note that when the 12-month promotional period ends, your Disney Plus subscription will automatically be renewed — at the monthly cost of $6.99, not the cheaper $69.99 annual rate. Also note that you’ll be billed through Verizon, not Disney.
There are two exceptions to this. If you’re currently an annual or multiyear Disney Plus subscriber, your existing membership will be billed through Disney (not Verizon) when it resumes at the end of the one-year free period. And if you’re a New Mexico resident, your Disney Plus subscription will simply run out at the end of the free 12-month window; it won’t be automatically renewed.
How long does Verizon’s Disney Plus offer last?
The Verizon deal is available from Nov. 12, 2019, to June 1, 2020. Regardless of when you sign up during that window, you’ll get a full year of Disney Plus for free starting on the date of your enrollment.
Is ESPN Plus or Hulu included with Verizon’s Disney Plus deal?
No. While Disney is offering a $12.99-per-month bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and ad-supported Hulu, the Verizon promo applies only to Disney Plus. If you want to also get ESPN Plus and Hulu, you’ll have to subscribe to them separately.