The hottest Disney film of the year is going straight to Disney+ on Friday — Here’s how to watch it for less

Sep 3, 2020

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Since it was released late last year, Disney+ has become a much-loved fixture in my house and even when we travel. (And that was before March — imagine how much Disney+ we’ve watched during the pandemic.)

Until now, the shows and movies on Disney+ (everything from “Star Wars” to “Mickey Mouse Club House” episodes, “Frozen 2” and more) have all been included with your monthly or yearly membership. But now, things are changing.

The movie that would have been Disney’s major in-theater summer blockbuster release, the live-action version of “Mulan,” is now going straight to Disney+ for purchase on Friday, Sept. 4. But this time, seeing the show on Disney+ when it’s released will cost extra, as it’s part of the new Premier Access service, available for $29.95.

That’s a lot to of cash to watch a movie at home, though it’s undoubtedly less than if your entire family had gone to see it in the theater. Still, it’s not cheap — so here’s how you can save.

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Disney+ basics

What makes Disney+ great for travelers who might find themselves on a plane without good (or any) Wi-Fi for hours is that once you download the Disney+ app on your device, you can download as many shows and movies from Disney+ as your device can handle. This means your family can watch all the favorites on the go without having to be connected to Wi-Fi.

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You can download shows on up to 10 devices and stream up to four at a time. This means during your next flight or road trip, you can load all your kids’ devices with shows to watch. There’s also an option for kid profiles that limits your child to shows rated TV-7FV and G.

How to save on Disney+

While there’s no longer a free seven-day trial, there are a few ways to save on Disney+ — and “Mulan.” The base price for Disney+ is either $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. You can also bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month.

If you have a Verizon Unlimited plan, however, you can get six free months of Disney+.

Additionally, if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll get up to $20 per month in streaming credit that you can use toward Disney+ until December 2020. If you haven’t used this month’s credit, and use that card to pay for the movie, it should drop your out-of-pocket cost of “Mulan” from $29.95 to under $10.

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What credit card to use for Disney+

This year, lots of rewards credit cards have started offering bonus points or extra cash back on streaming services.

Some of the best cards for streaming services include:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve: Get 10x on select streaming services (including Disney+) up to $1,500 from July 1 to Sept. 30.
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Get 5x on select streaming services (including Disney+) up to $1,500 from July 1 to Sept. 30.
  • Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express: Get 6% cash back on select U.S. streaming services
  • Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card: Get 4% cash back on select streaming services through Sept. 30.
  • U.S. Bank Cash+™Visa Signature® Card: Get 5% cash back (on up to $2,000 per quarter) if you select streaming as one of your two 5% bonus categories.

The information for the Capital One Savor and U.S. Bank Cash Visa card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Nothing will make a long flight or car ride with a little kid easy, but having Disney shows available for download or streaming for as little as $7 per month (or less, if you use a streaming credit) is an investment I haven’t regretted one bit.

If you are planning to watch “Mulan” when it comes out on Disney+ starting Sept. 4, that will cost you extra beyond the monthly membership, but you can use your streaming credits toward the purchase to see it for less — or earn up to 10x bonus points on the Disney+ charge.

If that doesn’t sound good, you can also just sit tight and watch if for no additional charge on Disney+ beginning Dec. 4.

(Featured photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

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