‘The Bad Batch,’ the new ‘Star Wars’ animated series, hits Disney Plus on May 4

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“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is a new animated series debuting on Disney Plus on May 4, which is a date also known as “Star Wars Day.” The premiere will be an extended episode running 70 minutes, and new episodes will arrive every Friday starting May 7.

“The Bad Batch” refers to a specialized crew of soldiers introduced in another animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” While most of the Republic’s clone soldiers are identical, the five members of Clone Force 99 have unique abilities that make them an elite team. The miniseries takes place as the Republic army becomes the villainous Galactic Empire from the original “Star Wars” film, and the members of The Bad Batch are forced to choose sides.

Disney Plus is the streaming home for the entire “Star Wars” franchise, including more original series. “The Mandalorian” completed season two in fall 2020, and Disney has announced a full lineup of upcoming “Star Wars” movies and shows.

How to watch ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ on Disney Plus

To watch “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” you’ll need a Disney Plus subscription. The service costs $8 a month or $80 a year. The series premieres on May 4, and new episodes will debut every Friday starting May 7.

You can find the Disney Plus app on iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and most smart TV and streaming player brands. You can also access the service through the Disney Plus website to watch online.

Disney Plus has some of the best quality options of any streaming service, with support for up to 4K HDR video with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. You can also download movies and shows to watch offline later.

If you’re looking for more “Star Wars” series and films to stream, be sure to check out our full breakdown of all the “Star Wars” offerings on Disney Plus, and our list of the top “Star Wars” video games.

What other movies and shows can I watch on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is an on-demand subscription service that gives you access to thousands of hours worth of “Star Wars,” Marvel, and Disney movies and shows for $8 a month or $80 per year.

In addition to a huge library that includes almost every “Star Wars” program, Disney Plus also offers a collection of exclusive series like the “The Right Stuff,” and Marvel shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

You can check out a detailed roundup of all the Disney Plus exclusive shows here, and a full breakdown of all the exclusive Disney Plus movies here.

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Disney Plus offers gift subscriptions for new subscribers – here’s how to have one sent in time for Mother’s Day

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Disney’s on-demand streaming service, Disney Plus, offers ad-free access to a growing library of movies and shows from all of the studio’s major brands and franchises. If that special Disney fan in your life hasn’t subscribed yet, you can help them tune in with a Disney Plus gift subscription.

A Disney Plus gift subscription costs $80 and is sent as an email code on a date of your choosing. This makes it easy to schedule delivery for holidays and special occasions, including Mother’s Day on May 9.

You can find detailed instructions on how to order a gift subscription below.

Here’s how to gift a Disney Plus annual subscription:

  1. Visit this page to purchase the gift.
  2. You’ll enter your information, your recipient’s name and email, and what date you’d like the code to be delivered.
  3. The $80 fee will be charged to your account as soon as you make the purchase.
  4. Your recipient will visit DisneyPlus.com/redeememail, select the offer, and manually enter the code printed on the email.
  5. Once redeemed, the recipient will be credited a one year subscription to Disney Plus.
  6. If the recipient doesn’t see the gift confirmation email in their inbox on the delivery date, Disney recommends that they check their spam folder.
  7. If the email still can’t be located, you can contact Disney Plus customer service to have the code resent.

Restrictions of the Disney Plus gift subscription:

  1. The gift subscription can only be redeemed by new Disney Plus subscribers.
  2. The redemption code is one-time use only and non-transferable.

Once they’ve activated the subscription, your recipient will get:

  • Unlimited, ad-free access to thousands of movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
  • Unlimited downloads they can watch anywhere, anytime.
  • The ability to stream on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven profiles.
  • A GroupWatch feature that allows them to sync and watch streams with friends and family virtually.

Can Disney Plus gift subscriptions be used for the bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu?

Disney Plus gift vouchers are only available for an annual subscription to Disney Plus, but recipients can still upgrade to the streaming bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a discounted price. Here’s how to upgrade and save:

  1. Redeem your Disney Plus gift subscription voucher and create a Disney Plus account.
  2. Visit the Disney Plus Billing Details page and choose the option to switch to the Disney bundle.
  3. You will now be upgraded to the $14 a month bundle plan with Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.
  4. A monthly credit equal to the value of your gift subscription will then be applied to the monthly bill for your bundle.

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The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in May, including Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ and a new ‘Star Wars’ series

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  • Every month, Insider looks at the most anticipated new TV shows using data from the app TV Time.
  • It’s derived from US users who use the app to track and react to what they’re watching.
  • Disney+’s new animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” spinoff series, “The Bad Batch,” premieres this month on May 4 (“Star Wars” Day).
  • A new Netflix superhero series from comic creator Mark Millar, “Jupiter’s Legacy,” also debuts.
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5. “Girls5eva” – Peacock, May 6

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Description: “When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can’t they also be Girls5eva? “

4. “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon Prime Video, May 14

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Description: “‘Nothing was given, all was earned. Hold on to what belongs to you.’ From Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead comes the Amazon Original limited series ‘The Underground Railroad.'” 

3. “Jupiter’s Legacy” – Netflix, May 6

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Description: “They’re the first generation of superheroes. But as they pass the torch to their children, tensions are rising — and the old rules no longer apply.”

2. “M.O.D.O.K.” – Hulu, May 21

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Description: “An egomaniacal super villain struggles to maintain control of his evil organization after it is bought by a multinational tech company, all while juggling the needs of his demanding family.”

1. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” – Disney+, May 4

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Description: “‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in ‘The Clone Wars’) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.”

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All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus – from ‘The Mandalorian’ to ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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Disney Plus has a lot of new shows to stream. There are spin-offs, sequels, prequels, documentaries, and even mockumentaries to choose from. And best of all, every show is included with a standard subscription for $8 a month.

Highlights from the current lineup include exclusive titles from the “Star Wars” franchise, like the “The Mandalorian,” as well as new Marvel shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” More original programs are in the works, including a series based on the “Percy Jackson” novels.

Below, we’ve broken all the basics you need to know about shows on Disney Plus, including a full rundown of the service’s current and upcoming lineup of exclusive series.

Does Disney Plus have any new shows?

Disney Plus has a growing collection of original series developed exclusively for the service.

The ambitious lineup already includes shows like “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “High School the Musical the Musical the Series,” “The Imagineering Story,” “Encore!,” and “Diary of a Future President.”

When are new shows coming to Disney Plus?

In addition to all the shows available to watch right now, even more new content is set to be added throughout the year and beyond.

Major upcoming shows scheduled for 2021 include the new Marvel series “Loki” and the animated show “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Other originals in the works include “Monsters at Work,” an animated series based on the Pixar movie “Monsters, Inc.” Subscribers can also look forward to a new adaptation of the “Percy Jackson” novels.

To help you keep track of all the current and upcoming Disney Plus original programs, we rounded up all of the series announced so far.

Here are all the new shows to stream on Disney Plus:

Marvel shows

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WandaVision” – available now

The show finds Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living in a surreal suburban neighborhood inspired by early TV sitcoms, but their picturesque lives quickly begin to warp around them. The show also stars Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, and Kat Dennings. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – available now

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” takes place after Captain America passes on his shield to Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Falcon is joined by Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), on a mission to stop a group of renegade super soldiers. New episodes premiere every Friday.

“Marvel Hero Project” – available now

The “Marvel Hero Project” pays tribute to extraordinary kids who have helped their community. In each episode of the docu-series, kids are surprised with the honor of being made into a superhero with their very own Marvel Comic.

“Marvel’s 616” – available now

The documentary series “Marvel’s 616” dives into the real-world context of Marvel’s stories and characters via history and culture. A diverse group of filmmakers tackle each episode. 

“Loki” – June 11, 2021

Although Loki died in “Avengers: Endgame,” apparently his “journey isn’t over yet; it’s only just begun.” Tom Hiddleston returns in the role of the trickster in what looks to be an adventure through time and space. Owen Wilson (“The Wedding Crashers”) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) also star.

“What If?” – Summer 2021

Based in the Marvel Universal, the animated series “What If?” takes the premise that changing one small thing in the narrative of a superhero could change the course of the character and also the world. Marvel talent will be participating in the series, including Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and many more. 

“Hawkeye” – Fall 2021

Hawkeye will return to the screen in his very own spin-off from the Marvel films. In “Hawkeye,” he will be mentoring the Young Avenger Kate Bishop and showing her the ways of the Marvel superhero.

“Ms. Marvel” – To be announced

“Ms. Marvel” will be a groundbreaking program; Kamala Khan is the first Muslim superhero to star in their own solo series. In the series, Khan is a Pakistani American living with her devout family in New Jersey while dealing with her superpowers. Newcomer Iman Vellani will star as the title character. 

“She-Hulk” – To be announced

“She-Hulk” is focused on Jennifer Walters, cousin of the Hulk, aka Bruce Banner. After Walters gets a blood transfusion from Banner — as in his gamma poisoned blood —she becomes the one and only She-Hulk. Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) has been cast to play Walters.

“Moon Knight” – To be announced

“Moon Knight,” a cloaked avenger named Mark Specter, suffers from multiple personalities and questionable instincts. Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is reportedly in discussions for the lead role

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“The Mandalorian” – available now

“The Mandalorian,” a western-style take on “Star Wars,” is set five years after the fall of the Empire and focuses on a bounty hunter who journeys far out into the galaxy. The first and second seasons are now available to stream. 

“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” – available now

This documentary series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Mandalorian.” The show features interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations with the cast and crew. Executive Producer Jon Favreau is the documentary’s host.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – available now

All seven seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” are available to stream on Disney Plus. Though the show was originally canceled in 2014, Disney brought the series back for 12 final episodes in 2020.

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” – May 4, 2021

This upcoming animated series focuses on an elite group of clone soldiers called the Bad Batch. Each member of the team has a unique skill, and they band together to take on missions throughout the galaxy. 

“The Book of Boba Fett” – December 2021

This spin-off of “The Mandalorian” will focus on the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett. Temuera Morrison reprises his role as Fett and will be joined by Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.

“Andor” – 2022

Diego Luna reprises his role of Cassian Andor (“Rogue One”) alongside Alan Tudyk voicing the sardonic droid K-2SO. Their adventures take place before the events of “Rogue One.” 

Obi-Wan Kenobi Project – To be announced

Ewan McGregor returns in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in this as-yet titled series set eight years after the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” Hayden Christensen will also appear in the show as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. 

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Pixar shows

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“Forky Asks a Question” – available now

Forky from Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” explores various existential questions in this 10-part animated shorts series.

“SparkShorts” – available now

Similar to “ShortCircuit,” select Pixar employees are given six months and a limited budget to create their own unique shorts. It’s a way to find new voices and new techniques from within the studio talent pool. 

“Pixar in Real Life” – available now

This hidden camera series features Pixar characters in humorous situations in real life, such as Wall-E rolling through a park in New York City and agents from Monsters, Inc. Child Detection Agency picking up a rogue sock on the street.

“Monsters at Work” – July 2, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Monstropolis after the fall of scream power, “Monsters at Work” will fill you in. The animated show features the return of Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike, and John Goodman as the voice of Sully. Though the series was originally expected to premiere in 2020, the show is now set to debut in July 2021.

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‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ – available now

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This new series is based on “The Mighty Ducks” film franchise from the ’90s. “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” stars Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) as Alex, and Brady Noon as her son Evan. After Evan is cut from the Mighty Ducks youth hockey team in Minnesota, Alex decides to put together her own team.

Emilio Estevez, who starred as coach Gordon Bombay in the original “Mighty Ducks” movies, reprises his role in the new streaming show. New episodes premiere every Friday.

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‘The Right Stuff – available now

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Produced by National Geographic, “The Right Stuff” is a historical drama series about the development of the US space program. The show focuses on a group of seven military test pilots who train to become the country’s first astronauts. The show is based on the book by Tom Wolfe, which was previously adapted into a 1983 film.

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‘Percy Jackson’ – to be announced

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Disney Plus is developing a new live-action show based on the “Percy Jackson” series of novels. Author Rick Riordan announced the news via a tweet on May 14, 2020.

Though full details are still forthcoming, the show’s first season will be an adaptation of “The Lightning Thief,” which is the first book in the “Percy Jackson” series. Future seasons are expected to cover the remaining four books. 

The “Percy Jackson” novels follow a teenager who finds out that he’s really the son of a Greek god. The books were previously adapted into two films, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” but this new Disney Plus series will not be connected to those earlier movies. 

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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ – available now

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The first season of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premiered on November 12 and all 10 episodes are now available to watch. The mockumentary follows a group of high school students as they put on a production of “High School Musical.” The second season will debut on May 14.

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‘Diary of a Future President’ – available now

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Tess Romero stars as Elena, a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl with presidential aspirations. The show is told through Elena’s diary and also features flashforwards to Elena as an adult played by Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”). The first season includes a total of 10 episodes, and a second season has been ordered.

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‘Short Circuit’ – available now

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This is a series of shorts from Disney employees produced with support from the studio and its fellow artists. 14 shorts are now available to stream. 

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Non-fiction, documentary, and variety series

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“The Imagineering Story” – available now

Disneyland and Disney World fans will want to tune in to see this. This six-hour series chronicles the history of Walt Disney Imagineering, the talented crew that make the magic at the Disney parks around the world. It covers the early days with Walt Disney at the helm all the way up to the Galaxy’s Edge.

“Encore!” – available now

Encore! — hosted and produced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “The Good Place”) — is a reality show where she reunites the casts of high school musicals to take another go at their productions.  

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” – available now

Journey along with Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) as he travels the world to explore subjects that are of interest to him from how tattoos, ice-cream, and sneakers are made and developed.

“One Day at Disney” – available now

On December 3, Disney Plus began streaming the feature-length special “One Day at Disney,” the same day that the book “One Day at Disney” was released. The program (and book) features more than 75 Disney cast members who make the magic from a train engineer at Disneyland to Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” to the prolific animation artist Eric Goldberg. Following the launch of the feature-length special, Disney Plus also began streaming a 52-episode short-form series.

“Muppets Now” – available now

This new comedy series stars Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets. Each episode of the series is separated into different segments, like a lifestyle vlog, a cooking show, and a talk show. The first season features six episodes.

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” – available now

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” is moving from Disney’s Freeform to Disney Plus for its second season in 2020. The program gives viewers an inside look at weddings and engagements at Disney Destinations around the world from Disneyland to the Disney Cruise Line. Season one is currently available to watch.

“Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2” — available now

“Frozen 2” hit theaters in November of 2019. For those who can’t get enough of Elsa, Anna, and the gang, they’ll be able to get the inside scoop on how “Frozen 2” was created with the cast, the music team, and others in this docu-series.

Be Our Chef” – available now

Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) hosts “Be Our Chef,” a new reality cooking competition show. Based in Walt Disney World, families will compete by creating dishes that mix their own traditions with the magic of Disney. The grand prize will be the honor of having their dish served at Walt Disney World.

“Shop Class” – available now

The competition show “Shop Class” will consist of teams of creative students who are challenged to design, build, and test new contraptions.  Their creations will be judged on how they engineered and designed the items, as well as a test to make sure it works.

“Prop Culture” – available now

Die-hard Disney film fans will want to tune into “Prop Culture.” The show takes a look at the props and costumes from films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Muppet Movie,” and “Tron.” They’ll visit with the people who made the items, the actors who used the items, and the collectors and archivists who cherish the items.

“Earth to Ned” — available now

The Jim Henson Company is creating an “out-of-this-world” talk show where Ned, a blue-skinned alien and his sidekick Cornelius, do interviews with celebrity guests. The aliens were sent to Earth for an invasion but instead become obsessed with pop culture and create a talk show.

“Becoming” – now available

Basketball superstar LeBron James is partnering with Disney Plus on a new heartwarming docuseries. The show will explore the origin stories of celebrities and athletes such as the Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, and comedian and TV host Nick Cannon.

Magic of Animal Kingdom” – now available

National Geographic (which is now part of Disney) is producing a series based on Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase Aquarium at Walt Disney World. The show will give a behind the scenes look at how these areas operate, how they go about protecting endangered species, and the efforts of the Disney Conservation Fund.

“Rogue Trip” – now available

Journalist Bob Woodruff and his 27-year-old son Max, embark on a road trip, heading to destinations that are off the beaten path in search of unique experiences to share with viewers.

“(Re)Connect” – To be announced

In this reality show, families struggling with issues — like workaholic parents and competitive siblings — address their problems with the help of specialized experts. The goal is for them all, as the title implies, to reconnect.

“Earthkeepers” – To be announced

The documentary series “Earthkeepers” will follow conservationists and the animals that they study. During the series, the creators hope that viewers get a sense of the “personal trials and professional breakthroughs that come with protecting the planet’s most endangered species.”

“Ink & Paint” – To be announced

Based on the book “Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation” written by Mindy Johnson, this eight-part series pays tribute to the women who have had a big part of the films of the Walt Disney Company from “Snow White,” “Coco,” to “Moana,” and many more.

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Disney Plus FAQs

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What is Disney Plus? 

Disney’s streaming service gives members unlimited access to a growing library of ad-free movies and shows from DisneyPixar, Marvel, Star WarsNational Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This includes older releases from Disney’s vault, as well as a selection of brand-new, exclusive series and films.

Unlike Netflix, however, the original episodic content on Disney Plus is delivered weekly rather than all at once. This makes the experience feel closer to traditional TV but without the ads.


How much does Disney Plus cost? 

There are three pricing plans for Disney Plus: $8 a month, $80 a year, or $14 a month if you get a package deal with ESPN+ and Hulu. If you go with an annual plan, you end up paying about $16 less per year than you would with the monthly plan.

You can check out a detailed breakdown of Disney Plus prices here


Is Disney Plus worth it?

Disney Plus is one of the more affordable streaming services on the market, and it offers a lot of value for subscribers.

The service features a huge selection of family-friendly shows and movies which make it an ideal fit for parents looking for programs to enjoy with their kids. The platform’s selection of exclusive Marvel and Star Wars content also makes it a must-have for fans of those franchises. 

For detailed impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review

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Disney Plus offers gift subscriptions for new members – here’s how to buy one before the $10 price increase on Friday

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Disney’s on-demand streaming service, Disney Plus, offers ad-free access to a growing library of movies and shows from all of the studio’s major brands and franchises. If that special Disney fan in your life hasn’t subscribed yet, you can help them tune in with a Disney Plus gift subscription.

A Disney Plus gift subscription costs $70 and is sent as an email code on a date of your choosing. Disney will be raising its yearly price to $80 on March 26, so this week is the last chance you have to purchase a gift subscription for the lower price.

Here’s how to gift a Disney Plus annual subscription:

  1. Visit this page to purchase the gift.
  2. You’ll enter your information, your recipient’s name and email, and what date you’d like the code to be delivered.
  3. The $70 fee will be charged to your account as soon as you make the purchase.
  4. Your recipient will visit DisneyPlus.com/redeememail, select the offer, and manually enter the code printed on the email.
  5. Once redeemed, the recipient will be credited a one year subscription to Disney Plus.
  6. If the recipient doesn’t see the gift confirmation email in their inbox on the delivery date, Disney recommends that they check their spam folder.
  7. If the email still can’t be located, you can contact Disney Plus customer service to have the code resent.

Restrictions of the Disney Plus gift subscription:

  1. The gift subscription can only be redeemed by new Disney Plus subscribers.
  2. The redemption code is one-time use only and non-transferable.

Once they’ve activated the subscription, your recipient will get:

  • Unlimited, ad-free access to thousands of movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
  • Unlimited downloads they can watch anywhere, anytime.
  • The ability to stream on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven profiles.
  • A GroupWatch feature that allows them to sync and watch streams with friends and family virtually.

Can Disney Plus gift subscriptions be used for the bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu?

Disney Plus gift vouchers are only available for an annual subscription to Disney Plus, but recipients can still upgrade to the streaming bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a discounted price. Here’s how to upgrade and save:

  1. Redeem your Disney Plus gift subscription voucher and create a Disney Plus account.
  2. Visit the Disney Plus Billing Details page and choose the option to switch to the Disney bundle.
  3. You will now be upgraded to the $13 a month bundle plan with Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.
  4. A $5.83 monthly credit (the value of your gift subscription) will then be applied to the monthly bill for your bundle.
  5. This will bring the bundle price down to $7.16 per month for the duration of you gift subscription period.
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28 of the best ‘Star Wars’-themed gifts for fans of all ages

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The Star Wars franchise has captivated and continues to captivate audiences of all ages around the world. Nearly everyone can identify at least one person in their lives who loves the epic space story and has watched each of the movies a dozen times. 

Thanks to the franchise’s long-lasting and universal popularity, there are more than enough Star Wars products to go around, from props and clothing to decor and books. Finding a Star Wars-related gift isn’t the hard part – finding one that’s creative and unexpected is. 

You can surprise them with one of these 28 last-minute Star Wars gifts they don’t already have. As you’ll see, there is a wide range of ways to incorporate new and interesting galactic fun into their lives. 

Many of the gifts below are available on Amazon with Prime 2-day shipping, but we would still recommend ordering ahead of time to ensure a timely delivery. Other stores featured such as Target and Williams Sonoma should also be able to deliver gifts within a timely fashion. Just in case, they do offer in-store or curbside pick up as a reliable backup option.  

Here are the best gifts for fans of the beloved ‘Star Wars’ franchise: 

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Crocs. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

Loungewear featuring intergalactic dance party prints

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Star Wars Disco Collection, from $68, available at MeUndies

MeUndies’ limited-edition collection, available for its underwear, onesies, and lounge pants, come in three funky, dance-worthy “Star Wars” prints of Ewoks, lightsabers, and stormtroopers. MeUndies also has a collection inspired by Baby Yoda, and we love its soft and stretchy micromodal underwear so much.

A warm and fuzzy Chewbacca onesie

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Star Wars Chewbacca Pajama Suit, $42.99, available at shopDisney

Make sure to pause the gift-opening session to give them time to put on this ultra-soft Chewbacca pajama suit. It might not be durable enough for real space missions, but it works perfectly for cozy nights in. 

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Kids’ Crocs Fun Lab Darth Vader Lights Clog, $44.99, available at Crocs

You’re never too young to be a Star Wars fan, and these Crocs will leave the youthful, wishful members of the galaxy in awe. The recipient will likely be eager to rock Darth Vader graphics that light up with each step, and those taking care of them will appreciate Crocs’ comfort and safety.

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A plush toy inspired by the franchise’s cutest member

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The Child Plush, $24.99, available at shopDisney

The Child (more commonly known as Baby Yoda) has charmed the hearts of “The Mandalorian” fans and beyond. For more Baby Yoda-inspired gifts, check out our gift guide that’s entirely devoted to The Child.

The cheese board you bring out for all viewing parties

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Star Wars Death Star Cheese Board & Tool Set by Picnic Time, $38.24, available at Kohl’s

Everything falls perfectly into place in this cheese board you’ll want to bring out for your “Star Wars” marathon.

A tribute to the illustrator behind the iconic worlds and characters of Star Wars

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Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, $169.99, available at Amazon

Dive into the fascinating artistic process of creating the Star Wars universe. The never-before-seen-and-published illustrations and interviews paint the picture of the hard work of designer Ralph McQuarrie. 

A self-help book inspired by the rebellious personality of Princess Leia

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“Star Wars Be More Leia: Find Your Rebel Voice and Fight the System,” $9.99, available at Barnes & Noble

We can’t think of any mentor better than Leia to dish out advice on confidence, courage, and grit. This guide is both entertaining and helpful for anyone trying to become a more independent person.

An AR headset that allows them to enter the Star Wars world for themselves

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Lenovo Jedi Challenges AR Headset with Lightsaber Controller and Tracking Beacon, $136, available at Newegg

With the headset and app, they can fight their way through challenges in a world they only imagined they could access. The game provides hours of fun, plus an unexpected arm workout. 

Beautiful travel posters that may prompt them to pack their bags

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DanielleSylvan Star Wars 18″ x 24″ Retro Travel Posters (Set of 3), from $50, available at Etsy

If Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor were travel destinations (and we wish they really were), this is what their tourism ads might look like. 

A PopSockets grip

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Rebel Insignia PopSockets Grip, $15, available at PopSockets

This handy phone accessory is a subtle show of their allegiance to the Rebel Alliance and commitment to fighting for the cause. 

A spatula with the face of an iconic villain

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Star Wars Flexible Spatula, Darth Vader, $16.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

Keep your food from going over to the dark side (by burning, of course) with this Darth Vader spatula. A Storm Trooper, Chewbacca, and R2D2 are also available.  

A Disney+ subscription

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Buy a Disney Plus gift subscription for $69.99/year

It gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $69.99 a year. Star Wars fans in particular can enjoy new big-budget shows in 4K quality, along with iconic classics. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.

And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

A slim, protective phone case

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Star Wars iPhone Story Case, from $44.95, available at OtterBox

OtterBox’s rugged phone cases have strong drop protection but aren’t excessively bulky. The cases are an easy and practical way to express their love for Star Wars. 

A welcoming doormat

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Welcome You Are Doormat, from $13.40, available at Etsy

For those who are no stranger to Yoda’s words to the wise, this welcome mat pays homage to a “Star Wars” fan favorite. The mat is available in various colors and sizes, so you can customize it for a gift that feels extra personal. 

A toy that helps kids learn the basics of coding through fun and engaging games

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Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit, $54.97, available at Amazon

The Kano kit has them creating different-colored lightsabers, levitating stormtroopers, and discovering costumes for their avatar. They can also share and “remix” their creations with the Kano kids coding community at large. 

The best running shoes for space missions

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Adidas Ultraboost 19 Star Wars Shoes, $109, available at GOAT

Adidas’ famous Ultraboosts get the “Star Wars” treatment. Like the other shoes in the line, this pair features a second-skin fit, stretchy and supportive comfort, and a bouncy, responsive midsole. Learn more about the Adidas and “Star Wars” collaboration here

Storm Trooper socks

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Stance Trooper 40th Socks, $19.99, available at Zappos

The Storm Troopers look imposing on these socks made by an NBA player-favorite brand. The lightweight socks are cushioned, supportive, and comfortable. 

A book profiling the notable women in the galaxy

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Star Wars: Women Of The Galaxy, $26.95, available at Barnes & Noble

Rediscover all the strong women in this franchise through this book of 75 characters from the films, comics, games, and more. Each profile is accompanied by a beautiful illustration by a female or non-binary artist. 

Pancake molds in the shape of their favorite character

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Star Wars Pancake Molds, Set of 4, $19.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Pancakes taste way more delicious in the form of Yoda and R2-D2. The hassle-free silicone molds make it difficult to mess up your recipient’s Star Wars-themed breakfast. 

A realistic lightsaber

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Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber, $54.99, available at Amazon

Their special day is no time to settle for a basic lightsaber. The included accessories allow for multiple configurations, and the final product simulates lights and sounds for a realistic (yet non-destructive) playtime experience.

A popcorn popper they’ll use while watching their favorite movie

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Star Wars Popcorn Popper, $20.20, available at Amazon

The reusable, collapsible popcorn bowl will be the constant through the many hours spent watching old movies and new series like “The Mandalorian.” 

A double wall-insulated water bottle

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Star Wars Rule The Galaxy Water Bottle, $9.99, available at Williams Sonoma

Intergalactic adventures quickly lose their fun when your recipient isn’t properly hydrated. Gift them this leak-free stainless steel bottle emblazoned with an inspiring message. 

A special vinyl edition of ‘The Force Awakens’ soundtrack

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Hologram Vinyl, $27.95 available at Walmart

Vinyl brings out the best of this exciting and beautiful soundtrack, composed of course, by John Williams. They’ll immerse themselves in the rich renderings and be taken back to the first time they watched the movie. 

An umbrella that provides protection from the twin suns of Tatooine

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Oniva Star Wars Portable Beach Umbrella, $69.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

While everyone else at the beach lounges under brightly colored rainbow umbrellas, you’ll be enjoying the warm weather with an umbrella only a dedicated fan would own.

A toothbrush that makes brushing their teeth feel as exciting as a battle

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Oral-B Kids Star Wars Electric Toothbrush, $4.89, available at Amazon

The rotating brush head and gentle bristles clean their teeth thoroughly, but they’ll be too busy enjoying the character theme. Available characters are Yoda, Darth Vader, and Stormtrooper. 

An intensive Lego Star Wars kit

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Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon, $159.99, available at Target

This model is a beast containing 1,350 pieces, but as the many positive reviews confirm, the final feeling of satisfaction is priceless. Plus, it includes a crew of Minifigures. 

Editor’s note: This gift is only available in-store.

A remote-controlled droid

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Hyperdrive BB Unit, $99.99, available at Target

Kids and adults alike can have their very own piece of the galaxy with this remote-controlled droid. Lights and sound effects are built in to provide a completely immersive experience. 

Editor’s note: This gift is only available in-store. 

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Disney surges 9% after forecasting it will triple Disney Plus subscribers by 2024

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“The Mandalorian”

  • Disney shares jumped as much as 9% in pre-market trading on Friday.
  • The media giant plans to hike the domestic price of Disney Plus in March, and expects to triple its streaming service subscribers to between 230 million and 260 million by 2024.
  • Disney also expects to double its annual content investment to about $15 billion over the next four years as it rolls out dozens of movies and TV shows from its studio and its Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar subsidiaries.
  • Most of Disney’s business has been hit hard by the pandemic, but millions of people have signed up to Disney Plus to keep themselves entertained during lockdowns.
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Disney stock surged as much as 9% in pre-market trading on Friday after the entertainment titan laid out a bullish growth plan for its video-streaming business during its virtual investor day on Thursday.

The company intends to raise the monthly cost of Disney Plus in the US by a dollar to $7.99 in March, marking the platform’s first price increase since launching in November 2019. It expects to reach a total of 230 million to 260 million global subscribers by 2024, roughly triple its 87 million subscribers as of December 2.

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Disney is raising prices and projecting strong growth because it intends to double its yearly spending on content to about $15 billion over the next four years. It expects to add more than 100 new titles to Disney Plus annually, drawing from its Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar subsidiaries and expanding on its own studio’s properties such as “Zootopia” and “Moana.”

As a result, Disney expects its streaming losses to peak next year, and hopes to break even in 2024.

Disney Plus is a bright spot in a brutal year

A key element of Disney’s strategy is taking a smash hit in one of its divisions, such as “The Mandalorian” show on Disney Plus, and cashing in on it across its business. It already sells “Baby Yoda” toys and clothing in its Disney Stores, and will undoubtedly seek to deploy the beloved character in movies, TV shows, video games, and attractions in its theme parks and on its cruises.

Disney’s approach backfired this year, as its sprawling operations left it massively exposed to the pandemic. The company was forced to close theme parks and resorts, halt cruises, shutter Disney Stores, delay movie releases due to production shutdowns and cinema closures, and even host the rest of the NBA season at Disney World to help its ESPN subsidiary weather the suspension of many live sports.

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The disruptions meant Disney posted a net loss of $2.8 billion for the year to October 3 – a sharp swing from $10.4 billion in net income in the previous financial year.

Given it will be months before Disney’s business can rebound, it’s not surprising that the company is doubling down on Disney Plus, which has seen a spike in signups this year as people spend more time at home.

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