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(Pocket-lint) - With the news of Disney+ raising its subscription prices next week alongside the launch of Star+, there's never been a better time to get on board. 

A Disney+ gift card is the best way to save money on the super streaming service. You pay for a year's worth of the streaming service in advance and you'll avoid the price hike as a result. 

You get 12-months for $69.99 or £59.99 - that works out to $5.80 or £5 per month, which is a decent discount considering the monthly hefty price rise to $7.99 / £7.99 from 23 February 2021 (currently $6.99/  £5.99).

To buy a gift card, just enter the recipient's name and email address - naturally, it could be yourself. Then the recipient can activate it whenever they want - it doesn't have an expiration date. 

You can only buy a subscription card for a new Disney+ customer - they won't top up an existing subscription, unfortunately.

Disney+ includes programming and films from Disney's vast catalogue, including its own animated classics and shows, Pixar movies, plus the Star Wars and Marvel Universe collections. National Geographic documentaries are also there, too. There are plenty of new things on the platform, too, such as the second series of The Mandalorian and Pixar movie Soul. 

The service also now boasts GroupWatch so you can - yes - watch shows with up to seven friends and family in real-time.

Disney is also adding a new brand to Disney+ called Star. It adds a lot of content to Disney+ that the US already has access to (via Hulu) including shows from Disney Television Studios, FX, 20th Century Studios, 20th Television, Touchstone and others. This includes iconic shows such as 24, American Dad, The X-Files, Buffy and Ugly Betty. 


Writing by Dan Grabham. Originally published on 17 November 2020.