Since first launching in November 2019, Disney+ has taken the streaming world by storm. With an unrivaled catalog of movies, shows and originals, Disney+ brings some serious competition to services like Netflix and Hulu.
Now available on Amazon‘s Firestick and Fire TV devices, Disney+ offers a game-changing streaming experience right from your living room. In this comprehensive guide, we‘ll cover everything you need to know to get started with Disney+ on Firestick, including:
- Disney+ Service Overview
- App Download & Installation
- Account Creation & Profile Setup
- Content Categories & Recommendations
- Streaming & Download Features
- Firestick Advantages & Troubleshooting
- Tips for Getting The Most Out of Disney+
Let‘s dive in!
A Look at Disney+ Streaming
Before we get into Disney+ on Firestick specifically, here‘s an overview of what Disney+ offers as a streaming service:
Launch Date: November 12, 2019
Price: $7.99/month or $79.99/year
Number of subscribers: Over 100 million globally as of April 2021
Content library: Over 500 films and 7,000 TV episodes plus new originals added regularly
Most popular titles: Marvel films and shows, Star Wars movies and The Mandalorian, Frozen 2, Moana, The Simpsons
Supported devices: Firestick/Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Smart TVs, Gaming Consoles, Mobiles/Tablets
Key features: Multiple profiles, unlimited downloads, 4K/HDR streaming, parental controls
The sheer breadth of content available on Disney+ sets it apart from any other streaming option out there. By bringing together family favorites from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic, Disney+ offers endless entertainment for viewers of all ages.
It‘s easy to see why Disney+ subscriptions have absolutely skyrocketed since launching less than 2 years ago.
Now let‘s look at how to unlock all that amazing content right from your Firestick.
Downloading & Installing the Disney+ App
Thanks to Amazon and Disney reaching an agreement, installing the Disney+ app on your Firestick couldn‘t be easier. Just follow these quick steps:
From the Firestick home screen, use the search function to find "Disney+".
Select the Disney+ app from the search results.
Choose "Get" to begin the download. This only takes a minute or two.
Once installed, you can open the app right away or find it in Your Apps & Channels.
Move the Disney+ icon to your preferred spot on the home screen.
And that‘s all there is to it! In just a few clicks, you‘ll have the Disney+ app ready to start streaming.
Creating Your Disney+ Account
Before you can dive into all that great Disney content, you‘ll need to setup a Disney+ account.
The good news is there‘s a 7-day free trial so you can experience everything Disney+ has to offer before paying. Here‘s how to get started:
Open the Disney+ app and select "Start Free Trial".
Enter your email address and agree to the terms.
Create a password and indicate your plan preference.
Provide payment details to start your 7-day preview.
Once your account is created, you‘ll receive a confirmation email from Disney with tips on how to get the most out of your subscription.
Just remember to cancel before the 7-day trial ends if you don‘t want to continue the paid membership.
Setting Up User Profiles
One of the best parts of Disney+ is that it allows you to create dedicated profiles for each member of your household.
With personalized profiles, everyone can:
- Access their own watch history and recommendations
- Have viewing restrictions applied (for kids‘ profiles)
- Stream on different devices simultaneously
It‘s easy to add profiles right within the Disney+ app:
Click on your avatar in the bottom left corner.
Select "Add Profile" and choose an avatar.
Enter the profile name and adjust parental controls for kids.
With up to 7 profiles allowed per account, Disney+ makes shared family viewing a breeze.
Browsing & Streaming Disney+ Content
Between iconic animated films, thrilling Marvel adventures, captivating documentaries and more, Disney+ offers endless streaming options.
Here are some tips for finding your next favorite show or movie:
Scroll through the main content rows like Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars
Use the navigation bar to browse Movies, Series, Originals or search
Filter by genre (e.g. action, musicals, sci-fi) to narrow results
Click a title to play it immediately or download for later
Resume watching from where you left off using "Continue Watching"
Let personalized recommendations suggest new content based on your tastes
Use Alexa voice commands to instantly find any title
With an intuitive interface and stellar content catalog, streaming on Disney+ is simple and satisfying.
Downloading for Offline Viewing
One extremely useful feature of Disney+ is the ability to download movies and episodes to your mobile device or Firestick for offline viewing.
To download a title for offline access:
Hover over the show/movie icon and click the downward arrow.
Once downloaded, a checkmark will appear on the icon.
Find your downloads in the "Downloads" section of the app.
This makes Disney+ perfect for keeping kids occupied on long car rides or flights when WiFi isn‘t available.Downloading also helps avoid buffering issues you may experience when streaming on a slow connection.
The number of downloads is unlimited, though available storage space is something to keep in mind. Downloaded titles will auto-expire after a set time period.
Why Firestick is Great for Disney+
While you can enjoy Disney+ on a wide range of devices, Firestick provides some unique advantages:
Seamless TV viewing experience – Streaming Disney+ on the big screen is so much better than small mobile devices!
Full Alexa voice control – The Firestick remote makes finding content incredibly fast.
Easy account and profile management – Switch user profiles or update payment info right from your TV.
Automatic app updates – Maintenance is hassle-free compared to other streaming boxes.
Kid-friendly environment – With robust parental controls, Firestick is ideal for families.
Flexibility to add/remove apps – Disney+ can be easily installed or uninstalled as needed.
With Firestick, you get the most seamless and full-featured Disney+ experience possible.
Troubleshooting Disney+ on Firestick
Disney+ performs extremely well on Firestick, but there are a few hiccups that can occur:
Login issues – Double check email and password. Reinstalling the app often helps.
Buffering or slow streaming – Check internet connection. Restart router if needed. Lower video quality.
Syncing problems – Delete and reinstall the Disney+ app to sync properly with account.
Missing movies/shows – Content availability varies by region. A VPN provides access to more.
Profile restrictions too strict – Use parental PIN to adjust Kids Profile settings.
Alexa voice commands not working – Make sure the Disney+ Alexa skill is enabled in settings.
While problems are rare, these troubleshooting tips should get Disney+ working smoothly again in no time. Reach out if any issues persist.
Get The Most Out of Disney+ on Firestick
Here are a few final tips for having the best Disney+ experience on your Firestick:
Take advantage of 4K HDR streaming for stunning picture quality
Create a Kids Profile with strong parental controls to keep viewing family-friendly
Use Alexa voice search to instantly find titles instead of endlessly browsing
Download before a long trip to keep content available offline
Follow Disney+ on social media for announcements of new releases
Check the "Continue Watching" and "Recommended For You" rows for hidden gems
Don‘t forget to cancel before your 7-day trial ends if you don‘t want to pay
Now equipped with this comprehensive guide, you‘re ready to start streaming Disney+ like a pro on your Firestick. Enjoy!
As massive Disney fans ourselves, we‘re always happy to answer any questions about getting up and running with Disney+. Feel free to reach out.