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When Disney + recently came out, I wasn't too worried about getting on board. My boys are not huge Disney fans, and we already have the top three streaming services (Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu +), but when I saw that Disney + was offering a bundle for $12.99 that gave you Disney +/Hulu/ ESPN +, I thought about it again. My kids do love sports, so maybe getting that bundle wouldn't be so bad. But, I already have Hulu +, I don't want to watch commercials, so I needed to know if I could still get a discount even though I wouldn't be using the bundle as offered. (read more)
GETTING THE DISNEY PLUS BUNDLE IF YOU ALREADY HAVE HULU PLUS/HULU LIVE TV, OR ESPN
If you'd rather watch the video, feel free! But be sure to read below so you can get a little cash back if you decide to get the Disney + bundle.
CAN I GET THE DISNEY + BUNDLE IF I HAVE HULU + ALREADY
I'm also going to tell you how to get cash back when you upgrade to the Disney + bundle, so keep reading.
Of course, the first thing I did when I was trying to figure this out was Google it. I could find tons of information about the Disney + bundle, but I couldn't find anything about getting that bundle if I already had Hulu +.
So, I got on my Hulu account and started a chat with customer service.
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YOU CAN GET THE DISCOUNT IF YOU ALREADY HAVE HULU +, AND THERE'S A STRAIGHT CREDIT FOR IT
Turns out, you can indeed get the Disney + bundle with whatever Hulu plan you currently have.
Let me explain.
The Disney + bundle works like this.
You are charged by Disney for Disney +, which is $6.99 a month. You are also charged for your Hulu or ESPN service (if you already have them) by Hulu and ESPN.
These will be separate charges on your credit card each month.
You are then credited $5.99 a month toward Hulu (the cost of their base plan) and you are credited $4.99 month toward ESPN (the cost of their base plan).
So, if you already have the Hulu base plan, it's a wash. If you already have the ESPN base plan, it's also a wash.
But, if you have Hulu + (or Hulu with live TV), you will still get that $5.99 a month credit. Basically, no matter which Hulu plan you have, you will be credited $5.99 a month.
This means, if you have Hulu + already, like I do, you will be charged $12.99 for Disney + and ESPN +, then another $6.96 (after the monthly credit) for your Hulu + account.
For a total of $19.95 for Disney +/Hulu +/ESPN +
Same goes for ESPN, you will be credited the amount of their base plans.
Your credit for Hulu will show up on your Hulu account.
Your credit for ESPN will show up on your ESPN account.
If you don't have a Hulu or ESPN account, those will be created when you sign up for the Disney + bundle.
Here's what Hulu customer service had to say.
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SIGNING UP SO YOU GET THE DISCOUNT
The main thing to remember here is that you must sign up for Disney + with the same email you used to sign up for Hulu or ESPN. If you use a different email address, it won't work.
Start by going through Rakuten/Ebates so you get cash back.
If you don't see the link directly, just type in "Disney" in the Rakuten search box.
That will take you over to the Disney + website, where you'll see the bundle information.
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Be sure to use the same email you use on your already existing Hulu account, or your already existing ESPN account.
If you don't use the same email account, you won't see the credit on Hulu or ESPN each month.
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For me, I think the Disney + bundle will be worth it, at least for now. My kids are big sports fans and I think they'd like the content.
ESPN + is offered on the following devices:
It's also offered on iPhone and Android, so I feel like it's easy enough to add it to the kids iPads and let them enjoy more sports, as well as some Disney classics they might not be familiar with.
This will bring my monthly streaming total up about $7, but I think it's worth it for adding those two streaming services.
I hope this helps you out, but if you have any more questions, I'm happy to help if I can.