If you own a Roku device, you may be wondering how to watch all the shows and movies that Disney+ has to offer. Featuring both old-school animated productions and modern tales along with titles from Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar, this streaming service is perfect for family fun.
Every title in the Disney+ library is available to watch whenever you want. You don’t even have to endure commercials to soak up the magic. And to top it off, all of this Disney-owned entertainment comes at a competitive price.
Read on for everything you need to know about accessing Disney Plus on Roku devices, including how to download the app and what to do when you experience pesky tech issues.
Is the Disney Plus app available on Roku devices?
Thankfully, Disney Plus has been available across a wide range of Roku devices since the service’s launch in November 2019. The app is free to download, but you’ll have to invest in a Disney+ subscription to use it. You have the option to pay monthly at $7.99/mo. or annually at $69.99/year. A seven-day free trial is available.
If you’re looking for even more TV entertainment, why not combine three streaming services in one? Sign up to the Disney Plus, ESPN+, Hulu bundle for $13.99/mo. and get access to thousands of on-demand Hulu titles, live sports coverage via ESPN+, and all of Disney+’s family-friendly catalog.
How to download Disney Plus on Roku
Downloading the Disney Plus app onto your Roku device couldn’t be easier. Just follow these seven simple steps:
- Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
- Scroll down to Streaming Channels and press OK.
- Scroll to Search Channels and hit OK.
- Type in Disney. When Disney+ appears on the right-hand side, select it.
- Select Add Channel. You may need to enter your Roku PIN to download it.
- Navigate back to your Roku home screen and select the Disney+ app.
- If you’ve already signed up to Disney+, enter your login details. Or sign up for a free trial. You may need to enter your Roku PIN to start the trial.
Want to make Disney Plus even easier to find on your Roku home screen? Simply highlight it and press the * key to move the app from the bottom of the screen to the top.
The app is incredibly easy to use. Content is separated into categories like Disney, Pixar, and Marvel. Plus, there are collections of must-see franchises like Toy Story and Star Wars. If you want to see a full list of every show and movie on offer, you can easily do that too. And when you don’t have time to finish a film, head to the Continue Watching section to pick up where you left off.
To get a more personalized experience, create your own user profile. (One account can house up to 7 profiles.) That way, Disney Plus can use your viewing habits to recommend specific titles you may enjoy. The service also lets each user have their own watchlist so you can choose your favorites with ease.
What Roku devices does the Disney Plus app support?
Most Roku devices released in recent years support the Disney Plus app. To install Disney plus your streaming player or TV, you’ll need to have Roku’s latest OS (9.2).
Roku devices automatically check for and download new software updates. But if you want to manually check for an update, head to System Update via the Settings section. Press Check Now to download any available software.
Here’s a list of every Roku device that works with Disney Plus:
- Roku 1: 2710X
- Roku 2: 2720X, 4210X
- Roku 3: 4200X, 4230X
- Roku 4: 4400X
- Roku Express: 3700X, 3900X, 3930X
- Roku Express+: 3710X, 3910X, 3931X
- Roku Premiere: 3920X, 4620X
- Roku Premiere+: 3921X, 4630X
- Roku TVs: including Element, Hisense, Hitachi, JVC, Magnavox, Philips, RCA, Sanyo, Sharp, TCL, and Westinghouse
- Roku Streaming Stick: 3500X, 3600X, 3800X
- Roku Streaming Stick+: 3810X, 3811X
- Roku Ultra: 4640X, 4660X, 4670X
- Roku Ultra LT: 4662X
Are there 4K streaming options for Disney Plus on Roku devices?
Thankfully, you can enjoy Disney+ in all its 4K glory. But not all Roku devices support this extra sharp streaming resolution. All of the following support 4K Disney+:
- Roku 4
- Roku Premiere
- Roku Premiere+
- Roku Ultra
Not seeing your device on the list? Unfortunately, 4K isn’t an option for you. But your Roku will still stream up to 1080p — that’s equivalent to high definition (HD).
What if Disney Plus on my Roku device is not working?
Technology doesn’t always run smoothly. But if you’re experiencing problems with Disney Plus on your Roku device, don’t panic. There are a few simple ways to fix a troublesome app.
A weak internet connection can lead to massive headaches if you’re watching Disney Plus content on a Roku device. If your connection’s too slow, Disney+ shows and movies won’t be able to stream. (The minimum internet speed required for streaming is 5 Mbps, and 4K streaming requires at least 15 Mbps.)
The quickest way to remedy this is to restart your router. At the same time, switch off and unplug your Roku device. Wait between 30 to 60 seconds before restarting.
Still not working? See what else is using up your precious internet. For example, if your computer is downloading a big file or someone else in your household is using another streaming platform, Disney Plus could struggle. Try turning off the Wi-Fi on any device that could be affecting your streaming speed.
If the internet isn’t the cause of your problem, double-check your Roku device is running the latest software. Do this by heading to Settings and pressing Select System followed by Select System Update. Hit Check Now and your device will install any available updates.
You can also try signing out of Disney Plus and back in again, or deleting the Disney Plus app from your Roku device and re-installing it.
If none of the above makes a difference, head to the Roku or Disney+ support pages for further troubleshooting tips and advice.
The final cut
With the click of a button, you could soon be watching Disney+ on Roku. (Just make sure your device is on the compatible list.) If you’re still not sure whether the streaming service is the one for you, take advantage of a seven-day free trial. It’s the best way to test out the app without spending a single dollar.