Best VPNs for Disney+

Here’s our list of the best VPNs for watching the mouse ears.

By
&
Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Jun 9, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Jun 9, 2021
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There are lots of great reasons to use a VPN. One of our personal favorites: access to Disney+ content libraries from around the world. A good VPN can connect you to all these libraries, whether they’re in Ireland, the Netherlands, or Australia. Plus, if you like to travel, you’ll find that you can connect to the old U.S. of A.’s Disney+ library from anywhere you find yourself. Wondering which are the best VPNs to watch Disney+ with? Watch out, cause we’ve got answers.

Factors We Considered

Countries with Disney+ 59
Internet speed requirement 1.5-8 Mbps
Device compatibility Computers, TVs, smartphones
Contract lengths Weekly, monthly, multi-year
Our Top Picks

Best VPN for Disney+ Overall

NordVPN

Editor's Rating
9.3
/10
Editor's Rating
9.3
/10
NordVPN maintains thousands of servers around the world so we can always count on a fast, stable connection for streaming.

Best VPN for Disney+ for Privacy

ExpressVPN

Editor's Rating
9.5
/10
Editor's Rating
9.5
/10
Headquartered in the British Virgin Islands, ExpressVPN operates completely outside of the international surveillance alliances, ensuring that our online activity isn’t subject to prying government eyes.

Comparison of Best VPNs for Disney+

System
NordVPN
ExpressVPN
CyberGhost
Hotspot Shield
Astrill VPN
Ranking 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Ratings 9.5/10 9.1/10 9.0/10 8.5/10
Monthly Cost Range $8.32 - $12.95 $2.25 - $12.99 $1.99 - $11.95 $0.99 - $9.9
Contract Length One - 12months One - 36months One - 24 months One week - 60 months
Split Tunneling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disney+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Netflix Yes Yes, but prerequisites for some countries Yes Yes
Torrenting Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Addresses Rotating Static, shared Static, shared Dynamic or dedicated
Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes Member No No No No
Read Review ExpressVPN Review CyberGhost Review Hotspot Shield Review Astrill VPN Review

Summary of the Best VPNs for Disney+

Detailed List of the Best VPNs for Disney+

  • 1. NordVPN - Best VPN for Disney+ Overall

    Editor's Rating
    9.3
    /10

    We never have to worry about safety and security when we’re using NordVPN. Based in Panama, they aren’t subject to warrants from Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, or 14 Eyes, and their use of multi-hop technology means our data isn’t just encrypted once but twice. At the same time, they cater to the streaming channels we watch, like Disney+, with fast speeds and enough servers to ensure that we always have a connection close by.

    Pro Tip: The United States Disney+ library has the most available television shows at 172, but if you’re looking for the largest number of movies, Australia’s Disney+ has almost forty more than the U.S.1

    What We Like
    • Strong mobile apps
    • Multi-hop technology
    • Torrenting support
    • 5,246 servers worldwide
    What We Don’t Like
    • No split tunneling
    • Static, shared IP addresses (though dedicated addresses are available)
    • Slow speeds on Windows
    • Unreliable customer service

    Panama Headquarters

    We like the fact that NordVPN’s headquarters are in Panama. What’s so special about Panama? It isn’t a member of Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, or 14 Eyes, the three international surveillance alliances headed by the U.S. VPNs in member countries can be and frequently are asked to surrender user data to government agencies. So as far as we’re concerned, Panama makes a great place to locate a VPN’s headquarters.

    NordVPN Support
    NordVPN Support

    Tons of Servers

    One reason NordVPN is often at the top of our best VPNs list? At the last count, NordVPN maintained a staggering 5,246 servers in 62 different countries. That means wherever we might find ourselves in the world, we know that we can get a fast, stable connection, probably from somewhere right in our neighborhood. And the company has multiple servers in the 55 plus different countries where Disney+ operates, so it’s easy to access content libraries from anywhere.

    Multi-hop Technology

    NordVPN offered us an extra level of security because they utilize multi-hop, or what is sometimes referred to as double VPN technology. Multi-hop means they didn’t just “hop” us from our location to one encrypted server. It means they hopped us at least twice, running our connection through not just one but multiple servers. The result: it was twice as hard for hackers to follow us. That’s good since we can’t really settle down to enjoy Fantasia if we’re worried that some stranger is out there with our credit card number.

  • 2. ExpressVPN - Best VPN for Disney+ for Privacy

    Editor's Rating
    9.5
    /10

    ExpressVPN doesn’t just provide support for Disney+ but for a range of streaming services including Hulu, Prime Video, Netflix, and HBO Max. Sometimes we prefer to download our content, and as it turns out, ExpressVPN is also among the best VPNs for torrenting, offering easy access to uTorrent. Best of all, they offer a split tunneling feature which means that we can run programs through the VPN and still use the regular internet without having to switch back and forth.

    What We Like
    • Outside surveillance alliances
    • Torrenting support
    • Split tunneling
    • Supports Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and HBO Max in addition to Disney+
    What We Don’t Like
    • No multi-hop
    • Only five simultaneous connections
    • No phone support
    • Slower speeds on Macs

    Streaming Support

    We’re huge fans of The Mandalorian and with ExpressVPN, any time we need a fix we can stream episodes from Disney+. Did we mention that we can do that no matter where we are in the world? Of course, there’s more to life than Baby Yoda: we’re fans of all sorts of other series, many of them on other streaming services. Luckily, ExpressVPN doesn’t just offer access to Disney+. They make it easy to access all the best streaming networks including Hulu, Prime Video, Netflix, and HBO Max. Want to know what other VPNs are good for streaming? Check out our complete list of best VPNs for streaming.

    ExpressVPN Kill Switch
    ExpressVPN Kill Switch

    Work File Protection

    During the pandemic, we did an awful lot of working from home. All right, let’s be honest, we did a lot of work in our pajamas from our nice cozy bed. Bottom line, that means lots and lots of files and folders zipping back and forth through cyberspace and lots of chances for hackers, or even business competitors, to snoop. ExpressVPN totally has us covered though. Their VPN safely encrypted our connection so we never have to worry about hacking or spying when we were retrieving or uploading sensitive work documents.

    Rotating IP Addresses

    Yet another way ExpressVPN protects our privacy is through rotating IP addresses. Rotating IP addresses change every time we log on to the VPN. Because we never look the same twice, we stay one step ahead of hackers. And because the company rotates the same pool of addresses through its customer base, it’s harder for government agencies to know who is doing what with which addresses. Simply put, rotating addresses are one more way that ExpressVPN ensures our anonymity online.

  • 3. CyberGhost - Best VPN for Disney+ for Macs

    Editor's Rating
    9.1
    /10

    CyberGhost keeps our online activity, including our Disney+ streaming, absolutely private. Basically, whatever happens in their encrypted VPN tunnel stays in their encrypted VPN tunnel. In addition, they offer split tunneling, lightning fast speeds for Macs, and something we don’t come across every day: fast and helpful customer service.

    What We Like
    • Split tunneling
    • Fast customer service responses
    • Quick Mac speeds
    • Torrenting support
    What We Don’t Like
    • Static IP addresses
    • No multi-hop technology
    • Logs IP addresses
    • High price for single-month subscriptions

    Great for Macs

    Cyberghost VPNs feature low latency and fast speeds for both uploading and downloading. We found this was especially true for Macs, one reason they are at the top of our list of best VPNs for Macs. Our Macbook’s latency was at 14 milliseconds without the VPN, and it only increased to 16 when we were running the VPN. That’s a difference of only 14 percent. The difference in download speeds was similarly minimal, with less than a three percent difference between how the device performed without the VPN and with it. And upload speeds differed by less than eight percent. In short, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets on Disney+ have never looked better.

    CyberGhost Kill Switch
    CyberGhost Kill Switch

    Fast Customer Service

    One of the nice perks about using CyberGhost is their responsive customer service. We used their online chat function to ask about their “Smart Access” split tunneling feature, which allows users to set up a split tunneling profile so that assigned programs and websites automatically connect through the VPN. Help arrived almost instantaneously, and in the form of an actual person. They explained the possibilities, took us through the steps in a clear, easy-to-follow way, and seemed to care genuinely about whether we got it all sorted out. In a world where we deal more often with bots than actual people, this live chat experience was refreshing.

    Privacy

    CyberGhost is headquartered in Romania, another country outside the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes surveillance alliances. In addition, they have a strict logging policy that prevents anyone, even the government, from spying on users’ browsing behaviors. Like most companies, they must maintain some records, mainly for billing purposes. However, they make a clear distinction between information they gather about us as customers and information about our web activity. While they do keep records on the former, they keep almost nothing related to the latter except our IP addresses. Here’s what information of ours they log:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Email Address
    • Username
    • Payment Information
    • User’s IP address (stored in anonymized format)
    • Approximate location (country)
    • Non-personal usage metadata (browser type, OS version, preferred language, etc.)

    What they don’t log:

    • Browsing histories
    • Timestamps
    • Server IP addresses.

    Did You Know: The Five Eyes intelligence alliance, made up of the U.S, the U.K, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, was originally established to monitor military and diplomatic communications within the Soviet Union. Only in 2013 did the public discover that these same countries were now monitoring each other’s citizens.2

  • 4. Surfshark - Best VPN for Disney+ for Families

    Editor's Rating
    9.2
    /10

    One of the nice things about Surfshark is that they play well with others. Of course, that includes easy access to Disney+. But additionally, they work with a wide range of platforms and operating systems including iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Linux, Fire TV, Chrome, Firefox and XBox. That means we don’t need different VPN subscriptions for different devices. Even better, they offer unlimited simultaneous connections on unlimited devices, making it a great choice for families. No more arguing over who gets to watch what when!

    What We Like
    • Unlimited simultaneous connections on unlimited devices
    • Multi-hop technology
    • Split tunneling
    • Outside surveillance alliances
    What We Don’t Like
    • Static, shared IP addresses
    • Slow speeds on Windows
    • No phone support
    • Have to set up kill switch manually on Windows

    Unlimited connections

    Access to Disney+ is great for families. Even better, though, Surfshark offers an unlimited number of simultaneous server connections over an unlimited number of devices. We don’t have kids ourselves, but that sounds like the perfect setup for family viewing. The five-year-old can watch Mickey Mouse, the ten-year-old can watch High School Musical, and the adults can watch Iron Man, all at the same time.

    Surfshark Connected to VPN
    Surfshark Connected to VPN

    Compatibility

    Compatibility can be a big issue for families. The husband swears by Apple devices, the wife is a dedicated Windows user, and junior’s tinkering with an old laptop running Linux. Surfshark takes care of all those needs. They feature browser support for both Chrome and Firefox and work with a wide range of operating systems including iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, FireTV, Xbox, and, yes, even Linux. Additionally, their mobile apps are highly rated. Their SurfsharkVPN gets a 4.4 out of five from the Apple store and a 4.3 out of five at the Google Play store.

    Split Tunneling

    Here’s the thing: we definitely love our VPN, but we don’t need it for everything we do. There are plenty of mundane tasks we take care of every day that we’re just fine doing over the plain old internet. Using a VPN, for instance, to email our sister in Ohio would only use up extra bandwidth. Surfshark offers split tunneling, which means we can use our VPN for everything that requires privacy and still do our more mundane tasks without having to switch the VPN on and off.

  • 5. Ivacy VPN - Best VPN for Disney+ for Video Calls

    Editor's Rating
    8.5
    /10

    Ivacy VPN offers security and privacy, split tunneling, and a number of unique features like single-week contracts and dedicated IP addresses. Oh, and, by the way, they work well with Disney+. One of their best features, though, is their speed. They’re fast when it comes to latency and downloading, but they’re lightning quick when it comes to uploading, one of the most crucial elements of good video calls.

    What We Like
    • Split tunneling
    • Minimal logging
    • Low latency
    • Torrenting support
    What We Don’t Like
    • No multi-hop technology
    • Static, shared IP addresses (but dedicated addresses are available)
    • Only five simultaneous connections
    • Weak Mac app

    One-Week Subscriptions

    We found ourselves stuck in the Cairo airport last year with nothing to do but stream Disney movies. We certainly didn’t need a long-term subscription, and even a whole month of a VPN seemed like too much. A one-week subscription was precisely what was called for. It turns out, Ivacy VPN is one of the few companies to offer contracts that short, and they do it for the very reasonable price of just $0.99 a week.

    Ivacy VPN iPhone Screenshot
    Ivacy VPN iPhone Screenshot

    Affordability

    The great thing about Ivacy VPN, though, is that it’s not just their one-week subscriptions that are affordable. Ivacy VPN’s subscription prices are the cheapest on this list, and among the lowest in the industry. A single month costs just $9.95. Of course, like most VPNs, they offer discounts for long-term contracts. A year runs at $3.50 per month. And at the opposite end of the spectrum from their one-week plans, they actually offer one of the longest subscription plans in the industry: 60 months (five years) for $60.00 total, or just $1.00 per month.

    Fast Speeds

    Ivacy VPN offers great speeds across the board, and that’s true for both Macs and Windows devices. Where they’re really impressive though is when it comes to upload speeds, a crucial component for video calls. Every VPN slows down a device to some extent, but our Windows computer ran only 28 percent slower with the VPN running than it did without it. And the change for our Mac was only four percent. Whether we’re using Zoom, Facetime, or Skype, with Ivacy VPN we know that our friends’ words will actually match up with their lips.

Methodology

We judge every VPN we evaluate according to a few simple criteria. These include security, privacy, speed, features, and pricing. Of course, for this specific list, our primary interest was in just how well the VPN worked with Disney+. In the end, we made holistic evaluations of all the VPNs we examined and then ranked them accordingly.

Disney+ Compatibility

First and foremost, this list is mainly just how compatible each VPN is with Disney+. We’re especially interested in VPNs with high download speeds, low latency, and lots of servers to ensure strong connections to Disney+ once we get there.

Security

A VPN is only as good as its ability to secure our data. That means absolutely no leaks and no vulnerabilities that could possibly make our information visible to hackers or government surveillance agencies. So, first we check for DNS leaks using a program available at DNSLeakTest.com. Next we run each VPN through a tool developed by ExpressVPN that checks for WebRTC leaks. Only once it’s passed both of these tests do we certify a VPN as “secure.”

Privacy

We don’t just expect our VPN connection to be secure, though; we also expect it to be private. No matter where we might go online, we want to know that we’re doing it completely anonymously. So we start by going over every company’s privacy policy with a fine-tooth comb to see just what they do and don’t promise. As we mention above, for example, we fully recognize that every company is going to log some of our information. That’s basically unavoidable. However, the best VPNs will keep what they log to a bare minimum: they won’t log our web traffic, they won’t keep track of our IP addresses, and they won’t record timestamps related to our activity.

We alo research each company’s pasts to determine whether they have a history of cooperating with authorities or of any serious data breaches. We also consider where a company is based since that can determine whether it participates in the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, or 14 Eyes surveillance alliances.3 We examine what tools a VPN uses to protect us, looking carefully at what kind of encryption methods it employs, whether it uses multi-hop technology and split tunneling, whether it utilizes some form of kill switch, and what kind of IP addresses it issues to users (we prefer dynamic over static).

Speed

We run each VPN through a speed test developed by Ookla. This allows us to measure upload and download speeds as well as latency. We subject our computers to these tests before we install a VPN, then compare those results with tests performed on the same computers when they’re running the VPN. This allows us to say the precise difference a VPN will make on a machine’s performance in terms of a percentage.

Features

The most important features for any VPN are those that help to ensure security and privacy (see above). However, it’s nice to have additional perks as well. We like VPNs, for instance, that allow us easy access to streaming services and that have specific tools to make torrenting easier. Finally, we pay attention to the quality of a company’s apps, and we take into consideration what sort of response we get from their customer support.

Pricing

Obviously we consider a VPN’s pricing and subscription options, not just to see which companies offer the lowest price but to consider what kind of value we’re getting for our money. Does a company offer monthly subscriptions, if that’s what we need? How much of a discount do we get for signing long-term contracts? And what exactly do we get for our money? We want a healthy number of simultaneous connections, at least seven. In general, we look for plans that cost $10 a month or less, and we’re always on the lookout for brands that offer discounts.

FAQs

Citations
  1. What's on Disney Plus. (2020). What Country Has The Most Disney+ Content?
    whatsondisneyplus.com/what-country-has-the-most-disney-content/

  2. The Guardian. (2013). US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask' Britons' personal data.
    theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/us-uk-secret-deal-surveillance-personal-data

  3. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (2021). Five Eyes Intelligence Oversight and Review Council.
    dni.gov/index.php/ncsc-how-we-work/217-about/organization/icig-pages/2660-icig-fiorc