Over the past five years, we’ve spent tens of thousands of hours reviewing VPNs and their streaming ability. When Disney Plus launched in 2019, we added it to our battery of weekly tests.
We test every VPN on Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, Roku, and game console devices, to see how well it works with Disney+.
Our analysis is broken down into five key testing areas. We give every VPN a rating in these five areas, and then combine those ratings to get the VPN’s overall Disney+ rating.
For Disney+ VPNs, we test for:
- The ability to consistently access Disney Plus streaming content.
- Fast international and domestic download speeds.
- Apps on popular streaming devices, like Amazon Fire TV Stick.
- A Smart DNS feature to make TV streaming easy.
- Privacy-friendly logging policy.
- Responsive and helpful customer support
Here’s a more detailed description of our Disney+ testing process. The percentages indicate how much weight we give to that subcategory when calculating overall Disney+ rating.
1. Disney+ Access: 40%
Minimum Requirement: Unblocks Disney+ most of the time.
We Recommend: Always unblocks Disney+ in a range of server locations.
Clearly, a VPN’s ability to unblock Disney+ is the most important factor when evaluating whether it’s a good VPN for Disney+. That’s why it makes up almost half of our overall Disney Plus rating.
We test each VPN on a range of different devices and by connecting to a number of different VPN servers and locations. All to answer one question: does it let you watch Disney+ content from abroad? If it does, then we know it has beaten Disney’s blockers.
We also factor in variables such as how long the VPN has been able to unblock the streaming service. Some VPNs worked with Disney+ as soon as it was released in 2019. Whereas others have struggled to maintain consistent access.
2. Speed: 20%
Minimum Requirement: International download speeds of 30Mbps or more.
We Recommend: Minimal speed loss on local connections and 60Mbps+ international speeds.
Speed is crucial for streaming. Every VPN slows down your internet speeds at least somewhat. But a poor-quality VPN can make your download speeds so slow that you’re unable to stream high-quality video and are plagued by buffering.
To find the best VPNs for Disney+, we conduct frequent manual speed tests that measure each VPN’s performance on both long-distance and short-distance connections.
We also have an automated VPN speed test tool that runs around 20 tests an hour on 16 of the most popular services.
In short, we have a very comprehensive idea of how quick and reliable each VPN is. For streaming Disney+, you should be looking for a VPN that delivers international speeds of at least 30Mbps.
3. Streaming Device Support: 20%
Minimum Requirement: Working Amazon Fire TV Stick app.
We Recommend: A Fire TV app and a Smart DNS feature that works on Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, and PS5.
Watching a Disney movie on your TV is just better than watching it on your laptop or smartphone. That’s why we reward VPNs that make it as easy as possible to stream on the big screen.
Smart DNS works like a VPN in that hides your IP address and lets you change your streaming region on platforms like Disney+ and Netflix. It’s by far the easiest way to unblock streaming services on an Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS5, and most other streaming devices.
Not only do we check whether a VPN offers a Smart DNS feature, we also test it to see how well it works with Disney+. This includes unblocking ability and speed.
We also reward VPNs that have a well-designed and strong-performing Amazon Fire TV Stick app.
4. Privacy & Logging Policy: 10%
Minimum Requirement: Any connection logs must be anonymised.
A VPN should protect your privacy, no matter what you’re using it for. We only recommend VPNs with strong encryption standards and a privacy-friendly logging policy.
A VPN should not record any information about your online activity, and any connection data it logs (e.g. timestamps) should be appropriately anonymised.
If the VPN is storing any information that could be used to identify you, then it’s not doing its job.
5. Customer Support: 10%
Minimum Requirement: Email support and helpful online resources.
We Recommend: 24/7 live chat with knowledge support agents.
Streaming platforms are always finding new ways to block VPN services, and Disney Plus is no different. That’s why we also assess the VPN’s customer support department.
They should be on-hand to help you workaround any streaming issues you face, night or day.
We inspect every facet of the VPN’s customer support offering. This typically includes online troubleshooting guides, email support, and live chat functionality.
We expect online resources to be relevant, easy to read, and up-to-date. Customer support agents should reply promptly and have a good degree of knowledge.
Additional research by David Hughes