How to access Disney.com outside the US
Carolina, who originally hails from Argentina is a movie buff through and through. She enjoys nothing more than binge-watching the latest Netflix series and is a big fan of their 'Originals' line. Her favourite movie is Frozen and she's a big fan of The Good Place & The Dragon Prince.
Right now, Disney holds the most significant parts of the entertainment industry in their hands and while Disney+ is taking all the headlines, the regular Disney.com service is well worth checking out.
So, if you have kids or you’re an adult fan like me loves Disney animation, Star Wars, Marvel, and the recently acquired 21st Century Fox, surely you’re always looking for official ways to stream.
And of course, the best place to look is the official Disney website.
But, if you live outside the US, you’ll find that every time you try to enter Disney.com, the website automatically redirects you to the localized version from where you are at the time.
Don’t worry! There’s an easy solution for this.
Keep scrolling down and reading this guide where I’ll show you everything you need to know about getting the full Disney experience in any country!
Why are regional Disney websites so different?
Localization is the answer.
Big companies offer different content according to countries and regions.
In the case of the Disney website, the problem is the regional sites are far from being complete and as appealing as the American one.
They have very little information and content, and they lack a lot of services that are available in America.
Even for kids, these websites are plain boring because they don’t have anything in comparison with the original American site.
Disney doesn’t have a restriction about copyright because they own all their licenses globally. But, it’s a matter of privilege that the best content is only available for the US.
Something is certain: if you want official HD screenshots of Frozen 2 or the latest Star Wars wallpapers, you won’t find them on Disneylatino.com for example, but you will on the American Disney.com
What you need to access it
There’s a cool app called a VPN that will let you access Disney.com no matter what country you’re in.
But, what is a VPN?
A VPN stands for ‘Virtual Private Network’ and it protects your privacy online by concealing your real location.
To do this, you can connect to different servers scattered around the world and take on their location.
Connect to America, for example and any websites or apps you use will think you’re in America – even though you could be in Australia, Japan or South Africa – basically anywhere!
When it comes to accessing to regionally restricted content, you only need to choose the location to which it is limite. For example, in this case, the US.
Where can I get a VPN?
With a VPN like ExpressVPN, which is one of the best on the market, you can enter Disney.com as if you were in the US, and get access to all their content and services.
In my tests I found them to be about the best as they offer fast speeds which is excellent for watching video.
They also have a neat 30-day money back guarantee in case you want to test them risk-free first.
There are some other good options so check out NordVPN, CyberGhost and VyprVPN if you have time. The choice is yours.
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Watch Disney: Step by Step
So, how do you access a VPN and configure it?
Well, it’s super easy. Follow these steps and you’ll be enjoying Disney.com in no time!
Go to the ExpressVPN website and subscribe to the plan that best fits your needs and budget.
The yearly package has a huge discount which is well worth checking out, but a month package is suitable.
Create your account with your email address and choose the payment method of your preference.
Get the app from the “Products” section.
You’ll find apps for all the devices and OS. If you’re on a mobile device with Android or Apple iOS, you can look for it directly in your app store, just search ‘ExpressVPN’.
Log in to the app using the account credentials you created in step 2.
Now, you need to choose the location to where to connect to. In this case, you’ll need to connect to a server in the US.
In the “Selected location” box, look for the ‘United States’. Once you find it, select it, and press “Connect“.
Congratulations, you’re finally surfing the web as if you were living in the US.
Now, it’s time to go to Disney.com and see all the material you have been missing – Prepare to be amazed!
What kind of content you can find Disney.com
A lot of things. Too many to mention actually, but here’s a little sneak peek.
Movie profiles with all the trailers and teasers, HD screenshots and wallpapers.
Access to the Movies Anywhere service, where you can redeem the coupons you get when you buy a Disney Blu-ray to get the digital copy.
Also, you can buy digital copies.
Of course, you’ll need to use the VPN for this service.
You can get a membership at Movie Club, where you can buy Disney movies on DVD or Blu-ray at a very low price.
There’s a whole load of free content so have a look around and see what you can discover.
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What other things can I do with a VPN?
Probably, you are asking yourself if it is worth to pay for a VPN to access a website.
Disney.com is just a little example of what you can do with a VPN.
First, you have the security and safety in your connection, which is the VPN’s primary goal.
It allows you to use the ‘net semi-anonymously and prevent all kinds of risks from snoopers watching what you’re doing to companies tracking your movements.
Second, as a side benefit, you can access whatever you want from any region.
Websites, streaming services that aren’t available in your country, YouTube videos that are blocked, etc.
As you can see, the benefits of using a VPN are varied and paying a small fee per month opens the door to a lot of possibilities on the Internet.
Like I mentioned before, ExpressVPN is one of the best options.
You get a significant discount if you subscribe to the yearly package, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee if you don’t like the service and if you’re thinking using it for streaming, it has fast speeds which are great for watching video.
If you’re a Disney fan and you live outside the US you have to console yourself with the regional Disney website assigned to your country.
Well, not anymore.
If you subscribe to a VPN like ExpressVPN, you can access Disney.com where the real magic exists.
And the best thing is you can use the VPN for a lot of other activities like watching streaming services that aren’t available in your country and keeping your Internet connection safer.
Once you’ve signed up, you can sit back and enjoy all the extra Disney content wherever you are in the world.
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