Here’s the TL;DR version of signing up for ad-free Hulu as part of the Disney+ bundled package:
How to Sign Up for Disney Plus Bundle With Ad-Free Hulu
Signing up for the bundle is as easy as following the instructions on the sign-up page. If you don’t already have one of the other services, it’s the easiest way to get yourself started with all three. However, the Hulu sub in the bundled deal is the base Hulu subscription, rather than the commercial-free $11.99 version (which I personally feel is worth the extra couple bucks).
If you want to upgrade your Disney+ and Hulu bundle to the superior ad-free version, sign up for ad-free Hulu BEFORE you sign up for the Disney+ bundled deal. From there, choose the $11.99 version with no ads, or upgrade your existing Hulu subscription package. I cannot stress enough how much better Hulu is with no ads, so it’s really worth the extra $6 a month
There are two ways to upgrade to the more expensive, $11.99 version: you can sign up separately for the commercial-free version as explained above, or you can visit your Hulu account page and upgrade from there.
Can I Upgrade my Hulu Account If I Subscribed Through the Disney Plus Bundle?
The bad news is you CANNOT upgrade to ad-free Hulu if you subscribe through the Disney+ bundled deal. According to Hulu’s help page, if you create a new Hulu account and are billed through Disney+ “you won’t be able to switch to a different Hulu plan or sign up for any add-ons.” The bottom line is if you want ad-free Hulu you need to create the account before you sign up for the Disney+ bundled deal.
How to Sign Up for the Disney+ Bundle If You Already Have Hulu or ESPN+
It’s extremely easy to get the bundle if you’re already subscribed to one of the other services. Visit the Disney+ bundle sign-up page and use the same email address you use for your Hulu or ESPN+ account. That’s it.
Disney+ will then credit you $5.99 for your existing Hulu account and “a credit against the bundle price in an amount equal to the effective monthly price of your existing subscription.” If you’re a monthly ESPN+ subscriber, that means you’ll get credited $4.99 a month too. The important thing is you sign up for Disney+ with the same email address as the other two. Do that, and your monthly bill will be reduced.
Should I Get the Bundle if I Don’t Want ESPN+?
If you subscribe to Disney+ and Hulu separately, you’re paying $12.98, so for literally just a penny more you can bundle it and get ESPN+. I’m a fan of ESPN+ for the simple fact it has Formula 1 racing, the entire 30 for 30 documentary series, and classic boxing matches like Ali vs. Frasier: The Thrilla in Manilla. I’m not going to change your mind if you have zero tolerance for all sports, but it’s essentially the exact same price, so… why not sign up for the full bundle?
Get 1-Year of Disney Plus Free With Verizon
There’s an excellent deal if you’re looking for a new data plan through Verizon: you sign up for an unlimited data plan from Verizon Wireless, or sign up for Verizon Fios (check the website to see if your area has Verizon Fios coverage), and get one-year of Disney+ for free. If you already signed up for Disney+, your bill goes on hold until the free year is up, at which point it starts up again. That means if you’re one of the Disney+ super-fans who signed up for the three-year package deal, you get to keep the deal, you just get an extra year for free through Verizon. Nice.