TL;DR: The first three Toy Story movies are available for streaming on Disney+ right now, but if you wait until the fourth film drops, you can watch the entire franchise for free with the platform’s seven-day trial.
You’ve got a friend in Disney+.
After months of hype and a flubbed Nov. 12 launch, the brand-new streaming platform from our mouse ear-wearing overlords is finally up and running — and if you play your cards right, you can use it to watch all four Toy Story movies for free (and legally).
But first, some background: Disney+’s library contains hundreds of Disney movies and TV series, all of which are exclusive to the platform. (In other words, you can’t get them via Netflix or Hulu.) That library currently includes the first three installments of the Toy Story series, and the fourth one is expected to join them at some point in the near future.
Like many of its streaming peers, Disney+ offers a seven-day trial of its service to new users — that’ll be your ticket to a couple of free Toy Story movie marathons. To get started, simply create a Disney+ account, select either a monthly plan ($6.99/month) or an annual subscription ($69.99/year), and enter your payment information. Disney won’t run any charges to your account until that weeklong trial is up, so if you make sure to cancel your plan before then, you won’t pay a thing.
The trick to this method is all about timing, timing, timing. As previously mentioned, only Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 are available to stream on Disney+ right now, and Disney hasn’t yet revealed when the fourth one will drop. (All we know is that it’ll happen sometime within the platform’s first year post-launch). So, if the Toy Story series is all you plan on watching on Disney+, we suggest waiting until the release of the fourth film to make the most of your trial. But consider this: If you start your trial now and continue on one of those cheap monthly plans, you’ll have tons of other stuff to watch while you wait for Toy Story 4 to arrive. Food for thought.