It’s been a big month for Disney+, as the still-nascent streaming giant aims to juice subscriptions with The Mandalorian Season 2, Soul and even the less-than-warmly received Wonder Woman 1984. This is the company’s basic strategy: to use big tentpole releases to drive new subscriptions and hope that people stick around based on the reset of their content or, you know, just forget to cancel. But if you want to check out some of this stuff without paying, remember that you’ve got two more days to redeem two free months from Fortnite.
Fortnite started this promotion back in November, but it expires on December 31, so you’ll want to get on it. Basically, any real money purchase in Fortnite qualifies you for two free months of Disney+: not the biggest giveaway in the world, but more than enough time to binge the first two seasons of The Mandalorian and I don’t know, Hamilton or something. The important thing to know is that it’s retroactive, so that means if you’ve made any real money purchases in Fortnite since November 6—think battle passes—you can qualify after following these directions here. If your kid plays Fortnite, ask them if they’ve purchased anything recently. Or your friend, partner, neighbor, tobacconist, cobbler or what not.
If you want to make a new purchase for the specific purpose of redeeming this offer, you still come out on top, though just barely. The cheapest purchase you can make is 1,000 V-bucks for $7.99, and one month of Disney+ is $6.99. So you’re saving $5.99, enough to get you most of the way towards a middling burrito.
If you do redeem this, remember to cancel once you’ve had your fill if you really only wanted to have these two free months. I always get the feeling that’s why so many services besides the big one aim for sub-$10 price points: it’s easy enough to make the justification to keep it around on the off-chance you might want to watch something new, and easy enough to forget to cancel it.
Me, my Disney+ subscription has been hijacked by an IP address in Bogota and has had the email address changed, so I’m trying to recover it through customer service. Good times.