Mar 05 2015

Is it worth it to stay in Disney Movie Club after finishing your commitment?

Yesterday, a reader sent me a message wondering if it was worth it to stick with the Disney Movie Club after fulfilling your commitment.

I think it depends on how many more movies you plan on adding to your collection. If you have a lot (say, 7+), it might be worth it to consider finishing your commitment, canceling and re-enrolling with a similar sign-up bonus offer.

ONLY sign up if you use a promo allowing you to purchase 2 full-priced titles to finish your commitment. The deals where you need 3-4 typically aren’t worth it.

Currently, code 28563 will get you a Mickey Mouse fleece mini blanket, and you will need 2 regular-priced titles. Code 30058 is the same thing, but with an Olaf blanket. Your initial sign up is 5 Blu-ray combos for $1 each, an additional movie for $11.95 (this goes to a commitment, leaving two left), and an additional bonus title for $8.95.

I found those promo codes in a very helpful thread and I canceled my DMC. The rep on the phone said I could sign up again at any time. So I did.

I did this a few months ago. I wanted Up, Ratatouille, and 101 Dalmatians and Big Hero 6 ($19.99 on Amazon now) when they came out. My VIP offers still weren’t making it a good deal for me.

         

I used a promo code that gave me a Mickey Mouse fleece blanket, and I could get 7 movies with my initial sign-up for $21.90, and then I would need to buy 2 more movies full-price to fulfill my agreement.

That was easy to do, and I got 101 Dalmatians and Big Hero 6 (loved BH6! I had no idea what this was about based on previews, but we enjoyed it a lot). I got them on pre-order so they were $5 off each, AND I did that in a month where there was free shipping. Both counted to finish my agreement. At $24.95 each with free shipping, I spent $49.90.

So, I got 9 movies for $71.80. That is less than $8 each. Unbeatable.

If I used a VIP promo offer, something like buy one at regular price, get the rest for 50% off plus free shipping, I would still have paid much more for the 4 titles I definitely wanted. Doing a new sign-up offer saved money, and I added some movies I wouldn’t otherwise have considered (studio Ghibli productions — my 4yo especially enjoyed My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo).

It’s important to note, during your initial sign-up, you aren’t able to get the full Disney movie catalog. For one thing, if a movie is in the vault, it is unavailable period. But also, newer releases and some other titles aren’t necessarily going to be available for your sign-up offer. Be sure to check the availability to make sure the titles you want will count.

I have a quite full Disney & Pixar collection now. I will hang on to my VIP membership for now, but I will likely cancel at some point soon. Typically, new releases are cheaper in stores or Amazon during the first few days of their release. Then they have a price jump. That might be my best option for new releases. It isn’t worth it for me to sign up again right now, because there aren’t 7 titles available in the sign-up offer that I want.

Benefits of staying as a VIP member:

  • Discounts are typically better (i.e., buy one at regular price, get the rest of your order for 40-60% off and possibly free shipping, etc.). 
  • A free collectible pin with each full-priced title, or otherwise buy it for $4.95 (not available anywhere else). Disney pin collecting/trading is totally a thing.
  • Some older movies are only available here
  • Collectible lithographs come with new releases for VIPs in some instances

Wanted to put that out there in case any of you are DMC members or considering it. If you own a few Disney or Pixar movies and would like to own way more, the absolute cheapest way to build your collection through DMC — one or more times, if necessary. Just make sure you stick with one membership per household at a time. You cannot have two at once.

Other sources of Disney movies:

  • Library, of course! My library has many titles but not all by a long shot, though interlibrary loan is an option, too. Can’t beat free. 
  • Netflix streaming has a lot of Disney movies right now, including Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 which are both in the vault. Can’t buy them on DVD or Blu-Ray right now. A lot of titles are included — Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, Robin Hood, The Aristocats, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dumbo, etc.
  • Think you may only want to screen a movie once? Rent it via an online streaming service, or Redbox, or a video store. Those still exist, what!

Want some help with the math on if it is worth it for YOU? Comment and let me know. 

* Amazon links and images are affiliate. DMC link is not.

Also see my initial post how I saved with the Disney Movie Club



2 Responses to “Is it worth it to stay in Disney Movie Club after finishing your commitment?”

  1. What are the “regular prices for bluray? It says” starting at $29.95″ so I assume they get more expensive than that. I ask because I can get some movies like Aristocats for $13 elsewhere, so I want to plan wisely. Also, how much is s&h per order?

  2. Hey Mike,

    Blu Ray titles tend to be $29.95, though some are less and can fulfill an agreement (it has to say in the fine print under that title that it will count toward agreement). Ok I’m browsing for some that are more than that price — looks like some Marvel titles are: Thor (Blu-Ray, DVD, digital copy) is $31.95 for example. Also, some movies that come in 3D are higher. Like $39 regular.

    If you have a longer list of titles, I can price check them for you if you’d like.

    And yes, Aristocrats is definitely cheap, I think it’s still streaming on Netflix right now even. Aristocats blu-ray and DVD combo pack is $29.95 regular; there is a version that includes a poster for $34; DVD only is $21.95;

    BUT. For something like Aristocats, you have to factor in the member offer. For example, right now there is a promo code for VIPs that is good until December 31, 2015 (!) good for 60% off your order when you buy one title at regular price. So, buy a Blu-Ray combo pack you want for $29.95, and get Aristocats Blu-Ray and DVD for $11.98. Promo isn’t working for the rooftop poster bundle. It does work for “The Aristocats Premium Package” normally $69, bringing it to $27.98 and includes – Extraordinary Limited-Edition Packaging
    – DVD + Blu-ray Combo Pack
    – Original Art Character Lithos
    – Certificate Of Authenticity
    – Collectible 3-D Card

    So… the DMC may not make sense for you. It might be better to just build your collection elsewhere. It’s definitely worth running the numbers.

    Keep in mind too, the initial offer still makes your price per movie really low, like $8 if they are titles you want for your collection.

    Shipping is $3.99 for the first title and $1.99 for additional ones, though I typically pounce if there is a free shipping deal. Because yeah, normally the shipping price is lousy.

    Hope that helps.

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