Disney Movie Club Benefits and Full Review
UPDATE: I have fulfilled my club obligations and became VIP! Read about it in my Disney Movie Club VIP review.
If you’ve spent any amount of time around the Disney websites, you have most likely seen an advertisement for the Disney Movie Club telling you how to get 4 Disney movies for $1 (or a similar sweet deal). Naturally, your first reaction was, “Yeah right…how much will this cost me later?!” Well, over the years I’ve been in a number of these different “clubs” that allow you to purchase music, movies and even wine at discount rates. I’m well aware of the business strategy involved in the development of these programs, but what always gets me hooked in is the fact that in the long run, you do save a lot of money. BUT…this only works if you assume you would have made these purchases anyway.
For example, you wouldn’t join a wine club to save hundreds of dollars if you’re not a wine drinker. Save more money by not buying wine in the first place!
How It Works
In order to get the heavy discounts, you must buy 5 more movies at the regular price ($29.95 for Blu-ray) within 2 years. When you process your first order after signing up, you have the option of ordering the first of those five for only $14.95. Each month, the club sends you a selected movie (or combo pack) that you can choose to take at the full regular price or you can decline it and order something else. Or you can choose not to order anything. The only hassle with this system is that you have to remember to respond to the mailer otherwise they will automatically send you the selected title.
In order to figure out the cost benefits to this, I’ve applied some basic math. Also, I should note that I’m assuming you’re opting for the Blu-ray editions of the movies for your membership. More on the different membership options and VIP status below.
To start, you get to pick any 4 Blu-rays. Not all titles the club offers are available for the initial order so if you don’t see your favorite movie during the signup process, that doesn’t mean it won’t be available to you as a member! I can tell you firsthand that I have yet to find a currently available movie that’s not in the club’s catalog.
- Blu-ray 1 – Average retail price: $29.99
- Blu-ray 2 – Average retail price: $29.99
- Blu-ray 3 – Average retail price: $29.99
- Blu-ray 4 – Average retail price: $29.99
If you choose to pick a 5th movie, do so now and you can wipe out one of the 5 you have to buy in 2 years. This will add $14.95 to your bill, but considering the normal minimum price for the commitment movies is $29.95, you’re already saving money!
At this point, you have the option of purchasing a 6th movie for only $9.95. Although this one will NOT count toward your commitment purchases, it’s a nice way to get yet another $30 Blu-ray for only $10. For this example, I’ll add it in.
So for less than $30, you have gotten what would have cost you about $120. All you have to do now is purchase 4 more movies at full price totaling $119.80 and you will have boosted your Disney Blu-ray collection to 10 movies with each title only costing you $14.57. Not even on Amazon can you get prices that low for Disney Blu-rays!!
The numbers above reflect the perfect “get in, get out” scenario and as you can see, you really can’t go wrong. Each title is less than $15 and if you’re a Disney Movie Rewards member, you get to collect at least 150 rewards points for each one for a total of 1,500 points.
But as you would imagine, Disney doesn’t stop there. Each month, the club will offer you new discounts and special offers. For example, this month there were three different ways to save money. I could either buy 3 or more titles for $15 each, get DVDs for $8 when 3 are purchased and/or getting a free soundtrack cd with certain titles. On top of those offers, I also have the option of getting all movies at 40% off with free shipping OR 25% off my entire order! All of these offers require that at least one movie is purchased at regular price.
This gives you idea of how much you can save and how fast you can grow your Disney Blu-ray collection just by purchasing another one of your commitment movies. It’s impossible to factor in all these numbers because the offers change month to month, but clearly you can see the savings potential.
Once you’re a member, you can also start referring your friends to the club and for each successful member you get, you’ll get another 2 movies for free. After you have completed your membership requirements, you become a VIP member. I have yet to reach this level, but from what I understand, staying in the club after your requirement is over means you get to continue receiving amazing deals and offers just as you would today.
Also, if you’re interested in wiping out your commitment requirements up front, you have the option of selecting no site-wide discounts to purchase everything at full price!
If you’re interested in joining, check out these links:
When you sign up, you get to choose whether you want to be a DVD member (regular movies are just $19.95) or a Blu-ray member (regular movies are $29.95). Choose wisely because the moment you order a Blu-ray movie, you’re instantly upgraded to this membership. This also changes your DVD pricing to $29.95 if you buy a DVD later.
Keep in mind that this club covers all Disney movies and Disney-owned properties, so the movies available for purchase are not just kid-friendly animated films! You have access to other films as well such as Tombstone, Pearl Harbor, The Avengers and plenty more!