Here’s When & Where to Watch ‘Encanto’ For Free, So You Can Experience the Magic of the Madrigal Family

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If you’re a fan of Disney films like Moana, you’re definitely going to want to find out how to watch Encanto online for free once it’s available on Disney+ to stream. And yes—there’s a way to do that even if you’re not currently a Disney+ subscriber.

Encanto, which premiered in November 2021, tells the tale of the extraordinary Madrigal family living in the hidden mountains of Colombia. The film is named after their charming town, where the Madrigals live in a house of magic. Every member of the brood has a special superpower of their own—except for 15-year-old Mirabel, who is known as the only “ordinary” Madrigal. Encanto, which features all-new music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Zootopia’s Byron Howard and Jared Bush.

For everything else there is to know about Encanto—including when and how to watch Encanto online for free after its theatrical release—just keep on reading up ahead.

When does Encanto come out?

Encanto comes out in theaters on November 24, 2021. Buy tickets for your local movie theater here.

When is Encanto free on Disney Plus?

Encanto debuts on Disney+ on December 24, 2021. Its arrival on the platform marks 30 days after its release in theaters. 

encanto 1 Heres When & Where to Watch Encanto For Free, So You Can Experience the Magic of the Madrigal Family

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How to watch Encanto online for free

So, how can one watch Encanto online for free? There is a way, but fans will have to wait for Encanto to come out on Disney Plus first. The service typically costs $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year (which saves subscribers $15.98 from the monthly price.) But there are ways to subscribe to Disney+ at no cost and watch Encanto online for free when it’s finally available to stream. Keep on reading ahead to find out how.

Verizon Unlimited Free Subscription

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), Verizon offers a free Disney Plus subscription with its Unlimited plans (a.k.a. Get More Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, Verizon Plan Unlimited, Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited.) If you have one of these plans, you can sign-up for a free six-month Disney+ subscription (which saves you about $42) and will allow you to watch Encanto online for free as many times as you want. Click here for Verizon’s FAQ on how to sign up for its free Disney+ subscription.

While you’re at it: Verizon customers with Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited plans are also eligible for their Disney Bundle, which offers not only a free Disney Plus subscription for as long as you have your Verizon plan, but also free Hulu and ESPN+ subscriptions too, which saves viewers about $12.99 per month. Click here for Verizon’s FAQ on how to sign up for its Disney Bundle. 

Amazon Music Unlimited Free Subscription

New Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can receive a free six-month subscription to Disney Plus. Current Amazon Music Unlimited Subscribers are also eligible for a free three-month subscription to Disney Plus. Amazon Music Unlimited offers a 30-day free trial and costs $7.99 per month for Amazon Prime Members—which is the same monthly rate as Disney Plus. This means that customers can receive both an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription and a Disney Plus subscription for less than $4 each to watch Encanto online for free.

Not an Amazon Prime Member? Amazon Prime also offers a 30-day free trial, so customers can sign up for the free trial and subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited for a cheaper price. If you’re a student, you can also receive a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime, as well as an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription for just 99 cents per month.

What is Encanto about?

Encanto, a word that means “charm” or “enchantment” in Spanish, follows a Colombian family called the Madrigals. The Madrigals’ home is in an enchanted town in the countryside, where every member of their family lives with magic abilities—from otherworldly strength, to special healing powers. But there’s one member of the family who is unlike the rest: Mirabel, who someone ended up without any magical powers of her own. Still, this “ordinary” member of the Madrigal family is more special than what initially meets the eye, as she may be the only person capable of saving her family’s powers when a new danger threatens their magic altogether.

Who is in the Encanto cast?

Encanto’s cast is led by actress Stephanie Beatriz in the role of Mirabel. Beatriz, who is known for her roles in In the Heights and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will be joined by stars like That 70s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama, comedian John Leguizamo and Orange Is the New Black star, Diane Guerrero, among others. See the full cast of Encanto below.

  • Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel Madrigal
  • John Leguizamo as Bruno Madrigal, Mirabel’s uncle
  • María Cecilia Botero as Abuela Alma Madrigal, Mirabel’s grandmother
  • Diane Guerrero as Isabela Madrigal, Mirabel’s oldest sister
  • Jessica Darrow as Luisa Madrigal, Mirabel’s second oldest sister
  • Angie Cepeda as Julieta Madrigal, Mirabel’s mother and Agustín’s wife
  • Wilmer Valderrama as Agustín Madrigal, Mirabel’s father and Julieta’s husband
  • Mauro Castillo as Félix Madrigal, Mirabel’s uncle and Pepa’s husband
  • Adassa as Dolores Madrigal, Mirabel’s cousin, Pepa and Félix’s oldest daughter and Camilo and Antonio’s sister
  • Rhenzy Feliz as Camilo Madrigal, Mirabel’s other cousin, Pepa and Félix’s son and Dolores and Antonio’s brother
  • Ravi-Cabot Conyers as Antonio Madrigal, Pepa and Félix’s youngest son, Dolores and Camilo’s brother and Mirabel’s cousin
  • Maluma as Mariano, Isabela’s fiancé
  • Alan Tudyk as Pico, the toucan
  • Carolina Gaitán as Pepa Madrigal, Mirabel’s aunt and Félix’s wife
  • Rose Portillo as Señora Guzmán

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