Disney is releasing its live-action Mulan remake straight to video-on-demand on September 4, 2020. In most countries, it won’t be free. Instead, Disney is charging a $26 to $30 rental fee on top of their monthly subscription costs. That won’t be true for France, however, which will get the new Mulan free at a later date. If you’re currently traveling outside of France and don’t want to miss out on watching Mulan for free, you’ll need the help of a VPN.
We only recommend Disney+ as your streaming source for Mulan. This film is the sole property of Disney and will only release on Disney+ in the countries where Disney+ is currently available. We do not condone watching Mulan from unverified sources that infringe on Disney’s copyrights. Unofficial sources, such as torrent sites, file lockers, or streaming sites not owned by Disney carry significant security and privacy risks.
Mulan will only be available on Disney+, a region-locked service, which means you’ll need a VPN to access your usual Disney+ library if you’re traveling abroad. Additionally, if you’re traveling to a country where Disney+ is not available, you’ll need a VPN to access your account.
How to watch Mulan online with a VPN
A virtual private network, or VPN, works by anonymizing your data connection. Furthermore, the VPN server you connect to will assign you a new IP address based on that server’s location. Any website you visit will see you as connecting from the country where the VPN server is located. This can allow you to bypass geographic content restrictions on websites and services (like Disney+ or Netflix).
Here’s how to watch Mulan online and free using a VPN:
- Sign up to a VPN provider that’s proven to bypass Disney+ geographic content blocking. We’ve tested recommend ExpressVPN, but NordVPN and Surfshark will also work for this purpose.
- Now, download and install the VPN on the device of your choice, such as your desktop/laptop computer or Amazon Fire TV.
- Log into a VPN server in France if you already have a Disney+ account. If not, create a Disney+ account first, then log into a VPN server. Connecting to a server in France will grant you an IP address tells Disney+ you are currently in France.
- Go to Disney+, then log into your account.
- If you’re still getting blocked, try to clear your browser’s cache and cookies (if using a desktop/laptop computer to stream) or open an incognito or private window in your browser. You may also need to connect to a different server. A good option may be to ask your VPN provider’s chat support for additional assistance.
To verify that your VPN worked, close your Disney+ account and your VPN, then load up Disney+ again. You’ll find that Disney currently advertises the new Mulan for US subscribers, but not for those in France.
See also: How to watch Disney+ anywhere with a VPN
How to watch Mulan online free everywhere
A VPN will help you get access to the Disney+ France library where you can then watch Mulan online free when it’s available in France. You’ll just need to wait for that unspecified release date.
You could also watch through Disney+ US and pay the $29.99 price tag that Disney is asking US subscribers to pay starting September 4. If that’s a bit untenable for you, the alternative is to wait until Disney releases the film free to the French library.
Disney is giving US subscribers a bit of a black eye with its pricing. At release, Mulan will cost $29.99 to rent in the US. It’ll cost around $26 almost everywhere else.
What if Disney+ is not available in my country?
You can only watch Disney+ free if you have a Disney+ account. If Disney+ is not currently available in your country, that means you’ll need to sign up for an account first. For that, you’ll need two things:
- A VPN like ExpressVPN to connect to a country where Disney+ is available
- A payment method for the country where you’re creating a Disney+ account
As great as a VPN connection is, it won’t help you spoof the location of your payment method. There are some workarounds to that, however. You may need to purchase a US Google Play gift card from a site like MyGiftCardSupply. From there, you’d just need to spoof your location in the Google Play Store to access and download the Disney+ app.
There’s no guarantee that method will always work, however, as Google is very good at rooting out each user’s real location. However, if you can successfully access the US Google Play Store, you can pay for a Disney+ subscription through Google Play.
Can I buy Mulan on Disney+?
Yes, you can. While Mulan is being advertised as a rental, it’s more like a purchase. You’ll be able to stream it through your Disney+ account as many times as you’d like. It’s possible that Disney will also allow those who rent Mulan to also download and keep the digital copy indefinitely, although that’s purely speculation at this point.
Don’t forget, though, that Disney will eventually make Mulan free for all Disney+ subscribers. At that point, the value of “owning” the new Mulan movie in digital format on Disney+ effectively disappears.