How to Host and Join Disney+ GroupWatch Video Viewing Parties

Disney+ GroupWatch allows subscribers to watch movies, shorts, and TV shows together in synced playback with friends and family remotely. As a Disney+ streaming expert with over 3 years of experience, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how to host and join GroupWatch parties across devices.

Hosting a GroupWatch Party

Hosting a GroupWatch viewing party is easy. Follow these steps:

On Desktop

  1. Open the Disney+ website and log into your account
  2. Select the movie, short, or TV show you want to watch
  3. Click the GroupWatch icon (looks like 3 people) on the title Details page
  4. Click the Plus button, then Copy Link
  5. Paste the link in a text/email to invite friends and family
  6. When ready, click Start Stream to begin viewing

On Mobile

  1. Open the Disney+ app
  2. Select the content you want to watch
  3. Tap the GroupWatch icon on the Details page
  4. Tap Invite, then select a sharing method like text or email
  5. Tap Start Stream when ready to view together

You can have up to 7 people total in a GroupWatch party.

Joining a GroupWatch Party

To join a GroupWatch party:

  1. Accept the GroupWatch invite link on your phone, tablet, or computer
  2. Open Disney+ and find the title you were invited to
  3. Click the GroupWatch icon and select Join Stream
  4. If watching on TV, open the Disney+ app and select the same profile

Once you’ve joined, your profile picture will appear to the host. Then just start watching!

GroupWatch Features

Disney+ GroupWatch allows for:

  • Synced playback – Streams stay in sync across devices
  • Real-time reactions – Send emoji reactions during the stream
  • Easy access – Works across devices like smart TVs, phones, tablets, and laptops without any extra software needed

While GroupWatch doesn’t have a chat feature, Disney has hinted it could arrive in the future.

Tips for GroupWatch Parties

Here are some tips to improve your GroupWatch experience:

  • Communication – Have a group text, Messenger chat, etc going so you can discuss the movie
  • Prepare snacks – Get your favorite movie snacks ready so you can eat together virtually!
  • Test audio – Make sure speakers, headphones, or surround sound are working properly beforehand
  • Schedule viewing – Set a time for everyone to start the stream to avoid delays

With Disney+ GroupWatch, you can feel like you’re watching movies and TV in the same room even when you’re physically apart. It’s a fun way to bond with friends and family over your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars content!

About the Author

As a streaming technology specialist, I have over 3 years of experience using Disney+ GroupWatch to host virtual movie nights with family and friends across the country. I love how GroupWatch enables people to have shared viewing experiences across any device. I hope this comprehensive guide helps you host awesome GroupWatch parties!