By Zach Johnson
If you’re like us, you’ve watched (and re-watched) your favorite Disney movies and dreamed of exploring places like Arendelle’s ice palace and Jakku’s remote deserts. And soon, you’ll be able to do just that—without leaving the comfort of your own home!
Disney+ is set to launch in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands on November 12, 2019, followed by a launch in Australia and New Zealand on November 19, 2019. A direct-to-consumer, ad-free experience featuring original feature films, documentaries, scripted and unscripted series, and short-form content, along with unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of films and television series, Disney+ will also be the exclusive streaming home for movies released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019.
Fans got a first look at some of the exciting new titles coming to Disney+ this past weekend during D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. And, during the service’s first-ever presentation, six new series were revealed to be in development. “With less than three months until launch, Disney+ will soon entertain and inspire audiences of all ages for generations to come, and we’re excited to preview some of the amazing original content being created for the service exclusively from our world-class brands today at the D23 Expo,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer & International. “Storytelling is the cornerstone of The Walt Disney Company, and we’re thrilled to unveil a new slate of original shows from the Star Wars and Marvel cinematic universes, along with popular television franchises set to return with all-new series streaming only on Disney+.”
How Much Does It Cost?
Disney+ will be available at the following price points:
- U.S.: $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year
- Canada: $8.99CAD per month or $89.99 per year
- The Netherlands: €6.99 per month or €69.99 per year
- Australia: $8.99AUD per month or $89.99 per year
- New Zealand: 9.99NZD per month or $99.99 per year
D23 Members can take advantage of a special “Founders Circle” offer, priced at $23 less per year with a three-year commitment—or 33% off the standard annual price. The limited-time offer is open to D23 Members until September 2, 2019.
Disney+ will be available on a variety of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs. Consumers in the U.S. can also select a bundled offering that includes Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu—for just $12.99!
How Can I Access Disney+?
At launch, consumers in the U.S. will be able to subscribe to Disney+ directly or via in-app purchase. Then, they can stream from the following partner platforms and devices:
- Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
- Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in devices)
- Microsoft (Xbox One)
- Sony/Sony Interactive Entertainment (all Android-based Sony TVs and PlayStation®4)
- Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models)
Which Original Programming Will Be Available?
Fans who attended the Disney+ Showcase during D23 Expo 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center got a first look at some of the content coming exclusively to Disney+.
Original films include Flora & Ulysses (TBD); Lady and the Tramp (available at launch); Noelle (available at launch); The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title, year one); Secret Society of Second Born Royals (year one); Stargirl (year one); Timmy Failure (year one); and Togo (year one). Meanwhile, live-action series include Diary of a Female President (year one); The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (year one); High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (available at launch); Love, Simon (TBD); The Mandalorian (available at launch); Untitled Cassian Andor Series (year two); and WandaVision (year two). Animated series and shorts include Chip ‘n’ Dale (year one); Forky Asks a Question (available at launch); Lamp Life (year one); Marvel’s What If…? (year one) Monsters at Work (year one); Short Circuit (year one); SparkShorts (available at launch); and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (year one). Documentaries, unscripted series, and live specials include Be Our Chef (year one); Dolphin Reef (year one); Earthkeepers (working title, year two); Encore! (available at launch); Ink & Paint (year two); Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 (year one); Magic of Animal Kingdom (year one); Marvel’s 616 (year one); Marvel’s Hero Project (available at launch); Prop Culture (year one); (Re)Connect (year one); Rogue Trip (year one); Shop Class (working title, year one); Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Series (available at launch); and The World According to Jeff Goldblum (available at launch).
During D23 Expo, Ewan McGregor made a surprise appearance to announce his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new untitled series from Lucasfilm. Kevin Feige also teased Marvel Studios is developing three new live-action series: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk, all derived from Marvel comics. Hilary Duff revealed she will reprise the role she made famous in an all-new Lizzie McGuire series from Terri Minsky. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the gang promised they will be bringing a new kind of mayhem and laughter to Disney+ with their first-ever unscripted short-form series, Muppets Now.
Guests were also the first to learn about One Day at Disney, a collaboration between Disney+ and Disney Publishing Worldwide showcasing the talents of people all over The Walt Disney Company. Both the book and documentary will arrive on December 3.
Which Library Content Will Be Offered?
Recent releases including Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, and The Lion King, as well as the upcoming films Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will call Disney+ home. By the end of year one, Disney+ will house more than 7,500 episodes of television and 500 movies.
Some of the films we can’t wait to watch once Disney+ launches include 101 Dalmatians, A Bug’s Life, A Goofy Movie, An Extremely Goofy Movie, Bambi, Bao, Big Hero 6, Born in China, Cars, Fantasia, Finding Dory, Finding Nemo, Free Solo, Frozen, Fun and Fancy Free, Hercules, High School Musical, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Inside Out, Iron Man, Lady and the Tramp, Lilo & Stitch, Mary Poppins, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, Moana, Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1, Ratatouille, Remember the Titans, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Steamboat Willie, The Good Dinosaur, The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, The Parent Trap (1961), The Prince and The Pauper (1990), The Princess Diaries, The Rocketeer, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Short), The Sword in the Stone, The Three Caballeros, Thor: The Dark World, Toy Story, Tron (1982), Up, WALL•E, and Zootopia—and that’s just off the top of our heads!
TV series available at launch are as exciting as they are varied, with Amazing Planet, Andi Mack, Boy Meets World, Brain Games, Dog Whisperer With Cesar Milan, Dr. K’s Exotic Animals, Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet, Drain the Ocean, DuckTales (1987), DuckTales (2016), Earth Live, Goof Troop, Great Migrations, Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things, Kim Possible, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Mickey and the Roadster Racers (Seasons One and Two), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey Mouse Shorts, One Strange Rock, Raven’s Home, Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, That’s So Raven, The Incredible Dr. Pol, The Simpsons, Unlikely Animal Friends, and Wicked Tuna available.
Where Can I Follow Disney+ on Social Media?
Disney+ launched accounts in five countries August 19:
- U.S. and Canada: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
- The Netherlands: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
- Australia: Facebook, Instagram
- New Zealand: Facebook, Instagram
Visit DisneyPlus.com to register your email and stay informed on the latest updates.