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Disney Plus UK: shows, movies, fees, apps and everything else you need to know

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British fans, it's time to start getting excited about Disney Plus UK! As you'll soon see, news is slowly starting to roll out ahead of the March 24 release. That includes news of The Simpsons finally being confirmed, a list of compatible devices for the upcoming app, as well as details on pricing and pre-orders, perfect for those looking to get ahead of the game.

But that's not all. There's plenty more to get excited about. Over 300 movies from the likes of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and even several hidden gems from Disney's vault, should all be available on Day One. Scroll down to check out, by a rough estimation, thousands of hours of content. Binge-watching will never be the same again. 

Disney Plus UK release date confirmed

Disney Plus UK release date

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Disney finally announced when the streaming service will come to the UK. Unfortunately, those in the UK will have to wait until March 24, and there's an ominous warning that “titles may vary by territory.” That release date also holds for the majority of mainland Europe, including Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, with the promise of more being announced soon.

Why the delay? While Disney has said nothing official, it's widely believed that a contract with Sky Movies, which currently hosts the majority of Disney movies in the UK, is the reason. Disney don't want to launch without some of their major titles, and having the likes of Avengers and Lion King on Disney Plus in the UK would potentially break a binding contract with Sky. 

Disney Plus UK library

Disney Plus UK library

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We're still waiting on full official confirmation on what exactly will be included (and excluded) as part of the Disney Plus UK library.

But there's some good news. Fans of The Simpsons will be woo-hooing for the foreseeable future as "over 600 episodes" of the animated series will be available at launch, as will unnamed Pixar, Marvel, and Nat Geo content.

Why only "over 600" and not "every" episode? Because, if it mirrors the US library, season 3 episode "Stark Raving Dad" (starring Michael Jackson) won't be part of the line-up.

We'll update this section once we know more about the extended UK library, but keep on scrolling for everything that's currently on the US version. That'll whet your appetite.

Disney Plus is only £5.99 a month

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The Disney Plus streaming service cost... isn't too bad, actually, so it's fair to say that Disney is coming out fighting. Be sure to jump on the Disney Plus sign-up bandwagon now if you haven't already.

There's a tempting pre-order deal happening before the March 24 launch which you can see over on our Disney Plus bundle page. UK Disney Plus pricing has only recently been confirmed, but it has landed in the area we expected, coming in a fair bit cheaper than Netflix. You can opt for a £5.99 a month subscription, or if you'd like to pay for a year upfront it costs £59.99, saving you £11.89 compared to buying monthly. You can pre-order now and save £10, with an annual subscription costing just £49.99.

Disney Plus errors

Not even Disney can contend with 10 million subscribers all trying to bundle in and use Disney Plus on day one and across its opening weeks. The first few hours (and days) were littered with users being unable to log in over in the US and getting several different error codes, but thankfully it's cleared up now. 

Some error codes can still crop up from time to time. For a breakdown of the more specific problems, be sure to check out our Disney Plus error guide, especially if you're getting an "unable to connect" general error.

Disney Plus expiry dates: will shows and movies leave Disney Plus?

Disney may own a lot of things, but the minefield of licenses and rights contracts it has to navigate means that not everything is going to always be available on Disney Plus.

Some users have found Disney Plus expiry dates via datamining, which hint at when certain movies and shows might be leaving the service. Some are absurd (3001 for Aladdin? Good luck living to see that), while others such as The Princess and The Frog were reportedly going to leave on November 25. However, that didn't appear to be the case. Future titles may come and go, however, so be wary of titles that will get sent to Disney's vault.

Disney Plus original movies and TV shows (Future MCU, Star Wars series, and more)

Disney Plus show movies list

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This is the most important question, right? What's the point of paying for a streaming service if it doesn't have some of the best exclusive slate of shows and movies available? Below, we'll round up most of the future series, including new entries in both the Star Wars and Marvel universes.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will release in August 2020 on Disney Plus, which means it’s the very first Marvel Phase 4 TV show. The series will see the newly-anointed Captain America, Sam Wilson, teaming up with Bucky Barnes. WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, as Vision, will cap off Disney Plus' first full calendar year with a December 2020 release. The Loki TV show, meanwhile, is coming in Spring 2021  

'What If...?' will arrive on the Disney Plus streaming service in Summer 2021, and will feature the animated return of several MCU stars, including Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter. 

Hawkeye (starring Jeremy Renner) will be released in Fall 2021. Jeremy Renner is back as Clint Barton, and he'll be training up his protege (and probable replacement), Kate Bishop.

Finally on the Marvel side of things, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel will all be getting their own shows, as confirmed at D23. Find out more about each in our round-up of the new Marvel TV shows heading your way in 2020 and beyond.

In a galaxy far, far away, an Star Wars spin-off series centred on Obi-Wan is coming, featuring the return of Ewan McGregor. There will also be a show featuring K-2SO and Cassian from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Then there's finally The Mandalorian season 2 on the way in October.

That's not all. Disney exclusives like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (what a name!) is on Disney Plus, while Disney's recent acquisition of the FOX entertainment brand means the streaming service is the home of several brands previously attached to cable TV, including all 30 full seasons of The Simpsons. 

Then-Disney CEO Bob Iger has also said reboots of Home Alone, Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are on the way.

That's... a lot. But there's more. We're about to run through the full list of original Disney Plus shows and movies confirmed so far or still to come, with a complete selection of everything on Disney Plus even further down. Take a deep breath, because there's a lot of them...

  • (Re)Connect - An anthology series centred around the modern American family
  • Be Our Chef - Disney's answer to culinary television
  • Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies - An anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved Disney films
  • Diary of a Female President - An animated comedy show on the life of a young girl who will eventually become POTUS
  • Earthkeepers - A cinematic documentary about the conservation effort across the world
  • Encore! - The return of the high school musical series from The Good Place's Kristen Bell
  • Forky Asks a Question - An animated series based featuring Toy Story 4's Forky
  • Hawkeye - Another Marvel Phase 4 project, featuring Jeremy Renner as the bow-and-arrow hero training his protege, Kate Bishop
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series - A musical show set in the HSM universe
  • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 - A documentary looking at the making of Frozen 2
  • Lady and the Tramp - A live-action adaptation of the classic Disney movie
  • Lamp Life - A short film from Disney Pixar
  • Lizzie McGuire - Hilary Duff returning to her famous role
  • Loki - A live-action series starring Tom Hiddleston
  • Magic of the Animal Kingdom - A documentary series set in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium
  • Marvel's 616 - A documentary series looking at the legacy of Marvel
  • Marvel's Hero Project - A documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel and the wider world
  • Marvel's What If...? - An animated series exploring alternative scenarios from the MCU
  • Monsters at Work - A TV prequel to the Monsters Inc movies
  • Moon Knight - Ultra-rich Moon Knight (aka Marc Spector) will arrive in the MCU in the next few years
  • Ms. Marvel - A series revolving around the MCU's first Muslim superhero 
  • Noelle - A live action Christmas comedy movie
  • Rogue Trip - A tourism show hosted by Bob Woodruff
  • Shop Class - A gameshow where teams of students are tasked with designing new contraptions
  • She-Hulk - Jennifer Walters makes her MCU debut in the upcoming series
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 - A new season to the animated Star Wars  show
  • Stargirl - A teen movie inspired by the novel of the same name
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier - A live-action series with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising the title roles
  • The Mandalorian - A live-action Star Wars series focused on the adventures of a bounty hunter
  • The Phineas and Ferb movie - A movie spin-off to the popular animated Disney show
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum - An entertainment documentary series hosted by... Jeff Goldblum
  • Timmy Failure - A movie based on the book series of the same name
  • Togo - A live action drama starring Willem Dafoe
  • Untitled Cassian Andor Star Wars show - A live-action prequel series to the events of Rogue One starring Diego Luna's Resistance soldier
  • WandaVision - A live-action series with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany returning as Wanda Maximoff and Vision

Want to add the cream of the crop to your watchlist? Check out the best shows on Disney Plus and best movies on Disney Plus.

Are Disney Plus shows and movies in their original format?

It varies on a case-by-case basis, but one of the major complaints so far has to do with certain alterations. 

Seasons 1-19 of The Simpsons are now presented in a more modern-day 16:9 format compared to the 4:3 original. There are also a handful of changes to Star Wars on Disney Plus, including a baffling addition: Greedo saying "McClunkey" before meeting his end.

There are also other shows that have been stretched thanks to its aspect ratio (such as Rescue Rangers), while more insensitive cartoons from Disney's history now come bundled with a disclaimer.

How important are the Disney Plus MCU shows?

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Marvel hasn't been shy in telling everyone just how crucial the slate of Disney Plus streaming service MCU shows will be to the universe-at-large moving forward and, unlike other MCU shows, will actually be part of the main Phases.

Captain Marvel producer Mary Livanos has already pledged that the MCU shows on Disney Plus will "directly affect" what you see in the movies. The head of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige, has also said that the new MCU series, potentially ones such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, will interact with the movies "in a big way."

So, unlike the Netflix Marvel shows of yore, the Disney Plus equivalent will be almost unmissable. That means that any MCU fan will need a Disney+ streaming service subscription to get the full picture.

The Marvel Phase 4 reveal at SDCC has given us a fuller picture of just how much the Disney Plus MCU shows will affect the properties on the big screen. Scarlet Witch, for example, is in WandaVision, as well as Doctor Strange's sequel, Multiverse of Madness, within months of each other. Feig has also said the Loki series will directly affect Doctor Strange 2. We don't know the story details yet, but don't be surprised if time-travel antics are involved. 

Disney Plus app: downloads and compatible devices

Disney Plus app

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Here's everything you need to know about the Disney Plus app - including what devices you will be able to stream from. At launch, the Disney Plus app will be available on Apple TV, Android devices, Chromecast, iPads and iPhones, PS4, Roku, Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices.

As of writing, there is no Nintendo Switch Disney Plus app to speak of.

Here's the full list of devices compatible with Disney Plus:

  • Google Chromecast
  • Chrome browser
  • iOS Apple devices
  • PS4
  • Roku
  • Xbox One
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

However, there is good news for those looking to watch on-the-go. As revealed by Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disney Plus downloads will not only let you watch offline, you'll also be able to keep content that gets removed from the service, just as long as you remain an active Disney Plus subscriber. Get ready to fill up those hard drives, folks!

And as for profiles: you can set seven separate users up on the Disney Plus app. There's even an option for child-friendly profiles for those aged seven and under, complete with parental controls. And you can now have Baby Yoda as your profile pic.

Every Disney Plus TV show and movie

At launch, there are currently over 300 movies, including the likes of Moana and Frozen, with the amount continually growing. For a breakdown, that includes: 18 Pixar movies, all nine mainline Star Wars movies and several Marvel Studios movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel). An extra 100 movies are still set to come in 2020, including some or potentially all of the MCU movie collection, minus those standalones tied up with other studios (Spider-Man and Sony; Hulk and Universal)

But that's not even close to scratching the surface of the sheer amount on offer. Classics such as Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia are all there day one, plus nostalgia-filled series, such as the '90s X-Men Animated Series are included as part of the Disney Plus package. 

There are so many options, that it would be nigh-on impossible to include them all here. Instead, Disney has covered the hard yards and listed literally every single show and movie available on Disney Plus from launch day in probably the longest Twitter thread in history. Seriously. Anything you can think of is most likely there. The Simpsons, the vast majority of Pixar movies, and even some uber-weird offerings like The Shaggy D.A. The only notable absence so far appears to be Malcolm in the Middle's entire run, which should come at a later date.

They even come with bonus features. Avengers: Endgame has a notable deleted scene, while there are bloopers, commentaries, and more available through some series and movies' "Extras" section.

Bookmark it below and scroll at your leisure. It might take a while.

Plus, if you have a spare 197 minutes, there's also the entire catalogue, in video form.

And that's the entire Disney Plus catalogue – all wrapped in just over three hours... Looking for something a little different? Here's our list of the most underrated shows and movies on Disney Plus. Happy streaming!

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GamesRadar+'s Entertainment Writer. Lover of all things Nintendo, in a tortured love/hate relationship with Crystal Palace, and also possesses an unhealthy knowledge of The Simpsons (which is of no use at parties).