The Disney+ streaming service is going to be big. How big? Well, ahead of the Disney+ release date, we already know of over 300 movies – including Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney classics – heading to the streaming service. There are also numerous original TV series, including The Mandalorian and some new Marvel Phase 4 entries, that are due to release between the release date and (at least) 2021. That's how big – and that's only the start.
Disney is promising to shake up the streaming landscape with its November arrival, but there's still so much to take in. Below, we'll run you through the essentials: questions on the Disney+ price, when it's releasing in your region, and which devices and compatible consoles you will be able to run the Disney+ app through.
So, get scrolling. November isn't too far away, and with all the announcements from D23 still ringing in our ears, and an incredible limited-time discount (more on that in our 'Price' section ahead) having nearly expired, now is as good a time as any to find out everything you need to know about Disney+. Binge-watching will never be the same again.
The Disney+ streaming service release date is November 12, 2019 – but not everywhere
The good news is that Disney+ is coming this year! November 12, 2019, in fact, at least in the United States. Elsewhere, Disney+ will also launch in Canada and the Netherlands on November 12, while those in Australia and New Zealand will see the service launch a week later on November 19.
Is there a Disney+ streaming service UK release date?
Disney has confirmed there are “plans to [have Disney+] in nearly all major regions of the world within the next two years", so that gives you an idea of the platform's schedule beyond the regions listed above. Expect a Disney+ streaming service UK release date of 2020 at the earliest. Don't ask us when – Disney still have not given us a clue.
The Disney+ streaming service price is $6.99 a month
The Disney+ streaming service price will cost US subscribers a grand total of $6.99 per month, or $70 for an annual subscription (saving you around $14 compared to the rolling rate). This undercuts the current Netflix US subscription fee by nearly half, so it's fair to say that Disney is coming out fighting.
We still don't know what the equivalent rates will be for subscribers outside the US, though, given that Netflix UK users are currently paying £6 to £10 a month, we can estimate that Disney+ could float around the £5 mark in that region. It all depends, of course, on when the service releases in Western Europe, and the current market trends of that time.
A new bundle has just been announced, too, for those looking to shell out a little more. For just $12.99 a month, you get access to Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. Bargain.
Up until September 2, you can even get a ridiculous deal on a three-year Disney+ membership, running until November 12, 2022. If you sign up to become a D23 member (the Disney fanclub which is free to join), you can get the 36-month deal for just $140. That's less than $4 a month.
Disney+ streaming service movies and TV shows
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? There are a lot of rumours flying around about some of the content that will appear on the Disney+ streaming service and while plenty has already been confirmed (we’ll get to those in a minute), there are more than a few unconfirmed rumours flying about as well.
The big confirmed Disney+ TV shows that we know a fair amount about are those set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), recently confirmed at SDCC, and the Star Wars universe.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will release in Fall 2020 on Disney+, which means it’s the very first MCU Phase 4 TV show. The series will see the newly-anointed Captain America, Sam Wilson, teaming up with Bucky Barnes. The Loki TV show, meanwhile, is coming in Spring 2021 alongside WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, who reprises his role as Vision.
'What If...?' will arrive on the Disney+ 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.
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, which will be a launch title on the service.
That's not all. Not only are a bunch of Disney exclusives like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (what a name!) coming to Disney+, but Disney's recent acquisition of the FOX entertainment brand means the streaming service will be the home of several brands previously attached to cable TV, including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
Other FOX properties like Malcom in the Middle, The Sound of Music, and The Princess Bride have been confirmed, while "over 7,500 television episodes" are being promised as a result of this buyout. 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.
We likely won't find out about every available show and movie until we get to scroll through the digital halls of Disney+ for ourselves but, rest assured, there'll be plenty to dig into from day one.
At launch, we're getting 300 movies, including the likes of Moana and Frozen. For a breakdown, that includes: 18 Pixar movies, eight Star Wars movies (everything except Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and four Marvel Studios movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain Marvel). An extra 100 movies are still set to come in 2020, including the rest of the MCU movies, with Avengers: Endgame coming in December.
Each of Disney's originals will also be released weekly, instead of Netflix's model of releasing all episodes of a show at once. So, the Mandalorian's pilot will release on November 12, for example, but you'll have to wait until November 19 for the second episode.
For now, we’re just going to just run through the full list of original Disney+ streaming service shows and movies confirmed so far. 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
How important are the Disney+ streaming service MCU shows?
Marvel hasn't been shy in telling everyone just how crucial the slate of Disney+ 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+ 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 (more on those in a moment) of yore, the Disney+ 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+ 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. We don't know the story details yet, but don't be surprised if they tie in directly in some way, especially given recent comments from producers.
What about the Netflix-Marvel shows?
It’s worth talking about the Netflix-Marvel TV shows. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher (and by default The Defenders) have all been cancelled by Netflix.
While most fans assumed this was down to Disney not wanting any more Marvel TV shows on any other streaming service, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb released a letter to fans implying the decision was entirely down to Netflix.
“Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters,” the statement reads. “But you know Marvel better than that.” This certainly seems to imply that there might be a place for these shows on Disney+, while Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has already promised that the streaming service's new Marvel shows will be "entirely interwoven with both the current MCU, the past MCU, and the future of the MCU", which might come as small comfort to those who always wondered why Netflix's heroes were so removed from the events of their big screen counterparts.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian TV show release date, cast, armor, and everything else you need to know
When asked about the return of The Defenders by THR, new head of Disney+ Kevin Mayer, said: “They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility.” However, reports have suggested that the Disney+ streaming service won’t feature anything harder than a PG-13 rating and the Netflix-Marvel TV shows are rated TV-MA (the TV equivalent of an R-rated movie).
Some have suggested that Hulu - which is partly owned by Disney - would be a better place for these series.
Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals Craig Erwich said “Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in,” when asked by TheWrap if Hulu would be interested in reviving one of the Netflix-Marvel series, adding: “It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.” For now, we just don’t know if the Netflix-Marvel TV universe will move to Disney+.
Disney+ streaming service design - what will it look like?
Disney has shown off an early prototype of the Disney+ user interface, and it's looking as sleek and majestic as you'd expect from the company that pretty much owns the entertainment industry at this point.
As seen in the image above, the Disney+ platform will feature "dedicated immersive branded tiles and dedicated pages for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic" designed to make it easier for users to watch what they want, while we've been promised the ability to customise our accounts with unique avatars and curated content catered to our specific interests.
4K HDR playback will also be supported by Disney+, and you'll even be able to download content to view it offline at a later time; perfect for those daily commutes to work.
Disney+ streaming service app - will it have one?
Details about the Disney+ app have recently been revealed - including what devices you will be able to stream from.
At launch, the Disney+ app will be available on Apple TV, Android devices, Chromecast, iPads and iPhones, PS4, Roku, and Xbox One.
As of writing, there is no Nintendo Switch Disney+ app to speak of, nor will it be available on Amazon's Fire TV stick.
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