It's time to get ready for Disney Plus. The streaming service is just a month away (in some regions, that is), and promises to deliver a healthy slice of The Mandalorian on release day, with the promise of several Marvel Phase 4 entries to come down the line.
But that's not all. As you'll soon see with the complete list of all the TV shows and movies on Disney Plus, 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, are all making their way to you shortly. Scroll down and click through to the second page to clap eyes on, by a rough estimation, thousands of hours of content.
There are opportunities to get free trials and early access, too, for those who simply can't wait (or don't want to shell out on the reasonable prices just yet). More on that below, as well as everything you need to know on the smaller, but still oh-so-important stuff: UK release dates, compatible streaming devices, and even if you can download shows to watch offline. Binge-watching will never be the same again.
The Disney Plus streaming service release date is November 12, 2019 – but not everywhere
The good news is that Disney Plus is coming very soon. November 12, in fact, at least in the United States. Elsewhere, Disney Plus 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 Plus UK release date?
Disney has confirmed there are “plans to [have Disney Plus] 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.
For the UK specifically, a recent tweet by the Star Wars UK Twitter account confirms a Mandalorian release window of "early 2020." At the risk of putting two and two together and getting five, that's likely to be when Disney Plus launches in the UK.
Why the delay? Reports suggest that Disney's ongoing deal with Sky Cinema, who currently have multiple Disney titles available to stream on their service, could be delaying things. When the deal with Sky runs out, the UK should finally have Disney Plus.
The Mandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Coming to you early 2020. pic.twitter.com/0qous2yLkVAugust 24, 2019
The Disney Plus price is $6.99 a month
The Disney Plus streaming service price... isn't too bad, actually. It 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 Plus 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 Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu. Bargain.
Pre-orders are now live for those in the US at the Disney Plus Preview site, where you also get access to a 7-day free trial upon launch in November. UK fans can also sign up to be notified about when their free trial can be accessed, though expect it to coincide with a UK release date announcement.
Disney Plus early access: how to use Disney Plus today
Want to get early access to Disney Plus before November 12? Then move to the Netherlands. Seriously. Dutch residents have been given the chance to sample the House of Mouse's service early (and for free!). It's also offered an eye-opening look at what could be on offer in terms of Disney Plus movies and TV shows.
If you're desperate to cement yourself a place on Day One, head on over to our Disney Plus sign-up hub for more info on how to do so, as well as finding the best deals to save money on a subscription in the long run.
Disney Plus original movies and TV shows (MCU, Star Wars, and more)
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 Plus 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 future Disney Plus 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 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, which will be a launch title on the service.
That's not all. Disney exclusives like High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (what a name!) coming to Disney Plus, while 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.
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.
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.
We’re just going to just run through the full list of original Disney+ streaming service shows and movies confirmed so far, with the fuller list available on the next page. 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
But not all regions are created equal. Due to various different licensing agreements, the complete catalogue may differ in the US, UK, and other locations.
The Netherlands, for example, has been given early access and has a different set of movies and TV shows than those announced already. The Last Jedi, for one, is present for Dutch users, yet won't be on Disney+ at launch in the US.
User GJ Koojiman is one such person who has early access. He lists several programmes in the below Twitter thread.
Spider-Man 1996 is also on there. pic.twitter.com/eUofQpy0cZSeptember 12, 2019
How important are the Disney Plus 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 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+ 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.
Disney Plus design – what will it look like?
Disney has shown off an early prototype of the Disney Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus, 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 Plus app – will it have one?
Details about the Disney Plus app have 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 Plus app to speak of, nor will it be available on Amazon's Fire TV stick.