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What is Premier Access on Disney Plus? Explaining the service and how to get Jungle Cruise

What is Premier Access on Disney Plus? Explaining the service and how to get Jungle Cruise
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What is Premier Access? Is it the same thing as Disney Plus or a completely different service? Don't worry if you're confused - it's all a bit bewildering. Fortunately, the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Premier Access is best described as an add-on to the Disney Plus streaming service, and it allows you to watch brand-new movies like Jungle Cruise and Black Widow.

If you're still none the wiser and wondering "what is Premier Access?", don't panic. We've broken down everything you need to know about the initiative below, including how it works and how much it costs in your region.

Our guide will give you the lowdown on how to see these movies for as little as possible, too. Huzzah for bargains!

What is Premier Access?

What is Premier Access?

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Think of Premier Access like going to the cinema: Disney Plus is the theatre, and Premier Access is your ticket. However, there's one crucial difference. So long as you've got a Disney Plus subscription, you can see the film as often as you want. Rather than being a rental, it's more like a standard digital purchase.

So, how much does it cost? Premier Access for Jungle Cruise will set you back $29.99 in the US, £19.99 in the UK, $34.99 in Canada, and $34.99 in Australia (the price is the same for Black Widow, if you were wondering). While that may seem steep, and it arguably is if you're just buying for yourself, let's return to our theater ticket analogy. Compared to the cost of an entire family going to the cinema, it's actually pretty good value. Particularly if you include inflated snack and drink prices.

However, it's worth bearing in mind that you need to have an active Disney Plus sign-up first. More specifically, you cannot pay for or see Jungle Cruise (not to mention Black Widow) unless you have a Disney Plus membership. Without one, there's no way of watching either movie.

If you're able and can do so safely, you could have a socially-distanced viewing party with your family or friends to justify the price

With that in mind, how much does a Disney Plus subscription cost? Although there are numerous Disney Plus bundles to choose from, a single month of the service is your cheapest option now that the Disney Plus free trial is gone. Sign up now and one month of Disney Plus will cost you $7.99 in the US, £7.99 in the UK, and $11.99 in Canada or Australia.

Not keen on sticking around? Because there's no binding contract, you can always cancel before being charged for the next month if you'd prefer to keep costs down (just remember, cancelling loses you access to anything you bought on Premier Access until you sign up again).

What is Premier Access?

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In other words, you'll be able to see Jungle Cruise or Black Widow as often as you like once you've paid for Premier Access... so long as you're an active Disney Plus subscriber. This makes its cost a little more palatable; if you're able and can do so safely, you could have a socially-distanced viewing party with your family or friends to justify the price.

These offers won't be available forever, though. Premier Access deals for Raya and the Last Dragon were removed after a month or two, so Black Widow and Jungle Cruise will almost certainly follow suit. You'll still be able to see the films if you already purchased them on Premier Access (phew), but everyone else will have to wait until their home release later this year.

Is anything else available on Premier Access?

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Wondering if you can buy anything else through Premier Access? Although it normally offers one movie at a time, there's some crossover this month - Cruella is also available right now, as is Black Widow. 

It's unclear if anything else is going to make the jump to Premier Access during 2021,  though. But never say never. Go back a year and you'll find Disney insisting that it wouldn't launch Black Widow on Premier Access, for instance. Yet here we are. Could we see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings or Eternals make their debut on Premier Access as a result? Time - and the global situation - will tell.

Even if more movies do turn up, you'll have to pay again anyway

Just don't think you'll automatically get them because you paid for Jungle Cruise, or Black Widow. Even if more movies do turn up, you'll have to pay again anyway. As an example, anyone who bought Mulan Premier Access still had to pay for Raya and the Last Dragon Premier Access. 

That may seem harsh at first, but it's fair enough if you think about Premier Access like buying a DVD. You don't get new discs arriving on your doorstep after buying one movie.

If you aren't keen to shell out cash again to see Jungle Cruise after paying for something like Black Widow, don't worry. Fans can eventually watch both as part of their standard Disney Plus memberships - they'll just have to wait. Namely, Mulan and Raya's Premier Access deals became unavailable to purchase a month or two after they launched. The films then appeared on Disney Plus for free later in the year, so those that missed the boat were eventually rewarded for their patience.

Which devices can use Premier Access?

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Any device that supports Disney Plus will support Premier Access and, by extension, movies like Jungle Cruise, Black Widow, and Cruella. That list includes everything from smartphones to TVs, and some consoles are in the mix as well. 

We've got a full list for you below.

  • Samsung or LG Smart TV
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • Roku device
  • Google Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • iOS/Android device
  • Web browser

Will Black Widow and Jungle Cruise ever be free on Disney Plus?

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Will Jungle Cruise and Black Widow ever be available for free on Disney Plus? Definitely. Much like Cruella before them, both films are coming to Disney Plus a couple of months after they debut on Premier Access. More precisely, all Disney Plus subscribers will be able to watch Black Widow from October 6 2021 and Jungle Cruise as of November 12 2021.

Hold out for a few months and you'll be able to see the film as part of your standard Disney Plus membership

In other words, anyone on the fence about Premier Access (and those who aren't fussed about watching Black Widow or Jungle Cruise right away) are probably better to wait. Hold out for a few months and you'll be able to see the film as part of your standard Disney Plus membership.

It's probably going to be the same story with anything else on Premier Access. Once that movie has finished its theatrical run, it'll become available for all Disney Plus subscribers a few months later.

Premier Access deals

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NOTE: A Disney Plus subscription (see deals here) is required to use Jungle Cruise or Black Widow Premier Access.

Premier Access deals for Jungle Cruise and Black Widow are live now, but costs vary depending on your region. We've listed a breakdown of these prices below, and you can order the movie as we speak (so long as you've got an existing Disney Plus membership, of course).

Premier Access deals - USA

Premier Access deals - Canada

Premier Access deals - UK

Premier Access deals - Australia

Want to know whether the streaming service is worth your time? Be sure to check out our Disney Plus review for details. As for what's just arrived on the service, check out our guide to everything that's new on Disney Plus.

Benjamin Abbott

As one of the site's Hardware Editors, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I've been writing about games in one form or another for almost a decade (with bylines ranging from Metro.co.uk and PC Gamer to TechRadar), and have worked at GamesRadar+ since 2018. I can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.