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What is Premier Access on Disney Plus? Explaining the Mulan 'experiment'

What is Premier Access? We break down the new Disney Plus initiative being used for Mulan
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What is Premier Access? If you were hoping to see Mulan now that it's available on Disney Plus, you may be feeling confused by this extra paywall you're faced with. Is it the same thing as Disney Plus? Or is it a completely different service? The answer lies somewhere in the middle.

If you're one of the many people wondering, "what is Premier Access?", think of it like going to the cinema. Disney Plus is the theatre, and Premier Access is your ticket.

Yes, it's confusing - don't feel bad if you're left scratching your head. The process isn't as simple as other view-on-demand products. However, it's worth getting a handle on. That's because Premier Access is the only way to watch Mulan 2020 for the time being.

To help you understand the initiative, we've broken down everything you need to know about it below. Our guide will give you the lowdown on how to see Mulan as soon as possible.

Let's get started.

What is Premier Access?

Premier Access is a new initiative that lives within the Disney Plus streaming service. At the time of writing, it allows you to stream the live-action Mulan for a one-off fee. That fee will cost you $29.99 in the US, £19.99 in the UK,  $34.99 in Canada, and $34.99 in Australia. 

However, you need a Disney Plus sign-up first - you cannot pay for or see Mulan 2020 unless you have a Disney Plus membership. Without one, there's no way of watching the new movie.

How much does a Disney Plus subscription cost, then? Although there are numerous Disney Plus bundles to choose from, a single month of the service is your cheapest option. One month of Disney Plus sets you back $6.99 in the US, £5.99 in the UK, $9.99 for Canada, and $8.99 in Australia. There's no binding contract either, so once you're done you can always cancel before being charged for the next month.

What is Premier Access?

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After paying for both of the above, you'll be able to see Mulan as often as you like (so long as you're an active Disney Plus member, that is). This makes its cost a little more palatable; you can have a socially-distanced viewing party with your family and friends to justify the price.

Just remember, this offer won't be available for long. As per Disney's Premier Access help page, "the [Mulan] Premier Access offer will be available until 2nd November 2020 at 23:59 PT". In other words, the movie won't be sticking around after the beginning of November. If you don't buy it between now and November 2, you won't be able to watch the film until it becomes available on standard Disney Plus.

Is anything else available on Premier Access?

Simply put, no. Mulan is the only movie on Premier Access right now, and there are no plans for anything else to appear there at present. Once Mulan becomes unavailable for purchase via the service on November 2, Premier Access will presumably disappear too.

Disney has admitted to this being an experiment, so that may change in the days ahead. For now, though, the company has been emphatic that they aren't bringing any other upcoming films to Premier Access in the near future. 

Until we hear otherwise, assume that Premier Access is a one-off designed exclusively for Mulan 2020.

Which devices can use Premier Access?

Any device that supports Disney Plus will support Premier Access and, by extension, Mulan. 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

If you've got any of the above, you're good to go - you can use Premier Access and see Mulan on all of them.

Will Mulan ever be free on Disney Plus?

Yes. As revealed in the small-print of the official Mulan Disney Plus page, the remake will be available "to all Disney+ subscribers on 4th December 2020". That means you'll still be able to stream Mulan in the not-so-distant future if you don't fancy paying for Premier Access. All you'll need is a Disney Plus membership.

What is Premier Access?

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It's good timing. This means Mulan will arrive for the Holiday season when many of us are settling in for a well-earned vacation or a break with the family. 

If you're on the fence about Premier Access or aren't fussed about watching Mulan right now and this very moment, then it makes sense to wait until December rolls around. Then you'll only need to pay for Disney Plus itself.

Mulan Premier Access deals

Mulan Premier Access | $29.99 / £19.99 / AU$34.99 / CA$34.99 one-off payment

NOTE: A Disney Plus subscription (see deals here) is required to use Mulan Premier Access.

To watch Mulan this September, you'll need a Disney Plus subscription before paying a Premier Access one-off fee. After that's done, you can stream the film as often as you like on any of your devices that support Disney Plus. 

Once you've had your fill of Disney Plus, you can also cancel the streaming service - it doesn't have a contract. But bear in mind, you'll lose access to Mulan by doing so until you sign up again.

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