More details have now been released on Disney‘s online streaming service, Disney Plus, showcasing a range of new program coming to the service. It was also announced that the service would launch on November 12 in the US. Disney plans to make the service available worldwide in the coming years, but how long will viewers have to wait? Read on to find out everything we know on a Disney streaming service release date launch day, price, TV shows, movies, and launch line-up.
Disney Plus Release Date | Disney streaming service launch day
Originally planned to launch with the name Disney Play, the new streaming service will have staggered release dates in different countries across the globe. Disney has predicted that the service will be available in every major region of the world two years after the US launch on November 21, 2019, but hopefully all viewers will gain access to Disney Plus before the end of 2021. Of course, establishing the service in Europe will likely be an easier process for the California-based organization, considering the similarities between the US and UK markets.
When the Disney Plus streaming service launches, it will come packed with content from across its franchises, with plans for various spin-offs and features in the Marvel and Star Wars universes. We were hoping for a Black Widow or Adam Warlock series, but it looks like Disney is instead doubling down on the Avengers roster, with new stories based on The Vision, Scarlett Witch, The Falcon, and the Winter Soldier. Likewise, Disney is set to make their in-house roster of animated films and shorts available through the streaming service, in addition to the documentary content produced by National Geographic. Time will tell if Disney’s plans are enough to rival the domination of Netflix in the streaming market.
Disney has finally lifted the lid on the Disney Plus release date, and while it’s definitely coming this year there’s still a little while to wait: the Disney Plus streaming service will drop on November 12 in the US. The date comes just before the releases of potentially two of the biggest Disney movies ever, certainly two of the most anticipated: Frozen 2 on November 22, and Star Wars Episode IX on December 20. It’s certainly the right time to drop a service like Disney Plus, especially with the new Star Wars shows coming to the app.
Disney Plus PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch release date
For console owners, or just anyone who watches streaming apps through their consoles, perhaps the bigger question is: will the Disney Plus app be coming to consoles, and will it arrive at the same time on those consoles? Is it coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch?
The good news for PS4 owners is that Disney has secured a partnership deal with Sony to bring Disney Plus to PS4 on the general release of November 12, which is even before the app comes to smart TVs. However, what about Xbox One and Nintendo Switch Disney Plus release dates? Unfortunately, they’ll be coming a little bit later. Disney has said that the wider release for all systems is in the works, but the studio has not revealed how long that will take. The only information we have right now is that if you want to be using Disney Plus through a console on November 12, you better have a PS4, otherwise you may be waiting a few months.
How much will Disney Plus cost?
Disney Plus in the US will come with a price of either $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year. Netflix costs either $9 for the basic plan, or the standard plan is $13 per month, and even Marvel’s rival DC Comics’ own streaming app DC Universe costs $7.99 or $74.99, so Disney Plus is quite a bargain by comparison.
In the reveal conference, Disney also mentioned its other streaming services, which includes Hulu, ESPN Plus and Hotstar, which is extremely popular in India. Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International division, said that it was “likely” that the company would put together some sort of lower bundle price for its multiple services. Whether that will happen is another matter.
What TV shows are coming to Disney Plus?
Disney Plus will have shows from across all of Disney’s various partners, including Disney’s own stuff, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, Pixar, National Geographic, and even stuff from the recent 20th Century Fox acquisition. Here is a list of all the shows we know about:
- The Mandalorian: The first live-action Star Wars TV show, created by Iron Man director Jon Favreau. The series stars Pedro Pascal and is set in the still pretty unexplored time period between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. This will be available alongside the Disney Plus release date.
- Rogue One prequel series: The second live-action Star Wars show will be a prequel to the events of the Rogue One movie, starring Diego Luna returning as Cassian Andor, spy for the Rebel Alliance. It will also feature Alan Tudyk back as the voice of Cassian’s droid companion, K-2SO.
- The Clone Wars Season 6: Disney Plus will be the exclusive home of the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The show was cancelled when Disney took over Star Wars, in favor of its own shows such as Rebels, but fan outcry brought it back. The show will lead in to Episode III, as was originally planned.
- Loki: Tom Hiddleston will return as Thor’s evil brother in the first live-action Marvel series. No word yet on if any of the Marvel movie spin-offs will be available on the Disney Plus release date in November, but probably not.
- Falcon and Winter Soldier: Perhaps an unusual pairing for a TV series as neither have had interactions in the movies, both characters took on the mantle of Captain America in the comics so it will be interesting. Both Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will return as their characters from the Marvel movies.
- WandaVision: A show based around The Vision and Scarlet Witch from the Marvel movies, who are in a relationship despite one of them being a robot. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their roles.
- Hawkeye: The final currently-announced Marvel live-action series headed for Disney Plus is based around Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, and may also include the character Kate Bishop, who became the female Hawkeye in the comics. This may be set after Avengers: Endgame if so, but will probably be the furthest series off.
- What If: An animated Marvel series based on the movies, specifically with the Twilight Zone-like idea of, what if something else had happened at certain moments in the movies? Certainly an intriguing idea.
- Monsters at Work: An animated TV show that serves as a sequel to Pixar’s Monsters Inc., after the ending of that movie where the plant is repurposed make children happy rather than scare them. It follows a new character called Tylor Tuskmon, voiced by Ben Feldman, who is eager to work on the new Laugh Floor. John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprise their roles as Sulley and Mike, although they may not be major characters.
- High School Musical: A new series based on the popular teen musical series of movies, that hasn’t really had an entry in ten years. It’ll probably be similar to Glee.
- The Simpsons: All 30 seasons of Fox’s still-popular series will come to the service on the Disney Plus release date, with later seasons to follow. The show still has two seasons to come after this, but it’s not been said if new episodes will immediately go to Disney Plus, or if the show will even continue after Season 32.
- Documentaries: Disney Plus will also host several documentary shows. Marvel’s Hero Project is about young people working for change in their communities. Marvel’s 616 explores the connections between comics and the real world. Earthkeepers is about endangered animals. Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies explores iconic props from classic movies.
- Escape to Witch Mountain: TV show based on the Witch Mountain series, the most recent movie entry was Race to Witch Mountain starring Dwayne Johnson in 2009.
- The Muppets: a possible new TV show featuring the Muppets.
What movies are coming to Disney Plus?
All Marvel movies from this year’s Captain Marvel onwards (so from 2019) will come to the service exclusively, a few months after their theatrical debuts. All Star Wars movies from this point will also be included, which at the moment only includes this year’s recently revealed Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (https://www.gamerevolution.com/game-culture/524165-star-wars-episode-9-trailer-the-rise-of-skywalker). Pixar movies from this summer’s Toy Story 4 will also feature.
Why only from this year onwards? Because Disney’s deal with Netflix has yet to expire, so while Disney has not renewed it, all previous movies will stay on Netflix include the license runs out. Nevertheless, Disney’s entire own animated catalogue from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves onwards will be available immediately on the Disney Plus release date on November 12, and from Frozen 2 the studio’s own movies will be exclusive to Disney Plus for streaming. There will also be a couple of exclusive live-action movies too, including Noelle, the story of Santa Claus’ daughter, and a remake of Lady and the Tramp.