Disney+ release date, cost, and everything else we know about Disney’s new streaming service

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Disney Plus Streaming

If you’ve been keeping up with Disney news, you’d know that The Walt Disney Company plans to release an all-new streaming service later this year. The new streaming service, aptly named Disney+, will be the exclusive home in the U.S. for on-demand viewing of many of the latest live-action and animated Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and National Geographic films and entertainment. And from the price to the release date and everything included, we’ve got all the details for you. 

Release date

Disney Plus non-fiction
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Disney+ will make its debut to consumers on November 12, 2019, The Walt Disney Company revealed during a shareholders meeting on April 11.

Cost

A screengrab of the Disney+ interface, featuring the upcoming live-action “Lady and the Tramp” remake. Credit: Disney

Of course, a new streaming service by Disney won’t come without a price. Disney announced that Disney+ will cost $6.99 a month. Back in 2018, Iger commented on the possible price of the new streaming service, sharing that due to the service’s lighter content load, the price at launch will be less than Netflix, which currently offers customers three tiers of membership ranging from around $8.99 to $15.99. “We have the luxury of programming this product with programs from those brands or derived from those brands, which obviously creates a demand and gives us the ability to not necessarily be in the volume game, but to be in the quality game,” Iger said at the time. 

Considering everything you get for the price, $6.99 is pretty reasonable. During the investor day webcast, Lowell Singer, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations for The Walt Disney Company, shared that consumers will likely be able to bundle Disney+ along with ESPN+ and Hulu for a lower price than subscribing to each individually.

What’s included for the price

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Disney has announced that Disney+ will be the exclusive home in the U.S. for on-demand viewing of many of the latest live-action and animated Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and National Geographic films and entertainment. This means that every Disney movie that hits theaters in 2019, for example, will be available to stream on Disney+. Disney has also been developing original content exclusive to Disney+: Marvel and “Star Wars” shows are among those coming to the service, as well as a “High School Musical” series. All of the content on Disney+ will also be downloadable, as well. Below is a list of all of the entertainment Disney confirmed on April 11.

Live-Action Series

  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – The 10-episode scripted series, set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.”
  • The Mandalorian – Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, the series follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
  • Diary of a Female President – Told from the narration of her diary, the series follows a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Anthony Mackie will return as Falcon and Sebastian Stan will reprise his role as Winter Soldier in the new Marvel Studios series.
  • Loki – Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki in the new Marvel Studios series.
  • Untitled Cassian Andor Series – Diego Luna will reprise his role of rebel spy Cassian Andor in this series set during the formative years of the Rebellion prior to the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
  • WandaVision – Elizabeth Olsen will return as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany will reprise his role as The Vision in the new Marvel Studios series.

Animated Series and Shorts

  • Forky Asks a Question – Forky, from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, is a craft project created from trash, so he has important questions about how the world works, such as: What is love? What is time? And of course, the deepest question of all, What is cheese? He explores all of these questions and more in a series of 10 shorts.
  • SparkShorts – Disney+ will be the exclusive home of SparkShorts, the Pixar Animation Studios short film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio.
  • Lamp Life – Bo Peep makes a big comeback in Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” and she leads the way in the all-new animated short film, finally answering the questions about where Bo was since we last we saw her in “Toy Story 2.”
  • Monsters at Work – Inspired by the characters of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., the animated series from Disney Television Animation picks up six months after the events of Monsters, Inc. and follows Tylor Tuskmon, an eager and talented young mechanic who works on the Monsters Inc. facilities team but dreams of working his way up to the Laugh Floor.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Emmy® award-winning animated series will be returning with 12 all-new episodes exclusively on Disney+. This will mark the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, as well as fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.
  • Marvel’s What If…? – Marvel Studios’ first animated series, taking inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.

Documentaries, Unscripted Series, and Live Specials

  • Encore! – Executive producer Kristen Bell brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion like no other.
  • Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Series – The documentary series chronicles the 65+-year history of Walt Disney Imagineering with parallel storylines of the people, the craft, and the business. Created by Academy Award-® and Emmy-® nominated director and producer Leslie Iwerks, the series includes exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney’s parks around the world.
  • Marvel’s Hero Project – The series, produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with MaggieVision Productions, reveals the remarkable, positive change several young heroes are making in their own communities.
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love—like sneakers or ice cream—as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.
  • Be Our Chef – What if your family had the chance to create the next great Disney Parks dish? Hosted by Angela Kinsey, Be Our Chef invites families from diverse backgrounds to join a Disney-inspired cooking competition at Walt Disney World that is positive and playful in tone. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge based on their family traditions and the magic of Disney. The finalists will apply what they have learned to create a dish that represents their family through a Disney lens.
  • Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) – “Cinema Relics” is an anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props and costumes (now modern “artifacts”) that made them unique—from the craftspeople who created them, the actors who interacted with them, and the collectors/archives who own and cherish them. The show will be hosted by film historian/collector Dan Lanigan. Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Muppet Movie,” “Tron,” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”
  • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 – As never before in its near-century-long history, Walt Disney Animation Studios is opening its doors, allowing cameras to capture in intimate detail how the voice cast, directors, and team of artists come together to create Frozen 2. This multi-episode documentary series shows the hard work, imagination, heart, fun, and intensity that go into making one of the most highly anticipated Disney Animation features of all time.
  • Magic of Animal Kingdom – In the heart of Central Florida, a team of more than 1,000 highly respected animal-care experts, veterinarians, and biologists perform groundbreaking work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Epcot SeaBase aquarium. Now for the first time, National Geographic will offer viewers an all-access pass into the 24/7 world of the incredible animal caretakers running one of the most advanced veterinary facilities in the world.
  • Marvel’s 616 – An anthological documentary series from Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club that explores the intersection between Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters, and creators, and the world outside your window. Each documentary will dive into the rich historical, cultural, and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.
  • (Re)Connect – In each episode of (Re)Connect, a family will disconnect from their busy lives, devices, and outside influences in order to address a relatable issue that’s driving a wedge between them.
  • Rogue Trip – Renowned journalist Bob Woodruff travels the world with his 27-year-old son, Mack, and visits all of the places your average tourist is least likely to venture—the roguish, often misunderstood, and frequently overlooked corners of the world whose hidden corners surprise, amaze, and inspire. This is the family vacation most of us are least likely to take.
  • Shop Class (working title) – A new competition series featuring teams of inventive students, who are tasked with designing, building, and testing new contraptions. In each episode a panel of experts will rate their work based on engineering, design, and the final test of the build. In the final episode, one team will be named Shop Class Champs.
  • Earthkeepers (working title) – From the award-winning creators of “Chef’s Table” and the producers of “One Lucky Elephant,” “Earthkeepers” is a cinematic documentary series that enters the adventurous lives of the people changing the way we see the animal kingdom. The episodes focus on conservationists and the animals they’ve devoted their careers to studying, diving deep into the personal trials and professional breakthroughs of protecting the planet’s most endangered species.
  • Ink & Paint – The documentary series, based on the book of the same name, tells the story of Animation at Disney, and how an unsung workforce of trailblazing women helped create some of the greatest animated films of all time.

Original Films

  • Lady and the Tramp – A timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic about a prim and proper house dog and a tough but lovable stray who embark on a series of adventures and, despite their different upbringings, grow closer and come to understand the true meaning of “home.”
  • Noelle – Nick Kringle (Bill Hader) is first in line to become Santa Claus, but he struggles at every step of the way. His younger sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick) enjoys all the perks of being a Kringle without any of the expectations or responsibility. As the holiday draws near, the pressures of being Santa become all too much for Nick, who disappears just weeks before the big day. Now it’s up to Noelle to scour the globe to find him, bring him home, and save the Christmas season.
  • The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title) – The movie centers on Phineas and Ferb as they set out across the galaxy to rescue Candace, who has been abducted by aliens and has found utopia in a far-off planet, free of pesky little brothers.
  • Stargirl – Based on the critically-acclaimed New York Times best-selling Young Adult novel of the same name, this teen coming-of-age story is about Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), an average 16-year-old who is content to fly under the radar until an offbeat and unconventional new student named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) shows up at his high school, turning his and everyone else’s world upside down, forever changing the way they see themselves and each other.
  • Timmy Failure – Based on the book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis from the beloved illustrated book series of the same name, Timmy Failure is helmed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom McCarthy with a screenplay by McCarthy & Pastis, and tells the story of Timmy, our quirky, deadpan hero, who along with his 1,500 pound polar bear partner, Total, operates TOTAL FAILURE INC., a world-class detective agency (at least in Timmy’s mind anyway).
  • Togo – Based on a true-life adventure in the Alaskan tundra, this story takes place in 1925, when an epidemic of diphtheria breaks out in a remote Alaskan town, causing countless children to fall gravely ill. The necessary antitoxin is hundreds of miles away, across treacherous terrain with a massive storm on the horizon. As the crisis grows more desperate, the village leaders realize their only hope lies with one man—Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his lead sled dog, Togo.

Recent Releases

Disney+ will serve as the exclusive streaming home of The Walt Disney Studios’ films beginning in 2019 including:

Captain Marvel
Dumbo
Avengers: Endgame
Aladdin
Toy Story 4
The Lion King
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Frozen 2
Star Wars: Episode IX

Library Highlights

By the end of year one, Disney+ will house more than 7,500 episodes of television and 500 movies. Below is a sampling of content available at launch:

FILMS
101 Dalmatians
A Bug’s Life
A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Bambi
Bao
Big Hero 6
Born in China
Cars
Fantasia
Finding Dory
Finding Nemo
Free Solo
Frozen
Fun and Fancy Free
Hercules
High School Musical
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Inside Out
Iron Man
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo & Stitch
Mary Poppins
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers  
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Moana
Monsters University
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
Ratatouille
Remember the Titans
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 film)
Steamboat Willie
The Good Dinosaur
The Incredibles
The Little Mermaid
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Princess Diaries
The Rocketeer
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
The Sword in the Stone
The Three Caballeros
Thor: The Dark World
Toy Story
Tron (1982)
Up
Wall-E
Zootopia

TELEVISION SERIES
Amazing Planet
Andi Mack (seasons one–three)
Boy Meets World
Brain Games
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
DuckTales (1987)
DuckTales (2016, season one)
Earth Live
Goof Troop
Great Migrations
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
Kim Possible
Malcolm in the Middle
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one and two)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Shorts
One Strange Rock
Raven’s Home
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 series)
That’s So Raven
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Simpsons
Unlikely Animal Friends
Wicked Tuna

On Disney+, subscribers will be able to view all of the available titles as well as information about titles that are coming soon.

Do you plan on purchasing a subscription to Disney+? Let us know your thoughts on Disney’s new streaming service!

Source: Disney, CNET

2 Comments

  1. arlen miller

    if they are putting the ENTIRE Disney Vault, that will mean EVERYTHING in the vault. That means Song of the South and vintage Wonderful World of Color episodes like Elfao Baca and Swamp Fox. If not then they are lying about putting up the ENTIRE Disney Vault. I will wait and see as I really hope Bob Iger is true to his word!

  2. Kim

    Ill buy into it, if they do what they say they are going to do and bundle hulu with it. oh! and ESPN+

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