The Walt Disney Company announced this morning that it will be launching Disney+ a week ahead of schedule in the United Kingdom and in regions in Western Europe.
Instead of a roll-out date of March 31, the new streaming service will be available to Disney fans in Europe on March 24 and will be available to subscribers in the United Kingdom for 5.99 pounds ($7.81) per month, or for 59.99 pounds each year. In France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Austria and Switzerland, Disney’s streaming service will be available to subscribers for 6.99 euros, or $7.76, per month or 69.99 euros annually.
Disney+ has been wildly popular in the United States. It features roughly 500 movies and 7,500 television episodes from the entertainment giant’s massive catalog of programming, including Star Wars titles, Pixar hits, Marvel movies, and programming from National Geographic. Titles available for streaming include all eight episodes of the Skywalker Saga, Pixar franchises such as Toy Story and Cars as well as titles like Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Brave, Monsters, Inc., and more. Disney+ also includes Disney movies from its earlier days, such as The Parent Trap and That Darn Cat, each starring Hayley Mills, The Absent-Minded Professor starring Fred MacMurray and the Herbie movies about a little Volkswagen Beetle who might just be alive.
The new service launched in the United States on November 12 with nearly 2 million subscribers from the beginning. By the end of the first day of available streaming, Disney+ had over 10 million subscribers and was soon adding approximately one million new subscribers daily.
Since its launch in the United States, Disney has made almost $100 million with its new streaming service that rivals Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Max, and other services.
Are you in the U.K. or Europe and are you excited to get Disney+ a week earlier than expected? What will you watch first? Let us know in the comments.