The launch of Disney+ is less than 24 hours away! Millions of Americans are waiting to usher in the new streaming service into their home, bringing a handful of original programming and classics to our televisions, phones and tablets.
But what can you expect to get for $6.99/month or $69.99/year? Subscribers will initially get more than 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes. That’s expected to grow to 620 movies and 10,000 episodes in five years, as existing deals with rival streaming services expire.
Four people can stream simultaneously on a single subscription. Disney+ is also offering downloads for offline viewing on up to 10 devices.
By this time tomorrow, Disney+ will have opened the vault doors to its massive Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and National Geographic archives. It will also launch with 10 new, original films and more than 25 original series.
The most impressive part of the Disney Plus library is of course the staggering amount of content from Disney’s backlog that will be available to subscribers. The Disney Vault is a thing of the past and you’ll now be able to stream Disney’s classics such as; Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Swiss Family Robinson, and many more.
Disney is also debuting several documentaries, the top two on my list are; One Day At Disney and The Imagineering Story. One Day At Disney highlights the men and women who bring life to some of Disney’s most beloved stories and create most of the magic you see in the parks. The Imagineering Story is a is six-part series that takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of Walt Disney Imagineering. Part artist studio, part R&D lab, WDI is where the rides and attractions for each of Disney’s 12 theme parks are conceived and built. The Imagineering Story will cover nearly seven decades of Disney history.
Most of the buzz surrounding Disney+ has been caused by the announcement of the original shows and movies you can stream, and there’s quite a few featuring our favorite celebrities in there as well!
One of the most hyped new series is, The World According To Jeff Goldblum. This 12-part National Geographic documentary series follows Goldblum as he explores the how’s and why’s behind everyday objects — from sneakers and denim to ice cream and tattoos. Each 30-minute episode mixes history, science, technology and expert commentary to take viewers on an entertaining and illuminating tour of each subject.
Encore!, a series in which Kristen Bell reunites castmates of high school musicals from yesteryear, getting them to recreate their original performances. Encore! isn’t the only show that will get your vocals warmed up. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (yes, that’s really its name) will also debut. We’ll get to follow students who attend the high school where the original Disney Channel movie was filmed as they eagerly await their own high school musical.
There’s one show in particular, that I’m already calling as the one that will constantly be on in our house (Parents with little ones, you know what I’m talking about. Heck, we just came off a 6 month binge of Moana on repeat)- Forky Asks A Question is a 10-part series of 3 minute shorts that follows Forky as he ponders some of life’s biggest questions. Forky asks questions like, “what is money” and “what is a friend?” Along with some familiar toys from Andy’s toy chest, Forky gets the help he needs in finding the answers to these questions.
Then of course, there’s the highly anticipated original series, The Mandalorian. After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
If it’s Pixar or Marvel your interested in, Disney+ has the movies you’re looking for. Seventeen of the 21 Pixar movies will be available to stream on November 12th. Some of these movies are; The first 3 Toy Story movies, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, all 3 Car movies, Brave, Monsters University, The Incredibles, The Good Dinosaur, and much more. Marvel Movies available on day one of the launch are; Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, and last but certainly not least- Avengers: Endgame.
You can also expect to see shows and movies from Fox. Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street are available to stream just in time for the holidays. Thirty seasons of The Simpsons will be available as well as, two X-Men movies; X-Men: Evolution, and Wolverine and the X-Men.
All of these titles are great, but how do you actually stream Disney+? You’ll be able to stream Disney+ tomorrow on the following platforms: Android phones and Android TV, Apple phones and Apple TV, Desktop Web Browsers, Chromebooks, Chromecast and Chromecast-enabled devices, Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire Tablets, Apple ipad, LG Smart TV’s, Samsung Smart TV’s, Sony Smart Tv’s, Roku Players and Roku TV, Xbox One, and Sony Play Station 4.
The Disney+ launch lineup is stacked with classics, originals and so many characters we know and love. It offers every animated and live-action film from its empire, several family-friendly shows (including a handful from The Disney Channel), National Geographic documentaries and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It should be noted that on top of the $6.99/month price, we’ve also been told that there will be a bundle package available. Not many details have been released yet regarding the Disney+ bundle, but it includes ESPN and Hulu at the small price of $12.99/month. I think I speak for millions of Americans when I say, Disney+ has us questioning our current relationship status with our cable provider and possibly Netflix.
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