Disney+ Streaming Service: Launch Date, Price, Movies, and Shows
Disney is getting ready to launch its own streaming service, Disney+. Here’s a solid list of what you can expect.
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and the other streaming services will gain a powerful new rival soon.
The streaming product, called Disney+, is launching by the end of 2019. The new service is set to come complete with customizable settings and profiles – so you can make your own avatar using Disney characters – and it will be full to the brim with movies and TV shows currently under the Mouse House umbrella. Going somewhere with rocky Wi-Fi? No worries, you’ll be able to download and watch the library offline.
And what a library it will include. Here is everything we know about Disney+, including its launch date, price, and all the shows and movies that it will feature. You can find even fuller details about Disney+’s features here.
Disney+ Launch Date
Disney’s forthcoming streaming service has lined up a U.S. launch date of November 12, with the promise that it’ll be ready for a worldwide rollout within the next two years.
Disney+ is going to arrive with the appealing options of $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Like all streaming services, those prices may swell in the future but for now that’s a pretty competitive deal.
Here is a helpful primer from Disney as to what this whole Disney+ thing is all about.
Marvel Movies and Shows on Disney+
Along with all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (Captain Marvel has been confirmed to be available from day one) Disney+ will likely eventually bring us a good chunk of Fox’s Marvel titles.
further reading – Marvel Cinematic Universe: The New Characters of MCU Phase 4
There are also these marvel-lous upcoming TV series, eyed to tie into the MCU…
The latest announced entry to Marvel’s Disney+ offeringss is the fittingly titled Ms. Marvel. This live action Ms. Marvel will follow the Kamala Khan incarnation of the beloved character and will be run by Bisha K. Ali. There is no release date announced yet.
Who is Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel exactly? We broke that down for you here.
Finally! She-Hulk will be making her big, green Marvel debut. Disney made the announcement at their D23 Expo. There are no details currently available other than the fact that She-Hulk will, in fact, be Jennifer Walters and will have her usual job as lawyer.
She-Hulk has been an integral part of the Marvel comic universe for a long time and her MCU introduction is long overdue.
Read more about She-Hulk here.
Moon Knight is exactly the kind of fringe Marvel character who would do well on Disney+. And sure enough, he’s being added! Moon Knight is former CIA agent Marc Spector, who is killed by a terrorist and revived by the Moon God. Nothing else is known about the series at this time but it will be nice to have ol’ Moonie involved.
And suffice it to say: Marc Spears has quite the complicated Marvel history.
Marvel’s favorite trickster will back for his own limited series on the platform from Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron, with Tom Hiddleston confirmed to return as Loki. At Disney’s D3 Expo event, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirmed what we all suspected: this Loki will be the Loki of Avengers: Endgame who went off on his own time-hopping adventure with the Tesseract.
We’ll update you when we have more info, but as the Loki series was the first to be announced, it’ll probably be the first MCU-linked show on Disney+.
Jac Schaeffer (who worked on the Captain Marvel screenplay) has been hired to shepherd a Vision and Scarlet Witch TV series onto Disney+. WandaVision will take advantage of The MCU’s newfound discovery of alternate timelines and depict a world in which Vision and Wanda are happily married. Kat Dennings will reprise her MCU role and Kathryn Hahn will join the cast as a nosey next door neighbor.
Read more about WandaVision here.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier
Empire’s Malcolm Spellman is writing a Falcon and Winter Soldier limited series. The big budget spin-off show will star Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, naturally. It would be great if this one had an Ed Brubaker vibe, wouldn’t it?
Jeremy Renner will return as Clint Barton to pass the Hawkeye mantle onto Kate Bishop, one of Marvel’s most popular Young Avengers characters. This will absolutely be one to watch, as Renner will finally get some decent screen time to show us a little more of what Clint’s about and what he’s been through – before he retires gracefully, we assume – all while introducing us to the extremely badass Bishop!
On the animated/documentary side, Marvel’s What If…?, Marvel’s 616, and Marvel’s Hero Project are all in the pipeline, too.
Additionally, Avengers: Endgame will call Disney+ its exclusive home starting on December 11.
Star Wars Movies and Shows on Disney+
The full Star Wars back catalogue will be up on Disney+ in the first year, and these are the TV series also in the works:
Release Date: November 12
Arriving upon launch, the first ever live-action Star Wars series is sounding terrific. Original MCU puppet master Jon Favreau is the showrunner on The Mandalorian, and episode directors include Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi and Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels).
The Mandalorian will take place seven years after the events of Return of the Jedi, setting up the series as a bridge between the original and sequel trilogies. Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal will star here as “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the new republic” and joining him in the cast are Gina Carano and Werner Herzog, among others.
Cassian Andor Prequel Series
Rebel Spy Cassian Andor bought the farm in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that’s not the end of his story! Well, it is technically the end, but he’ll be back in a prequel series that will follow his adventures during the early days of the Rebellion. Cassian’s memorable droid K-2SO will be along for the ride, voiced by the lovable Alan Tudyk once again.
“The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire,” promises the official Star Wars website.
Sounds pretty good!
Read more about the Cassian Andor Series here.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
It’s real! Really! Long a Star Wars prequel fan pipe dream, a continuation of the Obi-Wan Kenobi story with Ewan McGregor starring is actually happening. Lucasfilm made it official during the Star Wars appearance at the D23 expo.
Nothing is known about this Obi-Wan Kenobi series including the title or when it will premiere. But it will have Ewan McGregor and Obi-Wan Kenobi and that’s enough.
Read more about Obi-Wan Kenobi series here.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars<
Fan favorite animated series The Clone Wars ended prematurely after six great seasons a while back, and though a few episodes were later released as “lost missions” the story was far from over. Luckily, creator Dave Filoni will now get a chance to complete the saga on Disney+.
Read more about The Clone Wars Season 7 here.
Pixar Movies and Shows on Disney+
You’ll be able to watch all the Pixar shorts right away on Disney+, with the Pixar film catalogue being promised to stream within the first year. But there’s more…
Monsters At Work
Disney is planning a Monsters, Inc. TV series with the original voice cast returning. That means the dulcet tones of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, alongside new addition Ben Feldman playing Tylor Tuskmon, a mechanic at Monsters, Inc. who is desperate to join the Laughter Floor team. They were previously harvesting children’s screams instead of their laughter to power the city of Monstropolis six months ago – yes, this takes place fairly soon after the events of the first movie, and it’s not a prequel like Monsters University. Yay!
Forky Asks a Question
By all appearances, Forky Asks a Question is exactly what it sounds like. Tony Hale’s beloved Forky character from Toy Story 4 will…ask a question. The footage shown at Disney’s D23 expo included Forky asking Ham what money is.
Also coming to Disney+ is a Pixar project known as Lamp Life.
New Disney Movies
Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader will be starring in Christmas-themed moive Noelle. That will be available right when Disney+ launches.
In terms of new Disney movies getting the exclusive streaming treatment on Disney+, we’ve got Timmy Failure, directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Willem Dafoe’s ‘Alaskan sled dog adventure’, Togo [wait – Willem Dafoe and sled dogs? – this just shot to the top of our list], a live-action version of Lady and the Tramp, remakes of Sword in the Stone, Three Men and a Baby, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids and Father of the Bride, a big Stargirl film, and a Paper Magician movie.
There’s also a brand-new Phineas and Ferb film coming, featuring the original voice cast. Get ready for Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against Universe.
New Disney Series
Don’t worry, classic Disney Channel fans, Disney+ has something in store for you as well. Hillary Duff will be starring in a Lizzie McGuire sequel series for Disney+. The news comes from Deadline. Original creator Terri Minsky will run the show.
Yep, The Muppets are being rebooted again. Disney already tried it once at ABC in 2016, but that show only lasted one season and got a critical drubbing, so it’s time to take another run at it!
Secret Society of Second Born
Coming from the people behind Gossip Girl, The Bold Type and, er, Predators, Secret Society of Second Born follows a 15- year-old girl who just so happens to be second in line to the throne. Sent to a summer school which she initially believes is run-of-the-mill, she later finds out it’s a training camp for second born royals with superpowers. Could be good!
Book of Enchantment
Code Black mastermind Michael Seitzman is writing a Disney villains series for Disney+, adapting Serena Valentino’s bestselling book series. It’ll have a kinda revisionist outlook, focusing on classic Disney baddies such as Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), the evil queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Wait, he’s not a baddie! Is he? Not really, no. Ah, well.
Diary of a Female President
This new series comes from the pen of a staff writer from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Ilana Peña). 10 half-hour episodes of this are winging their way to Disney+, and the story centres on a 12-year old Cuban-American girl on her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.
A Love, Simon TV series is “being explored” for Disney+. It’s unclear whether it’ll have any connection to the beloved teen rom-com’s film version, but director Greg Berlanti will not be returning as he’s in a deal with Warner Bros, so This Is Us showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are currently considering
Love, Simon revolves around a closeted high school teen who falls in love online with an unknown classmate, and what happens when he begins investigating who it might be.
Disney has also proposed an Escape to Witch Mountain series, a Sandlot series, a new High School Musical series, a reality show called Encore!, Be Our Guest – a cooking show – and a craft series called Shop Class.
Mergers And Acquisitions
Not to get too Patrick Bateman on ya, but 2019 has also been about a certain merger and acquisition for Disney, too. The recent buyout of Fox means that loads of lovely Fox content will be available on Disney+. Wonderful.
If you’re missing Malcolm in the Middle (or you have yet to experience the joy that is Malcolm in the Middle) it’s been announced that it’ll have a home on Disney+, as will all 30 seasons of The Simpsons. Blimey!
Disney has stated that none of the more adult Fox titles will appear on the service, so you may not find the Deadpool movies at your fingertips, however, more family-friendly stuff like The Sound of Music and The Princess Bride will be there.
The man behind Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix was the first big signing at Fox TV under Disney. He’s agreed to develop a range of new TV content, some of which may end up on Disney+. We’ll keep a close eye on any announcements for you, although whether we’ll see Daredevil itself – or any of Netflix’s other Marvel shows for that matter – back up and running, is rather up in the air at the moment.
Other Movies and Shows
Over 250 hours of National Geographic content will be included in the launch including acclaimed doc Free Solo and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. If we know you as well as we think we do, that last one will raise an eyebrow.
Last, but not least, a behind the scenes documentary about the making of Frozen 2 is coming to Disney+, alongside loads of other interesting docs.
Here is the full list of existing films and TV series that is coming to Disney+ as well, courtesy of Variety.
A Bug’s Life
A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Big Hero 6
Born in China
Fun and Fancy Free
High School Musical
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo & Stitch
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
Remember the Titans
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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 (animated series)
The Good Dinosaur
The Little Mermaid
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Princess Diaries
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
The Sword in the Stone
The Three Caballeros
Thor: The Dark World
Andi Mack (seasons one-three)
Boy Meets World
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
DuckTales (2016, season one)
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
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
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)
That’s So Raven
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Unlikely Animal Friends
Phew! Is that enough to tempt you…?
Alec Bojalad is TV Editor at Den of Geek and TCA member. Read more of his stuff here. Follow him at his creatively-named Twitter handle @alecbojalad