Pricing, Launch Date, New Original Series & Movies Announced for Disney+
During today’s Walt Disney Company Investor Day 2019 presentation, we were provided some new details on Disney+, including pricing, its launch date, the contents of its entire library, and its connections to existing Hulu services.
Bob Iger opened the event by saying that this is an exciting yet challenging time in the world of entertainment, and dynamism is essential, and powerful, in the ever-changing direct-to-consumer market.
Disney stated that it will focus on creating great content and distributing it in innovative ways. Here’s how each of these streaming services are set to work:
Each service will be separate, but you can bundle all three (Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu) at a discounted price.
Disney+ will feature robust content from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic. Both new and original content, plus new releases will be offered to make the experience more valuable. In terms of ads, Disney+ will be a fully ad-free subscription service.
Disney knows that many of us have a deep, emotional connection to the Disney brand, and they’re well aware of it (and willing to take advantage of it.)
All of this year’s films will be immediately available upon the end of their cinematic run:
Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, Live Action Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Artemis Fowl, Maleficent, Frozen 2, and Star Wars: Episode IX.
Disney also gave us an insider look at the interface of the app. The simple, easy-to-use interface will showcase all the content they have to offer, including recent releases:
Tiles will showcase each brand:
Disney+ will feature an exclusive live-action Lady and the Tramp film, Mickey Mouse shorts, favorite movies like Moana, as well as Disney Channel episodes like Lizzie McGuire.
The exclusive live-action Lady and the Tramp film will be available upon launch, and features the voices of such celebrities as Janelle Monae (as Peg), Tessa Thompson (as Lady) and Justin Theroux as Tramp!
Disney+ will be the permanent home for all Disney films past and present, including classics from the vault, available to watch at any time. Recent hit films like Zootopia, Big Hero 6 will also be available.
Lots of live-action films will also be available on day one of the launch.
Disney+ will also be the permanent home of Frozen 2 once it finishes its cinematic run.
A special documentary on the making of Frozen 2 called “Into The Unknown” is also set to premiere.
Pixar will feature its full library of movies including, Incredibles 2, Toy Story, and Cars, with special shorts and features such as “Forky Asks a Question”, a series of 10 shorts that will premiere with the app. Forky will go around asking some very deep questions, like “What is love?” and “What is Cheese?”
All 18 Pixar Films will also be available, including the full library of Pixar shorts.
Bo Peep will also be leading a series of her own, called “Lamp Life”, which covers the thrilling adventures she’s had all these past years, before the time and setting of Toy Story 4. This series is set to premiere within year one of the launch.
National Geographic has a 131 year legacy and is right up there with Disney as one of the most-trusted brands. The National Geographic collection will feature special releases such as the exclusive “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” and the Academy-award winning documentary Free Solo.
Over 250 hours of programming will be available, including series such as “Brain Games”, “Cosmos”, and “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted”.
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” taps into Jeff’s curiosity and highly-entertaining mind. Jeff will pull back the curtains on otherwise mundane objects to reveal scientific insights and history.
“Magic of the Animal Kingdom” is the other series planned for Disney+, set at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase Aquarium. Viewers will get to see backstage and see how these conservationist Cast Members work to protect endangered species.
Star Wars will include the full library of movies and animated series, plus the exclusive Disney+ 8-episode saga, “The Mandalorian”, which will be available at time of launch. Within one year, every Star Wars film will be on Disney+.
Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk are joining forces once again on a new show that will focus on Cassian Andor, set in the Rogue One time frame.
The fan-favorite “Clone Wars” series will also be coming back, so fans rejoice!
Marvel will include a vast selection of movies, including Captain Marvel, within the first year of Disney+. Iron Man will also be available, as well as Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, and Ant-Man and The Wasp.
“Marvel 616” and the “Marvel Hero Project” will also showcase some non-fiction aspects to Marvel Studios.
Marvel Studios will also be creating series and long-form stories in the same level of quality you’ve come to expect from Marvel movies, exploring the MCU with some of your favorite Marvel characters and learning more about different aspects of their lives.
These shows will cross and create major storylines that will be felt through other series and films, so you’d have to be tuned in to have the inside scoop.
The new live-action series “WandaVision” will star Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany reprising his role as The Vision.
Shows include a series called “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “Marvel’s What If…?”, an animated series that will ask all the hard questions, including switching roles. Each episode will explore key moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head.
Another series will star Tom Hiddleston as Loki, reprising his role as a villain––or to some, an unlikely hero.
Disney Channel is celebrating 36th anniversary, and it’s celebrating with over 5,000 hours of original content and the full library of Disney Channel Original Movies available upon launch.
All episodes of “Phineas and Ferb” will be available, plus the exclusive Phineas and Ferb movie, where Phineas and Ferb’s sister Candace gets abducted by aliens.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” follows as students from the original school play in their own version of High School Musical.
Other films to premiere on Disney+ include Noelle, the story of Santa’s daughter (starring Anna Kendrick), and Timmy Failure, a movie about a boy and his imaginary polar bear. An exclusive documentary, The Imagineering Story, will also premiere with the streaming service.
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox acquisitions include The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride and other classics.
But wait, there’s more!
YES, Disney+ will be the official new home of The Simpsons, including all 30 seasons of the hysterical classic series.
Best of all, all content will be downloadable and accessible offline as long as you are a subscriber, and accessible on mobile phones, tablets, and smart TVs.
Device Partnerships will feature Roku TV and Playstation 4, with more device partnerships to come.
You can customize and set up each profile, complete with Disney character icons. Parental controls can be set and guided depending on age.
Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019.
For month-to-month subscriptions, the cost is $6.99 a month.
However, if you opt for the annual price, it is $69.99, or just $5.83 a month.
But wait, there’s more!
Hulu – Disney now owns 60% of Hulu, who’s been offering best of television with current and past seasons of hit shows for years now. A possible international rollout with this service was also mentioned. In terms of ads, subscribers will have the option of limited ads, ad free subscriptions, and an on-demand service with live TV. Hulu subscribers will also have the option to add on Disney+ to their existing subscriptions.