Disney+ Is Officially Available! Here's What You Should Know If You Still Haven't Signed Up
With so many streaming services already taking a monthly fee from our bank accounts, it can be hard to envision a scenario where we'd want to dish out for another — however, Disney+ is launching on Nov. 12 in the US and Canada, and it will likely be worth the monthly investment for families. If you, like us, groan at the thought of signing up for another thing, read through for a few reasons we are actually really pumped to subscribe our families to Disney+ when it makes its debut.
1. Every Single Disney and Pixar Movie Will Be "Released From the Vault" and on Disney+
Forget that annoying "vault" Disney used to metaphorically keep its movies in — Disney+ will give you access to all Disney and Pixar movies, including new hits and old animated classics (even though there are some Disney movies on Netflix now, there's never that many available at any given time!). Plus, there will be absolutely no shortage of Disney Channel Original Movies on the service as well.
2. You'll Also Get to Stream Marvel and Star Wars Movies on Disney+
Since Disney now owns both Marvel and Lucasfilm, we can expect all of the movies within those franchises to be on the service (however, the original six Star Wars films are still under Turner's broadcasting rights, so we can't expect to see those on Disney+ until 2024 or later). In fact, Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel film to appear exclusively on the service, as it'll never have been on Netflix. (Additionally, Disney+ will include National Geographic content, according to its landing page.)
3. New Disney Films Will Be Available on Disney+ Within a Year of Their Releases
If you're still that parent buying new Disney films on iTunes or the one hitting "add to cart" on DVD versions of your kids' favorite films, you won't have to do that anymore. Each new Disney movie — yes, Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and Star Wars: Episode IX, included — will be on the service within a year of its release date.
4. Over 7,000 Episodes of TV Will Be Available on Disney+
Although we don't have a full list of which shows will stream as of now, we're assuming that the to-be-included 7,000 episodes on the service will come mostly from shows that appear on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The hints we have gotten though, is that Hannah Montana and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episodes will be among the 7,000, as will the first 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
5. There Will Be New, Original Content on Disney+ as Well
Along with its catalog of hit movies and shows, Disney+ will include new, original content such as live-action movies and TV shows. An animated Marvel anthology series, which will explore what would happen if certain events didn't happen in the Marvel Universe, will be among this new original content. Additionally, there's apparent confirmation from Disney that there will be shows based on The Mighty Ducks, High School Musical, Monster's Inc. (called Monsters at Work), Rogue One (called The Mandalorian), and more.
6. Disney+ Will Cost Less Than Other Streaming Services
Alone, Disney+ is expected to cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, depending on the subscription you choose. If you're looking for year-round Disney entertainment, the year subscription will save you over a dollar per month (or $5.83 per month). Disney also announced it will offer a streaming bundle of Disney+, ESPN Plus, and the advertising-supported version of Hulu for $12.99 a month.
7. Unlike Other Shows and Movies, Disney Content Won't Go Back and Forth Between Services
Unlike other streaming services, once Disney+ has its own content on the platform, you won't see it anywhere else. So really, if Disney content is a must in your home, it'll be hard not to jump on the Disney+ bandwagon unless you're willing to purchase everything on DVD or iTunes — but even then, you'll never have access to all Disney+ will have to offer!
8. Disney+ Will Be Ad-Free
Disney+ will not feature ads for any of it's users — that's right, it's completely ad-free! Can we get a hallelujah? Users will also have the ability to download movies and episodes to watch offline, making long road trips, flights, and days out with kids a bit easier for all involved.
9. Four People Can Watch One Disney+ Account at the Same Time
If you have two different TVs going, a kid on an iPad, and your partner is trying to watch The Mandalorian on their phone in the bathroom, never fear! Disney+ will allow for four simultaneous 4K streams with all subscriptions. Hallelujah!