Disney’s long-awaited streaming service Disney+ will finally arrive in the UK on Tuesday, 24 March bringing you unparalleled streaming access to a wealth of Disney movies and TV shows.
The European launch has been moved forward by a week after it was initially scheduled for a 31 March launch, but it’s still a long way behind the US launch which happened in November last year.
The Hollywood studio has yet to confirm its full launch line up for Europe, but here’s what you can expect to see on Disney+ on day one.
How much does Disney+ cost?
Disney+ will be launching on 24 March in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland. Pricing has also been confirmed at £5.99/€6.99 monthly or £59.99/€69.99 annually.
Additional Western Europe markets, including Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal, will follow in summer 2020.
What are the confirmed Disney+ launch titles?
Along with a wealth of legacy Disney content, Disney+ will launch with a roster of new and original films and shows for you to dive right into. The confirmed titles so far are:
The Mandalorian, a live action Star Wars series from executive producer and writer Jon Favreau. A second season will launch in Autumn.
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High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a creative modern take on the hit franchise complete with meta references, a fresh documentary-style feel and a soundtrack which features nine new original songs while also paying homage to fan favourites from the classic film. A second season is already on the way.
The World According To Jeff Goldblum which explores the wonderful and often astonishing world of deceptively familiar objects.
Lady and the Tramp, a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic.
Encore! executive produced by Kristen Bell.
Diary of A Future President from creator and executive producer Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and executive producer, Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin).
The Imagineering Story chronicling the eclectic group of extraordinary creatives who bring Disney Parks to life.
One Day At Disney, a documentary follows employees across the various divisions of The Walt Disney Company, taking a look at a day in the life of their jobs.
Float, a Pixar short directed and written by Bobby Rubi.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the seventh season of the hit animated series will debut on Disney+ in America on 17 February.
Marvel’s Hero Project, a documentary series that follows the young heroes who are making remarkable and positive change across communities by dedicating their lives in self less acts of bravery and kindness.
US launch titles that are expected to be on the service but have not been officially confirmed include: Forky Asks A Question and Noelle.
What else will be on Disney+ at launch?
The full line up of content on Disney+ in the UK has yet to be officially confirmed by Disney, but the press release promises that the service will be “the ultimate streaming destination for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.”
It also boasts “commercial-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content” and “unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment.”
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DisneyLife, the predecessor to Disney+, offered a wealth of classic titles from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 1950’s Cinderella, right up to more modern titles such as 2016’s Moana and 2015’s McFarland USA.
The stunning climbing documentary Free Solo will be one of the National Geographic titles available at launch in the UK.
What Marvel films will be on Disney+ at launch in the UK?
A marketing email for Disney+’s UK launch confirmed Avengers: Infinity War, and X-Men: Days of Future Past would be available at launch.
In America, Disney+ launched with Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 2, Thor, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Ant-Man.
What Star Wars films will be on Disney+ at launch in the UK?
The same marketing email for Disney+’s UK launch confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be available on day one in the UK. Expect more titles to be announced soon.
All six of the original classic Star Wars films released between 1977-1999, as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, were available at launch in the US.
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In the future though it will be “the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2020 and beyond.” This means you’ll have to subscribe to Disney+ to stream Black Widow, Mulan, Pixar’s Onward and Soul, and The Eternals after their theatrical releases, as they won’t be coming to Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, at all.
Will The Simpsons be on Disney+?
This is perhaps the biggest question mark hanging over the UK launch of Disney+, at least for us anyway. When Disney+ launched in America last year, thirty seasons of The Simpsons, the 11-time Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom, were available to watch on day one. Bar one episode.
However, Channel 4 is the home of classic episodes of the show in the UK, while Sky One has the “first run” rights to the most recent series. It’s currently airing the 31st season with new episodes airing weekly.
It seems unlikely that UK Disney+ subscribers will get the entire The Simpsons back catalogue on day one, but Yahoo has contacted Disney and Sky for confirmation either way.
What else is in development for Disney+?
Marvel Studios’ slate of original series are the most eagerly anticipated Disney+ launches coming down the line. There are eight new Marvel Cinematic Universe TV series in various stages of production: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, an animated What If series, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. WandaVision is set to launch in 2020.
In the Star Wars universe there are two scripted shows in development: one centred on Rogue One’s Cassain Andor and another on Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. There’s also a new Star Wars-based children's game show Jedi Temple Challenge, which will be hosted by Ahmed Best, who voiced Jar Jar Binks in the prequel trilogy.
20th Century Fox films such as Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen will be "'reimagined' for 'a new generation'" exclusively for Disney+.
How can you watch Disney+?
At launch, Disney+ will offers subscribers “high-quality and commercial-free viewing, up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, personalised recommendations, and the ability to set up to seven different profiles.”
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The Disney+ app will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs.
In the US you can watch via Amazon (Fire TV Devices, Fire TV Edition Smart TVs, and Fire Tablets), Apple (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and fully integrated with the Apple TV app), Google (Android phones, Android TV devices, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices), LG Smart TVs with webOS, Microsoft (Xbox One), Samsung Smart TVs, Sony / Sony Interactive Entertainment (all Android based Sony TVs and PlayStation®4) and Roku (Roku® streaming players and Roku TV™ models).