Disney+, the latest streaming service worthy of your time debuts November 12 in the U.S. and Canada and arrives in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, November 19. So, not long to wait for access to Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and around 600 other movies and TV shows all available at launch, with more to be added over time.
With so much entertainment at your fingertips, it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to start. We’ve highlighted some of the best content available at launch that’s bound to keep you occupied for the weeks and months ahead.
- The brand-spankin’ new live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian is on Disney+. Rumoured to take place five years after Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the masked Boba Fett-like space cowboy along with Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito and everyone’s favourite Kiwi Taika Waititi as the voice of a droid. Very little is known about the plot, although we do know the first season will consist of eight episodes with the first two episodes available at launch and new ones drops each Friday.
- All of the Star Wars. We’re talking The Phantom Menace right through to The Last Jedi, the spin-off films like Rogue One and Solo, plus animated content including The Clone Wars and several LEGO Star Wars releases. We’re still waiting for confirmation on the Star Wars Holiday Special.
- 29 Seasons of The Simpsons! Since Disney purchased a large portion of Fox properties, expect to see many grace the list of Disney+ including all the best seasons, and recent seasons of The Simpsons. Also 2007’s The Simpsons Movie.
- Marvel, Marvel and more Marvel. Expect most, but not all of the Marvel films to be available at launch. Yes, Avengers: Endgame will be there, as well as the recent release Captain Marvel. Kids of the ’90s can get nostalgic over the animated X-Men and Spider-Man series among others. We can hear those theme songs now…
- Keep the kids (and some adults) busy with a collection of Pixar films, including Toy Story 1 – 3, Monsters, Inc. Inside Out, The Incredibles and more. Toy Story 4 and the live-action Aladdin and The Lion King are expected to arrive shortly.
- Then there’s the Disney Classics – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, 101 Dalmations, The Jungle Book, The Muppets Movie, The Rescuers, TRON, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, Mulan, Wreck-It Ralph, all the Pirates of the Caribbean films and James Cameron’s Avatar to name a few. There are hundreds of films ranging from 1932 to 2019. Disney has even shot a live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp available Day 1.
- National Geographic is making stacks of its documentaries available for streaming and download. Over 50 docos will be available at launch from the likes of Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsay and James Cameron.
So When Does Disney+ Launch?
The U.S. Canada and the Netherlands can all get on board right now. Just don’t spoil The Mandalorian. Next, Disney+ hits Australia and New Zealand November 19. You can see the exact time the streaming service goes live right here. Sadly, the UK, Germany, France and other regions must wait until March 31, 2020. Sorry guys.
How Much Does Disney+ Cost?
In the U.S. Disney+ goes for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. It’s $8.99 a month or $89.99 a year in Canada. Aussies can score the service for $8.99 a month or $89.99 a year while it’s $9.99 a month in NZ. It’s quite a bit cheaper than Netflix and Foxtel.
What About Hulu?
Disney is known for producing family-friendly content, so every movie and show that’s more adult-orientated from the acquisitions of Fox and FX will end up on streaming service Hulu. Disney is a major stakeholder in Hulu, so it’s not exactly going to miss out on sales.
The only problem is Hulu doesn’t have an Australian presence. A lot of Fox and FX programming is currently tied up in deals with Foxtel, Stan and HBO. We wouldn’t be surprised if Hulu launches in Australia once these deals wind up.