Disney already owns like two-thirds of every important and beloved franchise, and now the House of Mouse is preparing to own (or “pwn”) the competition when it comes to streaming. Disney+, the company’s upcoming streaming service, will be jam-packed with so many popular franchises and feature brand-new, high-budget original series set in the Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar universes. It’s enough to make Netflix get worried, especially since Disney+ will only run viewers $6.99 a month when it debuts.
Chances are everything Disney+ has in its library will make most fans willing to hand over their money without a second thought, because it’s a pretty good deal. If you’re on the fence though, or just want to know what you’ll be getting, when you’ll be getting it, and how you’ll be getting it, here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about Disney+, including a list of all the original shows coming to the service.
Disney+ will launch in the United States on November 12, 2019. It will cost $6.99 a month, or $69.99 for a whole year up front. Disney+ will be an “over-the-top” streaming service, meaning subscribers won’t need cable to sign up. So far, Disney has made deals to provide Disney+ on Roku devices and through Playstation 4 consoles, but additional deals with other smart TVs and game consoles, including the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, are in the works.
Disney’s other streaming services, ESPN+ and Hulu (Disney owns a majority stake of Hulu), will run on the same system, and subscribers can use the same account and password to log in to all three. It’s looking like Disney will offer a bundle for folks to subscribe to all three, but the specifics of that aren’t known yet.
Essentially all of Disney’s properties will appear on Disney+, including Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, National Geographic, Pixar, and Disney’s classic animated films. Anything that’s got an R or harder rating will be relegated to Hulu, however. (Netflix's Marvel series will stay on Netflix, though there are rumors of maybe, one day, reviving them on Disney+.)
Disney also recently purchased Fox, which means that Fox properties are eligible to appear on the streaming service, and it’s already been confirmed to be The Simpsons’ new exclusive streaming home.
Disney’s future theatrical releases will appear on Disney+ on the same date as their home video release, which is wild.
Below, find a full list of all the original series and films coming to Disney+, arranged by franchise. The exact list of old titles coming to Disney+ is massive and in flux, so what follows will only touch on the highlights.
The Mandalorian: The first live-action Star Wars TV series will take place in the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Written and produced by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian will feature the acting talents of Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, and more. It will be available when Disney+ launches.
Untitled Cassian Andor Series: Diego Luna will reprise his role as Rogue One’s Rebel spy Cassian Andor in this live-action series, which takes place prior to the events of that film. Alan Tudyk will also reprise his role as the droid K-2SO. The series will debut sometime in Disney+’s second year.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The fan-favorite animated series will return for a final 12-episode run, set to premiere sometime during Disney+’s first year.
Star Wars: Episodes I-VIII, Rogue One, and the old Clone Wars and Rebels animated series will be in the library at launch.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier: Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as the MCU heroes Falcon and Winter Soldier in this live-action series, set to premiere in the streaming service’s first year. (Nevermind that they both died in Avengers: Infinity War).
WandaVision: Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their roles as the MCU heroes Scarlet Witch and The Vision in this live-action series, set to premiere in the streaming service’s second year. (These characters also both died in Infinity War).
Loki: Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as the MCU hero/villain Loki in this live-action series, set to premiere sometime in the streaming service’s second year. (Loki also died in Infinity War!)
Marvel’s What If…?: The first animated MCU series will follow the mold of the comic series of the same name, telling alternate versions of the stories fans know from the main films. For instance: What if Peggy Carter, not Steve Rogers, got the super-serum that turned her into Captain America? The series is expected to premiere in the first year of Disney+.
CLASSIC DISNEY AND PIXAR
Monsters at Work: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and other voice actors from the Monsters Inc. films will reprise their roles in this sequel series that takes place after the events of the first film. Mad Men’s Ben Feldman will play Tylor Tuskmon, a monster mechanic who wants to work his way up to the main floor where monsters collect laughter from children. Expected to premiere in Disney+’s first year.
Forky Asks a Question: This appears to be an educational documentary series featuring Forky, the new character from the upcoming Toy Story 4. It will be available at launch.
SparkShorts: A collection of new Pixar shorts will be available at launch.
Lady & The Tramp: A live-action remake of the classic dog romance will be available at launch.
When Disney+ launches, 18 of the 21 Pixar movies will be available to stream, and CoCo, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4 will join them by the end of 2020.
Disney’s “Signature Collection” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid — will be available at launch, as will many, many more classic Disney titles, like Frozen, Hercules, A Goofy Movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tron.
OTHER MOVIES AND SHOWS
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: This extremely meta continuation of the High School Musical franchise is a fictional docuseries set in the real high school where High School Musical was filmed 10 years ago, and it follows a group of students who are trying to put on a performance of High School Musical. I have a headache. Available at launch.
Encore!: Another meta take on High School Musical, executive producer Kristen Bell will gather the cast of the original film and make them recreate their performance. Available at launch.
Noelle: In this film, Bill Hader plays Nick Kringle, the next person in line to become Santa Claus. His younger sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick), doesn’t have to worry about inheriting those responsibilities until Nick disappears right before Christmas, forcing Noelle to go looking for him to save Christmas. Expected to premiere in year one.
The Phineas and Ferb Movie: A movie continuation of the Phineas and Ferb TV show will hit Disney+ during the streaming service’s first year.
Togo: You know how everyone thinks Balto is a Disney movie? Well, it isn’t, but this live-action film, which stars Willem Dafoe, will tell a truer part of the famous tale of the 1925 Nome serum run. Balto really only led the last leg of a very long relay, while Togo was the lead dog for the longest and most dangerous leg, and he gets no credit. That’ll change when this film premieres in the streaming service’s first year.
Stargirl: A movie based on Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling YA book will hit Disney+ during year one.
Timmy Failure: A movie based on Stephan Pastis’s book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, will premiere during year one.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum: Jeff Goldblum will reveal the hidden stories behind common, well-beloved things, like ice cream or sneakers. Sure, whatever. Available at launch.
Shop Class: A design and engineering competition series, set to premiere in the stream service’s first year.
(Re)Connect: Experts help dysfunctional families get over their issues in this fun-sounding series, which will debut during the first year of Disney+.
Rogue Trip: Journalist Bob Woodward travels to off-the-grid places with his 27-year-old son in this documentary series, set to debut in the first year of Disney+.
Earthkeepers: This documentary series from the makers of Netflix’s Chef’s Table will tell the stories of the researchers and conservationists who work with endangered species. Expect a year two premiere.
Some of the other miscellaneous TV highlights coming to Disney+ at launch include all of The Simpsons, Kim Possible, Malcolm in the Middle, That’s So Raven, both the old and the new DuckTales series, One Strange Rock, and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.
Some of the miscellaneous movies include The Princess Diaries, The Rocketeer, Remember the Titans, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Free Solo.
DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT DISNEY ITSELF
Marvel’s 616: A documentary series examining the historical and societal context of Marvel stories. Expected sometime in the first year.
Marvel’s Hero Project: A documentary series about young real-life heroes doing good in their community and the world. Available at launch.
Ink & Paint: Based on Mindy Johnson’s book of the same name, this documentary series will tell the story of some of Disney’s early unsung heroes: the women animators who were instrumental in creating some of most beloved Disney films. Expected to premiere in Disney+’s second year.
Cinema Relics: A documentary series that focuses on the iconic props and costumes that helped make classic Disney films so special. Expected to premiere in year one.
Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2: This documentary series will take fans behind the scenes of the upcoming Frozen sequel. It will debut in Disney+’s freshman year.
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series: This documentary series will reveal the history and secrets of the Disney Parks, exploring the history, artistry, and technology that goes into making all the rides and attractions come to life. Despite not having a title, it will be available at launch.
Magic of Animal Kingdom: This National Geographic series will show what goes on behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium. It’ll premiere in year one.
Be Our Chef: Hosted by The Office’s Angela Kinsey, this cooking competition show will feature two families competing in a Disney Parks kitchen against one another to make Disney-inspired food. It’ll be available to stream in year one.