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 upfront. 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 CEO Bob Iger has said it's likely that you'll be able to access Disney+ via "Amazon, Apple, and other distributors.”
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. During an investors call on August 6, Iger revealed that a bundle of all three services will cost $12.99 a month, although only the version of Hulu with advertisements is part of the bundle. A subscription to ad-free Hulu currently costs $11.99 a month. It's unclear exactly how regional issues will impact Hulu and ESPN+, but all three services should work as normal here in the states. Verizon is offering subscribers 12 free months of Disney+.
Disney+ will essentially be ad-free. The Verge reported that certain users may see a one-time advertisement for Starz during the sign-up process for Disney+. The commercial is part of a deal to allow Disney+ to stream Star Wars films like The Force Awakens when it launches, as the streaming rights to many Star Wars films are still tied-up elsewhere due to pre-existing deals.
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.
On October 14th, Disney+ spent the better part of a morning tweeting basically every show and movie that would be on Dinsney+ when the service launches, starting with 1937's Snow White and ending with The Mandalorian. Between those two titles are a huge assortment of films, including classic entries in the Disney animated canon, Marvel movies, Star Wars movies, and a lot of titles that seem fake (I'm sorry — The Shaggy D.A.? Justin Morgan Had a Horse? The Ugly Dachshund? Million Dollar Duck? Disney was really on one for a while there).
Rather than list every single old movie or show coming to Disney+, we're going to focus on the upcoming originals, highlighting a few notable old titles as necessary. But, if you have three hours to kill, watch the video montage Disney released of every single thing you'll be able to stream on Day One.
Below, find a full list of all the original series and films coming to Disney+, arranged by franchise.
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.
Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as the Jedi master in this series, which will be set in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Lucasfilm officially confirmed the series' existence after much speculation at D23, with Kathleen Kennedy confirming that the first several scripts have been finished and that filming is expected to start in 2020. There is currently no release date.
Star Wars: Episodes I-VIII, Rogue One, and the old Clone Wars and Rebels animated series seasons will be in the library at launch.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which premieres in theaters in December, will be made available within the platform's first year.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as the MCU heroes Falcon and Winter Soldier in this live-action series, alongside returning Captain America: Civil War villain Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl). The show will premiere in Fall 2020. They will be joined by Emily VanCamp, returning as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell, who is playing a new character named John Walker.
WandaVision: Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their roles as the MCU heroes Scarlet Witch and The Vision, respectively, in this live-action series. Teyonah Parris will play Captain Marvel's Monica Rambeau, who is now all grown up. Kat Dennings will play Darcy, bringing the character back for the first time since Thor: The Dark World, while Randall Park will play Ant-Man and the Wasp's somewhat hapless FBI agent Jimmy Woo. Kevin Feige has said that viewers will need to have seen Disney+ shows like WandaVision in order to fully understand the theatrical films. The series will premiere in Spring 2021.
Loki: Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as the MCU hero/villain Loki in this live-action series, which will also premiere in Spring 2021. The series will follow the alternate-timeline version of Loki who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, meaning he won't be as much of a good guy as he was by the time of Thor: Ragnarok and 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 will premiere in Summer 2021.
Hawkeye: Jeremy Renner reprises his role in this live-action series in which the Avengers' resident archer will teach Kate Bishop, a young woman who takes up the Hawkeye mantle in the comics, the superhero ropes. Hawkeye will premiere in Fall 2021.
Ms. Marvel: The fan-favorite, Pakastani-American hero Kamala Khan is making the long-awaited jump to live-action. Disney announced an upcoming Ms. Marvel series at D23, and Feige confirmed in November during an interview with THR that the character will eventually appear in theatrical MCU films after getting her start on the small screen. No release date or casting information is available, but Bisha K. Ali will serve as showrunner.
She-Hulk: Very little is known about this series, which Disney announced at D23, but Bruce Banner's cousin, the super-strong, super-smart green lawyer Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, will have a live-action series on Disney+ at some point. She-Hulk will also eventually appear in a theatrical film, according to Feige.
Moon Knight: Disney announced a series about this Marvel character — a mercenary who is empowered and given a second chance at life after he becomes the avatar of an ancient Egyptian god — at D23. There is no release date or any real information beyond title art at this time. Moon Knight will also eventually appear in a theatrical film, according to Feige.
When Disney+ first launches, only a handful of MCU movies — Iron Man, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Endgame — will be available to stream, but more movies will join them as old licensing deals expire. Endgame was originally slotted to hit the service on December 11, but Disney announced it would be a launch title in early November. Additional MCU movies will hit Disney+ by the streaming service's first birthday, Disney says. Due to licensing issues, it seems unlikely that either Spider-Man movie or The Incredible Hulk will ever be available to stream on 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. Feldman will be joined by co-star Aisha Tyler. The series is expected to premiere in Disney+’s first year.
Forky Asks a Question: This appears to be an educational documentary series featuring Forky (Tony Hale), a new, existentially-driven character from Toy Story 4. It will be available at launch.
SparkShorts: A collection of new Pixar shorts will be available at launch.
Lady and the Tramp: A live-action remake of the classic dog romance will be available at launch, featuring Tessa Thompson as Lady and Justin Theroux as Tramp. Unlike The Lion King, the characters will actually be played by real animals.
Chip 'n' Dale: Disney's dynamic chipmunk duo returns in this short-from, dialogue-free comedy series. Look for it in 2020.
When Disney+ launches, every Pixar movie except for Toy Story 4 will be available to stream, though Woody and Buzz's latest romp should come later.
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, such as 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.
Diary of a Female President: Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez produces this series about a young Cuban-American girl who will grow up to be the president of the United States.
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe: 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.
Flora & Ulysses: An animated adaptation of the children's book Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, which tells the story of a cynical young girl and a super-powered squirrel, started production in June 2019.
Secret Society of Second Born Royals: This film, which went into production this past spring but does not yet have a release date, stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as a bored princess who finds she has superpowers, and joins a secret peacekeeping society.
Timmy Failure: A movie based on Stephan Pastis’s book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made will premiere during year one.
A Love, Simon Series: A series based on the 2018 teen comedy-drama will follow a different closeted gay high school boy on a journey of self-discovery, with the original's star Nick Robinson returning as a producer and the narrator. There is no release date yet.
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. Avatar will also be streaming at launch.
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 the 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.