If you’re a Disney or Marvel fan, if you love Pixar or Star Wars or National Geographic, you’ve probably heard about the new Disney Plus programming network. It’s similar to a Netflix or Hulu subscription, but focused on those five big names, and I can’t wait to subscribe!
Disney Plus debuts on November 12, 2019, a little over two years after the concept was first announced. People were a mix of “seriously, now I have to pay for a third subscription” and “how soon can I sign up?”
Me, I was a “sign me up!” with a tiny sliver of “why can’t we all just get along?”
Still, if it meant more content, I was down for it.
As we get closer to the debut, more and more news is being released about what exactly will be available on the new service. Marvel movies, Disney movies, and Pixar movies were expected. When word started getting out though about original shows developed just for Disney Plus, interest grew and more people turned towards being a subscriber from day one, and if social media sentiment means anything, Disney Plus is going to be a success.
A few of the shows that Disney announced (via their @Disney Twitter profile) are:
- The Simpsons, with Disney’s new ownership of Fox
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: two of my favorite MARVEL characters coming together in a live-action series starring Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. Oh. My.
- WandaVision: starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, this is another definite winner.
- Marvel’s What If… where Marvel takes a critical scene or decision from the comics and flips it on its side, leading you to a “what if…” moment.
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum, from National Geographic: a documentary that focuses on a particular object and goes into detail in a way not done before. And Jeff Goldblum…so we know this one’s going to be a hit.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: so popular in years past, a new version is going to hit a whole new generation of fans and have them devoted.
- Loki: from Marvel, this will star Tom Hiddleston.
Let’s take a moment to breathe and think about that. Tom Hiddleston. Loki. Disney Plus is only $6.99 per month, so for a really low cost — or less than two Starbucks — I can watch new episodes and listen to his beautiful accent and mischievous behavior on a regular basis.
Can I just sign up now???
- There will also be non-fiction content, such as Be Our Chef and Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies and Earthkeepers. (Those last two are working titles.) There’s also going to be more Marvel shows coming from the Walt Disney Imagineering team, such as Marvel 616 and Marvel’s Hero Project.
- During the first year, subscribers will also have access to Fox’s list of family titles, such as the Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, Malcolm in the Middle and more!
Directly from the Walt Disney website, “The Disney+ service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players and smart TVs, and will adjust to the best possible high-definition viewing experience based on a subscriber’s available bandwidth, with support for up to 4K HDR video playback. An unprecedented amount of content will also be available to fans for offline viewing. “
So we can download and watch offline! That’s a game changer, especially if you’re someone like me who travels a lot and wants to have movies to watch but doesn’t want to pay for the in-flight wifi service. Plug in a pair of headphones and I can watch while waiting at school pick-up, the waiting area of any appointment or just sitting and enjoying relaxing time at the RV park. (We just moved our RV to a local resort, so I’m SO excited to have more camping time!)
Out of the gate, you’ll be able to watch Captain Marvel! Are you hooked yet?
Disney continues to forge a path for strong online content and entertainment, and now to have a concentrated place, rather than sifting through so many genres, is going to be a big deal for dedicated fans. For only $7 per month (or less if you pay for a year in advance), it’s inexpensive and even if it goes up, the lineup of available entertainment and informational shows seems worth it. Are you planning to subscribe?
November 12, 2019 — counting the days!