This morning Disney fans in the US, Canada, and The Netherlands will be showing up to work needing some extra coffee after staying up to watch their first shows on Disney+.
Disney+, the streaming service from The Walt Disney Company, launched today in those three countries. The service features nearly 500 films and 7,500 episodes of television from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Plus Disney+ is the exclusive home for a sizable slate of original content.
As part of the launch, the Disney+ premiered its first original series and films including “The Mandalorian,” the epic first-ever live-action Star Wars series; “Lady and the Tramp,” a live-action re-telling of the 1955 animated classic; “Noelle,” an original holiday comedy film starring Anna Kendrick, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” the all-new scripted series set at the real-life East High featured in the blockbuster film franchise; “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” docu-series from National Geographic; “Marvel’s Hero Project,” which celebrates extraordinary kids making a difference in their communities; “Encore!,” executive produced by the multi-talented Kristen Bell; “The Imagineering Story” 6-part documentary from Emmy and Academy Award-nominated director Leslie Iwerks; short-form series “Pixar IRL” and “Disney Family Sundays;” and animated short film collections “SparkShorts” and “Forky Asks A Question” from Pixar Animation Studios.
Beginning November 15, most new episodes of each series will premiere on Fridays at 12:01 AM PT.
“The launch of Disney+ is a historic moment for our company that marks a new era of innovation and creativity,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Disney+ provides an exceptional entertainment experience, showcasing our library of beloved movies, TV series and exclusive original content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.”
We’re excited to explore the new service, find shows and movies that have been hidden in the Disney Vault for too long and learn to love the new programming as well. Disney fans are all over social media posting about what they watched first last night. Let us know what you watched in the comments or on social media.
Outdated cultural depictions
one of the rumors about Disney+ would be that it would censor some of its old films due to the often-racist stereotypes and depictions used in them. Instead Disney+ is showing the films unedited, but with a warning that they may contain outdated cultural depictions. No “Song of the South,” but there is “Dumbo” and its crows.
Disney+ also has two versions of “Avatar” on the service. One is the theatrical release and another where family friendly dialogue has been added over some adult language.
Where to get Disney+
Still haven’t signed up for Disney+? It’s available on nearly all home-streaming devices or on your mobile device. You can also visit DisneyPlus.com to sign up.
Disney+ offers subscribers high-quality and commercial-free viewing, up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, personalized recommendations, and the ability to set up to seven different profiles. Additionally, parents have the ability to set Kids Profiles that create an easy -to-navigate interface to access age-appropriate content.
You can subscribe to Disney+ directly at DisneyPlus.com or via in-app purchase from the following partner platforms and devices (dependent on country):
- 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; customers can subscribe to Disney+ via in-app purchase)
- 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 PlayStation4)
- Roku (Roku streaming players and Roku TV models)
For a full list of supported devices visit here.
I heard that there were glitches on this first day, with the service going down at times. I wasn’t able to watch the Jeff Goldblum show, but I did catch the first episode of The Imagineering Story. It was great. There wasn’t much new information that a major-league Disnerd doesn’t already know, but I loved the images of Bob Gurr signing his name inside the Matterhorn (I admit that I got choked up at that) and the car driving down the empty riverbed of the Jungle Cruise.