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Disney Plus Day: What is it all about?

Disney Plus is about to reward subscriber loyalty and celebrate its birthday with some exciting streaming premieres.

It’s been almost 2 years since Disney launched its streaming platform Disney Plus. To mark the occasion, the company is putting together a grand-scale fan celebration. In even better news, the festivities include new releases and sneak peeks at what’s to come.

Disney Plus has been enjoying a lot of success worldwide thanks to its rich content library, appealing original productions and solid functionality. For Disney Plus Day, expect a whole bunch of new movies and shorts, as well as special features that highlight existing and upcoming content. Here’s what to look out for.

When does Disney Plus Day take place?

Disney Plus Day takes place on 12 November, marking the platform’s second anniversary. Disney Plus launched in the US on 12 November 2019 and arrived in New Zealand only a week later, on 19 November.

However, we won’t have to wait a week to enjoy the goodies the entertainment giant has in store. Disney Plus Day will be celebrated on the same day in all markets where Disney Plus operates.

What is Disney Plus Day?

Pompously put, Disney Plus Day is a “special global company-wide fan celebration on Disney Plus’s second anniversary”. In simpler words, it’s an event the company organises to thank fans for their loyalty. Oh, and to reward them with fresh content, promotions and special fan experiences.

As long as you’re a Disney Plus subscriber, mark your calendar. A bunch of new movies, series and documentaries will arrive on the platform on Disney Plus Day.


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What can I watch on Disney Plus Day?

Content-wise, Disney Plus Day will be celebrated with an impressive slate. Two of Disney’s biggest films of the year, Jungle Cruise and Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, will become part of the permanent Disney Plus library. That’s available to all subscribers for no extra fee.

Additionally, Disney Plus is releasing original movie Home Sweet Home Alone, a re-imagining of the popular Home Alone holiday franchise and the perfect film to jolt your holiday spirit. Frozen fans should look forward to Olaf Presents, a series of shorts following the hilarious snowman as he retells classic Disney stories.

Speaking of shorts, there will also be an animated short film from Pixar, Ciao Alberto, featuring characters from this summer’s Luca. Plus there will be other animated shorts to dazzle and entertain, including one featuring The Simpsons.

Disney Plus will also premiere the first 5 episodes from season 2 of The World According to Jeff Goldblum, as well as new Star series Dopesick. The latter stars Michael Keaton and aims to take viewers to the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. Not so suitable for young viewers, but adults should definitely check it out.

Finally, subscribers will be able to stream 2 specials. One will cover the Marvel Cinematic Universe and promises an exciting look towards the future. The other will explore the origins and legacy of Star Wars‘ legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett, in anticipation of the original Boba Fett live-action series scheduled to arrive on Disney Plus in December.

The company has other surprises in store too, promising that the celebrations will include “breaking news, first looks, new trailers, exclusive clips and appearances from Disney Plus creators and stars”. We’re not exactly sure how those will be featured on Disney Plus, but we can’t wait to find out.

Do I need to be a subscriber to enjoy Disney Plus Day?

Yes. We doubt that Disney Plus will make any of this special content free, but all subscribers will get access to it as part of their subscription.

Subscriptions to Disney Plus in New Zealand cost $12.99 a month or $129.99 annually. The platform isn’t offering a free trial at the moment, so you have to sign up if you want to celebrate Disney Plus Day along with the entire world. There are no strings attached, so you can cancel your subscription any time.

That being said, Disney mentions that there will be exciting offers and promotions to celebrate Disney Plus Day. They may offer a free trial or subscription discount closer to the event.

If you’re still in doubt, Disney Plus offers a big library of titles from not only Disney itself, but also subsidiaries like Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic. Plus, channel Star hosts plenty for adults to watch as well.

Popular titles on Disney Plus include The Mandalorian, WandaVision, Loki, Cruella, Black Widow, Only Murders in the Building, The Simpsons and Free Guy.

Is Disney planning anything else?

Disney will also organise special fan experiences in its parks, cruises and resorts around the world, with visitors able to enjoy photo opportunities, character moments and more. The official Disney shop will offer discounts and we may get other unexpected treats on the day itself.

Disney Plus is also entering new markets. It will make its debut in South Korea and Taiwan on 12 November and in Hong Kong on 16 November.

All in all, you should save the date. We expect Disney Plus Day to be a celebration for the ages.

Want to learn more about what’s on Disney Plus? Check our list of Disney Plus shows and Disney Plus movies on offer.

Image source: Disney Plus, Marvel

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