Disney expands into streaming services



New to the House of Mouse is Disney Plus, a streaming service with classics from the Disney “vault,” original shows, and films. Priced at just seven dollars a month, Disney Plus will challenge current streaming services with its discounted prices when it releases on November 12 of this year. It is projected that within the first year, around 7,500 TV shows and 400 movies will be released onto Disney Plus. Per usual Disney fashion, any content that is not appropriate for a PG-13 audience won’t be available to stream. 

Customers will have access to a vast library of Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and 21st Century Fox’s high-profile projects. The Star Wars franchise will have its first-ever live-action spin-off from the big screen with The Mandalorian, a 10 episode series. Phase 4 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will be released on this platform and will feature shows with funds comparable to feature films with 100 and 150 million dollar budgets. What If?, WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Ms. Marvel will all debut on Disney Plus. Reboots of old Disney fan-favorites such as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, based off of the High School Musical movies from 2006 through 2008, and a sequel series to the teen comedy show Lizzie McGuire will be available to watch. 

Romy Kennet, a Disney fanatic said, “I am beyond excited for movies and new shows to be available on one service. I can’t wait to watch the Lizzie McGuire movie and see how the new series turns out.”

Alongside the new content available, classics such as Lady and the Tramp, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and The Little Mermaid will be available to stream.

While keeping this nostalgia factor in mind, Disney has ultimately decided to remove or not televise controversial or racist scenes from movies in the “vault.” For this reason, the deeply buried Song of the South will not be published again and a scene from Dumbo has been deleted. 

At the end of 2020, it is projected that 13 million subscribers will be utilizing this new and upcoming streaming program. New and original Disney content will finally be all together after years of being divided across several different mediums.