‘Encanto’: When Does the Film Arrive on Disney+?

In a time when theater attendance is shifty, Encanto is the latest Disney release to lure moviegoers to the big screen. An animated family-friendly film, the movie hits all the right notes with a special blend of magic, adventure, and heartstring tugging.

With music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto is being touted for its soundtrack, cultural themes, and its message. But when does the film arrive on Disney+?

'Encanto' review Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel holding a basket full of goods with children standing around her
Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel | Disney

‘Encanto’ available in theaters and then Disney+

Back in September, the Walt Disney Company announced its release schedule for the rest of 2021. It specifically named which films that would be hitting theaters. Encanto made the list! The company explained its two separate drop dates: one for theaters, and the other for Disney+. Look out for it on Dec. 24. From the press release:

“The Walt Disney Animation Studios musical Encanto will arrive in theaters on November 24, with a 30-day exclusive theatrical window before coming to Disney+ on December 24, providing subscribers to the streaming service a special opportunity to enjoy the film at home throughout the holidays.”

What exactly is ‘Encanto’ about?

In true Disney fashion, Encanto appeals to audiences of all ages — not just children. Set in Colombia, the movie features Stephanie Beatriz as Maribel, the teen girl at the center of the story. Others in the cast include María Cecilia Botero, Wilmer Valderrama, Adassa, and Diane Guerrero.

According to Disney’s official synopsis:

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.


Here’s What the ‘Encanto’ Metacritic Score Means for Future Cultural Disney Movies

Beatriz made a statement in the media release expressing her excitement for the role and her Colombian roots.

“As a Disney kid, I’d burn through my VHS tapes and adored every single magical story that the world of Disney introduced me to. I learned in those that stories that anything is possible, especially if you believe in magic and the goodness rooted deep inside us all.”

Disney lovers may also be impressed to learn that the company is donating to various Colombian community organizations as well as the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

‘Encanto’ going strong at the box office

Considering the times and the pandemic’s effect on theater attendance, Encanto seems to be doing well. It was released on Nov. 24. At the time of this writing, it’s made more than $40 million at the box office, according to Variety. Black Friday helped push that number upward, and it’s expected to climb throughout the holiday season.

Fans can choose to wait until Dec. 24 for Encanto to weave its magic on Disney+ to watch it for the first time. But those who want to see it again, save the date.