When Will Disney’s New Streaming Service Launch? Everything We Know About Disney+

The wait is (sort of) almost over! Disney announced over a year ago that it would be launching its own online streaming platform. In 2018, it has canceled its most popular Marvel shows on Netflix and plans to remove many of its movies and shows from the platform in preparation for launching their own subscription-only app.

Here’s everything we know about Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+ — including how much it might cost, what will be available on the platform, and its expected launch date.

How much will Disney’s streaming service cost?

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 | Marvel Studios

The thought of adding yet another monthly fee to your budget probably doesn’t sound all that appealing. But it’s likely that Disney’s entrance into the online streaming game won’t cost as much as you’re expecting.

Every online streaming platform has its own subscription options, each with varying costs associated with them. Hulu’s standard no-commercial plan costs $11.99 per month. Netflix’s most popular plan costs $10.99. Even YouTube has its own ad-free option, YouTube Premium, for a monthly fee of $9.99.

According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, Disney’s streaming service won’t cost as much as even Netflix’s most basic streaming plan.

A specific amount hasn’t been specified, but it could cost families (or just you) as little as $5 a month for access to more Disney than you could ever want. That’s about as much as one grande latte from Starbucks. Per month. Totally doable, right?

Which movies can you watch on Disney+?

Because Disney basically owns half of the franchises you care about, you’ll be pleased to know there will be more than just classic animated films available for viewing — though there probably isn’t a Disney fan who would be disappointed about that.

The service will reportedly include an extensive library of old favorites, such as the original Lion King and live-action classics such as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

However, it will also be creating original content that will only be available exclusively on the platform. Marvel and Star Wars are some of the first Disney-owned properties that will drop original shows, and many more are likely to follow.

Movies such as Captain Marvel and Toy Story 4 will also go straight from theaters to Disney+, instead of making stops at Netflix as many of the studio’s movies have in recent years.

When will Disney’s streaming service launch?

The Lion King 2

The Lion King 2 | Disney

For a while now, “2019” has been the tentative release schedule. But only recently have we gotten slightly more helpful details about when we can expect to start spending all of our free time watching Disney movies.

Iger has stated that Disney+ will officially launch in late 2019. So you can probably expect an early Christmas present that (hopefully) includes all the movies and shows that made your childhood as close to magical as it could be.

The “fourth quarter” of the year runs from October through the end of December, though, so it’s not clear whether or not you’ll have access to an entire library of Disney productions to watch over Thanksgiving. Unless you already do. But still.