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The Happiest Place on the Internet–Disney Plus Update

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Walt Disney World has long been heralded as the “Happiest Place on Earth.”  Its parent company is seeking to make the internet the happiest place on Earth this November when the new Disney+ streaming service goes live for $6.99 a month, or $69 a year, which comes out to $5.80 a month.

That’s something of a bargain, given all the entertainment that Disney is planning on pouring into the forthcoming service.  We already know that every Disney feature film will be available on Disney+, but the hotly anticipated Investor Day event also revealed first looks at what the Disney+ service will actually look like on a smart TV, along with pulling back the curtain on forthcoming series featuring fan-favorite Marvel characters, such as Hawkeye, Vision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, starring the original actors.

Disney+ marks a bold step forward in an exciting new era for our company – one in which consumers will have a direct connection to the incredible array of creative content that is The Walt Disney Company’s hallmark. We are confident that the combination of our unrivaled storytelling, beloved brands, iconic franchises, and cutting-edge technology will make Disney+ a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike.

-Disney chairman Bob Iger

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Additional shows planned include a Toy Story themed show, the National Geographic exclusive The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and The Magic of Animal Kingdom documentary series.  These will join the earlier-announced Star Wars series The Mandalorian by Jon Favreau and starring Carl Weathers and Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi, Marvel’s Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, and the as-yet-untitled Cassian Andor Star Wars series.

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As if these tantalizing additions were not enough, Disney also announced that all 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on launch day for subscribers, along with Fox properties like The Princess Bride, The Sound of Music, and Malcolm in the Middle.  The entire Star Wars film series will also be available within the first year of the service.

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We’re extremely excited about our growing portfolio of direct-to-consumer offerings.  As we demonstrated today, with Disney+ we will deliver extraordinary entertainment in innovative ways to audiences around the world.  We’ll continue to enhance the user experience with a constant pipeline of high-quality programming, making the service even more appealing to consumers.

-Direct-to-Consumer Chairman Kevin Mayer

The official press release from Disney indicates that the Disney+ app will be available on a wide variety of mobile and connected TV devices, and will feature customization of profiles for individual family members, along with studio and property-specific tiles within the app.

Consumers fatigued by too many streaming services can rest assured that the House of Mouse will be offering bundle discounts on groupings of its services, including Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN Plus, though no concrete price or rollout date was given for it.

 

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