Disney has finally confirmed that its brand-new streaming service Disney+ will be made available to UK viewers on 31st March 2020. As of this moment, that’s exactly 4 months and 22 days/144 days/3,456 hours. I won’t calculate the minutes and seconds ’cause that’ll just depress me.
If you think I’m being over-dramatic (you must know me), let me remind you that Disney+ is being released in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on Tuesday 12th November – that’s next week, hons. Disney announced the first and second wave of releases earlier this year, leaving every other country – including the UK – left wondering: “What about us?!”
Last night (Thursday 7th November), Disney officially confirmed the next set of countries to gain access to Disney+ Plus were the UK, Spain, Italy, France and Germany – on 31st March 2020.
If a new platform has the ability to make Netflix and Amazon Prime sh*t themselves before it’s even been released, it’s fair to say a big deal is on the horizon. If you ask me, Disney+ is gearing up to go all Thanos on the streaming sphere and its war begins next week, when the service finally launches in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. When I first started writing about Disney+ about a year ago, I got into the habit of describing it as a “fairytale” – now, I’m going to start describing it as a nuclear content bomb, ’cause holy sh*t. It’s going to be huger than huge.
Not only will the streaming service give you total access to Disney’s acclaimed vault of ‘Animated Classics’ – they fuel my gay soul when I’m hanging off my a**e off on a Sunday morning – there will also be a slew of brand-new original films and TV shows exclusively created for the platform. Expect content from the likes of Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, Pixar, LucasArts, National Geographic, and Fox. In short: Disney+ is a dream come true and I’ll probably never go outside again.
Disney CEO Bob Iger yesterday confirmed that the UK and all major European markets would gain access to the streaming service by 31 March 2020, which means that while multiple countries are enjoying a plethora of online content, lots of us in Europe will be sat here twiddling our thumbs – praying that Disney Life (Disney’s current streaming service) will get its act together to get us through these long, lonely few months.
Naturally, the fans are roaring. Seriously, don’t f*ck with a Disney fan – they bark and bite.
Also, let’s not ignore the elephant in the room. There will be a problem if some European fans are forced to wait months for fresh original content that’s already out there.
That’s all I’m saying on that.
This video edit sums it up nicely, as does this run-down.
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens.