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Disney+ is a service created by Disney to serve as the ultimate streaming platform for their family-friendly content. This encompasses both Disney itself and many of their subsidiaries (the "plus" in the name representing the latter), including ABC, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, and the National Geographic Channel.

The subscription-based service, intended to be more affordable than Netflix for the time being,note  is expected to have a massive library of content from across decades of film and television. The service launched with around 500 films, and between 5000 and 7000 episodes of popular series were available to stream from the beginning. All content on the service is provided entirely by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment & Television Distribution for North America and Disney Media Distribution for the rest of the world.

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In a manner similar to Netflix and HBO Max, Disney+ pushes heavily for original and exclusive content, drawing from all possible angles: live-action adaptations and remakes of various works (Disney or otherwise), new shows based off of highly popular franchises such as Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus brand new material.

While there will be a much greater degree of creative control than what is allowed on network TV, Disney has made it a point that R-rated and TV-MA franchises will not be featured on the service. Instead, anything above PG-13 that happens to pertain to Disney will be offloaded to Hulu (a service that they have a majority stake in, and will fully own in 2024) to help preserve the service's image of being family-friendly.note 

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Launch dates:

  • November 12, 2019 — United States, Canada, and the Netherlands
  • November 19, 2019 — Australia and New Zealand
  • March 24, 2020 — United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland
  • April 3, 2020 — India
  • April 7, 2020 — France
  • June 11, 2020 — Japan
  • September 2020 — Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden
  • November 2020 — Brazil
  • TBA 2020 — Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Latin America


Original content and exclusive content for the service includes:

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    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 

    Theatre 

    Western Animation 

Tropes associated with Disney+:

  • Bad Export for You: India's version of Disney+ is done through a partnership with Disney-owned Hotstar, a separate streaming service. This means Indians will need to sign up for Hotstar to get Disney+ content and there is no way for them to get it otherwise.
  • Banned Episode: Also see Missing Episode below.
    • Song of the South, true to form, is nowhere to be seen. Disney CEO Bob Iger has stated that the film will never appear on the service under his watch.
    • The Simpsons producers elected to not include "Stark Raving Dad" on the streaming service after previously committing to pulling it earlier, due to the episode featuring Michael Jackson and the controversy related to the Leaving Neverland documentary. The decision was not on Disney, but on the producers of the show, who pulled it from syndication. (A few other episodes with controversial guests are still available, though.)
    • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is missing "The Quest of the Red Skull", which has been banned from syndication since 1999 due to prominent Nazi imagery and appearances by Adolf Hitler himself. It is available to purchase legally through other outlets, however.
  • Bowdlerize: All over the place, depending on the severity of the content.
    • Played Straight:
      • Fantasia still has Sunflower (the centaurette in blackface) cropped/edited out. However, the infamous scenes of the topless harpies remain uncensored.
      • Clock Cleaners was previously censored due to a mishearing of what Donald says to the spring. Now, what he says to the spring (which to be clear is "SAYS you!", which should've been made obvious by the spring's response of "Says I.") remains intact. However, Don's line after that ("I'll bust you, you doggone snake-in-the-grass!") is still replaced with random angry quacking.
      • The Silly Symphonies short Santa's Workshop edits out the scenes of Santa approving a pickaninny toy, as well as a brief shot of a toy styled after a stereotypical Jew doing a traditional Jewish dance.
      • Saludos Amigos uses the censored edit that removes the brief shots of Goofy smoking a cigarette.
      • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar retains the edits made to the DVD release, which censors a couple shots of Jafar getting electrocuted in the climatic battle.
      • The Santa Clause appears to be a 4K upscale of the Blu-ray release, which, along with most releases after 1996, is missing the "1-800-SPANK-ME" dialogue.
      • The version of Pixar's Knick Knack used is the censored version (that removes the very over the top cleavage of a toy mermaid) made for its 2003 rerelease.
      • The Little Mermaid (1989) retains a minor edit done to the DVD and Blu-ray releases that erases the wedding Priest's unfortunate-looking knobby knees (which were commonly mistaken as him having an erection).
      • The version of Toy Story 2 on the service is the 2019 4K master, which skips over one Hilarious Outtake during the credits that features Stinky Pete and two Barbie dolls in a Casting Couch situation. The scene was previously removed after Pixar's John Lasseter was accused of having a history of sexual harassment at Pixar.
      • Lilo & Stitch uses the UK version of the film that changes the scene where Lilo is hiding inside a clothes dryer into her hiding inside a commode with a pizza box.
      • Some of the The Disney Afternoon shows are sourced from edited copies made for Toon Disney. The TaleSpin episode "A Baloo Switcheroo", for example, is missing a shot of Don Karnage threatening Professor O'Bowens with his sword.
      • The Rescuers has the two frames of a topless woman in an apartment window during Orville's flight edited out, as happened when it was first discovered in 1999.
      • Splash has some newly-CGI'd Godiva Hair cover a naked Madison's butt as she runs back into the sea. Other scenes of her nudity have her butt or breasts cropped out with zooming, and one scene involving her swimming into a sunken ship even uses alternate shots.
      • It's been confirmed that the live recording of Hamilton will censor some of the show's profanity in order to remain appropriate for the service (with Lin-Manuel Miranda implying that it's just limited to a few F-Bombs being muted or edited out). However, things like the Alexander Hamilton's affair with Maria Reynolds will otherwise be uncensored.
      • The Wizards of Waverly Place episode "Baby Cupid" censors a bit of Theresa Russo's cleavage, due to Disney+ using a print from a 2009 rerun.
    • Aversions:
      • While initial reports about Dumbo suggested that the Crows would be completely edited out of the movie due to resembling racist stereotypes, Disney ultimately chose to leave those scenes intact, with a disclaimer acknowledging that the views reflected then do not reflect the company's positions now, similar to how Warner Bros. regards some of their old Looney Tunes shorts. The same applies to Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan and other films that may contain questionable matter, which are otherwise unchanged (aside from the aforementioned Fantastia).invoked
      • Melody Time previously had Pecos Bill's cigarette airbrushed out of all previous American home video releases, but now keeps it in.
      • Likewise, The Reluctant Dragon is presented completely unedited, right down to including the two brief blackface caricatures used in the Baby Weems segment.
      • The Gargoyles episode "Deadly Force" was previously only available through the edited version (which removed Elisa's blood after being accidentally shot by Broadway) on digital. Here, the entire series is uncut, including the blood being fully restored for the first time since the DVD.
  • Channel Hop:
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 7) was produced for the service. This makes the show a double hopper, from Cartoon Network to Netflix to Disney+. It also provides possibly the first example of a series channel hopping from Netflix to another streaming service.
    • This service will even stream revivals of Disney Channel series The Proud Family and Lizzie McGuire.
    • The World According to Jeff Goldblum was originally announced for the National Geographic cable channel in 2018, but by the time it began filming in April 2019, the Disney-Fox merger went through and it was moved to Disney+.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a number of Disney's theatrical projects shifting to a digital release on the service, most notably Artemis Fowl and Hamilton. The Disneynature documentary Dolphin Reef was also originally planned for a theatrical release (in 2018) before eventually being released on the service in 2020.
  • Content Warning: The details section for some films contain a notice that the film "contains tobacco use" and/or "may contain outdated cultural depictions". Some viewers, however, feel that the warning is too vague and doesn't adequately describe what the "outdated cultural depictions" in question are.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: An especially weird one is that for half the episodes of Gravity Falls Season 1, the symbol is removed from Stan's fez. This naturally led to quite a few jokes that it's a deliberate part of the show's canon given that it always thrived on obtuse mysteries.
  • Demand Overload: Upon its US launch, the high traffic of viewersnote  resulted in many subscribers getting error messages preventing them from logging on or viewing media. Some tech experts dispute this, however, pointing the finger at poorly applied authentication systems that suffered too many requests.
  • Digital Destruction:
    • A good number of HD-remastered cartoons from the 80s-00s produced in 4:3 ratio are bumped up to 16:9 widescreen, with no option to flip between ratios. This results in a good amount of picture from the top and bottom missing from the frame.
    • Some 4:3 Disney Channel Original Movies also received 16:9 hack jobs, despite Disney never remastering them in HD.
    • Beauty and the Beast uses the remaster from 2010 instead of 2016, meaning the picture has a red tint, and the end of "Something There" matches the extended cutnote  rather than the original. However, HDR-compatible displays can remove the red tint.
    • Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World got the framerate downconverted from its original 60 fps framerate into 24 fps, and its really, really obvious due to the already choppy animation becoming even choppier (since it was specifically done with the higher framerate in mind), especially during the CGI bridging segments.
    • As with the current high-definition reruns, the pre-season 21 episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos are cropped to 16:9, removing footage from the top and bottom screen.
    • Averted with the Star Wars 4K restorations, which correct many DVNR and color correction errors that plagued their original DVD and Blu-ray sets; the Ultra HD sets struck from these restorations didn't come out until well after Disney+'s launch. The Phantom Menace, in particular, corrects the DVNR issues present on its first Blu-ray, removing as much of the pink tint on the picture as possible.
    • Also averted for The Sword in the Stone; instead of reusing the blurry master struck for the 2013 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack, Disney+ unveiled a sharp and clear 4K restoration.
    • Averted for Bonkers, Timon & Pumbaa, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and — beginning in May 2020 — the first 19.5 seasons of The Simpsons, which Disney+ presents in uncropped HD streams.
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! uses the abbreviated version that was broadcast on ABC and Freeform, rather than the full length original version that most other outlets use.
    • Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World received its shortest cut yet; the "Mrs. Potts' Party" segment added exclusively for the DVDs has disappeared again, and Disney+ also halved the number of songs by removing "A Little Thought".
    • Treasures Untold: The Making of The Little Mermaidnote  only saw one of its six acts make it to Disney+ — Act IV. Platforms that shorten the title on the menu, and cut off the runtime, don't properly warn this to visitors.
    • Inverted for The Proud Family Movie, which runs longer on Disney+ than in its first Disney Channel airing.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: Inverted. In most of the online ads that feature characters representing each studio, the typical order is Moana or Maui (Disney), Mr. Incredible or Elastigirl (Pixar), Captain America or Iron Man (Marvel), Darth Vader or Rey (Star Wars), and Jeff Goldblum (National Geographic). Suffice it to say that fans of the quirky actor were amused.
  • Follow the Leader: It's an open secret that Disney+ came to be because Disney saw how much success Netflix had, how big streaming had become, and how popular their own movies and shows on Netflix were, and decided they wanted their own stake in the market. Some even suggest that the service began development after Netflix rejected Disney's offer to buy them out.
  • George Lucas Altered Version:
    • The 4K restorations of the Star Wars films feature the same edits as post-Special Edition releases, but yet another infamous change was made to the Han-Greedo confrontation scene in A New Hope where Greedo shouts "Maclunkey!" before firing. Disney confirmed that Lucas himself made the change before the franchise was sold to Disney, during the restoration process. The New Hope Ultimate Collector's Edition UHD set, released after Disney+'s launch, also uses this version, on both the 4K and the 1080p discs.
    • Empire Of Dreams uses an edited copy that makes some minor changes from the original 2004 DVD release.
  • Guest Fighter: The protagonists of PJ Masks are the only non-Disney characters available as user icons so far.
  • Interface Spoiler: If one hovers over the menu selection for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the preview footage playing gives away some major spoilers that happen late in the show such as Maul and Savage fighting Sidious and Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order.
  • Killer App: In terms of original series, the big one at launch is The Mandalorian. Subsequent Star Wars shows, as well as the upcoming Marvel shows, are expected to continue the trend.
  • Late Export for You: In November 2019, Disney+ launched in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands... and that was it. Most European countries outside the Netherlands have to wait until March 2020 to get Disney+, to say nothing of the rest of the world (for example, Japan, which probably has the biggest non-American Disney fandom, will get it on June 2020). It's especially problematic given the hype and coverage of its current flagship show, The Mandalorian, in an age of worldwide launches for big new TV shows, and it's frustrating for fans who don't live in one of the five countries where it launched first and take big spoilers in the face on clickbait news sites or through memes on social media. And it's also weird considering merch that involves a major spoiler of said show (namely, toys and T-shirts of the baby of Yoda's species) will be available for Christmas 2019 in some of the countries that don't have Disney+ yet. Some resort to using VPNs to get Disney+ and, on a more concerning note, others use illegal means. Some media commentators directly relate massive piracy of The Mandalorian to the release delays of the service. Disney initially planned to mitigate this issue with their initial bid for Fox's assets, which included large shares in the telecommunications company Sky, which would have helped expand Disney+'s international reach at launch. However, Comcast had a counter-bid for Fox that specifically targeted Sky; after Disney raised their bid and agreed to divest the Sky shares, Comcast purchased those, giving them an edge for their own plans for streaming and putting Disney at a comparative disadvantage.
  • Missing Episode: Also see Banned Episode above.
    • Make Mine Music! is Walt's only Disney Animated Canon film currently unavailable on Disney+, likely because of the Played for Laughs gunplay in the opening segment "Martins and the McCoys" (this short was excised from the film's 2000 Gold Classic Collection VHS and DVD).
    • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, season 1, episode 18, "Smart and Smarter", isn't available due to the controversy surrounding the episode's plot (Zack faking having dyslexia so he will get lighter school work). The Season 3 episode "Doin' Time in Suite 2330" is also not available, as it has been banned from the networks and the linear streaming services since Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna (however, it is still available for purchase on services such as Amazon Prime and iTunes).
    • Episodes of Andi Mack featuring the character Henry Mack (played by Stoney Westmoreland, who was dismissed from the series after getting busted soliciting a minor) prominently are also cut. This hits season 1 the most, reducing it to only two episodes. The excised episodes actually cut roughly half the series' run.
    • A few shows from the Disney Afternoon era have missing episodes. Darkwing Duck still has its Banned Episode "Hot Spells" missing. The same goes for TaleSpin and its episodes "Last Horizons" and "Flying Dupes", even though they were both released on DVD. The Little Mermaid is missing its pilot episode “Whale of a Tale” (aka the one that introduces Spot) even though the episode with Spot’s second appearance remains. DuckTales (1987) was initially missing "Frozen Assets", in spite of the fact that it's Part 2 of the Gizmo-Duck five-parter, though it was later added. "Sphinx for the Memories" and "Launchpad's Civil War" are missing, though. Bonkers averts this however, with the plot-important "New Partners on the Block" being left intact on the site, as is the Hercules episode "Hercules and the Hostage Crisis".
    • All of So Weird season two disappeared for several weeks near the end of 2019.
    • The 1997 remake is the only entry missing from The Love Bug franchise. Even the much-contested Fully Loaded is there, making many fans question just how much Disney hates that one.
    • The Proud Family episode "Don't Leave Home Without It" didn't make it to Disney+. This likely has to do with music licensing issues involving the Destiny's Child song "Independent Women (Part 1)".
    • Three episodes of Out of the Box — "Let's Eat Out", "The Gift" and "Treasures" — are absent from the service.
    • The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets from Space are the only theatrical Muppet films to be absent, as both are currently under Sony Pictures' ownership; the former was distributed by TriStar Pictures rather than ITC, which was in serious financial straits at the time, and thus wasn't included in Disney's acquisition of the Muppet license (though the Jim Henson Company does retain co-ownership). The latter was produced by Jim Henson Pictures, both the short-lived film division of the Henson Company and a joint venture between them and distributor Columbia Pictures' parent company, Sony.
  • Network Red-Headed Stepchild: Downplayed with The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Unlike most of the other Day One shows, and quite a few of the announced ones to follow, it has no obvious appeal to children and/or teens — unless they're really interested in watching the actor who plays the Grandmaster or Ian Malcolm learn about things like tattoos, jewelry, video games, and sneakers in-depth and firsthand. This is because it was developed for National Geographic Channel on cable before the Disney-Fox merger, with Disney+ presumably picking it up because the content is family-friendly and to capitalize on the actor's general popularity. It's also unlike most of the other Day One nonfiction shows in that it doesn't double as a promotional tool for Disney media. What makes this trope downplayed was that the inaugural Disney+ promotional campaign chose it to represent the National Geographic brand, since Goldblum gave it a recognizable face. It also ended up one of the service's first productions to be renewed for a second season.
  • Network to the Rescue:
    • Disney+ has been seen by some of having the potential of using this trope, due to examples like Legend of the Three Caballeros on the service.
    • There's also Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where it was cancelled in 2013 before getting renewed for a seventh and final season released on the service.
    • And then there's the potential of Disney+ rescuing shows from Keep Circulating the Tapes territory, such as Gargoyles. This has even happened with certain obscure Playhouse Disney/Disney Junior children's shows, such as Out of the Box and The Book of Pooh.
    • There are also cases where Disney+ saved shows from No Export for You territory, with some that had dubs already but never released in a certain country prior (such as The Muppets in Spain), or others that are being translated exclusively for the service (such as Soy Luna receiving an English-subtitled release).
  • Orwellian Retcon:
    • Attempted, but ultimately subverted with Miracle on 34th Street, which was given the Disney label above the title when it was confirmed to be part of the streaming service at launch. It's a 20th Century film; once Disney+ actually launched, Disney's logo is not associated with the film in spite of the initial consideration to place it next to the title.
    • Upon making his adaptation of Swiss Family Robinson, Disney bought the rights to the previous film adaptation by RKO in 1940 to prevent it from being re-released and inviting comparisons. It thus appears on the service, with both studios' logos present.
  • Product Displacement:
    • The first six Star Wars films have News Corporation's byline blanked out of the 20th Century logo.note  However, other movies that 20th Century Fox released under News Corp's ownership still have the latter's byline in the logo.
    • The Princess Bride uses the same master as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 2009 and 2012 Blu-rays, but replaces the then-contemporary MGM logo with a muted 20th Century Fox intro from The '80s.
      • Surprisingly averted with Willow, which retains the MGM lion (as the master is also sourced from them), even though it could easily be edited out.
  • Release Date Change: As Disney both owns the streaming service and fully controls the streaming rights of its 2019-and-beyond filmography (20th Century titles excluded), it has the ability to shift the streaming debuts of those titles forward and backward as it pleases.
    • Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus causing schools and businesses to shut down temporarily, Disney+ decided to release Frozen II to the service's subscribers three months early in mid-March 2020 to comfort families during the crisis. The Rise of Skywalker's Disney+ debut was also moved forward two months for similar reasons, as well as to tie in with "Star Wars Day" (May 4th).
    • Onward was released to the service on April 3, 2020 a month after opening in theaters, since its box office numbers were compromised by global theater closures.
    • Avengers: Endgame was initially slated to arrive on the service in December 2019, but was moved forward to become a launch title for the service instead.
    • Despite having opened in theaters the week before Endgame in April 2019, the Disneynature documentary Penguins was held back until April 2020, the month of Earth Day, to tie in with the release of two original nature films (Elephant and Dolphin Reef) and three accompanying making-of documentaries (including one for Penguins itself). Dolphin Reef also was delayed to Earth Day after having originally been announced as a launch day title for the streaming service (after its theatrical release in 2018 was cancelled).
    • Disney+ originally planned to stream Hamilton in 2022, after Disney screened it in movie theaters following the conclusion of the show's live stage runs. However, the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down all of Hamilton's live performances, prompted Disney+ to bump the streaming date to July 3, 2020 without a theatrical run.
  • Role Reprise: Almost any given original that's not a total reboot will feature reprises of the old cast when possible, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, the Rogue One prequel, Monsters at Work, and What If?, among others.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers:
    • It's not an uncommon sight to find a movie or show one would expect to be on the service, only to run into a message that reads "Due to existing agreements this title will be available on [insert date here]. Add to your watchlist now." This is because, prior to the launch of Disney+, Disney continued to sell some films/shows' pay-TV/streaming rights to premium channels, notably Netflix, HBO, Showtime and Starz. In the case of newer films (namely those after 2014) that have left Netflix/Starz, some are still locked in second-run contracts with cable channels such as TNT and TBS (except for all Star Wars films with The Force Awakens onwards, certain MCU titles such as Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange (2016) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, all of which air on TNT/TBS but are carried by Disney+, and those airing on Disney-owned FX). Until those rights expire, you'll just have to wait.note 
    • MCU films that were distributed by Sony or Universal, such as the solo Spider-Man films for the former and The Incredible Hulk for the latter, are unlikely to appear at all on the service since the full rights to those films are with said studios. However, Disney has packaged those films on MCU DVD/Blu-ray box sets under license from both studios.
    • Some Disney-owned content may also be barred from appearing in a certain country's Disney+ library if Disney doesn't own the rights to the content in that specific region. For example, Dragonslayer, Titanic (1997) and Popeye can be streamed on most of Europe's Disney+ services (assuming Disney+ Europe is willing to carry said titles), but not on the North American service as Paramount holds the rights to all three films in that territory. On the flip side, Dan in Real Life is available on Disney+ in the US, but not in most international territories including Europe (Universal/Focus Features owns it in those areas).
    • Two launch titles for Disney+, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Never Been Kissed, both 20th titles, were pulled from the US service several weeks after launch apparently because Disney found out that Starz and HBO's respective rights to them hadn't expired yet (a damn shame for fans of the former, too, because the first film was added the same day as Kitties' removal). Both films remained available on Disney+ in international markets, where HBO and Starz's rights don't apply, and can still be accessed by US users who downloaded the films before removal. Never Been Kissed has re-appeared and disappeared from the US service again since December 2019.
    • In a similar way to the Starz issue in the US, all the movies released in Summer 2018 and in the second half of 2019 were initially unavailable in the Italian service due to Sky having the exclusive rights for them for a while.
  • Vanilla Edition: While Disney+ delivers more bonus features than most streaming sites, it also doesn't look like any movie retained all of its home video extras; many didn't have any of their extras transferred to Disney+.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A series based on A Tale Of... called Book of Enchantment was canned a few months before the service even launched, due to the Disney execs not being comfortable at its Darker and Edgier tone.
    • While the Muppets Now short series is definitely a thing, a second Muppet series called Muppets Live Another Day was going to happen, but ended up not happening because of schedule conflicts.
    • The Recycled: The Series version of High Fidelity was planned for Disney+ but was later shifted to its sister service Hulu.
    • A sitcom called Four Dads about the children of a divorced gay couple who are now both dating other guys was dropped for unexplained reasons, naturally to much dismay from the LGBT community, who saw it as a potential big step forward for representation in the company after Andi Mack opened the door.
    • Malcolm in the Middle was set to be a launch title for the service.
    • A Love, Simon sequel series called Love, Victor was supposed to air on the streaming service, but was later confirmed to be shipped off to Hulu.

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