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"Well, I learned how to find “+” on my keyboard, and I learned that armed bounty hunters make excellent nannies. And if you don’t mind some creative criticism, live-action Aladdin is a total rip-off of this cartoon I saw called Disney’s Aladdin, Frozen is not about my credit cards, I would kill for Fat Thor’s body, Snow White finally exposes the dangers of eating apples, and in conclusion, Pixar is run by a jumping lamp."

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  has 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 programmed entirely by Disney Platform Distribution internationally, with its North American unit Disney-ABC Domestic Television handling programming and distribution in that region. In August 2020, it was announced that the service would also facilitate digital sales of some premium titles, beginning with Mulan following the film's COVID-19-related delays; such titles are labelled “Premier Access” before their eventual shift to free-to-stream status.


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, 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 freedom than what's normally allowed on network TV, Disney has made it a point that R-rated and TV-MA franchises will not be featured on the service in the United States. Instead, anything above PG-13 and lower level TV-14 (and, in some cases, even PG-13 and TV-14 content) 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 


Outside of the United States, Disney, which acquired the Star brand in its purchase of 21st Century Fox, is utilizing that label to introduce more adult-oriented content, including programming from FX and Hulu, into Disney+. In India, where the Hotstar brand is well-established, Disney+ was launched as the merged platform Disney+ Hotstar — currently the only version of the service to carry significant third-party content, as Hotstar has Indian distribution rights for programming from HBO, Showtime and more.note  The Disney+ Hotstar brand and platform was also used to launch the service in Indonesia in 2020, and will subsequently be used to launch the service in Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand and The Philippines through 2021 and 2022. In Canada, Europe, Singapore and Oceania, Star launched as a hub within Disney+ in 2021, alongside a price increase in these regions.note 

See the trailer for Disney+ here.

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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 5, 2020 — Indonesia ^
  • September 15, 2020 — Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden
  • November 17, 2020 — The rest of the Americas
  • February 23, 2021 — Singapore
  • June 1, 2021 — Malaysia ^
  • TBA 2021 — Eastern Europe
  • TBA 2022 — Rest of South East Asia[1]

^ indicates Disney+ Hotstar version

Content providers include:

    The Walt Disney Company 

    Third-Party Providers 

Original content and exclusive content for the service includes:

  • Star Wars: Visions (2021)

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 

  • Aladdin: Live From the West End (2021; filmed stage performance)
  • Hamilton (2020; filmed stage performance)note 
    • Hamilton In-Depth with Kelley Carter (2020)
    • Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes On You (2020)

    Western Animation 

    Content available in select territories only 
  • Arnoldo's Ristorantino (2021)note 
  • BIA: An Upside Down World (2021)note 
  • Entrelazados (TBA)note 
  • The Knights of Castelcorvo (2020)note 
  • Latin America from Above (2020-21)note 
  • Lo que no sabías del humor... (TBA)note 
  • My Music Storynote 
  • Papás por encargo (TBA)note 
  • Releyendo Mafalda (TBA)note 
  • Sea of Glass (2020)note 
  • Siempre fui yo (TBA) note 
  • Soy Luna: The Last Concert (2021)note 
  • Sync Us a Song (2021)note 
  • Voluntarios: todo sea por la ciencia (TBA)note 

    Disney+ Premier Access 
Unlike other Disney+ premieres, these titles initially require an extra fee (typically $29.99) to be accessed on the service, may play theatrically (even in countries where the service exists) and eventually become available on other revenue streams (physical media, VOD retailers such as iTunes, etc.). These titles are also not marked as Disney+ originals. Bold denotes a film currently available on Premier Access.

Tropes associated with Disney+:

  • Appointment Television: Unlike Netflix, which releases new seasons of their shows all at once to encourage Binge Watching, Disney+ releases new episodes on a weekly basis every Friday at 12 AM PST, mainly to build sustained hype. This has led to the service frequently experiencing crashes during that time because of the high demand for certain shows like WandaVision.
  • Aspect Ratio Switch:
  • Bad Export for You:
    • India's, Indonesia's and Malaysia's version of Disney+ is done through a partnership with Disney-owned Hotstar, a separate streaming service. This means Indians, Indonesians and Malaysians will need to sign up for Hotstar to get Disney+ content and there is no way for them to get it otherwise. Also, because the account server is technically Hotstar's and not Disney's, your international Disney+ account will not work on it. Lastly, Hotstar's service is more prone to censorship as compared to regular Disney+ (for example, India's services blocked one episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver just because it was critical towards the Indian Prime Minister).
    • Malaysia gets it extra bad in that subscription plans are offered only in either quarterly (at 55 Malaysian Ringgits every three months) or annual (at 85 Malaysian Ringgits a year) chunks, with no sign in sight of a more affordable monthly subscription plan. This coming at a bad time where Malaysia's economy is on a slump due to a bad combination of corruption returning due to the former corrupt government coming back into power via a coup and getting back into their old tricks, and the Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the job market and economy, causing a lot of middle and lower class folks to face pay cuts if not outright losing their jobs that even forking out 55 ringgits is difficult to justify, while the upper class remains blissfully unaffected. Worsening things is how Disney has forged a partnership with Astro despite Astro "bullying" them earlier (ie dropping Disney channels one whole year before the service became available as a protest) and offers a substantial discount to some Astro subscribers (the subscription's only 5 ringgits a month if you're an existing Astro movie package subscriber) - mind boggling given that a considerable amount of Malaysians absolutely loathe doing business with that Pay TV provider for a multitude of reasons, and angering those who would rather see Astro dead due to their extensive abuse of exclusivity deals instead of Disney helping them keep afloat. On the YMMV side, the service will also have a lot of Malaysian content injected into it, earning the ire of people who don't want these kind of content but feel like they're being forced to pay for it anyway.
    • The Japanese edition of the service, while being an upgrade/rebrand from the former Disney Deluxe service, will not let you use your international Disney+ account on it while in Japan, meaning you will have to open a separate account for it to keep enjoying the service there.
    • Inverted in most other markets with the release of the Star brand, which will serve to carry the mature Disney-owned titles that would otherwise be on Hulu in the United States — or rather could be on Hulu, as many titles announced for Star aren't on Hulu yet! The pricing is also considerably cheaper in the places that integrate it in the main service than buying both Hulu and Disney+.
  • Banned Episode:
    • 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' decision to pull the episode "Stark Raving Dad" from syndication and DVD/streaming releases, due to their regrets over making it in the wake of the documentary Leaving Neverland detailing child sexual abuse allegations against guest performer Michael Jackson, also extends to Disney+.
    • 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 an appearance by Adolf Hitler himself. It is available to purchase legally through other outlets, however.
    • Averted with the 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "Alive 'n Chicken/Prima Doggy", finally back in circulation in the US after being banned because it featured a scene of someone flying an airplane close to a building (which would have been insensitive due to the September 11th attacks).
    • Also averted for the Amphibia episode “Contagi-Anne”, which was pulled from airing re-runs on Disney Channel and Disney XD in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic (as its plot revolves around Anne faking being sick so she can skip her chores, only to discover that Hop Pop, Sprig, and Polly are legitimately sick with the disease Anne claims to have). The show’s first season was added to Disney+ when the service launched a few months prior to the pandemic, but the episode remained available to stream on the service even after it was pulled from airing on TV.
    • Make Mine Music! is this for the Disney Animated Canon, having been left off the service entirely, most likely due to the opening segment "The Martins and the Coys" (frequently left off home video releases) featuring extensive gunplay.
    • The Indian iteration of Disney+, named Disney+ Hotstar, drew criticism from Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, whose show is carried by the platform, for blocking an episode that heavily criticized Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Hindu nationalist policies.
    • The Muppet Show is missing Chris Langham's episode, due to his later arrest for possession of child pornography.
    • The episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls featuring Gina Carano will not be streamed on the service. She was fired from The Mandalorian for her controversial tweets.
    • The Adventures in Wonderland episode “White Rabbits Can’t Jump” is still excluded from the lineup due to its guest star being OJ Simpson.
  • Bowdlerise: All over the place, depending on the severity of the content and sometimes the prestige of the title. This was a noted point of controversy since it pushed the LGBT-themed Love, Victor to Hulunote  and ultimately canned the planned Lizzie McGuire sequel series. This may be lessened in the future due to corporate shakeups in its first year of business.
    • Played Straight:
      • A New Hope still has the censored blaster shots that was first censored in the 1997 Special Edition.
      • Fantasia still has all scenes of Sunflower (the black centaurette) cropped out or replaced with alternate footage where she's nowhere to be found. 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.
      • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar retains the edits made to the DVD release, which censored 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 dialogue about a phone sex line called "1-800-SPANK-ME".
      • The version of Pixar's Knick Knack used is the censored version made for its 2003 rerelease, where a toy mermaid's large breasts are reanimated as a flat chest.
      • The Little Mermaid (1989) retains a minor edit done to the home media releases that erases the wedding priest's unfortunate-looking knobby knees (which were commonly mistaken as him having an erection).
      • A Goofy Movie uses the same transfer as the 2019 Blu-Ray, which edited at least four shots.
      • 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 sexual harassment at Pixar and ousted as a result.
      • Lilo & Stitch uses the UK version of the film, which changed the scene where Lilo is hiding inside a clothes dryer into her hiding inside a wooden cubby with a pizza box lid as the door.
      • 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 Schoolhouse Rock! short "Electricity, Electricity" has frames removed during all the portions with the word "Electricity" flashing on the screen. This was done as a precaution to epileptic viewers whose seizures are triggered by quickly flashing lights, but the removal of the frames causes quite a contrast when you watch them alongside the portions that didn't have frames removed.
      • The Rescuers has the two frames of a topless woman in an apartment window during Orville's flight edited out, which was also the version shown on DVD.
      • 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 uses alternate shots to cover nudity.
      • Hamilton is an unintentional case. It was intended for theatrical release with a PG-13 rating (and had already been submitted to the MPAA). Movies with that rating are only allowed one use of the word "fuck", so the other few uses in the play have their audio censored. Everything else, like Alexander Hamilton's affair with Maria Reynolds, are otherwise 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.
      • The Shake it Up episode "Party It Up" is the edited version that gets rid of any reference to a character having an eating disorder, due to complaints from Demi Lovato.
      • As noted in Banned Episode, India's Disney+ Hotstar, which is Disney+ In Name Only, carries HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in that country, where it has (somewhat clumsily) censored crude jokes mocking Disney-owned characters. Oliver noticed and savaged the platform in a later episode of the series.
      • The Small One retains the edits done for the DVD release, which changed the lyrics in "The Merchant's Song" to be less anti-Semitic and altered the star in the ending to look less like a cross.
      • The A.N.T. Farm episode "The informANT" uses the toned-down version that edits or omits moments of Officer 3-9's Police Brutality following complaints.
    • Aversions:
      • Scenes, jokes, and whole episodes from The Simpsons that would traditionally be seen as highly offensive, violent, or inappropriate by Disney standards are left intact on the service, barring "Stark Raving Dad" (though that was because the show's executive producers wanted the episode removed). The Simpsons Movie is also uncensored, including the shot of Bart's penis.
      • While initial reports about Dumbo suggested that the Crows would be completely edited out of the movie due to their being Black stereotypes, Disney ultimately chose to leave their scenes (as well as the "Song of the Roustabouts", which also traffics in stereotyping) 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), in part because said scenes are often plot-critical.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.
      • The Sound of Music retains all of the scenes cut from previous European screenings, even the Nazi imagery that Disney seems wary to show in other works today.
      • Saludos Amigos initially used the censored edit that removed the brief shots of Gaucho Goofy smoking a cigarette, but in July 2020 it was replaced with an uncensored cut.
      • X-Men: Days of Future Past, contrary to what happened with Splash, leaves a shot of Logan's bare ass completely uncensored. It also retains the film's Precision F-Strike.
      • Howard, a documentary about Disney lyricist Howard Ashman, talks in great depth about the AIDS epidemic and how it affected homosexuals. It also discusses addiction and sympathetically shows gay relationships, a far cry from many Disney products.
      • Gravity Falls originally used the edited European masters where the symbol on Stan's original fez from the first 13 episodes of the first season is removed. 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. However, on October 31, 2020, it was changed to the original American prints.
      • Big retains both Billy's Precision F-Strike, and its PG rating.
      • A whopping 18 episodes of The Muppet Show carry unskippable content warnings rather than edit the show in one of the few places it can even be seen, typically for racial-based humor that didn't raise so many eyebrows in the '70s.
  • 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 a revival of the Disney Channel series The Proud Family. Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe also premiered on the service, whereas the previous film (and the original series) aired on Disney Channel.
    • 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 the service, most prominently Artemis Fowl, Hamilton, The One and Only Ivan, and Soul. Magic Camp and the Disneynature documentary Dolphin Reef were also originally planned for 2018 theatrical releases, both of which were canceled before eventually being released on the service in 2020. Meanwhile, Mulan (2020) was originally scheduled for a March release, but instead premiered on Disney+ to test the waters for its experimental pay-per-view feature while playing theatrically in countries without Disney+. Several other films were redirected to Premier Access releases in 2021; unlike Mulan, these films also received global theatrical releases regardless of Disney+ availability.
      • Clouds was also redirected to Disney+ due to COVID-19 theater shutdowns; in this case, however, the service picked up the film from Warner Bros., as opposed to an in-house transfer.
    • Internationally, the Italian series The Knights of Castelcorvo and the Latin American series El Ristorantino de Arnoldo were planned to air on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, respectively, before moving to Disney+. In the former's case, this was necessitated due to the shutdown of the Italian Disney Channel prior.
    • From a brand perspective, Gargoyles and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go, produced by Disney under the Buena Vista and Jetix Animation Concepts brands respectively, are now Disney shows. The Nightmare Before Christmas, having been re-branded as a Disney film with the 2006 re-release, retains the Disney branding here.
  • Content Warning: The details section for some films originally contained a notice that a film "may contain outdated cultural depictions." Some viewers, however, felt that the warning was too vague and didn't adequately describe what the "outdated cultural depictions" are. The disclaimer was changed in late 2020 to specify if a film "includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures." There's also a disclaimer warning for any films/shows with tobacco use.
  • 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:
    • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Goof Troop, and The Little Mermaid: The Series, while remastered to HD, have been cropped to widescreen on the service, despite the HD prints of the former two shows having been made available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio on iTunes note . This results in a good amount of picture from the top and bottom missing from the frame. Thankfully, though, the other Disney Afternoon and One Saturday Morning shows retain their original 4:3 aspect ratio on the service (most notably The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Timon & Pumbaa, and 101 Dalmatians: The Series, all three of which are also remastered to HD on Disney+).
    • Similarly, the service originally used the same cropped widescreen transfers for the first 19-and-a-half seasons of The Simpsons as the show's airings on FXX and Freeform, but on May 28, 2020, the show's aspect ratio was fixed, allowing subscribers to watch the older seasons of the show in uncropped HD streams.
    • Many 4:3 Disney Channel Original Movies also received 16:9 hack jobs, despite Disney never remastering them in HD.
    • Star Wars: Clone Wars, despite being billed in high definition, uses the same standard definition master as the DVD release, which suffers from awful DVNR. And it's also cropped to widescreen as well, which is apparent by some of the words in the ending credits being clipped out at the top and bottom.
    • Averted for Teacher's Pet, Kim Possible, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, American Dragon: Jake Long, The Emperor's New School, The Replacements, Phineas and Ferb, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, and Fish Hooks, as those shows were actually produced in widescreen, but were originally shown on television cropped to 4:3 (which was still the standard aspect ratio for television sets at the time those shows were first on the air). On Disney+, however, all of those shows are in 16:9, making it the first time that Teacher's Pet was ever made legally available to watch in its original production aspect ratio.note  Sadly played straight for Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go, which was in the same situation as the other Disney Television Animation shows mentioned here, however, as it is presented in pan-and-scan 4:3 on the service.
    • Similar to how HBO Max treats pre-HD Warner Bros. Television content, all older programs that Disney hadn't already made in or remastered to high definition have been upscaled to HD on Disney+. However, this causes the live-action Disney Channel shows that were shot on videotape (such as That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and the pre-HD episodes of Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place) to suffer frame rate drops due to deinterlacing.
    • The Muppet Show suffered the same de-interlacing issues above, resulting in a film-like presentation.
    • 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.
    • Zigzagged with the Star Wars 4K restorations, which correct the color correction errors that plagued the Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray sets; the Ultra HD sets struck from these restorations didn't come out until well after Disney+'s launch. However, the movies still contain massive amounts of DNR, and aren't the original cuts, but rather the Special Editions with even more changes.
    • 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.
    • Certain scenes in older animated shows have had their framerates decreased or the lighting dimmed out, likely to avert Epileptic Flashing Lights possibilities in some viewers. Just one example: The Darkwing Duck episode "Tiff of the Titans" at 18:20.
    • From Latin America: the series Highway: Rolling Adventure is in 4:3 despite being produced in HD, like the aformentioned animated examples. Also, BIA uses the European masters, which are victim of being sped up due to the difference in framerates between NTSC and PAL.

  • Easter Egg: The website's HTML source code includes this quote:
"We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and
doing new things, because we're curious ...
and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation! was originally presented as the abbreviated version that was broadcast on ABC and Freeform, rather than the full length original version that most other outlets used. The service eventually corrected this while they tried to rearrange the show's episodes in production order. However, special episodes like "Summer Belongs to You" are split into two parts, and have a couple jokes edited out.
      • The master of Across the Second Dimension is the original television edit, with some fades to black for commercial breaks and a different end credit sequence from the DVD version.
    • 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.
    • Schoolhouse Rock! has the same edits made for Disney's VHS and DVD compilations: no theme song, no end credits, and no use of the phrase, "the greatest show on Earth", in "The Weather Show" (the lyric previously got the SHR team in legal trouble with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus). "Electricity, Electricity" also had its flashing effects toned down by removing frames from the troublesome scenes.
    • The Iron Man documentary I Am Iron Man came to Disney+ lacking the chapters "The Walk of Destruction" and "It's All in the Details".
    • America's Funniest Home Videos episodes are edited to drop montages featuring non-Public Domain music (which turn up Once an Episode), such as the one set to David Bowie's "Fame" from the "No Business in Show Business" two-part show. (The DVD release of Tom Bergeron's first season as host did the same thing, the sole exception being a Cover Version of Ricky Martin's "Shake Your Bon-Bon".)
    • Inverted for The Proud Family Movie, which runs longer on Disney+ than in its first Disney Channel airing, due to it being the extended cut that was exclusive to its DVD release.
    • Averted by the Dinosaurs episode "A New Leaf". Mr. Richfield singing the Jimi Hendrix song "Purple Haze" was replaced with alternate footage with an original song when the show was streamed on Netflix, WatchABC and Hulu, but the original scene is intact on here.
    • A handful of The Muppet Show episodes have skits removed, presumably for music rights reasons. For example, the theme to Sesame Street is cut from the Marty Feldman episode. Averted by the Season 1 episodes that were edited on DVD for music rights issues, which are all presented intact on Disney+.
  • 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.
    • It's one of several streaming services to use the '+' symbol, after Paramount+ in 2017 and FX+ in 2018.
  • 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 edit that makes some minor changes from the original 2004 DVD release.
  • Guest Fighter: Some user icons include non-Disney characters such as PJ Masks, and Bluey.
  • 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 programming, the big one at launch is The Mandalorian.
    • The addition of Hamilton became such a big deal, that Disney stopped giving out free Disney+ trials about a week before it dropped.
    • Mulan (2020) also led to a boost in the app's downloads, given the previously theatrical release was moved there for a premium.
    • Subsequent Star Wars and Marvel shows 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 Western European countries outside the Netherlands had to wait until March or September 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, only got it in 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 when the service did launch internationally, viewers in those countries still had to get the first season one episode per week, even though the whole season had been released in countries where the service first launched. Also, 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) would be available for Christmas 2019 in some of the countries that didn't have Disney+ yet. Some resort to using VPNs to get Disney+ and, on a more concerning note, others use illegal means.note  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.
    • If you think Singapore got it bad in the waiting game, the rest of South-East Asia where the service hasn’t launched yet is expected to wait until at very least late 2021, or more realistically, early to mid-2022, before Disney+ will become available, given that only Singapore was mentioned in the Disney's 2021 investment plan. To make things worse, the monopolizing satellite provider in Malaysia has dropped all Disney channels from their lineup (this in addition to Disney pulling the plug on Disney XD in the entire region) in retaliation and to protest the streaming service, and apparently no competing providers are picking up the channels, resulting in there being absolutely ZERO way to get Disney television content legally in the countrynote .
    • And even when the service would finally launch in a market, there were still issues with its library. Original shows would premiere in the same weekly format as the U.S., which did not please any locals, and older shows would not launch in all countries at the same time, despite pre-existing (or in some cases newly-made) dubbing or subtitles being available.
  • Missing Episode:
    • Make Mine Music! is the only hand-drawn 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 also missing 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).
    • Roughly half of Andi Mack is missing due to recurring cast member Stoney Westmoreland (Henry Mack) being charged with (and subsequently terminated by the network for) soliciting a minor. This hits season 1 the most, reducing it to only two episodes. The excised episodes are still available on iTunes and the like. Averted in the Japanese service, where all episodes are intact.
    • 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”note  even though "Save the Whale" (season 2, episode 5)note  remains. DuckTales (1987) was initially missing "Frozen Assets", despite being 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. Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas, the Goof Troop Christmas special, isn't technically considered an episode of the series and is thus left out. Bonkers averts this however, with the plot-important "New Partners on the Block" being left intact, as is the Hercules episode "Hercules and the Hostage Crisis".
    • Near the end of 2019, the entire second season of So Weird disappeared for several weeks.
    • While all theatrical The Love Bug films are present, neither of the TV projects are (the 1982 miniseries and the 1997 TV movie).
    • The Proud Family: "Don't Leave Home Without It" (season 1, episode 11) didn't make it to Disney+, likely due to 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.
    • Schoolhouse Rock! lacks the first Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips song, which Disney doesn't have a video master ofnote , "Presidential Minute", which ABC didn't originally air under the SHR title, and all of the segments written especially for 2009's Schoolhouse Rock! Earth DVD.
    • Smart Guy: "Don't Do That Thing You Do" (season 1, episode 4) is absent from the service.
    • In addition to the Chris Langham episode mentioned above, The Muppet Show is also missing the Brooke Shields episode, due to music rights issues (the ending hinges on a performance of "We're Off to See the Wizard" from The Wizard of Oz; cutting it would mutilate the scene). Disney+ Europe is missing the John Denver and Spike Milligan episodes, again for unknown reasons.

  • 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.
    • The inclusion of The Simpsons raised a few eyebrows, considering Disney+ was marketed as a family-oriented service alongside the fact that Disney also owns Hulu, where all the other adult-oriented Fox cartoons are on. Most of the other less-than-family-friendly titles available are movies such as Fant4stic and X-Men: Days of Future Past, although Disney does accept PG-13 superhero and action-adventure films (as evidenced by the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
  • Network to the Rescue:
  • No Dub for You: Hamilton had the twofer of also having No Sub For You, with the only available captions being in English.
  • No Export for You:
    • Despite Disney fully owning the series outright and having made an English dub, the Stitch! anime (a Japanese Spin-Off series of the Lilo & Stitch franchise) is only available on the Japanese Disney+ service and on Disney+ Hotstar, while Stitch & Ai (a Chinese Spin-Off series in the same franchise that was produced in English) is nowhere to be found, even though that one saw an American release on DisneyNow in 2018. This is possibly because both shows are controversial with the franchise's fanbase outside of their home countries.
      • Most of Disney's library titles produced outside of the United States are in a similar situation. Many European productions have either English subtitles or audio available on the service, but have not been put up for streaming worldwide. The only exceptions are British productions (Evermoor and The Lodge), cash cow telenovelas from the Latin American division (Violetta, Soy Luna, and BIA), and a couple of Asian productions (The My Music Story documentaries and Mickey Go Local). Even then, not all of the mentioned titles have been made available in the rest of the Anglosphere.
    • Don Bluth's Anastasia, which Disney gained the rights to when they purchased 20th Century Fox, appeared on Disney+ in some countries, but not in the U.S. at first. This was due to a preexisting deal that gives exclusive streaming rights to 20th Century films to HBO and, by extension, HBO Max. That deal is set to expire completely by 2022, but Disney+ still managed to add Anastasia to its U.S. branch in December 2020.
    • The Latin American arm lacks some animated shows present in the US version, and have others with only one season (two, the 30th and 31st, in the case of The Simpsons).
  • 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.
    • The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper are labeled as Disney films despite being originally released by Associated Film Distribution and Universal respectively. This is consistant with every home media release of those two films since the Muppet franchise was acquired by Disney.
    • School House Rock, an ABC in-house production from before Disney purchased the network, bears a "Disney presents" label, also as on the home video releases.
  • Out of Order:
    • A baffling case for a few Disney Afternoon shows, Ducktales used to jump all over the place despite having what is obstensibly a definitive starting point what was for some reason not the first episode in their lineup. This has since been rectified along with Talespin. Bonkers is another such case, starting the lineup with the third episode "In the Bag", the Lucky/Miranda transfer episode "New Partners on the Block" is placed relatively early, and even then there are Lucky episodes strewn about after that, including the first two episodes "Going Bonkers/Gone Bonkers" which just makes you wonder how or why anybody would screw the order up.
    • True to form, the 2017 Ducktales series was also bizarrely out of order at the service's launch, despite following a serialized narrative. This was eventually rectified as well.
    • Adventures of the Gummi Bears has what is in production order its last episode "King Igthorn" displaced and goes for airing order instead.
  • Product Displacement:
    • Saludos Amigos lacks a "Distributed By RKO Radio Pictures" card at the beginning, unlike other Disney movies of The '40s. This results in the "Walt Disney Presents" card and the movie's logo appearing earlier than they originally did, with the latter remaining onscreen longer to keep the rest of the credits in sync with the music.
    • 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. Admittedly, Fox was the original distribution company theatrically-speaking, keeping those rights as well as TV rights; MGM only got a share of the film because they bought the pre-March 1996 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment library from Seagram's, containing the films of various other companies, including video rights to this particular film. The logo had been cut and replaced with other logos as far back as the film's original VHS release, but is retained in the TV broadcasts.
      • 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.
    • Disney+ apparently sourced the 1977 The Wonderful World of Disney special The Mouseketeers at Walt Disney World from a VHS recorded off of NBC. Their transfer removes any mention of ABC's rival, and TV spots for movies playing in theaters at the time... while keeping in every other commercial recorded onto the tape.
  • Regional Bonus: When Disney+ launched in Latin America, it was revealed that there were over 70 productions under development for the market. Similarly, it was announced that they were aiming to have 50+ European productions by 2024 when Star launched. Whether any of them will be released internationally remains to be seen.
  • 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 pulled 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 theatrically 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.
    • Schoolhouse Rock! saw its addition to the service bumped up two weeks from June 19, 2020, to June 5, 2020, after May brought an influx of online demand for "America Rock" to return to TV.
    • While the Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-in shows were supposed to start running in the back half of 2020, the delay of the Phase 4 films as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic hampering movie production and closing movie theatres as a result had a knock-on effect; in order to maintain continuity with the films, they couldn't arrive until the movies did. However, because the pandemic dragged on so long in the United States especially, WandaVision was allowed to premiere in January 2021 followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March, both arriving before the first of the Phase 4 films (Black Widow) did.
    • Some episodes of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color have seen their Disney+ release dates indefinitely pushed back.
    • American Dragon: Jake Long was originally announced for the service through its Twitter account in December 2019. After staying quiet about the show for over a year after that initial tweet, Disney eventually confirmed that it will be made available on February 26, 2021.
    • The streaming service itself was originally going to release on March 29, 2020 in India. Come the COVID-19 pandemic, it was delayed to April 3.
    • The Italian release of the service was originally set on March 31, but was anticipated to March 24.
  • 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. A 2021 deal between Disney and Sony could allow Spider-Man films to become available on the service after their initial run on Starz (for pre-2022 films) or Netflix concludes.
    • 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 and Popeye may 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 can be available in the US, but not in most international territories including Europe (Universal/Focus Features owns it in those areas).
    • Despite promising to be a permanent home for "all things Disney" going forward, since its launch in 2019, the service has notably been taken down select titles from its US-based incarnation every month without any advanced warning due to somehow unforeseen legal problems such as Maleficent, Cinderella (2015), Strange Magic, On Stranger Tides, and 37-38 other titles. This has also included titles from 20th Century Studios like its two live-action Garfield films, the first Ice Age, the third Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and many others. Said unforeseen licensing issues have been mostly been with Netflix, HBO Max and Starz (the first and third ones being their former first-run TV partners), and 20th's deals are set to expire with the second one in 2022 at an unknown exact time, while it's currently unknown when similar deals select films currently have with Starz and Netflix will expire as well.
    • In a similar way to the Starz issue in the US, all the theatrical releases 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.
  • Very False Advertising: Possibly as a result of said legal problems listed above, this has lead to rare instances of the service's monthly YouTube content update videos highlighting titles they promise would be added in the next 28-31 days, but not going through with it regardless. Current casualties of this include the Marvel web series Fury Files and, most notably, Mr. Popper's Penguins, which wasn't added on January 1, 2021, which fell on a Friday, when new titles are usually added to the service and the time these videos are generally released, but was included in the video regardless.
  • 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 Daynote  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.
    • Four Dads, a sitcom 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, but never happened as sister service Hulu has the rights to the series.
    • 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. Internationally, it will still be streamed on Disney+ via the Star service.
    • A Lizzie McGuire sequel series was planned but ultimately cancelled following a tumultuous development process, with showrunner and original series creator Terri Minsky allegedly being fired and star Hilary Duff publicly pleading to have the series moved to Hulu in order to explore more adult themes than Disney+ would allow.
    • One of the first international productions, an Argentine series titled Siempre fui yo, was originally going to star Argentine singer/actress Tini Stoessel and Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra. However, as production was suspended during the pandemic, both eventually dropped out due to new commitments in 2021. Production would eventually resume with Mexican singer/actress Karol Sevilla and Colombian singer/songwriter Pipe Bueno.


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