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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 streaming service created by Disney that serves as the ultimate platform for their family-friendly content. This encompasses both Disney itself and many of their brands (the "plus" in the name representing the latter), including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century and National Geographic.

The subscription-based service, which is 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 first launched with around 500 films, and between 5000 and 7000 episodes of popular series were available to stream from the beginning. All the content on the service is programmed entirely by Disney Entertainment (through Disney Streaming) internationally, with its North American unit Walt Disney 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 (2020) following the film's Coronavirus related delays; such titles are labelled "Premier Access" before their eventual shift to free-to-stream status. While Mulan was released exclusively on the service, 2021 Premier Access titles were simultaneously launched in theaters, with Disney eventually pausing the program beginning with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.note 

In a manner similar to Netflix and 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 is a much greater degree of creative freedom than what's normally allowed on network TV, Disney initially made it a point that R-rated and TV-MA franchises would 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 would 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  Disney later relaxed those rules for a few titles, mainly to keep all of their Marvel titles on one platform. In March 2022, the service added the MCU's Defenders sub-franchise of TV series formerly distributed by Netflix (consisting of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders—all rated TV-MA). The service also rolled out updated parental controls, with mature content disabled by default. On July 22, 2022, Deadpool, Logan, and Deadpool 2 were the first R-rated movies to stream on the service in the US, while on July 23rd, Marvel Zombies was announced as being the first Disney+ Original to carry a TV-MA rating.note  Prior to those, Disney found itself on the losing end of fights with Peter Jackson and Apple Corps to tone down the language of The Beatles: Get Back (particularly the "f-bombs", which would normally merit an R or TV-MA rating), which became the first Disney+ program to get Content Warnings for language.

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 carried Indian distribution rights for programming from HBO (until May 2023), Showtime and more.note  The Disney+ Hotstar brand and platform was also used to launch the service in Indonesia in 2020, and in Malaysia and Thailand in 2021, and will be used possibly in Vietnam later in 2022/2023, with local content from those regions as well. In Canada, Europe, Singapore, East Asia, and Oceania, Star launched as a hub within Disney+ in 2021, alongside a price increase in four of these regions.note  In Arab countries, Disney+ content was available through a partnership with OSN (Orbit Showtime Network) until 2022. A Hotstar-based Disney+ platform known as simply "Disney+" was later used to launch the service in South Africa, Arab countries and Israel in mid-2022 and in the Philippines in November 2022.

Starting in 2022, titles from Sony Pictures' film and TV catalogues will appear on the service in many international regions such as the UK, Europe, Japan and Asia. This was a result of a deal signed in 2021 that mostly covers the US but has largely expanded to international regions through a separate deal.

In May 2023, similar to what was done at Max, the service (and Hulu) began a massive purge of much of its lower-performing original content (including most library content), removing many movies and shows from legal public availability. In the same month, it was announced the service in the US would be merged with Hulu's content, though Hulu would continue to exist as a standalone service as well. That same year, Disney+ announced that it would gradually add a number of restored Classic Disney Shorts in the remaining months of 2023 as part of a restoration project which coincides with the company-wide Disney100 celebration as well as a Cinderella 4K restorationnote  on August 27 of that year, as part of World Princess Day.

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    Launch dates 
  • November 12, 2019 — United States, Canada, and the Netherlands
  • November 19, 2019 — Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
  • March 24, 2020 — United Kingdom and Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland
  • April 2, 2020 — The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • April 3, 2020 — India
  • April 7, 2020 — France
  • April 30, 2020 — Monaco and several French territories in Oceania and the Carribean
  • June 11, 2020 — Japan
  • September 5, 2020 — Indonesia
  • September 15, 2020 — Belgium, Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden
  • October 2, 2020 — Mauritius, Mayotte and Réunion
  • November 17, 2020 — The rest of the Americas and the Carribean
  • February 23, 2021 — Singapore
  • June 1, 2021 — Malaysia^
  • June 30, 2021 — Thailand^
  • November 12, 2021 — South Korea and Taiwan
  • November 16, 2021 — Hong Kong
  • May 18, 2022 — South Africa^
  • June 8, 2022 — Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa ^
  • June 14, 2022 — Eastern Europe, Balkan countries, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, the Baltics, Andorra, Malta, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, San Marino, Vatican City, Sint Maarten, the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Pitcairn Islands, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha and most French territories.
  • June 16, 2022 — Israel^
  • November 17, 2022 — Philippines^
  • 2023 — Vietnam^

^ indicates Disney+ Hotstar version

Content providers include:

    The Walt Disney Company 

    Third-Party Providers 

Original content and exclusive content for the service includes:

Programs marked with a * have been removed from the service.


    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 


    Western Animation 

    Content available in select territories only 
The majority of this content, despite having an exclusive premiere on the service, have not been designated as official "Disney+ Originals."
  • Arnoldo's Ristorantino (2021)note 
  • BIA: An Upside Down World (2021)note 
  • The Chorus: Success, Here I Gonote 
  • In the Soop: Friendship Trip (2022)note 
  • The Knights of Castelcorvo (2020)note 
  • Latin America from Above (2020-21)note 
  • Manu Gavassi: Gracinha (2021)note 
  • My Music Storynote 
  • Reborn Rich Available in South Korea.
  • Opa Popa Dupa (season 4, 2022)note 
  • Releyendo Mafalda (TBD)note 
  • Sea of Plastic (2020)note 
  • Soy Luna: The Last Concert (2021)note 
  • Sync Us a Song (2021)note 
  • Testers (2022)note 
  • Tini Tour 2022: Live from Buenos Aires (2022) note 

    Disney+ with 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.

Film — Animation

Film — Live Action

Tropes associated with Disney+:

  • Appointment Television: Unlike Netflix, which releases new seasons at once to encourage Binge Watching, Disney+ releases new episodes on a weekly basis every Wednesday at 12 AM PST (or late hours of Tuesday), 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.note 
  • Aspect Ratio Switch:
    • Many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that had switching aspect ratios in IMAX and the live-action Disney films that were specially formatted For IMAX, including Tomorrowland, The Force Awakens, Beauty and the Beast (2017), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil are only available in their fixed letterbox widescreen (2.39:1) versions, just like on most physical home media releases, although TRON: Legacy retains the switching aspect ratios on physical media. However, on November 12, 2021, Disney+ restored the IMAX aspect ratio for the MCU films as part of its inaugural Disney+ Day celebration. As a result, there is a possibility that this means that for all future theatrical Disney films added to the platform going forward, they'll each include both a version with IMAX material and one with the traditional letterbox format.
    • Some of Disney+'s own original series have aspect ratio switches, including episodes of The Mandalorian and Loki.
  • Bad Export for You:
    • India's, Indonesia's, Thailand's and Malaysia's version of Disney+ is done through a partnership with Disney-owned Hotstar, a separate streaming service. The only exception is Singapore who got the real Disney+, and the Philippines, who gets the same version of Disney+ as the MENA region. This means most South-East Asians 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, but so will the Disney+ Hotstar one will also not work outside the region. And due to it being a separate app from the real Disney+, it will not work with the button on the PlayStation 5's media remote. And then there's the fact that you need a cellphone number to sign up for the service- unlike the real Disney+ which uses your e-mail address, Hotstar's system instead uses the brain-dead notion of your cellphone number being your account ID- don't own a cellphone? No Disney+ for you. Lastly, Hotstar's version of the 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). And speaking of Disney+ Hotstar...
      • Disney+ Hotstar subscribers in Asia aside from Indonesia and India gets it extra bad in that subscription plans are offered only in quarterly chunks (in Malaysia, a subscription clocks in at 55 Malaysian Ringgits every three months)note , with no sign in sight of a more affordable monthly subscription plan. While the pricing works out to be way cheaper in the long run, this is coming at a bad time where the Malaysian economy is on a slump due to the Coronavirus pandemic ruining businesses left and right, with many companies cutting pay or outright laying off employees en-masse, and paying that much money upfront is difficult to justify. This is also true in many other Asian countries due to the pandemic. note . Additionally, only credit cards, debit cardsnote  and Apple Pay is accepted. Many Malaysians who prefer paying straight from their online banking solution, using Play Store subscriptions, using their cellphone plan or using gift cards, are left out in the dust.
      • Additionally, as expected, there are huge gaps in the show list, a large chunk of the Disney Afternoon lineup are missing from the service in Malaysia & Thailand despite them having aired on Media Prima's TV3 in Malaysia and Thailand's Channel 7 (Bangkok Broadcasting Television (BBTV)) throughout the 90s, and ditto for the Playhouse Disney-era materials (except the ones that were carried over to Disney Junior such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) despite Playhouse Disney being available in Malaysia and Thailand since 2003 up until the rebrand to Disney Junior, shows like Bear in the Big Blue House and PB&J Otter were no-shows on the service despite them being available over Playhouse Disney when the channel launched in Asia (however, these two shows were finally made available worldwide in October 2022). Yes, the gap is slowly being filled at a steady pace as time goes on, but still not as fast as most people would like it, considering that the shows missing are readily available on the real Disney+ which Singapore is getting. And there are glaring errors too- My Friends Tigger & Pooh, upon being added, has the episode navigation for it's first three episodes manglednote . And to top it all off, season 2 onwards dropped off the service a few weeks after the show was added for no discernable reason.
      • On the YMMV side, the service also has a lot of local Asian 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 if they want Disney+ Hotstar. Disney+ Hotstar is mainly a option for skipping theatrical releases for Asia's big-budget movies to streaming (due to the ongoing restrictions in the world). On that note...
      • Disney+ Hotstar does not have Premier Access compared to the real deal. Owing to the ongoing restrictions in Malaysia where the government ordered all cinemas shut down until further notice, many Marvel fans in Malaysia are extremely pissed that they don't get to watch Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (was released in theaters in that region on October 7, 2021)note . This is due to Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex, the Premier Access equivalent in India for Bollywood streaming releases, not being implemented in the Disney+ Hotstar of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, but made worse in Malaysia due to cinemas being closed by government mandates. In Indonesia and Thailand, cinemas are still allowed to operate as usual.
      • Shows and movies on Disney+ Hotstar cap off at 1080p and Dolby DTS 5.1, compared to the real Disney+ where movies are available at resolutions up to 4K UHD with HDR and Dolby Atmos audio- To be fair, the price of 4K TVs are still somewhat high in Malaysia & India and few people own 4K TVs and Atmos-capable amplifiers, but it's still a disappointment.
      • As a proverbial middle finger to non-Muslims in Malaysia, many Disney+ Hotstar Malaysia shows do not have Chinese and Tamil subtitles, and Chinese and Tamil shows aside, no dub. Most shows in their library only has English and Malay dubs and subs. And all complains made to date are only met with an automated "the programming department has been notified" canned reply.
      • And to top it all off, there is a permanent Hotstar or Disney+ watermark (Depending on whether you're watching something from the Disney+ section or something else) on the top right corner of the screen visible at all times, ostensibly there due to the region's reputation as a pirate haven and the presence of the watermark is ostensibly to help track the origin of pirated materials, but is a genuine concern for anyone planning to use the service with a screen where burn-in can happen (for example, those planning to jerry-rig a ChromeCast to a CRT TV and watch the old movies for nostalgia reasons). This was also inspired by Disney's anti-piracy system for its home videos outside the US and Canada which lasts until today. It's unknown when Disney might stop selling discs outside of the remaining Asian countries since the decay of VCD's and DVD's in the region and the rise of digital downloads.
    • 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. However, the Japanese Disney+ became upgraded on October 27, 2021 with the addition of the STAR section, which in turn made the old smartphone-only app there defunct (And not anymore restricted to a NTT DoCoMo account on top of that!), and opened up the service on other platforms and allowed international users to finally use the service in Japan.
    • 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+.
    • The South African, Israeli, Arab and Philippine versions also use the Hotstar system for various reasons, probably due to the service there being a version of Disney+ Hotstar but with the standard Disney+ branding and catalog with some few enhancements such as 4K support. But like Disney+ Hotstar regions, they would sometimes have the same problems mentioned above, most heard in Israel and the Philippines, like not being able to use outside the region, some features missing, etc.
    • Outside of these problems, the first season (and some episodes) of Pepper Ann and a majority of PB&J Otter are the PAL/SECAM masters instead of the NTSC ones, especially in NTSC versions of the service.
  • Banned Episode:
    • 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's 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). The Simpsons episode "The City of New York vs Homer Simpson", which was also pulled from syndication and international reruns after the attacks (due to the episode prominently featuring the World Trade Center, including the infamous scene of a man telling Homer that "They stick all the jerks in Tower 1"), only to return in rotation in a heavily edited form, is also present on the service completely uncut, leaving "Stark Raving Dad" as the only episode to truly be MIA.
      • Unfortunately, played straight with the former on Disney+ Hotstar in Malaysia- 101 Dalmatians: The Series is nowhere to be seen on the service, and attempts by fans to get Disney+ Hotstar to add the show has only been met with an ambiguous canned response saying that "the programming department has been notified" but making no promises that it would be added anytime soon if at all.
    • 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 Coronavirus 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 a deadly disease known as "The Red Leg"). 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 ditched off home video releases) featuring extensive gunplay.
    • The Indian/Asian iteration of Disney+, named Disney+ Hotstar, drew an objection 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 subsequently arrested 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 terminated the planned Lizzie McGuire sequel series. This may be lessened in the future due to corporate shakeups in its first year of business.
    • A New Hope still has the censored blaster shots that were first edited 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. However, this also applies to the long-awaited 2021 digital release of the film.
    • 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 who?!", 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 pair of shots of Jafar getting electrocuted in the climactic 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 includes a minor edit done to the home media releases since 2006 that erases the wedding priest's unfortunate-looking knobby knees (which were commonly mistaken as him having an erection).
    • A Goofy Movie uses the exact 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 (which was retained on all home video and digital releases prior to 2019). 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/Ireland 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. This edited version was also used on the 2022 Blu-Ray/DVD release.note 
    • 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 home video.
    • Initially, Splash had some newly-CGI'd Godiva Hair cover a nude Madison's butt as she runs back into the sea, plus other scenes of her nudity had her butt or breasts cropped out with zooming, and one scene involving her swimming into a sunken ship used alternate shots to cover nudity. In November 2022, a 4K remaster of the film that removes all those edits was uploaded but would reinstate in the future.
    • Hamilton is an unintentional case. It was intended for theatrical release with a PG-13 rating (and had already been submitted to the MPA). 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, is 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 that has since become the standard on digital releases.
    • 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.
    • India's Disney+ Hotstar, which is Disney+ In Name Only, carries HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, where it has (somewhat clumsily) censored crude jokes mocking Disney-owned characters. Oliver noticed and made fun of 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.
    • Adventures in Babysitting is present with the TV broadcast, meaning changes of "Thor's a homo" to "Thor's a weirdo" and the Precision F-Strike moments to "fool".
    • The Simpsons episode "Marge Gets a Job" maintains the TV broadcast's replacement of "Tourette's" with "rabies".
    • In 2022, it was revealed an episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had several scenes modified to censor violence, with blood splatter removed from one shot (and the dead character now having his eyes closed instead of open), and another shot showing an assailant merely being struck by a thrown pipe instead of being impaled by it. After fan outcry, Disney+ claimed the upload of the altered scenes had been the result of a software glitch and restored the original version.
    • The English dub of O11CE censors a whole subplot about a gay character who tries to get close to his male crush. Worse, they originally left it intact when it aired in the UK and the changes were not reverted when the series was released in the United States. The original Spanish audio was not affected by this change.
    • In Free Solo, the phrase "fucked up" is changed to "messed up", and the word "goddamn" is also censored.
    • In The Adventures Of Bullwhip Griffin, the word "coolie" is censored in one scene.
    • In The Emperor's New Groove, a rock that is thrown at someone is changed to an acorn.
  • Bury Your Art:
    • Song of the South, true to form, is nowhere to be seen. Then-Disney CEO Bob Iger had stated that the film will never appear on the service under his watch... and still hasn't been released even after his departure. And since he's come back as of 2022, it's even less likely to happen.
    • Martin Scorsese's Kundun, being the other buried Disney film, is not available on either Disney+ or Hulu in the US. The film is only available on Blu-ray in that region, which Disney sub-licenced to Kino Lorber instead of releasing it themselves and on other several streaming services internationally through different distributors.
    • 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+. Said episode is only available on Google Play and the original Complete Third Season DVD set.
  • Channel Hop:
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 7) was produced for the service. While not the first example of a series channel hopping from Netflix to another streaming servicenote , This makes the show a double hopper, from Cartoon Network to Netflix to Disney+.
    • 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 the 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 Coronavirus 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 Coronavirus 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, the Latin American series El Ristorantino de Arnoldo, and the fourth season of the Malaysian series Club Mickey Mouse were planned to air on either Disney Channel or Disney Junior before moving to Disney+. In the cases of Castelcorvo and Club Mickey Mouse, this was necessitated due to the shutdown of their local Disney Channels prior.
    • From a brand perspective, Gargoylesnote  and Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go, originally labeled under the Buena Vista and Jetix brands respectively (though they were produced by Disney Television Animation to begin with), now have Disney’s logo accompanying their own logos on the service. The Nightmare Before Christmas, having been re-branded as a Disney film with the 2006 re-release, retains the Disney branding here.
    • While Z-O-M-B-I-E-S & Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2 originally premiered on Disney Channel, Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3 instead premiered as a service exclusive, followed up by a special edition airing on the former with a bonus song and extra scenes. This also led to the latter showing up as "A Disney Original Movie" for some reason, making it look like it was made for both. The same will be said for Prom Pact, which will be released on both.
  • 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. The Beatles: Get Back has particularly harsh disclaimers for its language, a first for the service.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • While Premier Access didn't draw the immediate backlash from Hollywood that HBO Max's Same-Day Premieres plan did, it eventually generated severe criticism when it was used for would-be major blockbusters like Black Widow and Cruella even as other films like A Quiet Place Part II and F9 were opening in-theaters-only. This eventually led to a lawsuit against Disney from Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson over breach of contract (the text of which also indicated Disney had also acted against the wishes of Marvel Studios as well), with Cruella star Emma Stone allegedly considering a similar suit (though this was seemingly averted with Stone's deal to star in a sequel).
    • Some Pixar staff have reacted very negatively to seeing Soul, Luca and Turning Red being relegated to free-to-stream status on the service when all had been intended for theatrical release; particularly Luca, since, unlike Soul, Coronavirus vaccinations were widely available at the time of Luca's release and several family films were getting wide releases by that point. Disney seemingly favoring Walt Disney Animation Studios over Pixar by giving Raya and the Last Dragon a hybrid release, in contrast to the Pixar titles, also drew backlash.
    • Strange World was supposed to receive a theatrical release in France, until Disney moved the film to Disney+ this caused an uproar against French cinema operators due to the country's release window strategies which requires films to be shown in theatres, then later on Canal+ and at 17 months and they move to streaming until 22 months later when they are later shown on television.
  • 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.
  • Creator-Driven Successor: Behind the Attraction is essentially a clone of Netflix's The Toys That Made Us and its spinoff The Movies That Made Us, using a nearly identical format as those to discuss the making of iconic Disney Theme Parks rides and locations. This is no coincidence as both are directed by Brian Volk-Weiss.
  • Developer's Foresight: Many titles on the service include many different subtitle and audio options available worldwide. This is regardless of if a title (or even Disney+ itself) has actually been released in the relevant regions to warrant some of those options. In some cases, language options may not be available, but the descriptions, titles, and even logos are still translated. However, some texts may be subject to "Blind Idiot" Translation.
  • 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. Even when Disney released the entirety of Rescue Rangers onto Blu-ray in the show's original aspect ratio in January 2022, they still haven't fixed the aspect ratio for the series on Disney+ like they did with The Simpsons (see below). 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, The Lion King's Timon and 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.
    • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go was animated in 16:9, but is presented in pan-and-scan 4:3 on the service, matching the show's original ABC Family and Toon Disney broadcasts (many other Disney Television Animation shows made in widescreen during the 2000's and early 2010's were also cropped to 4:3 for their original broadcasts, but are in their proper 16:9 aspect ratio on the service).
    • The Star Wars Clone Wars 2-D Micro Series, 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.
    • 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 & 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 ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos are cropped to 16:9, removing footage from the top and bottom screen.
    • 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, season 1 of BIA uses the European masters, which are victim of being sped up due to the difference in framerates between NTSC and PAL/SECAM.
    • The first two seasons of Pepper Ann are also presented with PAL audio and speed. However, considering the show's previous fate, most fans of the show are just happy to be able to legally watch the series at all. The same thing happened to PB&J Otter.
    • The Marvel Television shows acquired from Netflix had their picture quality downgraded from 4K to 1080p, until Disney+ posted the 4K versions in June 2022.

"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 international version that was broadcast on ABC and ABC Family, 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".
    • A couple of episodes of Disney Afternoon shows retain the edits made to them for reruns.
      • The Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "Puffed Rangers" is the rerun version which redubs the stereotypical Asian accents of the villains to be less offensive, and changes a number of jokes about China and Chinese culture eventualy deemed to be in bad taste.
      • The Darkwing Duck episode "Double Darkwings" is the reanimated version where Jambalaya Jake gets Darkwing's attention by pouring super-spicy gumbo down a telephone line instead of having his alligator Gumbo electrocute himself by biting the power lines of a high-tension tower.
    • 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 due to legal issues with Sesame Workshop. Averted by the Season 1 episodes that were edited on DVD for music rights issues, which are all presented intact on Disney+.
    • Surprisingly averted for High School Musical 2. The version used on Disney+ is the "extended edition" used on the DVD and iTunes releases of the film, rather than the original final cut. As such, many who didn't own the film on the prior formats wound up seeing "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" for the first time.
  • Famous Famous Real: 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), Iron Man or Captain America (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 Bouncing Ball: Some of the movies have sing-along options either on their own pages, or in the Extras section.
  • 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 FX+ in 2018 (which was discontinued following its purchase by Disney) and Apple TV+. Paramount+ (a rebrand of CBS All Access), MGM+ (a rebrand of Amazon's Epix service), Lionsgate+ (a rebrand of Starz outside of North America) and even non-streaming services like Walmart+ (a counterpart to Amazon Prime) would follow (The spiritual grandfather of this trend is Canal+, the French pay channel founded in 1984 which also branched off with StudioCanal).
  • 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 "Ma klounkee!" before firing. Disney confirmed that George 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.
    • Darby O'Gill and the Little People is the re-release version that redubbed the thicker Irish accents out rather then the original cut seen on DVD.
  • Guest Fighter: Some user icons include non-Disney characters such as PJ Masks, Bluey, and oddly enough, an animated avatar of Billie Eilish (For her Better Than Ever music special in the service).
  • 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. Notably, it tends to crop up in the service's "Trending" section much more frequently than most Disney+ original series, even the Marvel shows.
    • The addition of Hamilton became such a big deal, that Disney stopped giving out free Disney+ trials about a week before it dropped.
    • Mulan also led to a boost in the app's downloads, given the previously theatrical release was moved there for a premium. Black Widow would later outperform Mulan on the service despite a simultaneous theatrical release.
    • 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, but didn't get the true updated version until 2021). It's especially problematic given the hype and coverage of its current cash cow 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 had it worse, with over a four month gap between Singapore and the next Asian country. Couple with the fact that only Singapore will be receiving the real Disney+ will the rest of Asia will be receiving the inferior Disney+ Hotstar... (The Philippines only got nearly lucky as their Disney+ is the same as the MENA version.) And then, there's Far East Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and (if that happens) the former Soviet countries (outside of Russia)...
    • 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 catalog titles would not launch in all countries at the same time, despite pre-existing (or in some cases newly-made) dubbing or subtitles being available elsewhere.
    • This also applies to the shows on Disney+ Hotstar. Some shows like Marvel's Hit Monkey is delayed by over a month. While Disney+ got the show on Thanksgiving 2021, Disney+ Hotstar didn't get the show until December 27, 2021.
    • International productions have fallen into the habit of releasing in select regions first before continuing with their worldwide rollouts some time afterwards. Asian Originals such as Snowdrop, Soundtrack No. 1 and Delicacies Destiny release in a weekly format in the Asia-Pacific region first before releasing the entire season elsewhere afterwards (and some don't end up in the US, instead going to Hulu). Latin American Originals such as It Was Always Me and All the Same... Or Not take around a month or two to launch outside of their initial regions.note 
  • Milestone Celebration: "Disney+ Day", a.k.a. November 12, which began two years after the service's launch. For the first celebration, the service celebrated with a large content dump including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Jungle Cruise (free to all subscribers), Olaf Presents, Intertwinednote , season 2 of The World According to Jeff Goldblum, shorts from Luca and The Simpsons, new exclusive film Home Sweet Home Alone, and special presentations/documentaries from Marvel Studios and Star Wars.
  • 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, as well as the 2021 Disney Movie Club-exclusive Blu-ray).
    • The Suite Life of Zack & 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 Video 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.
    • A few shows from the Disney Afternoon era have missing episodes. Darkwing Duck still has its Banned Episode "Hot Spells" missingnote . The same goes for TaleSpin and its episodes "Last Horizons" and "Flying Dupes", even though they were both released on DVDnote . The Little Mermaid (1992) 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+ until July or August 2022, likely due to music licensing issues involving the Destiny's Child song "Independent Women (Part 1)". Fortunately, the streamer managed to retain the song, albeit without including the lyrics in the English captions.note 
    • Three episodes of Out of the Box ("Let's Eat Out", "The Gift", and "Treasures") are absent from the service.
    • The Replacements takes this up to eleven, as its entire second season (in other words, 31 of the show’s 52 episodes) is absent from the service for reasons not made publicly available. This means that iTunes is the only reliable place to legally check out the remainder of the show’s run, since the series wasn’t given any proper physical or digital releases prior to its 2019 iTunes collections.
    • The Muppets Take Manhattan and Muppets from Space are the only theatrical Muppet films to be missing, 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 Henson 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 until 2023, because of music licensing issues involving co-star Jason Weaver's "I Don't Know Why" (the main plot involving Marcus [played by Weaver, who sang the song from his 1996 EP "Stay with Me" in the episode] and T.J. [played by series lead Tahj Mowry] hinges on a performance of the song, and an impromptu keyboard solo by T.J. within it, during a "Battle of the Bands" performance by the former's band Mackadocious).
    • In addition to the Chris Langham episode mentioned above, The Muppet Show is also missing the Brooke Shields episode, due to music rights issues (but it would be restored in the future) (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+ UK/Europe is missing the John Denver and Spike Milligan episodes, again for unknown reasons.
    • In mid-2021, Spider-Man: The Animated Series was temporarily unavailable on the service so the episodes could be correctly re-ordered. The show returned after about a week.
    • Solo movies featuring the Hulk and Spider-Man respectively that are canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe are still under legal scrutiny with other studios as of 2022, meaning those wanting to watch the entirety of the MCU's Infinity Saga will need to view Universal's The Incredible Hulk (2008) (except in Japan and most of Europe), and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming (except in the UK, Canada, and Latin America), Far From Home and No Way Home on other platforms. Iron Man was unavailable in Japan and Spain until 2023 when Disney added the film to those regions.
      • During 2023, Disney gradually added The Incredible Hulk to the Canadian version of the service after Universal's rights to the film in the US and selected regions were set to expire that year before coming to the US version of the service on June 16th of that same year.
    • In countries without Hulu, Runaways (2017) was available on launch, even if with seasons 2 and 3 entering only a few months later. The show with which it crosses over in one of the last episodes, Cloak & Dagger (2018), had to wait longer (2021 in Australia and Canada, 2022 in Latin America and Brazil).
    • Nine episodes of Bear in the Big Blue House are missing. They are: "Why Bears Can't Fly", "Music to My Ears", "Working Like a Bear", "The Ojolympics", "Love Is All You Need", "And to All a Good Night", "I For-Got Rhythm!?", Part 2 of "A Berry Bear Christmas", and "A Strange Bird".

  • Network Red-Headed Stepchild:
    • 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. Even though the inaugural Disney+ promotional campaign chose it to represent the National Geographic brand (since Goldblum gave it a recognizable face), and it also ended up one of the service's first productions to be renewed for a second season, it disappeared from Disney+ in 2023.
    • 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), later expanding to include Marvel-affiliated R/TV-MA films and series.
  • 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, which was canceled 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 examples being...
      • Shows that had dubs already but never released in a certain country prior (The Muppets (2015) in Spain)
      • Shows that are being translated exclusively for the service (The Proud Family receiving dubs for many countries after two decades)
      • Shows that had only partially aired in a certain country before having their run interrupted (the British series The Evermoor Chronicles being officially released in the United States and Canada after already having aired the pilot miniseries)
    • In January 2021, it was announced that the entire run of The Muppet Show would be made available on February 19, making Seasons 4 and 5 legally available again. (Disney's DVD releases stopped with Season Three in 2008.)
    • In March 2021, it was announced that a number of Star Wars: The Complete Vintage Animated Collection material that had been out of circulation for some time would be coming to the service the following month, including Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Ewoks, Star Wars: Clone Wars and even "The Story of the Faithful Wookiee" (the latter previously only officially released as an Easter Egg on some of the series's home media releases). On the same day the Vintage Animation Collection was released, it was confirmed that Droids would be coming to the service later that year.
    • In August of 2021, Disney announced their September offerings for the US version of the service which includes Pepper Ann and William Joyce's Rolie Polie Olie, Pepper Ann wasn't available legally from Disney after it was canceled and Disney appears to have perpetually all US rights to Rolie Polie Olie, as the original deal Nelvana made with them to get the series onto US airwaves was made in an era before streaming existed.
    • In October 2022, both Bear in the Big Blue House and PB&J Otter were uploaded on the platform, making once again both series available in their entirety after years where a good chunk of them was lost.
  • No Dub for You:
    • Hamilton had the twofer of also having No Sub For You, with the only available captions being in English for over a year when it got subtitles in Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese, and it is also subbed into Malay, Indonesian, Hindi, and Thai on Disney+ Hotstar.
    • Despite dubs being available for The Muppet Show, Wander over Yonder, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil etc… these dubs weren't still implemented onto Disney+ when these titles arrived. For the international Muppet Show dubs, they are still harder to find despite all the changes in ownership of the show from ITC to Henson and later Disney.note 
    • Disney+ in the Baltics, ex-Yugoslav countries, Bulgaria and Albania don't have any localized content for those regions. This is likely due to current distribution agreements for Disney's film library in those regions. However, localization is planned for those regions at a later date.
  • 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+ servicenote  and on Disney+ Hotstar in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand,note  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 likely because both shows are controversial with the franchise's fanbase outside of their home countries. That being said, after the merger of Disney+ Japannote  with the main service in 2022, Stitch! now has a proper page on the main Disney+ service, albeit still restricted to Japan.
      • 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 exceptions are mostly British co-productions (Evermoor and The Lodge), cash cow telenovelas from the Latin American division (Violetta, Soy Luna, BIA, and O11CE), and a few Asian productions (The My Music Story documentaries, Club Mickey Mouse Malaysia, Snowdrop, Delicacies Destiny, Sumo Do, Sumo Don't, Soundtrack No. 1 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 Twentieth Century Fox, appeared on Disney+ in some countries, but not in the United States 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 was set to expire completely by Christmas 2022, but Disney+ still managed to add Anastasia to its U.S. branch from December 2020-March 2022. The movie moved to Starz afterwards, then moved back to Disney+ in June 2023.
    • The Latin American version lacks some animated shows present in the international versions, and have others with only one season (two, the 30th and 31st, in the case of The Simpsons). This is due to the show moving to STAR+ or existing free-to-air rights. A few others, like Pepper Ann, remained unavailable until the whole dub was found and cleared.
    • Many Disney Channel, Disney XD or Disney Junior shows were all available only in the US due to these shows still being aired on television worldwide.
  • 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. As of September 2023, the iTunes thumbnail has Disney's logo at the top.
    • 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.
    • Marvel Television shows originally produced for Netflix had the latter's Vanity Plate, and the words "A Netflix Original Series", removed on Disney+ (the soundtracks for the shows were also changed to either be Disney+ affiliated or simply "Marvel").
    • 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.
  • Out of Order:
    • A baffling case for a few Disney Afternoon shows, DuckTales (1987) 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.
    • At launch, both Phineas and Ferb and Spider-Man: The Animated Series were ordered incorrectly. Both have since been fixed.
    • Pepper Ann has its finale episode as the second-to-last in the order with another episode in the last episode slot.
    • The episode order for Fish Hooks is based on when episodes paired in production first aired on TV in the same half-hour timeslot. For this reason, the pilot episode is put as the fourth episode in season one, and the finale episode is fourth-to-last in season three. There are also a few minor continuity errors caused by this odd ordering.
    • On Disney+ Hotstar in Malaysia, Bluey has a very different episode ordering and structure compared to on BBC iPlayer (specifically, it's regional variant, BBC Player Malaysia). Not only are episodes presented in sets of three compared to BBC iPlayer which presents each episode as individual stories (making an episode three times longer on Disney+), but the first episode on BBC iPlayer, Magic Xylophone, is presented as the second story of the first episode on Disney+ Hotstar, while Keepy Uppy is the first story of the first episode on Disney+ Hotstar despite it being the third episode on BBC iPlayer.
    • On the American version of Disney+, Rolie Polie Olie may also suffer this as most of the episodes are out of order.
  • Product Displacement:
    • The first six Star Wars films have News Corporation's byline blanked out of the Twentieth Century Fox logo, as on their following home video releases.note  However, other movies that Fox released under News Corp's ownership still have the latter's byline in the logo.
    • On the North American versions of Disney+, 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 Twentieth Century Fox intro from The '80s. Admittedly, Fox was the original distribution company theatrically-speaking (in the US), 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.
    • Instead of using a copy of the film from the Disney archive, 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. How many of them will be released worldwide remains to be seen; Intertwined, an Argentine teen dramedy, was the first to receive a worldwide release after a few local productions initially launched within selected territories.
  • 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 due to rights), it has the ability to shift the streaming debuts of those titles forward and backward as it pleases. This effectively became standard procedure after the Coronavirus Pandemic led to severe shortening of theatrical release windows, and the cultural shift towards streaming services over other digital revenue streams led Disney to prioritize releases on the service over traditional VOD avenues.
    • 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 Coronavirus 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 Coronavirus 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 would be made available on February 26, 2021.
    • Disney+ Hotstar itself was originally going to release on March 29, 2020 in India. Come the Coronavirus 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.
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol Extended Edition first had its Disney+ release date announced as December 11, 2022, which would've resulted in a rare instance of the service posting something new on a Sunday. Accordingly, they bumped it up to the preceding Friday, December 9.
  • Remaster: Disney+ often unveils 4K presentations of movies unavailable on Ultra HD Blu-ray:
    • The Star Wars 4K restorations 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.
    • 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.
    • In November 2021, it was announced that all available Marvel Cinematic Universe films with expanded IMAX footage would have said footage restored, a rarity for digital releases and especially streaming services.
    • The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and the extended cut of The Muppet Christmas Carol received 4K upgrades in 2022.
    • In October 2022, Enchanted was given a 4K remaster exclusive to the service, in preparation for the arrival of the sequel movie, Disenchanted.
  • 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 and most cable channels. 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 Pictures, such as the solo Spider-Man films for the former and The Incredible Hulk for the latter, for awhile did not 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 has allowed Spider-Man films both before and after Spider-Man joining the MCU to become available on the service after their initial run on Starz (for pre-2022 films) or Netflix concludes. In 2022 Spider-Man: Homecoming was added in a few markets, along with many other Spider-Man movies... including Venom (2018), which is about one of his enemies. In 2023, the Sam Raimi Spider-Man Trilogy as well as The Amazing Spider-Man was added to the service in the U.S. because of the deal as well as Homecoming and Venom.
      • Disney even has rights to The Incredible Hulk in Spain and was added to the Spanish version of the service in 2021. Disney and Universal eventually reached a deal to allow it to be streamed in the U.S. in 2023.
    • 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, Popeye, and Terminator: Dark Fate are available on all international versions of Disney+ (assuming that Disney+ in Latin America, the UK, Europe, South Africa, MENA countries, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Korea and Disney+ Hotstar in India, Malaysia & Thailand is willing to carry said titles), but not on the North American versions of the service as Paramount Pictures holds the rights to all four films in that territory. On the flip side, X-Men: Evolution is on HBO Max in Brazil, because Warner Bros. still holds some international rights.
    • Despite promising to be a permanent home for "all things Disney" going forward, since its launch in 2019, the service has notably 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 52-54 other titles.note  This has also included titles from 20th Century Studios like its two live-action Garfield films, the first Ice Age film, the third Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and many others. Said unforeseen licensing issues have been mostly been with Netflix, Starz and HBO Max (the first and two were Disney's former first-run TV partners), with 20th's contract with HBO possibly expiring in late 2022, & it's currently unknown when similar deals select films currently have with Starz and Netflix will expire as well. The preexisting deals also apply to cable networks not owned by Disney.
      • This also applies to New Regency titles that Fox distributed as New Regency currently has separate digital and streaming rights internationally which these titles might appear on most international versions of Disney+ but very rarely in the US (except titles currently with Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and Focus Features/Universal Pictures).
    • 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.
    • Because The Princess Bride's distribution rights vary from country to country (it's UK/Ireland distribution rights are currently with Lionsgate), it is not included on select international Disney+ services.
  • The Stinger: Like with Netflix, most Disney+ streams end with an extra minute of foreign dubbing credits. This also has the side effect of not being able to skip to the next episode until later in the dub credits or marking the episode as completed.
  • 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. Pieces of content that've suffered from this include the Marvel web series Fury Files, which was promised to be added on May 15th, 2020, but wouldn't be added for another 371 days, the NatGeo documentary World's Deadliest Sharks, the 3rd season of Life Below Zero: Next Generation, Science of Stupid, Russia's Wild Tiger, and most notably, Mr. Popper's Penguins. The 2011 Jim Carrey film was first promised to be added on January 1, 2021, which fell on a Friday, when new feature films/shorts are usually added to the service and the time these videos are generally released. Despite not showing up, it was still included in the update video for that month regardless. Penguins eventually arrived on December 3rd, 2021, while it is still unknown when exactly Sharks, SOS, RWT or LBZ:NG S3 will each finally be added.
  • 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 executives 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. It eventually became available on international versions of the service via the debut of Star, and would eventually make its way to Disney+ proper for season 3 (while still available on Hulu).
    • 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, It Was Always Me, was originally going to star Argentine singer/actress Tini Stoessel and Colombian singer Sebastián Yatra, who were dating at the time. However, as production was suspended during the pandemic, both eventually dropped out due to having broken up and making new commitments in 2021. Production would eventually move from Argentina to Colombia and resume with Mexican singer/actress Karol Sevilla and Colombian singer/songwriter Pipe Bueno.


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Lilo & Stitch: The Dryer Scene

At one point during Lilo and Nani Pelekai's fight after Cobra Bubbles' visit, Nani loses Lilo for a moment, but then hears her sister opening and closing something metal. Knowing exactly where Lilo is, Nani heads to the laundry room, places a towel on the floor, gets on top of the clothes dryer, and then opens and closes the back door. Lilo then comes out of the said dryer thinking the coast is clear, only for Nani to envelope her in the towel, taking the trapped little girl to the living room to confront her about not staying at the hula school.

Due to the dangers of having kids inside dryers, this scene is edited out. As seen in the last part of this video, the United Kingdom forced the scene to be edited for their market so that Lilo hid in an unusual wooden cupboard with a pizza box being used as a door. This edit gained infamy worldwide years later when it was used as the version of the scene on Disney+.

Meanwhile, all TV broadcasts of Lilo & Stitch cut this scene outright (as seen in the second clip in this video using a recording of a Disney Channel broadcast). The film fades out to black before the scene happens, then fades back in after the scene would have happened. (Sometimes a commercial break airs between the fades to better hide the transition.) This edit creates a plot hole for TV viewers as to how Nani caught Lilo in the first place.

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