To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the launch of Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, The Walt Disney Company gave audiences looks at 40-plus movies and television shows distributed by their various studios like Disney proper, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and internationally, Star.
Cheaper by the Dozen: Coming to Disney+ in March 2022, Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff star in the reimagining of the family comedy of the same name.
Disenchanted: Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey share that the upcoming sequel to Enchanted will stream exclusively on Disney+ in Fall 2022.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Jeff Kinney, the writer & producer of the animated take on the popular book of the same name, revealed the poster for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which will start streaming on Disney+ on December 3rd, 2021.
Rodrick Rules: The sequel to the aforementioned Diary of a Wimpy Kid will premiere on Disney+ in 2022.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers: John Mulaney and Andy Samberg star in the hybrid live-action/CG animated film based on Disney’s famous chipmunks, which will start streaming on Disney+ in Spring 2022.
The Beatles: Get Back: Ahead of its premiere on Disney+ on November 25th, 2021, the three-part docuseries directed by Peter Jackson, Disney shared a new clip.
Better Nate Than Ever: Based on the book of the same name by Tim Federle (who some of you may know from High School Musical: The Musical – The Series, also streaming on Disney+), Better Nate Than Ever, a comedy adventure, will premiere on Disney+ in Spring 2022 and stars Aria Brooks, Joshua Bassett, Michelle Federer, Rueby Wood as Nate, with Norbert Leo Butz and Lisa Kudrow.
Hocus Pocus 2: The sequel to the popular Disney Channel Original Movie, Hocus Pocus 2 features the return of The Sanderson Sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) will premiere on Disney+ exclusively in Fall 2022.
Pinocchio: The live-action adaptation of the 1940 animated film of the same name, this rendition will be directed by Robert Zemeckis and utilize such talents such as Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans, and the voices of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, and Lorraine Bracco. Pinocchio premieres on Disney+ in Fall 2022.
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild: After five years of hibernation, the Ice Age franchise is back in The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, which features Buck, Crash & Eddie as they race to save the Lost World from dinosaurs. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild premieres on January 28th, 2022 on Disney+.
Sneakerella: This gender-flipped twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale, Sneakerella is set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City and will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on February 18th, 2022.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder: After twenty years off the air, the Prouds return with The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, streaming on Disney+ starting in February 2022.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: In season three of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, our favorite Wildcats spend their summer at a sleepaway camp full of campfires, romances, and curfew-free nights.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: Based on the book series of the same name, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a Disney+ Original Series that’s a modern coming-of-age story mixed with a good old-fashioned fantasy tale. This new take from Paramount Television Studios and 20th Television follows the Grace Family – twin brothers Jared and Simon, their sister Mallory and mother Helen—as they move into their dilapidated ancestral home. They begin to unravel a dark mystery about their great-great Uncle who once discovered the secret and sometimes dangerous faerie world.
Baymax: A spinoff of Big Hero 6, Baymax follows the titular robot in a Disney+ Original Series, where he helps citizens of San Fransokyo with their healthcare needs. Baymax starts streaming exclusively on Disney+ in Summer 2022.
Zootopia+: Revisit Zootopia in Zootopia+, a new short-form series from Walt Disney Animation Studios, coming to Disney+ in 2022.
Tiana: Coming to Disney+ in 2023, Stella Meghie (who you might know from the 2019 film, The Photograph) will write and direct the new long-form musical series, Tiana, will follow the titular character from The Princess and the Frog shortly after she becomes the Princess of Maldonia, but is called to New Orleans to face her past.
Disney Intertwined (Entrelazados): The first Disney+ Original Series produced in Latin America, Disney Intertwined (Entrelazados) is now available to stream on Disney+. In the series, Allegra is ready to change the past in order to reach her dream.
In the Pixar 2021 Disney+ Day Special on Disney+, Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter roams the offices of Pixar Animation Studios to provide a behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming projects.
Cars on the Road: Larry the Cable Guy and Owen Wilson return to the Cars franchise as Mater and Lightning McQueen in the new Disney+ Original Series, which follows the two traveling together on a cross-country road trip, and will start streaming in 2022.
Win or Lose: Directors Michael Yates and Carrie Hobson revealed concept art for Pixar’s first-ever original long-form animated series, Win or Lose, coming to Disney+ in 2023. Each 20-minute episode will highlight the perspective of a different character as a middle school coed softball team prepares for their championship game.
Pete Docter also revealed that two brand-new documentaries exploring the making of Turning Red and Lightyear will come to Disney+ in 2022.
In the Marvel Studios’ 2021 Disney+ Day Special on Disney+, subscribers were treated to a look back on the past year of Marvel Studios shows as well as sneak peeks of the next Marvel Studios series coming to the service.
Hawkeye takes place in New York City post-Blip, where Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, Hawkeye reluctantly teams up with 22-year-old skilled archer Kate Bishop to unravel a criminal conspiracy. The series stars Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton and newcomer Alaqua Cox. Episodes are directed by executive producer Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert & Bertie; executive producer Jonathan Igla is head writer. The series premieres on November 24th, 2021.
Moon Knight: In this first look at the Disney+ Original Series that will premiere in 2022, Oscar Isaac stars as the titular Moon Knight, a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities who live inside him find themselves thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt. “Moon Knight” is directed by executive producer Mohamed Diab; Jeremy Slater is head writer.
She-Hulk: The cousin of the Hulk, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters is a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases. Tatiana Maslany plays the titular character and will feature the return of Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Tim Roth as the Abomination. The new comedy series will premiere on Disney+ in 2022 and is directed by executive producer Kat Coiro with Anu Valia also directing. Executive producer Jessica Gao serves as head writer.
Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan—a 16-year-old Pakistani American from Jersey City. An aspiring artist, an avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, she is a huge fan of the Avengers—and one in particular, Captain Marvel. But Kamala has always struggled to find her place in the world—that is, until she gets superpowers like the heroes she’s always looked up to. Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel. The series is directed by executive producers Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with executive producer Bisha K. Ali serving as head writer. “Ms. Marvel” premieres on Disney+ in Summer 2022.
Additionally, Marvel Studios announced new projects and unveiled logos for its future series including:
- Echo: a series starring Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, who will be introduced in Hawkeye.
- Ironheart: a series starring Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a genius inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man.
- Agatha: House of Harkness: a series starring Kathryn Hahn as her character from WandaVision. Jac Schaefer returns as executive producer and head writer.
- Secret Invasion: a series starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos—characters who first met in Captain Marvel. The crossover comic event series showcases a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special: a special written and directed by Guardians of the Galaxy veteran James Gunn.
- X-Men ’97: an animated series from Marvel Studios that explores new stories in the iconic ‘90s timeline of the original series. Beau DeMayo is executive producer and head writer.
- What If…? (Season 2): the second season of the fan-favorite animated series. After enlisting the Guardians of the Multiverse to stop Infinity Ultron, The Watcher returns in Season 2 of What If…? to meet new heroes and explore more strange new worlds in the MCU’s ever-expanding Multiverse. Directed by executive producer Bryan Andrews with executive producer AC Bradley serving as head writer.
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year: an animated series that follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots. Executive producer Jeff Trammel serves as head writer.
- I Am Groot: a series of original shorts exploring Baby Groot’s glory days growing up, and getting into trouble, among the stars. Directed by executive producer Kirsten Lepore.
- Marvel Zombies: an animated series from Marvel Studios that reimagines the Marvel Universe as a new generation of heroes battle against an ever-spreading zombie scourge. Directed by executive producer Bryan Andrews.
Willow: From the set of the upcoming Lucasfilm series Willow, Warwick Davis introduces the supporting cast, including Ruby Cruz (Mare of Easttown), Erin Kellyman (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier), Ellie Bamber (The Serpent), Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: No Way Home), Amar Chadha Patel (The Third Day) and Dempsey Bryk (The Birch). Willow premieres exclusively on Disney+ in 2022.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and director Deborah Chow share an exclusive look at the series with behind-the-scenes footage and concept art. The Disney+ Original Series Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ in 2022. View the exclusive look on Disney+.
Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett: Celebrate the origins and legacy of Star Wars’ legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett, in a special look for Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett, now streaming on Disney+.
Welcome to Earth: Explore Earth’s greatest wonders with Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world in the new trailer for Welcome to Earth, the six-part original series from National Geographic streaming December 8, 2021.
America The Beautiful: Visit the spacious skies, the amber waves of grain, and the purple mountain majesties in the new trailer for America The Beautiful, a new six-part series streaming on Disney+ in 2022.
Limitless with Chris Hemsworth: See Chris Hemsworth discover the full potential of the human body in the trailer debut for Limitless with Chris Hemsworth. The six-part Disney+ Original Series from National Geographic starts streaming in 2022.
Star (Hulu in the US)
The following titles from 20th Century Studios will debut in 2022 on Disney+ in international markets under the Star brand, on Hulu in the U.S., and Star+ in Latin America.
Rosaline: A fresh comedic twist on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in which the classic love story is told from the perspective of Juliet’s cousin Rosaline…who just happens to be Romeo’s ex-girlfriend. Starring Kaitlyn Dever and directed by Karen Maine, the movie premieres in 2022.
The Princess: An irreverent action movie set in a fairy tale world. Joey King stars as a young royal who is more comfortable with a sword than a tiara and must save her kingdom from ruthless mercenaries. Directed by Le-Van Kiet, the movie premieres Summer 2022.
Prey: An all-new entry in the “Predator” franchise, “Prey” will premiere in Summer 2022. Set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, the action-thriller follows Naru, the skilled warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg and produced by Jhane Myers.
No Exit: This harrowing suspense-thriller follows Darby Thorne, played by Havana Rose Liu, a young woman who is stranded by a blizzard and forced to find shelter at a highway rest area with a group of strangers. The movie premieres in 2022.
Disney’s Commitment to Children’s Hospitals
In non-streaming news, The Walt Disney Company announced that it will expand access to Disney+ to “help ease the fear and anxiety of a hospital visit” in over 30 countries worldwide in children’s hospitals beginning in 2022.
In 2018, The Walt Disney Company donated $100M to “reimagine the patient journey” in children’s hospitals and places and places of care.
Disney+ Day Celebrations & Promotions
From Cinderella Castle in Tokyo to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Paris, icons at Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa were illuminated in blue in preparation of Disney+ Day. This morning, Disney+ subscribers were invited to enter Walt Disney World Resort, and Disneyland Resort parks 30 minutes before regular park open. Guests were welcomed at select parks with a blue carpet arrival experience, special character encounters, and photo opportunities. In addition, Disneyland Paris rolled out the blue carpet at Walt Disney Studios, where guests enjoyed photo locations enhanced with special character appearances and a 30-minute extension to park hours.
Disney+ subscribers are also invited to join the celebration from home, with free shipping at shopDisney (available November 12 – November 14), including new customizable products from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel. In addition, Disney collectors can enjoy select $0.99 eBooks from Disney Publishing Worldwide (available now through November 17) and a limited set of NFTs, digital collectibles from iconic Disney stories, that will include a code for several free months of Disney+ for new subscribers.
For those looking to join the Disney+ community, new and eligible returning subscribers can get one month of Disney+ for $1.99 (then $7.99/mo.) through Sunday, November 14 by signing up here.
Disney will team up with Funko to offer an exclusive 10% off Disney+ products from November 12 to November 14 on Funko.com and in their two retail locations, Funko HQ located in Everett, Washington and Funko Hollywood, located in Los Angeles, California. Customers can use promo code DISNEYPLUSDAY on funko.com, and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout in-store. Exclusions apply, see terms and conditions for details. Star Wars fans can also head to BringHometheBounty.com at 6am PT on Disney+ Day, for exclusive reveals of new Star Wars Funko Pop! Bobbleheads.
In celebration of Disney+ Day, WizKids is offering an exclusive 5% off Disney product and a Marvel gift with purchase November 8-14, 2021 on Shop.WizKids.com. Customers will use promo code DISNEYPLUSDAY on Shop.WizKids.com. Exclusions apply, see terms and conditions for details.
Additionally, Disney will team up with Target to host in-store activations on November 12 through November 14 in almost 800 Target stores across the U.S. as part of a joint commitment to create new experiences for guests. Target shoppers will have the ability to sign up for the Disney+ Day offer and receive special giveaways.
From November 12 through November 14, more than 200 AMC Theatres will celebrate Disney+ Day with four daily surprise screenings of fan-favorite movies. Each movie will feature a surprise short, and guests won’t know which movie is being shown until the screening begins. Tickets for these surprise screenings are $5 each, and guests will receive a free Disney+ poster and a special concession offer with their ticket purchase. A list of participating AMC locations can be found here.
Celebrations on Disney Networks
Disney’s network shows and syndicated series will join in the celebration all week long with Disney+ Day takeovers, talent shout-outs, and special show integrations.
Fans can find out what their favorite on-air talent from the Disney-owned networks are streaming on Disney+ in a series of spots featuring Anthony Anderson and his mother Doris Hancox (To Tell The Truth), Kelly Ripa (Live! with Kelly & Ryan), and Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky) on ABC; Yara Shahidi & Trevor Jackson (Grown-ish) on Freeform; Peyton Manning (ESPN+ Peyton’s Places) with his daughter Mosley along with NBA stars Brook & Robin Lopez on ESPN; Albert Lin (Lost Cities with Albert Lin) and Bear Grylls (Running Wild with Bear Grylls) on National Geographic; Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) on FX; and Kat Dennings (Dollface) and Tamera Mowry-Housley (Baker’s Dozen) on Hulu.
Audiences can watch for exclusive Disney+ Original spots tonight during ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” and “Monday Night Football,” test their trivia in a Disney+ category in “Jeopardy!” on Friday, and tune-in this week for special Disney+ Day integrations and in-show mentions in “Dancing With The Stars,” “General Hospital,” “Live! With Kelly and Ryan,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Tamron Hall,” “The View,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Stephen A’s World,” “NFL Live,” “NBA Today”, “SportsNation,” and more.
The celebration will extend to local communities via ABC’s Owned TV Stations with original programming dedicated to Disney+ Day including special episodes of “Localish” and “On The Red Carpet.” Also, “GMA” will celebrate live from Times Square on November 12 with special guests from Disney+ shows and spotlights on the coast-to-coast celebrations at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.