‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is now available on Disney Plus, Amazon, and other VOD services – here’s how to watch at home while it’s still in theaters

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Dragons, warriors, and the mystical land of Kumandra are ready to take the Disney universe by storm in “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

The action-adventure film starring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina debuted on Disney Plus as a Premier Access title on March 5, and it will be available to all subscribers on June 4. You can also buy the movie through VOD services like Vudu, Prime Video, and FandangoNow for $30.

Raya and the Last Dragon” focuses on Raya (Tran), a warrior who embarks on a quest to defeat an evil force plaguing her land. In order to restore peace, Raya must find the last dragon. The film comes from director Don Hall, known for his work on “Moana,” and director Carlos López Estrada, whose previous work includes “Blindspotting,” a dramedy starring Daveed Diggs.

If you want to watch “Raya and the Last Dragon” before it makes its way to all Disney Plus subscribers in June, here’s how you can purchase early streaming access to the movie at home.

How to watch ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ on Disney Plus

Raya and the Last Dragon” debuted on Disney Plus on March 5 as a Premier Access title. If you have a Disney Plus subscription, you’ll need to pay a one-time $30 fee to unlock the film.

After you buy the movie, you can watch it as long as you have a Disney Plus plan. If you don’t want to pay $30, you’ll have to wait until June 4 when the movie will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee.

Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 for an annual plan. You can also pair Disney Plus with ESPN+ and Hulu to watch sports and tons of additional shows and movies. The bundle costs $14 a month, which saves you about $6 a month compared to buying all three services on their own.

The Disney Plus app is available on popular devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and most smart TV brands.

How to watch ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ without Disney Plus

Though “Raya and the Last Dragon” was initially exclusive to Disney Plus, the movie is now available to buy through other streaming retailers, including Vudu, Prime Video, FandangoNow, Google Play, Microsoft and Apple TV.

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The digital purchase costs $30 and does not require any additional subscription. If you’re thinking about signing up for Disney Plus just to buy “Raya and the Last Dragon,” choosing one of these digital retails is a cheaper option since you won’t have to pay any kind of recurring membership fee.

Once you buy the movie, you’ll be able to watch it as much as you like through the platform you choose. The film is available in 4K with HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos through select apps.

What other brand-new movies can I watch at home?

Disney isn’t the only studio streaming new movies that were originally planned for theaters. Warner Bros. announced that it will release its entire 2021 movie lineup in theaters and on HBO Max at the same time. You can watch “Godzilla vs. Kong” right now on HBO Max.

Other studios, like Sony, Universal, Lionsgate, and Paramount have also been offering streaming rental or purchase options for select titles that were originally planned for theaters. “In-theater” digital rentals or purchases can be made through a variety of services, including Apple TV, Vudu, FandangoNow, and Google Play.

For more information about digital rentals, check out our guide to streaming rental services.

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All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus – from ‘The Mandalorian’ to ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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Disney Plus has a lot of new shows to stream. There are spin-offs, sequels, prequels, documentaries, and even mockumentaries to choose from. And best of all, every show is included with a standard subscription for $8 a month.

Highlights from the current lineup include exclusive titles from the “Star Wars” franchise, like the “The Mandalorian,” as well as new Marvel shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” More original programs are in the works, including a series based on the “Percy Jackson” novels.

Below, we’ve broken all the basics you need to know about shows on Disney Plus, including a full rundown of the service’s current and upcoming lineup of exclusive series.

Does Disney Plus have any new shows?

Disney Plus has a growing collection of original series developed exclusively for the service.

The ambitious lineup already includes shows like “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “High School the Musical the Musical the Series,” “The Imagineering Story,” “Encore!,” and “Diary of a Future President.”

When are new shows coming to Disney Plus?

In addition to all the shows available to watch right now, even more new content is set to be added throughout the year and beyond.

Major upcoming shows scheduled for 2021 include the new Marvel series “Loki” and the animated show “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Other originals in the works include “Monsters at Work,” an animated series based on the Pixar movie “Monsters, Inc.” Subscribers can also look forward to a new adaptation of the “Percy Jackson” novels.

To help you keep track of all the current and upcoming Disney Plus original programs, we rounded up all of the series announced so far.

Here are all the new shows to stream on Disney Plus:

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WandaVision” – available now

The show finds Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living in a surreal suburban neighborhood inspired by early TV sitcoms, but their picturesque lives quickly begin to warp around them. The show also stars Teyonah Parris, Randall Park, and Kat Dennings. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – available now

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” takes place after Captain America passes on his shield to Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Falcon is joined by Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), on a mission to stop a group of renegade super soldiers. New episodes premiere every Friday.

“Marvel Hero Project” – available now

The “Marvel Hero Project” pays tribute to extraordinary kids who have helped their community. In each episode of the docu-series, kids are surprised with the honor of being made into a superhero with their very own Marvel Comic.

“Marvel’s 616” – available now

The documentary series “Marvel’s 616” dives into the real-world context of Marvel’s stories and characters via history and culture. A diverse group of filmmakers tackle each episode. 

“Loki” – June 11, 2021

Although Loki died in “Avengers: Endgame,” apparently his “journey isn’t over yet; it’s only just begun.” Tom Hiddleston returns in the role of the trickster in what looks to be an adventure through time and space. Owen Wilson (“The Wedding Crashers”) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) also star.

“What If?” – Summer 2021

Based in the Marvel Universal, the animated series “What If?” takes the premise that changing one small thing in the narrative of a superhero could change the course of the character and also the world. Marvel talent will be participating in the series, including Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and many more. 

“Hawkeye” – Fall 2021

Hawkeye will return to the screen in his very own spin-off from the Marvel films. In “Hawkeye,” he will be mentoring the Young Avenger Kate Bishop and showing her the ways of the Marvel superhero.

“Ms. Marvel” – To be announced

“Ms. Marvel” will be a groundbreaking program; Kamala Khan is the first Muslim superhero to star in their own solo series. In the series, Khan is a Pakistani American living with her devout family in New Jersey while dealing with her superpowers. Newcomer Iman Vellani will star as the title character. 

“She-Hulk” – To be announced

“She-Hulk” is focused on Jennifer Walters, cousin of the Hulk, aka Bruce Banner. After Walters gets a blood transfusion from Banner — as in his gamma poisoned blood —she becomes the one and only She-Hulk. Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) has been cast to play Walters.

“Moon Knight” – To be announced

“Moon Knight,” a cloaked avenger named Mark Specter, suffers from multiple personalities and questionable instincts. Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is reportedly in discussions for the lead role

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Star Wars shows

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“The Mandalorian” – available now

“The Mandalorian,” a western-style take on “Star Wars,” is set five years after the fall of the Empire and focuses on a bounty hunter who journeys far out into the galaxy. The first and second seasons are now available to stream. 

“Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian” – available now

This documentary series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Mandalorian.” The show features interviews, never-before-seen footage, and roundtable conversations with the cast and crew. Executive Producer Jon Favreau is the documentary’s host.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” – available now

All seven seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” are available to stream on Disney Plus. Though the show was originally canceled in 2014, Disney brought the series back for 12 final episodes in 2020.

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” – May 4, 2021

This upcoming animated series focuses on an elite group of clone soldiers called the Bad Batch. Each member of the team has a unique skill, and they band together to take on missions throughout the galaxy. 

“The Book of Boba Fett” – December 2021

This spin-off of “The Mandalorian” will focus on the infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett. Temuera Morrison reprises his role as Fett and will be joined by Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.

“Andor” – 2022

Diego Luna reprises his role of Cassian Andor (“Rogue One”) alongside Alan Tudyk voicing the sardonic droid K-2SO. Their adventures take place before the events of “Rogue One.” 

Obi-Wan Kenobi Project – To be announced

Ewan McGregor returns in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in this as-yet titled series set eight years after the events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.” Hayden Christensen will also appear in the show as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. 

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Pixar shows

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“Forky Asks a Question” – available now

Forky from Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” explores various existential questions in this 10-part animated shorts series.

“SparkShorts” – available now

Similar to “ShortCircuit,” select Pixar employees are given six months and a limited budget to create their own unique shorts. It’s a way to find new voices and new techniques from within the studio talent pool. 

“Pixar in Real Life” – available now

This hidden camera series features Pixar characters in humorous situations in real life, such as Wall-E rolling through a park in New York City and agents from Monsters, Inc. Child Detection Agency picking up a rogue sock on the street.

“Monsters at Work” – July 2, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Monstropolis after the fall of scream power, “Monsters at Work” will fill you in. The animated show features the return of Billy Crystal as the voice of Mike, and John Goodman as the voice of Sully. Though the series was originally expected to premiere in 2020, the show is now set to debut in July 2021.

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‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ – available now

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This new series is based on “The Mighty Ducks” film franchise from the ’90s. “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” stars Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) as Alex, and Brady Noon as her son Evan. After Evan is cut from the Mighty Ducks youth hockey team in Minnesota, Alex decides to put together her own team.

Emilio Estevez, who starred as coach Gordon Bombay in the original “Mighty Ducks” movies, reprises his role in the new streaming show. New episodes premiere every Friday.

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‘The Right Stuff – available now

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Produced by National Geographic, “The Right Stuff” is a historical drama series about the development of the US space program. The show focuses on a group of seven military test pilots who train to become the country’s first astronauts. The show is based on the book by Tom Wolfe, which was previously adapted into a 1983 film.

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‘Percy Jackson’ – to be announced

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Disney Plus is developing a new live-action show based on the “Percy Jackson” series of novels. Author Rick Riordan announced the news via a tweet on May 14, 2020.

Though full details are still forthcoming, the show’s first season will be an adaptation of “The Lightning Thief,” which is the first book in the “Percy Jackson” series. Future seasons are expected to cover the remaining four books. 

The “Percy Jackson” novels follow a teenager who finds out that he’s really the son of a Greek god. The books were previously adapted into two films, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” but this new Disney Plus series will not be connected to those earlier movies. 

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‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ – available now

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The first season of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” premiered on November 12 and all 10 episodes are now available to watch. The mockumentary follows a group of high school students as they put on a production of “High School Musical.” The second season will debut on May 14.

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‘Diary of a Future President’ – available now

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Tess Romero stars as Elena, a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl with presidential aspirations. The show is told through Elena’s diary and also features flashforwards to Elena as an adult played by Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”). The first season includes a total of 10 episodes, and a second season has been ordered.

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‘Short Circuit’ – available now

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This is a series of shorts from Disney employees produced with support from the studio and its fellow artists. 14 shorts are now available to stream. 

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Non-fiction, documentary, and variety series

Disney+ new shows

“The Imagineering Story” – available now

Disneyland and Disney World fans will want to tune in to see this. This six-hour series chronicles the history of Walt Disney Imagineering, the talented crew that make the magic at the Disney parks around the world. It covers the early days with Walt Disney at the helm all the way up to the Galaxy’s Edge.

“Encore!” – available now

Encore! — hosted and produced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “The Good Place”) — is a reality show where she reunites the casts of high school musicals to take another go at their productions.  

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” – available now

Journey along with Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) as he travels the world to explore subjects that are of interest to him from how tattoos, ice-cream, and sneakers are made and developed.

“One Day at Disney” – available now

On December 3, Disney Plus began streaming the feature-length special “One Day at Disney,” the same day that the book “One Day at Disney” was released. The program (and book) features more than 75 Disney cast members who make the magic from a train engineer at Disneyland to Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” to the prolific animation artist Eric Goldberg. Following the launch of the feature-length special, Disney Plus also began streaming a 52-episode short-form series.

“Muppets Now” – available now

This new comedy series stars Jim Henson’s beloved Muppets. Each episode of the series is separated into different segments, like a lifestyle vlog, a cooking show, and a talk show. The first season features six episodes.

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” – available now

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” is moving from Disney’s Freeform to Disney Plus for its second season in 2020. The program gives viewers an inside look at weddings and engagements at Disney Destinations around the world from Disneyland to the Disney Cruise Line. Season one is currently available to watch.

“Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2” — available now

“Frozen 2” hit theaters in November of 2019. For those who can’t get enough of Elsa, Anna, and the gang, they’ll be able to get the inside scoop on how “Frozen 2” was created with the cast, the music team, and others in this docu-series.

Be Our Chef” – available now

Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) hosts “Be Our Chef,” a new reality cooking competition show. Based in Walt Disney World, families will compete by creating dishes that mix their own traditions with the magic of Disney. The grand prize will be the honor of having their dish served at Walt Disney World.

“Shop Class” – available now

The competition show “Shop Class” will consist of teams of creative students who are challenged to design, build, and test new contraptions.  Their creations will be judged on how they engineered and designed the items, as well as a test to make sure it works.

“Prop Culture” – available now

Die-hard Disney film fans will want to tune into “Prop Culture.” The show takes a look at the props and costumes from films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Muppet Movie,” and “Tron.” They’ll visit with the people who made the items, the actors who used the items, and the collectors and archivists who cherish the items.

“Earth to Ned” — available now

The Jim Henson Company is creating an “out-of-this-world” talk show where Ned, a blue-skinned alien and his sidekick Cornelius, do interviews with celebrity guests. The aliens were sent to Earth for an invasion but instead become obsessed with pop culture and create a talk show.

“Becoming” – now available

Basketball superstar LeBron James is partnering with Disney Plus on a new heartwarming docuseries. The show will explore the origin stories of celebrities and athletes such as the Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker, and comedian and TV host Nick Cannon.

Magic of Animal Kingdom” – now available

National Geographic (which is now part of Disney) is producing a series based on Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase Aquarium at Walt Disney World. The show will give a behind the scenes look at how these areas operate, how they go about protecting endangered species, and the efforts of the Disney Conservation Fund.

“Rogue Trip” – now available

Journalist Bob Woodruff and his 27-year-old son Max, embark on a road trip, heading to destinations that are off the beaten path in search of unique experiences to share with viewers.

“(Re)Connect” – To be announced

In this reality show, families struggling with issues — like workaholic parents and competitive siblings — address their problems with the help of specialized experts. The goal is for them all, as the title implies, to reconnect.

“Earthkeepers” – To be announced

The documentary series “Earthkeepers” will follow conservationists and the animals that they study. During the series, the creators hope that viewers get a sense of the “personal trials and professional breakthroughs that come with protecting the planet’s most endangered species.”

“Ink & Paint” – To be announced

Based on the book “Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation” written by Mindy Johnson, this eight-part series pays tribute to the women who have had a big part of the films of the Walt Disney Company from “Snow White,” “Coco,” to “Moana,” and many more.

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Disney Plus FAQs

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What is Disney Plus? 

Disney’s streaming service gives members unlimited access to a growing library of ad-free movies and shows from DisneyPixar, Marvel, Star WarsNational Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. This includes older releases from Disney’s vault, as well as a selection of brand-new, exclusive series and films.

Unlike Netflix, however, the original episodic content on Disney Plus is delivered weekly rather than all at once. This makes the experience feel closer to traditional TV but without the ads.


How much does Disney Plus cost? 

There are three pricing plans for Disney Plus: $8 a month, $80 a year, or $14 a month if you get a package deal with ESPN+ and Hulu. If you go with an annual plan, you end up paying about $16 less per year than you would with the monthly plan.

You can check out a detailed breakdown of Disney Plus prices here


Is Disney Plus worth it?

Disney Plus is one of the more affordable streaming services on the market, and it offers a lot of value for subscribers.

The service features a huge selection of family-friendly shows and movies which make it an ideal fit for parents looking for programs to enjoy with their kids. The platform’s selection of exclusive Marvel and Star Wars content also makes it a must-have for fans of those franchises. 

For detailed impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review

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How to watch ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ the latest Marvel show to hit Disney Plus

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  • “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” premiered on Disney Plus on March 19.
  • Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles from Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 per year.

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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is the latest TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show debuted on March 19, and new episodes premiere every Friday on Disney Plus. You can subscribe to Disney Plus for $8 a month or $80 a year.

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their “Avengers” roles for the six episode series, while Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp return as Baron Helmut Zero and Sharon Carter from “Captain America: Civil War.”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” pits the heroes against a familiar antagonist in Baron Zemo. Mackie’s Sam Wilson inherited Captain America’s shield at the conclusion of “Avengers: Endgame,” but the series will explore why he still uses the codename Falcon. Stan’s Bucky Barnes was Captain America’s best friend, but his violent past as the Winter Soldier continues to haunt him.

In Marvel’s comic books, both Falcon and the Winter Soldier eventually take on the mantle of Captain America, albeit for just a few years. It’s unclear if either will emerge as the next Captain America in the MCU; Mackie told Variety there’s been no discussions of a second season and he’s not sure when he’ll appear in another MCU film.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision” are considered the first entries in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the first film in phase four, “Black Widow,” is scheduled to hit theaters and Disney Plus Premier Access in July 2021.

How to watch ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” premiered on Disney Plus on March 19. The series will feature six episodes in total, and new episodes arrive every Friday. The season finale will debut on April 23.

You can visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app to sign up for the service. Disney Plus costs $8 for a monthly plan or $80 annually. If you’re also interested in subscribing to Hulu or ESPN+, you can sign up for a discounted bundle with Disney Plus starting at $14 a month.

The Disney Plus app is available on Apple devices, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and most smart TVs. Disney Plus includes support for 4K resolution and HDR (high dynamic range) contrast on compatible displays.

What other movies and shows can I watch on Disney Plus?

On top of the classic library of Disney movies and shows, Disney Plus is the streaming home to nearly every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and new shows like “WandaVision.”

It has films starring other Marvel characters as well, like the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four.”

Disney Plus also collects the full “Star Wars” franchise, including TV shows, documentaries and specials created for kids. The “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” is the most popular exclusive show on Disney Plus.

For detailed impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review here.

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Netflix vs. Disney Plus: The top 9 streaming TV shows of the week

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Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US.
  • Parrot’s “audience demand” reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance. The list is ranked by how much more in demand the top series are than the average TV show in the US.
  • “WandaVision” is still the top series and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” surged up to No. 3 this week, as Disney Plus takes on Netflix’s dominance.
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9. “The Crown” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 22.9

Description: “This drama follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 96%

What critics said: “Best season yet.” — Newsday (season 4)

Season four premiered on November 15 on Netflix. See more insights for “The Crown.”

8. “Titans” (HBO Max)

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“Titans”

Times more in demand than average show: 25.2

Description: “‘Titans’ follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 81%

What critics said: “The show’s simply carrying too much baggage at the start and is reaching for a conclusion too long after the ostensible end of season 1 to deliver much in the way of a fulfilling resolution or a promising new beginning.” — Screen Rant (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe in September, 2019. See more insights for “Titans.

7. “Lucifer” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 26.1

Description: “Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 5): 82%

What critics said: “I can not wait to see what else Lucifer has in store after a season so full of twists and turns.” — The Beat (Season 5)

Season 5 premiered on Netflix on August 21. See more insights for “Lucifer.”

6. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney Plus)

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Times more in demand than average show: 26.1

Description: “From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of ‘The Mandalorian,’ the new ‘Clone Wars’ episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.'”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 7): 100%

What critics said: “This season will also serve as a gauge to see whether audiences want more of the STAR WARS saga told in animated form. If it comes even close to the quality of The Clone Wars, the answer will undoubtedly be yes.” — JoBlo’s Movie Network (season 7)

Season 7 premiered on February 21, 2020 on Disney Plus. See more insights for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

5. “Cobra Kai” (Netflix)

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Times more in demand than average show: 31.6

Description: “Decades after the tournament that changed their lives, the rivalry between Johnny and Daniel reignites in this sequel to the ‘Karate Kid’ films.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: “Even with all the teen soap opera shenanigans, this is so clearly Johnny’s story-without Zabka’s nuanced take, Cobra Kai wouldn’t work.” — Paste Magazine (season 3)

Season 3 premiered on January 1 on Netflix. See more insights for “Cobra Kai.”

4. “The Mandalorian” (Disney Plus)

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Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett in “The Mandalorian.”

Times more in demand than average show: 36.4

Description: “After the fall of the Empire, a lone gunfighter makes his way through the lawless galaxy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 94%

What critics said: “Where Season 1 sometimes struggled to maintain a coherent arc, though, Season 2 has a higher-stakes narrative thrust that builds momentum more effectively.” — Sight and Sound (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on Disney Plus on October 30. See more insights for “The Mandalorian.”

3. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney Plus)

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Wyatt Russell on episode one of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

Times more in demand than average show: 38.8

Description: “Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ team up on a global adventures that tests their abilities — and their patience.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 92%

What critics said: “A fascinating look at the inner lives of these heroes, one that simply wasn’t on offer in the films.” — San Francisco Chronicle (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus on March 19. See more insights for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

2. “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

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“Stranger Things.”

Times more in demand than average show: 39.0

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 89%

What critics said: “Even the most distinctive moments feel disconnected from the rest, especially a segment in the final episode that feels as if its sole purpose is to be extracted and recirculated as a meme.” — Slate (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4, 2019, on Netflix. See more insights for “Stranger Things.”

1. “WandaVision” (Disney Plus)

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Elizabeth Olsen on season one, episode nine of “WandaVision.”

Times more in demand than average show: 41.7

Description: “Marvel Studios’ captivating new series ‘WandaVision’ stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, and marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision — two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 91%

What critics said: “WandaVision works best precisely because it is unlike anything the MCU’s model has ever produced before.” — Observer (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered on Disney Plus January 15. See more insights for “WandaVision.”

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A parent’s review of Disney Plus: It’s hands down the best streaming service for kids

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Disney Plus features a ton of kid-friendly content.

  • Disney Plus is packed with family-friendly entertainment perfect for parents and their kids.
  • Parental controls allow you to fine-tune what your kids can watch and set a PIN to protect profiles.
  • At $8 a month, Disney Plus is also affordable, making it a great choice for families on a budget.

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Bringing the magic of Disney to the small screen, the Disney Plus streaming service has a lot to offer families and kids. And best of all, the platform comes in at a budget-friendly price of just $8 a month.

After spending over a year watching the service with my wife, our 8-year-old daughter, and our 11-year-old son, I continue to be impressed by the platform’s selection of all-ages content and kid-friendly navigation options. Here’s why Disney Plus remains our go-to streaming service for family viewing.

What can kids watch on Disney Plus?

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Disney Plus features a ton of movies and shows for kids and families. There’s a good mixture of blockbuster films and TV series that cover Disney’s entire library, from classics like “Snow White” and “101 Dalmatians” to recent releases like “Moana” and “Frozen II.” Live-action versions of “Aladdin” and “Lion King” sit alongside the animated originals.

The Disney Plus catalog also includes Pixar titles like “Toy Story,” Marvel superhero blockbusters, “Star Wars” cartoons and movies, documentaries from National Geographic, and plenty of kid-friendly titles from Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD.

In the US, Disney Plus has no R-rated content at all. The maximum ratings are PG-13 for movies and TV-14 for shows. This makes its library uniquely suited for families. Outside of the US, Disney Plus recently added an adult-focused section called Star, which does include R-rated movies and mature shows. Thankfully, Disney makes it easy to restrict access to these programs if you have kids.

My family experience with Disney Plus

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“The Mandalorian”

We signed up for Disney Plus when it first launched, and I recently renewed it for another year. As big “Star Wars” and Marvel fans, my whole family has enjoyed watching and rewatching the major movies.

The highlight of the service so far has been “The Mandalorian,” which became a weekly treat that brought us all together. We’ve also enjoyed introducing our bemused kids to nostalgic movies like “The Black Hole” and “Freaky Friday.” There’s a lot of choice if you’re hunting for family-friendly films, and we often pick something from Disney Plus for family movie nights.

My 8-year-old daughter is by far the most avid watcher of Disney Plus in the house. She loves the Disney and Pixar movies and watches favorites over and over. She also enjoys many of the Disney shows. My 11-year-old son is less interested, but there are certain series they frequently watch together, such as “Phineas and Ferb,” “Gravity Falls,” and “The Simpsons.” He also likes some of the National Geographic documentaries.

My wife and I enjoyed “WandaVision,” but that’s one of the few things we’ve watched on Disney Plus without the kids. That is beginning to change, however, with the addition of Star in the UK where we live.

Parental controls on Disney Plus

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Parental controls are included to restrict what kids can watch on Disney Plus.

With the launch of Star in international markets, Disney Plus revamped its parental controls, enabling optional PIN protection for profiles. The updated parental controls rolled out globally, so they also brought new options to parents in the US.

When creating a profile for your child, you can now specify the content rating from TV-Y at the bottom of the scale all the way up to TV-14. This gives you tighter control for kids of different ages.

You can also toggle on “Kid’s Profile,” which changes the Disney Plus interface and limits the profile to content that’s suitable for kids. In the US, that means shows rated up to TV-Y7-FV and films rated G. The kid’s interface also organizes titles into simpler categories like “Super heroes” or “Princesses” instead of the “Marvel” or “Disney” categories you see with regular profiles.

The “Kid’s Profile” is ideal for younger children and, as long as you add a PIN to other profiles, there’s no danger your child will find anything inappropriate.

There is one potential issue here for families with multiple children, however. We set up PIN protection for the adult profiles, but didn’t want to for the kids. We allow my son to access 12+ content, while my daughter has the “Kid’s Profile” setting. But we soon found that this meant there was nothing stopping my daughter from choosing my son’s profile to gain access to a slightly wider library. The only way around this was to add a PIN to my son’s profile.

Can different family members watch at the same time?

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Disney Plus supports multiple profiles.

For any family-friendly streaming service it’s important to have support for a wide range of devices, and the option to have multiple simultaneous streams. Disney Plus nails this with support for most smart TV brands, Roku, Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and pretty much any Android or Apple media device you can buy. You can also stream through a web browser.

You can have Disney Plus play on four devices simultaneously, so you and you children can watch different titles at the same time. You can also download as much content as you want on up to ten mobiles devices. This makes it easy to save shows for your kids to watch later when you might not have access to an internet connection.

How does Disney Plus compare to other services?

We also subscribe to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Technically speaking, Disney Plus has some advantages since it offers 4K movies at no extra cost and it handles limited Wi-Fi bandwidth gracefully.

With Netflix, you need a Premium account at $18 a month to get 4K and stream on four screens simultaneously. With Prime Video, there’s no extra cost for 4K, but you are limited to three simultaneous streams. Prime Video is also slightly more expensive at $9 a month on its own, or $13 a month as part of Amazon Prime.

There are more adult-focused titles on Netflix and Prime, but Disney Plus is better for young kids. Classic Disney films are the kind of movies that kids will watch over and over. This type of content is disappearing from other services as Disney continues to make its programs exclusive to Disney Plus.

Netflix and Prime Video do offer some family favorites like “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Pokemon,” and “Scooby-Doo,” but we’ve also found that they carry a lot of subpar shows. The fact that they change content often can also lead to disappointment. So far, Disney Plus seems to have a more permanent library.

There’s quantity and quality for kids on Disney Plus. If family viewing is a priority for you, then Disney Plus can’t be beat right now.

Should your family get Disney Plus?

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Choosing a streaming service for your family will largely depend on your children’s tastes and your own beliefs about what’s appropriate. We feel Disney Plus is a must-have for kids around 10 and younger, but it isn’t as good for older kids unless they’re heavily into “Star Wars” or Marvel.

It’s nice to have a streaming service you can browse together without fear of inappropriate content, and there’s always something on Disney Plus that you can watch with a family of all ages.

You can sign up for Disney Plus today for $8 a month or $80 a year. In the US, you can bundle the service with Hulu and ESPN+ for $14 a month. This is a great way to supplement your Disney Plus subscription with access to live sports and more adult-focused content, making the bundle a value that’s equally strong for kids and their parents.

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How to get the Disney Plus bundle with ESPN+ and the different versions of Hulu

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At just $8 a month, Disney Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services you can sign up for. The platform features a large collection of movies and shows from Disney’s various brands and franchises, including Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic.

As extensive as the Disney Plus library is, however, the platform does have some weak spots. Most notably, Disney Plus doesn’t offer sports or any currently airing seasons of network shows. The service’s family-friendly library also lacks any R-rated content. Thankfully, Disney Plus offers a discounted bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu to give subscribers those options.

The bundle costs $14 a month, which is about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all three services separately. Though the deal includes the version of Hulu with ads by default, you can pay more to get the bundle with ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV.

How much does the Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu bundle cost?

The bundle with Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu is available in a variety of packages, with prices starting at $14 a month. Here’s a full breakdown of bundle options:

Bundle plan Price
Disney Plus, Hulu Basic, and ESPN+ bundle: $14 a month
Disney Plus, Hulu (ad-free), and ESPN+ bundle: $20 a month
Disney Plus, Hulu Basic + Live TV, and ESPN+ bundle: $73 a month
Disney Plus, Hulu (ad-free) + Live TV, and ESPN+ bundle: $79 a month

How to sign up for the Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu bundle

If you live in the US, signing up for the Disney Plus bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ is as simple as visiting the Disney Plus website and selecting the bundle option. The base package costs $14 a month. If you’re a current subscriber to one of the services, you can upgrade to the discounted bundle here.

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After entering in your email address and payment information you’ll be able to activate your account on each service. You can use the same account information across each platform, but you will need to access each service’s app separately.

This default bundle only includes the ad-supported version of Hulu, but you can get the ad-free or live TV plans if you sign up directly through Hulu. We’ve broken down the process below to make things easy.

How to combine Disney Plus, ESPN+, and ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV

  1. If you’re a new subscriber to these services, visit the Hulu bundle page here to sign up.
  2. You can then select which version of Hulu you’d like with the bundle: Hulu with ads ($14/month), Hulu without ads ($20/month), or Hulu + Live TV ($73/month).
  3. Enter in the required account information and payment details to continue.
  4. Once you finish the sign up process, you’ll be able to access Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ through their respective apps.
  5. If you’d like to switch Hulu plans or cancel at a later date, you can adjust your subscription through the “Manage Your Account” section of the Hulu website.

Can I upgrade to ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV if I already have the bundle?

If you subscribed to the bundle through Hulu, you can easily upgrade your Hulu plan through the “Manage Your Account” section of the Hulu website.

However, if you originally subscribed to the bundle through Disney, you’ll need to cancel your existing bundle subscription first if you want to upgrade your Hulu plan. After you cancel your bundle subscription, you can sign up for a bundle with Hulu Premium or Hulu + Live TV here.

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‘The Mighty Ducks’ return in a new original series based on the ’90s film franchise – here’s how to watch on Disney Plus

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  • “The Mighty Ducks” franchise is back after 25 years with a brand-new series on Disney Plus.
  • The show focuses on a youth hockey team, and features the return of star Emilio Estevez.
  • A Disney Plus subscription starts at $7 a month or $70 a year.

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“The Mighty Ducks” film franchise was a viewing staple for many kids who grew up in the ’90s. The movies follow youth hockey players as they attempt to go from underdogs to champs. While it’s been 25 years since the last film, Disney Plus is giving fans – both new and old – a chance to watch the Ducks again in a brand-new series.

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” follows Evan (Brady Noon), a 12-year-old boy who gets cut from the Ducks youth hockey team. With the help of his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), Evan sets out to form a new team to compete with the Ducks. According to the show’s official synopsis, the team features the “underdogs” and the “misfits” who will play for the “love of the game.”

The show is produced by “The Mighty Ducks” creator Steven Brill and is set to feature the return of a few characters from the original 1992 film. This includes Emilio Estevez as Coach Gordon Bombay, Marguerite Moreau as Connie Moreau, Elden Henson as Fulton Reed, and more.

If you want to revisit “The Mighty Ducks” franchise or tune in for the first time, here’s how you can watch the show on Disney Plus starting March 26.

How to watch ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” will premiere on Disney Plus on March 26. New episodes will stream every Friday, and the first season will feature a total of 10 episodes.

If you sign up right now, you can get a Disney Plus subscription for $7 a month or $70 a year. Starting March 26, however, that price will increase slightly to $8 a month or $80 a year. If you’re thinking about subscribing, we recommend locking in the $70 annual plan now, as it will save you the most money over time.

Disney Plus is available on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, media players, and smart TVs from most major brands. You can also watch the service via a web browser.

How to watch ‘The Mighty Ducks’ movies

In addition to “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” Disney Plus features streaming access to all three original movies in “The Mighty Ducks” franchise. This includes “The Mighty Ducks” (1992), “D2: The Mighty Ducks” (1994), and “D3: The Mighty Ducks” (1996).

The platform also features a growing collection of shows and films from all of Disney’s popular franchises, including classic Pixar movies as well as original series like “The Mandalorian,” “WandaVision,” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

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Disney Plus offers gift subscriptions for new members – here’s how to buy one before the $10 price increase on Friday

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Disney’s on-demand streaming service, Disney Plus, offers ad-free access to a growing library of movies and shows from all of the studio’s major brands and franchises. If that special Disney fan in your life hasn’t subscribed yet, you can help them tune in with a Disney Plus gift subscription.

A Disney Plus gift subscription costs $70 and is sent as an email code on a date of your choosing. Disney will be raising its yearly price to $80 on March 26, so this week is the last chance you have to purchase a gift subscription for the lower price.

Here’s how to gift a Disney Plus annual subscription:

  1. Visit this page to purchase the gift.
  2. You’ll enter your information, your recipient’s name and email, and what date you’d like the code to be delivered.
  3. The $70 fee will be charged to your account as soon as you make the purchase.
  4. Your recipient will visit DisneyPlus.com/redeememail, select the offer, and manually enter the code printed on the email.
  5. Once redeemed, the recipient will be credited a one year subscription to Disney Plus.
  6. If the recipient doesn’t see the gift confirmation email in their inbox on the delivery date, Disney recommends that they check their spam folder.
  7. If the email still can’t be located, you can contact Disney Plus customer service to have the code resent.

Restrictions of the Disney Plus gift subscription:

  1. The gift subscription can only be redeemed by new Disney Plus subscribers.
  2. The redemption code is one-time use only and non-transferable.

Once they’ve activated the subscription, your recipient will get:

  • Unlimited, ad-free access to thousands of movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
  • Unlimited downloads they can watch anywhere, anytime.
  • The ability to stream on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven profiles.
  • A GroupWatch feature that allows them to sync and watch streams with friends and family virtually.

Can Disney Plus gift subscriptions be used for the bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu?

Disney Plus gift vouchers are only available for an annual subscription to Disney Plus, but recipients can still upgrade to the streaming bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a discounted price. Here’s how to upgrade and save:

  1. Redeem your Disney Plus gift subscription voucher and create a Disney Plus account.
  2. Visit the Disney Plus Billing Details page and choose the option to switch to the Disney bundle.
  3. You will now be upgraded to the $13 a month bundle plan with Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.
  4. A $5.83 monthly credit (the value of your gift subscription) will then be applied to the monthly bill for your bundle.
  5. This will bring the bundle price down to $7.16 per month for the duration of you gift subscription period.
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How to watch ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ the next Marvel show coming to Disney Plus on March 19

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  • “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will premiere on Disney Plus on March 19.
  • Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles from Marvel’s “Avengers” franchise.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $7 a month or $70 per year.

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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is the next TV series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following the critically acclaimed run of “WandaVision” on Disney Plus. The show will debut on March 19, with new episodes releasing every Friday.

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their “Avengers” roles for the six episode series, while Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp return as Baron Helmut Zero and Sharon Carter from “Captain America: Civil War.”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” pits the heroes against a familiar antagonist in Baron Zemo. Mackie’s Sam Wilson inherited Captain America’s shield at the conclusion of “Avengers: Endgame,” but the series will explore why he still uses the codename Falcon. Stan’s Bucky Barnes was Captain America’s best friend, but his violent past as the Winter Soldier continues to haunt him.

In Marvel’s comic books, both Falcon and the Winter Soldier eventually take on the mantle of Captain America, albeit for just a few years. It’s unclear if either will emerge as the next Captain America in the MCU; Mackie told Variety there’s been no discussions of a second season and he’s not sure when he’ll appear in another MCU film.

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision” are considered the first entries in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the first film in phase four, “Black Widow,” is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2021, and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is also due out later this year.

How to watch ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” premieres on Disney Plus on March 19. The series will feature six episodes in total, and new episodes arrive every Friday. You can visit DisneyPlus.com or download the Disney Plus app to sign up for the service.

Disney Plus currently costs $7 for a monthly plan, or $70 annually. That said, the Disney Plus price will increase to $8 a month or $80 a year beginning March 26, so now is the perfect time to lock in an annual plan for the lower rate. If you’re also interested in subscribing to Hulu or ESPN+, you can sign up for a discounted bundle with Disney Plus starting at $13 a month.

The Disney Plus app is available on Apple devices, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and most smart TVs. Disney Plus includes support for 4K resolution and HDR (high dynamic range) contrast on compatible displays.

What other movies and shows can I watch on Disney Plus?

On top of the classic library of Disney movies and shows, Disney Plus is the streaming home to nearly every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and new shows like “WandaVision.”

It has films starring other Marvel characters as well, like the “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four.”

Disney Plus also collects the full “Star Wars” franchise, including TV shows, documentaries and specials created for kids. The “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” is the most popular exclusive show on Disney Plus.

For detailed impressions, check out our full Disney Plus review here.

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Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ disappointed, but the overall weekend box office made experts optimistic about the industry’s recovery

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“Raya and the Last Dragon”

  • Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” earned $8.6 million at the US box office over the weekend.
  • It did not play at Cinemark venues because the chain did not reach a licensing deal with Disney.
  • The total box office was up, giving analysts reason to be optimistic about the theatrical industry.
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Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” earned $8.6 million at the US box office over the weekend in its debut (and $26 million worldwide), a disappointing total even amid the pandemic for a Disney animated movie – more so considering Warner Bros.’ “Tom and Jerry” earned $14 million the weekend prior.

“There is always a spotlight and high expectations placed on any Disney release, but ‘Raya’ entered a marketplace that already had two PG-rated animated films, ‘Tom & Jerry’ and ‘Croods 2,'” said Paul Dergarabedian, the Comscore senior media analyst.

There’s a couple more factors that could have contributed to the movie’s underwhelming performance. Notably, it didn’t play at Cinemark venues and some other chains because they didn’t reach a licensing deal with Disney (it did play at AMC). The movie played on around 400 fewer screens than “Tom and Jerry” did in its opening weekend.

“In the current operating environment, we are making near-term booking decisions on a discrete, film-by-film basis, focusing on the long-term benefit of exhibitors, studios, and moviegoers,” Cinemark told Deadline. “While we are having conversations with The Walt Disney Company, we have not yet reached agreeable licensing terms for ‘Raya and the Last Dragon.'”

“[Theaters] need Disney a lot more than Disney needs them right now,” said Jeff Bock, the Exhibitor Relations senior media analyst. “Hopefully a deal will be worked out for the sake of theatrical exhibition.”

The movie also debuted on Disney Plus simultaneously with theaters at an additional “Premier Access” $30 fee for subscribers. In contrast, “Tom and Jerry” is available on HBO Max for no additional cost.

“$30 for a family of 4 is still a very good deal for blockbuster entertainment,” Bock said.

We don’t know exactly how “Raya and the Last Dragon” performed on Disney Plus. The first movie Disney utilized the Premier Access strategy with, last year’s live-action “Mulan” remake, performed well enough that Disney promised to experiment with it on other titles. “Raya and the Last Dragon” was No. 4 in Disney Plus’ “trending” category on Monday, behind Marvel’s “WandaVision,” “The Simpsons,” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (though it’s unclear how Disney calculates this list).

Bock said that we’ll know how successful the movie was on Disney Plus if Disney implements a similar strategy with upcoming tentpole releases still slated for theaters, like “Black Widow” and “Cruella.”

But even though the “Raya and the Last Dragon” underperformed, the US box office earned a total of $25 million over the weekend, giving analysts reason to be hopeful for the future of the theatrical industry.

It was down 76% compared to the same weekend last year, Bock said. But when compared to the average of a 90% decrease since theaters reopened in August, it’s a noticeable improvement.

New York City movie theaters reopened on Friday at limited capacity, which likely gave the box office a slight boost.

“The bottom line is that while the film’s debut may not have been as strong as some might have hoped, it was a building block in one of the top-grossing overall weekends since the movie-theater shutdown in mid-March [last year],” Dergarabedian said.

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