Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers buy new movies like ‘Cruella’ while they’re still playing in theaters

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Emma Stone in “Cruella.”

  • With Premier Access, Disney Plus members can pay $30 to unlock select movies three months early.
  • Cruella” is the latest Premier Access title, and “Black Widow” will be added in July.
  • A Disney Plus subscription costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

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With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Raya and the Last Dragon” was the second Premier Access title, and “Cruella” is the latest to debut on the streaming service.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

Premier Access debuted with the release of “Mulan” on September 4, 2020. “Raya and the Last Dragon” followed on March 5, 2021, and “Cruella” became the third Premier Access title on May 28, 2021.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

That said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access windows for “Mulan” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” were both three months. “Cruella” is also set to have a three-month window, beginning on May 28 and lasting through August 27.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video. After the 90 days, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus has announced plans to release “Black Widow” and “Jungle Cruise” through Premier Access. Both movies will be available to stream on the same day they’re released in theaters.

“Black Widow” will be available with Premier Access on July 9. “Jungle Cruise” will follow on July 30.

Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though “Mulan” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” debuted exclusively as Disney Plus Premier Access titles, their exclusivity periods were only temporary. Both movies became available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiered.

It’s currently unknown if “Cruella” will remain exclusive to Disney Plus or if it will get a similar expanded release after a limited exclusivity window.

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