Though Disney Plus continues to attract millions of subscribers, it’s been a tough year for Disney as a whole. From amusement parks to movies, the pandemic has thwarted many of the Magical Kingdom’s plans. However, the entertainment giant decided to change that narrative during Disney’s Investor Day. The company’s executives addressed stockholders and Disney fans alike during the webcast event that lasted over three hours, revealing a loaded schedule of glorious content.
The biggest reveal of the day? Disney will continue to go heavy-handed on all things “Star Wars.” A slate of new shows, some very much anticipated and others sending a shock of thrill and joy to longtime fans, are coming to Disney Plus.
Streaming in a Galaxy Near You
Guided by the success of “The Mandalorian,” Disney decided to go all-in on the galaxy’s favorite space opera. In all, fans can look forward to 10 new “Star Wars” shows coming exclusively to Disney Plus, including the previously announced Cassian Andor series, the Obi-Wan series (with Ewan McGregor and [surprise!] Hayden Christensen reprising their roles), a story set to the timeline of “The Mandalorian” called “Rangers of the New Republic,” and “Ahsoka,” a series dedicated to fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano (played masterfully by Rosario Dawson). “Ahsoka” will also be set within the timeline of “The Mandalorian.”
Rounding out the “Star Wars” content coming to Disney Plus is “Andor,” “Lando” (based on the lovable rogue, Lando Calrissian), “The Acolyte,” and “A Droid Story,” the first original Disney Plus “Star Wars” film. For fans of animation, “The Bad Batch” and “Star Wars Visions” are sure to quench that animated thirst.
In terms of release dates, the shows are scheduled to drop periodically throughout 2021 and 2022.
Price Hike and More Disney Plus Content Coming
There is a caveat to this deluge of new content. (What, you thought tons of new “Star Wars” content would come without giving in just a smidge to the Dark Side?) All the new nerdom coming your way will be accompanied by a price increase. But fear not, Disney Plus will only bump up its subscription fee to a modest $7.99 a month from its previous $6.99, a change that will take place beginning March.
Customers who bundle their Disney Plus subscription will also see their fees increase by $1. With this increase, Disney Plus is still well on the affordable end when compared to its competition. Maybe that explains the recent struggles of Netflix.
On the, ahem, plus side, along with the torrent of new “Star Wars” content, fans can look forward to 15 Disney or Pixar films coming straight to Disney’s streaming service and 10 upcoming Marvel series.
That $1 increase is starting to look like a steal.
Marvel Shows at Last!
Disney has long teased various Marvel stories, many of which will connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but had to shake up their schedule as a result of the pandemic and theater closures. Because a breadth of these series will directly impact the narrative of upcoming Marvel movies, Disney had to push back show release dates along with movie release dates, so as not to compromise the stories’ timeline.
First on the docket, “WandaVision.” The Scarlet Witch and Vision series is set to drop on January 15, 2021, followed closely by “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” coming March 19, 2021.
Since its launch last year, Disney has focused tremendous resources on bolstering its streaming service. Over 87 million subscribers later, it looks like those efforts are paying off.