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Disney+ panel at D23 Expo 2019 shares new details on upcoming content

by Brittani Tuttle

The first major panel of D23 Expo 2019 happened this evening, and it brought some exciting new details on what fans can expect from Disney+, Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.

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Launching on Nov. 12, 2019 in the U.S., the streaming service will offer the entire Pixar library within the first year of launch, along with all Disney animated classics currently in the vault. The platform will launch at $6.99 per month or $69 per year in the U.S.

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When the service launches, users will be able to create up to seven profiles on one account, and Disney+ can be streamed on up to four different devices at once. You can sign in with one account on up to 10 different devices, and the streaming service will offer unlimited downloads for offline viewing. Subscribers will get to enjoy 4K Ultra HD video playback in Dolby Vision ultra-vivid imaging, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos immersive audio on supported devices when the programming allows it.

The best part, though? Once content is added to Disney+, it stays on Disney+. For good.

Disney Channel and Disney Junior fans will also have access to their favorite content, with 5,000 episodes from both networks and 100 Disney Channel Original Movies available to stream.

Disney fans will see classic IP come back to life with various revival projects, including the movie “Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the World” and a new, all-grown-up “Lizzie McGuire” series with Hillary Duff returning to the titular role. The new “Lizzie McGuire” series will see our teenage heroine turning 30 and living in New York City with her dream job and dream guy.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series | Official Trailer | Disney+

As for the previously-announced “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” the series will feature 10 episodes and be set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed. The show will follow a group of students as they count down to opening night of their school’s first-ever production of “High School Musical.”

Those who enjoyed this summer’s “Toy Story 4” will delight in a new series of shorts called “Forky Asks a Question,” in which, you guessed, it, Forky asks questions. One short was shown during the Disney+ panel, in which Forky asked Hamm “What is money?”

Pixar fans will get the animated workplace comedy they’ve always dreamed of with “Monsters at Work,” inspired by the classic “Monsters, Inc.” The show begins on the first day of the monsters switching over from scream power to laugh power, and will star new monsters we haven’t met yet alongside special appearances from Mike and Sulley (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman).

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As for Marvel, much, if not all, of its Disney+ was revealed during the Phase Four panel at San Diego Comic-Con this summer. One of the shows, “What If…?” will be an animated series about alternate happenings in the MCU.

One episode will ask “What If Captain America was a zombie?” Another will be “What if Peggy Carter were Captain Britain?,” featuring a skinny Steve Rogers in an Iron Man-type suit. The series will premiere in 2021.

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The live-action “Loki” series starring Tom Hiddleston in his iconic role will feature six hour-long episodes. The series will explore what happened to the villain/anti-hero when he created a new timeline by stealing the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame.” “Loki” will debut on the platform in 2021.

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“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” series will feature a face we haven’t seen in a while: Sharon Carter, the niece of Peggy Carter. The show will also debut a new character named John Walker, better known as the hero U.S. Agent from the comics. This series will premiere in 2020.

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During the D23 Expo panel, “WandaVision” was described as “half sitcom, half MCU adventure.” The show will also feature the characters Darcy Lewis (you might remember her from the first two “Thor” films, played by Kat Dennings) and Agent Jimmy Woo (who you’ll remember from “Ant-Man and The Wasp”). This series will premiere in 2021.

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As a surprise, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, revealed three more Marvel original series that would make their way to Disney+: “Ms. Marvel,” “Moon Knight,” and “She-Hulk.”

Another surprising announcement during the panel was the reveal of a hidden-camera show called “Pixar in Real Life,” which follows the misadventures of people dressed as Pixar characters in various cities.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum | Official Trailer | Disney+ | Streaming November 12

A new, travel series from National Geographic called “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” is also on the way, with 12 episodes planned.

Encore! | Official Trailer | Disney+

A new series called “Encore!” is also planned for the service, in which host Kristen Bell reunites former castmates of high school musicals and tasks them with performing their show once again.

An original film called “Stargirl,” based on the young adult novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli, is also planned to launch in early 2020. Another film based on a book written by Stephan Pastis, called “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” is also in the works for early 2020.

Lady and the Tramp | Official Trailer | Disney+ | Streaming November 12

Fans attending the panel got to see the trailer for the upcoming live-action retelling of “Lady and the Tramp,” starring Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie, “Thor: Ragnarok”) as Lady and Justin Theroux (writer, “Iron Man 2;” Master Codebreaker, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) as Tramp. Even the dogs who play the title roles made an appearance!

Another dog film will also make its way to Disney+, called “Togo”- starring Willem Defoe! “Togo” will tell a true story set in the winter of 1925 across the dangerous terrain of the Alaskan tundra. The film is set to launch on the platform in December.

Noelle | Official Trailer | Disney+ | Streaming November 12

A new holiday film called “Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, will be available at the service’s launch. In the film, Noelle (Kendrick) is the daughter of Santa Claus, and her brother (Hader) is next in line for the big red bag but runs away from the role – and she has to bring him back.

If you’ve been reading this entire time and wondering where the Muppets are, you’ve come to the right paragraph! An unscripted, short-form series called “Muppets Now” will debut on Disney+ in 2020.

A new half-hour single-camera comedy called “Diary of a Female President” was also teased, which follows 12-year-old Cuban-American Elena’s journey through middle school, which sets her on the path to become President of the United States. The series stars Tess Romero as Elena and features Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) as Executive Producer and guest star.

Now, onto what we’ve all been waiting for: Star Wars! Disney+ will have every Star Wars film available to stream within the first year of launch. The new season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will premiere in February 2020 with 12 new episodes.

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The Star Wars canon as we know it now has been divided up into three ages: Age of Republic, Age of Rebellion, and Age of Resistance.

Cassian Andor and K-2SO will star in a yet-untitled live-action series for Disney+, which begins shooting in London in 2020. Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk will reprise their roles. The series is currently in development, and will follow Cassian’s adventures as a rebel spy during before the events of “A New Hope.”

Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni arrived on the scene to discuss the highly-anticipated live-action Star Wars series, “The Mandalorian,” which will be available at launch on Disney+. The series takes place after “Return of the Jedi” and will feature eight episodes plus a new set of characters.

The Mandalorian | Official Trailer | Disney+ | Streaming Nov. 12

To close out the panel, the one and only Ewan McGregor arrived to share that an untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series is coming to Disney+! McGregor confirmed that he is returning to the role and will begin shooting next year. The series will take place eight years after the events of “Revenge of the Sith” and during “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”


We’ll have much more coverage throughout D23 Expo 2019, so be sure to stay tuned to our website, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube channel for the latest updates.

Disney+ Panel Highlights from D23 Expo 2019

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