Finally the news we have all been (not so patiently) waiting for: Disney+ will officially land in the UK on March 31, 2020. Disney announced the news on Twitter on Thursday night, confirming that the streaming service will be available in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
Let's rewind a little bit and explain exactly what we can expect from the new streaming service when it launches. In August, Disney held its biennial D23 convention, which is basically its version of Comic-Con, and as expected, the expo was three days filled with exciting announcements relating to Disney. The announcements came in thick and fast throughout the weekend, and it was hard to not get caught up in the whirlwind of details.
First came the Marvel news. Disney confirmed that a fully fledged Marvel land is in the works at Disneyland in California, then it teased us with more details for the Black Panther sequel, and we are still reeling about all the Marvel TV series that will be dropping onto its new streaming platform, Disney+. But, as you'll know if you were following the expo as closely as we were, the Marvel news is just the tip of the iceberg.
Hilary Duff blew our minds when she confirmed a Lizzie McGuire reboot. We squealed with glee while watching the trailer for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and the first glimpse of the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp was just as (maybe even more) cute as we expected. But with all of the exciting news, it was easy to miss the fact that the UK was left off the list of countries that will get access to Disney+ when it launches in the US later this year. Wait . . . what?
Back in August, Disney also announced the Disney+ launch dates for the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands (on Tuesday, Nov. 12), and for Australia and New Zealand (a week later on Tuesday, Nov. 19), which is considerably earlier than the UK and Ireland release in March 2020. Unfortunately, that means we won't be able to watch the wonderful-looking Christmas film, Noelle, starring Anna Kendrick until well after the holiday season. It also means we'll have to wait five whole months before watching the highly anticipated Disney+ original Star Wars series, The Mandarlorian, which will begin streaming in the US from Nov. 12.
As for whether we'll have access to the full suite of TV shows and movies when it does finally launch in March, well, Disney is still figuring that out. As expected though, Disney has confirmed that titles available on the service may vary by territory.