All the new shows you can watch on Disney Plus — from 'The Mandalorian' to 'The Right Stuff'10/21/2020
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- Disney Plus has a ton of new shows based on big franchises, like Star Wars, Marvel, and High School Musical.
- The service also offers a lot of non-fiction shows and documentaries, including "The World According to Jeff Goldblum," "Encore!" with Kristen Bell, and a program all about Disney Imagineering.
- Disney Plus costs $69.99 a year for an annual subscription or $6.99 a month for a monthly subscription, and there's also a package with ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99 a month.
- Since there's so much to watch, we rounded up all the new shows available exclusively on Disney Plus.
- For more detailed on impressions on the service, check out our Disney Plus review here.
Disney Plus has a lot of new shows to stream. There are spin-offs, sequels, prequels, documentaries, and even mockumentaries to choose from.
Highlights from the current lineup include exclusive titles from the Star Wars franchise, like the "The Mandalorian," as well as new docuseries, like "Encore!" and "The World According to Jeff Goldblum."
Though the platform's library of original titles isn't as large as Netflix's collection, more new programs are in the works, including shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a series based on the "Percy Jackson" novels, and a continuation of "The Mighty Ducks" franchise.
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 programs.
Updated on 10/21/2020 by Steven Cohen: Added details about "The Right Stuff," as well as new release dates for several shows.
What is Disney Plus?
Disney's streaming subscription service gives members unlimited access to a growing library of ad-free movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National 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 it cost?
There are three pricing plans for Disney Plus: $6.99 a month, $69.99 a year, or $12.99 a month if you get a package deal with ESPN+ and Hulu. If you go with an annual plan, you end up paying about $14 less per year than you would with the monthly plan.
You can check out a more detailed breakdown of Disney Plus prices over here.
Does Disney Plus have any new shows?
Disney Plus has a growing collection of original series developed exclusively for the service.
The ambitious lineup of offerings already includes shows like "High School the Musical the Musical the Series," "Forky Asks a Question," "The Imagineering Story," "Encore!," "The Mandalorian," "Diary of a Future President," and "The Right Stuff."
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 2020 include the new Marvel series "WandaVision." Other originals in the works include scripted comedies, like reboots of "Lizzie McGuire" and "The Mighty Ducks," and new animated shows from Pixar, such as "Monsters at Work." Subscribers can also look forward to more spin-off shows from the Star Wars franchise, as well as a new adaptation of the "Percy Jackson" novels.
To help subscribers 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:
Star Wars shows
"The Mandalorian" – season two premieres October 30
"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 eight-episode first season is now available to stream, and a second season is set to premiere on October 30.
"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" – 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.
Cassian Andor Project – To be announced
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 downward spiral that is "Rogue One."
Obi-Wan Kenobi Project – To be announced
Ewan McGregor returns in the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in this as-yet titled Kenobi series set eight years after the events of "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith." Filming won't begin until 2020 and episodes won't be ready for streaming until probably 2021 at the earliest.
"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" – November 20
The documentary series "Marvel's 616" will do a deep dive into the real-world context of Marvel's stories and characters via history and culture. A diverse group of filmmakers will tackle each episode.
"WandaVision" – December 2020
"WandaVision" will feature an original take on Marvel content, a wild mix of classic sitcom style with Marvel storytelling. Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch) stars alongside Paul Bettany (Vision), Randall Park (Jimmy Woo from "Ant-Man and the Wasp"), and Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis from "Thor: The Dark World"), among others.
"The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" – TBA 2021
"The Falcon and Winter Soldier" will reportedly take place after Captain America passes on his duties to Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The Falcon will be joined by Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), who will most likely be struggling with his past. Other cast members include Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker. The show was initially set to premiere in August 2020, but production has been delayed due to the coronavirus. An exact release date has not been announced.
"Loki" – Spring 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") have also joined the cast in unspecified roles.
"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.
"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.
"Moon Knight" – To be announced
"Moon Knight," a cloaked avenger named Mark Specter, suffers from multiple personalities and questionable instincts.
'The Right Stuff – available now
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.
The first episode of "The Right Stuff" premiered on October 9, and new episodes are added every Friday. The first season will consist of eight episodes.
'Percy Jackson' – to be announced
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.
'The Mighty Ducks' – to be announced
Disney has ordered a new series based on "The Mighty Ducks" films. The show will star Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls") as Alex. Brady Noon will play her son Evan. After Evan is cut from the Mighty Ducks youth hockey team in Minnesota, Alex decides to put together her own hockey team with her son.
Emilio Estevez, who starred as coach Gordon Bombay in the original "Mighty Ducks" movies, is set to reprise his role in the new streaming show. An exact release date hasn't been announced yet, but "The Mighty Ducks" is set to feature 10 episodes in its first season.
'Lizzie McGuire' – to be announced
Hilary Duff is reprising her role as the lovable Lizzie McGuire.
In the sequel to the original show (which ended in 2004), we meet up with Lizzie, now a 30-year-old millennial figuring out her life in New York City. Though production on the new series is currently paused while the studio looks for a new showrunner, the program is still expected to move forward on Disney Plus.
'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' – available now
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." A second season has already been ordered with a total of 12 new episodes set to debut later this year.
'Diary of a Future President' – available now
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.
'Short Circuit' – available now
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.
All new Pixar shows
"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" – 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 2021.
Non-fiction, documentary, and variety series
"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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