Disney Plus: Cruella, movies, shows and everything else to know

Disney Plus has a deep library of shows and movies, buzzy originals and (sometimes) big-screen movies to watch the same time they first hit theaters. Jungle Cruise and Marvel’s Black Widow are available on the streaming service for an extra fee, and Cruella just became available for all subscribers at no extra cost.

These same-day streaming releases of new movies may be a thing of the past now.

Most programming on Disney Plus — like Luca, Loki, The Mandalorian, WandaVision and almost everything else — is available to watch at no added cost. Jungle Cruise, Black Widow and Cruella were different. They debuted on the service through the Premier Access model, which requires a $30 payment on top of the regular price of a Disney Plus subscription.

But Disney’s latest theatrical releases are hitting cinemas exclusively at first, casting doubt on whether Disney Plus will keep this Premier Access, same-day streaming option alive for more movies in the future. Free Guy was released only in theaters earlier this month, and Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals are set to be theatrical exclusive when they come out Sept. 3 and Nov. 5, respectively.

Also, keep in mind: Disney Plus raised prices this year, and last year it eliminated its seven-day free trial for new members. As of late March, Disney Plus’ monthly subscription now costs $8 in the US, a price increase of $1 a month. Its annual plan went up by $10, to $80 a year. And Disney’s three-service bundle — combining streaming access to HuluDisney Plus and ESPN Plus — also went up $1 a month. But the monthly rate of Disney Plus is still roughly half the price of HBO Max and compares with Netflix’s cheapest tier, which is $9 a month.

When will Cruella, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise be ‘free’ on Disney Plus?

Cruella just unlocked as part of the regular Disney Plus catalog Friday, available for any subscribers to watch at no extra charge.

Black Widow is scheduled to become part of the standard catalog on Oct. 6. Jungle Cruise is joining the regular catalog on Nov. 12.

Some people refer to these as the dates they’ll be “free” to watch, but everything on Disney Plus still requires a paid subscription…Read more>>