December 10 was the Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day 2020, a day dedicated to updating investors of the past year’s activity, and a glance at the future of the company. Here is what we learned during this year’s Investor Day “Stream”.
Disney Surpasses 85 Million Disney+ Subscribers: In fact, Disney announced that they were able to secure 86.8 million subscribers as of December 2020. This number jumped a few million since our last check-in with the numbers back in Fall 2020.
Raya and the Last Dragon Arrives in Theaters and Disney+ in March 2021: Like the recently released Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon will be available on Disney+ for an extra one-time fee. Disney saw some success with this method and has since released Mulan for all subscribers on Disney+. Raya will be released on March 5, 2021, in both theaters and on Disney+.
Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka Series Coming Disney+: Thanks in part to the huge success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ will receive two new Star Wars series: Ahsoka and Rangers of the New Republic. Both shows are set for a late 2021 release.
Even More Star Wars Coming to Disney+: In addition to the newly announced Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka series, Disney confirmed that the anticipated Andor series was set for a 2022 release. Obi-Wan, a series that follows Obi-Wan Kenobi also received some major updates. We now know that Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan. Star Wars: Visions, a new anime series from Star Wars was also announced.
Two Disney Classics Will Receive Their Own Disney+ Series: Beauty and the Beast will bring back Josh Gad and Luke Evans, and with the help of Alan Menken, in a new series that will follow a “prequel” to the fan-favorite film, Beauty and the Beast. The Swiss Family Robinson film will also be adapted into a new Disney+ series.
Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers (Andy Samberg, John Mulaney, Seth Rogan)
Pinocchio (Tom Hanks) (Live Action)
Peter Pan and Wendy
Sister Act 3 (Whoopi Goldeberg)
Hocus Pocus 2
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) (5th film in the series)
Disney Animation Studios
Baymax Big Hero 6 (Animated Series )
Zootopia+ (Short Series) (Spring 2022)
Tiana from Princess and the Frog (musical comedy series) (2023)
Moana (musical comedy series) (2023)
Iwaju (Kugali + Disney Animation series)
Burrow (short) (2020)
Pixar Popcorn: Mini Shorts of familiar Pixar characters (2021)
Dug Days (“UP” series) (2021)
Mater and Lightning McQueen Road Trip (series)
Win or Lose (long-form series) (2023)
Luca (in theaters June 2021)
Turning Red (2022)
Doctor Strange the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (series)
Black Widow (2021)
Loki (series) (2021)
What If? (animated series)
Shang Chi (2021)
Captain Marvel 2
Moon Night (series)
Armor Wars (series)
Guardians of the Galaxy (holiday special) (2023)
I Am Groot (series)
Thor Love and Thunder
Antman and the Wasp Quanumania
Black Panther (July 8, 2022)
Pricing for Disney+ in the United States will go up by $1.00 to $7.99. The price hike will take place in March 2021. European Disney+ pricing will also increase by two Euros.
Disney originally planned to spend between $2-$4 billion on content for Disney+ but is now expecting to spend more than $8-$9 billion.
Disney expects losses on Disney+ to peak in 2021 and quickly turn to profitability in 2024. With all profits made up to 2024, the intent is for Disney to reinvest the money back into original content for Disney+.
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What upcoming Disney+ film or series are you most excited for?