Happy Disney Plus Day 2022! This is the second year of the streaming service's global celebration, which gives fans many treats in the form of new releases, trailers, teasers and announcements.
The festivities began Thursday (Sept. 8) at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT / 8 p.m. BST with the streaming premiere of the latest MCU entry, Thor: Love and Thunder, as well as a new adaptation of Pinocchio, an Obi-Wan Kenobi making-of documentary, Frozen and Frozen 2 sing-alongs, a Simpsons special and a Cars series reuniting Lightning McQueen and Mater. They're among the slate of new movies and shows to watch this weekend.
We hoped to get some trailers, teasers, footage or announcements about upcoming Marvel movies and series like Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Star Wars shows like The Mandalorian season 3, and more Pixar projects. But none of that happened.
Disney theme parks are also offering perks for subscribers, including early entry to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, celebratory photo opportunities, entertainment, culinary delights, and more. Additionally, special screenings of Disney movies will play in select AMC Theaters from September 8-19.
Keep up with all the House of Mouse goodies with our Disney Plus Day 2022 live blog. We'll share all the latest trailers and exclusives as they drop.
Disney Plus Day's biggest news so far
Disney Plus Day is over, but get ready for more news, as the Marvel D23 showcase is coming to hopefully show us more about the Fantastic Four movie and more. Check out our D23 2022 schedule for dates and times for Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.
Thor: Love and Thunder is now on Disney Plus. The Marvel movie took a little longer to hit the streaming service than we anticipated. Fans have noticed that some of the CGI has changed along the way to Disney Plus, and arguably not for the better.
BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage — LA was today's big surprise for the BTS ARMY. Comprised of footage shot at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi Stadium in late 2021, it's filled with the South Korean boy band playing all the hits.
Andor has a new speak peek, but you need Disney plus to watch it. It's a nine-minute package that was shown in front of Rogue One's recent IMAX re-release. In it, you'll see a scene where Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) meets Cassian (Diego Luna) for (apparently) the very first time.
Dancing with the Stars season 31's cast reveal was filled with stars of both the silver screen and reality TV, and you can see it for yourself on Disney Plus.
Welcome to our Disney Plus Day 2022 live blog! We'll be updating this page regularly with all the news as it happens, so check back to see what's been announced.
As expected, Disney Plus has dropped a ton of content right at 3 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. BST.
The biggest title is Thor: Love and Thunder, which makes its streaming premiere. The MCU film first landed in theaters on July 8 and has grossed over $755 million worldwide. Now, you can watch (or re-watch) from the comfort of home!
Other Disney Plus Day new releases include:
Pinocchio: Director Robert Zemeckis mixes live action and animation in the latest adaptation of the classic tale, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto and Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy.
She-Hulk: Disney Plus Day is also the She-Hulk episode 4 release date.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi's Return: Go behind the scenes of the making of the series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Frozen and Frozen 2 Sing-Alongs: No, Disney will never "Let It Go." The animated blockbuster movies are getting new sing-along versions.
Want more? You got it. Other new Disney Plus additions include:
Cars on the Road: Lightning McQueen and Mater embark on a journey to meet with Mater's sister.
Welcome to the Club: Lisa Simpson wants to be a Disney princess but discovers she might like breaking bad more.
Assembled: Thor: Love and Thunder: The latest installment of the series goes behind the scenes of the MCU movie.
Tierra Incógnita: The Argentinian horror series follows a teen as he investigates the mystery of his parents' disappearance in a rundown theme park.
Dancing with the Stars: The Pros' Most Memorable Dances: A look back at 20 unforgettable dance routines drawn from 30 seasons of the reality competition series.
Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory: The National Geographic docu-series sees the explorer immersing himself in the lives of wild animals.
Growing Up: Each episode of the docu-series uses innovative filmmaking techniques to chronicle one teen's coming-of-age story.
Remembering: The short film follows an idea lost by a writer (Brie Larson) into the World of Imagination.
What else can fans expect from Disney Plus Day 2022? If this year's virtual party is like last year's, then the House of Mouse will unveil a bunch of trailers, teasers and announcements about upcoming projects from Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar.
Last year brought an Obi-Wan Kenobi teaser, as well as new footage from Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight.
This year, we're hoping for a teaser or really just anything about The Mandalorian season 3. The drought has been long and fans are thirsty!
We'd also love to get more info about Loki season 2 or whether there will be a Ms. Marvel season 2.
It looks like Disney Plus day is now in full swing. We've already seen some anticipated, but not unexpected titles hit the service, though Disney had a couple of surprises up its sleeve. The biggest of which is the release of BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage — LA.
That is a concert movie from one of the biggest bands in the world, South Korean boyband BTS. The movie was filmed at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi Stadium in late 2021, and features the band performing some of their biggest hits. That, of course, includes the Grammy-nominated Permission to Dance, which shares its name with the show.
If you, or someone you know, is a BTS fanatic, then this is going to be two hours well spent. And it's available right now, in full, on Disney Plus.
Another surprise release for Disney Plus day isn't a huge surprise, but it's still a welcome one. There is a nine-minute sneak preview of the next big Star Wars TV series, Andor, for you to check out. But only on Disney Plus, because after all today isn't YouTube day.
The special includes a behind-the-scenes look at the show, with creator Tony Gilroy and Cassian Andor actor Diego Luna, alongside an extended clip from what appears to be the first episode. That features Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) seemingly meeting Cassian for the very first time. Finally, in case you weren't hyped up for the show enough, it ends with a trailer.
Andor is a prequel to Rogue One, and showcases who Cassian is and why he became such an ardent believer in the rebellion. A side plot focuses on rebel leader, and Galactic Senator, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) as she navigates the perils of politics in the age of the Empire.
The show hits Disney Plus on September 21, with a three-episode premiere.
It wouldn't be a big Disney Plus event without another Simpsons short to go with it. This time Lisa has her heart set on transforming into the ultimate Disney princess. Unfortunately princesses always end up in the path of villains, who are looking to corrupt Lisa and show her how much fun being a villain really is.
Of course this is The Simpsons, and they're not above lampooning their corporate owners. Combine that with an array of villainous cameos, and you have "Welcome to the Club". Thankfully it's a heck of a lot better than some of the other Simpsons shorts we've had since Disney Plus launched.
We're still waiting to see if Disney Plus Day brings us a new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. We are hopeful considering D23 Expo is also this weekend, but this is still a waiting game. That said, if you're into Wakanda's premier superhero, you'll be happy to hear that a big ol' Lego set was announced this morning.
As you can see above, it's a bust of T'Challa from the first movie, complete with the cross-armed Wakandan salute. That's optional though, so you can display this bad boy with or without the claws. It's certainly a step-up from Lego's helmet collection, not that we're complaining about them.
The set will arrive on October 1, giving you ample time to build it before the next movie. It does cost $350, which is a lot, but the set is 19-inches high and is made up of 2,961 pieces.
🎵Do you wanna annoy some parents?🎵 We suspect Disney is about to do just that over the coming weekend, now that Disney has added sing-along versions of Frozen and Frozen II.
That's another Disney Plus Day treat — listening to your children singing an off-key versions of Let it Go or the snowman-building song. Now might be a good time to familiarize yourself with how to set-up Disney Plus parental controls, and see if you can block them from watching Frozen ever again.
At least not without your explicit permission, and only after the noise-cancelling headphones arrive.
Arguably the most controversial trend of the past several years is Disney's focus on making live-action versions of its animated classics. The newest one is Pinocchio, and arrived today as part of the Disney Plus Day celebrations.
We haven't seen the movie yet, so we can't say how good it is or whether it deviates from the 1940 original. But judging from past live action remakes, Pinocchio is going to be pretty close to the original — even if some Tom's Guide staff find the CGI puppet rather unnerving.
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth plays the titular puppet, while Tom Hanks plays his father Geppetto. Jiminy Cricket is voiced by Joseph Gordon Levitt, while Cynthia Erivo takes on the role of the Blue Fairy. Also starring is Keegan-Michael Key, Lorraine Bracco and Luke Evans.
Of course if you're not into Disney's live action strategy, the original animated Pinocchio is still readily available on Disney Plus.
There's a good amount of new content arriving as part of the Disney Plus Day celebrations. As much as we'd like to watch Thor: Love and Thunder or a remake of Pinocchio, there's also Remembering — a short starring Brie Larson.
Larson plays a writer that forgets an idea because her pesky phone rings. But rather that being lost forever, that light ends up in the hand's of the writer's inner child. Cue a journey through the world of imagination over the course of eight minutes.
But this is more than just a short because you can bring some of that magic out into the real world. Sort of, anyway, because it's all done with augmented reality and it's only available on iOS devices. Click the link to go to the Disney Remembering webpage, or click here to go straight to the App Store.