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When will Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker be on Disney Plus?

Rey in The Rise of Skywalker
(Image credit: Lucasfilm/

While some fans didn't love Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I'm ready for it to hit Disney Plus already. But if you've been streaming the recent Star Wars movies lately, you might also have a slight doubt, thinking it might hit Netflix first (as The Last Jedi is still there).

However, I can confirm that The Rise of Skywalker is going to stream exclusively on Disney Plus, and will not come to Netflix. Fortunately, we've got some data points to draw from. 

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While Disney's live action remakes of its animated movies don't get the royal treatment that, say, a Star Wars or Marvel movie receive, the recent Aladdin and The Lion King films arrive next month (January 2020). Polygon notes that these films are coming six months after their theatrical releases.

This suggests Disney Plus could get the 9th episode of the Skywalker Saga next year. As for when, it wouldn't be a bad guess to think they'll arrive in summer. Looking at the Disney Star Wars Blu-ray release dates (digital releases arrive within 1-2 months of physical copies), we see that each of Disney's Star Wars films hit store shelves within 4 months of the theatrical version's release. 

As for when it shall arrive outside of Disney's walls, Episode 9 comes to digital streaming on March 17 and Blu-ray on March 31.

For more, check out our guide to watching the Star Wars movies in order.

Recent Star Wars movie release dates

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 

Theatrical release: December 18, 2015

Blu-ray: Apr 05, 2016

Gap: Less than 4 months 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Theatrical release: December 16, 2016

Blu-ray: Apr 04, 2017

Gap: Less than 4 months

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Theatrical release: December 15, 2017

Blu-ray: Mar 27, 2018

Gap: Less than 4 months

Solo: A Star Wars Story 

Theatrical Release: May 10, 2018

Blu-ray: Sep 25, 2018

Gap: Less than 4 months

Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

Theatrical Release: December 20, 2019

Blu-ray: March 31, 2020

Gap: Less than 4 months

The Rise of Skywalker is the first big Disney movie released while Disney Plus is active, so its streaming release date should give us a clue to how long we'll have to wait for future blockbusters to hit the service. Stay tuned to Tom's Guide for all things Disney Plus.