It’s finally happening – Disney has confirmed that Disney+ will be available in South Africa (SA) in 2022!
A Brief History
The Walt Disney Company‘s streaming service, Disney+, launched in 2019 and has been available to 18 countries across Europe and the US. While it has been available in some regions, others have been left without it. There have been rumours since its launch about expanding its footprint, however, this wasn’t much more than hopeful speculation.
Many South Africans (including myself) have been eagerly waiting for the streaming service to come to SA, while those less patient have found workarounds using a VPN.
When and Where is Disney+ Launching Exactly?
Disney has officially confirmed that Disney+ will launch in 42 countries and 11 new territories on 18 May 2022. New countries include South Africa, Turkey, Poland and the United Arab Emirates.
Below is the full list of countries that will soon be getting Disney+:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- Vatican City
What Disney+ Offers:
Disney+ boasts a massive range of content from the classic animations like The Little Mermaid, to newer movies like Cruella and Encanto. The streaming service also has tonnes of exclusive series and movies. As you already probably know, it’s not just The Walt Disney Studio content that is available – films, series, and documentaries from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star are also on Disney+. Through Star, it offers the latest from 20th Century Studios, Disney Television Studios, FX, Searchlight Pictures, and more.
Here are some of the upcoming releases on Disney+ to look forward to:
How Much Will It Cost?
The price for Disney+ in South Africa is from R119 per month. This is in keeping with what other streaming services charge. There are also bundle packages that allow subscribers to stream hulu and ESPN content as well, though it is not clear at this stage whether South Africans will have access to this option.
South Africans can expect Disney+ to be available from 18 May 2022. In the meantime, you can visit disneyplus.com to see what we have coming our way. Follow Disney+ on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok to start planning your Disney watching marathon.