Back in April of this year, Disney revealed the pricing and November 12 launch date for Disney+. This left fans with only one question: “When can we sign up?” The answer is next month’s D23 Expo (August 23-25).
Disney has just announced all Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ events for D23 Expo. There will be a Disney+ Pavillion on the show floor that will offer attendees a look at how the app works and the first opportunity to subscribe. There will be a special offer for those who sign up at D23 Expo, but we do not have details on exactly what that offer will be.
Presumably, the special offer will include some kind of discount. It could take the form of lower monthly and/or annual rates, or perhaps a free month for those sign up for the annual package in advance (giving them 13 months instead of 12). The announced monthly and annual rates for Disney+ are $6.99 and $69.99, respectively.
The press release mentions Expo attendees and D23 members being eligible for the special offer, so there may be an online offer for D23 members who are not at the Expo.
The Disney+ Pavillion will also feature costumes from upcoming original series. It’s probably a little too early for Marvel Studios to factor into that (though we’ll still hold out a little hope), but costumes from The Mandalorian should be present.
For more details on Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ events happening at D23 Expo, see the full press release below.
Disney+ to Give First Public Preview of App Experience,
Star-Studded Hall D23 Showcase Hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown,
and Sneak Peek Screening of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
BURBANK, Calif. (July 30, 2019) – For the first time ever, three of Disney’s signature streaming services, Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu, will showcase their variety of original and exclusive content through immersive show floor pavilions, live demos, never-before-seen content, and special experiences at D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California. Guests will be the first to experience Disney+ before it launches in the U.S. on November 12. They will also get to step into the world of ESPN+ Original shows with an interactive exhibit, and discover costumes and show props from Hulu’s award-winning original content and on-demand streaming library.
On the Expo show floor, the Disney+ Pavilion will offer guests demonstrations of the live Disney+ app as experienced across mobile and connected TV devices, showcasing the unprecedented collection of entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Guests will also see costumes and props from Disney+ Originals and have the opportunity to subscribe to the service with a special offer available exclusively to Expo attendees and D23 Members.
Off of the show floor, Disney+ will make its debut appearance in the 6,800-seat Hall D23 and D23 Expo Arena venues:
Disney+ First Look Showcase
Friday, August 23, 3:30 p.m., Hall D23
Fans won’t want to miss this exclusive preview of Disney+ and its exciting slate of original films and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Yvette Nicole Brown (Lady and the Tramp, Elena of Avalor) will host this star-studded presentation packed with never-before-seen content, surprise guests, performances, and reveals, including a first look at Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Sneak Peek Screening and Panel
Friday, August 23, 5:30 p.m., D23 Arena
Before the global phenomenon returns in a brand-new series on Disney+, Expo guests are invited to a special advance screening of the first episode and panel with the talented new cast on the arena stage.
At the ESPN+ Pavilion guests will have the opportunity to see and connect with exciting original content, with two interactive exhibits dedicated to new programs making their ESPN+ debut this summer, Peyton’s Places (with five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning) and SneakerCenter.
Peyton’s Places: Peyton’s Places is a 30-episode documentary series hosted by Peyton Manning, exclusively on ESPN+. Produced by ESPN+ and NFL Films, the series offers a fun, insightful tour through 100 years of football, following the sport and the league’s rise to an American cultural touchstone. For nearly a year, Manning has crisscrossed the country, visiting the people and places that have played an important part in the making of the NFL—highlighting memorable events, teams, players, and trends over the past century. Peyton’s Places begins streaming on ESPN+ in late July.
SneakerCenter: SneakerCenter is a series devoted to sneaker culture across sports, entertainment, and more. Told by the star athletes, artists, enthusiasts, and brands powering the global sneaker marketplace, each episode of SneakerCenter will be anchored by a unique narrative, supported by a rotating set of “mixtape-style” segments that take fans deep into every aspect of the sneaker movement. Directed by award-winning filmmaker and acclaimed author Bobbito García, a special preview episode featuring NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is streaming now, with the full series premiering in the fall.
The Hulu Pavilion will be home to more than 20 iconic costumes and artifacts, including the famous red robe worn by the likes of Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale, paintings featured in season one of Castle Rock, and George Clooney’s Catch-22 costume. In addition to costumes, visitors to the interactive exhibit will be able to get a close look at show props from upcoming Hulu Originals like Little Fires Everywhere and select shows found in Hulu’s streaming library, such as The Good Doctor, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Goldbergs.
Disney+ Pavilion Stage Programming
Additionally, the Disney+ Pavilion Stage will host three full days of panels, highlighting the service’s diverse originals and its collection of beloved movies and shows, along with special ESPN+ panel programming.
The tentative schedule is as follows with times subject to change:
Friday, August 23
10 a.m. ESPN+ Presents Peyton’s Places Special Screening and NFL 100th Anniversary Trivia
12 p.m. Walt Disney Animation Studios Panel with Eric Goldberg and Mark Henn
12:30 p.m. The World According to Jeff Goldblum Q&A with Jeff Goldblum
1:15 p.m. Phineas and Ferb Conversation with Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
Saturday, August 24
10 a.m. ESPN+ Presents SneakerCenter Panel moderated by show director Bobbito Garcia
11 p.m. ESPN+ Presents SneakerCenter Demonstration by Mr. Cartoon
12 p.m. Stargirl Performance and Panel
1 p.m. The Simpsons Trivia with Yeardley Smith
1:15 p.m. Marvel’s Hero Project Panel with Sana Amanat, Sarah Amos and Stephen Wacker
2:30 p.m. Forky Asks a Question and Lamp Life Creative Panel with Val LaPointe, Bob Peterson, Mark Nielsen, and Marc Sondheimer
3 p.m. Secret Society of Second Born Royals Q&A with Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Skylar Astin
Sunday, August 25
10:45 a.m. Prop Culture Movie Prop Showcase and Q&A with Dan Lanigan, Jason Henry, Tony Swatton, and Fon Davis
11:15 a.m. Be Our Chef Games with Angela Kinsey
12 p.m. Monsters At Work Behind-the-Scenes Presentation with Bobs Gannaway and Ferrell Barron
12:45 p.m. The Imagineering Story Conversation with Leslie Iwerks and Bob Weis
1:15 p.m. Short Circuit Creative Panel
3:30 p.m. Pixar’s SparkShorts Screening
5 p.m. ESPN+ Hosted DJ Wrap
Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $79 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.