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What is Disney Plus Premier Access and what can I watch with it?

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Disney Plus Premier Access arrived on the House of Mouse's very own streaming platform back in September 2020. It allowed those eager to watch the latest cinematic release from Walt Disney Studios from the comfort of their own home during the ongoing pandemic at a premium.

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Initially rolled out with the release of the live action version of Mulan, we have since seen the same treatment of a number of titles including Emma Stone's portrayal in Cruella - Disney's monochromatic villain - and the long-anticipated arrival of Marvel's Black Widow, which finally revealed the backstory of Natasha Romanoff, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.

The last Premier Access title to land on the service was The Rock's Jungle Cruise on July 30, subsequently arriving on the regular Disney Plus platform for Disney Plus Day on November 12.

Now that doors to movie theaters have predominantly reopened around the world, it'll be interesting to see how Disney Plus Premier Access evolves and is utilised going into 2022 with Disney having released its final title for the year (perhaps ever?) through the PVOD service.

What is Disney Plus Premier access?

Disney Plus Premier Access went some way towards recreating the cinema experience. Brand new titles fresh from Walt Disney Studios are made available on Disney Plus day-and-date with their theatrical release, meaning you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home for an additional one-off fee. Not only can you share the excitement of the latest big-budget film with family or friends, but Premier titles are available to watch in stunning UHD or HDR quality and with Dolby Audio sound.

The $30 fee might seem steep – although it’s probably cheaper than two cinema tickets and a bucket of popcorn, depending on where you live. Once you’ve parted with your dough, though, you can watch the film time and time again. That in addition to enjoying the latest Disney extravaganza months before it's available to regular Disney Plus subscribers.

How do I get Premier Access on Disney Plus?

It’s pretty easy to watch a Disney Plus Premier Access title, but you do need to be a Disney Plus member first. So, if you don’t have a subscription, head to the website to sign up. Enter your email address, select a monthly or annual plan, then enter your credit card details.

Now you’ll be able to buy new Disney Plus Premier Access releases. These are found either on the homepage, or by entering the film name into the search tool. Click on the desired title and you’ll receive a prompt to purchase, before being asked to verify your credit card details. Voila! 

Once that’s done, you’re ready to stream the latest and greatest from Disney. And, as long as you remain a subscriber, the movie is yours to watch as often as you like.

Note that a Premier Plus title can also be purchased through multiple devices with the Disney Plus app, including Apple, Google, Amazon, and Roku.

Dawyne Johnson and Emily Blunt in Disney Plus Premier Access title Jungle Cruise

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What can I watch on Disney Plus Premier Access?

Jungle Cruise was the fifth and final title of 2021 to arrive on Disney Plus Premier Access on July 30, not long after Black Widow on July 9, where subscribers could finally learn more about the enigmatic Natasha Romanoff and her making as a lethal spy. 

Previously to that, Cruella dropped on Disney Plus' PVOD on May 28, arriving on August 28 to watch with a regular Disney Plus subscription.

Animated fantasy-adventure Raya and the Last Dragon was the platform’s second Disney Plus Premier Access title, released on March 5, with the advanced viewing window ending on May 4. The film arrived for all Disney Plus subscribers to watch on June 4. 

Disney Plus Premier Access films in full

  • Mulan (Sep 4 - Nov 4 2020)
  • Raya and the Last Dragon (March 5 - June 4 2021)
  • Cruella (May 28 - August 27 2021)
  • Black Widow (Released July 9 - October 6 2021)
  • Jungle Cruise (Released July 30 - November 12 2021)

How much is Disney Plus Premier Access?

While the amount charged for Premier Access could change – especially if this becomes a more regular way to attract a paying audience – fees have so far been consistent at USD $29.99 / GBP £19.99 / AUD $34.99 / EUR €21.99 for both Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon. It’s worth reiterating too that once you’ve made that initial payment, the film is yours forever – well, until you cancel your Disney Plus subscription.

Talking of which, the Disney Plus price is something worth factoring in. A monthly subscription is currently USD $7.99 / GBP £7.99 / AUD $11.99 / EUR €8.99.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.