Just the second movie ever to launch on Disney Premier Access, Raya and the Last Dragon is now available to watch at home and stream online - but only if you're part of the House of Mouse's inner circle and have a Disney Plus subscription. Follow our guide below as we explain how to watch Raya and the Last Dragon online today, starting with how streaming Premier Access on Disney Plus works.
This newly released 2021 film is an instant animated classic, so you won't want to miss it. Premier Access is Disney Plus' PVOD (premium video on-demand) service and only available to existing customers. That means that you need a great value Disney Plus subscription to watch Raya and the Last Dragon and stream the full movie right now - but fortunately they're pretty incredible value.
You can get one for just $6.99/£7.99/AU$11.99 a month - and lucky folks in the US can grab a combined Disney Plus, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle for the ludicrously low price of just $12.99 p/m.
Then, get ready to journey to the magical land of Kumandra and meet brave young warrior Raya (Kelly Marie Tran), her armadillo-cum-pill bug best friend TukTuk (Alan Tudyk), and the last surviving dragon, goofy young Sisu (Awkwafina).
It's up to this trio to defeat the evil Druun monsters once and for all, some 500 years after Kumandra's dragons bravely sacrificed themselves to save humanity. We don't want to spoil the movie for anyone, but if you are interested in learning more, you can read our full Raya and the Last Dragon review.
It's one of many enthusiastic takes on the movie, which has even been compared to the original Mulan by some. Read on for more details on how to watch Raya and the Last Dragon online with Premier Access - or get started right away by grabbing a Disney Plus subscription.
How to watch Raya and the Last Dragon online: stream full movie on Disney Plus today
Anyone in countries that have access to Disney Plus - North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, most of mainland Europe and more - simply need to head to the Disney Plus website to sign up for the service.
Once you've done that, you'll find Raya and the Last Dragon available to buy through the Premier Access platform for $29.99/£19.99/AU$34.99.
As for Disney Plus itself, it's well worth checking out. In addition to getting you first dibs on Premier Access films, it features every Simpsons episode ever made, all your favorite Pixar flicks, the latest Marvel movies, and the complete Star Wars canon.
You can save 15% if you sign up for an annual subscription, or if you're in the US, for the ultimate value you can take advantage of a combined bundle that includes ESPN+, Hulu and Disney Plus for the outrageously cheap price of just $12.99 a month.
What is Disney Plus Premier Access?
Launched in September 2020 for the release of the Mulan live-action remake, Disney Plus Premier Access is its PVOD (premium video on-demand) platform.
It's reserved for the service's absolute biggest movie releases and designed to allow you to watch the latest blockbusters from the comfort of home - whether that's simply your preference or because movie theaters may be closed where you are.
It's a great option to have and Disney's spared no effort trying to recreate the cinematic experience, with Raya and the Last Dragon being available in stunning 4K HDR resolution (Dolby Vision) and offering support for immersive Dolby Atmos sound.
Sure, the £30/£20/AU$35 cost isn't pocket change, but it does break down as about the same price as two movie tickets in most places (and means you don;t have to splash out on expensive popcorn, drinks and snacks) and allows subscribers to pause the action re-watch as many times as they like. And while Premier Access films will eventually come to Disney Plus's regular library, it won't be for another three months.
How to save money on Disney Plus
Disney Plus is already cheaper than competing streaming services like Netflix but you can save even more when you sign up for an annual subscription which gives you 15% off the monthly price. Obviously you have to splash the cash at the start, but with so much content to get stuck in to we very much doubt you'll run out of things to watch before the 12 months are up. You're looking at a mere $69.99/£79.90/AU$119.99 for the year.
Or if your interests are farther reaching (and you're in the US), then we'd seriously suggest looking at the fantastic value bundle package. It adds Hulu and ESPN+ to your subscription price.
The Hulu element opens up a world of Hulu Originals such as The Great, Upload, Helstrom and Normal People - as well as being the only place to watch Britney Spears documentary right now. Bringing further great value ESPN+ offers loads of exclusive live sport, highlights and documentaries. The combined bundle costs just $12.99 a month.
What else should I know about Disney Plus?
Disney Plus is showing no signs of slowing down since the service first launched last November. It's the place to watch WandaVision, which is just one in the latest in a string of recent blockbuster releases exclusive to the platform, including Soul, The Mandalorian, Mulan's live-action remalke, Hamilton, and much more.
And finally, there's the new Star on Disney Plus that most global markets get to enjoy and sees the amount of content available through Disney Plus more than double, with a particular eye to shows grown-ups are going to enjoy. It costs a tiny bit more, but is worth it based on our initial impressions - and you can still save big by going with an annual subscription.
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