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Disney Plus Premier Access explained: How much it costs and how it all works

There's a vast collection of films and show on Disney Plus - but you'll still have to pay a little extra for the odd new release. Here's everything you need to know about Premier Access.

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Cinemas might be open again across most of the UK, but it looks like Disney Plus is going to be persevering with its Premier Access release model for the time being.

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Brand new 101 Dalmatians origin story Cruella is the latest film to be released using this model, although it is also simulataneously getting a thetraical release – and the same is true of upcoming Marvel movie Black Widow.

The first film to adopt the strategy was the Mulan live-action remake back in 2020, while original animated feature Raya and The Last Dragon followed earlier this year.

So whilst the streaming service’s wider content has now doubled, thanks to the launch of the Star on Disney+ in February 2021, there’ll still be the odd new release that will cost you a little more than the set subscription.

Here’s what we know so far about what should be coming to your home soon – for an extra fee.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

While almost everything from Disney will end up on their streamer at some point, with new releases it is a case of waiting for its theatrical window to pass before it gets added. With Premier Access, that wait is skipped and it is added at the same time, or instead of, a cinematic release. The only catch is that while you can watch it through from the comfort of your own home, there is an extra cost you will need to pay to get access to it.

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Mulan was the first movie to debut on Premier Access

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

Here in the UK, getting hold of a movie on Premier Access costs £19.99 – $29.99 in the USA. To get a Disney+ account will cost you £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year; so get in quick if you want the cheaper price.

How long does Disney Plus Premier Access last?

The movie is yours to keep once you have paid for it and you can watch it as many times as you like. Keep in mind that if it is on Premier Access, it will probably come to regular Disney+ eventually – there was about a three-month window with Mulan.

What is coming next to Disney Plus Premier Access?

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The second movie to debut this way was Raya and The Last Dragon. which was made available for purchase on Friday, 5th March 2021 globally.

Next up is Cruella, which will be released on Friday 28th May 2021 and this will be followed by Black Widow on Friday 9th July 2021.

Meanwhile, Disney has also announced that the upcoming theme park ride-inspired film Jungle Cruise – which stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt – will also be released simultaneously in cinemas and Disney Plus Premier Access on Friday 30th July 2021.

It’s unclear how long Disney Plus Premier Access will stick around for following the reopening of cinemas – but we’ll keep this page updated if and when there are announcements of further films being released this way.

Can you buy or rent movies on Premier Access on other platforms?

Yes. With Mulan, iTunes and Google Play both had the movie listed and it is the same for Raya and The Last Dragon.

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See what else you can watch with our Disney+ Star content guide. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight or take a look at our best Netflix series guide.