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Disney Plus: How to stream Jungle Cruise, Black Widow and everything else

by Merissa Robles (2022-10-27)

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Disney Plus has a deep library of shows and movies, buzzy originals and (sometimes) big-screen movies to watch the same time they first hit theaters. Jungle Cruise is the latest same-day film release on Disney Plus and in cinemas, joining Marvel's Black Widow on the streaming service. But unlike LokiThe MandalorianWandaVision and basically everything else on Disney Plus, not all subscribers can stream Jungle Cruise and Black Widow. And there's no telling if these same-day streaming releases will happen again. Both Jungle Cruise and Black Widow are available only for subscribers who pay an extra fee. They're available through the Premier Access model, which requires a $30 payment on top of the regular price of a $60 million to watch it online. That works out to roughly 2 million accounts opting to stream it instead of going to a theater. Jungle Cruise brought in $30 million through Disney Plus on its opening weekend later the same month.And keep in mind: , and last year it eliminated its seven-day  for new members. As of late March, Disney Plus' monthly subscription now costs $8 in the US, a price increase of $1 a month. Its annual plan went up by $10, to $80 a year. And Disney's three-service bundle -- combining streaming access to ,  -- also went up $1 a month. But the monthly rate of Disney Plus is still roughly half the price of  and compares with Netflix's cheapest tier, which is $9 a month. How do I stream Jungle Cruise on Disney Plus? 
Jungle Cruise is available through Disney Plus' Premier Access model. With Premier Access, films cost $30 to unlock on top of the price you pay for a Disney Plus subscription. You can purchase access to the film on and in the service's apps for Apple (including iPhones), Google (including Android phones), Amazon, Roku and other platforms. The service will automatically prompt you to pony up with your payment method already on file and request that you enter details like a credit card CVV number. Purchasers are able to watch Jungle Cruise for as long as they remain active Disney Plus subscribers. In this way, Premier Access isn't like unlocking an online rental that expires. Once you pay for a Premier Access title like Jungle Cruise or Black Widow, you can keep watching it for as long as your account remains active. The price varies internationally in local currencies, but the value of the international prices is generally on par with $30. Taxes vary by country. In some countries, purchasers will need to pay taxes on top of the purchase. But in other countries, like those in the eurozone, the price already includes taxes.When will Cruella, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise be 'free' on Disney Plus? Cruella will move to the standard Disney Plus catalog for all subscribers on Aug. 27. Black Widow is scheduled to become part of the standard catalog on Oct. 6. Jungle Cruise is joining the regular catalog on Nov. 12. Some people refer to these as the dates they'll be "free" to watch, but everything on Disney Plus still requires a paid subscription. Can I wait before purchasing Black Widow or Jungle Cruise with Premier Access? 
Basically, you have two months after the premiere to decide. Premier Access is typically available as a purchase option for two months after a title is released. But, like other Premier Access movies that came before, Black Widow won't become part of the standard catalog for three months. That leaves a one-month gap. Black Widow is expected to be unavailable for purchase on Disney Plus in early September, a month before it joins the standard library any subscriber can stream. People who previously purchased Black Widow or Jungle Cruise on Disney Plus won't have any disruption to their access to the title, though.  When does Eternals come out on Disney Plus?  
Disney hasn't confirmed a streaming release date yet for Eternals, which is a star-packed Marvel movie scheduled to be released in theaters on Nov. 5. But here's what we know and some educated guesses about what to expect.  Eternals will be in theaters exclusively when it first comes out on Nov. 5. 
It's highly likely that Eternals will be in theaters exclusively for at least a month and a half. Disney Plus will be the only service to (eventually) stream Eternals when it does become available for streaming.We have no guidance or precedent for when to expect Eternals to stream on Disney Plus eventually -- it could be 45 days after its theatrical release or it could take many months. Before the pandemic, new Disney movies would make their way to  about five to eight months after they premiered in theaters. If Disney returns to that norm, it's possible that Disney Plus subscribers could be waiting until summer 2022 to start streaming Eternals. We won't know for certain until Disney confirms a streaming plan. And we won't be able to make an educated guess about that until the company sets the streaming plan for Shang-Chi, the big Marvel movie that will precede Eternals.  Will Disney keep releasing its new movies in theaters and on Disney Plus simultaneously?  During the pandemic, Disney Plus introduced this Premier Access model to sell streaming access to new, big-screen movies as a way to get the movie out to wider audiences while cinemas were shuttered or open at a fraction of their normal capacity. So far, Disney has released several movies this way: the live-action remake of Mulan, animated fantasy Raya and the Last Dragon, Cruella, Black Widow and Jungle Cruise. But as restrictions have eased, Disney is reintroducing theatrical-only windows starting in August. Free Guy, a sci-fi comedy from Disney's 20th Century Studios, will be released in theaters exclusively for 45 days starting Aug. 13. Then Marvel's  will be released Sept. 2 in theaters exclusively for 45 days as well. It's likely that other big-budget movies like Eternals will either follow suit -- or have an even longer period in cinemas only. While Disney has specified theatrical exclusives for some films, the company hasn't clarified how its streaming plan will play out for movies like Shang-Chi and other megabudget movies like  set to come out later this year. Typically, before the pandemic, new Disney movies would make their way to  about five to eight months after they premiered in theaters. But it's unclear whether movies like Shang-Chi and Eternals will be available on Disney Plus right after the theatrical window ends or if it will take longer for them to arrive.  But for some of its forthcoming movies, Disney is simply switching films originally planned for theaters to be Disney Plus originals instead, Another wrench thrown into the works is the of COVID-19. The variant has increased cases and hospitalizations across the world, coming after vaccines had alleviated many moviegoers' inhibitions about crowding into cinemas. Now, surveys indicate . So far, the box office has remained relatively strong compared to the decimation of 2020 and anemic attendance early this year. But if the recovery at cinemas falters, studios like Disney may reconsider and make big movies available on Premier Access at the same time again. Does Disney Plus have a free trial? Or other free offers? 
Disney Plus no longer offers a standard free trial. It eliminated its one-week free trial program in June 2020, shortly before the premiere of Hamilton. But other deals may unlock Disney Plus free (or at no added cost). For example,  have a deal that gives a free year of Disney Plus starting on launch day to all the carrier's customers with a  or 5G unlimited account, as well as new customers of Verizon's Fios and 5G home internet services. Those who prepurchased a Disney Plus plan such as the now-expired How much does Disney Plus cost? 
In the US, the Disney Plus service costs $8 a month, or $80 a year. The standalone Disney Plus service costs comparable amounts in other countries in their local currencies. Disney Plus' US price deeply undercuts the $14 monthly fee for