What does Disney Plus of Australia offer?
Disney Plus is one of the new major players in the ever growing global streaming market. It was first launched in Australia in November 2019, and possesses a massive catalogue of TV shows and films from Disney and its sister companies Marvel, Star Wars, 21st Century Fox and National Geographic.
The Disney Plus Australian platform provides a range of weekly and on demand content, largely focused around the family viewing market with shows they own, meaning that many new productions will air exclusively on the platform as opposed to being shared with competitors such as Netflix and Amazon, which had until the launch been the trend for new shows and films.
What are the most popular shows on Disney Plus?
If, like many of us, you’re a big fan of Disney, from their classic animations to their new Star Wars and Marvel spin-offs, then this really is an interesting option. To give you a more detailed look at what TV shows are currently airing and why you will want to watch them, we’ve put together this comprehensive top 10 list for your consideration. The list was compiled using various sources including any available TV ratings, social media mentions and syndicated reviewers. It will be updated monthly with fresh listings so you won’t miss the best new and upcoming releases on Disney Plus.
1. The Mandalorian
After the funeral of Darth Vader, large parts of the galaxy have become a free-for-all for bandits, criminals and other shady characters. An unnamed bounty hunter from Mandalore, far from the reaches of the New Republic, must fight to stay alive in a land where everyone’s head has a price. Although this particular TV series is not based on Boba Fett, the main character in The Mandalorian is from the same planet, and very similar in appearance to the fan favourite from the original Star Wars trilogy.
2. Runaways Seasons 1-3
If you’re a fan of Marvel then you’ll be glad to hear that all three seasons of Runaways are now available on Disney Plus. This superhero series follows six unlikely heroines as they try to escape the clutches of their criminal parents, also known as the Pride. The Runaways — Molly, Chase, Karolina, Nico, Gertrude and Alex come together to fight evil in this action packed series full of twists and turns, an ideal watch for fans of the Avengers and DC comic book universes.
This reality TV musical is an uplifting coming together story that will have you both laughing and crying. Old classmates are faced with the daunting task of performing their original high-school musical, many years after even attempting to sing a note. Good news is there is plenty of help at hand in the shape of Broadway veterans and music video choreographers. And the story is not just in the performance, many of the cast have difficult stories to tell, grudges to bare and lots and lots of self doubt, creating just the right amount of drama.
4. High School Musical – The Series
The idea behind the series is that East High School, where the original films were shot, is filled full of pupils who are major fans of Efron’s High School Musical movies. So much so that they want to create their own version, singing and dancing to all of their favourite songs. It seems that the cast may have changed, but the kids at East High School still love to hit the high notes and dazzle with their choreography.
5. One Strange Rock
This docuseries is all about the planet that we call home, Earth. It’s a story of how life develops and thrives on our planet and all the things that make it truly unique. This series is produced in conjunction with award winning film director Daren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler) and hosted by Will Smith. The show also turns to some unlikely specialists for some truly enthralling contributions including several astronauts, that rare group of people that have seen the earth from a distant exterior perspective.
6. Diary Of A Future President
This hilarious family comedy series debuted on Disney Plus in 2020 and has been a big hit straight off the bat. It follows Elana, an ambitious 12 year old Cuban American girl who keeps a daily diary of all the problems she faces as a young adolescent in the modern world. She also has big career ambitions and wants to become President of the United States, and we are invited into her future vision through various flashforward scenes as she imagines leading from the front for America.
7. The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum may be one of Hollywood’s most highly respected actor’s thanks to films such as Jurassic Park and whole host of Wes Anderson movies, but he is also a very curious and inquisitive gentleman. In this Disney Plus original docuseries, he explores twelve different subjects which fascinate him and in turn enlighten us. Subjects from Sneakers and Ice Cream to Jewelry and Cosmetics are all covered over 12 episodes, with Goldblum’s typical enthusiastic yet quirky style.
8. Wild Russia Season 1
Russia is the biggest planet on earth and runs over two continents, Europe and Asia, touches parts of the arctic and the Pacific Ocean and has 11 different timezones. This huge wilderness is home to some truly beautiful wildlife, something explored in the six part mini docuseries made by the team at National Geographic. Each episode is dedicated to one region of Russia and documents the movements of native wildlife that lives there, including Brown Bears in search of Salmon, the world’s largest cat, the Amur Tiger and majestic Sea Eagles.
9. Marvel’s Hero Project
Marvel Hero Project is a documentary series following remarkable young children that have brought about positive change in the USA. From Adonis, a young blind boy trying to become a star US football player, to Jordon who hasn’t let her disabilities get in the way of her hopes of becoming a designer. The show is ultimately a celebration of what can be achieved in the face of adversity, and how we can all push ourselves if we really want to achieve our goals.
10. Star Wars – The Clone Wars
The Clone Wars is a long and important event within The Star Wars story, taking place in the lead up to Episode IV – A New Hope. This animated series was a major success when it originally aired between 2008 and 2014, and with a new season set to drop in 2020, Disney have made all the previous episodes available so that fans can catch up easily before its release. If you have just the slightest interest in the Star Wars franchise then this one is sure to capture your imagination.
Watch and Stream Disney Plus online
Disney Plus is now home to some of the most recognised TV shows and movies, all sourced from their own catalogue and that of their sister companies National Geographic, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars.
To access Disney Plus, all you need is an internet connection. The Disney Plus series and film collection is available to watch in High Definition, 4K (Ultra High Definition), and HDR (High Dynamic Range). If you have an account, you can access all of their TV shows such as The Mandalorian, Runaways and Encore on demand. If you don’t, simply head over to their site to start your free 7 day trial. If you like what’s on offer, you can choose between a rolling $8.99 monthly subscription which you can cancel at any time, or a 12 month plan for $89.99.
To access Disney Plus from a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer) simply head to the Disney Plus website and search for the title. All their latest series and films are available instantly. You can connect up to 10 devices with one subscription, and stream up to four shows at once, so the whole family can benefit at any given time.
There’s also a Disney Plus app that is free to download from Google Play and the Apple Store. Once you have downloaded the application, simply enter your login details and start streaming. Disney Plus is accessible via a wide range of devices, including PCs/Macs, Smart TVs, smartphones and games consoles.
|Amazon Fire TV Stick||Yes||Via native app|
|Apple TV||Yes||HD and 4K models only|
|Roku||Yes||Roku boxes and sticks and TVs|
|Android TV||Yes|| Sony|
|LG Smart TV||Yes||2016 models and newer|
|Samsung Smart TV||Yes||2015 models and newer|
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only|
|Android phones/tablets||Yes||Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and newer|
|iPhone/iPad||Yes||iOS 11 or newer|
|Gaming Consoles||Yes||Xbox One, Playstation 4|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Via app|