Every Disney Plus Exclusive Launch Show, Explained

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The Death Star is nearly operational.

For the past several years, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services have been doing battle for people’s views and dollars with exclusive documentaries, specials and prestige dramas. Competition is a game that benefits the consumer. But it’s going to be difficult for any streaming platform to compete against Disney+, which is poised to flip the board over on November 12.

Let’s start with the obvious: the entire contents of the Disney Animation Studios’ “Disney Vault” will be coming to the service, along with every Star Wars film, every Marvel MCU film, and every episode of the Simpsons. That, in itself, is nearly worth the subscription. But in addition to all that, plus thousands of hours of TV shows, documentaries, movies, and Disney classics, Disney+ will also be rolling out exclusive television programs, specifically produced and created as Disney+ content.

Here is every exclusive TV show that will air on Disney+ in 2019 at launch.

The Mandalorian

November 12, 2019

The Mandalorian will cover the uncharted time between Episode VI: Return of the Jedi and Episode VII: The Force Awakens; the story is set after the fall of the Empire, but before the rise of the First Order. Pedro Pascal will play the namesake Mandalorian bounty hunter, who belongs to the same planetary race as Jango Fett and Boba Fett.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

November 12, 2019

The teen franchise is going metatextual. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a mockumentary, about a high school that’s putting on a school production of High School Musical. It’s already been renewed for a second season.


November 12, 2019

Hosted by Kristen Bell, this reality series will reunite classmates to put on the high school musicals they performed when they were teenagers.

Family Sundays

November 12, 2019

An arts and crafts show, Disney Family Sundays will be hosted by Amber Kemp Gerstel, who hosts the popular crafts blog Damask Love.

The Imagineering Story

November 12, 2019

This will be a celebratory, historical look at the Imagineers: the people behind Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and countless other beloved theme park attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney Worlds across the globe.

Marvel’s Hero Project

November 12, 2019

A feel-good reality series, Marvel’s Hero Project spotlights young people who are making a difference in their communities, and then immortalizes them in comic book form, via Marvel’s talented stable of artists.

Pixar In Real Life

November 12, 2019

This is a candid prank-type show, where passersby will engage with Pixar characters and landmarks in filmed encounters. A teaser thumbnail at this year’s D23 Expo showed a real-life Wall-E interacting with a dog.

Weird But True

November 12, 2019

Disney acquired the rights to the Fox television library, and Disney+ will have a section of their service dedicated solely to National Geographic. The second season of Weird but True will debut on Disney+, featuring more kid-themed exploration of the natural and modern world.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

November 12, 2019

Hosting a man-on-the-street reality series, Jeff Goldblum will dig deep on a specific niche topic (sneakers, ice cream, barbecue), and get into various adventures in the process, from riding on horseback to using a tattoo machine.

Forky Asks A Question

November 12, 2019

Similar to Mater’s Tall Tales and other Pixar short film series, this show will have Forky continue to explore his sentience and toy nature. It has the potential to be both cute and insightful, especially if it delves into more heady questions about life and love.


November 12, 2019

Pixar created an in-house indie film studio with SparksShorts. Rather than adhering to a grand, studio-shared vision, SparksShorts allows individuals at Pixar a modest budget to create independent films and showcase them. The results of these efforts will appear on Disney+.

Legend of the Three Caballeros

November 12, 2019

Up until recently, this animated series has only been available in the Philippines and on the Disneylife app. It’s based onoff of Disney’s Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944) animated features, which were made as part of an outreach/goodwill effort to South America.

101 Dalmatian Street

November 15, 2019

Set 60 years after the original film 101 Dalmatians, 101 Dalmatian Street is already popular in the UK and Europe. Disney+ will bring this animated series to American shores. There are currently plans to make Season 2 as well.

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