D23 Expo: Disney+ Panel

The Disney Out Loud team is excited. We are getting our first official look at the brand new Disney streaming service, Disney+. While we’ve heard what’s going to be on the platform, (The Mandalorian, Lady and the Tramp etc.), we’ve never actually seen anything. That changes at this panel at D23 as the lights go down and two teenagers walked onto the stage; the spotlight shining on them as a romantic melody starts.

The romantic singing turned into a full-blown musical number of “We’re All In This Together” from the cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. There were drum corps, basketballs, and glow in the dark sticks. After the electrifying performance, our awesome host Yvette Nicole Brown, comes out and expresses what I’ve certainly been thinking: “November 12 can’t come soon enough for me.” We then started to get our first looks at everything Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic coming to Disney+. I’ll first talk about the original films and then the original TV shows talked about in this panel. Then, I will be putting up a list soon on Disney Out Loud of all the TV shows and films coming on Disney+. (All images are from the internet and not mine.)

FILMS

Lady and The Tramp

The live action remake of the 1955 classic follows two dogs, one a pampered pup and the other a tough stray, as they travel together and soon fall in love. Yvette, who also stars in the film, comes out with the actual dogs who play Lady and the Tramp: Rose and Monty. They also revealed that all the dogs used in the film were from animal shelters, and yes, Yvette adopted some after the film. We were then treated to the very first trailer. The film debuts on the same day as Disney+, November 12.

Noelle

The holidays are coming faster than we expected! And to celebrate this occasion, Disney has an original film to get you ready for the Christmas spirit. Noelle follows the daughter of Santa Claus, as she helps her brother Nick get ready to become the brand new Santa. But when she casually suggests that he takes the weekend off, he ends up disappearing. It’s up to Noelle to find him and help save Christmas for good. Anna Kendrick who plays Noelle and Billy Eichner who plays the cousin Gabriel, came out on stage to talk about the film and drop the first trailer. The film drops on November 12, and will definitely be a film to watch around the Christmas tree with my family.

Togo

Another film to please dog fans, Disney transports us to the Alaska tundra to tell the inspiring story of the dog Togo who relayed to transport diphtheria antitoxin serum through harsh conditions over nearly 700 miles to save the Alaskan town of Nome from an epidemic. This film stars William Defoe and will be on Disney+ in December 2019.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made 

Based on the best selling book series this film follows a kid detective and his imaginary 1,500-pound polar bear. We were treated to exclude first-look footage, and it looks like a fun time. Winslow Fegley, who plays Timmy, does a great deadpan delivery of his lines and his polar bear sidekick will probably become a fan favorite. Check it out when it comes to Disney+ in 2020.

Stargirl

This moving coming-of-age film, based on the best selling book, follows a boy named Leo who slowly falls in love with the beautiful and unique new girl, who is named Stargirl. The stars of the film Graham Verchere and Grace VanderWaal, who play Leo and Stargirl respectfully, came on stage and also gave us our exclusive first look. The cinematography looks breathtaking and looks like a good film. It will come on to Disney+ in 2020.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe

Debuting sometime in 2020, this film brings us back into the world of Phineas and Ferb as they travel across the galaxy to rescue their sister Candace, who has been abducted by aliens and has found utopia in a far-off planet, free of pesky little brothers. We were shown some first look photos of the film, and as a fan of the original growing up, I’m excited to return back into the world.

TV SHOWS

(Side note: Disney did confirm that their original shows will release episodes weekly.)

The Mandalorian 

The anticipated live-action Star Wars series is coming to Disney+! Creator Jon Favreau and producer Dave Filon came on stage to talk a little about the show. It takes place after the original trilogy, but before the new trilogy. It’s a world influenced by the classic westerns of old as we follow one bounty hunter who is just trying to survive. They then brought out the stars of the series:  Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, and the one and only Taika Waititi. Afterward, they debuted the official trailer. The show debuts on November 12.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series 

Ok so stay with me as I try to explain this show to you. It’s about a group of kids at East High, where High School Musical was filmed, that is putting on a musical production of High School Musical. Of course, teenage drama and singing will happen. In the trailer, shown during the panel, it shows that the show seems to be going down a mockumentary route. Characters talk to the screen as if being filmed by a documentary crew, and if the trailers mean anything, we’ll also be getting lots of meta-references to the HSM series. I like that Disney went for a unique viewpoint with this show, instead of doing a remake or sequel to the series, it takes the franchise that people like and makes something different. The series debuts on November 12 with the rest of Disney+.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

National Geographic comes with their first original project with Disney+. Of course, Jeff Goldblum was there and introduced us to the first trailer. The series will follow Jeff as he questions the world around us by investigating topics such as ice cream, sneakers, and tattoos. If you want to learn how much good sneakers can make on the market, or just saw Thor: Ragnarok and liked the guy who played The Grandmaster, then this is the series for you. It debuts on November 12.

Encore!

Kristen Bell came on stage to introduce her new show which goes to a different high school each episode and reunites the cast from an old high school production and asked them to do it again as adults. It looks like great fun, especially if you are a musical nerd like me. It debuts on November 12.

Forky Asks A Question

This series will be comprised of shorts involving the new toy Forky from Toy Story 4. The actor who voiced him, Tony Hale, came on stage and we were the very first audience to see the very first episode, which involved Forky asking “What is money?” The audience laughed a lot and it should be a fun time. It will debut on November 12.

Diary of a Female President 

Premiering this January on Disney+, the show follows a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl just trying to survive middle school. We then flash forward to the future and realize that she is running for president. Gina Rodriguez, who executive produced and guest stars on the show, came out with Tess Romero who plays the main character. We got an exclusive behind the scenes/ first look at the show and it seems to be a fun show for the whole family.

Monsters at Work

This sequel series will follow a college graduate named Tylor who graduates from monsters university and gets to Monstropolis right as they switch from scare power to laugh power. It’s going to be nice to head back to the world of Monstropolis. And yes, Mike and Sully will be in the series too.

Lizzie McGuire

Hilary Duff is back in a brand new show for Disney+, which will pick up when Lizzie is 30 years old and wondering what else is new in her life. While the show ended long before I started watching Disney Channel, the audience went crazy when this was announced, so their are probably still fans out their that are glad that Lizzie is back. It is not known when the show will come to Disney+.

Muppets Now

Yes, the muppets are back in a new short form show with celebrity guests…and that’s all we can learn because of Joe from legal did not allow Kermit to say any more. 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The seventh series of this animated hit will debut on Disney+ in February 2020.

Star Wars Series

Disney confirmed a Cassian Andor series and an Obi-Wan Kenobi series coming to Disney+. Ewan McGregor Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk came on stage and while there were not a lot of other known details, each of the actors expressed their excitement of coming back to the world of Star Wars. It’s unknown when these series will debut, so stay tuned to Disney+ for more info!

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier 

The show brings back Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter. It was also announced that Wyatt Russell will play a new character named John Walker. They all came on stage to share their excitement. It will debut sometime in August 2020.  

WandaVision 

This will be a strange mix of a couples sitcom and a typical MCU adventure, all focusing on Wanda and Vision. Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen were there as they help announce something new. Kat Dennings and Randall Park, who will reprise their roles from Thor and Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Kathryn Hahn will play a brand new character. They were all on stage and raised my excitement for the series even more. That will premiere in 2021.

Loki

Tom Hiddleston shared a video message expressing how excited he was about this new series which will follow Loki as he travels through time after the events of Avengers: Endgame. This series will debut in 2021.

What If…

An animated Marvel series that asks what would happen if certain events went a different way in the MCU. A majority of the original cast from the MCU will reprise their roles again. We were treated to an exclusive first look at the series, which sees Agent Carter becoming Captain Britain (instead of Steve becoming Captain America), Black Panther being Star-Lord, and Bucky fighting a zombie Steve on a train. Haley Atwel, who plays Agent Carter, came out on stage and thanked the fans for bringing her back. Maybe it’s because of the footage, but this has risen to become one of my most anticipated Marvel series, and 2021 can not come sooner.

More Marvel Shows

But before Kevin Feige could finish, he dropped three more surprises: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. These three new shows will debut on Disney+ in the future and we can’t wait.

As you can see, a lot is coming to the wonderful world of Disney+. On top of that, you will be able to stream some classic Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox hits. I headed straight to the Disney+ booth afterward, and I’m proud to say that I’m a part of the Disney+ Founders Circle. I even have a hat and a pin to prove it! See you on November 12!!

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