After much speculation over what was going to happen to the rest of Disney’s planned theatrical releases, such as will they be delayed or available day and date on Disney+ Premier Access, has finally been answered, as Disney has confirmed that all of its 2021 theatrical releases will be exclusive to cinemas for a limited period.

With the exception of “Encanto”, all of their films will be exclusively available in cinemas for 45 days, before they can be released on digital platforms including Disney+.  “Encanto” will only have a 30-day theatrical exclusive window, with the film heading to Disney+ on Christmas Eve.

Kareem Daniel, chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution said in a statement:

“Following the tremendous box office success of our summer films which included five of the top eight domestic releases of the year, we are excited to update our theatrical plans for the remainder of 2021. As confidence in moviegoing continues to improve, we look forward to entertaining audiences in theaters, while maintaining the flexibility to give our Disney+ subscribers the gift of ‘Encanto’ this holiday season.”

Disney’s 2021 theatrical lineup includes:

  • The Last Duel on October 15th
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong on October 22nd
  • Eternals on November 5th
  • Encanto On November 24th
  • West Side Story on December 10th
  • The King’s Man on December 22nd

This means “Eternals” could also be arriving on Disney+ just in time for Christmas, as its 45-day exclusive window would take it to Monday 20th December.

Unfortunately, the other films being released by Walt Disney Studios are made by 20th Century Studios, so due to an existing deal with HBO, these can’t be released on Disney+ in the United States after 45 days.  Though, they could still be available on digital platforms to purchase or rent.

Internationally, things are very different, as these movies could also be heading to Disney+ after 45 days.

While some maybe disappointed with the lack of a day and date digital release on Disney+ Premier Access, with this confirmation, we now have a clearer idea of what Disney’s plans are and also it does mean we are getting films on Disney+ much quicker.  Before the pandemic, films could take 6 to 8 months from their theatrical release to arrive on Disney+.  So 6 weeks, is a vast improvement.

What do you think of Disney’s new 45-day theatrical exclusive window?


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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  1. justin Riedler September 12, 2021

    Is Canada part of the international rollouts?