Since Disney+ launched, the release of new episodes of current Disney Channel and Disney Junior shows has been very slow. Generally, up until recently, the latest season of new shows would only be added to Disney+ around a month after the finale aired on traditional television.
While this might make sense from the point of view of protecting television viewership and ratings, this release schedule is rare, especially since Disney generally makes its shows from its other networks like ABC, Freeform, and FX available on Hulu the following day.
This makes even less sense internationally in countries like the UK and Australia, where the Disney Channel no longer broadcasts, and Disney+ is the only place to watch these shows.
Earlier this year, Disney started experimenting with the release schedule for the newest shows from its TV networks, with “Secrets Of The Sulphur Springs” being released differently, with the first 5 episodes dropping at the mid-way point during the initial television run, with new episodes arriving weekly, a few weeks behind the Disney Channel premiere.
Last month, Disney started released the first eight episodes of the latest season of “Sydney To The Max” in a small batch drop on Disney+ in the United States. This is similar to what’s been happening internationally, with also trying out a different release schedule of dropping a bundle of new episodes in small batches. At the same time, the series continued to air in the United States on the Disney Channel.
This method will be continuing the batch drop release system in June in the United States, with the latest seasons of three different shows, “Muppet Babies”, “Dino Ranch” and “Puppy Dog Pals”.
On June 4th, Disney will release episodes 1 through 20 of season three of “Muppet Babies.”
On June 11th, Disney will release the first 10 episodes from the fourth season of “Puppy Dogs.
On June 18th, Disney will release the first 10 episodes from the first season of “Dino Ranch”.
Releasing new episodes in batches onto Disney+ isn’t ideal. Still, it does result in episodes being available on Disney+ much quicker than before, but could we see Disney continue this release strategy for other current Disney Channel shows like “The Owl House”, “Big City Greens” and others?
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.