Disney is finally releasing Jungle Cruise to stream on Disney+. They even released a little featurette to go with that bit of news.
Disney officially announced on July 7, 2021 that their new film Jungle Cruise will experience a simultaneous debut in both theaters and Disney+. This debut will happen on Friday, July 30. If you’re interested in this adventure through the jungle, check it out then.
That was the good news, and now for the bad news. Unfortunately, Disney has seen fit to make Jungle Cruise on Disney+ available only with Premier Access. This means that you have to pay an outrageously expensive $29.99 just to watch this film, and this film only. If you want to watch it for “free” (not counting the money you are already paying for Disney+ in the first place), you will have to wait a couple of months for it to move off the Premier Access list. Given when Mulan left Premier Access, that means that we will hopefully get to watch Jungle Cruise for free on October 30, 2021. If you’re one of the normal Disney+ users who don’t want to pay $30 to watch a film, consider that date to be your release date.
Disney’s Jungle Cruise: The Details
As you can guess: Jungle Cruise is inspired by the Disneyland theme park ride. Jaume Collet-Serra directed the film, and it stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in the lead roles. As far as I can tell, the film seems to be a cross between Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mummy, and Indiana Jones. But on the Amazon River. The full synopsis is as follows:
Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.
So yeah, Disney is going to Brazil with Jungle Cruise. Rejoice, any Brazilian readers among you! Maybe that might will even calm you down a bit from the Premier Access thing.
Disney have set Jungle Cruise (the film, not the ride) for a July 30, 2021 premier. Said premier will take place in both theaters and Disney+ at once. The catch is that with Disney+, you need to pay a $30 fee to watch it. If that bothers you, then consider the “real” release date to be September 30, 2021, or somewhere close to it. At the very least, you’ll save on a lot of money with that route.