From Disney+ to ‘Star Wars,’ Here Are the Burning Questions D23 Expo Needs to Answer

IndieWire | 8/22/2019 | Hanh Nguyen
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This year’s D23 Expo, taking place in Anaheim, Calif. from Aug. 23-25, will be unlike anything its official fan club members have seen before. While D23 occasionally releases news, in years past it’s mainly been a hype machine to tantalize fans with first looks and exclusive deals. But this year these offerings will have a distinctively different look, thanks to recent corporate changes and one big launch on the horizon.

As of March 20, the Disney-Fox merger has been in full effect – which includes TV series like “The Simpsons” and various Nat Geo titles – and on the film side, Disney is coming off a blockbuster year to date that includes the live-action “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” and the conclusion of the MCU’s Infinity Saga. But one of the biggest gamechangers is the company’s new streaming service Disney+, which is on the verge of launching on Nov. 12 with a slew of new, original programming and an attractive back catalog.

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It’s a whole new world (sung “Aladdin”-style) for never-before-seen content, the potential for crossovers, Fox’s untested presence, and the streaming wars. Below are the biggest questions that D23 Expo need to answer:

How Many Three-Year Disney+ Subscriptions Will Be Sold?

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Just in case you weren’t paying attention, the launch of Disney+ is nigh, and it’s a big deal. Naturally, all that the streamer offers will be on display at the Expo, ranging from demonstrations of its app interface to all of its original shows and movies. But the boldest move of all is to offer an exclusive and significant discount: for a limited time, D23 Expo attendees or D23 Gold Members will be able to sign up for a subscription for Disney+ at its “Founders Circle” offer, granting $23 off per year with a three-year commitment. At $6.99/month or $69.99/year, Disney+ was already...
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