Undoubtedly, the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2023. With its theatrical debut scheduled for May 26, many are eager to know when they can expect the film to become available on Disney+. We’ve got you covered.
The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric.
While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life and her father s crown in jeopardy.
Will The Little Mermaid Be On Disney Plus?
Yes! The Little Mermaid will eventually be available on Disney+. However, if you are eager to watch it in the near future, you will need to purchase a movie ticket as it will take many months before the movie is released on Disney+.
When is The Little Mermaid Coming To Disney Plus?
Disney hasn’t officially confirmed a Disney+ release date for The Little Mermaid, but we can certainly make an educated guess based on previous releases.
Considering previous release patterns, The Little Mermaid is expected to be released in the latter half of August 2023.
The specific timing will depend on various factors, including the film’s box office performance and Disney’s distribution strategy.
Usually, if a film performs strongly in theaters, its arrival on Disney+ is longer to prevent cannibalizing ticket sales. Given that The Little Mermaid is anticipated to be a HUGE box office hit, Disney has no incentive to rush its release on Disney+.
Before the pandemic, it was common for movies to become available on Disney+ approximately 9 months after their theatrical release. However, during the pandemic, this window was significantly shortened to around 45 days.
It appears that Disney is now returning to a more traditional release window when looking at recent Disney+ arrivals, which means the movie The Little Mermaid is expected to follow a similar timeline as pre-pandemic.
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Previous Theatrical To Disney+ Release time
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 82 days
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 89 days
There is typically a window of around 80 to 90 days between the theatrical debut and the availability of Disney movies on Disney+.
This is why we feel confident in a late August or early September arrival for The Little Mermaid on Disney+.
Please be aware that this estimation is based on historical trends. We’ll update this article the moment Disney has confirmed some official news.
How To Watch The Little Mermaid
To enjoy watching The Little Mermaid on Disney Plus, follow these steps:
- Visit the Disney Plus website or launch the Disney Plus app.
- Log in to your account.
- Utilize the Search feature and begin typing The Little Mermaid.
- The Little Mermaid will be displayed in the search results.
- Click on the movie, and it will start playing.
Please note that currently, this process is applicable only to the animated version of The Little Mermaid. The live-action adaptation of the movie is anticipated to be added to the Disney Plus service later this year.
Will The Little Mermaid Be Available Digitally?
Yes, eventually! The Little Mermaid will be available to purchase and rent from all major digital retailers, including Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Movies Anywhere, etc.
Disney hasn’t confirmed a release date, but based on Ant-Man 3, expect to see The Little Mermaid available to purchase or rent sometime in August or September 2023.
Will The Little Mermaid Be On Netflix?
No! The Little Mermaid will not be available on Netflix. The movie will be available to purchase and rent digitally before finding its permanent home on Disney+ later this year.
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The Little Mermaid Cast
The cast for The Little Mermaid includes Halle Bailey, known for her work on grown-ish, who portrays the character of Ariel. Daveed Diggs, a Tony Award winner recognized for his performances in Hamilton and Snowpiercer, lends his voice to Sebastian. Jacob Tremblay, acclaimed for his roles in Luca and Room, provides the voice for Flounder.
Awkwafina, known for her work in Raya and the Last Dragon, voices the character of Scuttle. Jonah Hauer-King, known for A Dog’s Way Home, portrays Prince Eric. Art Malik recognized for his work in Homeland, takes on the role of Sir Grimsby. Noma Dumezweni, seen in Mary Poppins Returns, portrays Queen Selina.
The cast also includes Javier Bardem, an Oscar winner for No Country for Old Men and Being the Ricardos, as King Triton. Finally, Melissa McCarthy, a two-time Academy Award nominee for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Bridesmaids brings the character of Ursula to life.