Unlike Christmas (despite many decorations already in place), Disney Plus Day is here, which means we fans won’t have to pay for Premier Access to get the Jungle Cruise movie and several other titles. Instead, jungle Cruise is on Disney Plus, ready for your movie night.
We tell you how to stream Jungle Cruise free on Disney Plus with a subscription and what the movie is about (don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers). If you don’t already have a subscription to the streaming service, you can now get your first month for just $2.
The Jungle Cruise movie is based on the Disneyland ride of the same title. Dwayne Johnson portrays a boat skipper named Frank. He takes Emily Blunt’s character Lily and her brother McGregor on a journey to find a tree that possesses magical healing powers. McGregor is played by British stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall, who we also recognize from the Good omens show on Amazon Prime.
During their journey, the characters encounter wild animals and face a rival German expedition. Disney added that there is a “supernatural element” that fans can look forward to. A month before the Jungle Cruise movie release, Disney launched two trailers, which made their character the star of the movie.
None of us should be surprised that Disney is going with another ride-based movie, given the success of its pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. But the Jungle Cruise is even older than the Pirates ride. It was the only attraction present at Adventureland on Disney’s opening day in 1955.
The Jungle Cruise attraction gives people a boat ride through an artificial jungle, with all tours led by a skipper following a pun-filled script. On the boat, you will pass crocodiles, monkeys, elephants, piranhas, cannibals, rhinoceroses, hippos, and the iconic BackSide of Water, the eighth wonder of the world.
While prepping for the film, Johnson posted on Instagram, Disney’s Imagineers showed him the original Jungle Cruise “concept art from the 1950s.” They also gave him a “verbal/visual history lesson behind the iconic ride and its infamous and relentlessly entertaining skippers.”
The ride had to be re-examined at Disneyland and Disney World to include new scenes and remove the long-standing racially insensitive images. It reopened at Disneyland on July 16. The ride will be one of those whose history is revealed in the Disney Plus documentary series Behind the attraction.
How to watch for free
Of course, you want to watch the Jungle Cruise movie for free! You can stream it for free on Disney Plus if you subscribe to the service. But what happens when Disney Plus Day is over?
Jungle Cruise and several other new movies, including Shang-Chi and the Home alone reboot, remain free for fans as long as they have a subscription. Disney Plus normally charges people an additional $30 for Premier Access when a new movie is released, in addition to their monthly subscription fee.
If you already have a Disney Plus account, use the search bar to find the Jungle Cruise movie, then tap Play. Chances are, you’ll see the film promoted on the streaming platform’s homepage. If you don’t have a subscription, you have to choose from several options.
You can choose the month-to-month Disney Plus plan, which is $2 for the first month and $8 per month after that. Then, there is the annual Disney Plus subscription which is $80 per year. You can also choose the Disney Plus/Hulu/ESPN Plus bundle for $14 per month. It usually costs $21 to get the triple shot. But if you order them as a bundle, you’ll save $7 a month.
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