New Disney Worlds will soon be revealed as part of a new Disney and Apple partnership that officially rolls out next month.
Disney and Apple Make Good on a Promise
Last week, Disney and Apple announced the official rollout date for their new partnership. Per the announcement, the upcoming partnership, which was first announced in June 2023, involves Apple’s newest device–a virtual reality device called Apple Vision Pro, which will feature content from Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, and will become available beginning on February 2, 2024.
In a press release last Monday, Apple announced that the rollout of its Apple Vision Pro VR headset would include pre-ordering, beginning on January 19, 2024.
The headset is described as a “spatial computer that transforms how people work, collaborate, connect, relive memories, and enjoy entertainment.” Disney+ will be responsible for a big part of that entertainment.
According to The Verge, Apple Vision Pro headsets will include 3D content from Disney+ when it launches, but Disney+ subscribers will also get special animated screening environments to accompany that content.
What Disney Films Will Be Available in 3D?
The announcement of Disney and Apple’s February 2nd partnership lists some of the movies that will be available in 3D. Among those are Avatar: The Way of Water, Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Encanto, among others.
The Disney-owned films will be available to rent in the AppleTV app, but Apple says that fans who’ve already purchased the movies will get the 3D experience without paying extra. The announcement further stated that “more titles, including those available exclusively to Disney Plus subscribers, will be announced at a later date.”
New Disney “Worlds” to Experience
As part of the Apple Vision Pro and Disney+ partnership, there will reportedly be new Disney “Worlds” to experience. Disney says that the Disney+ environments will “magically transform users’ spaces into landscapes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.”
Those worlds, also referred to as screening environments, will be available for Disney+ subscribers. They include:
- The Disney+ Theater, inspired by Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre
- Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. Scare Floor
- Avengers Tower from Marvel’s many Avengers films
- Star Wars’ Tatooine desert
Per an additional announcement from Disney on Tuesday:
At launch, viewers can transform their space into one of four Disney+ environments, bringing them even closer to the story. Each environment includes animations and sounds that make the space feel alive, and Easter eggs from films and franchises that will surprise and delight fans.
Available only on Apple Vision Pro, Disney+ subscribers will be able to stream the entire catalog – including thousands of TV shows and films, plus access to Hulu content for eligible Disney Bundle subscribers – from iconic environments with vivid details, including the Disney+ Theater, inspired by the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood; the Scare Floor from Pixar’s Monsters Inc.; Marvel’s Avengers Tower overlooking downtown Manhattan; and the cockpit of Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder, facing a binary sunset on the planet Tatooine from the Star Wars galaxy.
With 3D movies, Disney’s storytelling will also leap off the screen like never before with remarkable depth and clarity for an unprecedented in-home 3D experience on Disney+ with Apple Vision Pro. Viewers will be able to watch dozens of popular movies in 3D, like Avatar: The Way of Water, Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Elemental, and Encanto. More titles, including those available exclusively to Disney+ subscribers, will be announced at a later date. Apple Vision Pro users can also rent or purchase most 3D movies through the Store tab in the Apple TV app. Users who previously purchased Disney movies that include 3D versions from the Apple TV app will be able to access those 3D versions on Apple Vision Pro at no additional cost.
“At Disney, we’re constantly searching for new ways to entertain, inform, and inspire by combining exceptional creativity with groundbreaking technology to create truly remarkable experiences,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger.
“Apple Vision Pro is a revolutionary platform that will bring our fans closer to the characters and stories they love while immersing them more deeply in all that Disney has to offer. We’re proud to once again be partnering with Apple to bring extraordinary new Disney experiences to people around the world.”
Other Available Entertainment on Apple Vision Pro Headset
Disney-branded content isn’t the only content that will have Vision Pro support. Per The Verge, other apps will also be supported, including MLB, PGA Tour, Max, Discovery Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Pluto TV, Tubi, Fubo, Crunchyroll, Red Bull TV, IMAX, TikTok, and MUBI. Netflix is obviously missing from the list of supported streaming apps, but executives with the company have said that the Netflix app will work on the headset.