Disney Saying Goodbye to DVDs and Blu-Rays

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Still have your Disney VHS tapes of Beauty and the Beast (1991) or a Disney DVD of Lilo and Stitch (2002), or a Tangled (2010) Disney Blu-Ray? Don’t throw them out or sell them! They may be worth money…eventually.

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No More Disney DVDs

The Walt Disney Company, like many other entertainment giants, are moving away from all forms of physical media. The sales of DVDs and Blu-rays have been in decline for years – especially with the advent of streaming and even more so with the launch of Disney Plus.

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Disney has already announced the closure of its Movie Club in Canada and according to multiple media sources, the Walt Disney Company will be no longer distributing physical media in Australia.

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Currently, it appears that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 (2023) will be the last Disney movie that is released in Australia using physical media. Once it hits stores in August, that will be it.

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Coming to Other Countries?

This may the sign of things to come in the United States and many other countries in the world. Many people consider DVDs or other physical forms of media to be wasteful and obsolete. However, as Disney Plus and other streaming services are constantly removing content from their platforms, how will fans of these shows and movies be able to enjoy them? Good question.

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Similar moves have been done by other media companies in other countries, so this is not the first time.

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Perhaps we will return to the days of people burning movies on their own blank discs or other forms of media. In the meantime though, retailers in Australia will continue to sell any existing Disney DVDs and Blu-Rays. But their inventory will no longer be growing…at least not from Disney Entertainment.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)