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Every Original Show Disney+ Removed in 2023

For the first time in history, Disney is removing dozens of Disney+ and Hulu originals from its platforms.

In 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery started an unfortunate industry trend when it removed a bunch of its original streaming content from HBO Max, including Infinity Train, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo. The next company pulling original content is Disney, which removed dozens of titles from its two biggest streaming platforms, Disney+ and Hulu, on May 26, 2023.

Since Disney fully owns these titles and doesn’t have to pay to license them from other studios, this move might be confusing for a lot of viewers—especially since they have been advertised as streaming exclusives, or perks for being a subscriber. But by removing the content from its services, Disney can avoid paying residuals to the people who created and worked on them, thus saving some money.

HBO Max’s 2022 policy changes did a lot to impact customer loyalty—the service did really well in our 2022 Customer Satisfaction Survey before the mass cancellations, but it started to slip in our 2023 survey. We hypothesize this decline of faith in the HBO Max brand name might have been a factor in the decision to drop “HBO” from the title—a real case of throwing the brand recognition baby out with the bathwater. Both Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery have been plagued by layoffs in recent months.

We’ve still yet to see whether this mass dumping of original content turns out well for Disney+ or whether we’ll see the service change its name to “Plus” in a crisis down the road. But we’re here to help you prepare for whatever changes may come, so let’s discuss what titles are gone and what it means for you.

See what else Disney+ has to offer

It may seem bleak with so many titles leaving the service, but Disney still has a respectable array of offerings for fans of Marvel and Star Wars. Check out our Disney+ Originals page for more information.

When is Disney+ removing original content?

Disney removed original content from Disney+ and Hulu on May 26. After that date, we don’t know what will happen to affected titles like Just Beyond, Stargirl, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Willow.

Willow (2022)
Willow (2022), no longer available to stream on Disney+

Where to watch the shows removed from Disney+

As of posting, it’s not clear what will happen to the condemned Disney+ Originals. They might end up back on the service eventually, or they may get licensed out to other streaming services for extra cash.

Ideally, all of these titles could receive home video releases so fans could buy the episodes on Google Play or own the DVDs for themselves. However, Warner Bros. Discovery didn’t go that route, and we’re worried that Disney won’t, either.

Kristen Schaal and Tony Hale holding umbrellas and looking upset.
The Mysterious Benedict Society, no longer available to stream on Disney+.

Update 10/25: Disney recently released several of its removed original films on VOD platforms to rent or buy. These titles include Artemis FowlBetter Nate Than NeverCraterCheaper by the DozenFlora & UlyssesStargirlHollywood StargirlThe One and Only IvanTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, and Wolfgang. Unfortunately, its shows like Willow and The Mysterious Benedict Society have yet to resurface.

Shows and movies leaving Disney+

Update 5/31: After the removal, it became apparent that Disney removed dozens more titles than had originally been communicated. This section has been updated to reflect the full scope of removed titles.

While Disney originally seemed to be targeting its non-Star Wars, non-Marvel titles, when the big removal finally happened, Marvel’s Runaways disappeared as well. No IP is safe from the 2023 Disney Purge. Surprisingly, though, The Santa Clauses and National Treasure: Edge of History are sticking around, despite the former receiving poor reviews and the latter being outright canceled.

A lot of the pulled titles are adaptations, like Stargirl, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond, while others are remakes and sequels like Turner and Hooch, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, and Willow. Regardless of how these titles performed, this move is disappointing for the cast and crew who are losing out on potential residuals or royalties and who signed agreements under the assumption that Disney+ Originals would live as long as the service. It’s also a huge bummer for viewers—both existing fans who can no longer rewatch their favorite shows and for potential fans who hadn’t gotten around to watching these titles yet. Willow only just came out this winter!

Maybe all isn’t completely lost. Disney has already started walking back some of its choices, and Deadline reported that Howard, A Spark Story, Marvel’s MPower, and Marvel’s Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever are remaining on the platform for the time being.

Maybe the company realized that removing a documentary about the late lyricist Howard Ashman on the same day as the new Little Mermaid release in theaters was not, in fact, the move.

However, the rest of the titles on this list were unfortunately removed from Disney+ on May 26:

  • America the Beautiful
  • Among the Stars
  • Artemis Fowl
  • A Very Boy Band Holiday
  • Be Our Chef
  • Best in Snow
  • Better Nate Than Ever
  • Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear
  • Big Shot
  • Black Beauty
  • Brain Games
  • Brain Games: On the Road
  • Breaking Bobby Bones
  • Chasing Waves
  • Cheaper by the Dozen (2022)
  • Chorus: Success, Here We Go!
  • Clouds
  • Club Mickey Mouse Malaysia
  • Diary of a Future President
  • Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
  • DisneyNature Penguins Life On The Edge
  • DisneyNature In the Footsteps of the Elephant
  • DisneyNature Diving With Dolphins
  • DisneyNature Bear Witness
  • Disney’s Magic Bake-Off
  • Earth to Ned
  • Encore!
  • Family Reboot
  • Flora & Ulysses
  • Foodtastic
  • Gina Yei
  • Harmonious Live!
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker!
  • Hollywood Stargirl
  • It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer
  • It’s All Right!
  • Just Beyond
  • Low Tone Club
  • Magic Camp
  • Marvel 616
  • Marvel’s Runaways
  • Marvel’s Project Hero
  • More Than Robots
  • On Pointe
  • Own the Room
  • Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays
  • Pick the Litter
  • Prop Culture
  • Queen Family Sing-Along
  • Race to the Center of the Earth
  • Rogue Trip
  • Shop Class
  • Stargirl
  • Stuntman
  • Super/Natural
  • The Big Fib
  • The Chicken Squad
  • The Magic Maker
  • The Making of Willow
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • The Quest
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Real Right Stuff
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum
  • Timmy Failure
  • Turner & Hooch
  • Ultra Violet and Black Scorpion
  • Weird but True!
  • Willow
  • Wolfgang
  • World of Flavor with Big Moe Cason

Shows and movies leaving Hulu

Disney, owning a majority stake in Hulu, also removed a lot of original content from Hulu on May 26. This includes titles produced with FX and Nat Geo.

  • 9/11: One Day in America
  • Best in Dough
  • Best in Snow
  • Bin Laden’s Hard Drive
  • Buried Secrets of WWII
  • Croc That Ate Jaws
  • Darby and the Dead
  • Dollface
  • Drug Lords: The Next Generation
  • Everything’s Trash
  • Extreme Rescues
  • Life Below Zero: Next Generation
  • Little Demon
  • Locked Up Abroad
  • Love in the Time of Corona
  • Maggie
  • Marvel’s Runaways
  • Most Wanted Sharks
  • National Geographic Investigates: LSD and Psychedelics
  • North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator
  • Pistol
  • Rosaline
  • The Armstrong Tapes
  • The Hot Zone
  • The Premise
  • The Princess
  • The Quest
  • To Catch a Smuggler Rome
  • Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller
  • Ultimate Survival WWII
  • Y: The Last Man

It is not clear how any of these titles were chosen for removal.

Disney+ original content FAQ

Why is Disney+ removing original content?

In a recent earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a series of strategic changes to ensure the company is profitable before 2025. Removing original content seems to be part of that; it looks like the company has deemed it too expensive to pay creators, despite the fact that Disney already invested huge sums of money in the content.

TL;DR? Disney doesn’t want to pay its casts and crews residual fees on streaming exclusives anymore.

Is Disney bringing back the Disney Vault?

No, Disney is not bringing back the Disney Vault, although it does feel a bit similar. The “Disney Vault” was a concept used in the 1990s and 2000s, when the company would cycle through its home releases for animated films like Fantasia and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, creating periods of false scarcity where these titles went out of print.

However, the difference here is that Disney+ Originals did not receive any sort of home video release. When a Disney movie went into the “Disney Vault,” customers who bought the VHS or DVD during the release window could still watch the titles as much as they wanted. In addition, anyone with a library card could easily access these movies from the library, and video rental stores like Blockbuster were extremely popular.

But you won’t be able to find any Disney+ Originals anywhere after their deletion. It’s possible Disney will sell the titles out to free, ad-supported television (FAST) services, but FAST stations are usually a step backward. They don’t mean you can watch the titles at any time, on demand. Without a physical release of shows like Willow, there would be no way to reliably and legally watch the discarded Disney+ originals.

Is Disney+ removing content because of the writers’ strike?

Disney is definitely feeling the effects of the writers’ strike. Production shut down on several Disney shows, including Daredevil: Born Again. Before finally coming to an agreement with the unions, Disney opted for for mass layoffs and price hikes.

Logically, Disney+ should have leaned on existing content to get viewers through the writers’ strike—not everyone is a fan of unscripted reality TV and sports. Re-releases with new marketing campaigns for titles that got lost in the noise of the streaming boom could be a way forward for the company. ABC has floated the idea of airing Disney+ Originals on primetime TV, but it’s not clear whether that would involve the doomed shows or just the super-popular hits like The Mandalorian and WandaVision.

Right now, Disney+ is focused on cutting costs, and that includes cutting the cost of residuals paid to cast and crew—the same cast and crew members who are currently striking or organizing to strike. It’s hard to say whether these events are directly related, but it certainly feels a bit like retaliation. Either way, this is bad news for consumers. That Disney+ subscription is now worth a little less.

Is Disney+ merging with Hulu?

Yes, Disney plans to combine its two largest streaming services in the near future. This move will come with a hefty price increase despite the loss in original content from both services. Aren’t monopolies fun?

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