Disney+ launches with magical CGI lightshow around the country

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Disney+ launches in South Africa.
Disney+ launches in South Africa.
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The Walt Disney company unleashed the magic at the official launch event of Disney+ in South Africa.

The event held on Wednesday at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Pretoria, was attended by media, industry stakeholders, media personalities and a host of actors, including award-winning actor Connie Chiume who starred in Black Panther.

Connie Chiume attends the Disney+ launch.
Connie Chiume attends the Disney+ launch.

"Disney's mission is all about creating amazing quality entertainment," said The Walt Disney Company Africa senior vice president and general manager Christine Service in her welcoming speech.

"Creators all around the world have for a hundred years been coming up with timeless stories that will resonate across the globe, and those stories now live on Disney+ alongside amazing convenience, personalisation, a really easy to use interface and a great parental control, something really important to us."

Service said it was quite a journey to get here and that it was exciting to wake up Wednesday morning and see South African streamers downloading the app and watching their first stream.

To signal the arrival of Disney+ in South Africa, there was a CGI-driven journey across the country, which included live broadcast links from Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium), Cape Town (The "Silos" At The Zeitz Mocaa Museum) and Johannesburg (Soccer City) as Disney+ arrived at each location. The stunt included both light projections and a fireworks display.


Throughout the night, a series of performances that gave a sense of what Disney+ had instore included shows such as Moon Knight, natural history from National Geographic, Encanto, and The Kardashians and ended with a spectacular performance from Busiswa, who featured on Black is King, the documentary and visual album directed and written by Beyoncé.

Busiswa performed a medley of her hit songs.
One of the themed performances.
One of the themed performances.

Disney+ offers access to high-quality viewing up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, and the ability to set up to seven different profiles, including the ability for parents to set Kids Profiles that have an easy-to-navigate, child-friendly interface to access age-appropriate content. Pricing has been announced at R119.00 per month or R1 190.00 for an annual subscription.

Disney+ is also available to DStv subscribers via the Explora Ultra. Subscribers who bundle their streaming service to their existing DStv subscription will receive a R49 discount on their overall fee.

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