When Disney+ launched on November 12 of last year, it seemed like a wish upon a star come true. Finally there was a place where you were guaranteed to find all your favorite Disney-owned shows and movies, no matter when you booted up the menu. Recent developments, however, have shattered that illusion.
One of the most popular streamed movies on Disney+ last month was Home Alone. Naturally it would perform well, as it’s a seasonal tradition for many…and since Disney owns 20th Century Fox now, it seemed natural to have it available there. Yet as of January 1, 2020, it’s gone, and its sequel has vanished as well.
One might assume at first this was done because it’s not the Christmas season anymore, but the Home Alones weren’t alone. This is a full list of everything that vanished from Disney+ on January 1:
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Mickey Mouse in The Three Musketeers
Garfield 2: A Tale Of Two Kitties
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
We can’t find a pattern that suggests an obvious reason. A large amount of the removals are 20th Century Fox films, but why would Mickey’s Three Musketeers movie go? Why just Pirates 4 and not any of the others? Did anyone even want Strange Magic in the first place? The only common thread is that they’re all movies, with the exception of one special (Magical Holiday Celebration).
TV shows, for the time being, seem to be on safer ground. To date, the only TV series in the Disney+ library to disappear has been the second season of So Weird, a late-1990s Disney Channel series that tried to ride the X-Files wave. There was no explanation for the disappearance, and the season was restored to So Weird a couple of weeks later. That is….so weird.
Our best guess is that some of the removed movies are still under deals with competing services. This is confirmed true for some of the Marvel films, which will return to Netflix in 2026. Maybe Disney will explain what’s going on here. Maybe not.
In the meantime, if there’s something you really love, owning the DVD is still an option.