Disney+ To Release 'Frozen 2' Early, Parents Rejoice

by Julie Scagell
Frozen 2

‘Frozen 2’ was originally scheduled to be released on Disney+ June 26

The Walt Disney Company announced that it will add the animated hit Frozen 2 to its streaming service Disney+ three months ahead of schedule — a much-needed pick-me-up for parents scrambling to figure out how they’ll fill their days as schools close during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Frozen 2 has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, messages that are incredibly relevant during this time, and we are pleased to be able to share this heartwarming story early with our Disney+ subscribers to enjoy at home on any device,” Bob Chapek, chief executive officer at The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement. He also said they wanted to provide “some fun and joy during this challenging period.”

The sequel to 2013’s Frozen and adored by parents and kids alike will be available on Disney+ in the United States starting March 15. It will be added to Disney+ in Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand on March 17. The film’s original release date was in late June. That sound you hear is the collective sigh of relief from parents knowing they’ll have at least an hour-and-a-half free to tend to something other than our kid’s impending boredom.

The already iconic film Frozen 2 became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in January of this year, raking in $1.44 billion worldwide. It gave kids a chance to reconnect with their favorite characters Anna, Elsa, Sven, and, of course, the world’s most lovable snowman, Olaf. Let’s be honest, we could all use a warm hug right about now.

The Walt Disney Company isn’t immune to the impacts of the novel coronavirus, announcing its decision to temporarily shut down its theme parks in the United States and France amid the pandemic. “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of guest and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month,” a statement regarding its California parks read.

The news is a bright spot as parents scramble to figure out work, meals, school’s online schedules, and how the hell we’ll be able to keep our kids busy while practicing the social distancing needed to halt the spread of the virus. Thank you, Disney, for making it just a little bit easier on all of us.