Disney has been on the lookout for methods to hyperlink its flagship streaming service extra carefully with different components of its empire, together with theme parks, cruise holidays and shops, as it really works to meet a promise to make Disney+ worthwhile by 2024. On Wednesday, the corporate confirmed that one concept includes a membership program that will provide companywide reductions or particular perks.
“A membership program is simply one of many thrilling concepts that’s being explored as we take into account methods to marry the bodily and digital worlds,” Kristina Schake, a Disney spokeswoman, stated in a press release. “Know-how is giving us new methods to customise and personalize the buyer expertise in order that we’re delivering leisure, experiences and merchandise which are most related to every of our visitors.”
In different phrases, Disney thinks folks can pay for a extra linked expertise — that it may possibly step up its already appreciable efforts to cross-sell. Envision, maybe, watching reveals on Disney+ which are set within the “Star Wars” universe; having access to unique, associated experiences at “Star Wars”-themed areas at Disney World and Disneyland; receiving affords for unique “Star Wars” merchandise based mostly in your Disney+ viewing historical past; and perhaps even being first to attempt new “Star Wars” rides.
The Wall Road Journal, which reported the information earlier, likened what Disney has been exploring to Amazon’s all-important Prime memberships. For $139 a 12 months or $14.99 a month, Prime members obtain free delivery and different perks, notably entry to the Prime Video streaming service.
One Disney government concerned with the membership discussions stated the comparability was deceptive. He emphasised that an providing was greater than a 12 months away, if it was rolled in any respect, and stated the discussions have been in line with how Disney brainstormed new theme park sights: Some concepts go ahead, and most don’t.
Disney already affords membership applications, together with annual theme park passes that present particular perks. In 2019, its fan membership ($100 to $130 a 12 months) supplied discounted subscriptions to Disney+.