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Disney+ Drive-In 2021–22

Catch classic Disney, Pixar and Christmas flicks at this pop-up outdoor cinema on the Gold Coast.
By Sarah Ward
November 02, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 02, 2021
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A couple of years back, when Disney launched its own streaming platform, fans of its animated classics, beloved hits and many, many super-popular franchises were able to binge their way through the Mouse House's back catalogue from the comfort of their couch. That's still the case, of course; however, movie buffs are also being asked to leave their houses to check out a selection of the company's famed titles — all thanks to the pop-up Disney+ Drive-In that's returning to the Gold Coast.

Yes, a streaming service is running a drive-in. Or, to put it another way, a product designed to get everyone watching on small screens at home is endeavouring to lure viewers out to watch its flicks on a big screen from their cars. That's a very pandemic-era situation, with Disney+ first teaming up with Openair Cinemas to make it happen in Brisbane last year, then bringing it to the Goldie earlier year — and now heading back to the latter again between Thursday, November 25–Monday, January 3.

The drive-in will set up at the Carrara Sports Parking Precinct near Metricom Stadium, with a lineup that everything from 10 Things I Hate About You, Moulin Rouge! and Love, Simon to Cruella, Raya and the Last Dragon, Free Guy and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Also on the bill: Pretty Woman's 90's rom-com vibes, the animated version of The Lion King, Deadpool's spin on the superhero genre, and the Anne Hathaway-starring The Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada.

The drive-in's dates fall over Christmas, too, so Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Die Hard, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Santa Clause will screen as well.

Popcorn, snacks and drinks will be available onsite — or you can bring your own. It's strictly a no-alcohol affair, though.

If you're keen, you'll want to get in quick, as only a limited number of cars will be allowed in each night. And, ticket-wise, you'll be paying $40 per vehicle.

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