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By Sarah Ward
March 02, 2021
By Sarah Ward
March 02, 2021

Since late in 2019, when Disney launched its own streaming platform, fans of its animated classics, beloved hits and many, many super-popular franchises have been able to binge their way through the Mouse House's back catalogue from the comfort of their couch. Come May, however, movie buffs are 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 heading 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 now endeavouring to lure viewers out to watch its flicks on a big screen from their cars. That's a very 2020–21 situation, with Disney+ first teaming up with Openair Cinemas to make it happen in Brisbane last year, and now bringing it to the Goldie this year.

The drive-in will hit Metricon Stadium on Sunday, May 9, with its season running through until Saturday, May 29. New this time around is the inclusion of movies from Star, the new Disney+ expansion that just hit Down Under in February — and brought 600-plus films and TV shows with it.

As for what'll be screening, the lineup includes everything from 10 Things I Hate About You to a sing-along session of The Little Mermaid. Also on the bill: Titanic's watery romance, both the animated and live-action versions of The Lion King, Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit, multiple Oscar-nominee Nomadland and the horror thrills of 28 Days Later.

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 60 cars will be allowed in each night. And, ticket-wise, you'll be paying per car; however, prices will vary depending on how many folks are in your vehicle.

Updated April 13.

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