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By Sarah Ward
November 14, 2020
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Disney+ Drive-In

Catch classic Disney, Marvel, Pixar and 'Star Wars' flicks at this pop-up outdoor cinema.
By Sarah Ward
November 14, 2020
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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. For a few weeks in December, 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 new pop-up Disney+ Drive-In that's coming to Melbourne.

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 situation, with Disney+ teaming up with Openair Cinemas to make it happen.

The drive-in will arrive in Melbourne — at the Melbourne Showgrounds car park, to be specific — on Thursday, December 3, screening films every night (except Tuesdays) until Monday, December 28. As for what'll be screening, the Disney+ Drive-In is working through the Mouse House's hits, screening single features each night.

Quite a few sessions have already sold out now that Melbourne is easing back to normality, but The Force Awakens will take you into the Star Wars universe — and you can get your Marvel fix via Thor: Ragnarok. Among the throwback titles, Freaky Friday, The Simpsons Movie and Big are all on the bill, as is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Or, you can croon tunes to The Greatest Showman and watch the live-action version of The Lion King, too.

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

And, ticket-wise, you'll be paying per car; however, prices vary depending the number of people in your car.

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