If you’re itching to watch “Hocus Pocus 2,” don’t bother looking anywhere other than Disney+. The sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic is exclusive to the streaming platform, and that’s not going to change. JustWatch confirms that the film, which premiered on September 30, 2022, is available solely on Disney+. The platform charges $8 a month for ad-supported streaming in the US or $11 for a plan with no ads (you can also buy a full-year subscription with 2 2-month discounts for $110 a year for a plan without ads). For UK viewers, it’s £7.99 per month or £79.90 a year for a plan without ads or £4.99.
The film reunites the original Sanderson sisters, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, nearly three decades after they first bewitched audiences. New faces also join the cast, including Whitney Peak and Hannah Waddingham. The sequel has been mostly well-received, holding a “65% Fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes as of now.
So, if you’re planning a Halloween movie night, your only ticket to this magical mayhem is a Disney+ subscription. And given the film’s exclusive release on the platform, it’s clear that Disney is banking on nostalgia and star power to keep viewers hooked to their service.
Is Hocus Pocus 2 on anything other than Disney Plus?
No, “Hocus Pocus 2” is exclusive to Disney+. You won’t find it streaming or showing anywhere else. If you’re keen on watching the Sanderson sisters’ latest antics, a Disney+ subscription is your only gateway.
Is Hocus Pocus on Netflix or Hulu?
Nope, “Hocus Pocus” isn’t on Netflix or Hulu. Like its sequel, the original film is a Disney property and is available exclusively on Disney+. So, if you’re in the mood for some Sanderson sister magic, you’ll need a Disney+ subscription.
What are your options for a Disney Plus subscription?
Disney Plus offers two main subscription plans: the Basic plan at $7.99 monthly and the Premium plan at $10.99 monthly. The Basic plan comes with ads, while the Premium plan is ad-free and includes additional features like Dolby Atmos sound and the ability to download content. Both plans simultaneously allow streaming on up to four devices and provide access to a comprehensive content library featuring Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic titles.
For those interested in bundling services, Disney Plus offers several options. The Duo Basic bundle costs $9.99 per month and includes Disney Plus and Hulu with ads. The Trio Basic bundle is priced at $12.99 per month and adds ESPN+ to the mix, also with ads. The Trio Premium bundle, priced at $19.99 per month, includes all three services without ads.
Why was Hocus Pocus 2 not in theaters?
According to TheWrap, Disney chose a streaming-only release to boost the profile and popularity of Disney+. The strategic decision aimed to capitalize on the film’s nostalgic value and star power to attract more subscribers to the platform. While the movie generated significant demand, comparable to big-screen blockbusters, some analysts believe a theatrical release could have added another layer of success. However, Disney stands by its streaming-first strategy, citing strong viewership data as validation.
Will there be a Hocus Pocus 3?
Yes, it’s official. Walt Disney Pictures president Sean Bailey confirmed that “Hocus Pocus 3” is in the works. The news comes after the sequel, “Hocus Pocus 2,” became the number one film premiere on Disney+ domestically. While details about the release date and cast are still under wraps, prospects are high for the original Sanderson sisters to return. So, fans of the franchise have another magical installment to look forward to.
Where can you watch the original ‘Hocus Pocus’?
The original ‘Hocus Pocus’ is available for streaming on Disney Plus. You can also rent or purchase it through various digital platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft Store, DirecTV, Vudu, and Apple TV. Some cable networks may feature it during seasonal programming, especially around Halloween.
You can rent it for $3.99 or buy it for $19.99. The movie is available in 4K.