Disney’s latest live-action animation hit the UK's cinema screens in May 2023 and will be available to watch on Disney Plus from Wednesday, 6 September, unofficially known as Disney Plus Day.


The Little Mermaid is a remake of the original 1989 musical animation and follows the story of Ariel (played by pop star Halle Bailey), an adventure-seeking mermaid curious to explore life from above, rather than ‘under the sea’.

During the action-packed film, which runs for just over 2 hours, we watch Ariel fall in love with a human prince, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula and come up against her father King Triton. Fans of the original will be happy to hear that the latest release largely stays true to the classic animation, with a couple of tweaks, including 3 new songs added to the soundtrack.

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When will The Little Mermaid be on Disney Plus in the UK?

Halle Bailey in Disney's The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey in Disney's The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid will arrive on Disney Plus on Wednesday, 6 September, 2023, after its run at the cinema. This follows the usual pattern for new releases on Disney Plus - normally major film releases on Disney Plus follow a minimum 90-day period after their cinema debut.

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In the meantime, you can watch the 1989 original animation, streaming now on Disney Plus.

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Will The Little Mermaid be available to stream online anywhere else in the UK?

Yes - as well as catching The Little Mermaid on Disney Plus from Wednesday, 6 September, 2023, there are a couple of other platforms you can stream it from.

The film is also available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV Plus now. It will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday, 25 September, 2023.

When will The Little Mermaid be in cinemas in the UK?

The Little Mermaid is now screening in cinemas across the UK. It was released in cinemas in the UK on Friday, 26 May 2023.

How long will The Little Mermaid be in cinemas in the UK?

There is no definite answer to how long The Little Mermaid will be in the cinemas, but we can expect it on the big screens for at least 90 days from its release date (26 May 2023). This takes us to the end of August. It will then start streaming on Disney Plus from Wednesday, 6 September.

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Cordelia AspinallDigital Writer

Cordelia Aspinall is a Digital Writer for Immediate Media, working across brands including The Recommended, RadioTimes.com, MadeForMums and BBC Gardeners’ World. She has previously worked and written for digital publications including Condé Nast Traveller, The Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, and several other lifestyle brands.