Disney Announces Release Dates for Highly Anticipated Movies Including Toy Story 5

Published on 4/6/24 by Craig Smith

toy story 5 release dateIn a strategic move to captivate audiences and outline its vision for 2026, Disney has announced the release dates for some of its most anticipated titles ahead of CinemaCon. This unveiling includes major updates for the continuation and expansion of beloved franchises, demonstrating Disney’s ambitious slate for the near future.


The Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away with “The Mandalorian & Grogu”


First on the list, Jon Favreau’s transition of “The Mandalorian” from the small screen to the big screen in “The Mandalorian & Grogu” is set to hit theaters on May 22, 2026. This release aligns with the Star Wars tradition of Memorial Day weekend openings, a coveted spot previously marked by “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” As of now, “The Mandalorian & Grogu” boasts a clear launch pad without any competing wide releases, setting the stage for what could be a monumental return to the Star Wars universe.


“Toy Story 5” – A New Chapter for Pixar


Disney also revealed that “Toy Story 5” will be delighting fans old and new on June 19, 2026. As an untitled Pixar movie slot transformed, this date marks the continuation of one of the most beloved and successful animated franchises in history. Despite sharing this date with a Warner Bros/New Line’s yet-to-be-disclosed title, the return of Woody, Buzz, and the gang is expected to create a significant buzz.


Moana’s Live Action Voyage


The live-action adaptation of “Moana,” initially impacted by the release of “Moana 2” during Thanksgiving, is now scheduled to make waves on July 10, 2026. This new date promises to bring a fresh, immersive experience to the beloved story, with no direct competition currently announced for its release window.


“Tron: Ares” – The Digital Frontier Expands


Tron: Ares” has been officially slotted for October 10, 2025, reviving the iconic digital universe with a new tale nearly 15 years after “Tron: Legacy.” Directed by Joachim Rønning and featuring a star-studded cast including Jared Leto, Jodie Turner-Smith, and Gillian Anderson, this sequel promises to blend cutting-edge technology with gripping storytelling, continuing the legacy of its predecessors.


These announcements not only set the stage for a thrilling 2026 for Disney but also showcase the diverse storytelling paths the entertainment giant is exploring.


From the depths of space with “The Mandalorian & Grogu” to the nostalgic return to Andy’s room in “Toy Story 5,” the vibrant island life in “Moana’s” live-action adaptation, and the digital realm of “Tron: Ares,” Disney is poised to dominate the box office with a mix of nostalgia, innovation, and adventure. As we edge closer to these dates, anticipation will undoubtedly build, marking a new chapter in Disney’s storied legacy.