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How to Stream ‘Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration’ For Free

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Intro: How to Stream Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration

It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty years since we were first transported into the world of Belle, the Beast, and the enchanted castle in Disney’s beloved animated film, Beauty and the Beast. Now Disney is celebrating this milestone with a musical television special.

In this article, we will cover all the options available to stream Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration without cable, including how to watch it for free!

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What You Need to Know First About Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration

Similar to the 2019 special The Little Mermaid Live!, this Beauty and the Beast tribute will feature footage of the animated film mixed in with new performances of its musical numbers. 

It’s produced by Jon M. Chu, the director of In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians, and the upcoming movie adaptation of Wicked. The cast features H.E.R. as Belle, Josh Groban as the Beast, Joshua Henry as Gaston, Rita Moreno as the Narrator, Martin Short as Lumière, and Shania Twain as Mrs. Potts.

The original voice actress behind Belle (Paige O’Hara) as well as the original voices of the Beast (Richard White) and composer Alan Menken will also make cameo appearances. A tribute to the late Angela Lansbury is planned as well.

With a lavish production featuring all-new sets, hundreds of new costumes (including a massive puppetry suit for the Beast), and a live audience at Disney Studios, this television special is set to be a memorable one.

How to Stream Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration

The two-hour event is set to air beginning at 8:00PM Eastern Time on Thursday, December 15th, 2022 on ABC. 

To watch the broadcast when it first airs on Thursday night, you will need access to a live TV streaming service that includes ABC. 

Below, we’ve compiled a full list of streaming services that include access to the broadcast. Three of these streaming services (fuboTV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream) offer free trials.

ServicePriceFree Trial?Sign-Up Link
Vidgo$59.95/moNoSign Up Here
fuboTV$69.99/mo w/
15% off 1st mo
Yes (7 days)Sign Up Here
YouTube TV$64.99/moYes (up to 14 days)Sign Up Here
DirecTV Stream$69.99/moYes (5 days)Sign Up Here
Hulu + Live TV$69.99/moNoSign Up Here

Can I Stream the Live Beauty and the Beast TV Special for Free?

Yes, by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Stream, you will be able to watch Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration for free when it first airs on the night of December 15th.

Will Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration Be on Disney+?

Yes, beginning on Friday, December 16th, 2022 subscribers to Disney+ will be able to stream the television special through the streaming service. 

Subscriptions to Disney+ are $7.99 a month for the Basic plan (with ads) and either $10.99 a month or $109.99 per year for the Premium plan (ad-free). For more on their pricing, go here.

Final Thoughts: How to Stream Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration

Will you be tuning in? What’s your favorite song from Beauty and the Beast? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Matt Davis
Matt Davis is a writer, entertainment critic, and content creator that hails from the Kanas City area. He has been featured in various publications, including TODAY.com and CNET. As the founder of Shall I Stream It? he has helped it grow into a multi-platform media outlet that reaches over 100,000 viewers each month.
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