First, the good news: Hamilton will officially be available to stream on Disney Plus starting Friday, July 3, 2020 (quite a fitting release date considering the subject matter, no?). It will be available starting at 12 a.m. PST, so plan accordingly! Maybe that means staying up super late on Thursday to watch it as soon as it’s available, maybe it means waking up super early on Friday, or maybe it means just having it play on a constant loop all Fourth of July weekend.
As for how long the Hamilton movie will be available, well, we don’t know for sure. But we do know that it will be for longer than just one day. There were some rumors that the movie would be available for one day only. The Hamilton film trailer ends with text saying, “Streaming exclusively July 3,” which made some people think it was only streaming on July 3, but it actually means it’s streaming exclusively on Disney Plus starting on July 3. Lin-Manuel Miranda even confirmed that in a tweet. Whew!
We’re guessing that the Hamilton movie will actually be available to stream on Disney Plus for quite a long time, so don’t freak out if you can’t watch it right away. In February of 2020, Deadline reported that Disney had paid $75 million for exclusive, worldwide rights to the recording of the show (which was filmed over the course of three nights). It wouldn’t make sense for Disney to pull the film from the Disney Plus lineup after spending such a huge sum for it.