What is the Disney Vault and how does it work?
The “Disney Vault” is the term used by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment for its policy of putting home video releases of Walt Disney Animation Studios animated features on moratorium. Each Disney film is available for purchase for a limited time, after which it is put “in the vault” and not made available in stores for several years until it is once again released. The Walt Disney Company itself states that this process is done to both control their market and to allow Disney films to be fresh for new generations of young children.
Planning your purchases
What you need to understand about the vault is that if a title is released from the depths of the vault in say, 2012, don’t bet on seeing it for a long, long time. So if something comes out of the vault and you need it for your collection – make sure you get it! It won’t be around for years once it goes back in. Some might cynically say that this is Disney’s way of making sure that they make a ton of money….but they do tend to leave titles out for purchase for a while before sending them back to the vault.
So what has come out of the vault in recent years?
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Fantasia (1940) (Replaced Aladdin)
- Alice in Wonderland
- Peter Pan
- Lady and the Tramp
- Sleeping Beauty
- 101 Dalmatians
- The Jungle Book
- The Little Mermaid
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Lion King
By the time you read this, these titles will mostly like be back in the vault and likely to stay there for some time.
What’s due out of the vault next? What’s going back in?
Movies out of the vault right now (as of March 2013):
The Lion King
Lady and the Tramp
The sword in the stone
Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the beast
Movies going BACK into the vault very soon:
Beauty and the beast
Fantasia and Fantasia 2000
Movies coming OUT of the vault next:
Cinderella (Diamond edition and blu ray combo pack fall 2012)
Aladdin (20th anniversary and special edition spring 2013)
The Little mermaid ( 3D release and diamond edition mar 2013)
After these movies have their share out of the vault you’ll possibly see:
Mulan (for its 15th anniversary)
Movies that are back in the vault and won’t be seen for another 8 years are:
Movies that you wont see for awhile are:
Better plan your shopping accordingly!
See what is out of the vault right now and due for release! This is limited to the UK schedule only.