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Disney Plus hidden features — how to access extra content, special features and more

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Disney Plus is easily one of the best streaming services available. Bringing together content from across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, it’s the ideal streamer for the whole family. And each month the list of what's new on Disney Plus changes, as new shows and movies arrive.

Since its launch in 2019, the service has gone from strength to strength, with must-view original content like The Mandalorian and WandaVision becoming binge-watching favorites. However, even if you’ve been subscribed since the early days, Disney Plus still has a few secrets, shortcuts, and hidden features up its sleeve.

These features can help you access a wealth of additional content, as well as enjoy special content that takes you behind the scenes of your favorite shows and movies. Read on for all the Disney Plus hidden features you need to know about, and how to access them.

Disney Plus hidden features: Access special features 

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One of the biggest losses in the transition from physical media to streaming has been the decline of special features. If you own a movie on DVD/Blu-ray you’ll typically get access to a range of supplementary content that takes you behind the scenes, whereas with streaming platforms you traditional get the main feature and nothing else. 

Disney Plus, however, offers special features for many of its biggest movies/TV shows. To access this bonus content, select what you want to watch and then click the “extras” tab underneath the play button. Here you can find trailers, deleted scenes, gag reels and behind-the-scenes featurettes.  

Not every piece of content offers bonus features, but if you’ve really enjoyed a movie or TV show it’s worth checking if there are any extras to extend your viewing experience.  

Disney Plus hidden features: Disable autoplay

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Autoplay can be a very useful feature. Automatically starting the next episode of a TV show once the previous one has concluded is great when you’re binge-watching. But it’s not quite so useful when you just want to watch a single episode or want to switch between multiple shows. 

Thankfully, Disney Plus does allow you to disable autoplay if you prefer to manually start the next episode. To do this, click your user icon, then press Edit Profiles, select the profile you wish to edit and then disable autoplay using the slider. Currently, this feature is available on desktop and iOS/Android. 

Disney Plus hidden features: Unlock more content

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Disney Plus has a whole load of content, but did you know that you might not be getting the full library on your account? 

While the majority of content offered by the streaming service falls into the family-friendly category there are a few movies and TV shows available designed for grown-ups (especially if you live in Europe and have access to Stars). In order to watch content designed for adults, you need to have your profile set to 18+. 

In order to do this navigate to the Edit Profiles tab by clicking on your account icon, then pressing the Edit Profiles button. Select the profile you wish to set as an adult account, then scroll down to Content rating, this is located underneath the Parental Controls heading. You’ll be prompted to enter your account password, and then can set the age rating of the account. Set it to 18+ to have full access to the entire Disney Plus library. 

When setting up new accounts Disney Plus will often default them to a lower age bracket, so it’s certainly worth checking your account has full access just in case. You might be missing out on some excellent content without knowing. 

Disney Plus hidden features: Enjoy content collections 

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One of our favorite things about Disney Plus is its unique content collections. These range from a collection that groups together all the holiday-themed episodes of The Simpsons to one that brings together a range of compelling sports documentaries. 

There are also Toy Story, Cars and Frozen collections, which package up all the films, shows and animated shorts within each respective universe. These are just the tip of the iceberg as well.

These collections rotate with seasonal picks being added throughout the year. It’s definitely worth having a regular browse of them to see what’s new. Accessing them is also super straightforward. Just navigate over to the search tab and before you enter anything in the search bar scroll down. You’ll instantly see a range of collections that you can start watching instantly. 

Now you've unlocked the secrets of Disney Plus, take a look at our guide on Netflix hidden features and hidden Prime Video features you may have missed. And if you're having issues with your Disney Plus account, check out how to get Disney Plus customer service.

Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.