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Disney Plus hidden features: how to access additional content, special features and more

Disney Plus is easily one of the best streaming services available. Bringing together content from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, it’s the ideal streamer for the whole family.

Since its launch in 2019, the service has gone from strength to strength, with must-see original content like The Mandalorian and WandaVision becoming binge-favorites. However, even if you’ve been a subscriber since the early days, Disney Plus still has some 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 hidden Disney Plus 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 in special features. If you own a DVD/Blu-ray movie, you’ll typically get access to a variety of supplemental content that takes you behind the scenes, whereas with streaming platforms, you traditionally get the main feature and nothing else.

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

Not all content offers extra features, but if you really enjoyed a movie or TV show, it’s worth checking for extras to extend your viewing experience.

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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 that useful when you only want to watch a single episode or want to switch between multiple shows.

Fortunately, Disney Plus allows you to disable autoplay if you prefer to manually start the next episode. To do this, click on your user icon, then press Edit profiles, select the profile you want 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 lot of content, but did you know that you may not get the entire library on your account?

While most of the content the streaming service offers is in the family category, there are some movies and TV shows available that are designed for adults (especially if you live in Europe and have access to Stars). To view content designed for adults, you must have your profile set to 18+.

To do this, navigate to the Edit Profiles tab by clicking on your account icon, then press the Edit Profiles button. Select the profile you want to set as an adult account, then scroll down to Content Rating, which is under the Parental Controls heading. You will be prompted to enter your account password and then you can set the account age rating. Set it to 18+ for full access to the entire Disney Plus library.

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

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 bundles all the holiday-themed episodes of The Simpsons to one that brings together a variety of compelling sports documentaries.

There are also Toy Story, Cars, and Frozen collections, which bring together all the movies, shows, and animated shorts within each respective universe. These are just the tip of the iceberg too.

These collections rotate and seasonal selections are added throughout the year. They’re definitely worth checking out regularly to see what’s new. Accessing them is also very easy. Just navigate to the search tab and before you enter anything in the search bar, scroll down. You will instantly see a variety of collections that you can instantly start viewing.

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

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