If you're looking for a streaming service to entertain the children over the Christmas break then Disney Plus is a great option. With over 500 films, 15,000 TV shows and 80 Disney Plus originals to choose from, the streaming service is a great place to find your child's next favourite movie to watch – and, no doubt, character to dress up as.


Whether you're kicking your feet back after a big Christmas dinner, trying to calm the children down on Christmas Eve or you're starting a festive movie marathon, Disney's huge library of content will not disappoint.

Stand-out films on Disney Plus include classics like The Lion King, Cinderella and Toy Story, to more recent favourites like Moana, Frozen and Inside Out. There are also new releases such as the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Wendy and Luca.

For those in the Christmas spirit Disney Plus is also home to the likes of 101 Dalmatians, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Home Alone. If you're looking for more inspiration check out our guide to the best family films on Disney Plus to watch in 2023.

Although there are hundreds of child-friendly options on Disney Plus it's worth remembering that not everything on the platform is suitable for children. Age ratings can vary from 0+ through to 18+ across the wide catalogue of film and television programmes available.

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If you don't want to constantly monitor what your child is watching, set up some parental controls. This guide is here to show you how you can set these up and protect children your unsuitable content.

For more guidance around Disney Plus, take a look at our guides for a breakdown of how much Disney Plus costs in the UK and how many devices you can use Disney Plus on.

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What parental controls does Disney Plus have in the UK?

Disney Plus has a range of parental controls to help you make sure your child is only viewing titles that are appropriate for their age. The platform provides 4 main ways to protect your child's viewing so you can have peace of mind when they are watching alone or if you need to pop into another room. The parental control features Disney Plus provides are:

  • Kids' profiles: Disney Plus has preset profiles for children, ensuring only family-friendly content is available on these profile types
  • Profile pins: You can choose a PIN to lock user profiles and stop your child from accidentally opening yours or another family member's. You can also set a PIN that will prevent your child from leaving their profile at all.
  • Content age rating restrictions: You can restrict content by selecting preset age ratings on Disney Plus, including 0+, 6+, 9+, 12+, 14+, 16+ and 18+
  • Profile creation limitations: This feature allows you to limit who can create new profiles on the Disney Plus app

How to set up parental controls on Disney Plus

All Disney Plus parental controls can be set up by logging into your account on any device compatible with the streaming service. This includes laptops, your Smart TV, iPad, phones, and even gaming consoles. You can see a full list of all supported devices on Disney's website.

There are several ways to access the different parental controls, from creating a Kids' Profile to adding PINs to your profiles and setting up content age rating restrictions. We've outlined each of these methods below. Once your preferred parental controls are set up, they will apply to all the devices your account is used on or can be logged into from. They will not change unless you go back and edit them in the future.

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How to create a Kids' Profile and what content is included

One of the best parental controls on Disney Plus is the Kids' Profile setting. These user profiles only include film and television shows that are suitable for viewers of any age. It's an especially good option for children aged between 0-6 years old or older children who are sensitive to any reference to violence, threat or horror.

One of the biggest benefits is that you don't have to manually adjust which content can be seen in a Kids' Profile, as it has been designed to feature only content that is suitable for the youngest viewers.

To set up a Kid's Profile:

  1. Open your Disney Plus account on any device
  2. Select the Add Profile option on the profile screen
  3. Select a character icon for your profile
  4. Enter a profile name
  5. Toggle the Kids' profile setting to On
  6. Select Save

How to add PINs to children's profiles

Disney Plus profile PINS

The profile PIN feature for Disney Plus makes sure your child can’t use other accounts and watch content that isn’t age-appropriate. If your child accidentally tries to access yours or another family member's profile, the app will block them by requesting a PIN.

The PIN is made up of 4 numbers. To set one up or manage a current PIN number, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to your profile screen and select the option to Edit Profiles. This option will usually be directly above or below the circular profile pictures or in the top right-hand corner.
  2. Select which profile you want to edit/add a PIN to.
  3. Then, select Profile PIN under the Parental Controls section.
  4. Enter your password and select Continue
  5. Enter, change, or remove a PIN and select Save

If you can’t remember your PIN, select the Forgot your PIN? option when you’re prompted to enter it. Once you verify your account by entering your password, your PIN can be reset.

There is also a PIN-like exit challenge feature to stop children from leaving their Kid’s Profile at all – useful if your child has been known to constantly mess around with the remote control. The exit challenge includes questions that younger children should find too difficult to answer. Here’s how to set up the exit challenge PIN feature:

  1. Navigate to your profile and select Edit Profiles
  2. Select the Kid's profile you wish to edit
  3. Toggle Kid-proof Exit to ON
  4. Enter your password to confirm your changes
Disney Plus Kids Profile exit question

How to set up age ratings on Disney Plus

Probably the most popular of the Disney Plus parental controls is the ability to restrict profiles to only show content of a certain age rating. In the Kids Profile, this is already done for you, and you can’t change it. For all other accounts, you can limit the content rating to several age groups. You can choose if you want to make the Disney Plus account suitable for those under the age of 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, or 18.

Once set, shows and movies rated higher than the profile’s content rating can’t be watched and will not be shown while browsing or searching. To change a Disney Plus profile content rating:

  1. Navigate to your profiles and select Edit profiles
  2. Select the profile you’d like to edit
  3. Under Parental Controls, select a Content rating
  4. Enter your password
  5. Choose the content rating you’d like to set and press Save
Disney Plus content ratings

How to set up restrictions on the profiles your kids can make

The final way to keep your child safe on Disney Plus is by restricting the different profiles that can be created on your account. This prevents children from accidentally creating profiles for which you haven’t set up parental controls.

Once the restrictions are enabled, a password will always be required when creating a new profile. To turn on the profile creation restriction, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your Disney+ account settings
  2. Under Settings, toggle Restrict Profile Creation to ON
  3. Enter your password and select Continue
Disney Plus profile creation settings

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