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Playhouse Disney was Disney Channel's programming block for preschoolers. It aired weekdays from 6 AM until 2 PM and on weekends from 6 AM until 9 AM. Playhouse Disney was also available as a 24-hour television channel, but only in certain countries outside of the United States. Staring with the Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel US on February 14, 2011, and concluding with Playhouse Disney Russia in September 2013, the Playhouse Disney blocks & channels were rebranded into Disney Junior.

History

Playhouse Disney started on the Disney Channel on May 8, 1997. However, it did not use its actual on-screen logo until 1999. In spring 2001, it re-launched with new graphics. On October 7, 2002, the block re-launched with a new logo and an animated light yellow clay ball named "Clay" (voiced by Debi Derryberry) whose catchphrases were "It's true!" and "Are you with me?" Clay would often morph himself into different things.

The previous programming announcer was actress Allyce Beasley (until March 30, 2007). The following day (March 31, 2007) "Clay" was replaced by two monkey hosts, Ooh and Aah. Every summer since 2007, usually starting sometime in May, Playhouse Disney's end time on weekdays aired only four hours. Disney Channel's original series are aired over this time slot during the change of lineup. On weekends, Playhouse Disney still aired six hours.

Programming

Original programming

Live-action series

Animated series

Acquired programming

Animated series

  • Chuggington (January 18, 2010 – February 13, 2011)
  • Timmy Time (September 13, 2010 – February 13, 2011)

Interstitial programming

Former programming

Original programming

Live-action series

Animated series

  • Henry's Amazing Animals (April 16, 1996 – 2000)
  • PB&J Otter (March 15, 1998 – April 8, 2005)
  • Rolie Polie Olie (October 4, 1998 - June 2, 2006)
  • Stanley (September 15, 2001 – May 16, 2008)
  • JoJo's Circus (September 28, 2003 – January 2, 2009)
  • The Koala Brothers (January 26, 2004 - May 16, 2008)
  • Higglytown Heroes (September 12, 2004 – March 29, 2009)

Acquired programming

Live-action series

  • Sing Me a Story with Belle (October 5, 1998 – 2000)
  • The Wiggles (June 17 2002 – June 12, 2009)
  • The Doodlebops (April 11, 2005 – April 4, 2009)

Animated series

Interstitial programming

  • Curious George (April 6, 1997 – 1999)
  • Joke Time (April 6, 1997 – October 6, 2002)
  • Spot the Dog (April 6, 1997 – October 6, 2004)
  • Behind the Ears (1997–2000, 2007-2009)
  • Circle Time (1997 – October 6, 2002)
  • Microscopic Milton (1997 – October 6, 2002)
  • Frankenguy and the Professor (November 3, 1997 – October 6, 2002)
  • Magic Drawings (1998–2001)
  • Pet Spot (1998–2000)
  • Feet Beat (1998 – October 6, 2002)
  • Poky and Friends (1999-2001)
  • Pablo the Little Red Fox (1999 – October 6, 2004)
  • Animal Stories (1999 – October 6, 2002)
  • Mini Movies (2001 – October 6, 2002)
  • Stanley's Animal Facts (2001-2006)
  • Mike's Super Short Show (January 1, 2002 – 2007)
  • Wiggles Time (2002)
  • Music Time (2002)
  • Use Your Noodle Time (October 7, 2002 – 2005)
  • Mickey's Letter Time (October 7, 2002 – 2005)
  • Sharing Time (October 7, 2002 – 2005)
  • BB's Music Time (October 7, 2002 – 2007)
  • Page's Word of the Day (October 7, 2002 - 2007)
  • Who, What & Where with Bear Time (October 7, 2002 - 2004)
  • Manners with Max (2002–2004)
  • Mini Show-and-Tell Time (2003–2007)
  • Project Playtime (2003-2007)
  • Captain Carlos (2004–2008)
  • Felix and the Flying Machine (2004–2007)
  • Go Baby! (2004–2008)
  • This is Daniel Cook (2005–2009)
  • Johnny and the Sprites (October 9, 2005 - January 13, 2007)
  • Here Come the ABCs (2006)
  • Dan Zanes House Party (2006–2009)
  • Flip (2006-2007)
  • Feeling Good with JoJo (2006–2008)
  • Here Come the 123s (2007)
  • This is Emily Yeung (2007–2009)

Announcers

Sponsorships

Rebranding

On May 26, 2010, it was announced that the Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel US, as part of a new rebranding strategy, would be renamed "Disney Junior". The announcement also called for Disney Junior to launch as a 24-hour channel to replace Disney-owned SOAPNet in the United States (which occurred March 23, 2012), and for international channels & blocks with the Playhouse Disney name to also rebrand into Disney Junior. Playhouse Disney ended its almost 14-year run as a block on Disney Channel US on February 13, 2011, and Disney Junior started the next day.

Overseas Format

Main article: Playhouse Disney Overseas Format

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