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. Internationally, Playhouse Disney was also available as a 24-hour television channel, but not in the United States. Starting with the Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel in the United States on February 14, 2011, and concluding with Playhouse Disney Russia in September 2013, the Playhouse Disney blocks and channels were rebranded into Disney Junior.

History

Playhouse Disney launched on the Disney Channel on May 8, 1997. However, it did not use its general 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 stop-motion talking yellow clay named "Clay" (voiced by Debi Derryberry) whose catchphrases were "It's true!" and "Are you with me?" Clay would often shift himself into different things.

The former 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 June, Disney Channel began truncating the weekday block to four hours (from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time) in order to air episodes of Disney Channel's original series during the late morning and early afternoon hours; however, the weekend schedule continued to air as a seven-hour block.

Final programming

Original programming

Live-action series

Animated series

Foreign programming

Animated series

  • Chuggington (January 18, 2010 – February 13, 2011)
  • Charlie and Lola (March 21, 2005 – February 13, 2011, now on Universal Kids)
  • Timmy Time (September 13, 2010 – February 13, 2011)

Interstitial programming

Former programming

Original programming

Live-action series

Animated series

Foreign programming

Live-action series

  • The Wiggles (June 17, 2002 – June 12, 2009, now on Universal Kids)
  • The Doodlebops (April 11, 2005 – April 4, 2009)

Animated series

  • Katie and Orbie (June 2, 1997 – 2000)
  • Rolie Polie Olie (October 4, 1998 - June 2, 2006)
  • Rupert (September 4, 2000 - January 2001)
  • Anatole (2002 - 2003)
  • The Koala Brothers (January 26, 2004 - May 16, 2008)

Acquired programming

Live-action series

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, 2001)
  • 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 (2004–2005)
  • 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

  • Randy Thomas (1997-2001)
  • Allyce Beasley (2001-2007)
  • Tara Strong (2007-2011)

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

Gallery

Wikipedia
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