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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. In 2011, Disney rebranded the channel to Disney Junior, which continued to air former Playhouse Disney series and new original content.

Programming 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 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. On January 1, 2007, it received substantial upgrades to its on-air presence. At this time, "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.

When Playhouse Disney originally launched in the United Kingdom, it used live presentation and links, being set in a large "Playhouse" featuring different rooms and areas. This presentation format was also used for Playhouse Disney in Australia, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany and several other territories outside North America.

Playhouse Disney UK's main live presenters were Dave Benson Phillips and Alex Lovell, who were referred to as Big Dave and Little Alex. In addition to presenting the "Playhouse", both Dave and Alex presented "Music Time", where they sang mostly Disney songs, with the original recordings of the songs. Dave also presented the children's cookery show, Bite Size, alongside Sophie Aldred and Karl Woolley.

In addition, there was the "Circle Time" segment, presented by Jason Canning, where children made up stories from animated drawings that the viewers sent in. There was also "Art Play", where Sara-Louise Harper helped children create a piece of artwork based on a popular Disney movie.

In April 2004, the format of the channel changed. the 'Circle Time' strand was removed and Jason Canning was axed. Art Play presenter Sara-Louise Harper was also axed from the channel and was replaced by Olivia Bonnici. From 6pm to 6am, a dedicated nighttime block was introduced called "PJ's Bedtime", presented by Olivia and Big Dave. While the "Playhouse" format would remain for another 2 years, the channel's presentation gradually focused more out-of-vision links, like its American counterpart.

On 27 August 2006, Dave Benson Philips and Alex Lovell were axed from the channel, which also led to the removal of the Art Play and Music Time strands. The two remaining strands, PJ's Bedtime and Bite Size, were removed in November 2007 and May 2008, respectively.

In September 2007, the channel logo in the external promotionals (programme press releases, promos for terrestrial television) were changed to include the inscription "Channel" as in all Playhouse Disney Europe channels, but on the channel itself the logo was not changed. This move was to differentiate the channel from the "Playhouse Disney" block, shown all mornings on the american Disney Channel.

New presenters Samantha Pearl and James Sherwood were added to the channel in September 2009; they appeared on air between 6pm and 8pm.

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

  • PB&J Otter (March 15, 1998 – June 17, 2005)
  • Rolie Polie Olie (October 4, 1998 - December 26, 2006)
  • A Little Curious (Canadian version) (January 26, 1999 – August 15, 2000)
  • Stanley (September 15, 2001 – September 5, 2008)
  • The Koala Brothers (January 19, 2004 - September 5, 2008)
  • JoJo's Circus (September 28, 2003 – January 4, 2009)
  • Higglytown Heroes (September 12, 2004 – March 28, 2009)
  • My Friends Tigger & Pooh (May 12, 2007 – October 9, 2010)

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 (June 17, 2005 – April 4, 2009)

Animated series

  • Henry's Amazing Animals (April 16, 1996 – 1999)
  • TaleSpin (April 6, 1997 – October 2, 1998)
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers (April 6, 1997 – September 5, 1999)
  • The Little Mermaid (April 7, 1997 – September 7th, 2002)
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (April 7, 1997 – September 1, 2006)
  • Adventures in Wonderland (April 7, 1997 – June 5, 1998)
  • Katie and Orbie (June 6, 1997 – 2000)
  • Madeline (June 6, 1997 – January 2, 2005)
  • Jungle Cubs (September 15, 1997 – 2000)
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (October 5, 1998 – 2000)
  • Sing Me a Story with Belle (October 5, 1998 – 2000)
  • Rupert (September 4, 2000 - January 2001, aired on Nick Jr. in the United States)
  • Anatole (2002 - 2003)

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 & The Professor (November 3, 1997 – October 6, 2002)
  • Magic Drawings (1998–2000)
  • 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)
  • Use Your Noodle 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)
  • The World of Piwi (2003-2004)
  • Draw with Piwi (2003-2004)
  • My Little Pony G3 (2004-2006)
  • 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 block as part of a new rebranding strategy would be renamed "Disney Junior", and a new 24-hour channel replaced Disney-owned SOAPNet in the United States on March 23, 2012. International channels with the Playhouse Disney name were also changed to the Disney Junior rebranding in 2011. Playhouse Disney ended its 14-year run on February 13, 2011, and Disney Junior started the next day.

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