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Encyclopedia > The Disney Channel
The Disney Channel logo used only in the United States from 1997-2002.

The Disney Channel is a cable TV network run by The Walt Disney Company in the United States. Disney Channel features family-oriented programming, much of it aimed at pre-teens and young adolescents.

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Programming

Most Disney Channel programming, surprisingly, does not heavily feature the "classic" Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy. The character appear on occasion, especially during the holidays on movies such as Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, and are also featured on the show House of Mouse, which airs each midday on the channel. Disney television shows and movies were once the main staple of the channel, but they have gradually been phased out.


For several years, the channel also showcased programs for adults, such as concerts, classic movies, and original series such as the US-Canadian co-production Road to Avonlea.


The only actual spinoff of Disney Channel is Toon Disney, which features (mostly) cartoons either created or distributed by Disney. The ABC Family Channel (originally CBN and later The Family Channel and later FOX Family, founded in 1976 by Pat Robertson), is now owned by Disney and also features some programming similar to the Disney Channel.


Today's Disney Channel runs mostly cancelled ABC sitcoms such as Boy Meets World and Sister Sister and original programming such as That's So Raven and Phil of the Future. Other shows aired by Disney Channel include The Proud Family, Kim Possible, Recess, and Lilo and Stitch: The Series. Additionally, a movie is broadcast every night at 8 P.M. Eastern Time, although they aren't always feature films. The Disney Channel releases a new made-for-TV movie every month, and those are frequently broadcast during that timeslot. Occasionally, Disney will secure the rights to air a picture released by a non-Disney studio, such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.


Preschool programming includes, Rolie Polie Olie, PB&J Otter and Stanley.


The channel received a special citation from U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1984, who, coincidentally, was present at the opening of Disneyland.


Disney Channel Original Movies

  1. Tiger Town (1983)
  2. Gone are the Dayes (1984)
  3. Love Leads the Way (1984)
  4. Black Arrow (1985)
  5. Lots of Luck (1985)
  6. The Undergrads (1985)
  7. The Blue Yonder (1985)
  8. The Parent Trap II (1986)
  9. Spot Marks the X (1986)
  10. Down the Long Hills (1986)
  11. Strange Companions (1987)
  12. Anne of Avonlea (1987)
  13. Not Quite Human (1987)
  14. The Christmas Visitor (1987)
  15. Save the Dog (1988)
  16. Night Train to Kathmandu (1988)
  17. Ollie Hopnoodle's Heaven of Bliss (1988)
  18. A Friendship in Vienna (1988)
  19. Good Old Boy (1988)
  20. Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (1988)
  21. Danny, the Champion of the World (1989)
  22. Looking for Miracles (1989)
  23. Great Expectations (1989)
  24. Not Quite Human II (1989)
  25. Spooner (1989)
  26. Lantern Hill (1990)
  27. Chips, the War Dog (1990)
  28. Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)
  29. Back Home (1990)
  30. The Little Kidnappers (1990)
  31. Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990)
  32. Bejeweled (1991)
  33. Perfect Harmony (1991)
  34. Mark Twain and Me (1991)
  35. Still Not Quite Human (1992)
  36. The Ernest Green Story (1993)
  37. Spies (1993)
  38. Heidi (1993)
  39. One Promised Land (1994)
  40. The Whipping Boy (1994)
  41. The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)
  42. The Four Diamonds (1995)
  43. The Little Riders (1996)
  44. Nightjohn (1996)
  45. Northern Lights (1997)
  46. Under Wraps (1997)
  47. You Lucky Dog (1998)
  48. Brink (1998)
  49. Halloweentown (1998)
  50. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)
  51. Can of Worms (1999)
  52. The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  53. Smart House (1999)
  54. Johnny Tsunami (1999)
  55. Genius (1999)
  56. P.U.N.K.S. (1999)
  57. Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)
  58. Horse Sense (1999)
  59. Up, Up, and Away (2000)
  60. The Color of Friendship (2000)
  61. Alley Cats Strike! (2000)
  62. Rip Girls (2000)
  63. Miracle in Lane Two (2000)
  64. Stepsister from the Planet Weird (2000)
  65. Ready to Run (2000)
  66. Quints (2000)
  67. The Other Me (2000)
  68. Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)
  69. Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)
  70. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)
  71. Zenon - The Zequel (2001)
  72. Motocrossed (2001)
  73. The Luck of the Irish (2001)
  74. Hounded (2001)
  75. Jett Jackson: The Movie (2001)
  76. The Jennie Project (2001)
  77. Jumping Ship (2001)
  78. The Poof Point (2001)
  79. Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
  80. 'Twas the Night (2001)
  81. Double Teamed (2002)
  82. Cadet Kelly (2002)
  83. Tru Confessions (2002)
  84. Get a Clue (2002)
  85. Gotta Kick It Up (2002)
  86. A Ring of Endless Light (2002)
  87. The Scream Team (2002)
  88. You Wish! (2003)
  89. Right on Track (2003)
  90. The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
  91. Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
  92. The Cheetah Girls (2003)
  93. Full-Court Miracle (2003)
  94. Pixel Perfect (2004)
  95. Going to the Mat (2004)
  96. Zenon Z3 (2004)
  97. Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)
  98. Tiger Cruise (2004)
  99. Halloweentown High (2004)
  100. Now You See it... (Jan. 14, 2005)

Disney Channel in the world

United Kingdom

A British version of the Disney Channel was originally scheduled to launch in 1989 as part of the Sky Television package, but due to an apparent dispute the launch was cancelled, and it was not until 1995 that it finally went on air.


Africa and Asia

During the same decade the Disney Channel expanded its operations to Africa and by 2000 to much of Asia.


Australia

The Disney Channel has been broadcast in Australia by OptusVision, Foxtel and Austar since the late 1990s.


Scandinavia

In 2003 the Disney Channel started broadcasting in Scandinavia via Viasat. The Scandinavian edition broadcasts three different soundtracks with Swedish, Danish and Norwegian dubbing. At first the Disney Channel was exlusively provided by Viasat, but after som month other companys started distributing the channel. In Sweden, the Disney Channel can be watched trough cable via com hem, through satellite via Viasat and in the terrestrial network via Boxer.


See also Walt Disney anthology series


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