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Playhouse Disney
Playhouse Disney.svg
Premiered April 6, 1997 (prelaunch, as Disney Channel Preschool Block)
February 1, 1999 (official, as Playhouse Disney)
Closed February 13, 2011
(later became Disney Junior)
Channel Disney Channel
Country United States
Format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Website http://tv.disney.go.com/playhouse

Playhouse Disney is a former brand for a slate of programming blocks and international cable and satellite television channels that were owned by the Disney Channels Worldwide unit of The Walt Disney Company's Disney–ABC Television Group. It originated in the United States as a morning program block on the Disney Channel. Aimed mainly at children aged 0 to 7 years old, its programming featured a mix of live-action and animated series.

The Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel was rebranded as the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel on February 14, 2011. The remaining channels and blocks using the Playhouse Disney brand outside the US relaunched under the Disney Junior brand over the next two years, concluding with the rebranding of the Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel Russia on September 1, 2013.

Programming

See also: List of Playhouse Disney original seriesThe following list below pertains to programs aired on the U.S. block on Disney Channel.

Former programming

Original programming

Acquired programming

International

On September 28, 1999, the Playhouse Disney brand was extended internationally with the launch of a self-branded block on Disney Channel in the United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland. On September 29, 2000, Disney Television International expanded the block with the launch of a channel in the country alongside the launch of Toon Disney and Disney Channel +1 on the Sky Digital platform. On April 4, 2009, Egmont Group launched a companion Playhouse Disney magazine in the United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland that focused on the channel's four most popular shows: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins. Each issue included "to do" pages and suggested activities for parents and children based on an educational theme. The Playhouse Disney block on Disney Channel UK & Republic of Ireland was eventually disposed of in July 2004 after reducing hours of programming. The Playhouse Disney channel available there, however, continued to air until it was replaced by Disney Junior on May 7, 2011.

On November 30, 2007, Astral Media launched a Canadian version of Playhouse Disney Channel under a brand licensing agreement with Disney-ABC Television Group; the channel operated as a multiplex channel of Family Channel, which had long maintained a programming distribution agreement with Disney Channel for the domestic rights to the U.S. channel's series until January 2016. A Canadian-French version of Playhouse Disney was launched on July 5, 2010, also by Astral Media. The English & Canadian-French channels were both replaced by Disney Junior on May 6, 2011.

List of international channels and blocks

Market Type Formerly Launch date Replaced by Replaced date
 United Kingdom Channel Block on Disney Channel September 29, 2000 Disney Junior May 7, 2011
+1 timeshift channel N/A November 3, 2007 Disney Junior +1
Block on ABC1 N/A Summer 2006 N/A September 26, 2007
 United States Block on Disney Channel N/A February 1, 1999 Disney Junior February 14, 2011
 Spain Channel N/A 2001 Disney Junior June 2011
Middle East & North Africa Block N/A 2010 Disney Junior April 1, 2011
Asia Block N/A June 1, 2004 Disney Junior July 11, 2011
 Australia Block on Seven Network N/A 2003 N/A N/A
Block on Disney Channel N/A N/A N/A N/A
Channel N/A December 2005 Disney Junior May 29, 2011
 France Channel N/A November 2, 2002 Disney Junior 2011
HD simulcast channel N/A 2009 Disney Junior 2011
Block N/A N/A N/A N/A
 Hong Kong Channel N/A April 2, 2004 Disney Junior July 11, 2011
 Singapore Channel N/A 2004 Disney Junior July 11, 2011
 Indonesia Channel N/A 2004 Disney Junior July 11, 2011
 Germany Channel N/A November 10, 2004 Disney Junior July 14, 2011
 Thailand Channel N/A January 2005 Junior July 11, 2011
 Cambodia Channel N/A June 20, 2005
 Vietnam Channel N/A 2005
 Philippines Channel Block December 2005
 South Korea Channel N/A May 2006 Disney Junior July 11, 2011
 India Block on Disney Channel N/A 2006 Disney Junior block 2011
 Argentina Block on an Artear channel N/A 2007 N/A N/A
 Canada
(operated by Astral Media)
Channel N/A November 30, 2007 Disney Junior May 6, 2011
French language channel
(Playhouse Disney Télé)
N/A July 5, 2010 Disney Junior N/A
Latin America Channel (three feeds) N/A June 1, 2008 Disney Junior April 1, 2011
Central and Eastern Europe Channel & Block Jetix Play 2010 Disney Junior UK N/A
 Poland Channel September 1, 2010 Disney Junior 2010
 Czech Republic
 Slovakia
Block 2010 Disney Junior UK N/A
 Italy Channel N/A 2005 Disney Junior 2011
+1 timeshift channel N/A 2009 Disney Junior +1 2011
 Netherlands
 Flanders
Channel N/A May 3, 2010 Disney Junior September 10, 2011
Block on Disney Channel N/A

Slogans

  • "Learning is powered by imagination" (February 1, 1999 – October 6, 2002)
  • "Imagine and Learn" (October 7, 2002 – March 30, 2007)
  • "Every day there’s something new" (March 31, 2007 – February 13, 2011)
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