Disney Junior
Disney Junior Logo
Launched February 14, 2011 (as a programming block)
March 23, 2012 (as a 24-hour TV channel by some television providers)
Network Disney–ABC Television Group
Owned by The Walt Disney Company
Picture format 480i (SD)
720p (HD)
Slogan "Where The Magic Begins"
Country United States
Language English
Spanish (avalible through a separate SAP audio track by certain television providers)
Headquarters Burbank, California, U.S.
Formerly called Playhouse Disney
Replaced Playhouse Disney (as a programming block)
SOAPNet (as a TV channel by certain television providers)
Sister channel(s) Disney Channel
Disney XD
Disney Junior is a current program block on Disney Channel and an American basic cable and satellite television network that replaced Soapnet on March 232012. It began airing on February 142011, replacing Playhouse Disney. However, some cable channels still had it and ended Soapnet on April 19, 2012.

The first new programs were Jake and the Never Land PiratesTinga Tinga Tales and Babar and the Adventures of Badou. Carrying over from Playhouse Disney were Mickey Mouse ClubhouseHandy MannyLittle EinsteinsJungle JunctionChuggingtonImagination MoversSpecial Agent Oso, and Timmy Time.


In May 2010, it was announced that Playhouse Disney and Soapnet will rebrand as Disney Junior.

Disney Junior first launched as a programming block on February 14, 2011, replacing Playhouse Disney. On the day before the launch, Playhouse Disney's Ooh and Aah mascots and programs were deleted completely during the process of the transition from Playhouse Disney to Disney Junior. The first program was Jake and the Never Land Pirates. In its first week since its debut, Disney Junior delivered Disney Channel’s best ratings ever in the daypart among Kids 2-5 (474,000/2.8 rating)

Cable and satellite channel

A 24-hour basic cable and satellite channel for Disney Junior launched on March 23, 2012, replacing the soap opera channel, SOAPnet.

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The channel was originally set to debut in January 2012, but on July 28, 2011, soap opera-focused websites listed the launch date as moving from January to a more non-specific date in late-spring 2012, and later in 2011, to February 2012. Soapnet's definite closing date (March 23, 2012) was announced by Disney-ABC on January 9, 2012. However, like the transitions from Nick GAS to TeenNick and Fox Reality to Nat Geo Wild, an automated version of Soapnet's program schedule will continue on some cable and satellite services, as deals for Disney Junior are finalized.

The channel is expecting its original series (Jake and the Never Land Pirates3rd & Bird, etc.), shows from the Playhouse Disney library (that are currently airing on the block) (Mickey Mouse ClubhouseHandy MannySpecial Agent Oso, etc.), a programming block titled The Magical World of Disney Junior and short-form series in its lineup. On June 17, 2011, it has been confirmed that the Disney Junior channel will include previously discontinued Playhouse Disney series, in reruns, in its lineup when the channel launches. Five such Playhouse Disney series were confirmed on January 9, 2012: StanleyJoJo's CircusRolie Polie OlieThe Koala Brothers and Higglytown Heroes.

It also provides video on demand, a high-definition version (Disney Junior HD) and a Spanish language SAP audio track.


Template:Main Mickey Mouse ClubhouseChuggingtonImagination MoversJungle JunctionHandy MannyLittle EinsteinsSpecial Agent Oso, and Timmy Time, all popular Playhouse Disney series, were moved to the block and continue to broadcast.

Disney Junior broadcasts from September until late May from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm ET (5:00 am to 1:00 pm CT) on weekdays, and from 6:00 am to 9:00 am ET, (5:00 am to 8:00 am CT) on weekends and also during major holidays (Christmas, Easter, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and also 6:00 am to 10:00 am ET (5:00 am to 9:00 am CT) on weekdays from late May (post-Memorial Day through Labor Day), each running a different schedule. They feature 25-minute standard length shows, interspersed with short 5 minute shorts and music videos. Amongst these shorts are A Poem is, The Bite-Sized Adventures of Sam Sandwich, Choo Choo Soul, Small Potatoes, and several others. Between these times, there are no commercials played during Disney Junior (though Disney Channel, being a commercial-free cable channel, does not air regular commercials anyway), though short "promotional spots" do run every so often, such as often seen on PBS. Between 4:00 and 6:00, when Disney Channel animated programs air under the regular Disney Channel branding, there are commercials for Disney properties as there are for other Disney Channel programs. Although Disney Junior does not air standard ads, it utilizes underwriter sponsorship by companies such as Chuck E. Cheese's and Best Western for its programs.

Former shows on the former Playhouse Disney block, as well as previous Disney shows based on pre-existing franchises, will air reruns by popular demand on the Disney Junior channel in its launch on March 23, 2012, replacing Soapnet.

Related services

Disney Junior HD

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Disney Junior HD is high definition simulcast feed that broadcasts a moderate amount of Disney Junior's programming in 720p HD. It began broadcasting on March 23, 2012. Many cable providers carry the HD simulcast feed, along with DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, and Verizon FIOS. Currently, Dish Network doesn't carry any Disney/ABC HD channel including Disney Junior, but due to a retransmission deal with Walt Disney Company is set to get Disney Junior in the near future.

HD versions of Disney Junior have also launched in Canada, Asia, France and The Netherlands. Currently, Disney Junior HD appears to be a block on the HD feed version on Disney Channel.

Disney Junior On Demand

Disney Junior On Demand is the video-on-demand service, which offers select episodes of Disney Junior's original series. It is available to most digital cable and IPTV providers.

Watch Disney Junior

In June 2012, Disney introduced a new set of apps for Apple devices for the three youth-oriented Disney Channels - Disney ChannelDisney XD and Disney Junior - similar to their ESPN service. The service is also available online via select providers such as Comcast.

Logo variations

In addition to revealing the standard Disney Junior logo, other variations were released as well, most shows that air on Disney Junior have their own variation of the logo, with the standard "Disney" written in Walt Disney's famous handwriting and a large chunky font displaying "Junior" with each letter designed from an aspect or character from that particular show.

Here is a list of Disney Junior logo variations:

Picture Based on Description
150px Mickey Mouse Clubhouse The "J" represents Goofy, the "U" represents Minnie Mouse, the "N" represents Pluto, the "I" represents Mickey Mouse (just like from the regular logo), the "O" represents Donald Duck and the "R" represents Daisy Duck.
150px Jake and the Never Land Pirates The "J" represents Cubby's map, the "U" represents the flag in the Jolly Roger, the "N" represents the key hole within treasure chest, the "I" represents Jake, the "O" represents the cruise control on Bucky, the 'R" represents Skully.
150px Handy Manny The "J" represents Dusty, the "U" represents Felipe, the "N" represents Turner, the "I" represents Manny, the "O" represents Rusty and the "R" represents Pat.
150px Jungle Junction The "J" represents Dozer, the "U" represents Zooter, the "N" represents Taxicrab, the "I" represents Bungo, the "O" represents Ellyvan and the "R" represents Crocker.
150px Special Agent Oso The "J" represents Oso's paw, the "U" represents Oso's watch, the "N" represents Oso's legs, the"I" represents Oso, the "O" represents Paw Pilot and the "R" represents Oso's vest.
150px Imagination Movers The "J" represents an arrow, the "U" represents a guitar, the "N" represents a brick wall, the "I" represents any of the movers, the "O" represents the movers' gear symbol and the "R" represents Warehouse Mouse.
150px 101 Dalmatians: The Series The logo is black with white spots representing the Dalmatian Puppies.
150px Little Einsteins The "J" represents Annie, the "U" represents Rocket, the "N" represents June, the "I" represents Leo, the "O" represents a drum and the "R" represents Quincy.
150px Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales The "J" represents Lightning McQueen, the "U" represents Mater, the "N" represents Sally, the "I" represents a red-background lightning bolt, the "O" represents a tire and the "R" represents a shining red.
150px Babar and the Adventures of Badou The "J" represents Chiku, the "U" represents Munro, the "N" represents Badou, the "I" represents Babar, the "O" represents Celeste and the "R" represents Jake.
150px Art Attack The "JUNIOR" logo is white with colored splats except for the top of the "I". This logo is not shown in the United States.
150px Higglytown Heroes The "J" represents Eubie, the "U" represents Wayne, the "N" represents Twinkle, the "I" represents Kip, the "O" represents a gear and the "R" represents Fran.
150px Timmy Time The "J" represents Ruffy, the "U" represents Otus, the "N" represents Finlay, the "I" represents Timmy, the "O" represents Paxton, and the "R" represents Yabba.
150px Lilo & Stitch: The Series The "J" represents water, the "U" represents Lilo, the "N" represents Lilo's swimsuit, the "I" represents Stitch, the "O" represents a hula dancer and the "R" represents a palmtree.
150px The Little Mermaid The "J" represents Ursula, the "U" represents Prince Eric, the "N" represents Sea, the "I" represents Ariel, the "O" represents Flounder and the "R" represents Sebastian.
150px Timon and Pumbaa The "J" represents Simba's father, the "U" represents Simba the "N" represents a zebra, the "I" represents Timon, the "O" represents Pumbaa and the "R" represents one of Scar's minions.
Winnie the Pooh The "J" represents Owl, the "U" represents the honey, the "N" represents Tigger, the "I" represents Piglet, the "O" represents Pooh Bear and the "R" represents Eeyore. Another variant features the "J" representing Rabbit, he "U" representing Tigger, the "N" representing the honey, the "I" representing Pooh Bear, the "O" representing Eeyore and the "R" representing Piglet.
150px Minnie's Bow-Toons The "JUNIOR" logo just represents Minnie.
150px Doc McStuffins The "J" represents Chilly, the "U" represents Lambie, the "N" represents Hallie, the "I" represents Doc McStuffins, the "O" represents Squeakers and the "R" represents Stuffy.
150px Cinderella The JUN & R represents a glass foot, the "I" represents Cinderella and the "O" represents the Pumpkin Coach.
150px Stanley The "I" represents Stanley, and the "O" represents Dennis.
150px Rolie Polie Olie The "J" represents Gaylord "Pappy" Polie, the "U" represents Mr. Kevin "Percy" Polie, the "N" represents Mrs. Bromley "Polina" Polie, the "I" represents Olie Polie, the "O" represents Zowie Polie and the "R" represents Spot.
150px Disney Princess the "JUNIOR" represents Princesses' Dress
150px The Hive
150px The Flower Shop of Barbara/Nana The "I" represents Barbara (sometimes Nana).
150px Animal Mechanicals
150px Florrie's Dragons
150px Stella and Sam
150px Zou The "JUNIOR" represents Zou
150px The Garden of Clarilu
150px Guess How Much I Love You The "J" represents a tree, the "U" represents Little Fieldmouse, the "N" represents Little Redwood Fox, the "I" represents Little Nutbrown Hare, the "O" represents Bluebird and the "R" represents Big Nutbrown Hare
150px Octonauts The "J" represents the Gup-B, the "U" represents the Gup-C, the "N" represents Kwazii, the "I" represents Captain Barnacles, the "O" represents Peso and the "R" represents the Gup-A
150px Mouk
150px WordWorld The "J" represents Duck, the "U" represents Sheep, the "N" represents Bear, the "I" represents Ant, the "O" represents Frog and the "R" represents Pig
150px Royal Wedding The "I" represents a princess, and the "O" represents the Pumpkin Coach.
150px Mr. Moon
150px Chuggington
150px Sofia the First The "J" represents Sofia's castle, the "U" represents James' coat bodice, the "N" the hooves of her pegasus pony, Minimus, the "I" represents Sofia, the "O" represents The Amulet of Avalor, and the "R" represents Amber's bodice, though in pink and purple with the rest of the letters.
150px Miles from Tomorrowland The "J" represents Miles' Lazerang, the "U" represents Admirals Watson and Crick, the "N" represents Miles' helmet, the "I" represents Miles, the "O" represents M.E.R.C., and the "R" represents Miles' Blastboard.
150px Wreck-It Ralph The "J" represents Taffyta Muttonfudge, the "U" represents Rancis Fluggerbutter, the "N" represents Candlehead, the "I" represents Vanellope von Schweetz, the "O" represents Gloyd Orangeboar, and the "R" represents Adorabeezle Winterpop.

International versions

  • In Latin America, Disney Junior and Disney Junior on Disney Channel launched on April 1, 2011.
  • In the Middle East, Disney Junior launched on May 5, 2011.
  • In Canada, Disney Junior and Disney Junior (Canadian English TV channel) launched on May 6, 2011, which replaced Playhouse Disney Canada.
  • In the UK & Ireland, Disney Junior launched on May 7, 2011, which replaced Playhouse Disney (UK & Ireland).
  • In Italy, Disney Junior launched on May 14, 2011.
  • In France, Disney Junior launched on May 28, 2011.
  • In Australia & New Zealand, Disney Junior launched on May 29, 2011 which replaced Playhouse Disney (Australia and New Zealand).
  • In Brazil, Disney Junior launched on April 9, 2011 and May 31, 2011.
  • In Portugal, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In Turkey, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In South Africa, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In Hungary, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In Poland, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In Czech Republic, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In Romania, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011. The channel replaced both Playhouse Disney block and Jetix Play.
  • In Bulgaria, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In Greece, Disney Junior launched on June 1, 2011.
  • In India, Disney Junior launched on July 4, 2011.
  • In Austria and Germany Disney Junior launched on July 14, 2011.
  • In Japan, launched on July 3, 2011.
  • In Asia, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011 which replaced Playhouse Disney Asia.
  • In Southeast Asia, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011.
  • In Taiwan, Disney Junior launched in September 1, 2011 as a block on Disney Channel.
  • In Israel, Disney Junior launched on July 18, 2011.
  • In Scandinavia/Nordic, Disney Junior launched on September 10, 2011 and replaced Playhouse Disney Scandinavia.
  • In China, Disney Junior (迪斯尼兒童, Dísīní Értóng) launched on February 6, 2013.
  • In South Korea, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011 as a channel and as a block on Disney Channel.
  • In Zimbabwe, Disney Junior launched on April 29, 2013. (Being the last to switch)
  • In Hong Kong, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011 as a channel and as a block on Disney Channel
  • In the Philippines, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011 as a channel and as a block on TV5.
  • In Vietnam, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011 as a channel and as a block on Disney Channel
  • In Belgium, Disney Junior launched on September 1, 2011.
  • In Netherlands, Disney Junior launched on September 10, 2011.
  • In Russia, Disney Junior launched in 2012.
  • In Malaysia, Disney Junior launched on July 11, 2011 as a channel and as a block on RTM TV2.

All versions of Disney Junior serve as the replacement of Playhouse Disney.

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