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Disney Junior is a current program block on Disney Channel and an American basic cable and satellite television network that replaced Soapnet on March 23, 2012. It began airing on February 14, 2011, 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 Pirates, Tinga Tinga Tales and Babar and the Adventures of Badou. Carrying over from Playhouse Disney were Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, Jungle Junction, Chuggington, Imagination Movers, Special Agent Oso, and Timmy Time.

History

In May 2010, it was announced that Playhouse Disney and Soapnet would 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

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Logo variant for the 24-hour channel.

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

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 Pirates, 3rd & Bird, etc.), shows from the Playhouse Disney library (that are currently airing on the block) (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Special 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: Stanley, JoJo's Circus, Rolie Polie Olie, The 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.

Programming

Main article: List of programs broadcast by Disney Junior (United States)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Chuggington, Imagination Movers, Jungle Junction, Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, Special Agent Oso, and Timmy Time, all popular Playhouse Disney series, were moved to the block and continue to broadcast.

Disney Junior broadcasts from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm ET/PT (6:00 am to 10:30 am ET/PT during the summer months and designated school break periods) on weekdays, and from 6:00 am to 9:00 am ET/PT on weekends, each running a different schedule. They feature 24-minute standard length shows, interspersed with short 3-5 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. Like Disney Channel, Disney Junior is a commercial-free service, but it does short "promotional spots", which runs 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 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

Disney Junior HD

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 Disney Junior HD, but does carry other Disney-owned HD channels.

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 Channel, Disney 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
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
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.
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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.
Handy Manny
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.
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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.
Special Agent Oso
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.
Imagination Movers
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 (Rich, Smitty, Scott and Dave), the "O" represents the movers' gear symbol and the "R" represents Warehouse Mouse.
101 Dalmatians - The Series
101 Dalmatians: The Series The logo is white with black spots representing the Dalmatian Puppies.
Little Einsteins
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.
Cars Toons
Cars Toons The "J" represents Ramone, the "U" represents Mater, the "N" represents Sally, the "I" represents Lightning McQueen, the "O" represents a tire and the "R" represents a shining red car.
Babar and the Adventures of Badou
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.
Art Attack
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.
Higglytown Heroes
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.
Timmy Time
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.
Lilo & Stitch - The Series
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.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid The "J" represents Ursula, the "U" represents Prince Eric, the "N" represents the sea, the "I" represents Ariel, the "O" represents Flounder and the "R" represents Sebastian.
Timon and Pumbaa
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.
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Winnie the Pooh/My Friends Tigger & Pooh

The "J" represents Owl, the "U" represents a beehive with honey, the "N" represents Tigger, the "I" represents Piglet, the "O" represents Pooh and the "R" represents Eeyore.

Another variant features the "J" representing Rabbit, the "U" representing Tigger, the "N" representing a honey pot, the "I" representing Pooh Bear, the "O" representing Eeyore and the "R" representing Piglet.

Alternative variant features the "J" representing Rabbit (same as the 2nd variant), the "U" representing Tigger (same as the 2nd variant), the "N" representing a Eeyore, the "I" representing Pooh Bear (same as the 2nd variant), the "O" representing a honey pot and the "R" representing Piglet (now with his own ears).

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Minnie's Bow-Toons The "JUNIOR" logo just represents Minnie.
Doc McStuffins
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.
Cinderells
Cinderella The JUN & R represents the glass slippers, the "I" represents Cinderella and the "O" represents the Pumpkin Coach.
Stanley
Stanley The "J" represents Mr. Griff, the "U" represents "The Great Big Book of Everything", the "N" represents Lester, the "I" represents Stanley, the "O" represents Dennis, and the "R" represents Mrs. Griff.
Rolie Polie Olie
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.
Disney Princess
Disney Princess The "JUNIOR" represents glitter and sparkles.
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The Hive The "J" represents Barnabee, the "U" represents Babee, the "N" represents Rubee, the "I" represents Buzzbee on top of Mamma Bee, the "O" represents Pappa Bee, and the "R" represents Jasper.
The Flower Shop of Sofia
The Flower Shop of Sofia The "J" represents the wallpaper, the "U" represents Sofia's guitar, the "N" represents a flower pot, the "I" represents Sofia, the "O" represents a flower, and the "R" represents Timoteo.
DisneyJuniorAnimalMechanicals Animal Mechanicals The "J" represents Rex, the "U" represents Island Owl, the "N" represents Komodo, the "I" represents Mouse, the "O" represents Sasquatch, and the "R" represents Unicorn.
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Florrie's Dragons The "J" represents Dear Dragon, the "U" represents the castle doors, the "N" represents the castle, the "I" represents Florrie, the "O" represents a bubble, and the "R" represents Toot-Toot.
DisneyJuniorStellaandSam Stella and Sam The "J" represents Felix, the "U" represents Pattycake, the "N" represents Owen, the "I" represents Stella Bocquelet, the "O" represents Sam Bocquelet, and the "R" represents Fred.
Zou
Zou The whole logo is painted with zebra patterns representing Zou.
The Garden of Clarilu
The Garden of Clarilu The "J" represents A, the "U" represents B, the "N" represents C, the "I" represents Clarilu, the "O" represents Pipo, and the "R" represents Lapiz.
Guess How Much I Love You
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.
Octonauts
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.
Mouk
Mouk The "J" represents an elephant, the "U" represents a friend. the "N" represents a background, the "I" represents Mouk, the "O" represents Chavapa, and the "R" represents a papaya tree.
328338 257064667683237 100001391178664 730900 500057292 o 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.
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Chuggington
Chuggington The "J" represents some rails, the "U" represents Emery, the "N" represents Brewster, the "I" represents Wilson, the "O" represents Koko, and the "R" represents Vee.
Sofia the First
Sofia the First The "J" represents Sofia's castle, the "U" represents James' coat bodice, the "N" represents 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.
The 7D
The 7D The "J" represents Dopey, the "U" represents Sleepy, the "N" represents Sneezy,

the "I" represents Happy, the "O" represents Bashful hiding behind Grumpy, and the "R" represents Doc.

Henry Hugglemonster
Henry Hugglemonster The "J" represents Ivor, the "U" represents Daddo, the "N" represents Momma, the "I" represents Henry, the "O" represents Cobby, and the "R" represents Summer.
Miles from Tomorrowland
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.
The Three Caballeros-0
The Three Caballeros The "J" represents Panchito Pistoles, the "U" represents a cactus, the "N" represents a Mexican poncho, the "I" represents Donald Duck, the "O" represents a piñata, and the "R" represents Jose Carioca.
PJ Masks
PJ Masks The "J" represents Romeo, the "U" represents Night Ninja, the "N" represents Gekko, the "I" represents Catboy, the "O" represents Owlette, and the "R" represents Luna Girl.
The Lion Guard
The Lion Guard The "J" represents Fuli, the "U" represents Beshte, the "N" represents a rock with leaves, the "I" represents Kion, the "O" represents Bunga, and the "R" represents Ono.
Elena of Avalor-0
Elena of Avalor The patterns on the letters represent the ones on Elena's dress, the "I" represents Princess Elena (with her scepter), and the "O" represents one of the flowers she wears in her hair.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers-0
Mickey and the Roadster Racers The "J" represents Minnie Mouse, the "U" represents Goofy, the "N" represents a race car, the "I" represents Mickey Mouse, the "O" represents Donald Duck and the "R" represents Daisy Duck.
Puppy Dog Pals-0
Puppy Dog Pals The “J” represents Bingo, Rolly, and Bob’s House, the “U” represents Bob, the “N” represents Hissy, the “I” represents Bingo, the “O” represents Rolly, and the “R” represents A.R.F.
Vampirina-0
Vampirina The “J” represents Boris, the “U” represents Oxana, the “N” represents Wolfie, the “I” represents Vampirina, the “O” represents Gregoria, and the “R” represents Demi.
Trulli Tales
Trulli Tales The "J" represents the Magic Cookbook, the "U" represents Stella, the "N" represents Sun, the "I" represents Ring, the "O" represents Zip, and the "R" represents the king.

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 English and French 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 on September 1, 2013.
  • 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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