Playhouse Disney was the name of The Disney Channel's programming block for pre-schoolers. It aired weekdays from 6 AM until 2 PM and on weekends from 6 AM until 9 AM. Playhouse Disney also had a 24-hour television channel, but this was only available in certain countries outside of the United States.
Playhouse Disney started on the Disney Channel on May 8, 1997. However, it didn't use its actual on-screen logo until 1999. On July 27, 2001, it re-launched with new graphics. On September 9, 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 original series are aired over this time slot during the change of lineup. On weekends, Playhouse Disney still aired six hours.
In the United Kingdom, the block was launched in September 1999, and had in-vision continuity segments set in the Playhouse, presented by Dave Benson Phillips and Alex Lovell. The main Playhouse Disney channel launched in September 2000, and had new graphics introduced in August 2003. Dave and Alex left Playhouse Disney in August 2006, and the final set of graphics was introduced in 2007, before the channel became Disney Junior in May 2011.
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 USA 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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