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Toon Disney (1998)

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Toon Disney was an American cable television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company. A spinoff of Disney Channel, it mostly aired children's animated series and some live action programming. Its format had similarities to those of Cartoon Network and Nicktoons. The channel's target audience was children ages 2–12, and children ages 7-14 during its nighttime block called Jetix.

A Spanish audio track was available on Toon Disney through the SAP option; some cable and satellite systems also offered the Spanish feed as a separate channel.

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Coinciding with Disney Channel's 15th anniversary, Toon Disney launched on April 18, 1998 as a spinoff of Disney Channel. Originally, the channel's programming consisted of older Disney animated series, including those from The Disney Afternoon. It has also shown some other cartoons, most of them produced by DiC Entertainment, which was Disney owned at the time the network was launched. For the channel's first year on air, a block of programs seen on Toon Disney would air on Sunday evenings on Disney Channel as a "sneak preview" of the channel for interested subscribers.

In the 2000s, Toon Disney gained a variety of new programming expanding the vast collection of Disney animation. Many programs from One Saturday Morning/ABC Kids joined the lineup, mostly without the expense of other programs. In 2004 with the addition of Jetix, and the more animated programs from Disney Channel, many of the older programs on Toon Disney vanished, as it happens with other TV networks over the years.

Like most other Disney-owned cable channels, starting in 2008, Toon Disney began airing in High-Definition (the only ones which didn't were ESPN Classic & SOAPnet). Toon Disney, at launch, was commercial-free until April 1, 2002. This was when the network reached two years of "critical mass" in subscribers of over 15 million.

On August 6, 2008, Disney-ABC Television Group announced they would replace Toon Disney with Disney XD in early 2009, which is aimed at kids from ages 6 and up.

Two months and five days shy of its eleventh year on air, Toon Disney ceased broadcast on February 13, 2009 and was replaced with Disney XD. The final program on the channel was The Incredible Hulk, as part of Jetix. The first program on Disney XD was Phineas and Ferb. Most of the programs now air on Disney XD.

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