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Playhouse Disney (1997)

"Imagine and Learn (September 2, 2002-February 13, 2011) Go Go Go Go Go Go Go Go! (May 8, 1997-September 2, 2001) Where learning is powered by imagination (September 3, 2001-August 31, 2008) Where the Magic Begins (2011- as Disney Juni"

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Playhouse Disney was Disney Channel's television block for programs aimed at entertaining preschool aged children, often airing as its own channel outside the United States. It was introduced in 1997 after Disney Channel's move to basic cable from premium cable, with a target audience of children ages 4-8. The block was rebranded as Disney Junior, Disney Channel's current preschool block, on February 14, 2011.

 History
Playhouse Disney started on the Disney Channel on May 8, 1997. However it didn't use its actual on-screen logo until January 22, 2001 & 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, who's catchphrase was, "It's True!

The previous programming announcer was actress Allyce Beasley, best known for her role as Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting, and also as Miss Grotke on Recess. On January 1, 2007, it received substantial upgrades to their on-air show. 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.

 Disney Junior


In 2010, Disney announced that Playhouse Disney would be replaced with a new block, Disney Junior. Playhouse Disney aired for the last time on February 13, 2011. The last program to air was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with the final short series being Handy Manny's School for Tools. After that, Disney aired an advertisement for Disney Junior, and then Ooh and Aah's daily sign-off.

On February 14, 2011, Disney Junior launched, in preparation to launch a 24/7 network for it sometime in February 2012. It will replace Disney's SOAPnet channel, which has a subscriber base of 75 million viewers. The first program to air was Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

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Playhouse Disney started on the Disney Channel on May 8, 1997. However it didn't use its actual on-screen logo until January 22, 2001 & 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, who's catchphrase was, "It's True!

The previous programming announcer was actress Allyce Beasley, best known for her role as Agnes DiPesto on Moonlighting, and also as Miss Grotke on Recess. On January 1, 2007, it received substantial upgrades to their on-air show. 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.

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