Disney Channel Games
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|Disney Channel Games|
Disney Channel Games logo (2007–08)
|Created by||Art Spigel|
|Developed by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Starring||Various Disney Channel stars|
|Opening theme||Let's Go! (2008)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Producer(s)||Disney Channel Original Productions|
|Production location(s)||Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||June 10, 2006 – August 30, 2008|
Disney Channel Games are a Battle of the Network Stars-based annual television series that aired on the Disney Channel during the summer from 2006 to 2008. Phill Lewis was the co-host of the first two editions in 2006 and 2007, and Brian Stepanek hosted all three editions, with various stars from Disney Channel television series competing for charity as team-based contestants. The Games were filmed at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
Disney Channel Games were not aired after 2008, but a similar series called Disney's Friends for Change Games aired in 2011.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||9||June 10, 2006||August 19, 2006|
|2||10||June 15, 2007||August 25, 2007|
|3||5||July 27, 2008||August 30, 2008|
The Disney Channel Games began as a series of shorts that aired during summer 2006. A second edition followed in summer 2007, with the final edition of the series airing in summer 2008.
A Disney spokesperson confirmed in February 2009 that the Disney Channel Games would not be held that year due to actor availability and Disney's "focusing on the launch of a new pro-social initiative with Disney Channel and Disney XD stars". The result was Disney's Friends for Change initiative. The series also did not air in 2010.
Disney's Friends for Change Games
Disney's Friends for Change Games aired on the Disney Channel as part of Disney's Friends for Change initiative. It replaced the Disney Channel Games. The series was hosted by Jason Earles and Tiffany Thornton, and again featured various Disney Channel stars as team-based contestants competing for their chosen charity. Disney's Friends for Change Games premiered on June 24, 2011, and aired five episodes through July 31, 2011, plus a recap special.
The first event was viewed by between 3.4 million and 4.9 million viewers. The finale special was viewed by 3.6 million viewers, with Kids 6–11 (1.9 million/7.7 rating) and Tweens 9–14 (1.6 million/6.4 rating) making up a sizable portion of the total. The entire series was viewed by over 37 million unique viewers.
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- Kristin Ford (June 22, 2011). "Jason Earles co-hosts Disney Friends for Change Games, stars in 'Kickin' It'". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
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