Disney Junior (Australia and New Zealand)
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|Launched||5 December 2005|
(as Playhouse Disney)
29 May 2011
(as Disney Junior)
|Closed||30 November 2019(in New Zealand)|
|Owned by||The Walt Disney Company (Australia)|
Disney Channels Worldwide
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Where the magic begins|
|Formerly called||Playhouse Disney (2005–11)|
|Sister channel(s)||Disney Channel|
Disney XD (2014–19)
|Optus TV||Channel 709|
|TransTV Digital||Channel 202|
|Foxtel Now||Channel 709|
|Fetch TV||Channel 145|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 709|
Disney Junior (originally titled Playhouse Disney) is a pay television network that is broadcast in Australia and New Zealand. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company in Australia and is the sister network of the flagship property Disney Channel. The channel was originally launched 2005 as Playhouse Disney, with programming targeted towards children aged 2 to 7, as well as their families, with original series and movies. The channel was relaunched as Disney Junior on 29 May 2011.
The network's programming is composed of original animated series television series sourced from Disney Junior in the United States, as well as screenings of Disney's theatrical releases and other acquired programming.
Disney Junior's programming schedule mainly consists of animated series for children, sourced from Disney Junior in the United States. Titles airing in the 2010s have included Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Disney Junior's schedule also includes internationally produced series acquired by Disney Channel Worldwide, including PJ Masks, Claude, Gigantosaurus, 101 Dalmatian Street and Go Away, Unicorn!.
Disney Junior Australia has also commissioned and produced original local series, including The Book of Once Upon a Time, which features Australian voices reading classic and contemporary Disney stories. The network also debuted Alphabet Street in 2019.
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