Disney Channel Australia

"For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. For the original Disney Channel, see Disney Channel."

infobox TV channel
name=Disney Channel Australia
country=Australia, New Zealand
logofile=Disney Channel 2002.svg
launch=May, 1995
share as of=February '08
share source= [http://www.oztam.com.au/documents/2008/B1_20080127.pdf]
owner=Buena Vista International Inc.
sister names=Playhouse Disney Australia (launched December 5, 2005)
web= [http://disneychannel.com.au disneychannel.com.au]
terr avail=Not available
sat serv 1=Foxtel Analogue
sat chan 1= Channel 27
sat serv 2=Austar
sat chan 2= Channel 16
sat serv 3= Sky Network Television
sat chan 3= Channel 40
sat serv 4=SelecTV
sat chan 4= Channel 129
cable serv 1=Optus Television
cable chan 1= Channel 707
cable serv 2=Foxtel Digital
cable chan 2= Channel 707
cable serv 3=Austar Digital
cable chan 3= Channel 707
cable serv 4=TransTV Digital
cable chan 4= Channel 201
cable serv 5=Neighbourhood Cable
cable chan 5 = Channel 14
cable serv 6=TelstraClear InHomeTV
cable chan 6= Channel 40

Disney Channel Australia is a television channel that is broadcast in Australia and New Zealand. It is mainly aimed at children and their families.It does not broadcast commercial advertisements, however programming is broken up by a number of breaks, during which trailers for Disney's programming are usually shown.

History and Availability

Disney Channel Australia has been broadcast by Optus since May 1995. It became available in digital by TransTV Digital since 2001, by Foxtel and Austar since 2002, and by SelecTV in September 2008.

It has been aired on New Zealand's pay television network (SKY Network Television) since December, 2003.

On December 5, 2005, Disney Channel launched Playhouse Disney Channel in Australia on the Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television digital services and in New Zealand on the SKY Network Television digital service.

Disney Channel is expected to launch Toon Disney on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Digital Serivces sometime between late 2008 and early 2009Fact|date=September 2008.


Most of the programming on the channel is at a certain level. Almost all of Disney's shows are rated G and usually feature low level violence. When there is a DCOM, the ratings sometimes go up to PG, being the cause of violence, action and sci-fi themes throughout the showing of the movie.


The Disney Channel Australia features many of the shows the U.S. version broadcasts. The channel also airs shows made in Australia, such as , Wicked Science, Mortified & As The Bell Rings.

Shows are often shown on Disney Channel Australia a few months after their US counterpart, although there are some exceptions.

Current shows


Drama/Sci Fi

Animated Shows

* Dave the Barbarian
* "
* George of the Jungle
* Kim Possible
* Phineas and Ferb
* Proud Family
* The Buzz On Maggie
* The Emperor's New School
* The Replacements
* W.I.T.C.H.

Other Shows

* Disney Channel Games (Annually during January- February)

Coming Soon

* J.O.N.A.S.
* Henry's World

Former Programming

* Adventures of the Gummi Bears
* Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
* Aladdin
* Archie's Weird Mysteries
* Art Attack
* Black Hole High
* Bonkers
* Boy Meets World
* Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
* Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
* Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
* Darkwing Duck
* Disney's House of Mouse
* Donald's Quack Attack
* Donkey Kong Country
* Doug
* Ducktales
* Extreme Ghostbusters
* Fillmore!
* Gadget Boy & Heather
* Gargoyles
* Girl Stuff, Boy Stuff
* Goof Troop
* Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics
* Jessie.com
* Kidd Video
* Lloyd in Space
* Mickey's Mouse Tracks
* Pepper Ann
* Pirate Islands
* Quack Pack
* Quads!
* Recess
* Rupert
* Sabrina's Secret Life
* Sabrina, the Animated Series
* Schoolhouse Rock!
* So Weird
* Sonic Underground
* Studio D / Studio Disney
* Super Mario World (TV series)
* Tales from the Neverending Story
* TaleSpin
* Teacher's Pet
* Teamo Supremo
* The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa
* The Little Mermaid
* The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog
* The Sinbad Show
* The Weekenders
* The Zack Files
* What about Mimi?
* Wicked Science


Disney Channel Australia traditionally broadcast most of Disney's movies, including Walt Disney Studio movies and Disney Channel Original Movies. Until 2003, these broadcasted daily at 7pm under the title of "The Wonderful World of Disney", which was aired since the mid 1990s. They now broadcast under the title of "Disney Channel Movie" or "Disney Channel Original Movie" (DCOM). Movies, like all Disney Channel Australia content, are broadcast in a 4:3 format, presented in Pillar box (film) format for those viewing on widescreen 16:9 television sets.

Disney Channel Australia also airs many movies produced by Disney Channel, and Fox Family and ABC Family Channel, many of which are no longer shown in the United States, among them include Searching for David's Heart, , Escape to Witch Mountain, Stepsister From Planet Weird, and Au Pair.

Disney Channel Australia also played the following successful DCOMs:
*High School Musical
*High School Musical 2
*Camp Rock
*Jump In
*Read it and Weep"
*The Cheetah Girls
*The Cheetah Girls 2
*Cow Belles
*Tru Confessions"
*You Wish!"


Prior to 2003, Disney Channel's logo consisted of three circles which resembled a silhouette of Mickey Mouse's head. The logo was the basis for the channel's wide range of impressive computer-generated idents, in which Mickey's silhouette was formed from various animated objects, which included Two electric scoreboard ears and a soccer ball, Two cricket balls and a basket ball, Two suns and a fan and a wide range of others.

The Australian Disney Channel had similar logos to Disney Channel UK. These are the logos that were used since the channel first aired in 1995:

Disney Channel Website

The Disney Channel website has nearly the same layout as the American Disney Channel Website.

See also

* Disney
* Disney Channel
* List of television networks by country
* Playhouse Disney
* Disney Channel around the world

External links

* [http://www.disney.com.au/DisneyChannel/index.html Official Site]
* [http://www.disney.com.au/ Disney Australia]
* [http://www.disney.com.au/DisneyChannel/playhouse/ PlayHouse Disney Channel]
* [http://www.disney.com.au/disneygirl/ Disney Girl Magazine]
* [http://www.disney.com.au/disneyadventures/index.html Disney Adventures Magazine]
* [http://www.disney.com.au/disneymusic/index_flash.html Disney Music Australia]

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