Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand)

Disney Channel
Launched 8 June 1996[1]
Owned by The Walt Disney Company
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Audience share 1.3% (February 2008, )
Slogan The Best Place to Be
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Formerly called The Disney Channel (1996-1997)
Sister channel(s) Disney Junior
Disney XD
Website disneychannel.com.au
Foxtel Channel 707
SKY Network Television (NZ) Channel 100
Optus TV Channel 707
Foxtel Channel 707
TransTV Digital Channel 201
Neighbourhood Cable Channel 28
Vodafone (NZ) Channel 100
Foxtel Play Channel 707
Fetch TV Channel 144

Disney Channel is a television channel that is broadcast in Australia and New Zealand. It is mainly aimed at children and their families. The programming is broken up by a number of breaks, during which trailers for Disney's programs are usually shown. It does occasionally broadcast commercial advertisements. On 1 September 2009, Disney Channel started broadcasting in 16:9 widescreen.


The Disney Channel has been broadcast by Optus since 8 June 1996.[1] It became available though Austar on 1 April 2001,[2] through Foxtel on 1 December 2001,[3][4] through TransTV on 21 January 2002,[5] and is also available on Neighbourhood Cable. It was formerly available on SelecTV from September 2008 until the closure of its English service in late 2010.[6][7]

It has been broadcast on New Zealand's pay television network, SKY Network Television, since December 2003. On 5 December 2005, Disney Channel launched the 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. On 1 September 2009, the channel started 16:9 widescreen broadcasting. On 6 February 2012, a new logo was adopted.

Current programming

Original series

Live-action series

Title Premiere date Current season Note(s)
Liv and Maddie 11 October 2013 3 [lower-alpha 1]
Girl Meets World 25 August 2014 2 [lower-alpha 1]
K.C. Undercover 5 March 2015 1 [lower-alpha 1]
Best Friends Whenever 16 October 2015 1 [lower-alpha 1]
Bunk'd 14 January 2016 1 [lower-alpha 1]

Short series

Title Premiere date Note(s)
Mickey Mouse 1 July 2013
Descendants: Wicked World 16 October 2015

Repeats of ended series

Title Finale date Note(s)
Boy Meets World* 5 May 2000
That's So Raven 10 November 2007
Cory in the House 13 September 2008
Hannah Montana 16 January 2011
The Suite Life on Deck 13 August 2011
Wizards of Waverly Place 11 February 2012
Shake It Up 13 February 2014
Good Luck Charlie 31 March 2014
A.N.T. Farm 6 May 2014
Fish Hooks 19 June 2014

Acquired series

Acquired live-action series

Title Premiere date Note(s)
The Next Step 31 January 2014
Extreme Babysitting 31 July 2014
Mako Mermaids 12 May 2015

Former programming

101 Dalmatians: The Series
Aaron Stone
Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
Alvin and the Chipmunks
American Dragon: Jake Long
Art Attack
As the Bell Rings
Austin & Ally
Bear in the Big Blue House
Black Hole High
The Book of Pooh
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
The Buzz on Maggie
The Care Bears
Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
Crash & Bernstein
Crash Zone
Darkwing Duck
Dave the Barbarian
Disney Channel Games
Disney's House of Mouse
Dog with a Blog
Donald's Quack Attack
Double Trouble
Dumbo's Circus
Eliot Kid
The Emperor's New School
The Enid Blyton Adventure Series
Even Stevens
Famous 5: On the Case
The Famous Jett Jackson
Fish Hooks
Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series
George of the Jungle
Goof Troop
Gravity Falls
H2O: Just Add Water
Home Improvement
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
I Didn't Do It
I'm in the Band
Jim Henson's Animal Show
Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories
Jojo's Circus
Jungle Cubs
Kick Buttowski
Kickin' It
Kim Possible
A Kind of Magic
Lab Rats
The Legend of Tarzan
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
The Little Mermaid
Lizzie McGuire
Lloyd in Space
Mickey's Mouse Tracks
Mighty Ducks
Monster by Mistake
Muppet Babies
The Muppet Show
Muppets Tonight
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Ocean Girl
Oscar's Oasis
Pair of Kings
PB&J Otter
Pepper Ann
Phil of the Future
Phineas and Ferb
Pirate Islands
The Proud Family
The Replacements
Rolie Polie Olie
Round the Twist
Sabrina's Secret Life
Sabrina: The Animated Series
Scooter: Secret Agent
Short Cuts
Sonny with a Chance
So Random
So Weird
Stickin' Around
The Storyteller
Studio Disney
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Super Mario World
Teacher's Pet
Teamo Supremo
Timon & Pumbaa
Tron: Uprising
Untalkative Bunny
The Wacky World of Tex Avery
The Weekenders
Welcome to Pooh Corner
Wicked Science
The Wiggles
The Wonderful World of Disney
Yin Yang Yo!
Zeke and Luther

Hanging with Adam & Ash

Hanging with Adam & Ash is a local short-form series which airs on Disney Channel Australia, premiering on 13 July 2013. The series takes the form of a comedy block, and airs 4:30 pm (AEST) weekdays with two hosts who act as the faces of Disney Channel.[8] The hosts present Disney programs and news, along with celebrity interviews and other comedy segments. It is currently hosted by Adam Roberts and Ashleigh “Ash” Wells.

Sister channels

Disney Junior

Disney Junior is a 24-hour Australian cable and satellite channel available on local platforms. It launched on 5 December 2005 as Playhouse Disney and on 29 May 2011 as Disney Junior. All of the programs target younger kids.[9][10]

Disney XD

Disney XD is a 24-hour Australian cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel. It launched on 10 April 2014. All of the programs target boys aged 6–14.[11]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Currently premiering new episodes.


  1. 1 2 Elder, Bruce (2 June 1996). "Disney to the rescue". Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 1. Retrieved 21 December 2009. The Disney Channel, which kicks off with the TV premiere of Aladdin at 6.30 pm on Saturday, June 8
  2. "News on the Hour". Illawarra Mercury. Illawarra, Australia. 17 March 2000. p. 55. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. "Hitting Disney heights". TV Plus. The Sunday Mail. 16 December 2001. p. T35.
  4. "Package Updates". Foxtel. 2001. Archived from the original on 14 December 2001. Retrieved 1 December 2009. You'll be able to enjoy a world of fun and adventure, with Disney Channel coming to FOXTEL for the first time! Disney Channel becomes part of our Entertainment Plus package, moving TCM from Entertainment Plus into the Movies package.
  5. "Transact to screen 24-hour Disney films, animation, on its 12th channel.". The Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia. 20 January 2002. p. 10.
  6. Shoebridge, Neil (15 September 2008). "WIN's on to a winner as SelecTV ups service". The Australian Financial Review. p. 16. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  7. Chessell, James (20 August 2010). "Bruce Gordon's SelecTV to make changes". City Beat. The Australian. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  8. "The Walt Disney Company". Atsra: Subscription Television Awards. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. Alarcon, Camille (29 May 2011). "Disney makes new friends". B & T Weekly. 54 (2546): 23. ISSN 1325-9210. Retrieved 15 May 2100. Check date values in: |access-date= (help); |section= ignored (help)
  10. Tim Addington. "Disney to launch Junior channel". B&T. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  11. http://www.disney.com.au/disney-xd

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