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On April 18, 1983, the Walt Disney Company launched America's fifth premium cable network -- The Disney Channel. The first movie that originally aired on this channel was Tiger Town, and the first animated feature to air there was Alice in Wonderland (1951). Prior to December 1986, The Disney Channel aired programming for 16 then 18 hours daily, before operating 24 hours a day.

Since 1989, several of Disney's 1940s films that often never got VHS releases in North America until the end of the century aired on The Disney Channel, such as Melody Time, Saludos Amigos, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, and Make Mine Music, all in their original theatrical versions.

There were also some instances when non-Disney movies aired on The Disney Channel. The Goonies was one of them. First known to air on June 6, 1992, The Goonies was presented as an extended version of itself, with all additional scenes included, and possibly no censorship whatsoever, unlike any broadcasts on over-the-air and basic cable television.

The Disney Channel's first official website (www.disneychannel.com) launched online on December 8, 1995.

Transition to basic cableEdit

On May 8, 1997, after the transition from a premium cable network to a basic cable network, Disney Channel launched Playhouse Disney, a programming block for young children. The block lasted through February 13, 2011, as a day later, on February 14, Playhouse Disney was replaced by Disney Junior, and this block ran through 2012.

List of movies and programs broadcast by Disney ChannelEdit

  • Tiger Town (October 9, 1983)
  • Alice in Wonderland (January 1984)
  • Robin Hood (1985)
  • The Sword in the Stone (1985)
  • Mary Poppins (1986, December 2-31, 1990)
  • Pinocchio (September 19, 1986, January 1–February 21, 1995)
  • Sleeping Beauty (October 3–November 1987)
  • Lady and the Tramp (May 7, 1988)
  • The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat (June 16, 1988–September 26, 1993)
  • Melody Time (April 15–May 20, 1989, January 4, 1998)
  • The Sword in the Stone (April 16–May 4, 1989, October 4, 1993, August 20-30, 1994)
  • Dumbo (May 6–June 20, 1989)
  • Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano (May 20–June 22, 1989, February 10, 1992–August 28, 1993)
  • Saludos Amigos (June 9–July 5, 1989, June 8, 1994)
  • Cinderella (October 14–November 25, 1989, January 12–April 7, 1997)
  • Grinch Night (October 23, 1989–October 31, 1992)
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (November 4, 1989–November 15, 1994)
  • The Making of The Little Mermaid (November 11–December 11, 1989)
  • Make Mine Music (November 25, 1989–January 13, 1990)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (January 1–May 26, 1990)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (September 23, 1990–May 26, 1991)
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks (November 25–December 31, 1990)
  • Bambi (February 3–March 31, 1991)
  • The Little Mermaid (May 5–30, 1991)
  • Peter Pan (September 21–November 29, 1991)
  • Be Our Guest: The Making of Beauty and the Beast (November 22, 1991–April 17, 1993)
  • The Jungle Book (May 3–July 25, 1992)
  • The Goonies (June 6, 1992–May 23, 1993, September 7–30, 1996)
  • The Rescuers Down Under (November 21, 1992–October 10, 1999)
  • 101 Dalmatians (April 17–July 22, 1993)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (August 1–October 10, 1993)
  • The Lorax (October 10, 1993)
  • The Hoober-Bloob Highway (October 16, 1993)
  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose (October 28, 1993)
  • A Disney Christmas Gift (December 15, 1993)
  • The Rescuers (February 12, 1994–September 10, 1996)
  • The Cat in the Hat (1971) (February 15, 1994)
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (April 2–June 11, 1994, July 21–December 8, 1996)
  • Pete's Dragon (April 15, 1994)
  • Beauty and the Beast (May 15–July 16, 1994)
  • The Making of The Lion King (June 16, 1994–September 18, 1996)
  • Aladdin (May 14–August 13, 1995)
  • The Return of Jafar (September 10, 1995–April 3, 1999)
  • The Fox and the Hound (November 15, 1995–February 3, 1996)
  • The Lion King (September 8, 1996–August 15, 1998)
  • So Dear to My Heart (December 7, 1996 and December 5, 1999)
  • The Aristocats (July 11, 1997–December 26, 2004)
  • Toy Story (November 29, 1997–July 12, 2005, February 13, 2011–November 25, 2013)
  • Mulan (February 12–October 22, 2000)
  • Super Mario Bros. (June 10, 2000–November 13, 2002)
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (December 11, 2000)
  • A Bug's Life (November 30, 2001, December 22, 2001, February 15, 2002, November 22, 2002, November 14, 2003, February 27, 2004, January 8, 2005, February 5, 2014, April 14, 2014, July 8, 2014 and December 7, 2016)
  • Toy Story 2 (July 12, 2002–August 11, 2005, December 26, 2010–November 26, 2013)
  • Hook (July 4, 2003)
  • The Lion King 1½ (September 12, 2004–July 11, 2005, March 1, 2013)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (January 21–April 15, 2005, October 23, 2010)
  • Monsters, Inc. (February 18, 2005, May 6, 2005, April 27, 2013, June 15, 2013, October 25, 2013, December 13, 2013, April 20, 2014, July 26, 2014, October 26, 2014, March 14, 2015, August 12, 2015 and February 27, 2016)
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (May 29, 2005)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (August 7, 2005 and October 23, 2010)
  • Finding Nemo (May 5, 2006, March 10, 2011, February 17, 2014, June 14, 2014, July 19, 2014, January 2, 2015, March 7, 2015, April 30, 2015, February 5, 2016, June 23, 2016, December 3, 2016 and January 15, 2017)
  • The Incredibles (March 11, 2010–December 7, 2013)
  • Toy Story 3 (August 3, 2012, November 17, 2012, April 14, 2013, May 27, 2013, September 5, 2013, November 27, 2013, December 20, 2013, April 18, 2014, June 26, 2014, December 12, 2014, February 12, 2015, September 27, 2015, November 22, 2015, June 4, 2016 and October 15, 2016)
  • The Little Mermaid (Diamond Edition) (December 8, 2013, February 6, 2014, April 26, 2014, July 14, 2014, November 23, 2014 and March 30, 2015)
  • Shrek the Third (December 13, 2009)

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