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.
|Launched||5 December 2005|
(as Playhouse Disney)
29 May 2011
(as Disney Junior)
|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)
|SKY Network Television (NZ)||Channel 105|
|Optus TV||Channel 709|
|TransTV Digital||Channel 202|
|Vodafone (NZ)||Channel 105|
|Foxtel Now||Channel 709|
|Fetch TV||Channel 145|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 709|
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.
Tayo the Little Bus (Korean: 꼬마버스 타요; RR: Kkoma-beoseu Tayo) is a South Korean computer animated television series created by Iconix Entertainment, Educational Broadcasting System and the Metropolitan Government of Seoul. The show was produced with the help of Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon's administration. It began airing in South Korea on EBS in 2010, and an English-dubbed version of the series began airing on Disney Junior (Asia) in 2012, with Disney Junior (Australia and New Zealand) following in 2013. In the United States and Canada, Hulu is the exclusive distributor of the series, though the second and third seasons are on Netflix. Each episode in the start, middle, and end features a brief narration and it has 5 seasons. A sister series to Tayo, known as "Titipo Titipo", premiered between Tayo's fourth season & the recently premiered fifth season. "Titipo Titipo" focuses on a young train named Titipo, along with all his train friends. After the end of Titipo's first season, Tayo's fifth season also premiered for English-dubbed version on October 22, 2018.
The series is available in Korean, English, Spanish, Turkish, Indonesian, German and Russian on the production company's Tayo YouTube channel.
Channels on Sky (New Zealand)
|Children and family|