Disney Junior (Australia and New Zealand)

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.[2]

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.

It is currently available on Foxtel and Fetch TV in Australia, and on SKY Network Television in New Zealand.

Disney Junior
Launched5 December 2005[1]
(as Playhouse Disney)
29 May 2011
(as Disney Junior)
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company (Australia)
Disney Channels Worldwide
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
SloganWhere the magic begins
Broadcast areaAustralia
New Zealand
Pacific Islands
Formerly calledPlayhouse Disney (2005–11)
Sister channel(s)Disney Channel
Disney XD (2014–19)
FoxtelChannel 709
SKY Network Television (NZ)Channel 105
Optus TVChannel 709
FoxtelChannel 709
TransTV DigitalChannel 202
Vodafone (NZ)Channel 105
Foxtel NowChannel 709
Fetch TVChannel 145
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 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.[2][3]

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!.[4][5][6][7]

The network airs event screenings of Disney's theatrical releases, including Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.[8]

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.[9]


  1. ^ Alarcon, Camille (29 May 2011). "Disney makes new friends". News. B & T Weekly. 54 (2546): 23. ISSN 1325-9210. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b Knox, David (25 May 2011). "Playhouse Disney rebrands as Disney Junior from Sunday". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ Knox, David (28 November 2010). "Week 48: the winner announced". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  4. ^ Knox, David (27 March 2016). "Airdate: PJ Masks". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  5. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (5 February 2018). "Sixteen South's Claude Heads to Disney Junior with Pedigree Cast". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (14 June 2017). "Disney Channels EMEA makes trio of commissions". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  7. ^ Whyte, Alexandra (6 October 2017). "Sonar dives into Go Away, Unicorn! production". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  8. ^ Knox, David (1 December 2009). "Summer treats for kids". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  9. ^ Kate (24 August 2015). "Disney Junior The Book of Once Upon A Time". Laughing Kids Learn. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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Tayo the Little Bus

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.

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