History

Launched in the US on April 18th 1983, Disney Channel, as we have mentioned above, is a children cable channel owned by the Walt Disney Company. In its early stages, it used to broadcast 18 hours a day, but soon it started broadcasting 24 hours a day uninterruptedly. Some of the first transmissions were Dumbo’s Circus, Good Morning, Mickey!, Donald Duck Presents, Welcome to Pooh Corner, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Other programs coming from other countries were also transmitted, such as The Raccoons, from Canada; Asterix, from France; or Paddington Bear, from the UK. At that time, the logo was Mickey Mouse inside a screen.

In 1986, modifications were made to the original logo and also to the program planning. New original series were added, e.g. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, The Little Mermaid, Chip & Dale, etc. In 1997, the channel’s board of directors, again, decided to make significant changes in the program planning: from that moment on, series aimed at teenagers would be included.