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This article is for Disney Channel in Latin America. For Disney Channel in the United Statesmarker, see Disney Channel. For other international channels, see Disney Channel around the world.


Disney Channel Latin America is an cable television channel and is an edition of the The Walt Disney Company-owned Disney Channel, broadcasting to Latin America and the Caribbeanmarker. It is broadcast in five feeds, North Zone, Center Zone, South Zone, Pacific Zone and Brazil. It is marketed to mostly children; however, in recent years the diversity of viewers has increased with an older audience. Disney Channel Latin America is operated by Disney & ESPN Media Networks Latin America and The Walt Disney Company Latin America Inc., which are owned by The Walt Disney Company ( ). It started broadcasting in 2000 as a premium channel and it became a basic cable channel in 2004.

Chris Ross, president of Disney Channel Worldwide has stated that the channel might be launched on Digital Terrestrial Television someday soon.

History

In 2000, while Disney Channel from the United Statesmarker was changing from premium to basic, the channel began broadcasting in Latin America with a different design but same programming from the U.S. version, and being premium. In the beginning, the channel was transmitted in three different feeds, the North Zone Feed, the South Zone Feed and the Brazilian Feed, each one with different schedules according the countries. The channel also launched its first original production, Zapping Zone, with hosts bringing news and introducing the Disney Channel Original Series. In 2004, Anne Sweeney, a veteran cable executive, took control of Disney-ABC Television Group and changes the design from the channels worldwide. The same year, Disney Channel Latin America becomes a basic cable channel and gets the same design of the United Statesmarker' version.

Along with the new design, the channel started to air new series, mainly focused on teenagers and placing the original animated cartoons in earlier schedules. The new series includes the very successful Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens. In the morning schedule, Playhouse Disney was aired with programming for children from age 2-6.

In 2005, the channel became one of the most viewed channels from the region, premiering Disney Channel Original Series as That's So Raven, Phil of the future and some others. A fourth feed, known as Central Zone Feed was also created for Central America and the north part of South America.In 2006, very successful series and movies as Hannah Montana, The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical and Jump In! premiered.

In 2007 the channel changed once more to a more "hip" ident. Successful series and movies as Cory in the House and High School Musical 2 premiered that year.

On June 1, 2008 The Walt Disney Company Latin America launches Playhouse Disney Channel a 24-hour independent channel focused on young children in age from 2 to 6. The Playhouse Disney block in the morning is still broadcast in the same schedule.

In 2008, Disney Mobile is re-branded Disney Mobile Studios with content of the channel for cell-phones.

On October 1, 2008 the channel launches its fifth feed, Pacific Zone Feed and changes schedules, idents and promos in all the feeds.

Premiere History

The Disney Channel Original Movie, Camp Rock premiered on July 6, 2008 in the North Zone, July 11, 2008 in the Central Zone and August 11, 2008 both in the Pacific and South Zone.

The Frenchmarker series, A Kind of Magic premiered in August, 2008. New episodes of Cory in the House and the Disney Channel Original Movie Life is Ruff premiered August 22, 2008 on a special called "Cory Todoterreno".

The 2008 Disney Channel Games premiered September 5, 2008 and a new episode was aired every Friday. The Walt Disney Pictures/Walden Media movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe premiered September 7, 2008. The Walt Disney Pictures animated movie Chicken Little premiered September 21, 2008.

The Disney Channel Original Movie, The Cheetah Girls: One World premiered in November, 2008. The first episode of Cars Toons premiered on December 17.

The Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life on Deck aired a preview episode on December 14, 2008 and premiered on January 16, 2009 and a new episode is aired every Friday on Zapping Zone.

On January 23, 2009 the first trailer of Hannah Montana: The Movie was aired, and the videoclip "Let's Get Crazy" premiered on January 30, 2009. The first trailer of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience premiered on February 6, 2009 during a new episode of The Suite Life on Deck.

On February 8, 2009 the Walt Disney Pictures movie The Shaggy Dog premiered. On February 16 the Disney Channel short series Brian O'Brian premiered, with a new episode being aired every Monday.

On February 21, 2009 the special "El Día Más Pop del Rock" (The Most Pop Day of Rock) was aired. The special included a marathon of the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana. At the end of the marathon the first episode of the third season of Hannah Montana premiered. After that, the premiere of the videoclip "Lo que Soy" performed by Demi Lovato was aired. "Lo Que Soy" is the Spanish version of This Is Me from Camp Rock both performed by Demi Lovato.

After that, Camp Rock Around the World premiered with international versions of the songs and interviews in the premiere of the movie in the United Kingdommarker, Argentinamarker, Mexicomarker and Brazilmarker. The special ended with High School Musical 2 Pop-Up Version.

On March 5, 2009 during "Zapping Zone" premiered the music video by the Jonas Brothers "BB Good". The Walt Disney Pictures movie Cars will premiere on March 15, 2009 while the third season of Hannah Montana premiered on March 18, 2009 on "Zapping Zone" and a new episode is aired every Wednesday.

The second season of Pass the Plate premiered on April 5, 2009 while the Walt Disney Pictures' movie, Sleeping Beauty premiered on April 12, 2009. Along with a premiere of Pass the Plate, and the first promos for the Disney Channel Original Movies Read It and Weep and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior also started being aired. The first promo for the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny With a Chance also started to air.

The promos for Sonny With a Chance aired on April, 2009 announced that the series will premiere on May, 2009. On May 1, 2009 a special programming was aired, celebrating International Workers' Day. It was called Wen-Día ("Wen-Day", with Wen as a variation of buen which means good) and it included a marathon of Phineas and Ferb and The Suite Life on Deck, with a new episode of this one at the end. The movie Toy Story was aired at the beginning of the marathon and Herbie: Fully Loaded at the end. The marathon ended with the premiere of Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.

New music videos, backstage specials and recording shorts from Hannah Montana: The Movie premiered on the channel on April and May. The special "Chicas con actitud" ("Girls with attitude") started on May, 2009 and allows the viewers to vote for their favorite episodes of series where the main character is a girl (series as Hannah Montana or Wizards of Waverly Place). The special will be aired on May 24 and will end with a preview episode of Sonny with a Chance. The new Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance premiered on May 29 and a new episode is aired every Friday.

The first promos for Disney XD Latin America started airing on the channel on May 15, 2009. That same day, the promos for the Disney Channel Original Series JONAS started being aired, announcing that the series will premiere "Coming soon".

The Buena Vista International movie El Ratón Perez premiered on June 7, 2009 along with a special programming. The Disney Channel Original Movie, Cow Belles premiered on June 12. The Disney Channel Original Movie, Princess Protection Program premiered on July 12, 2009. The Disney Channel Original Series JONAS premiered on August.

In October, the channel celebrated Halloween with "Abracadubre", that had special programming and premiere episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place. The Disney Channel Original Movie Return to Halloweentown premiered during this special. The Disney Channel Original Movie Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie premiered on October 11, as a part of this special.

Feeds

Disney Channel Latin America is divided in five feeds for its different transmissions, each one with different schedules and different hosts.



Launch date

  • July 27, 2000 launched North feed, Central feed and South feed.
  • April 5, 2001 launched Brazilian feed.
  • October 1, 2008 launched Pacific feed.


Programming

Series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Disney Channel Original Series takes most of the schedule. Some non-original series are also aired, as January 2009 the non-original productions aired are Patito Feo, Casi Ángeles, Mortified, Life With Derek and The Fairly OddParents. Former non-original series include Floricienta, Chiquititas, A Kind of Magic, and George of the Jungle.The Playhouse Disney block airs daily from very early in the morning until 9:00am. On weekends, it ends at 10:00am. After the Playhouse Disney block, the catoon block is aired, with cartoon series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation (as House of Mouse) and Disney Channel Original Series (as Lilo & Stitch: The Series, American Dragon: Jake Long, Kim Possible, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, The Replacements, The Emperor's New School, and Phineas and Ferb).

Once the cartoon block has ended, the Zapping Zone starts. It's an original production of Disney Channel Latin America, an its programming, hosts and schedules varies depending of the feed. The Zapping Zone can be consider the primetime of the channel.

In the commercial pauses, some video clips from Disney Channel stars are aired.

Notable Programming

These are the shows broadcast on Disney Channel Latin America.

Original live-action series
Animated Disney Channel Original Series/Walt Disney Television Animation
Non-original series
Series aired on the Playhouse Disney block
Current musical video clips.


Schedules

Programming blocks

Playhouse Disney

Programming block focused on children from 2 to 6 years old. It's aired everyday in the morning. Playhouse Disney Original Series aire aired. Formerly, two hosts (different depending the feed) introduced the different series and told stories to the kids. In June 1, 2008, along with the launch of the independent channel Playhouse Disney Channel, those hosts were replaced by Ooh and Aah, two monkey hosts.

Some series aired in this block include Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, The Doodlebops between others.

Cartoon block

The space between the ending of Playhouse Disney and the beginning of the Zapping Zone is used as a "cartoon block" with animated Disney Channel Original Series and series from Walt Disney Television Animation. Some series aired in this block are House of Mouse, Reces, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, American Dragon: Jake Long, The Replacements, Kim Possible, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, The Emperor's New School, and Phineas and Ferb. The series that are aired and their schedules are different depending the zone.

On Disney Channel South and Disney Channel Pacific, the cartoon block is interrupted at noon with a non-original serie, Patito Feo and is followed by two original series, Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place. Then, the cartoon block continues with Recess and some others.

Zapping Zone

Disney Channel Latin America produces an original show called Zapping Zone where different hosts, depending the region, interact with the viewers with games and trivias. It is aired only on weekdays. They also give news about Disney Channel, upcoming Walt Disney Pictures films and new Disney Channel Original Movies. It is transmitted live, and the viewers can call to participate in different games, all of them containing questions and trivia about Disney. Only for participating they can win T-shirts and caps, however if they win the awards include DVDs, soundtracks and video games of different Disney movies and characters.

The hosts of the Zapping Zone present the series, Disney Channel Original Series that are aired in the block as a primetime. New episodes of the series are aired in this block. New music videos or trailers also premiere in this block, introduced by the hosts.

Series aired on Zapping Zone




Zapping Zone is the second original Disney Channel Latin American production aired currently, along with Disney Planet.

Wonderful World of Disney

"El Maravilloso Mundo de Disney"/"O Maravilhoso Mundo de Disney" (Wonderful World of Disney") is the block after the Zapping Zone where different Walt Disney Pictures are aired. The block is dispensable, so it is used when specials need to be aired. In normal seasons from Monday to Thursday it is aired after the Zapping Zone, and on Fridays it is replaced with "Película Disney Channel"/"Filme Disney Channel" (Disney Channel Movie) and it's aired after this(but regular films air during the mornings every weekday). The early-afternoon weekday movie block is named Cool After School. On weekends, an all-day movie block named Cine Mágico (Magic Theater) is aired. Movies can ocassionally be aired on the early morning hours as part of the Playhouse Disney block.

In winter and summer specials, it also airs at noon. Most movies airing on Disney Channel usually run in the 95 to 105-minute range, promos included.

Because of this, Disney airs programming following the film:



Película Disney Channel/Filme Disney Channel

"Película Disney Channel"/"Filme Disney Channel" (Disney Channel Movie) is a movie block aired on Fridays after Zapping Zone, Saturdays, Thursdays and sometimes any other weekday after Wonderful World of Disney. In this block, Disney Channel Original Movies aire aired. In the last years, the Original Movies had increased its popularity in the region, bringing many viewers on its premiere dates. The Disney Channel Original Movies usually premiere on Sunday, but some had premiered on Friday.Some very successful Disney Channel Original Movies include The Cheetah Girls 2, Jump In!, High School Musical, High School Musical 2 and Camp Rock.

The highest rated original movie in Latin America was High School Musical 2 with 3.3 million viewers.

Nights

The programming block after Wonderful World of Disney or Película Disney Channel airs both original and non-original series. Formerly, the name of the block was "Tus Noches en Disney Channel" (Your night on Disney Channel) but it was dropped early in 2008. In the June, July, August vacations special "Vacaciones a todo rock" (Totally Rockin' Vacations, the Latin American version of Totally Rockin' Summer) its name was changed to "Noches rockeras" (Rocking nights). Currently, it does not have a name.

Current series aired


Since July, 2009, the schedule at nights in Disney Channel Center is this:



Pixarama

It's a block aired sometimes, it does not have a regular schedule. It airs some Disney Pixar movies as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story and others.

Mouse, Cámara, ¡Acción!

"Mouse, Cámara, ¡Acción!" (Mouse, Camera, Action!) its a event aired once a month where viewes can vote between three different movies, and the winner is aired at the end of the month. The viewes can vote in the website or via the cellphones.

Seasonal blocks

Vacations

Due the season differences in Latin America (when it's Summer in the North and Central Zone, is Winter in the South and Pacific Zone and in Brazilmarker) the "summer special" is changed for "vacations special" for all the region. It starts late in June and ends early in September. It includes the premiere of new movies and series and new episodes or re-runs.

In 2008, it was called "Vacaciones a todo rock" which means Totally Rocking Vacations and is the Latin American version of the Totally Rockin' Summer, aired in the United Statesmarker version of Disney Channel. It included the airing of movies in a special schedule and the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Series As the Bell Rings. The Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock and the Walt Disney Pictures movie Herbie: Fully Loaded also premiered in this special.

Summer

In January, 2009, Disney Channel Latin America started airing a "summer special" and not a "vacations special". The special included the premiere of The Suite Life on Deck on January 16, 2009.

Halloween events

Disney Channel Latin America does not have a big event celebrating Halloween, it just airs some Halloween themed movies and series the same week that Halloween is. In 2008 it included new episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place and aired Twitches 2.

Christmas events

The Christmas events of Disney Channel Latin America are related with the New Year's events, with the same logo and name. In 2008 it aired different specials with different names, as "Jueves Especiales" (Special Thursdays) airing a new Christmas movie every Thursday, and "Suma tu voz" (Join your voice) airing "sing-along" versions of High School Musical, The Cheetah Girls 2, High School Musical 2, Camp Rock and The Cheetah Girls One World. It also included the premiere of the first episode of Cars Toons and previews of The Suite Life on Deck.

New Year Events

Disney Channel Latin America, differently of internationals Disney Channels, does not air the New Year events of Disney Channel of the United Statesmarker (called Totally New Year in 2008). Its new year event is an original production of the channel, named Celebratón. It lets its viewers vote for the best series and movies under certain categories. The most voted ones are aired December 31. The Celebratón is hosted by the cast of the Zapping Zone from all the regions (included Brazilmarker). The new year countdown and the preview of new series and movies for the next year are also hosted by them.

Celebratón 2008

The Celebratón 2008 was hosted by the cast of Zapping Zone and let the viewers vote for their favorite series and movies during December, 2008. The winners were aired December 31, 2008 starting at noon, same time when Celebratón started. It lasted until midnight with the final New started.Year countdown. Once it ended, an special called Disney Channel 2008New movies and series announced in Disney Channel 2009:



As on October, almost all the series, seasons, movies and Disney Channel Original Movies have premiered, excepting Stitch!, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, Invincible and Glory Road.

Past events

Popcorn

Former New Year Event that was replaced by Celebratón. The last time it was aired was in December 31, 2006 along with an special called Disney Channel Pop which aired the best music video clip of the year.It aired movies from Walt Disney Pictures and showed previews for the next year.

Original productions

Disney Channel Latin America has its own original productions, which are aired on the channel.

Current



Former

This original productions were discontinued or dropped of the channel.

  • Zapping Sports. A variation of the Zapping Zone with the same hosts but just half hour of duration. It had news and information about the different sports. It was dropped of the channel, and now the Zapping Zone also gives information about sports sometimes.
  • Zapping Music. A variation of the Zapping Zone with the same hosts but just half houst of duration. It had news, interviews and premieres of musical video clips. It was dropped of the channel and now the Zapping Zone premieres the video clips and has interviews.
  • Disney Xtreme. Reality about teenagers doing extreme sports in different zones of Latin America.
  • The Playhouse Disney House. Series with two different hosts aired on the Playhouse Disney block. They told stories and played games with kids. In 2008 they were replaced with Ooh and Aah, two monkey hosts. The Playhouse Disney House now airs on Playhouse Disney Channel.


Disneylatino.com

The Walt Disney Company Latin America has its own website for the Latin American audience, named Disneylatino.comIt had an original design, tha was not similar to any other Disney website around the world (some Disney websites have the same design repeated). It was created with Adobe Flash.

It was divided into Films, where people could see the pages and trailers of current and upcoming Walt Disney Pictures movies. It had categories for the different channels, Disney Channel, Disney XD Latin America, and Playhouse Disney Channel.

It also had sections for DVD releases (called En DVD), the different parks of Disney, the Radio Disney section, live shows and mobile content.

In September, 2009 the website had a major change with all the site getting a new design. This new design, including also a new Disney Channel section, is similar to the Americanmarker version of the website. It has almost the same sections as the American website, those are Games, Videos, Characters, Movies, TV (Disney Channel, Disney XD and Playhouse Disney Channel), Music, Shows, Parks and Mobile. The My Page section was replaced by Specials (using the same logo) and the Store section is missing.

Disneylatino.com/TV

Formerly, the website was divided into Disneylatino.com/DisneyChannel, Disneylatino.com/DisneyXD and Disneylatino.com/PlayhouseDisney, all of them accesible from the main page. Since September, 2009 users have to first click on the TV section, and they will be redirected to the Disney Channel website, where they can choose to stay on that channel or change to Disney XD or Playhouse Disney Channel. On Disney Channel's website users can see videos, play games and see "mini-sites" from the different series and movies.

The website of the channel is divided into feeds, as the original channels are. There are four feeds, North Zone, Central Zone, Pacific Zone and South Zone. Brazilmarker has its own website which is not part of Disneylatino.com

Inside the website, each show, series and movies have its own mini-website, with info, games and downloadable content for the PC and for the cellphones, this last one under the label "Disney Mobile Studios" (now is placed into the category Mobile).

Disney Xtreme Digital

Disney Xtreme Digital (named Videos on the website) is a video service where users ccan see the programming of the channel (series, video clips and specials). It is very similar to the same service (Disney Xtreme Digital) in the United Statesmarker website. As November, 2009 Disney Xtreme Digital Latin America is still not available for the whole region.

Until September, 2009 (when the whole website was redesigned) the video service was called "Disney Channel Play" and had a different design and more limited options. The first movie premiering on Disney Channel Play was Camp Rock, which premiered July 12, 2008 on Disney Channel Play North and Disney Channel Play Central and August 9, 2008 on Disney Channel Play South and Disney Channel Play Pacific. The movie was available for watching just some days.

Disney Channel Play replaced in June, 2008 the section "Videos" (now available again) on the website.

Online games

In December, 2008 Disneylatino.com opened its first original online game, named High School Musical: El Intercolegial where users can create its own characters and join different groups and play minigames. In June, 2009, Disneylatino.com launched its second online game, the Latin American version of Club Penguin.

Disney Mobile Studios

In July, 2008 Disney Latin America updated "Disney Mobile" to Disney Mobile Studios where different services are available in all Latin America. The users can download content from Disney Channel, Disney XD, Playhouse Disney Channel, Radio Disney and content from movies.

See also



References

  1. http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2008/09/12/comunicacion/1221219878.html
  2. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney_Channel_Latinoamérica#Historia de Estrenos
  3. http://disneylatino.com/disneychannel
  4. http://www.terra.com.ar/feeds/notas/154/154751.html
  5. http://disneylatino.com
  6. http://disney.go.com


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