Disney replaces SoapNet with Disney Junior

It's about a year or so away... however, Disney, who owns SoapNet, the network that is currently airing Soap Opera daily re-runs, will replace it with Disney Jr. - a new commercial-free channel aimed specifically for Pre-Schoolers, ages 2-7. ( I wonder where they thought up that clever name? Perhaps, Nick Jr. gave them the idea! ) Whatever the case, I am glad to see the network is changing and will provide wholesome educational programs in the future for young children.

According to the press release, Programming on Disney Junior will include about 200 new episodes annually of current Disney Channel shows, including “Handy Manny,” “Special Agent Oso,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Imagination Movers,” “Jungle Junction,” and new series like “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” an animated program about children who pretend to be pirates and encounter Captain Hook. In the works are other shows that play off classic Disney characters.

Disney’s vast array of classic and contemporary movies, including among others “101 Dalmatians,” “Aladdin” and “Little Mermaid,” will be showcased.

This network is currently available in 75 million homes.

Check out the full Press Release, here.

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