September 10, 1990 – The Two Hour Programming Block The Disney Afternoon Premieres
“There’s so much to do, get it ready just for you, everybody’s busy bringing you a Disney afternoon!”
On September 10, 1990, the two-hour programming block The Disney Afternoon premiered. Overall, the block began with four separate series: Duck Tales, The Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers, and Tale Spin. Gummi Bears had already premiered on NBC in 1985 and was very successful; Ducktales had also premiered on NBC in 1987, and was quickly syndicated, along with Chip ‘n’ Dale. Tale Spin was the only program in the block that had premiered on The Disney Channel, and became syndicated once it joined the Disney Afternoon block. The block ran from 1990 until 1997, with several line-up changes every year, with new shows including Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Aladdin, Gargoyles, Quack Pack, The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa, Mighty Ducks, and The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show. The popularity of the shows in the block led to an attraction in Disneyland, and several pieces of media, including a soundtrack album.