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July 11

July 11, 2011 – Perry the Platy-Bus Starts Journey with Celebration in New York City

“During ‘Perry the Platy-bus On Tour,’ fans are invited to marvel at nearly 4,000 pounds of Perry (complete with a bill, tail, and googly eyes), come aboard, play the exciting new Unity 3D video game…sing Perry-oke and more.”

On July 11, 2011, a special event was held in New York City to kick off the cross-country tour of Perry the Platy-Bus, a promotional bus designed to look like Phineas and Ferb character Perry the Platypus. Celebrating, and promoting, the upcoming television movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, the bus would make its way from New York to Comic-Con in San Diego. In attendance in New York to wish the bus well on its journey were Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, voice of Perry the Platypus Dee Bradley Baker, and voice of Isabella Alyson Stoner.

June 5

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June 5, 2011 – The Disney Channel Comedy Series So Random! Premieres

“So Random: it’s a party, get down!”

On June 5, 2011, the Disney Channel comedy series So Random! premiered. The series was originally a show-within-a-show for the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, but became a show on its own when lead actress Demi Lovato announced she would not return for Sonny with a Chance’s third season. The show is reminiscent of old comedy sketch shows in its set up, although it adds the element of the cast members playing their characters from the original Sonny with a Chance show. Musical guests were also featured on the show, with artists ranging from Andy Grammer to Colbie Caillat. The show starred Tiffany Thornton as Tawni Hart, Sterling Knight as Chad Dylan Cooper, Brandon Mychal Smith as Nico Harris, Doug Brochu as Grady Mitchell, and Allisyn Ashley Arm as Zora Lancaster. The show lasted one season with 26 episodes.

March 2

March 2, 2007 – Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven Wins at the NAACP Image Awards


“I try to save the situation but then I wind up misbehaving

On March 2, 2007, the 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The Disney Channel Series That’s So Raven won two awards: Outstanding Children’s Program, and Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program – Series or Special for lead actress Raven-Symoné . This was the series first win as Outstanding Children’s Program, and Raven- Symoné’s fourth win in her category. The series would go on to win the same awards the following year in the show’s final season.

May 18

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May 18, 2004 – The Soundtrack for That’s So Raven is Released Through Walt Disney Records


“It’s the future I can see, it’s so mysterious to me.”

On May 18, 2004, the soundtrack for the Disney Channel Original Series That’s So Raven was released through Walt Disney Records. Featuring songs sung by the cast and a collection of other pop songs, the album peaked at number 44 on the Billboard 200. Artists included lead actress Raven-Symoné, Jesse McCartney, Chaka Khan, and Kool & the Gang. The album would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA.

January 19

January 19, 2001 – The Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire Premieres


“If you believe we’ve got a picture perfect plan, we’ve got you fooled, cause we only do the best we can.”

On January 19, 2001, the Disney Channel Original Series Lizzie McGuire premiered on the Disney Channel. The series followed the adventures of 13-year-old Lizzie McGuire and her friends Gordo and Miranda, while an animated version of Lizzie gives her inner thoughts in the form of a soliloquy. The show was highly popular, with several merchandising deals and a feature film released in 2003. The series ran for two seasons with 65 episodes in total. During the show’s run, it was nominated for several awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. The show was created by Terri Minsky, and starred Hilary Duff as Lizzie, Lalaine as Miranda, Adam Lamberg as Gordo, Jake Thomas as Matt, Hallie Todd as Jo, and Robert Carradine as Sam.

May 6

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May 6, 2011 – The Disney Channel Original Series A.N.T. Farm Premieres


“Yeah, because, we’re studying Pygmalion in English class, and it’s easier if we act it out. See, he’s Professor Higgins, and she’s Eliza Doolittle. Eliza, do a little.”

On May 6, 2011, the Disney Channel Original Series A.N.T. Farm premiered. The series centers around a group of child prodigies in a class called the Advanced Natural Talents (A.N.T.). The series had 4.4 million viewers on its premiere, and has received several positive reviews. The series lasted three seasons with 62 episodes. It was created by Dan Signer, and starred China Anne McClain as Chyna Parks, Sierra McCormick as Olive Doyle, Jake Short as Fletcher Quimby, Stefanie Scott as Lexi Reed, Carlon Jeffery as Cameron Parks, and Aedin Mincks as Angus Chestnut.

The first episode, “TransplANTed,” begins at Webster High, where musical prodigy Chyna Parks arrives, though her brother Cameron is less than thrilled that they will attend the same school. She arrives at the A.N.T. room, for those students with Advanced Natural Talents. She meets Gibson, who acts as the tutor and counselor of the A.N.T. Farm, as it is called, where she meets other kids as talented as she is, though in very different ways. She meets classmates Olive and Fletcher, with Fletcher falling for Chyna at first sight. She also meets Lexi, the resident Queen Bee, who delights in torturing Chyna until Chyna reveals her musical talents. Chyna overhears Lexi talking about a party, and decides to crash it with Olivia and Fletcher. Unfortunately, Chyna’s father comes home and spoils their plans to sneak out that night, until Fletcher makes wax doubles of the three. They arrive at the party, and end up having a good time, though Lexi finds every reason to embarrass her, as does Cameron. Unbeknownst to Chyna, her father and Gibson have gone to her room to check on her, finding her wax double melted. At the party, Olive drinks a powerful energy drink and bumps into Fletcher, who in turn destroys the stereo. While everyone thinks the party is ruined, Chyna manages to save the day with her musical talent. Chyna’s father arrives at the party and breaks it up, taking Chyna in the back of his squad car. The next day at school, Olive and Fletcher think Chyna’s father has pulled her out of school, but they are relieved to find her there, especially since the arrival of Chyna’s father gave the A.N.T.s some newfound “street cred.”

March 18

March 18, 2005 – The Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Premieres


“You and me got the world to see so come on down.”

On March 18, 2005, the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody premiered. It was highly successful, not only being nominated and winning several awards, but spawning a sequel series The Suite Life on Deck. It ran for 87 episodes in 3 seasons, and was created by Danny Kallis and Jim Geoghan. It starred Cole Sprouse as Cody Martin, Dylan Sprouse as Zack Martin, Brenda Song as London Tipton, Ashley Tisdale as Maddie Fitzpatrick, Phil Lewis as Mr. Moseby, and Kim Rhodes as Carey Martin.

The first episode, “Hotel Hangout,” begins at the Tipton Hotel, where twins Zack and Cody Martin are bummed that their mom Carey can’t take them to the park, as she has to rehearse her performance, but she allows them to invite friends from school. Unfortunately, as new kids, Zack and Cody don’t have any friends, but Carey reassures them that this won’t always be the case. Meanwhile, heiress London Tipton, whose father owns the Tipton Hotel, has effectively been grounded within the hotel as punishment for her poor grades. Candy-counter cashier Maddie Fitzpatrick has been overhearing the conversation between London and hotel manager Mr. Moseby, and Moseby hires Maddie as London’s tutor.

Carey is overly excited to meet the two new friends of her sons

Carey is overly excited to meet the two new friends of her sons

At their new school, Zack and Cody are still having trouble making friends, until they meet kids Max and Tapeworm, and invite them over to their home at the hotel. Max is seen as quite a dancer (and a girl, which Zack and Cody didn’t realize), and Carey asks her for help with her dance moves. Meanwhile, London and Maddie’s study session isn’t going as Maddie planned, as London spends her time shopping online. Maddie decides to get downstairs, as she wants to run into her crush, the new lifeguard. London offers to help Maddie with getting her crush’s attention. The next day at school, word is out that the twins live at the Tipton Hotel, and they are invited to be part of the popular group, abandoning Max and Tapeworm.

Maddie goes back to work at the counter, and uses London’s advice to score a date with the lifeguard, and London offers to help Maddie get dressed for her date. When the popular kids show up at the hotel to hang out with Zack and Cody, they ruin the experience for all the other guests and are rude to Max and Tapeworm. Cody is reluctant to do something so mean, but Zack is desperate to be popular and convinces Cody to ditch them. Later, Carey tells them that they need to make sure that the entire school doesn’t show up at the hotel, but popular ringleader Drew invites more and more people to hang out at the hotel, much to the annoyance of Moseby. After the date with the lifeguard, Maddie doesn’t want to go out with him again, which confuses London. In the end, London convinces Maddie to dump the lifeguard, but Maddie ends up finding herself arranging another date. Moseby warns London that if Maddie doesn’t help pull London’s grades up, she will have to go to a private school with a uniform.

Cody knows that he and Zack are being used, but Zack is just concerned with being popular

Cody knows that he and Zack are being used, but Zack is just concerned with being popular

Cody realizes that they are being used by the kids from school, although Zack doesn’t care so long as he is considered cool. The head bellman Esteban warns the twins that Moseby has ordered him to remove all the kids from the premises, and finally, Zack agrees to help Cody get rid of the kids. When the lifeguard shows up to ask Maddie out for another date, Maddie tries to let him down gently, but she finally gets the nerve to dump him. London manages to pass her exam with a D+, and is awarded with a plasma television from her father. Zack and Cody continue to work on dumping all the kids from their school from the hotel, except for Drew and his crew. The two finally stand up to Drew, although not without consequence, which includes a mishap with the hotel’s satellite dish. Max and Tapeworm show up to help Zack and Cody, impressed by their standing up to Drew, and giving the twins their first real friends.