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December 7

December 7, 1986 – The Disney Channel Starts Broadcasting 24 Hours

“You’re watching Disney Channel.”

On December 7, 1986, the Disney Channel changed its broadcasting hours to a full 24 hours. The channel began broadcasting on April 18, 1983, with an 18-hour programming block, featuring a mix of original programming and outside produced shows and movies. Listed as a premium cable channel, it reached over 35 million subscribers within its first ten years of its run, becoming one of the fastest-growing pay cable channels. The Disney Channel has grown in recent years from the one main channel to a series of 24-hour programming channels.

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November 20

November 20, 2007 – The Box Set High School Musical Hits Collection is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Limited edition six disc set perfect for the High School Musical lover in all of us!”

On November 20, 2007, the six disc compilation High School Musical Hits Collection was released through Walt Disney Records. It featured the soundtracks for the two High School Musical films of the time, two karaoke albums, and the CD+DVD version of High School Musical: The Concert. The box set was a limited edition, and has been out of print for several years.

November 4

November 4, 1990 – The American Teacher Awards Begin Airing on The Disney Channel

“[Teachers] are probably the best-educated people in our country, who make the most sacrifices, do the most interesting things and should receive the same kind of adulation others in our society get.” – Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner

On November 4, 1990, the American Teacher Awards were kicked off and began airing on The Disney Channel. The idea originally started from a Disney Channel series The Disney Channel Salutes the American Teacher that aired in 1989. Up to 12 awards are given to deserving teachers across the country, with cash awards totaling $250,000. The nominees are chosen by the Educational Steering Committee, an independent group of representatives from several educational organizations. After the awards are given, the honorees vote together for the Outstanding Teacher; the first Outstanding Teacher was Sylvia Anne Washburn from Toledo, Ohio.

August 25

August 25, 2007 – The Live Show Playhouse Disney Live! On Tour Premieres

On August 25, 2007, the live show Playhouse Disney Live! On Tour premiered in Lakeland, Florida. This show featured characters from popular Playhouse Disney shows, including Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The main plot of the show is that Mickey is planning a party for all of his friends, with characters such as Handy Manny and Winnie the Pooh helping in the planning. Once it finished its run, the show was followed by Three Classic Fairy Tales.

August 14

August 14, 2007 – The Nintendo DS Game High School Musical: Makin’ the Cut is Released

“The worldwide runaway Disney Channel movie hit – “High School Musical” – now comes to the small-screen on the Nintendo DS in an all new game…that takes players across America as they compete in the ultimate musical competition.”

On August 14, 2007, the Nintendo DS game High School Musical: Makin’ the Cut was released. Promoting the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise High School Musical, the game features the cast in a rhythm game setup in the guise of a national music competition. When released, the game had online features that allowed players to compete with friends and show off personal video clips of their dances; this feature has been disabled since May 20, 2014.

August 3

August 3, 2012 – The Special Studio DC: Almost Live Premieres on Disney Channel

“Dylan, Cole, take five. Pepe, Rizzo, take a hike!”

On August 3, 2012, the special variety show Studio DC: Almost Live premiered on Disney Channel. The special featured The Muppets alongside a variety of Disney Channel stars, including stars of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Jokes were interspersed throughout the program referencing other Disney Channel shows and Muppet ventures. A second special premiered on October 5, 2008; neither episode has been released on home video in the United States.

July 22

July 22, 2003 – The Soundtrack to the Animated Series Kim Possible is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“You can’t stop me cause I’m Kim Possible.”

On July 22, 2003, the soundtrack to the Disney Channel original animated series Kim Possible was released through Walt Disney Records. Featuring songs from and inspired by the show, the album was notable for its full length version of the theme song, “Call Me, Beep Me! (The Kim Possible Song)” by Christina Milian, along with songs by show voice actors Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, and Nancy Cartwright. The soundtrack peaked at number 125 on the Billboard 200, and was released in several other countries, including a French version and a German version.