Disney Channel Originals
1st Logo (1983-November 17, 1994)
Logo: On a dark blue space background that zooms away slowly, we see "MADE FOR VIDEO!", tilted, colored orange, and against some stripes. It "rolls" backward, and the title logo for the special rotates into place, colored lime green. "Produced for" appears below, then it fades out as the title rotates away, making room for a flying Disney Channel logo (in blue) on top and a flying Walt Disney Home Video logo in red on the bottom, with the word "and" fading in.
FX/SFX: Basic 80s animation done on Quantel Paintbox and Ampex Digital Optics "ADO".
Music/Sounds: A slightly different re-orchestration of the fanfare from the "Neon Mickey" Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo composed and performed by Buddy Baker.
Availability: Extremely rare. It's seen only on five direct-to-video specials: Welcome to Pooh Corner: Too Smart for Strangers, Where the Toys Come From, Robert Louis Stevenson's Black Arrow, The Blue Yonder, and Five Mile Creek.
Editor's Note: This is the only logo on the page to not be a closing logo. The Disney Channel itself doesn't have a closing logo for its original programming until 1995 with the next logo. Due to the fact that this has a fanfare that sounds a lot like the "Neon Mickey" fanfare, this could bring some people bad dreams and remembered how they were terrified by the "Neon Mickey" logo back when they have tapes of most Disney movies (until 1986) at the time.
2nd Logo (1995-1997)
Logo: On a black background, we see the words "The DiSNEY Channel" with "DiSNEY" in Walt Disney's signature font and the rest in the Times New Roman font.
Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.
Availability: Extremely rare. It was seen on some episodes of Groundling Marsh, which is pretty hard to find. It might be seen on the Lyrick Studios VHS releases of the series, but it's unlikely.
Editor's Note: A boring simplistic logo with almost no effort put in. With the logo itself being only used for two years, it is possibly a placeholder.
3rd Logo (1997-2002)
Nicknames: "Dancing Mickey", "Mickey Television Tube"
Logo: Over a background of concentric circles coming from the center (and claymated), we see Mickey Mouse in his 1930s design dancing inside the Disney Channel logo of the era that features a black television set with Mickey Mouse ears at the top, with the white Disney logo inside and "CHANNEL" below. Sometimes, the white "In Association with" text is shown above, set in Triplex Sans, and sometimes, the background pattern varies.
Trivia: The animation of Mickey Mouse dancing is taken from the Disney cartoon Thru the Mirror (1936). The alternate purple Mickey animation is taken from Mickey's Follies (1929). Also, this logo and many of its variants were designed and produced at Lee Hunt Associates, Cuppa Coffee, and English Marshall Pockett.
- In later years, the website URL "www.disney.com" is seen below.
- On season two of Bug Juice, the first two seasons of So Weird, and all Disney Channel Original Movies from 1998-2000, the background is a blue aurora that almost appears to be swirling with white sparks coming from behind the logo like a burst of fireworks and a purple aurora blurry ring.
- Some co-produced series would carry the text "In Association With" above the logo.
- On Zoog Disney, Mickey is replaced with Browser.
- There is a variant where the background is a Columbia Pictures 1976 "Sunburst"-like background and a dark red banner reading "Vault Disney" is seen above the logo, which has the word "CHANNEL" below. An alternate Mickey is also used here, in which he's outlined entirely in purple and does a different dance animation.
- Sometimes (especially in the first year of the logo), there was no word "CHANNEL".
- On early episodes of Disney Channel in Concert, there is a variant in which is on a purple background with a texture similar to fabric with four yellow circles near the Disney Channel logo. The alternative purple Mickey animation is also used here, and the word "CHANNEL" is also in a different font.
- One variant had a different Mickey animation (also from Thru the Mirror) in which he's balancing a cane (possibly a match) on his nose. The background for this variant was a series of black outlined overlapping circles, which came in white, yellow, or aqua-green color.
- On newer prints of Disney Channel movies from the era, the logo is zoomed in to 16:9.
FX/SFX: The animating background and Mickey Mouse dancing. Very good CGI.
Music/Sounds: A synth-disco jingle, based on Disney Channel's old jingle at the time, or the end theme of the show or TV movie.
- On Playhouse Disney shows, a xylophone arrangement of the theme is used instead.
- On season two of Bug Juice, some episodes of The Making Of... , and several DCOMs like Can of Worms and The Color of Friendship, there is a tribal arrangement of the theme.
- The "Vault Disney" version has an upbeat, jazzy rendition of the theme (which was also used on "coming up next" bumpers for the block).
- On Zoog Disney, a techno music followed by the vocals says "Zoogs!" (used for the Zoog Disney bumpers from 1998-2000), with Browser barking.
Availability: Very rare. It appeared on Out of the Box, PB&J Otter, Amazing Animals, Bug Juice, Rolie Polie Olie and Mad Libs. None of these shows (except PB&J Otter and Rolie Polie Olie, which are currently airing reruns on Disney Junior, but plastered by the 2011 Disney Junior logo) are currently rerun (especially Mad Libs, which has long since faded into obscurity), and any shows that had this logo were plastered over with either the 2002 Disney Channel logo or the Playhouse Disney logo. However, the DVD release of Rolie Polie Olie: Olie's Winter Wonderland, as well as other Playhouse Disney and DCOM releases from the time, have this logo intact. The So Weird variant is rare and short-lived because it was plastered over with the 4th logo. It can currently be seen on Halloweentown on the Halloweentown Double Feature DVD. The "Vault Disney" variant can be found on a Bedknobs and Broomsticks documentary special called Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers, which can be found on the Blu-Ray release of Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The Zoog Disney variant can be seen between a show during the Zoog Disney block on Disney Channel.
Editor's Note: This logo is a memorable favorite for those who watched Disney Channel programs in the 1990s.
4th Logo (June 17, 2000-February 14, 2004)
Nicknames: "The Hip-Hop Logo", "The Zoog Disney Logo", "Mickey Television Tube II", "Grungy Color-Changing Mickey Television Tube"
Logo: Over a psychedelic purple background, we see "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" in white. It fades out and zooms in and the Disney Channel logo from last time, in purple, zooms up. "DiSNEY", in the familiar trademark font, pops out of the logo when it stops. Through the remainder, the logo shifts colors and patterns. There is a "ghost" of the logo in front of it.
- On some shows and original movies, it omits the words "IN ASSOCIATION WITH", so we start with the Disney Channel logo zooming in.
- On French dubs of their shows, the "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" text is in French, which says, "EN ASSOCIATION AVEC".
- A print version of the logo on a white background was spotted on The Santa Clause Brothers.
- On newer prints of Disney Channel movies from the era, the logo is zoomed in to 16:9.
FX/SFX: The logo zooming-in and changing colors. All 2D CGI animation, designed by Colossal Pictures and animated by Tenth Annual Industries.
Music/Sounds: Either the end theme of the show, or a hip-hop/techno fusion jingle containing a male's voice saying "Yeah!", followed by two distorted orchestral hits that almost sound like "All right!", "Oh yeah!" or "Star power!!". The short version just has the latter half of the "Yeah!" sounder followed by the record scratches.
Music/Sounds Trivia: Portions or rearrangements of the logo's audio can be heard as jingles on Disney Channel's 2000-2002 on-air look, along with some voice overs from Cam Brainard and Liza del Mundo (starting in July 2001).
- On the 2005 Classroom Edition DVD of The Color of Friendship, this logo plasters over the previous logo. If you listen closely when the logo cuts to black, you can hear the last note of the tribal arrangement from the previous logo, but on Disney+, that music plays.
- On Disney+ prints of the DCOM Zenon: The Sequel, a low pitched version of the 2007 theme is heard. The French audio track has the correct 2000 theme.
- On Disney+ prints of the season 3 premiere of Even Stevens, a off-sync version of the 2002 theme is heard.
Availability: Extremely rare. It very, very occasionally appears on sporadic airings of Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens on Disney Channel, as part of the Disney Replay block. The episode "Night of the Day of the Dead" from the former show, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge on the Halloweentown Double Feature DVD, and Disney Channel airings of Stepsister from Planet Weird keep this logo intact, but good luck trying to find this logo on other episodes, as it's plastered over by the 6th and 7th logos. Starting in July 2000, this logo would plaster over the previous logo on Disney Channel shows and movies that featured it. However, it is still found on those said shows when aired on Disney XD Canada and Family Channel respectively. It also appears on The Book of Pooh: Fun with Words and Fun with Friends on VHS, and oddly not a Playhouse Disney logo. This logo was used in tandem with the 6th logo, as it was seen on the Even Stevens episode "Leavin' Stevens" which aired in June 2003 and The Proud Family episode "Surf and Turf" which aired that same year on The Disney Channel/ABC. The rest of the episodes of the show on ABC plasters it with the 2002 Disney Channel Originals logo with the same music intact. It was also intact on June-October 2002 Disney Channel USA airings of Kim Possible, which it was intact on the episode "Crush" as a bonus feature on the Kim Possible: The Secret Files DVD. Surprisingly, this appeared on a recent Disney Channel Denmark airing of the That's so Raven episode "Escape Claus".
Editor's Note: A rather simple logo, but still quite memorable for those who grew up with Disney Channel during this period.
5th Logo (January 7-November 11, 2002)
Logo: On a white background, we french text saying
the media merchants
en association avec
with the 1997-1999 International Disney Channel print logo below it.
- On segments of the show, it shows the Art Attack logo, french text saying 'est diffusé tous les jours sur' with the 1997-1999 International Disney Channel print logo and the shows website link below it.
- The main logo was also translated in the localized Portuguese, Italian and German versions of the show, respectively.
Music/Sounds: A cartoony noise, like the sound of a ruler being bent from the side of a table.
Music/Sounds Variant: Sometimes, the ending theme of the show would play.
Availability: Extremely rare. It's only seen on international localizations of Art Attack during the time period.
Editor's Note: Originally, the logo was believed to be a completely different logo at first, mainly the international splats logo used at the time period, but was however proven to be false.
6th Logo (September 30, 2002-2011)
Nicknames: "The Mickey Head", "Shiny Mickey Head", "The Banner"
Logo: Over a black background, we see blue pixie dust flying from the bottom of the screen to the center, causing a flash that sends several blue Mickey Mouse head outlines towards the viewer as if it explodes like fireworks, which turns the background into a cloudy sky. The pixie dust circles around the flash, which becomes a Mickey Mouse head that happens to be Disney Channel's logo, filled with watery white coloring, a blue outline around it, and the "DiSNEY CHANNEL" text in black with "DiSNEY" in its corporate font. The logo comes closer to the viewer as it wobbles to its normal position on the bottom left as a blue banner reading "OrIGInaL" (set in Placard Bold Condensed, the font used for Disney Channel's graphics since then) in white pops up around the logo. As the logo continues to wobble, the pixie dust moves offscreen, leaving behind a trail of pixie dust. It then reappears and moves from behind the logo to the top, leaving another trail.
- There is a more common short version starting with the wobble.
- On some international prints, the logo fades to the 1998-2006 Buena Vista International logo.
- On Life with Derek, "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" is above the logo.
- On U.S airings of Naturally Sadie, "A Decode Entertainment production in association with" is above the logo.
- A sped-up version of the short version exists.
- On some Disney Channel Original Movies from 2004-2006 and HD prints of them, the logo is zoomed in.
- On Disney Channel Live: El concierto, the logo jarringly zooms out to reveal itself animating like usual, and when the logo fades out, it starts to animate in reverse.
- Disney Channel promos in the early 2000s had the logo on their backgrounds.
- On some international versions of the original movie Pixel Perfect, the logo isn't only cropped but the colors are brighter than usual.
- There is a special surprise variation where "OrIGInaL" is replaced with "DISNEYCHANNEL.COM".
- On the international versions of Twitches and Buffalo Dreams, as well as some 4:3 Disney Channel Asia prints of High School Musical, the widescreen logo is COMPLETELY cropped to where only the right side of the logo is shown.
- On Disney Channel UK, there is a version with a copyright notice saying "(C) 2007 Disney Channel UK".
- On the French dub of The Cheetah Girls 2, the logo is in black and white.
- On international prints of High School Musical, the logo may be in widescreen and cut very short.
- On 2006-2009 and Netflix prints of High School Musical, the logo is seen slowing down.
- On the Australian version of As the Bell Rings, the logo was recreated in which the logo is slightly faster, the cloud background is different than the original, and the logo has an extremely cheaper appearance to it (almost as if it was made in Blender in a few minutes).
FX/SFX: Everything in the logo from the flying pixie dust and the flash to the Mickey Mouse outline head popping up. Awesome CGI by PMcD Design.
Music/Sounds: Several drumbeats, which segue into a ska punk theme with electric guitars and a horn section, the last four notes of which became Disney Channel's signature jingle. Composed by Tonal Sound and Elias Associates. The tune sounds rather similar to that of "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. There is also a shorter version. Sometimes, it's the closing theme of the show.
- On seasons 2-3 of That's So Raven, we hear the 4th logo's music, except the "Yeah!" is extended. On Hannah Montana, Cory in the House and season 4 of That's So Raven, the short version of the 4th logo's music is used.
- On an online print of the That's So Raven episode "Driven to Insanity", a split second of the 4th logo's music can be heard and it then abruptly cuts to the regular theme of this logo.
- It appears on reruns of some of Disney Channel's shows from the era. This logo has plastered over the 1999 Disney Channel logo on the first two seasons of So Weird (which is long gone from TV and home video). It still appears on Disney Channel's original movies from 1998-late 2007 when aired on Disney Channel and Disney XD; it plasters the 3rd and 4th logos.
- The long variant is near extinction, and was used to appear before shows on TV until 2006, and iTunes prior to 2010.
- The version with the copyright notice was seen on Hannah Montana: Live in London and the UK version of As the Bell Rings both on Disney Channel UK.
- This logo surprisingly plasters the previous logo on later, post-2002 reruns of Even Stevens on Disney Channel. It has recently been spotted on June 2018 airings of Lilo & Stitch: The Series on Disney XD USA (likely due to using 4:3 masters instead of the 16:9 ones). It was also spotted on a French printing of Twitches Too.
- It can also be found on the 2007-2009 Disney Channel and 2003-2006 ABC Kids airings of The Proud Family, which plastered the 2000 Logo.
- The DisneyChannel.com variant was seen on a November 2004 airing of Mulan as an accidental intermission bumper and also some Disney Channel promos at the time.
Editor's Note: This is a memorable logo for those who grew up with Disney Channel in the 2000s, thanks to its omnipresence.
7th Logo (August 17, 2007-2016)
Nicknames: "The Mickey Head II", "Shiny Mickey Head II", "The Banner II"
Logo: On a twinkling blue background, a blue ribbon appears and turns into the Mickey Mouse head from the last logo, but with a bit of a difference. The "OrIGInaL" banner pops up under the Disney Channel name, and doesn't wobble, so it comes to a complete stop. Instead of the water-like substance from the last logo, the inside of the Mickey Head has what appears to be a weird, beige semi-solid that morphs (almost like oatmeal).
- There is a prototype version of this logo that was either still with no banner, or cut short. It was only seen on Twitches Too, and later prints of High School Musical 2 respectively. However, this logo "officially" debuted on January 25, 2008.
- A widescreen version exists, with blue lines sandwiched on the left and right respectively for 4:3 shows. On the 2008 Disney Channel Games, it disappears, causing the Disney copyright notice to appear.
- An alternate widescreen version exists, in which the Disney Channel logo is on the far left side of the screen. In this version, there's no blue lines, and more of the background can be seen.
- On The Cheetah Girls: One World, the "OrIGInaL" banner is absent.
- On 16 Wishes, the logo has more noticeable differences like more of the background can be seen and thus causing the Mickey Mouse head to be smaller. The "OrIGInaL" banner can be seen more, the words are smaller, and just simply slides up. Overall, it looks incredibly cheap.
- On current prints of Tiger Cruise, a longer version exists where the ribbon appears in the sky and the camera moves down, going to the normal logo's animation.
- On a print of the Kim Possible episode "The Big Job", an even longer version exists in which on a black and blue gradient background, with stars on the left side of the screen, the blue ribbon hits the near-center of the screen causing a bright star and flash to appear making the other little stars more detailed and the cloudy background to appear, going to the variant above animation.
- On the 2009 special Disney's Friends for Change, the "OrIGInaL" banner is absent and the logo is in widescreen.
- On some Disney Channel Original Movies (Geek Charming and Radio Rebel are some examples), the logo is cut short to the "OrIGInaL" banner appearing on the Disney Channel logo and is in slow-motion.
FX/SFX: The ribbon drawing itself, and the banner dropping down. Great CGI done by Mary Snyder.
Music/Sounds: This logo had many music variants:
- A breakbeat with a short techno redoing of the Disney Channel jingle. (Also used as promo music at the time)
- A sustained guitar note, which is actually taken from the last few seconds of the closing theme to Princess Protection Program.
- The 2002 theme by Tonal Sound and Elias Associates.
- The short version of the 2002 theme (The one seen on newer prints of Lizzie McGuire).
- The 2000 "Yeah! All right!" theme.
- The short version of the aforementioned theme.
- Synthesized Disney Channel jingle that was used as promo music as well.
- The closing theme of the show.
- On one print of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, the Walt Disney Television theme finishes over it.
Availability: Pretty common.
- Preserved on most prints of Disney Channel shows and Original Movies from the era, and even plasters over previous logos on newer prints of older shows and DCOMs. Seen on Disney Channel shows made from 2007 to early 2012, starting with Season 2 of Phineas & Ferb and Fish Hooks, as well as early episodes of Good Luck Charlie, A.N.T. Farm and Shake It Up!, among others.
- It was quietly retired in 2012, with the DCOM Radio Rebel, and shows such as Gravity Falls, Austin & Ally, Dog with a Blog, and newer episodes of shows that previously used this logo are no longer using it.
- The "Yeah! All right!" variant can be found on current prints of the DCOMs Quints and The Ultimate Christmas Present. The short version can be heard on early episodes of Hannah Montana Forever.
- The 2002 theme variant can be found on season 3 and early season 4 episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place and current prints of Zenon The Zequel. The short version can be heard on the earliest episodes of Jonas.
- The widescreen version without the blue bars can be seen on widescreen prints of High School Musical 2 as well as one print of Lilo & Stitch: The Series and HD prints of Kim Possible.
- Strangely, this can be seen on Disney Channel Spain prints of Stuck in the Middle, K.C Undercover, Best Friends Whenever, Dog With a Blog, Jessie, Liv and Maddie, Elena of Avalor and Girl Meets World, but US prints of these shows don't have any Disney Channel logo at all.
Editor's Note: The animation in this logo feels much more stiff and less fluid than the previous logos, but it’s still a memorable logo for those who grew up watching Disney Channel during the late 2000s.
8th Logo (October 17, 2014- )
Logo: It's just the same as the 2014 Disney Channel Original Movies logo, except the banner just says "ORIGINAL".
FX/SFX: Same as the 2014 Disney Channel Original Movies logo.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 2014 Disney Channel Original Movies logo.
Music/Sounds Variant: On Tangled: The Series (also known as Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure), a few whooshes are heard.
Availability: Scarce. Seen on Un, Dos, ¡Chef!. It was also seen on Disney Channel Spain airings of Bunk'd and Tangled: The Series. This is so far only used in Spain, and is currently unknown if it would be in use in other countries.
Editor's Note: It is a nice attempt at making a logo that should be in use on original programming, but it was (so far) only used exclusively in Spain, and that is a real shame.
9th Logo (June 22–July 20, 2015)
Logo: On a black background, the 2014 Disney Channel logo (minus ''CHANNEL'') rapidly zoom into view, as the letters of ''DISNEY'' float on top and settle from left to right on the blue backing. ''CHANNEL'' appears, also from left to right, below. The logo shines as white sparks fly around it. A byline appears below: ''©2016 The Walt Disney Company Limited. All Rights Reserved''
FX/SFX: The logo popping into view, simplistic CGI.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Extremely rare. This was spotted on First Class Chefs: Family Style. It originally aired on the now-defunct British-Irish Disney Channel and was cancelled after only one season. However, the show is currently available for viewing on Disney+.
Editor's Note: Although the show that has this logo aired in 2015, this has a 2016 copyright date for some reason.
10th Logo (September 23, 2016-November 3, 2017)
Logo: Over the end credits of The Lodge, the 2014 Disney Channel logo forms, with the white text drawing in first as the blue backing covers it, filling like water or gelatin, as well as two yellow lens flares. Once it is fully formed, streaks of water shoot from the sides and top of the logo.
FX/SFX: The logo forming.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Very rare. Seen only on The Lodge. The show originally aired on the now-defunct British-Irish Disney Channel but the first season did air on the American network. The entire series is currently available for viewing on Disney+.
Editor's Note: Another in-credit logo, nothing much to say.
11th Logo (April 30, 2017, June 23, 2018)
Logo: On a pink background with outline of the dot of the i in the Disney Channel logo engrained, with little emojis floating on the bottom screen going right to left,a light blue tab with the dot of the i comes out and it becomes larger, turns yellow, and it now contains the 2014 Disney Channel logo in purple. The background becomes light blue while the tab then shrinks slightly and moves slightly to the left and a large purple tab with the words "ORIGINAL" in yellow comes out and goes to the right. The two tabs move down slightly and the background becomes gray.
FX/SFX: Everything, which is based off the 2017-2019 Disney Channel branding.
Music/Sounds: A techno remix of the Disney Channel theme which somewhat sounds like a slight remix of the synthesized tune of the 7th logo.
Availability: Extinct. It was seen on the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Radio Disney Music Awards, which like most annual award shows, have only aired once or twice on TV and never again. The shows are not even available on streaming services or home media.
Editor's Note: While a nice logo to fit with the 2017-2019 branding of the channel, it was wasted thanks to it only being on annual award shows, rather than actual television shows.
12th Logo (December 14, 2018-)
Nicknames: "101 Dalmatian Street"
Logo: At night, we see a view of the house that is with the address of 101 Dalmatian Street. It is seen in a neighborhood next to two other buildings. The camera then moves to the city of Camden Town. Below the city is a purple version of the 2014 Disney Channel logo. During the forming a copyright stamp is seen below. The camera then stops moving when the Disney Channel logo is formed.
FX/SFX: The camera moving and the logo forming.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme to the show.
Availability: Rare. This logo is only used as an exclusive to 101 Dalmatian Street, which originally aired on the now-defunct British-Irish Disney Channel. In the United States, all episodes of the show are available on the Disney+ streaming platform.
Editor's Note: A nice custom logo to one of channel's shows, too bad the show didn't air on the American channel.
13th Logo (June 16, 2019- )
Nicknames: "The Mickey Head III", "Mickey Hands", "Objects Around the Screen"
Logo: In the center of a mostly blue background, with some light purple on the left side of the screen and some weird shapes all around, there's a yellow circle with a stylized Mickey Mouse hand giving a "thumbs up" sign. Suddenly, the circle and the hand zooms out to reveal the 2014 Disney Channel logo in blue, with the words having a blue-white gradient color. The word, "ORIGINAL" in a white crude font with pencil shading appears one-by-one with the letters zooming in and out rapidly. While that is happening, the background becomes purple with a stylized Mickey Mouse head (in the same style as the 'i" in "Disney" in Disney Channel's logo) showing the blue background. All around the screen, we see various items like a lightning bolt and a Mickey Mouse ear hat.
FX/SFX: Everything, which is based off the 2019 Disney Channel branding.
Music/Sounds: The end theme of the special or the show. On BIA, it has a 2-note theme with the sparkling sounds on it.
Availability: Current. It first appeared on the 2019 Radio Disney Music Awards, and is later seen on the Argentine show BIA. However, it's currently unknown if it will be used on other Disney Channel shows on this era, such as Sydney to the Max, Raven's Home, Coop and Cami, and others.
Editor's Note: Another custom logo for one of the channel's brands, but unlike the 11th logo, at least this was actually used on an actual television show, though not American.