Saturday Disney

Saturday Disney

infobox television
show_name = Saturday Disney

format = Kids show
picture_format = 16:9
runtime = 120 minutes per episode (inc. commercials)
starring = Shae Brewster
Sally Stanton
Jack Yabsley
country = Australia
network = Seven Network
first_aired = 20 January 1990
last_aired =
num_episodes = 953 (As of October 11, 2008)
imdb_id = 0388640
website =

"Saturday Disney" is a children's program shown on the Seven Network in Australia. It has been on air for over 18 years, with the first episode going to air on January 20, 1990. The program's timeslot is always every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m, unless there are interuptions by sporting or news events. Usually, for the remainder of the morning Disney shows will continue to air on Seven after "Saturday Disney".


"Saturday Disney" has had three hosts at any one time always consisting of two females and one male.

Current hosts

* Shae Brewster (October 26, 2002 - present)
* Sally Stanton (January 28, 2006 - present)
* Jack Yabsley (February 3, 2007 - present)

Former hosts

* Sofie Formica (January 20, 1990 - October 1992)
* James Sherry (January 20, 1990 - January 29, 1994)
* Jeniene Mapp (January 20, 1990 - October 1996)
* Lisa Barry (October 1992 - October 1997)
* Marc Buhaj (February 5, 1994 - February 27, 1999)
* Shelley Craft (October 1996 - July 6, 2002 / October 19-26, 2002 / October 29, 2005)
* Melanie Symons (October 1997 - October 19, 2002 / January 4-25, 2003 / August 2, 2003 / February 21, 2004)
* Tim McDonald (March 6, 1999 - January 29, 2000)
* Daniel Widdowson (February 5, 2000 - January 27, 2007)
* Sara Groen (July 13, 2002 - January 28, 2006)

Recurring and returning hosts

Both Shelley Craft and Melanie Symons returned to the show a number of times since their departures. Shelley returned (with the use of old footage from through-out Mel's time on the show) on Melanie's final show, and again the week after to talk about her new hosting role on Perfect Match, both these appearances were in October 2002. Shelley returned one last time via satellite on October 29, 2005 to chat about her time on the show and wish the guys a happy 800th episode.

Melanie returned in early 2003 (with the use of old footage from stories filmed the previous year) for a number of weeks, and once again on August 2, 2003 to talk about her new show Australia's Best Backyards. Melanie was last shown on February 21, 2004 when Patrick Thompson from Ground Force visited the show to announce Daniel was joining Ground Force also. Melanie was shown on screen along with old Ground Force footage.

Sara Groen also made an appearance on the show a year after leaving (Also with the use of old footage) on Daniel's final show on January 27, 2007 during the footage of Daniel's favourite moments through-out his 7 years on Saturday Disney.

On the 600th episode of Saturday Disney on November 17, 2001 previous hosts Lisa Barry and Marc Buhaj were shown during old footage showing us Shelley and Melanie's first appearances.

Program format

Included on the program:
*Cartoon episodes (Hannah Montana is the first live-action show to be shown on Saturday Disney)
*Special appearances by famous guests
*Letters and drawings from viewers
*Double Dog Dare
*A miniature series that generally involves the three hosts portraying characters in a 5-minute skit. Shows in the past have included "The Transfreezers" (a group of superheroes who try to solve everyday problems such as lack of souvlaki sticks), "A Page In Time" (3 kids end up in Ballarat 1850 after reading a magic page and try to find a way home), as well as the sequel to "A Page In Time" known as "Return To The Hill", which involved Jack's character (Max) joining the girls in their efforts to recover artifacts left behind in the 1850's.

Current Shows

As of October 4, 2008, "Saturday Disney's" schedule will be as follows:

*7.05 AM: Phineas and Ferb
*7.40 AM: Wizards of Waverly Place
*8.20 AM: Hannah Montana

Disney shows that are featured on Saturday Disney

In no specific order:
*"Kim Possible"
*"Lloyd in Space"
*"The Emperor's New School"
*"The Buzz on Maggie"
*"Hannah Montana"
*"Disney's House of Mouse"
*"The Legend of Tarzan"
*"Brandy and Mr. Whiskers"
*"The Weekenders"
*"Dave the Barbarian"
*"The Replacements (TV series)"
*"Wizards of Waverly Place

External links

* [ Official Saturday Disney Site]
*imdb title|id=0388640|title=Saturday Disney

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