On December 1, 1986, Disney Channel began broadcasting on a 24-hour-a-day schedule.Outside of daytime programs for children, the network also aired movies and original specials (largely concert specials), largely during the nighttime hours.The original Disney Channel still airs between Playhouse Disney and Zoog Disney.A new channel logo (which featured a 1930s-era Mickey Mouse on a black Mickey ear-shaped TV), was also introduced in 1997.
NBC picked up the series in 1989, retooled as Saved by the Bell, with Miss Bliss actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies and Dennis Haskins carried over to the new show; Saved by the Bell achieved major success on NBC's Saturday morning lineup (producing two spinoffs in the process).
By 2002, Disney Channel was seen in 80 million cable homes nationwide.
That September, Disney Channel was gradually remodeled once more.
Logo In early 1989, the channel revived one of the company's early TV staples with The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, which was an immediate hit that proved Disney's basic variety show formula could still work, unlike in the short-lived 1970s revival.
The latest version contained many of the classic elements from "theme days" to updated mouseketeer jackets, but the scripted and musical segments were more contemporary.