I recently returned from a trip to Disney World in Orlando, and while there ended up watching far too much Disney Channel. I have a two year-old, so the morning shows, such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, are great. Unfortunately, after about 10 AM it’s all tween garbage, except Phineas and Ferb. There is nothing on either The Disney Channel or Disney XD for younger children after the early morning.
Having two networks you would think they could devote one to the under 10 crowd and the other to the tweens, but this is not the case. The young kids are thrown to the wayside for nauseating tween programs like The Suite Life On Deck and Hannah Montana. I’m sure these are fine shows for certain ages, but why is the under ten crowd completely abandoned? It’s more likely that a 3 -4 year-old will be home at 11am than a 12-year-old, isn’t it? So why not show cartoons until early afternoon? Seventy-five episodes of The Suite Life, each day, are just not necessary.
At home we don’t have The Disney Channel, so I never really notice until vacation. After experiencing the programming, I have no interest in adding it for my son. I can buy a few DVD’s of the shows he likes, and avoid hours of Hannah. I would like to see Disney add a network for younger kids, that minimizes tween comedies and focuses more on cartoons. I don’t know if this will happen, since even in the Magic Kingdom they are abandoning young kids by ripping out Mickey’s Toon Town Fair to put in Pixie Hollow. I’m sure Pixie Hollow will generate more money by selling things to 10 – 12 year-old girls, but if you keep pushing the youngest kids away eventually you will begin to lose them.