Toon Disney was a 24-hour American cable television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company that aired mostly children's animated television series. Launched on April 18, 1998, as a spin-off of the Disney Channel, Toon Disney showed children's cartoons 24 hours a day (except for minimal live-action programming in the later half of its run), not unlike Cartoon Network and the later NickToons channel. Toon Disney's target audience were children ages 2–12, with the exceptions of the Jetix programming block, aimed at children ages 7–14. A Spanish language audio track was available on Toon Disney through the SAP option; some cable and satellite systems also offered the Spanish language feed as a separate channel.
In the network's early years, the Disney Afternoon Era shows made up a large part of Toon Disney's schedule, alongside classic Disney shorts as well as selections from the DiC Entertainment library (which Disney had acquired in 1995). Adventures of the Gummi Bears, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Aladdin, Bonkers, TaleSpin, Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, Timon and Pumbaa, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, The Little Mermaid, Raw Toonage, Marsupilami, The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show, and The Wuzzles were all part of the channel's line-up when it debuted. Gargoyles, Quack Pack, and Mighty Ducks were added in September of 1998, and DuckTales joined the line-up on September 3, 1999.
However, as the network continually changed its schedule and more recent Disney cartoons were added to the channel, the Disney Afternoon Era shows were gradually dropped from the regular schedule. The Wuzzles, Gummi Bears, Raw Toonage, Marsupilami, and Shnookums and Meat disappeared in 2001. (TaleSpin was also removed from the schedule for the majority of the 2001-2002 season, but returned the following year.) Many of the other shows were taken off the network following the addition of the Jetix programming block in 2004. Afterward, Disney Afternoon Era shows were only shown sporadically on the channel, often only airing in two-hour marathons on Fridays. When Toon Disney was replaced by Disney XD in February 2009, its final broadcast of a Disney Afternoon Era show was a rerun of Timon and Pumbaa on February 9th.