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THE DISNEY CHANNEL OFFERS FIVE FREE DAYS OF GREAT ENTERTAINMENT TO CABLE SUBSCRIBERS IN MARCH

 Hearts Afire's' Markie Post To Host
 Disney Channel March Free Preview
 BURBANK, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewers can join The Disney Channel in celebrating 10 years of the best in family entertainment during a five-day free preview of great programming from Thursday, March 25, through Monday, March 29, for cable subscribers in participating cable systems. "Hearts Afire's" Markie Post will host the preview.
 Viewers who tune in can learn how to enter The Disney Channel's 10th Anniversary Sweepstakes and have the chance to win one of 40 exciting family vacations, 10 to each of Disney's four theme parks around the world, plus 10,000 other prizes. In addition, viewers who call to subscribe to The Disney Channel will receive a coupon for a free 10th Anniversary Collectors' Pin Set. This offer is good for new subscriber households installed between March 25 and April 30.
 The March preview offers cable viewers the opportunity to sample the quality and breadth of programming The Disney Channel provides for the entire family. Highlights of the family and adult fare include the world premieres of "Tina Turner: Going Home," a retrospective special featuring the legendary singer, on Sunday, March 28, at 9 p.m., and the environmentally themed "MMC Rocks the Planet" on Friday, March 26, at 6 p.m. (ET/PT). In addition, Walt Disney Pictures' "Newsies" will have its world television premiere on Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.m. on the "Magical World of Disney."
 Other highlights include the programs "This Island Earth," an environmental music special hosted by Kenny Loggins, and "Paula Abdul: Under My Spell," featuring the multitalented recording artist in concert. Both programs air on Friday, March 26. There will also will be a special airing of "The Walt Disney Company Presents The American Teacher Awards" on Saturday, March 27, at 1 p.m. (ET/PT). Movie highlights include "Dark Horse," starring Mimi Rogers and Ed Begley Jr. on March 27; Disney's "Pollyanna" on March 27; and the captivating animated fantasy "FernGully ... The Last Rainforest" on March 29.
 Viewers will also enjoy the "Adventures in Wonderland" series weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., as well as a special episode dealing with discrimination on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT). The CableACE Award-winning original family series "Avonlea" also highlights the schedule, including the premiere of "Sara and the Marshal," a special episode featuring guest star Treat Williams on Monday, March 29 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Three episodes of the ever-popular "Mickey Mouse Club" round out the preview highlights.
 The Disney Channel, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in April, is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.
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 /CONTACT: Tricia Haarer, 818-569-7899, or Wendy Odell, 818-569-7533, both of The Disney Channel/


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