Walt Disney World Resort Television

by on July 19, 2016 19 Comments

Filed under: Resorts, Trip Planning, Walt Disney World (FL)

POR FQ TV ConsoleThere is so much information that you can take in and memorize before embarking on a Walt Disney World vacation…park hours and show times, what the restaurants are and what is on their menu, what is the music playing around the resort and where can you find it for your iPhone, so on and so forth.

There is also a ubiquitous part of your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room that you could potentially familiarize yourself with in advance–and perhaps you should because I’m talking about something you quite possibly have on for every waking moment spent in your room: the television. Walt Disney World resorts, like many hotels, do not simply follow an Orlando area cable or satellite provider. The channel lineup available in the resorts is decidedly Disney and much more varied than what you might find at a typical roadside hotel around the country.

The first few channels, and the ones that many Disney guests watch every day, are the ones programmed by Disney specifically for the resorts. Foremost is the Walt Disney World Resort “Must Do’s” with Stacey, a spunky 13-year-old inside a 23-year-old’s body who rides the newest and most popular rides while spouting the occasional touring tip and trivia fact. Just by the fact that you have pointed your web browser at this site, you are likely already more informed than any actual information you will glean from Stacey. Nevertheless, this channel is considered a Disney World tradition by many longtime guests and “watching the park tour channel over and over again” is something many people always remember after their trip. (If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World in many years, this took over the channel that formerly had the “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah Tip for Today.” And yes, the jingle is now stuck in my head too.) There are also channels displaying park hours and special events while others show round-the-clock infomercials for Disney Springs and the Disney Vacation Club.

Next up are the Orlando affiliates of the major television networks followed by the channels in the Disney cable portfolio, including every ESPN known to mankind. The ESPN networks are followed by other sports networks (some that I don’t even get on my cable package at home!) Notably missing however, are the Fox Sports networks: FS1 and FS2. Make note of this if you are hoping to catch post season baseball, college football, MLB Saturday broadcasts, or UFC, among others. For a more complete rundown of where to catch major sporting events on property, check out this article that I wrote last year.

The next few channels are other Walt Disney World resort exclusives, including one exclusively showing Disney cartoons including bedtime stories for young children in the early evening. (Note that I spoke to someone in guest services at Port Orleans French Quarter while researching this article and she stated that the bedtime stories also appear on the Disney Channel, channel 13.) More special resort channels show up near the end of the lineup including one on Adventures by Disney and another on safety around the resort (which probably should be emphasized a bit more in light of recent events.)

Everything else is typical American cable staples including  The Weather Channel, CNN, TBS, Food Network, History Channel, Lifetime, so on and so forth.

Here, as follows, is the television lineup available at Walt Disney World resort hotels, with a brief description of what you might find on each…

Walt Disney World Resort Television Lineup

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  2. Park Hours & ShowtimesCBR View of TV console
  3. Resort TV: Special Events
  4. Walt Disney World Resort “Must Do’s” with Stacey
  5. Disney Springs – Constantly repeated commercial for Disney Springs.
  6. Disney Vacation Club – Constantly repeated infomercial for Vacation Club ownership.
  7. ABC (Orlando WFTV 9) – National series, news, sports, and talk shows. Local news and sports.
  8. NBC (Orlando WESH 2) – National series, news, sports, and talk shows. Local news and sports.
  9. CBS (Orlando WKMG 6) – National series, news, sports, and talk shows. Local news and sports.
  10. FOX 35 Orlando (WOFL) – National series, news, sports, and talk shows. Local news and sports.
  11. DirecTV Channel Guide
  12. The Weather Channel – Updated forecasts and weather related documentaries.
  13. Disney Channel – Family movies and series.
  14. Disney Junior – Programming aimed at preschoolers and young children.
  15. Disney XD – Programming aimed at pre-teens.
  16. Free Form  – The Former ABC Family. Programming aimed at families and teenagers.
  17. ESPN – Sports.
  18. ESPN2 – Sports.
  19. ESPNews – Round the clock sports news and highlights.
  20. ESPN U – Sports with a focus on college athletics.
  21. The Golf Channel – Golf tournaments and related programming.
  22. ESPN Deportes – Spanish language sports.
  23. MLB Network – Live professional baseball, news, analysis, and classic games and films.
  24. NFL Network – Live professional American football, news, analysis, and documentaries.
  25. CBS Sports Network – Sports.
  26. NBC Sports Network – Sports.
  27. ESPN Classic – Classic games and sports documentaries.
  28. ESPN Wide World of Sports – Covering the Walt Disney World complex.
  29. Disney Convention Channel – Round the clock informercial for Disney’s conventions.
  30. Disney Cartoons – Constantly rotating new and classic Disney cartoons. Bedtime stories for young children in evenings.
  31. Company Clips – Advertisements, music videos, cartoons, etc. featuring Disney
  32. Radio Disney – Simulcast of Disney’s nationally syndicated radio network.Resort TV Console
  33. Headline News
  34. CNN – News
  35. CNBC – News
  36. MSNBC – News
  37. Financial News
  38. TBS – New and rerun comedy, sports.
  39. TNT – New and rerun drama, sports.
  40. USA – New and rerun drama, comedy, sports.
  41. AMC – Classic films, original series.
  42. Discovery Channel – Reality television, documentaries.
  43. Nat Geo: The National Geographic Channel – Science and nature programming.
  44. History Channel – Historical documentaries & dramas, reality television.
  45. Animal Planet – Programming focused on pets and nature.
  46. Travel Channel – Travel documentaries, reality, and “how to” shows.
  47. Destination America – Travel documentaties and programming focused on Americana.
  48. FYI – Reality and “how to” shows.
  49. TLC – Reality television.
  50. Food Network – Cooking and food-focused reality shows.
  51. Cooking Channel – Cooking shows and food related programming.
  52. HGTV – Reality and “how to” shows focused on homes and gardens.
  53. A&E – Dramas, reality shows, and documentaries.
  54. BET: Black Entertainment Television – Programming aimed at African Americans.
  55. CMT – Programming focused on country music and southern lifesytles.
  56. Lifetime – Drama and films aimed at women.
  57. LMN: The Lifetime Movie Network – Channel airing mostly Lifetime-produced movies.
  58. WE TV – Programming aimed at women.
  59. Bravo – Films and fine arts programming targeting female and LGBT viewers.
  60. TV Land – Classic television and original comedies.
  61. The Weather Network
  62. Syfy – Science fiction films, television, and reality shows.
  63. Oxygen – Programming aimed at women.
  64. CW (Orlando WKCF 18) – National series, news, sports, and talk shows. Local news and sports.
  65. PBS (Central Florida WUCF) – National non-profit public broadcasting. News, music, children’s programming, fine arts, documentaries, programming imported from the UK.
  66. WRDQ City on 27 – Local independent station. Syndicated comedy/drama reruns. Local News.CSR View of TV Console
  67. WHLV: Trinity Broadcasting Network – Programming aimed at Christians.
  68. Superchannel WACX – Programming aimed at Christians.
  69. Ion – Classic television aimed at families.
  70. My65 (WRBW) – National series, news, sports, and talk shows. Local news and sports.
  71. WTGL: Good Life 45 – Christian and family friendly programming from central and eastern Florida.
  72. WOTF: Univision – National Spanish language broadcaster.
  73. Walt Disney World Resort Tour in Spanish
  74. Disney Vacation Club in Spanish.
  75. TV Japan – Japanese language news and programming.
  76. Adventures by Disney – Constantly repeated commercial for Adventures by Disney.
  77. Disney Youth Events
  78. Disney Nature TV – Repeated programming from Disney Nature.
  79. Resort TV: Special Events
  80. Resort TV: Special Events
  81. Wild About Safety – Walt Disney World Resort safety tips.

 

Please note that this channel lineup was active at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort in May 2016. Channel lineups may be subject to change at any time.

Posted on July 19, 2016

19 Responses to “Walt Disney World Resort Television”

  • I wish they had the Disney streaming like they do on the DCL.

  • by ThoroughbredOfSin on July 19, 2016, at 7:35 am EST

    What kind of inputs do the TVs have? My husband always wants to know the HDMI situation for the Apple TV and for group viewings of the day’s pictures.

    • We used our Fire TV stick last year at Pop Century so they definitely have a free HDMI port.

      • Interesting about the Fire stick. We just hooked the ipad mini 2 via connector and hdmi to the tv. No problem. We streamed from one of our services. Fire stick is going in the bag for our next trip. We were at Pop Century and will be again in about 7 weeks.

  • I just wish the “Must Dos” actually explained what you have to do instead of just showing you half second quick cuts of Stacy around the park. I agree with the article that channel is not informational. In fact I avoid it altogether because it just makes me angry.

    When the cartoon channel shows classic cartoons they’re heavily edited and about half the length they should be. Again I get very annoyed because what’s edited are not sections that are offensive, but just so they can fit the cartoon in a 3 min time slot. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN CHANNEL! You don’t have to edit anything. I can’t stand the new “Mean Mickey” cartoons so I skip this channel too.

    I bring my Roku streaming stick or my Amazon Fire stick. The TVs have Free HDMI ports in the back. Just make sure to bring the matching remote.

    • I am RIGHT THERE with you on the cartoons – my first trip, I just had it on in the background while we were getting ready, but when I sat down to actually watch while we were eating breakfast, they were playing Lonesome Ghosts, and there was just NOTHING. I was aghast.

    • I agree, it’s a bummer that they show the “Short Version” cuts of the cartoons. Those were created for the “just for laughs” segments on the Disney channel that would fill the gap between shows. It’s a dedicated channel – just show the whole thing! Also (unless this has changed since my last visit), the “bedtime stories” are just the same quick story about Duffy sailing with Mickey, played over and over again every 15 minutes. No variety, and really only there to get your kid to demand a Duffy plush when you get to Epcot.

  • Nice article. The comprehensiveness of this blog never ceases to amaze.

    On our first trip to WDW with our then almost 6-year old twins, we arrived into CR mid afternoon. Famished and a little cranky, we headed straight to a fairly empty Wave to get something to tide us over until dinner. We turned on one of the Wave bar TV’s to the first cartoons we could find. And low and behold, the kids sat their quietly snacking and rapt to the ongoing safety tips as presented by Pumbaa and Timon (channel 81 I guess). Our kids were now Disney safety experts as we began our WDW adventure. Perfect!

    Also, we relied on the channel playing the Mickey classic cartoons (looks like channel 30) for our afternoon “nap” time. We are not big TV watchers, but I have to admit watching the Mickey cartoons did the job for in-room rest, while perfectly keeping us in the right Disney kind of mood.

  • 23? Did Stacey pay you to say that?

  • I think it is funny that they don’t have TCM, but that station sponsors an attraction.

  • Although not listed, the music for ‘Wishes’ also runs live with the show on channel 105. I would guess this is probably only at the monorail resorts and perhaps Shades of Green, and it might even be restricted to rooms with a view of the park.

    I don’t think they run the audio for “Celebrate the Magic”, since even the best rooms don’t really have a much of a view of the show.

  • Did WDW ever get around to upgrading its feed to hi-def? A standard def signal on a large, hi-def screen just looks awful, and if the sets aren’t configured properly, the picture gets stretched and distorted.

  • I like to put on the weather/park hours channel when I’m getting ready in the morning. I don’t take that long, and I really enjoy the music, it really gets me in the Disney mood.

  • Wow, I don’t remember ever being in the room long enough to get past channel 4. I will certainly be having a better look this time. Although does seem like a lot of sports!!

  • I have to admit I love Stacey’s must-do’s. We pretty much put it on her channel and leave it on that channel any time we are in the hotel room. It’s been interesting to see how Disney has updated it over the years including a new background song and new attractions. Parts of the must-do video are standard family quotes now. We often use “I’m gonna ride that puppy,” and “sorry Mickey, sorry Mickey” (taken as she bounces a giant Mickey Mouse ball in AK. I was disappointed to see that Stacey had not made her way over to Disney Land! Even some of the I-Drive hotels that I’ve stayed in for conferences at Orange County Convention Center play the must-do videos!

  • I was really disappointed last fall to find that Disney doesn’t offer the Hallmark Channel. I missed an episode of “When Calls the Heart” and of course that one episode was not repeated.

  • On our check-out morning I finally had time to turn on the TV, to try to watch some of these Disney channels, but only had a very frustrating experience. At the CS, I did not find instructions for how to use the remote or a channel listing. I eventually turned it on (the remote is a universal one, with input selection buttons plus other “on” buttons). I then channeled up to try to find a Disney channel, but only got static. Channeling down didn’t get me back. With no list, I couldn’t do direct entry. I gave up.