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Disney Adventures

Disney Adventures' second and final logo
Categories Children, Entertainment
Frequency Ten times per year
First issue October 1990
Final issue November 2007
Company The Walt Disney Company
Country  United States
Language English
ISSN 1050-2491

Disney Adventures was a children's entertainment and educational magazine published ten times per year by The Walt Disney Company. It should not be confused with the defunct Disney Magazine. The magazine also contained the latest news concerning the Disney Channel.

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History

The magazine was first published on October 16, 1990 and featured a wide assortment of educational material, entertainment news, user contributions, and puzzle games. Regular features included a guide to television, movies, books, and music called “Ticket”, factoids about unusual yet actual things under the title “Weird Yet True”, and a sports guide that appeared during the late 1990s called “ESPN Action.”

In the early years of the magazine, the comics usually featured in the magazine were standard Disney-based comics such as DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Mickey Mouse, Gargoyles, Bonkers, and various adaptations of Disney feature films.

As the magazine evolved, non-Disney material from artists such as Sergio Aragonés, Evan Dorkin, Matt Groening, William Van Horn and Jeff Smith began appearing with some regularity. In addition, well known comic book industry names such as Marv Wolfman and Heidi MacDonald worked as comics editor for the magazine at various times during the mid-to-late 1990s.

Since 1999, Disney Adventures held the Annual Cool Pets Contest. The contest featured five of the "coolest" and most talented pets along with their owners.

In recent years, Disney Adventures included information on the Disney Channel and featured articles on current movies especially from Walt Disney Pictures. The magazine brings the features information on Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and features on music, movies, trends, science, travel, games, puzzles, heroes, explorers and real life adventures.

The Disney Adventures ceased publication ending with the November 2007 issue on October 16, 2007. For those with subscriptions, the Disney Adventures magazine is being replaced with Sports Illustrated Kids for the remainder of the subscription period. Some subscriptions have been proactively converted to Boys' Life magazine subscriptions, without any option for pro-rated refunds.

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The September 2007 issue of Disney Adventures, which features the logo introduced in 2007 and the cast of High School Musical.

On August 21, 2007, The Walt Disney Company announced that Disney Adventures would be discontinued with the last issue cover dated "November 2007", which was the magazine's 17th "birthday".[1] The October 2007 issue contained a "Cool Christmas" subscription gift order form. Subscription readers were notified in January 2008 that their subscriptions will be transferred to Sports Illustrated for Kids on a 1 to 1 ratio. Disney processed subscription refunds in March 2008.

Disney Adventures All-Stars

"Disney Adventures All-Stars" was a feature of the magazine that rewards the act of volunteering in the community. It was held once a year and all participants are awarded a prize, but after judging, one winner is selected to participate in a volunteer project with the hosts of that particular year.

In 2007, the hosts were the cast of High School Musical. Past hosts included the cast of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and other Disney Channel stars.

Comics

In the last few years of its existence, Disney Adventures expanded its publication to include an all comics magazine. In addition to Disney properties like The Lion King, Pirates of the Carribean and Aladdin, the magazine published quite a bit of original comic material. Such as:

  • Dizzy Adventures
  • Gorilla Gorilla
  • Jet Pack Pets
  • Kid Gravity
  • Little Gloomy
  • Society of Horrors
  • The Hair Pair
  • The Last Laugh (Not to be confused with the movie)
  • Kid Blastoff

Over the course of publication, a wide variety of comics professionals contributed to Disney Adventures Comic Zone section. Frequent contributors included: Garry Black, Alt Baltazar, Eric Jones, Matt Feazell, Landry Walker, Rick Geary, Evan Dorkin, John Green, Bob Fingerman, Elizabeth Watsin and Jeff Smith.

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Collected volumes

Disney Press released several collected volumes of Disney Adventures comics, two of which are Disney Adventures original creations. Each book is approximately 96 pages in length.

International

Disney Adventures was also published outside of America, notably in Australia, where the magazine had now been published for over 10 years by ACP Magazines Limited and was distributed to nearby Asia Pacific Islands and New Zealand.

During 1994 to 1996, the magazine had its own edition in Mexico.

In December 2006, an Indian edition began its publication.

References

  1. ^ "RIP Disney Adventures". Publishers Weekly. August 24, 2007. http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/2007/08/24/rip-disney-adventures/. Retrieved 2007-11-02. "Ad Age reports that after 17 years, Disney has cancelled Disney Adventures magazine"  

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