Disney Channel Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Beginning September 15

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Disney Channel will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with programming events for preschoolers, kids, tweens and families beginning TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. Included is a Playhouse Disney mini-marathon and new episode of its Emmy and Imagen Award-nominated series “Handy Manny.”

Wilmer Valderrama of “Handy Manny” and Maria Canals-Barrera of the hit Emmy-nominated series “Wizards of Waverly Place” will host interstitials highlighting Hispanic traditions. The interstitials will also feature kids from around the nation sharing cultural traditions such as La Arana, Los Pollitos, salsa dancing and Quinceañeras.

The programming line-up includes:

“Gotta Kick It Up,” starring America Ferrera will be featured Tuesday, September 15 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), Wednesday, September 16 (12:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Saturday, October 3 (12:00 p.m., ET/PT). Inspired by the real-life experience of a television executive and her years as a young “Teach for America” teacher in Los Angeles, “Gotta Kick It Up” follows a dot.com executive-turned-school teacher and volunteer dance team coach who takes a handful of Latina schoolgirls and motivates them to find their potential and overcome societal obstacles. Through her guidance, and with their mantra “Sí Se Puede” (“Yes We Can”), the girls beat the odds and become a championship dance team. Based on a story by Nancy De Los Santos and Meghan Cole, “Gotta Kick It Up” is produced by Christopher Morgan and directed by Ramon Menendez.  Teleplay by Nancy De Los Santos, Ramon Menendez, Tom Musca and Stu Krieger. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.

“Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” will air Wednesday, September 16 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), Thursday, September 17 (12:00 p.m., ET/PT), Thursday, October 1 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Friday, October 2 (12:00 p.m., ET/PT).  Manhattan’s magical wizard siblings, Alex, Justin and Max Russo, accompany their parents on a Caribbean vacation where Alex’s inadvertent magic spell makes it so her parents have never met. When they learn the only thing that will reverse the spell is the magical Stone of Dreams, they embark on a quest through the jungle to find it, with time running out to save their family, in “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” an adventure comedy complete with over 350 special effects. The movie was written by Dan Berendsen, executive produced by Peter Murrieta and directed by Lev L. Spiro.  It is based on the series created by Todd J. Greenwald. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.

“Handy Manny” mini-marathon airing Friday, September 18 (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., ET/PT) featuring a new episode, “The Great Donate/Abuelita in a Fix” (9:00 a.m., ET/PT). During a repair at the library, Manny and the tools notice that the books in the children’s reading room are in bad shape. Everyone pitches in to spread the word, and Manny and the tools discover the generosity of their friends and neighbors.  Meanwhile, when Abuelito accidentally breaks the tortilla maker that Manny gave him for his birthday he tries to fix it himself, which proves harder than he thought. Manny eventually discovers what happened, and he and the tools help Abuelito put it back together. It carries a TV-Y parental guideline.

“The Cheetah Girls 2,” airing Wednesday, September 23 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), Thursday, September 24 (12:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Saturday, October 10 (12:00 p.m., ET/PT).  In the sequel, the talented teen divas – Galleria, Chanel, Aquanetta and Dorinda’s quest for pop superstardom takes an international turn when they enter a music festival in Barcelona, Spain.  Once there, they meet Marisol (played by Mexican recording artist Belinda Peregrin), a talented Spanish solo singer and her manager/mother Lola, who unbeknownst to the Cheetahs, could lead to the break up their group. The movie is based on the best-selling book series “The Cheetah Girls” written by Deborah Gregory and published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, the teleplay was written by Felicia Henderson and Alison Taylor. The executive producer is Debra Martin Chase and co-executive producer is Raven-Symoné. The movie is directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega. It carries a TV-G parental guideline.

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