As any true Disney Channel fan know, there is a lot more that goes on behind-the-scenes when it comes to bringing some of your all-time favorite television shows and Disney Channel Original Movies to life. From casting switch-ups, secret relationships, world records that were set, to drama you never would've expected, there's a plethora of hidden gems out there. We like to consider ourselves major DC fans here at J-14, and we did a bit of digging to uncover some of the best Disney secrets any longtime fan needs to know. And if you're truly a loyal AF expert, these may come as no surprise, so then you can just pride yourself in knowing all there is to know when it comes to Disney Channel's best-kept secrets.
Miley Cyrus is the only major Disney Channel star to not have her own DCOM.
Disney Channel executive Gary Marsh explained that while Miley "had a tiny, tiny role in High School Musical 2 in the closing production number at the country club pool," a legit cameo, she never starred in a DCOM unlike, "Shia [LaBeouf], Hilary [Duff], Christy [Romano], the Sprouse twins, Raven [Symoné], Brenda Song, Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, and Selena [Gomez]." So why didn't she? Well, perhaps Miley just never auditioned for one! They weren't ever really written for a specific actor, and everyone who ever appeared in a DCOM had to audition for the role they ended up getting.
"With rare exception, we wrote the scripts first and then looked through the roster to see who made the most sense for the role. We said to all the talent, 'You don’t get the part because you’re in a Disney Channel series.' You get first right to earn the part," Gary said. "Almost every one of [the actors] has to audition, and they all look at us with the same, ‘But you know me!’ and we say, ‘But this isn’t you. This is a part you have to earn.'"
But, she did star in Hannah Montana: The Movie, a theatrical release in movie theatres which is kind of a big deal. But still, it's not a DCOM.
Wizards of Waverly Place is still the longest running show on the network.
With 106 episodes, no other Disney Channel series has lasted as long, despite many making it to just as many seasons. Forever the reigning champ since it wrapped in 2012.
Kim Possible was the first series to ever make it past 65 episodes.
Before Wizards shattered records, it was KP herself who changed the game. The network's animated series was the first to surpass 65 episodes, which used to be the cut-off for when shows would stop production, like Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire. The show was first canceled in 2005 but then it got picked up again for a fourth season, bringing about a new era in Disney Channel shows.
Dove Cameron almost didn't take her roles on Liv and Maddie.
Dove originally audition for her show when it had a different concept and she was only playing one character, not twins. She ended up getting offered both parts and she admitted she legit was about to say "No" to it all, since she was dealing with the sudden loss of her father.
"I crumbled and panicked, because I knew everybody would think it’s a dream come true, but I was having genuine panic attacks because I knew that Disney Channel was an overnight thing, and my dad had just died, and I was not trying to be in front of everybody because I couldn’t even process myself," she confessed to Entertainment Weekly. "But I was sobbing to my mom, who helped me weigh the pros and cons, and I finally got clear-eyed when I realized that Disney Channel is for kids. And I love kids. And I was going to get to work with kids all the time. And I started to cry all over again. Because what a treat, to be able to be someone for kids, to be a good role model, to be a big sister because I never was one."
And the rest is history. Just imagine how crazy different life would be had Dove hadn't taken that chance though.
Jason Earles was a lot older than his character on Hannah Montana.
Jason played Miley's older brother Jackson on Hannah Montana and while he was supposed to be playing a teenager, IRL, Jason was much older. He was actually 29 when the show began airing in 2006 when his character was supposed to be a sophomore in high school. So yes, that means today he is 40 years old. HOW CRAZY. Seriously, no one would have any idea!
Leo Howard holds the world record for Youngest TV Director for an episode of Kickin'It.
At 16 years old, Leo broke a legit Gusiness Book of World Records when he directed the episode "Fight at the Museum" of his Disney XD series. He spent two seasons prior to taking the reigns shadowing the show's directors until he got the chance to step into the chair during Season 4 and since then, Leo has gone to direct an episode of another Disney XD show, Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything.
Demi Lovato fixed the gap she had in her teeth because of Camp Rock.
If you've been a Demi fan since her early days, then you will remember she once upon a time had a gap between her two front teeth. She has admitted she fixed the gap simply because Disney Channel asked her to and looking back on it, she wishes she hadn't changed her smile.
"I signed with Disney Channel when I got Camp Rock, and I had a gap between my two front teeth. They were like, 'Would you be willing to fix it?' I wish today that I hadn't, because my gap was really cute," she confessed to Allure.
The characters of Zack and Cody from Suite Life were supposed to be named Dylan and Cole.
The Sprouse twins played the fictional Martin twins and at the start of the show, their characters were named Dylan and Cole, after themselves. But as time went on, the young actors felt it was better to change their names to distinguish themselves from their characters.
Hannah Montana was supposed to have a different ending.
Emily Osment confessed that the final line in the whole series, "I know," which she says, wasn't in the original script. The last scene sees Miley showing up to Lily's dorm room and telling her she'll be coming to college after all. Miley's last words were supposed to be, "I love you so much" as she and Lili hugged, but Emily thought to say "I know" in response. Now, she is the one to utter the final line of the series.
Genius if we say so ourselves.
Selena Gomez still has Alex Russo's wand.
Ever wondered what exactly happens to certain props on a set, like say Selena's wand she used when she played a wizard? Well, the starlet revealed she actually still has her wand, proving Alex will always be a part of her.
"I think I am Alex Russo – I think that's the thing. You know what I do miss though? I do miss having my wand in my boots because that's what I always used to carry, and I actually have my wand. People don't know that, but I actually have it framed – and it's really cute. And I'm very emotional when I talk about it, so I'm not going to get too emotional," she said to Radio Disney.
The mystery has been solved.
This post was originally published on August 8, 2017 and has since been updated.