Yep, from changes that were made to kiss scenes that never came out to secret relationships between castmates to on set feuds, there are so many behind-the-scenes secrets about our favorite Disney shows and movies that came out years later. Prepare to be shook, and scroll through our gallery to uncover 50 shocking Disney Channel secrets that will seriously blow your mind!
Sabrina Carpenter and Rowan Blanchard switched roles in ‘Girl Meets World’
Everyone is so used to seeing Sabrina and Rowan as Maya Hart and Riley Matthews, but originally, the two stars were supposed to play each other’s parts! OMG. In an interview, the actress explained that she went on about eight auditions to snag the part and during the second set of auditions, she and Sabrina swapped roles. And the rest is history.
Rowan Blanchard didn’t want to star in ‘Girl Meets World’ at first
Rowan admitted that she never really had any intention of ever being on a Disney Channel show, so almost wasn’t cast as Riley.
“My agent sent over Girl Meets World. I was like, ‘I will not do Disney ever in my life.’ I watched Disney, but I thought that if you wanted to be a serious film actress then you couldn’t be a Disney actress. Which is partially true — I do have to work harder to be taken seriously,” she said to The Edit.
Once she snagged the role however, she realized she now had such a great platform to do some amazing work.
“We started thinking about what it could be like if we made this show that was funny for kids, but was also teaching them something. Then, when I started discovering activism, I think it made the show that much better, because we were really getting into these topics, having conversations… If I didn’t like something I would talk to [the writers] about it. It was nice to feel heard and to be respected in a way that I didn’t necessarily feel on a lot of sets that I’d worked on previously,” Rowan explained.
There was supposed to be another Matthews child in ‘Girl Meets World’
Yep, the Matthews family originally had another son, played by Teo Halm. He shared the shocking news via Twitter, writing, “So guys, Disney decided that it wouldn’t work to have an older brother on the show; I won’t be on Girl Meets World. Thank you to everyone.”
Could you imagine how diff the show would be with another Matthews sibling?!
There’s an alternate episode of ‘Girl Meets World’ where Maya Hart and Lucas Friar kiss
Every GMW fan knows how epic the “Girl Meets Texas” episode of GMW was, and although Maya and Lucas didn’t kiss in the campfire scene that aired, it turns out, there was actually an alternate version filmed where they did share a smooch. The writers of the show revealed via Twitter that they “felt it was better for where the story was going.”
There originally wasn’t supposed to be twins in ‘Liv and Maddie’
Dove Cameron slayed both her roles as twins Liv and Maddie Rooney in the Disney series, but when she auditioned, the show was totally different than what we’re used to. Get this — it was originally supposed to be called Bits & Pieces, and there were no twins!
“It didn’t start out with me playing twins! So when I came on set, I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it. I was a nervous wreck, because I didn’t audition to play the twins. I only auditioned to play one person, it was a completely different show in the beginning,” Dove once explained. “I played one girl named Alanna who is neither Liv nor Maddie, and she didn’t have a twin – there was no twins. We went away for testing after we filmed the pilot and everybody got to say [what they wanted more of]. So the day I found out we got picked up, they were like, also it’s about twins, and you’re the twins!”
‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ was originally going to be called ‘The Amazing O’Malleys’
Back in November 2014, David Henrie took to Instagram to show off the first script for Wizards of Waverly Place, and in doing so, he revealed that it was originally supposed to be called The Amazing O’Malleys. That’s not all. Alex Russo and her brother Justin Russo were actually supposed to be twins. Who knew?!
Selena Gomez still has Alex Russo’s wand from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’
Ever wondered what exactly happens to certain props on a set, like say, Selena‘s wand from Wizards? Well, the singer once revealed that she actually still has it, 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 on Radio Disney.
‘Kim Possible’ was the first series to ever make it past 65 episodes
Before Wizards shattered records, Kim Possible totally changed the game in its own way. 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 actually canceled in 2005, but then, it got picked up again for a fourth season, bringing about a new era in Disney Channel shows.
Luke Ross in ‘Jessie’ was supposed to be from Korea
Any Jessie fan knows that the Ross family is extra special, since three out of the four children were actually adopted. But fans may be shocked to learn that originally, Cameron Boyce‘s character, Luke, was supposed to be named Hiro and have a totally different backstory! He was supposed to be from Korea, but after the casted the late actor in the role, Disney decided to change his character to the character we all grew to know and love.
Debby Ryan and Skai Jackson didn’t get along on set of ‘Jessie’
They may have seemed like BFFs on screen, but behind-the-scenes, Debby and Skai didn’t get along. Yep, Skai actually accused her costar of bullying her on set! Things are all good between them now, however, because they recently reunited (along with the rest of the cast).
Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas‘ Disney Channel series, JONAS, was supposed to be about spies! It was originally called J.O.N.A.S., which stood for Junior Operatives Networking as Spies, and it was originally going to follow the guys as they attempted to balance being a band while working as government secret agents to save the world. This idea ultimately got scrapped.
Zendaya changed the whole premise of ‘K.C. Undercover’
It turns out, K.C. Undercover was almost called Super Awesome Katy! But when Zendaya joined the project, she made it clear to Disney that she wasn’t a fan of the name, ultimately changing the whole direction that they were going in with the show!
“I got in a room with the heads of Disney Channel [and] I was like, ‘The title is whack. That’s gonna change,’” the actress explained to Vogue. “I wanted to make sure that [my character] wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing. That she wasn’t artistically inclined. I didn’t want them to all of a sudden be like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode!’ No. She can’t dance; she can’t sing. She can’t do that stuff. There are other things that a girl can be. I want her to be martial arts–trained. I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else. I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life.”
Raven-Symoné originally auditioned for Chelsea Daniels in ‘That’s So Raven’
This may come as a shock, but Raven-Symoné wasn’t originally the lead star on That’s So Raven! Yep, she first auditioned for the role of Chelsea. Plus, when the series was first in development, it was going to be called The Future Is On Me. But once Disney cast Raven as the main role, they decided to change the name.
‘That’s So Raven’ was filmed at the same school as ‘Saved By the Bell’
Both shows filmed on the same set and take place at the same school — Bayside High! It hasn’t been confirmed, but fans have also speculated that the A.N.T. Farm cast reused the exact same living room set from Hannah Montana. They do look remarkably similar!
Creators of Hannah Montana knew from the very beginning that they wanted the pop star’s name to rhyme, but before they chose Hannah Montana, they were actually going to call the pop star Alexis Texas. Weird, right? But that idea came crashing down fast when they did a quick Google search and realized the name was already taken. Alas, Hannah Montana it was.
As for Miley Stewart’s name, there’s actually been a lot of talk about what it was supposed to be. Some sources say Chloe, some say Zoe and some say Kylie. While it’s possible that all of those could’ve been considered, the important thing is that it changed to Miley — and for a very ~interesting~ reason. Rumor has it that Billy Ray Cyrus was having a hard time calling his daughter anything other than her real name, so eventually, producers gave in and let her keep her name the same.
Miley Cyrus originally auditioned for the role of Lilly Prescott in ‘Hannah Montana’
But wait, there’s more. Miley Cyrus played the lead role of the series perfectly, so it’s really hard to picture anyone else filling her shoes. Interestingly enough, the “Wrecking Ball” songstress wasn’t the first actress considered for the role. In fact, Disney Channel originally wanted JoJo to portray the pop star. You see, when Miley first auditioned (she actually tried out for the role of Lilly Prescott), showrunners thought she was way too young for the part, but since it took years for the show to finally get cast, by the time they were ready, they realized she was old enough.
And Jojo wasn’t the only actress gunning for the role of Hannah. Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen also auditioned for the part, and like JoJo, she was seriously considered. But in the end, Miley was simply a better fit. It’s OK, though. The actress went on to play the iconic role of Jenny Humphrey in GG, so no complaints here!
Disney was reportedly sued for allegedly stealing the idea of ‘Hannah Montana’
According to Reuters, a writer named Morris Taylor “Buddy” Sheffield pitched a TV show to Disney that followed a young boy named Roland Dillard who was also secretly a pop star. The network passed on the series, but when they released Hannah Montana year later, Morris filed a lawsuit. It’s unclear what happened with the case in the end.
Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment fought on set of ‘Hannah Montana’
Although they were the best of friends on-screen, Miley and Emily actually did a lot of behind-the-scenes fighting. Apparently, they were frequently competitive and jealous of one another, and considering all the time they spent together, it’s easy to understand how that could be a lot for teenage girls to handle.
Sadly, Miley said their fighting got so bad at one point that their parents had to step in to try and resolve their issues. In her 2009 autobiography Miles To Go, she wrote, “The show felt real to me, and I wanted my relationship with Lilly to feel real too. I knew it didn’t have to — show business is show business – but I was disappointed. There were times when I didn’t think we could ever be friends. We just couldn’t figure out how to get along.”
‘Hannah Montana’ was supposed to have a different ending
The original ending of the series was way different. So, what was supposed to happen? Apparently, the whole thing was supposed to be in a younger Miley’s imagination, meaning that all previous four seasons were merely a dream. Woah.
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. How crazy is that?!
Jackson Stewart was originally supposed to have an entirely different personality in ‘Hannah Montana’
Quirky, outspoken and hilarious are some of the words we’d use to describe Jackson, but originally, that wasn’t the plan at all. In the very beginning, Jason’s character was supposed to be extremely timid and shy. In fact, the only way he was supposed to communicate with other people was through the use of puppets. As it turns out, Jason had much different plans for his character, and as we now know, they really let him make the role his own. How cool!
‘Lizzie McGuire’ was supposed to be called ‘What’s Lizzie Thinking?’
Originally, the show was supposed to be called What’s Lizzie Thinking? And before changing the name, the Disney series also had a totally different premise. It was supposed to be more about her relationship with her mother than anything else. While that does sound interesting, we’re so glad everything turned out the way it did in the end.
There was almost a ‘Lizzie McGuire’ spinoff series starring Selena Gomez
According to reports, Disney had plans to make a Lizzie McGuire spinoff show about Lizzie’s BFF Miranda Sanchez and her sister, Stevie, who was going to be played by Selena! You can even watch a snippet of the singer’s audition tape for the series here!
Plus, Disney was also secretly working on another Lizzie McGuire movie and show, but becaus eof financial disagreements, it was shut down. Hilary Duff’s mom, Susan Duff, told Entertainment Weekly, “Disney thought they’d be able to bully us into accepting whatever offer they wanted to make, and they couldn’t… We weren’t feeling the love. They weren’t giving Hilary the respect she deserved.”
Zack and Cody Martin from ‘Suite Life’ were supposed to be named Dylan and Cole
Get this — initially, producers considered using Dylan and Cole Sprouse‘s real names as names for the Martin twins, before they ultimately decided to name the characters Zack and Cody. Oh, and did we mention that originally, Ashley Tisdale auditioned for the role of London Tipton?!
There was supposed to be a ‘Suite Life’ spinoff series about Arwin
In 2006, there were talks of a Suite Life of Zack and Cody spinoff — and we’re not talking about Suite Life On Deck. Dylan and Cole weren’t set to star in it, instead, it was going to focus on Arwin, the Tipton Hotel’s resident engineer. It was supposed to follow Arwin after he moved away from the Tipton to live with his sister and help her raise her kids. Selena Gomez was set to star in the show, but it ultimately fell through after Wizards of Waverly Place was picked up at the same time.
Leo Howard holds the world record for Youngest TV Director for an episode of ‘Kickin’ It’
At 16 years old, Leo made it into the Guiness Book of World Records when he directed the episode “Fight at the Museum” of the Disney XD series. He has gone to direct an episode of another Disney XD show, Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything. Go, Leo!
Sonny Monroe’s name originally wasn’t Sonny in ‘Sonny With a Chance’
Prepare to be shook, people. It turns out, when the show was first being planned out, Sonny was actually going to be named Molly or Holli. Wow, who knew?! Plus, the title of the series was going to be Sketchpad at first. Later, the network changed the name to Welcome to Holliwood (when Sonny’s character was going to be called Holli!). Eventually, everything fell into place and it became Sonny With a Chance, and it’s pretty hard to imagine it with any other title.
Ariel Winter and Billy Unger were originally supposed to star in ‘Sonny With a Chance’
This may come as a shock, but the Modern Familystar was actually originally supposed to be part of the cast! Ariel was set to play Sonny’s little sister — how cool is that?
Before ultimately deciding to make Sonny an only child, Billy (who fans will probably recognize from Lab Rats) was cast as her little brother. Seriously, just try to imagine how different the show would’ve been if Sonny had two younger siblings!
Bridgit Mendler auditioned for the role of Sonny Monroe in ‘Sonny With a Chance’
Imagine if Demi was never cast as Sonny… Well, fans will never guess who almost landed the role instead. It’s none other than Bridgit! Yep, the Good Luck Charlie actress actually auditioned for the part, but ultimately didn’t get it.
Sterling Knight didn’t originally audition for the role of Chad Dylan Cooper in ‘Sonny With a Chance’
Chad Dylan Cooper was a pretty iconic character, so it’s kind of surprising to find out that Sterling actually didn’t audition for that role at all. At first, he tried out for a character named Stuart, who ultimately didn’t make it onto the show.
They sewed the actor’s clothes together in ‘Teen Beach Movie’
In order to ensure that the actor’s clothes stayed on while they were dancing around during musical numbers, Garrett Claytontold J-14back in 2014 that, “They actually sew my shirt to the pants so that the shirt doesn’t ride up.”
He also had to change his shirt multiple times because he was sweating so much!
Did you know that the idea for Zombies originally started out as a TV show? Yep, the series was supposed to be called Zombies and Cheerleaders, and it was going to star Luke Benward and Maia Mitchell. They even filmed a pilot for it, but in the end, it never aired, and instead, they turned the idea into the movie that fans know and love.
Get this — Luke still considers the unaired TV show one of his favorite projects to date!
The Dumplin‘ star told Teen Vogue, “My favorite role, no one ever saw it, because it was a pilot. Well, actually they made it into a movie I guess recently, the zombies thing. But it was originally a very whimsical and cool pilot.”
The actor also revealed that the show was totally different from everything Disney Channel had done before, which is why he loved it so much.
“I played Zed, the guy, and it was this whole Ferris Bueller thing where I kind of wake up and I’m talking to the camera and walking the audience through the opening song and introducing everyone,” he continued. “It was just a really different show for Disney that I was really proud of.”
‘Camp Rock’ was originally only supposed to star Joe Jonas and not his brothers
Get this, you guys — the movie was only supposed to star Joe at first! Yep, Nick and Kevin weren’t even going to be in it, but once the director saw their chemistry together, he decided to add them to the script.
“We just thought, ‘Oh, this is such a great, interesting thing that he’s got two bandmates to say ‘You’re out of control, you’re going back to Camp Rock and you’re going to learn to behave yourself’ or something,” Matthew Diamond told International Business Times. “That seemed like a much better idea than an off-screen manager.”
He also revealed that at first, they didn’t like Joe’s audition tape.
“We auditioned a lot of guys and then they suggested we looked at this kid, Joe Jonas,” he explained. “He was in the band Jonas Brothers. Actually, I think I had him send two audition tapes. I wasn’t that wild about the first one. I was like, ‘There’s something special here, send me another one.’ So, I think he did… But he was great.”
Chloe Bridges originally auditioned for Mitchie Torres in ‘Camp Rock’
Imagine how different the movie would be if Mitchie was played by someone else! Well, that was almost the case! Yep, Chloe told Page Six, “I actually auditioned for Camp Rock, I tested against Demi for the role of Mitchie — it came down to her and me.”
That’s not all. Kathryn Gallagher (who fans may recognize from the show You!) admitted that she had tried out for the role of Mitchie too!
“I was jealous I didn’t get to kiss Joe Jonas, but it’s fine,” she wrote on Instagram.
Plus, before they cast Joe as Shane, Taylor Lautner was considered for the role!
Demi Lovato was thinking about her bangs and Joe Jonas was thinking about food during their almost kiss scene in ‘Camp Rock’
Get ready to LOL because Demi once revealed that during her almost-kiss scene with Joe in the first movie, she was really thinking about fixing her bangs the entire time since she could see her reflection in Joe’s eyeballs. As for Joe, he said he was thinking about food because he was hungry and could smell the catering.
Demi Lovato fell in love with Joe Jonas IRL during the lake scene in ‘Camp Rock’
As fans know, Joe and Demi briefly dated IRL after starring in the flick together. And Demi later admitted that during Mitchie and Shane’s scene by the lake, she actually fell in love with the singer in real life.
“This moment I freakin’ fell in love with him in real life!” she dished to E! News while discussing the scene.
She also told the outlet that her real life first kiss was with Joe during the filming of Camp Rock 2. How sweet?!
According to reports, in the final concert scene of Camp Rock 2, they let real Jonas Brothers fans onto the set to watch. So in order to keep the ending to the flick a secret, they filmed two different versions! That way, fans wouldn’t know which camp actually won.
Zac Efron was not a fan of his role in ‘High School Musical’
Zac basically admitted during a 2016 interview that if he could go back in time, he wouldn’t have done HSM, and fans’ hearts were seriously breaking.
“I step back and look at myself and I still want to kick [my old self’s] a** sometimes. Like, f**k that guy. He’s done some kind of cool things with some cool people — he did that one thing [the movie Neighbors] that was funny — but, I mean, he’s still just that f**king kid from High School Musical,” he once said.
When asked why he didn’t go on the HSM tour, he told Rolling Stone, “If I had to hear the High School Musical songs anymore, I probably would have jumped off something very tall.” Yikes.
Corbin Bleu originally auditioned for Ryan Evans in ‘High School Musical’
Corbin actually auditioned for the role of Ryan. Lucas Grabeel, on the other hand, first tried out for the role of Troy Bolton, but knew right away he wasn’t landing the role.
“I went in right after Drew Seeley, who ended up singing for Troy in the movie,” he told Buzzfeed. “I obviously heard him because it was in a trailer, so it was really thin walls and I was like, oh s**t. I’m totally not gonna get this because that guy’s incredible.”
‘Phineas and Ferb’ first began production 16 years before it actually premiered
According to Slate, Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh actually thought of the idea for the show 16 years before it came out! While hanging out in a restaurant in the early ‘90s, Dan reportedly drew a triangular boy, which later became the foundation of Phineas. After multiple rejections from different networks, he finally convinced Disney to give them a shot.