Do you still remember how we, as children, tuned into Disney religiously? We would watch their shows for hours on end, sometimes even re-watching previous episodes over and over again.
Life was simpler back in those days. It was truly a bliss because of the fun times we had. And these Disney shows probably had a hand shaping our childhood.
Feel the nostalgia as we reminisce the stories and characters we watched on our television screens growing up.
That’s So Raven
This show follows the life of Raven Baxter, a high school student who has a secret psychic ability which allows her to experience visions of future events in short flashes. She often gets into misadventures and little troubles because of this. Raven keeps this ability as a secret except for her family and few close friends.
It stars Raven-Symoné, who later became a household name in Disney. The show aired for four seasons from 2003 to 2007.
Aside from Raven’s wit and humor, that as a Disney kid I understood quite clearly, her ability to be relatable to the audience is quite unmatched. Plus, her fashion sense is so spot on every single episode!
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Long before Cole Sprouse rose to fame for his role as Jughead Jones in Riverdale, he was starring in his own Disney show along with his twin brother, Dylan.
The show follows the story of twins Zack and Cody as they spend their childhood living in Tipton Hotel, where their mother works at. They often have banters with London, the hotel owner’s daughter, Maddie, the candy-counter girl, and Mr. Moseby, the manager. Naturally, the twins get into a lot of trouble but they always find a way to get out of it.
It aired from 2005 to 2008 and had its series sequel, The Suite Life on Deck, which aired from 2008 to 2011.
These boys literally grew up in front of our eyes. These adventurous twins may be long gone now, but the fun we had with them is truly unforgettable.
Ahhhh, the show that catapulted Miley Cyrus into fame. Hannah Montana is a legend in itself. A Disney gem.
The show chronicles the double life of fourteen-year-old Miley Stewart. She is a normal middle-schooler but is also a secret popstar called Hannah Montana. To conceal her identity, she dons the iconic blonde wig. Miley is often put in a situation where her secret may be revealed but it almost always resolves itself.
The show aired from 2006 to 2011 and a movie adaptation was released in 2009 titled Hannah Montana: The Movie.
I remember being a Disney kid, watching this show regularly, and wishing I had a secret popstar identity, too. I often wonder why Miley’s friends are unable to distinguish the similarities between the two (because it was sooo obvious) but, oh well, it made the show even better.
Wizards of Waverly Place
Selena Gomez showed her acting chops at an early age. Her first appearances were on television, specifically on Barney and Friends. Like her other co-Disney child stars, Selena became more known after her stint on Wizards of Waverly Place.
The show follows the lives of three teenage siblings, Alex, Justin, and Max who are wizards-in-training and lives on Waverly Place. They are constantly put in a situation wherein they need to use their magic powers. The show mainly tells the story of their development as responsible wizards.
They aired the show for four seasons, from 2007 to 2012.
The program was so well-received by the audience that it won numerous awards and had consistently high viewership. This is so unsurprising because the Russo siblings had me in a trance during my puberty years. Plus, I had a crush on Justin.
The Jonas Brothers are already in the limelight before starring in their own Disney show. But the show catapulted them into high celebrity stats after the show.
The series revolves around the life of the band which mainly plays concerts as a cover while working as government secret agents to save the world. They were called JONAS, which stood for “Junior Operatives Networking as Spies.”
The show aired for two seasons, from 2009 to 2010, and had a sequel series called Jonas L.A.
At this time, I was already familiar with the band because of their appearance on one Hannah Montana episode and on the film Camp Rock. So, this show was treat for me (and probably for a lot of teens at that time) because it now centered on the whole band this time. And yes, I was calling dibs on Nick Jonas every time.
Feeling nostalgic, fellow Disney kids? If only we could turn back time, am I right?
Gabriela Alexandra, or better known as Alex, is currently a journalism student at Bicol University. She likes to call herself a struggling artist, an idealist, and a hopeless romantic. She may wander around a lot, but she is never lost.