Monday, August 17, 2009

High School Musical Keeps Rocking

Two years ago today, Disney Channel Original Movies released the sequel to High School Musical. The TV movie’s first installment, which premiered January 20th of 2006 took off like never before. It became the most successful Disney TV movie ever. Ratings were through the roof and Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens became overnight sensations and household names. The merchandising behind the franchise has brought in millions of dollars and everyone from kids to adults has been enjoying the High School Musical franchise ever since. The musical was even parodied on the hit series South Park—and you know you’ve made it big when South Park makes fun of you.

High School Musical 2 was an instant hit back in 2007. The sequel’s premiere brought in a total of 17.3 million viewers in the United States and made it the highest-rated Disney Channel Movie to date! Even the soundtracks have sold millions. The sound track to High School Musical was the best selling album in 2006! The story of High School Musical has, in some ways, been told before. Troy (Zac Efron) is the captain of the varsity basketball team and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) is the quiet genius. Both want to try out for the East High School’s musical, an action that causes a rift between the two kids’ friends. Everyone sings out their frustrations as Troy and Gabriella begin to fall in love. It’s really a modern day high-school take on Romeo and Juliet.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released in theatres last October and grossed mega millions as the HSM franchise always does. While it marked the end of the franchise movie wise, Disney theme parks aren’t giving up on High School Musical anytime soon! On your next visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, East High School wannabes can enjoy High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here! Right Now! “Wildcat Fever!” spreads over the Disney theme park as this 15-minute stage show kicks off right under the Sorcerer’s Hat! This full-on concert experience features concert lighting, crowd interaction and all of your favorite songs from the High School Musical movie soundtracks. Sing and dance right along as you enjoy the show. Don’t forget, with Halloween right around the corner you can also dress up as your favorite High School Musical star or a Wildcat cheerleader to support your favorite movie. If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween Disney style, don’t forget about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party! You’re sure to find fellow Wildcats and Troy/Gabriella wannabes all over the Magic Kingdom.


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