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This article is about Disney Channel Original Movies. For Disney Channel series, see List of Disney Channel series.

Many television films have been produced for the U.S. cable network, Disney Channel, since the service's inception in 1983. In its early years, they were referred to as Disney Channel Premiere Films, and later Premears. From late 1997 onwards, such productions have been branded under the Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOM) banner.

Most hit films were subsequently released on VHS, DVD, or, more recently, Blu-ray. However, many more in the DCOM library have never been released in any home video format. Before, DCOMs were released on DVD months after they premiered on Disney Channel, but after Princess Protection Program aired, the DCOM DVDs have been released one week after they premier on Disney Channel. Also, although DCOMs have been produced in widescreen HD format since mid-2005, the 2009 release of Princess Protection Program became the first DCOM to receive a widescreen DVD transfer.

The highest-rated premiere for the brand came in August 2007, when High School Musical 2 set a record for basic cable with 17.2 million viewers. The second highest-rated premiere is held by Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, which premiered with 11.4 million viewers. Other major DCOM franchises include Camp Rock, The Cheetah Girls, Twitches, Halloweentown, Teen Beach, and the Zenon trilogy.

During the Memorial Day holiday weekend of 2016, Disney Channel began to air many of the older original movies in a marathon format. The marathon began in celebration of its 100th original movie, Adventures in Babysitting, Disney Channel broadcast all of the 99 Disney Channel Original Movies that came before it, beginning with the 51 most popular films airing over the four-day weekend, beginning Friday, May 27, 2016. The network continued to screen the rest of its original movies throughout the month of June 2016, before the June 24th premiere of its 100th original film.[1]

Disney Channel Premiere Films

Year Film
1983 Tiger Town (October 9, 1983)
Just Like Mr. Sunny (December 4, 1983)
1984 Gone Are the Dayes (May 6, 1984)
Snow White (July 16, 1984)
Love Leads the Way (October 7, 1984)
1985 Lots of Luck (February 3, 1985)
The Undergrads (May 5, 1985)
The Caldercott Story (August 2, 1985)
The Blue Yonder (November 17, 1985)
1986 Help Wanted: Kids (February 2, 1986)
Mr. Boogedy (April 20, 1986)
The Parent Trap II (July 26, 1986)
Spot Marks the X (October 18, 1986)
Down the Long Hills (November 15, 1986)
Fluppy Dogs (November 27, 1986)
1987 Strange Companions (February 28, 1987)
Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables (May 19, 1987)
Not Quite Human (June 19, 1987)
The Christmas Visitor (December 5, 1987)
1988 Rock N Roll Mom (February 7, 1988)
Save the Dog (March 19, 1988)
Night Train to Kathmandu (June 5, 1988)
Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (August 6, 1988)
A Friendship in Vienna (August 27, 1988)
Good Old Boy (November 11, 1988)
Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (December 3, 1988)
1989 The Parent Trap III (April 9, 1989)
Not Quite Human II (September 23, 1989)
The Parent Trap: Hawaiian Honeymoon (November 19, 1989)
1990 Lantern Hill (January 27, 1990)
Chips, the War Dog (March 24, 1990)
Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (May 19, 1990)
Back Home (June 7, 1990)
The Little Kidnappers (August 17, 1990)
Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (October 21, 1990)
1991 Bejewelled (January 20, 1991)
Perfect Harmony (March 31, 1991)
Mark Twain and Me (November 22, 1991)
1992 Still Not Quite Human (May 31, 1992)
1993 The Ernest Green Story (January 17, 1993)
Spies (March 7, 1993)[2]
Heidi (July 18, 1993)
Airborne (September 17, 1993)
1994 On Promised Land (April 17, 1994)
The Whipping Boy (July 31, 1994)
1995 The Old Curiosity Shop (March 19, 1995)
Escape to Witch Mountain (April 29, 1995)
The Four Diamonds (August 12, 1995)
1996 The Little Riders (March 24, 1996)
Nightjohn (June 1, 1996)
Susie Q (1996)
Wish Upon A Star (November 12, 1996)
1997 The Paper Brigade (February 25, 1997)
Northern Lights (August 23, 1997)

Disney Channel Original Movies

Year Film IMDb
1997 Under Wraps (October 25, 1997) 6.7
1998 You Lucky Dog (June 27, 1998) 4.8
Brink! (August 29, 1998) 7.2
Halloweentown (October 17, 1998) 6.8
1999 Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (January 23, 1999) 6.4
Can of Worms (April 10, 1999) 5.3
The Thirteenth Year (May 15, 1999) 6.0
Smart House (June 26, 1999) 6.3
Johnny Tsunami (July 24, 1999) 6.4
Genius (August 21, 1999) 6.5
Don't Look Under the Bed (October 9, 1999) 7.0
Horse Sense (November 20, 1999) 6.3
2000 Up, Up, and Away (January 22, 2000) 5.6
The Color of Friendship (February 5, 2000) 7.4
Alley Cats Strike (March 18, 2000) 6.3
Rip Girls (April 22, 2000) 6.2
Miracle in Lane 2 (May 13, 2000) 6.3
Stepsister from Planet Weird (June 17, 2000) 6.0
Ready to Run (July 14, 2000) 5.5
Quints (August 18, 2000) 5.8
The Other Me (September 8, 2000) 6.3
Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire (October 13, 2000) 5.9
Phantom of the Megaplex (November 10, 2000) 6.6
The Ultimate Christmas Present (December 1, 2000) 6.0
2001 Zenon: The Zequel (January 12, 2001) 6.0
Motocrossed (February 16, 2001) 6.8
The Luck of the Irish (March 9, 2001) 6.3
Hounded (April 13, 2001) 5.2
Jett Jackson: The Movie (June 8, 2001) 6.4
The Jennie Project (July 13, 2001) 5.0
Jumping Ship (August 17, 2001) 6.3
The Poof Point (September 14, 2001) 4.7
Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (October 12, 2001) 6.5
'Twas the Night (December 7, 2001) 5.6
2002 Double Teamed (January 18, 2002) 6.2
Cadet Kelly (March 8, 2002) 5.5
Tru Confessions (April 5, 2002) 7.9
Get a Clue (June 28, 2002) 5.1
Gotta Kick It Up! (July 26, 2002) 5.7
A Ring of Endless Light (August 23, 2002) 6.3
The Scream Team (October 4, 2002) 6.9
2003 You Wish! (January 10, 2003) 6.4
Right on Track (March 21, 2003) 6.6
The Even Stevens Movie (June 13, 2003) 6.3
Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (July 18, 2003) 6.1
The Cheetah Girls (August 15, 2003) 4.7
Full-Court Miracle (November 23, 2003) 5.9
2004 Pixel Perfect (January 16, 2004) 5.8
Going to the Mat (March 19, 2004) 7.2
Zenon: Z3 (June 11, 2004) 5.5
Stuck in the Suburbs (July 16, 2004) 5.8
Tiger Cruise (August 6, 2004) 6.4
Halloweentown High (October 8, 2004) 6.2
2005 Now You See It... (January 14, 2005) 6.5
Buffalo Dreams (March 11, 2005) 5.9
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama (April 8, 2005) 7.3
Go Figure (June 10, 2005) 5.9
Life Is Ruff (July 15, 2005) 5.2
The Proud Family Movie (August 19, 2005) 5.4
Twitches (October 14, 2005) 5.6
2006 High School Musical (January 20, 2006) 5.2
Cow Belles (March 24, 2006) 5.3
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (June 16, 2006) 5.4
Read It and Weep (July 21, 2006) 5.7
The Cheetah Girls 2 (August 25, 2006) 4.9
Return to Halloweentown (October 20, 2006) 5.8
2007 Jump In! (January 12, 2007) 5.3
Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (June 8, 2007) 5.8
High School Musical 2 (August 17, 2007) 4.7
Twitches Too (October 12, 2007) 5.7
2008 Minutemen (January 25, 2008) 6.1
Camp Rock (June 20, 2008) 5.0
The Cheetah Girls: One World (August 22, 2008) 4.7
2009 Dadnapped (February 16, 2009) 5.1
Hatching Pete (April 24, 2009) 5.7
Princess Protection Program (June 26, 2009) 5.6
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (August 28, 2009) 6.4
2010 Starstruck (February 14, 2010) 6.2
Den Brother (August 13, 2010) 5.6
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (September 3, 2010) 5.1
Avalon High (November 12, 2010) 5.8
2011 The Suite Life Movie (March 25, 2011) 5.5
Lemonade Mouth (April 15, 2011) 7.0
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (May 22, 2011) (released on home video on April 19, 2011) 4.8
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (August 5, 2011) 7.6
Geek Charming (November 11, 2011) 6.6
Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! (December 2, 2011) 6.7
2012 Frenemies (January 13, 2012) 5.1
Radio Rebel (February 17, 2012) 6.3
Let It Shine (June 15, 2012) 6.6
Girl vs. Monster (October 12, 2012) 5.7
2013 Teen Beach Movie (July 19, 2013) 5.9
2014 Cloud 9 (January 17, 2014) 6.8
Zapped (June 27, 2014) 5.6
How to Build a Better Boy (August 15, 2014) 5.9
2015 Bad Hair Day (February 13, 2015) 6.5
Teen Beach 2 (June 26, 2015) 6.5
Descendants (July 31, 2015) 6.4
Invisible Sister (October 9, 2015) 6.4
2016
(announced/rumored)
Adventures in Babysitting (June 24, 2016) 6.5
The Swap (Fall 2016)[3] TBA
Throw Like Mo (2016)Films that have not yet been released[4] TBA
Life-Size 2 (Christmas 2016)Films that have not yet been released[5] TBA
2017 Descendants 2 (Summer 2017)[6] TBA
TBA High School Musical 4[7] TBA

Highest-rated Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) premieres

No. Movie Rating (Million Total Viewers) Year Reference
1 High School Musical 2 17.2 2007 [8][9]
2 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie 11.4 2009 [10][11]
3 Camp Rock 8.9 2008 [12][13][14]
4 Princess Protection Program 8.5 2009 [15]
5 Teen Beach Movie 8.4 2013 [16][17]
6 Jump In! 8.2 2007 [18][19]
7 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam 7.9 2010 [20]
8 Cadet Kelly 7.8 2002 [21][22]
The Cheetah Girls 2 7.8 2006 [23][24][25]
9 High School Musical 7.7 2006 [26][27]
10 Return to Halloweentown 7.5 2006 [28][29]

Within a calendar year

Year Movie Ratings Reference
2002 Cadet Kelly 7.8 million viewers [21][22]
2003 The Cheetah Girls 6.5 million viewers [24][25]
2004 Halloweentown High 6.1 million viewers [30]
2005 Twitches 7.0 million viewers [31]
2006 The Cheetah Girls 2 7.8 million viewers [23][24][25]
2007 High School Musical 2 17.2 million viewers [8][9][32][33][34][35]
2008 Camp Rock 8.9 million viewers [12][13][14][35][36]
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie 11.4 million viewers [10][11]
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam 7.9 million viewers [20][37][38][39][40][41]
2011 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension 7.6 million viewers [42]
2012 Let It Shine 5.7 million viewers [43][44]
2013 Teen Beach Movie 8.4 million viewers [16]
2014 Zapped 5.7 million viewers [45]
2015 Descendants 6.6 million viewers [46]
2016 Adventures in Babysitting 3.4 million viewers [47]

See also

References

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  2. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 11, no. 2, February/March 1993: pp. 38, 42.
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  4. ^ "‘Throw Like Mo’ Disney Channel Movie On Mo’ne Davis In Development". KYW-TV CBS Philadelphia. 
  5. ^ "Tyra Banks: Life-Size 2 Is Happening, and There Are Script Reads to Prove It". 
  6. ^ "Descendants Sequel Is Officially Happening at Disney Channel!". 
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  42. ^ Robert Seidman (August 6, 2011). "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension" Averages 7.6 Million Total Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  43. ^ "Disney Channel's ‘Let It Shine’ Divines 5.7 Million Viewers, Becomes #1 TV Movie of the Year with Kids and Tweens — Ratings". TV by the Numbers. June 16, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  44. ^ "Twitter / TylerJamesWill: 5.7 million people watched". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
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External links

Selected production companies that produce multiple DCOMs