More ‘High School Musical’ in Disney Parks
Though “High School Musical Pep Rally” and its various successors was the most significant representation of the franchise in Disney theme parks, it wasn’t the only “HSM”-adjacent project connected to the parks.
As was (and still is) typical of Disney Channel stars, the “High School Musical” cast made the rounds in many Disney press event circuits. This included visiting Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World in 2006 during “The Happiest Celebration on Earth,” being among the first to ride Expedition Everest as Disney celebrated 50 years of theme parks.
In 2007, Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort hosted the world premiere of “High School Musical 2.”
According to Character Central, Mickey and Minnie dressed in Wildcat gear for character greetings at Walt Disney Studios Park inside the now-closed Disney Blockbuster Café.
Yours truly was particularly proud of earning the Wildcats gym in the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game.
Over the years, both generations of the “HSM” cast performed in the parks during ABC’s annual Christmas Day broadcast (Kelly Ripa: “Look, Regis! Wildcat fever has taken over all of Main Street!”) Most recently, the stars of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” danced at Disneyland in 2019’s telecast.
In 2023, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened at Disneyland. As guests wait in line, they see parodies of familiar movie posters. Among them is “High School Goofical 3: Senior Year,” featuring characters from “A Goofy Movie” substituting for the likes of Troy, Gabriella, and the Wildcats.
To finish off our journey through Disney history, we’ll leave you with this gem from ABC’s 2007 Christmas Day broadcast. Art.