From musicals like “Camp Rock” and “The Cheetah Girls” to the hair-raising “Halloweentown” and “Don’t Look Under the Bed,” there’s a Disney Channel original movie for every kind of viewer, but what’s the favorite Disney Channel original movie in every state?
A recent study using Google Trends revealed that the most popular Disney Channel original movie varies from state to state, with Alaska, Idaho, and Mississippi favoring movie spin-offs of hit series like “Kim Possible,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” and “The Proud Family,” while viewers in Louisiana, Connecticut, and New Hampshire opted for “Zenon: Girl of the Twenty-First Century,” “Go Figure,” and “Smart House.”
Here’s a look at the favorite Disney Channel original movie in every state:
In Alaska, viewers searched for the made-for-TV movie “Kim Possible: So the Drama” more than any other Disney Channel original movie, but Virginia and Utah viewers preferred the musicals “Camp Rock” – which jump started the careers of the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato – and “High School Musical,” which introduced the world to teen heartthrob Zac Efron.
It’s no surprise that the most searched-for Disney Channel original movie in Hawaii was “Johnny Tsunami,” the 1999 movie about Johnny Kapahala, a young surfer from Hawaii who has to adjust to life in Vermont.
Fun Fact: In 2000, “Johnny Tsunami” was nominated for the Humanitas Prize in the Children’s Live-Action Category.
The most popular Disney Channel Original Movie overall
As the most-searched-for Disney movie in 11 states, the musical comedy “Zombies” snagged the top spot as the most popular Disney Channel original movie. With the perfect combination of music, humor, and romance, this franchise puts a twist on the classic boy (or zombie) meets girl formula, so it’s no surprise that the series has only gained in popularity with “Zombies 3” premiering in June.
Second place was a three-way tie between “Starstruck,” “The Swap,” and “Descendants 3,” the third installment in the “Descendants” series based on the novels by Melissa de la Cruz about the children of infamous villains like Maleficent, Jafar, and Cruella de Vil.
Rounding out the top picks for the most popular Disney Channel original movie are “Get a Clue,” “Halloween High,” “The Cheetah Girls,” “The Color of Friendship,” and “Zapped.”
The study used Google Trends to collect data based on 74 search terms from sources like Collider, Cosmopolitan, and D23, and used search term data from 2004 to July 2022 to determine the favorite Disney Channel original movie in every state.