Disney Channel Original Movies, commonly known as DCOMs, were a staple of my childhood. All day, I would look forward to sitting on the couch with my dinner at 7 p.m. and watching the movie Disney Channel had to present that night.
Nostalgic for the simpler days? Grab some friends and some popcorn and go back in time with these classics:
- “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” (1999)
This film about a mischievous, relatable teen from space who gets sent to Earth made us all want to live in the future. Her super cool outfits — metallic space suits and all — didn’t make the boring present any easier.
- “Cadet Kelly” (2002)
I’m not saying I wanted to go to military school, but if anyone made it look appealing, it was Hilary Duff. This film touches on new beginnings, adjustments and determination as fashion-minded Kelly must adjust to a brand new environment.
- “The Cheetah Girls” (2003)
Nothing spells girl power as much as the story of these four teenage girls who form a music group and take the world by the storm. Besides the catchy tunes, the film presents the strong bond of sisterhood— it’s cheetahlicious!
- “Twitches” (2005)
They’re not only twins, but also witches— don’t worry, the good kind. This tale of two twins reunited on their 21st birthday to save a kingdom shows how powerful family and love really is.
- “High School Musical” (2006)
I’m going to end right here because I don’t think any movie can triumph the excellence and momentous impact of “High School Musical.” If staring at Zac Efron isn’t enough of a reason to binge watch the trilogy, grabbing a mic and singing your heart out to every song is. Go Wildcats!