Disney Channel Games Begin
Disney stars team up for a different kind of summer games!
Teen celebrity Corbin Bleu, star of the Disney Channel hit film Jump In!, visits Harambe Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom April 23,2007. Bleu is visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as part of the Disney Channel Games, a week-long, Olympic-style event featuring more than 30 celebrities from Disney Channel programs. (Photo: Garth Vaughan)
The best games of the summer don't take place in China. They happen at Walt Disney World. That's right! That's where the Disney Channel Games take place.
The Disney Channel Games kick off Sunday at 8 p.m. and will air on the Disney Channel every weekend for the next six weeks. They are similar to the Olympic Games, in that people and nations compete against each other. But instead of athletes, the competitors are actors from the Disney Channel and kids from around the world. The events are team challenges, not individual events, and include such events as "Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors" and "Hamster Ball Bowling."
I caught a glimpse of that teamwork when I had the opportunity to interview several of the Disney stars.
The Disney Channel stars arrived amid cheers from adoring fans and lines of reporters from across the nation. As they walked the red carpet, the stars would stop occasionally to answer questions from reporters. I had the opportunity to interview several of these stars.
The first thing I wanted to know was how the stars thought the Disney Channel Games compared with the Summer Olympics.
"The Disney Channel Games are more fun," Jennifer Stone of Wizards of Waverly Place, said. "The Olympics are more serious because they have been training for them their entire lives."
Dylan and Cole Sprouse agreed. "They both have a lot of games, but DCG are not nearly as professional," the stars of Zach and Cody said. "We are not that good athletes, so it's fun to see us goof."
The Disney stars also said it was fun to compete against one another—especially if they are related!
"We really enjoyed the competition against one another," the Jonas Brothers said. "It was intense!"
"It's normal to compete with us," the Sprouse brothers said. "They couldn't have us on the same team because I'm the tornado (Dylan) and he's the fire (Cole). Combine that and it would be a destructive force."
There was also some good-natured competition between the boys and the girls.
The boys were tough, the Cheetah Girls said, "but the girls were crazier. The girls really stepped it up. Girl power!"
|Kid Reporter Shelby Fallin with Dylan and Cole Sprouse at the Disney Channel Games red carpet. (Photo courtesy Shelby Fallin)|
Friendship and Teamwork
The Disney stars were fired up for the games. But they also know that the games aren't just about winning or losing. On the red carpet, they talked about being with friends, meeting new people, and working together.
"The whole theme this year was about teamwork," Alyson Stoner from Camp Rock said. Her favorite game was "Hang Tight" because "it was all about staying together—and I love that!"
Hannah Montana star Jason Earles agreed.
"A lot of the competitions this year were about teamwork, so if you tried to do it by yourself, the team wouldn't do as well," Earles said. "I learned how to be a better teammate," at the Disney Channel Games.
The Cheetah Girls said one of their favorite parts of the Games was catching up with old friends. But the Games were also about new friends. Besides the Disney stars working with and competing against each other, kids from all over the world joined them. This gave everyone a chance to meet someone new!
"I have met some really cool new international friends and started learning some new languages," Mitchel Musso from Hannah Montana said. "Of course I can't remember anything when I want to."
As the stars finished their red carpet walk, they entered a building for a party with their friends and family. It was time for them to relax.
Once the cameras were off and the media were gone, the "stars" made a transformation. Gone were the professional attitudes; suddenly they were all just kids having fun.
Remember, no matter what you see on television, they are still kids just like you and me!
For the complete schedule of the Disney Channel Games and the lineup of who is participating, visit the official Disney Channel Games Web site.
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|In the Disney Channel Games, Disney stars are competing against one another in Olympic-style events and challenges. But they're also working together and with kids from around the world to try to achieve victory. How important has teamwork been to you in the sports and games you have played? Is teamwork more important than winning? How do you and your friends work together in things other than sports and games?|
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Shelby Fallin is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.