The Disney Channel’s brightest stars descend upon Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for a party to celebrate the Disney Games. While Miley Cyrus is tending to the fallout from her Vanity Fair scandal, the other kids are focused on being good role models.
“We’re in the limelight all the time, so we try and do our best,” Kevin Jonas tells me.
What’s the best part of being a Disney star for the Sprouse twins?
“Disney World – definitely!” Dylan tells me. “Disneyland, Disney World, incredible rides, it’s awesome.”
“The only problem is it makes you never want to wait in line for a Disney ride again,” Cole laments. “Once you get that deluxe treatment, it’s hard.”
Hannah Montana’s Moises Arias tells me he loves to slumber party at Miley’s. They always order pizza and play tag. There’s a pillow fight in the offing when the first person falls asleep! Co-star Mitchel Musso saw Miley the night before, and they watched Maid In Manhattan.
Wizards of Waverly Place beauty Selena Gomez, 15, tells me she’s allowed to date but doesn’t have a boyfriend. Her dream man? “Shia LeBeouf . Not only is he a phenomenal actor, but he’s got the nerdy-cool guy going on. I like that about him very much.”
Anna Maria De Tagle appears with the Jonas Brothers in Disney’s forthcoming megahit Camp Rock. (This will be the next High School Musical – I saw the screening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.) “They won’t be scared to tell you if you’ve got a bat in the cave,” she says.
Camp Rock’s Meaghan Jette Martin looks forward to being an inspiration to kids everywhere. What’s her message? “Don’t let anyone get you down because people will tell you that you can’t do it, and know all your life that you can – you absolutely can.”
“I love OK! Magazine,” Camp Rock’s breakout star Demi Lovato says.
Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon quashes engagement talk, even though she’s wearing a diamond-encrusted gold band on her ring finger.
Time to step inside where there’s a buffet of free-range chicken, Mickey-roni, rolls, potato wedges and Mickey Mouse-shaped Rice Krispy treats with chocolate on the ears.
The Jonas Brothers’ dad is in front of me while waiting for a drink at the bar, and their little bro, dubbed Bonus Jonas, is doing the Running Man near the dance floor.
The D.J. calls all the Disney Channel stars out to the dance floor for Fergie’s G.L.A.M.O.R.O.U.S., and the kids get down to Usher’s Yeah! and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love. This must have been pre-planned – they’re all line-dancing to the Cuban Shuffle.
Oops! Around midnight, I miss the media shuttle and wind up with a surprise visit to Epcot. It takes a Disney tour bus to get back to my Saratoga Springs hotel. ?