While Miley Cyrus gets her beauty rest to gear up for the Disney Games concert, her fellow Disney Channel stars wake up bright and early for Disney Games.
Later, she’ll rock the house in her first appearance since the Vanity Fair scandal. Miley opens the rain-soaked show ahead of Jordan Pruitt, Demi Lovato, Cheetah Girls and Jonas Brothers.
“I see a sign in the crowd that says ‘Miley I’m praying for you’ — thank you,” she tells the crowd at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “I couldn’t be more appreciative of that.”
Until then, her channelmates bide their time participating in Olympic-style challenges during Disney Games. The Florida sun is hot, but the stars keep cool in a shaded tent. And get this! Disney Channel has flown in their stars from 15 countries. Hello, Berlitz!
One person who misses Miley is her Hannah Montana co-star Moises Arias. What advice has she given him?
“It’s very important to learn how you hang around with the fans, and how you deal with the fans. She told me ‘don’t get too rushed. Listen to everybody. Be patient. Be really cool with everybody. Make them feel special.’ We’re like brother and sister.”
In fact, Moises can’t wait to join Miley for a spin on Disney Hollywood Studios ride Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster and Animal Kingdom’s Everest. Woo-hoo!
Mob scene! The Jonas Brothers take a break from the Games to do interviews. What’s the hardest part about being famous?
“Staying true to who you are as a person,” Joe Jonas says.
Next up is Chelsea Staub, who will appear with the Jonas Brothers on their upcoming Disney Channel show J.O.N.A.S.
“Everything they do is a blast,” she tells me. “I had a scene with Joe one time, and we’re supposed to have a little action in the background before the camera comes into our scene. Joe passes me a note halfway through it, and we’re in a school hallway, where there’s lockers everywhere. I open it up, and it says ‘see you in math.’ Then he walks off. He’s funny.”
Nick Jonas is drinking a Coke while Selena Gomez signs autographs in the blazing Florida sun.
Jennifer Stone appears with Selena on the Wizards of Waverly Place. What’s Selena really like? “She and I will talk about boys. She’s just as insecure about guys as we all are – but she seems so comfortable with guys. And she eats everything. She’s a human vacuum. She will eat any kind of food. I’ve seen her drink pickle juice before. It’s gross but she likes it. She’s a huge pickle fan.”
Camp Rock’s Alyson Stoner looks up to Hilary Duff as her Disney role model. “She designed the formula for Disney kids,” Alyson tells me. “She was the first one to break away from Disney and tap into other things. She did her music, her clothing, her perfume, she’s a beautiful person and still so down-to-earth. I look up to her.”
What’s the best thing about being a Disney star for Camp Rock’s Meaghan Jette Martin? “Everything!” she tells me. “We went to Magic Kingdom last night, and I was walking around the park, don’t have to wait in line, just walk on the ride. Then the fireworks show started at Epcot, and we drive over the Epcot. We’re standing in the VIP section watching it, and I’m like ‘I love my life.’ Disney is like one big family. All the other Disney Channel stars are so nice. We joke that we attend Disney High School ‘cause that’s kind of what we do.”
During my downtime, I catch up with friends at the Magic Kingdom and Disney Hollywood Studios. Love the park-hopper pass! I was in the Walt Disney World College Program. It’s great to get back to Hollywood Boulevard at the Disney Studios. Seems like I was sweeping streets just yesterday – even if it was years ago.