Disneyland Resort Press Release

WORLD PREMIERE OF DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 BRINGS STARS, CELEBRITIES AND ‘WILDCAT FEVER’ TO DOWNTOWN DISNEY AT DISNEYLAND RESORT



ANAHEIM, Calif. – August 14, 2007 – Disneyland Resort in Southern California hosted the biggest splash of the summer today when Disney’s highly-anticipated movie, High School Musical 2, sequel to the global smash hit High School Musical, had its world premiere at the AMC Theatres in the Downtown Disney District. The movie makes its television debut Friday, August 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT), on Disney Channel.

Stars of the movie, along with director-choreographer Kenny Ortega and other celebrity guests walked the "summer splash blue" carpet past an audience of media and thousands of screaming High School Musical fans. "This whole day has been crazy," enthused Zac Efron, who stars as Troy Bolton. "Every so often you get one of those days when you have to pinch yourself to prove it’s real. It’s a great experience to see kids get so excited." Following the Downtown Disney festivities and the movie premiere, guests attended an invitation-only poolside party at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

The High School Musical 2 premiere is the latest highlight of Disney’s ongoing Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Following the August 17 TV premiere of High School Musical 2, an all-new "High School Musical 2: School’s Out!" live show will debut at Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort on Saturday, August 18. Today, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and the rest of the High School Musical 2 cast got their heads in the game, along with guests inside the park, as they experienced a special preview of the new "School’s Out!" show. Guests at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida can see the original "High School Musical Pep Rally" live show every day. "High School Musical 2: School’s Out!" will premiere at Disney-MGM Studios this fall.

Reprising their singing and dancing roles in the movie sequel are: Zac Efron as star athlete Troy Bolton, Vanessa Hudgens as brainy transfer student Gabriella Montez, Ashley Tisdale as drama club diva Sharpay Evans, Lucas Grabeel as her brother and on-stage partner Ryan Evans, Corbin Bleu as teammate and best friend Chad Danforth and Monique Coleman as academic decathlete Taylor McKessie. Also returning are Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus, Chris Warren, Jr. as Zeke Baylor, Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielsen, KayCee Stroh as Martha Cox, Ryne Sanborn as Jason and Bart Johnson as Coach Bolton. Mark L. Taylor joins the cast as the country club manager, Mr. Fulton.

In the contemporary movie musical High School Musical 2, the
Wildcats are back. This time, school's out and East High School hoops star Troy Bolton, A-student Gabriella Montez and the rest of the Wildcats are getting ready for a fun summer vacation. But that all changes when scheming drama queen Sharpay Evans uses her dad's connections to get Troy a job at Lava Springs, their ritzy country club, and a chance at a college basketball scholarship. The catch? He'll have to turn his back on his friends and pair up with Sharpay in a musical extravaganza for the club's annual talent show. But when Gabriella and the Wildcats start making plans without Troy, he must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

High School Musical 2, part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, premieres Friday, August 17 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel U.S., and will be featured Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, in online and on-air programming events hosted by the movie's cast. It will also premiere on Disney Channels around the world beginning in September.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 90 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on 27 Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.

Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney's California Adventure – plus the Downtown Disney district comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. Resort hotels include the luxurious 745-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the magical 990-room Disneyland Hotel and the "day at the beach" fun of the 502-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. For Resort information call (714) 781-4565.