Disney Sequels


We’ve all been hit with a pang of nostalgia when thinking of the elegant princesses and energetic singing teenagers that filled the Disney movies of our childhoods. But what about the sequels to these classics?


“Almost all of the Disney sequels are terrible,” says Pentucket Sophomore Emily MacFarland. And many seem to agree.


Pentucket Sophomore Alanna Joachim says, “Disney Channel sequels are better than the Disney ones, which are the worst. But the new Disney Channel movies that they’re coming up with are really bad.” She then whispered in a serious yet ominous voice, “It’s only the classics.”


Most people also have not seen a lot of the sequels from Walt Disney. Sophomore Gabby Blake says that she “doesn’t bother watching them because [she] knows they will be bad.”


The sequels seem widely less popular than the originals. Once told the names of all of the Walt Disney sequels that are listed at the bottom of this article, all students interviewed said that they didn’t know that the majority of them even existed.


Many students agree that Disney sequels ruin the original, and that it would have been better if they were never created at all.


Blake added, ”I feel like it’s very hard to do a sequel well. They are really easy to mess up and usually turn out bad.”


While Walt Disney sequels have been going downhill for a long time, Disney Channel has taken a “turn in the wrong direction,” according to Joachim. Although some of the classics, like the High School Musical and Halloweentown series, are still considered relics by many teenagers today, almost all people can agree that they are getting worse.


Joachim said, “Teen Beach 2 was terrible. Although the original movie wasn’t very good because it was newer and let’s face it, the newer Disney Channel movies are trash, the sequel was even worse.”


Regarding Walt Disney movies, Pentucket Sophomore Hayley Palermo says, “They can be good and you expect them to be good, but often times they fall very flat.” It seems a common theme throughout teens that Disney movies often do not live up to people’s expectations.


Palermo also says that she has high hopes for Finding Dory. Many students agree that while Disney is going downhill, hopefully they can come together with Pixar and create a sequel that is finally good.


A amount of change from movie to movie is another reason why many people disapprove of the sequels.


For example, in the Halloweentown series the actress portraying the main character, Marnie, was changed for the last of the four Halloweentown movies on Disney Channel.


The High School Musical series is also getting a fourth movie, but with a completely new cast.


Many teenagers today cherish the High School Musical series and consider it a great part of their childhoods. Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, and more worked to create a film that marked a generation. Now, teens fear that the franchise will be disgraced by the new movie.


So will the new movie ruin the High School Musical series? Based on Disney Channel’s past and student’s opinions, almost definitely.


Blake said that Disney must end the production of sequels and must “stop trying to beat a dead horse.”


She added, “Generally, if you’re watching a Disney sequel, all you’re in for is disappointment.”


Also, don’t forget that Disney Channel is having a marathon of all Disney Channel Original Movies during memorial day weekend, May 27-30!


Walt Disney Sequels:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves

Bambi: Bambi II

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Belle’s Magical World

Brother Bear: Brother Bear II

Cinderella: Cinderella II, Cinderella: Dreams Come True, Cinderella III, Cinderella: A Twist in Time

101 Dalmatians: 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London adventure

The Emperor’s New Groove: Kronk’s New Groove

The Fox and the Hound: The Fox and the Hound II

Lady and the Tramp: Lady and the Tramp II, Scamp’s Adventure

Lilo and Stitch: Stitch has a Glitch

The Lion King: The Lion King 1 ½, Siimba’s Pride

The Little Mermaid: The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Ariel’s beginning

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

Mulan: Mulan II

Pocahontas: Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

Tarzan: Tarzan II

Tinker Bell: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy rescue, Pixie Hollow Games, Secret of the Wings, Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.


Disney Channel sequels:

Camp Rock: Camp Rock II: The Final Jam

The Cheetah Girls: The Cheetah Girls II, The Cheetah Girls: One World

Halloweentown: Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge, Halloweentown High, Return to Halloweentown

High School Musical: High School Musical II, High School Musical III

Teen Beach Movie: Teen Beach II

Twitches: Twitches Too


Upcoming Walt Disney Sequels:

Alice in Wonderland: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Starring Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mia Wasikowska.


Beauty and the Beast: Beauty and the Beast (2017) Starring Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens.


Upcoming Disney Channel Sequels:

Life Size: Life Size 2 (TBA) Starring Tyra Banks and others to be announced.


Descendents: Descendants 2 (2017) Starring Dove Cameron, Booboo Stewart, Cameron Boyce, China Anne McClain, and Sofia Carson.


High School Musical: High School Musical 4 (TBA) Starring a new and unreleased cast.