What Disney Original TV Does Your State Tune Into?

Some things just feed our nostalgia: sugary breakfast cereal, childhood toys, our favorite cartoons. And oh, hello there, Disney Channel Original Movies. These made for TV originals are peak ‘90s film vehicles that have launched dozens of young actors to instant stardom. We’re looking at you, Zac Efron. Here at CableTV, we decided to take a trip down memory lane to determine which Disney movie each state is still, like, totally into (insert hair flip).

Drum roll, please. What were the clear favorites across the country? The Luck of the Irish, featuring a teenage basketball player who discovers he’s a leprechaun (awkward!), and The Ultimate Christmas Present, where gal pals steal a weather machine from Santa. Both were popular across much of the northern and eastern regions of the United States. Go ahead and gawk at our map for a bit. You know you want to.

To arrive at each state’s absolute fav originals, we took a trip in the wayback machine, cross referencing this complete list of Disney Channel originals with state specific data from Google Trends. Here’s the full rundown.

State Top Movie Description
Alabama Cow Belles Spoiled sisters get summer jobs at the family’s dairy farm
Alaska The Luck of the Irish Teen basketball player discovers he is a leprechaun
Arizona Life is Ruff Boy meets dog
Arkansas Twitches Teen witches separated at birth save the day
California The Jennie Project Chimpanzee uses sign language
Colorado You Wish! Boy gets everything he wishes for
Connecticut Go Figure Teenage champion ice skater plays hockey instead
Delaware Twitches Teen witches separated at birth save the day
District of Columbia Get a Clue Lindsay Lohan stars as high school girl detective
Florida Twitches Teen witches separated at birth save the day
Georgia Ready to Run Girl meets horse, wins races
Hawaii Johnny Tsunami Hawaiian surfer goes to ski in Vermont
Idaho Halloweentown High Girl learns she’s a witch, saves town
Illinois Life is Ruff Boy meets dog
Indiana Get a Clue Lindsay Lohan stars as high school girl detective
Iowa Motocrossed Girl loves motocross despite dad’s objections
Kansas The Ultimate Christmas Present Girls steal weather machine from Santa
Kentucky The Ultimate Christmas Present Girls steal weather machine from Santa
Louisiana The Color of Friendship Two girls find tolerance and friendship
Maine ‘Twas The Night Boy and uncle ruin Christmas by stealing Santa’s sleigh
Maryland The Ultimate Christmas Present Girls steal weather machine from Santa
Massachusetts The Ultimate Christmas Present Girls steal weather machine from Santa
Michigan Get a Clue Lindsay Lohan stars as high school girl detective
Minnesota Zenon Space girl gets sent to earth
Mississippi The Proud Family Movie Animated movie about family
Missouri You Wish! Boy gets everything he wishes for
Montana Go Figure Teenage champion ice skater plays hockey instead
Nebraska Cow Belles Spoiled sisters get summer jobs at the family’s dairy farm
Nevada Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire Comedy horror film
New Hampshire The Luck of the Irish Teen basketball player discovers he is a leprechaun
New Jersey The Ultimate Christmas Present Girls steal weather machine from Santa
New Mexico Cadet Kelly Hilary Duff stars as a fashionista who goes to military school
New York Get a Clue Lindsay Lohan stars as high school girl detective
North Carolina Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time Animated crime-fighter cheerleader
North Dakota Halloweentown High Girl learns she’s a witch, saves town
Ohio The Scream Team Paranormal comedy
Oklahoma The Ultimate Christmas Present Girls steal weather machine from Santa
Oregon Halloweentown High Girl leans she’s a witch, saves town
Pennsylvania Stepsister from Planet Weird Mom falls in love with alien
Rhode Island The Thirteenth Year Boy turns into merman on his thirteenth birthday
South Carolina Twitches Teen witches separated at birth save the day
South Dakota Quints Girl’s mom gives birth to quintuplets
Tennessee Phantom of the Megaplex Boy works at cinema with strange phenomena
Texas The Jennie Project Chimpanzee uses sign language
Utah High School Musical Two teens discover their mutual love of music
Vermont The Luck of the Irish Teen basketball player discovers he is a leprechaun
Virginia Get a Clue Lindsay Lohan stars as high school girl detective
Washington ‘Twas The Night Boy and uncle ruin Christmas by stealing Santa’s sleigh
West Virginia Motocrossed Girl loves motocross despite dad’s objections
Wisconsin The Luck of the Irish Teen basketball player discovers he is a leprechaun
Wyoming The Luck of the Irish Teen basketball player discovers he is a leprechaun

 

Wanna have some more fun with Disney Channel originals?

Let’s take a look and determine if the Disney data tells us anything special about ourselves. It’s like a selfie for your state, no stick required.

It’s totes about your hometown.

As we typically find with many of our TV and movie maps, states favor movies that look like home. Each of the following films was shot in the state that favors it or in a neighboring one.

  • Cow Belles rings it in with rural states like Mississippi and Nebraska.
  • The Jennie Project, shot in San Diego, speaks the language of California.
  • New Yorkers Get a Clue as Lindsay Lohan’s Nancy Drew-esque character takes on mystery in Manhattan.
  • Johnny Tsunami rides the wave all the way from Hawaii to Vermont.
  • Oregon and Idaho aren’t spooked by Halloweentown, shot in a small town near the border between the two states.
  • Utah rocks it with High School Musical, filmed at a local high school in Salt Lake City

We favor familiar faces.

States with less diversity per capita prefer movies that are a little white-washed, while those with greater diversity lean toward movies that embrace people of color or tackle diversity issues.

Like real life—only better.

Some states have very specific reasons that their fav Disney Channel Original Movie was more than a little ironic. See what you think.

 

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