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Nov 9, 2019

27 Disney Channel Stars Who Were Famous In 2009, And Are Still Thriving In 2019

A very Disney decade.

1. Jonas Brothers

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Disney Days: JONAS, Camp Rock, and obviously their music

Now: The Jonas Brothers are BACK in a huge way! They released their fifth studio album Happiness Begins in June and they're currently on tour. They also released an intimate documentary called Chasing Happiness on Amazon Prime Video.

2. Miley Cyrus

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Disney Days: Hannah Montana

Now: Miley's more known these days for her music, of course, but she just gave an iconic performance in Netflix's Black Mirror as a fictional pop star named Ashley O. You might say she's on a roll…

3. Selena Gomez

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Disney Days: Wizards of Waverly Place, Princess Protection Program

Now: Not only is Selena still acting (catch her voice in Doolittle this winter) and singing, but she's also worked as a producer on projects like Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and Living Undocumented.

4. Demi Lovato

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Disney Days: Sonny With a Chance, Camp Rock, Princess Protection Program

Now: Although Demi pivoted to music post-Disney, she'll make her big TV return on Will & Grace this fall.

5. Raven-Symoné

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Disney Days: That's So Raven

Now: Raven reprised her role as Raven on Disney's spinoff show, Raven's Home. She's also guest-starred on Black-ish and will appear on The Bold Type next season.

6. Brenda Song

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Disney Days: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior

Now: Brenda recently starred in Netflix's Secret Obsession and she also stars in the upcoming Hulu series Dollface.

7. Aly & AJ

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Disney Days: Cow Belles and, of course, their music

Now: Aly & AJ put out a new EP, Sanctuary, in May. AJ stars on ABC's Schooled and Aly starred on the CW's iZombie until its finale this year.

8. Dylan and Cole Sprouse

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Disney Days: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Suite Life on Deck

Now: Dylan opened a meadery called All-Wise Meadery in NYC, returned to acting in 2018, and filmed a few movies coming out next year. Cole stars on Riverdale as Jughead.

9. Vanessa Hudgens

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Disney Days: High School Musical

Now: Vanessa is reigning queen of Coachella and soon to be queen of Netflix holiday movies — she starred in The Princess Switch last year and stars in the upcoming The Knight Before Christmas, out Nov. 21.

10. Hayley Kiyoko

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Disney Days: Wizards of Waverly Place, Lemonade Mouth

Now: These days, Hayley's a hugely successful musician — she just released a new single, "Demons," last week, the second from an upcoming project called I'm Too Sensitive For This Shit. She also stars on the Facebook Watch show Five Points.

11. Zac Efron

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Disney Days: High School Musical

Now: Last year, Zac took a dramatic turn from his Disney days and starred as serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

12. Corbin Bleu

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Disney Days: High School Musical

Now: Despite singing he "can't dance" in HSM, Corbin has had a lot of success on Broadway — most recently starring in Kiss Me, Kate.

13. Joey King

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Disney Days: Even though Joey was known for roles outside of Disney, her first-ever gig was on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

Now: She starred in Netflix's The Kissing Booth and its upcoming sequel. Oh, and she was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu's The Act.

14. Hilary Duff

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Disney Days: Lizzie McGuire

Now: Lizzie McGuire (!!!!): Hilary will star in a reboot of her hit Disney show on Disney+. She also stars on TV Land's Younger.

15. Moises Arias

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Disney Days: Hannah Montana

Now: Moises recently starred in Five Feet Apart with fellow Disney alum Cole Sprouse.

16. Alyson Stoner

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Disney Days: Mike's Super Short Show, Camp Rock, Phineas and Ferb

Now: Alyson's a dancer and she recently amazed EVERYONE at the VMAs by getting on stage and dancing with Missy Elliott (she worked on two of Missy's music videos as a kid). She's also confirmed for an upcoming Phineas and Ferb movie in 2020.

17. Brandon Mychal Smith

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Disney Days: Sonny With a Chance, So Random!, Let It Shine

Now: Brandon starred in Mindy Kaling's Four Weddings and a Funeral miniseries on Hulu and FX's You're the Worst.

18. G. Hannelius

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Disney Days: Sonny With a Chance, Good Luck Charlie, Dog With a Blog

Now: She recently starred in Netflix's American Vandal.

19. Ashley Tisdale

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Disney Days: High School Musical, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

Now: Ashley's been busy — she's starring on CBS's Carol's Second Act and Netflix's Merry Happy Whatever (out Nov. 28). She also dropped a new album, Symptoms, in May.

20. Madison Pettis

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Disney Days: Cory in the House

Now: She stars on the Facebook Watch show Five Points with Hayley Kiyoko.

21. Shia LaBeouf

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Disney Days: Even Stevens

Now: He most recently starred in 2019's Honey Boy (based on his own life) and The Peanut Butter Falcon.

22. China Anne McClain

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Disney Days: A.N.T. Farm, Descendants

Now: She stars on The CW's Black Lightning. And, of course, she just recently finished her run as Uma in the Descendants franchise.

23. Emily Osment

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Disney Days: Hannah Montana

Now: She stars in Netflix's The Kominsky Method and Fox's Almost Family.

24. Zendaya

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Disney Days: Shake It Up, K.C. Undercover

Now: She stars as MJ in a little franchise called Spider-Man. Oh, and she's the star of HBO's Euphoria. Casual.

25. Bella Thorne

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Then: Shake It Up

Now: She just won an award for directing the adult film Him & Her. She also recently wrote a book of poetry called The Life of a Wannabe Mogul, stars in a few films coming out next year, and continues to put out new music.

26. Debby Ryan

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Disney Days: Suite Life on Deck, Jessie, Radio Rebel

Now: Debby stars on Netflix's Insatiable.

27. Bridgit Mendler

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Disney Days: Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, Lemonade Mouth

Now: Bridgit stars in Netflix's Merry Happy Whatever with fellow Disney alum Ashley Tisdale.

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