The 25 Best Disney Channel Original Movies

16. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (August 28, 2009)

Director: Lev L. Spiro
Stars: Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin
Lesson Learned: Don't ever wish your parents didn't exist because it's so annoying to get them back when they do disappear.

Riding high off the success of the Emmy-winning TV series Wizards of Waverly Place, Disney cashed in and gave the show its own movie. Sure enough, the flick was a mega hit, becoming the second most-watched DCOM ever with 11.4 million viewers on its premiere night.

The feature-length Wizards of Waverly Place followed the Russos, a family of wizards—who look as harmless as The Cleavers—on vacation in the Caribbean. There, trouble-prone Alex (Selena Gomez) gets into a heated argument with her mom, leading the teenager to wish her parents never met. Unable to fully grasp the strength of her powers yet, Alex inadvertently grants her own wish. Thus, she and her brothers set out to find the Stone of Dreams—which, according to a conveniently Caribbean-dwelling wizard is conveniently located somewhere on the island—to reverse the spell.

Despite the series having ended earlier this year, a sequel to the film has recently begun filming. And this time, it will be totally acceptable to crush on Selena Gomez. —TA

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