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Disney Channel Games To Begin This Week in Orlando

Disney Channel GamesWalt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports will be the center of the known tween world this week when The Disney Channel Games kick off tomorrow in Orlando.

star Miley Cyrus, the , the Cheetah Girls and the ubiquitous Sprouse brothers from are among Disney stars continental and international who will compete this week with winnings going to charity.

Tuesday and Thursday production will be free and open to the public, albeit in a very limited way. Disney officials told the Orlando Sentinel, “We can’t have regular kids on the field.” That is due in part to the fact that the games aren’t really a sporting event, it’s more like a series of reality TV challenges. Footage shot this week will culminate in five half-hour shows that debut in late July on .

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Orlando Sentinel

This year’s challenges will have the performers building a racing chariot. They’ll get to try their luck as pieces on a giant foosball table. There is also a thinking man’s game of matching fellow stars with their baby pictures. (The Sprouse brothers should be an easy one.) A Disney flak says the challenges this year will be bigger to hopefully come across better on TV.

The talent will play for charities like the Boys & Girls Club, UNICEF, Make-A-Wish and Starlight Starbright.

The Orlando Sentinel also reports that the series will include a concert, a show to be shot this Saturday. Tickets for that show featuring , Jonas Brothers, the Cheetah Girls, Demi Lovato and Jordan Pruitt have already been handed out.

Miley Cyrus

Cyrus is still slated to take part in the games and perform despite the embarrassing photo spread circulating the Internet featuring a seemingly topless Cyrus wrapped in a silky sheet. (Click here for that related story.) Cyrus and her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, agreed to the photo spread with famed photographer Annie Liebovitz as part of a Vanity Fair interview for the June edition of that magazine. After seeing the questionable photos and hearing some of the backlash from fans Miley apologized through a publicist Sunday. Disney’s response was that their 15-year-old star was “manipulated” so that Vanity Fair can sell magazines.

Disney may be banking on the idea that if fans see Miley Cyrus in a more natural setting like the wholesome Disney Channel Games, it may go a long way toward repairing the Hannah Montana star’s slightly tarnished image.

Fans of may be disappointed to learn that none of that hit movie series stars are in this year’s Disney Channel Games lineup. That may be because production is underway right now in Utah on High School Musical 3, or maybe they’ve realized they are just too old to be pretending to be life-size foosball pieces, who knows?

Here is the confirmed talent lineup for the Disney Channel Games per the Orlando Sentinel:

  • Hannah Montana: Miley Cyrus, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias and Cody Linley
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse and Brenda Song
  • The Cheetah Girls One World: Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan and Kunal Sharma
  • Cory in the House: Kyle Massey and Jason Dolley
  • Camp Rock: Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Alyson Stoner, Jasmine Richards, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Meaghan Jette Martin and Roshon Fegan
  • Wizards of Waverly Place:David Henrie, Selena Gomez, Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone
  • Other: Disney Channel stars from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the UK

Again, the actual 5-part series begins airing in late July on the Disney Channel.

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