Disney Channel Original Movies, more commonly known as DCOMs, were lit. If you were anything like me, you would count down the days until the latest one premiered, invite all your friends over, and watch the movie from the comfort of your couch in real time. No DVR, movie theaters, or social media hype was necessary, because you watched Disney Channel so religiously and knew that missing a DCOM premiere was social suicide.
Coming from the girl who shamelessly had High School Musical folders with Zach Efron’s face plastered on them, I can proudly say that when it comes to DCOMs, I remember a lot. Probably too much, actually, but for the context of this story, my loser and overly nostalgic tendencies have finally worked out in my favor. If you are anything like me, DCOMs weren’t just movies; they were a lifestyle. Idolizing actors like Hilary Duff, Raven-Symoné, Lindsay Lohan, and Christy Carlson Romano meant you wanted to dress like them too, and if you look back at old childhood photos, I can guarantee you tried to pull off a few Cheetah Girls–, Zenon-, and Brink!-inspired looks. To give you a few reminders, I listed out 12 of my personal favorite DCOMs—ones that shaped my childhood style and still hold a special place in my heart. Ready to take a trip down memory lane?