Top 10 Disney Channel Phrases We Still Use Today
VOICE OVER: Emily - WatchMojo
WRITTEN BY: Val Namaki
Even all these years later, these are Disney Channel quotes we still use today. Our countdown includes "High School Musical," "That's So Raven," "Hannah Montana," and more!
Top 10 Disney Channel Quotes We Still Use Today
Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Disney Channel Quotes/Things We Still Use Today.
For this list, we’ll be looking at iconic and memorable phrases from Disney Channel shows and their corresponding films, as well as from Disney Channel original movies that are still in the cultural lexicon to this day.
What’s your favorite Disney Channel quote? Let us know in the comments below!
#10: “Ya Nasty!”
“That’s So Raven” (2003-07)
Raven often called people, animals, and things this phrase, or any variation of it, to express her disdain. If there was anyone who always knew how to infuse a little humor into situations that tended to be troublesome, it was certainly our favourite psychic. She wasn’t necessarily trying to be funny, but that didn’t make it any less so. Thanks to her constant use of this expression, a generation of kids grew up with a really satisfying way to call something, or someone’s behavior, distasteful. It’s been years since the show ended, but it’s impossible not to hear this quote and instantly visualize Raven’s iconic tone and facial expression.
#9: “Get'cha Head in the Game”
“High School Musical” (2006)
The Wildcats use this phrase, and it’s also the main lyric in the song of the same name. Zac Efron’s character Troy sings it in the first High School Musical film, as his head and heart are torn between basketball and the team and Gabriella and the musical. He’s trying to force himself to focus on the game, but he can’t quite do it. The phrase encourages dedication and concentration, and has become a big part of everyday life for people who watched the HSM films. That’s not surprising, given how it can be used for a wide range of situations where focus is required, from sports, to studying, to pretty much anything in between.
#8: “Crazy Hat Song”
“Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007-12)
Alex and Harper sing - and do a little dance to - this song to mock hats they find funky. In the episode where fans were introduced to this unforgettable tune, the girls sang it about a wide range of people, and hats. They pause whatever they’re doing, sing the song, and then return to their conversation without missing a beat. It was unforgettable. Most people who watched the show still likely know the “Crazy Hat Song” by heart to this day, and maybe even think of it when they see someone wearing one - especially if it's ugly. Bonus points to those who know the matching moves!
#7: “Whatever, Major Loser”
“Camp Rock” (2008)
Great songs aren’t the only thing we got from this Demi Lovato Disney Channel Original Movie. When Tess gets jealous that Caitlyn is getting more attention than she is, including from the inimitable Shane Gray, she creates a distraction to cut Cait’s performance short. Then, when talking to her, she performs the now iconic hand gesture spelling out “W,E,M,L” . When Caitlyn is confused, Ella explains that it’s actually a visual representation of this phrase. Thanks to this moment, it’s unlikely anybody will ever need a translation again. This is the perfect way to get the last word. And the best part is that you don't technically even have to speak to do it!
#6: “What’s the Sitch?”
“Kim Possible” (2002-07)
Kim would often say this when answering Wade’s calls, which are typically about a mission. And while she doesn’t always respond the same way, it’s this phrase that defined the series. It was even part of the show’s beloved theme song. Throughout the course of the series, Kim faced countless different challenges. But if you ask any fan of the comedy-adventure program what the first thing they think of when they hear the words “Kim Possible” is, it’s probably this catchphrase. Matched with her ringtone that’s etched in our memories forever, this quote has become synonymous with the crime-fighting teen. In popular culture, it can easily be used when you want to ask "what's up?" But in a cooler way, of course.
#5: “Oh Snap!”
“That’s So Raven” (2003-07)
This was another one of Raven's many catchphrases. It’s arguably her most popular one alongside “ya nasty”. She has always had a lively and energetic personality, which is reflected through her use of this phrase - and more specifically, through her way of saying it. She would often use it whenever something concerning happened, which was pretty much all the time. It fits a wide variety of different situations, from looking at yourself in the mirror, to realizing you accidentally messed something up, or really anything else. It’s no wonder people started incorporating it into their own day-to-day lives.
#4: Outfit Repeater / Rememberer
“The Lizzie McGuire Movie” (2003)
This moment is from the Lizze McGuire movie, which aired in theaters and was the show's finale. When Lizzie wears a dress she's already worn before to her graduation, Kate insults her for it. True to form, Lizzie's animated mini-me has the perfect response. A slew of fans grew up using the term “outfit repeater” - maybe to justify why they wanted new clothes. And that’s not the only quote we got from this flick. Who could forget the moment where Paolo’s being exposed for the talentless liar he is on stage, which is made even better by Isabella uttering this snarky phrase? Or the main lyric from the classic tune performed towards the end of the film, which is now widely used by fans to denote good news?
#3: “Cetus Lupeedus”
“Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” (1999)
Our favorite futuristic resident of space had a vocabulary us Earthlings obviously weren’t familiar with when “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” came out. Her expressions are foreign to the kids in the film too, since they come from her unique background. But just as the characters learn to accept each other and be friends, fans of the Disney Channel Original Movie adopted some of Zenon’s slang. Chief among them was this expression, which appears in all three movies and essentially means “oh my god”. Interestingly, there is some debate over whether it’s spelled “Zetus Lapedus”, or “Cetus Lupeedus”. And while both spellings are widely used today, the film’s script employed the latter version. Regardless of which side you fall on, there’s no doubt that this phrase is super fun to say.
#2: “Sweet Niblets!”
“Hannah Montana” (2006-11)
Characters on the teen sitcom used this phrase when they were excited, exasperated, scared, or experiencing any sort of feeling really. It was essentially a catch-all. The words remained the same, but the characters’ tone let viewers know what context it was being used in. Emily Osment, the actress who played best friend Lily, once said that it’s likely a reference to sweet corn if taken literally, but she's not really sure what it means figuratively. According to her though, it was a nod to the show’s southern influences. Well, regardless of its meaning, one thing’s for sure: you can inject this phrase pretty much anywhere. It was ubiquitous on “Hannah Montana” and is still popular today.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
“Everybody Makes Mistakes,” “Hannah Montana” (2006-11)
Because Nobody’s Perfect
“Sweet Thang,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (2005-08)
Maddie Was Too Old for Him, But This Line Is Timeless
“Hey, Where’s Perry?”, “Phineas and Ferb” (2007-15)
The Case of the Constantly Missing Platypus
“Five Finger Discount,” “That’s So Raven” (2003-07)
It’s Still Stealing Even If You Give It a Clever Name
“Dang Flabbit”, “Hannah Montana” (2006-11)
Saying “Darn It” Just Isn’t as Fun
#1: “The PRNDL”
“The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” (2005-08)
Mr. Moseby is trying to teach London to drive, and it’s challenging, to say the least. She makes a bunch of mistakes before even getting on the road. The funniest one has to be when she thinks the P, R, N, D, and L on the gear shift spell a word, not realizing that it’s an acronym. What makes this moment even more entertaining is how confident she is in what she’s saying, while Mr. Moseby grows increasingly frustrated. It’s since become a widely used term. Indeed, fans of the teen sitcom can't really look at a gear shift without thinking of this phrase - and possibly using it themselves.