The Disney Channel Live-Action Universe (abbreviated DCLAU), also known as the Disney Channel Universe, is the shared continuity existing between many Disney Channel and Disney XD original live-action series. The DCLAU began in 2006 with the crossover event That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana, a crossover of That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, and Hannah Montana. Currently there are forty-two TV shows and movies that connect to the DCLAU.
- 1 In-continuity in the DCLAU
- 2 Not In-Continuity with the DCLAU
- 3 Debates within the DCLAU
- 4 Inconsistencies within the DCLAU
- 5 List of crossovers
In-continuity in the DCLAU
While there have been many series created/produced by Disney Channel and Disney XD, only spin-offs and shows that have crossed-over with any existing DCLAU series are accepted as being in the DCLAU. To be in the DCLAU a show must have a direct crossover or an indirect crossover. A direct crossover is the appearance of a character from one show in a different one (real world celebrity guest appearances do not count). An indirect crossover is when two or more shows share something unique to them. Whether it is an event, item, brand, store, show, game, etc. This shared thing does not occur in our world.
TV Shows And Movies
- That's So Raven
- Cory in the House
- Raven‘s Home
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
- The Suite Life on Deck
- The Suite Life Movie
- Hannah Montana
- Hannah Montana: The Movie
- Wizards of Waverly Place
- Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
- The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex
- Good Luck Charlie
- Good Luck Charlie: It's Christmas!
- Shake It Up
- A.N.T. Farm
- Austin & Ally
- Liv And Maddie
- K.C. Undercover
- Best Friends Whenever
- I Didn't Do It
- Dog With a Blog
- Boy Meets World
- Girl Meets World
- Aaron Stone
- Zeke and Luther
- I'm In The Band
- Pair of Kings
- Kickin' It
- Gamer's Guide To Pretty Much Everything
- Lab Rats
- Mighty Med
- Lab Rats: Elite Force
- Kirby Buckets
- Peter Punk
- Soy Luna
- Cuando toca la campana
Not In-Continuity with the DCLAU
Sonny with a Chance/So Random
Sonny with a Chance, and its spin-off, So Random, are both produced by It's a Laugh Productions, like most DCLAU series. However, Sonny with a Chance and So Random deliberately segregate themselves from the DCLAU, as all of the DCLAU shows are fictional in the Sonny with a Chance/So Random universe.
In Jonas, the Jonas brothers star as the Lucas brothers, in a band named "Jonas." In the DCLAU, the Jonas brothers exist as they would in the real world, so Jonas is not in the DCLAU.
High School Musical
High School Musical exists in the DCLAU as a fictional film series. For example, in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, the high school puts on a production of High School Musical in the episode "Lip Syncin' in the Rain". Therefore, it is not part of the DCLAU.
The Cheetah Girls
In The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, the Cheetah Girls guest star as the actual group, not the movie characters. So therefore, it exists in this universe as a fictional film series.
Debates within the DCLAU
The TGIF Universe
With the addition of Girl Meets World to the DCLAU in 2015, Boy Meets World also entered the DCLAU Universe. This posed a problem because Boy Meets World was already a part of the TGIF Universe along with numerous other ABC shows. The TGIF Universe is contradictory, with several shows describing other TGIF shows as fictional before eventually crossing over with them or referencing characters as real people in their world. Due to this inconsistency and the fact that they aired on ABC and not the Disney Channel, only TGIF Universe Shows that have a direct connection to Girl Meets World have been included in the DCLAU.
Dog with a Blog
At the end of "Guess Who's a Cheater" (Season 3, Episode 10), Stan is writing his blog and talking to Chloe who points out he is getting everything confused. He responds with "Good Luck Charlie" and the episode ends. The line "Good Luck Charlie" is the way every episode of Good Luck Charlie ends. Due to this, some people argue that Good Luck Charlie is a fictional show in Dog With a Blog so, it cannot be a part of the DCLAU. However, this line is more of a fourth-wall breaking joke. Therefore, it is included as a part of the DCLAU.
The Nick Verse also known as the Schneiderverse is the shared continuity existing between several live action Nickelodeon shows. The Sunshine Girls are a parody of the Girl Scouts that appears in three Nick Verse shows: iCarly, Victorious, and Drake & Josh. The Sunshine girls also appear in three DCLAU shows, That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, and Cory in the House, and the non-DCLAU show Sonny with a Chance. Some argue that due to this connection the Nick Verse is a part of the DCLAU. However, they are usually regarded as separate universes.
In the first Descendants movie Carlos and Jay play the Hero Rising video game from Aaron Stone. This connection generates the argument that Descendants is in the DCLAU. However, due to the vast differences within the DCLAU and Descendants Universe and the fact that Dog with a Blog, Liv and Maddie, and Mighty Med appear in the Isle of the Lost novel as fictional TV shows, Descendants is generally regarded as not a part of the DCLAU.
The cast of Jessie appears in the episode of Ultimate Spider-Man "Halloween Night at the Museum". Due to the show being animated, Ultimate Spider-Man and other connected shows are not a part of the DCLAU.
Inconsistencies within the DCLAU
- The President
- Who the president is has a lot of inconsistency, as in some shows (especially those that take place after 2008), it is Obama, while in others, it is someone unknown.
- In the K.C. Undercover episode, "First Friend," K.C. had to protect the president's daughter, Eliza Montgomery. She doesn't look like, nor share a name with President Obama's daughters, but in other DCLAU shows at the time, Obama was still president.
- In the 90's, the Boy Meets World cast, in character as the Matthews family, made commercials promoting the Disney Channel.
- There are many actors who star in two or more DCLAU shows, this results in a world of doppelgangers.
List of crossovers
- Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year - a crossover between Austin and Ally and Jessie.
- That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana - a crossover between That's So Raven, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Hannah Montana, which first established the DCLAU.
- "Take This Job and Love It" - a crossover between Hannah Montana and Cory in the House, where Hannah meets President Martinez and his daughter Sophie.
- Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana - a crossover between Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, and Hannah Montana.
- "Weasels on Deck" - a crossover between I'm in the Band and The Suite Life on Deck.
- Monstober Spooktacular
- Mr. Hashimoto, originally seen in the "Trouble in Tokyo" episode of The Suite Life on Deck, is later seen in multiple episodes of the third season of A.N.T. Farm including "FinANTial Crisis," "Product MisplacemANT," and "IndependANTs."
- "Steal-a-Rooney" - an episode of Liv and Maddie where Joey mentions a Z-phone, which was previously mentioned in the Hannah Montana episode "Don't Stop 'Til You Get The Phone", and in all of the third season of A.N.T Farm.
- "Haunt-a-Rooney" - a crossover between Liv and Maddie and Best Friends Whenever (Cyd and Shelby)
- "Ghostest with the Mostest" -a crossover between Jessie and I Didn't Do It.
- "Girl meets World of Terror 2"- a crossover between Girl Meets World and Austin and Ally (Austin and Ally)
- "Bite Club"-a crossover between I Didn't Do it and Austin and Ally (Trish and Dez)
- "All Howl's Eve"-a crossover between K.C Undercover and Jessie (Emma and Zuri)
- "Cyd and Shelby in the Haunted Escape"- a crossover between Best Friends Whenever and Girl Meets World (Riley and Lucas)
- "Scary Spirits and Spooky Stories" a crossover between Austin and Ally and K.C. Undercover (Ernie and JUDY).
- "Lab Rats vs. Mighty Med" - two crossover episodes between Lab Rats: Bionic Island and Mighty Med.
- "Raven About BUNK’D" - a crossover event between Raven’s Home and Bunk’d, being the first crossover between spinoffs of That’s So Raven and Jessie, respectively. This is also the first time that the old Disney universe and the new Disney cross over. With the exception of Mr. Moseby, makes a direct reference to Bailey, in Jessie, by calling Cody telling him "there's a girl that looks exactly like Bailey", But this confirms that the old Disney connects with the new universe. This is the first time that the exception of the Ross kid are not in a crossover.
- Wish Gone Amiss Weekend - Cory Baxter, Miley Stewart, Zack Martin, and Cody Martin all wish on the same shooting star, albeit in different episodes of each series.
- "Yet Another Side of Me" - a Hannah Montana episode where Hannah performs at a Sunshine Girl ceremony. The Sunshine Girls were previously featured in That's So Raven and Cory in the House.
- "Would I Lie to You, Lilly?" - an episode of Hannah Montana where Miley, Lilly, and Oliver have a class trip to the White House, which uses the same sets from Cory in the House.
- "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone", "Never the Dwayne Shall Meet", and "Art Teacher" - three episodes of Hannah Montana, Cory in the House, and Wizards of Waverly Place, respectively, which all feature Dwayne Johnson.