With all the amazing content Disney+ is offering, it’s hard to know what you should watch first. One of my top recommendations is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. There were some mixed reviews amongst my 5 girls ages 15 to 7. Read about our inadvertent set visit to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, how you, too, can visit the iconic school, and whether High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is kid friendly.
Visit the Set of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Yes, the name of the show is long, and at first, I was like what the? But it makes sense, trust me. It’s almost a jab at itself while being a love letter to the original High School Musical. Some people refer to it as a mockumentary. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is not a remake of High School Musical.
Since we are big High School Musical fans in our house, we decided to go visit the original East High School which is in Salt Lake City, Utah. We visited during the summer, and they had self-guided summer tour hours! If you want to visit the famous high school, too, then I recommend visiting in the summer when they have those hours. They were listed on the school’s website when we visited and were from about 10 a.m.-2 p.m., I believe.
Imagine our surprise when we went inside and saw they were filming for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series! It was our lucky day as we did get some accidental behind the scenes looks. They were doing their filming inside the gym, so we weren’t allowed to go in and get our iconic “We’re All in This Together” shot, but it was fun to see some props around. I won’t give any spoilers away, but I did get a glimpse into the past and future.
East High is used to getting visitors. They even have merchandise for sale and map tours, so you can find your favorite spots from High School Musical.
Some of those same locations are used in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, so my girls were excited to see the very same stage that they danced on for fun! And where auditions were held in the Disney+ show. You’ll see it in the first episode.
Is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Kid Friendly?
While there have been other Disney Channel shows that have been set in a high school setting like Liv and Maddie and Bizaardvark, this one feels a little more mature. Perhaps it’s the “hell yeah” from the get go, the bleeped out sh–, or all the talk of “I love yous” in the first episode, but it’s not quite the old Disney Channel content you’re used to.
Language in High School Musical
Like I mentioned, there is a little language in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. I was only able to screen the first two episodes, so in there was the use of “hell” and a bleeped out “sh–” that wasn’t bleeped out very well. You hear most of the word. There’s also a lot of use of “oh my g-d.”
Mature Content in High School Musical
This show is very much a teen drama type of show. There’s a love triangle, there are a few kisses already, there’s talk about saying “I love you,” and some of the comments from kids and teachers will go over the heads of many young viewers. Overall, it’s safe for teens and tweens. But just be aware that the content does sway a little to the older crowd.
Is High School Musical The Musical The Series Appropriate for Kids Under 10?
I would recommend High School Musical on Disney+ for kids over 10 years old just due to some of the mature content. That being said, if your kids are used to watching shows on Disney Channel with older kids, then they should be fine. My 7-year-old has older siblings, so I let her watch this one. I have only screened the first two episodes, so I can’t speak to content in later episodes.
What Your Kids Will Love About High School Musical on Disney+
So I mentioned there were some initial mixed reviews in our house. The loyalists to High School Musical were a little unsure what to think. They couldn’t quite grasp the “mockumentary” concept and what the show was trying to do. I, on the other hand, loved it! I didn’t want it to be another remake.
However they very willingly stayed for episode 2, and it hooked them. The music is incredible! I read that Olivia Rodrigo, who plays Nini, wrote some of the original songs, and they very much resonated with the girls in my house. Julia Lester, who plays Ashlynn, has some serious lungs, and nails the song in the second episode. Also teens and tweens will love seeing Sofia Wylie from Andi Mack on the show as Gina. I hope she has more dancing scenes later in the show, because the girl has moves!
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (HSMTMTS to all the groupies) is like a mini teen soap opera, and I’m here for it. Because mixed in with the drama is a lot of talent and diversity. Sure, there are some cliches, but I appreciate the throwback references to High School Musical (filmed over a decade before this series takes place). This is your teen’s guilty pleasure, but without the smut that comes from other series from HBO and Netflix.
Ok, it might be my guilty pleasure as well. You can’t blame a woman for being excited to sit in the High School Musical cafeteria.
The real question now is are you Team E.J. or Team Ricky?
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premieres on November 12th on Disney+!