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Former Disney Stars

If you grew up with the Disney Channel or even the Mickey Mouse Club, you know that Disney made the early careers of some of our favorite celebs! From Ryan Gosling to Miley Cyrus, from Raven-Symone to Selena Gomez, some of the most talked-about celebs have been brought up by the entertainment giant in some small (or mega-huge) way.

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How many careers were launched by High School Musical? Zac Efron, for one. Now 26, Zac charmed us as Troy Bolton with his pretty blue eyes and killer pipes. Co-star and ex-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens was also given a boost by the Disney Channel original movie — a stepping stone on her way to high-profile roles in Spring Breakers and the upcoming Gimme Shelter. Ashley Tisdale is still riding her HSM fame with multiple TV appearances and an upcoming E! special.

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A few of Hollywood's hottest pop stars have totally transcended their all-Disney past: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato. All three of these lovely ladies had their own Disney show before growing up and hitting the big time: Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Sonny With a Chance, respectively. Selena and Demi's past goes back way farther than Disney, though; they met as little kids working on Barney and Friends!

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Before the Disney Channel was the powerhouse it is today, many celebs got a smaller start from Disney: the Mickey Mouse Club members! Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, JC Chasez, Christina Aguilera, and Keri Russell all got their start in the Clubhouse. Disney rules everything around us, apparently!

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