1. Miley Cyrus
Before she was swinging naked on a wrecking ball, Miley was the sweet and innocent Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel. The Disney show titled Hannah Montana ran from 2006 to 2011 and featured Miley Cyrus as a young teen with a secret life as a pop star.
2. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff has starred as Lorraine Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen and Sam in A Cinderella Story, but began her career as the title character in the Disney sitcom, Lizzie McGuire. She played Lizzie for 65 episodes and even starred in The Lizzie McGuire Movie. All grown-up at age 26, Hilary Duff is now a mom, continuing to work as an actress, singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.
3. Shia LaBeouf
For three years on the Disney Channel, Shia LaBeouf played Louis Stevens on the Even Stevens. From 2000 to 2003, young Shia starred in this family comedy before taking on the role of Stanley in the Disney film Holes (2003.)
As an adult, Shia has struggled to stay out of the news, creating headlines for behavior that has included public drunkenness and a recent charge of plagiarism regarding his short film HowardCantour.com.
4. Ryan Gosling
Sexy, blue-eyed Ryan Gosling was a Disney kid on The Mickey Mouse Club 20 years ago from 1993 to 1996. November 11, 2013 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club, which showcased the budding talents of several other future movie and pop stars. Who knew that The Notebook star once wooed a young Britney Spears in a sketch performed by the two Mousketeers.
5. Britney Spears
She hit the pop charts in 1999 with “…Baby One More Time” but was singing and dancing on The Mickey Mouse Club before she donned her sexy schoolgirl outfit.
A Mousketeer for four years (1992 – 1996), she performed skits, solos and dance numbers. Since her Mousketeer days, Britney has released several albums, married and divorced two husbands and is the mother to two boys.
6. Justin Timberlake
A Mousketeer from 1993 until 1996, his duet “I’ll Take You There” with Britney Spears is one of the show’s most memorable performances. Today, Timberlake enjoys a successful career as a singer/songwriter, actor, businessman and record producer. He has been married to Jessica Biel since 2012.
7. Christina Aguilera
A Mousketeer from 1992 to 1996, Christina Aguilera was a squeaky clean performer on the Disney Channel long before she belted her song “Dirrty” to audiences worldwide.Aguilera’s career post-Disney has included multiple award-winning albums, movies and a position as host on The Voice.
8. Selena Gomez
She may have made her television debut on Barney & Friends, but Selena Gomez rose to stardom as a Disney kid on shows such as Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Wizards of Waverly Place. The singer/actress has now turned 21 and continues to delight fans with her work in movies such as Spring Breakers as well as her relationship with Justin Bieber.
9. Kurt Russell
Old enough to be the father of the other Disney kids on this list, actor Kurt Russell was signed as an actor to the Disney Studios in the 1960s.
His Disney movie credits include The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and The Horse in the Gray Flannel Shirt—an benign start for the actor who went on to star in the action blockbusters Escape from New York and Backdraft. The name Kurt Russell also happens to be the last two words Walt Disney wrote down on a slip of paper before he died.