Forget Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Despicable Me spinoff Minions. For millions of kids, there's only one important movie debuting this summer: Teen Beach 2, the sequel to Teen Beach Movie, Disney Channel's 2013 surf musical.
Disney announced that the followup to the second highest-rated cable TV movie of all time will premiere Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with national sponsors Best Western International, Famous Footwear and Band-Aid.
In standard Disney Channel practice, Teen Beach 2 will be available to stream a week early, June 19, to authenticated users on the Watch Disney Channel app and WatchDisneyChannel.com.
The network typically debuts a high-profile TV movie each summer—including High School Musical 2, Camp Rock, Camp Rock 2 and Teen Beach Movie—which routinely end up as one of summer's highest rated cable shows.
But few matched the ratings power of Teen Beach Movie, which debuted in July 2013 and was the no. 2 movie in cable TV history in total viewers (13.5 million) and no. 2 cable telecast of all time across youth demos including kids 2-11 (7.9 million), kids 6-11 (6.4 million) and tweens 9-14 (5.1 million). Only 2007's High School Musical 2 reached a larger audience.
In comparison, the other big summer TV movie franchise that also partly involves an ocean—last year's Sharknado 2—was watched by 3.9 million. While that made it Syfy's most-watched movie ever, it drew less than one-third of Teen Beach Movie's audience.
Disney will also use Teen Beach 2 to launch its new sitcom, Best Friends Whenever, which premieres immediately following.
And because Disney wouldn't miss an opportunity to capitalize on the frenzy surrounding the movie, the company will release the Teen Beach 2 soundtrack Tuesday, June 23, with the DVD hitting stores the day of its June 26 premeire. The following day, the movie will be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
In the 2013 movie, a pair of surfers (Ross Lynch and Maia Michelle) are transported into a 1960s movie musical, Wet Side Story (yeah, we know), thanks to a magical necklace (yeah, we know). In the sequel—who saw this shocking twist coming?— the Wet Side Story characters cross over to the real world.
While this may sound silly to you, it's likely the only thing your kids will be talking about all summer.