Has This Former Disney Channel Star Finally Made Amends With Disney?

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A former Disney Channel star who won the hearts of millions, Miley Cyrus will finally return to her roots with a new concert special set to air on the Walt Disney Company’s streaming platform, Disney+.

In 2006, the Disney Channel debuted Hannah Montana, a sitcom that followed an average pre-teen girl trying to navigate life while secretly moonlighting as a globally famous pop star. Of course, young viewers fell in love with the comedic presence of Cyrus, daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and goddaughter of country icon Dolly Parton, as Hannah/Miley Stewart, sparking a real-life national tour for the singer as her country pop persona.

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Despite amassing millions of fans and becoming an icon almost overnight, Cyrus has discussed the restrictive pressures she felt while operating under the Disney name during her formative years. Famously, the singer-songwriter came under fire as she came of age and began to write less innocent music and dress in more so-called “provocative” ways.

Today, Miley Cyrus is once again a household name, but for very different reasons, such as the success of singles like “Wrecking Ball” and, most recently, “Flowers,” which has become a viral TikTok audio. Moreover, the 30-year-old is set to release her eighth studio album soon, something which she has previously celebrated with her Backyard Sessions series since 2012.

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In fact, Cyrus will reunite with Disney through this album, titled “Endless Summer Vacation,” to perform eight of its songs, a classic hit, and a new collaboration with Rufus Wainwright in Miley Cyrus ‒ Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions). 

Moreover, Miley will executive produce alongside RadicalMedia, HopeTown Entertainment, Crush Management, and Columbia Records. Plus, Jacob Bixenman and Brendan Walter will direct the Disney Branded Television special, with Marcell Rév serving as Director of Photography.

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However, it’s unclear if the special will acknowledge Cyrus’ relationship with Disney as Hannah Montana and as a voice actor in films like Bolt (2008) or remain more serious like other Disney+ musical specials by Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé. Even so, fans might hope that she’ll perform one of Montana’s showstopping tracks or even feature an appearance from the beloved “Aunt Dolly.”

Miley Cyrus ‒ Endless Summer Vacation (Backyard Sessions) premieres Friday, March 10, on Disney+ at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST, with Cyrus’ album releasing globally the same day for physical purchase and digital streaming. Click here to read the latest update for this story.

About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.