‘Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie’ Premieres August 28; Special Programming Beginning August 24

Manhattan’s magical wizard siblings Alex, Justin and Max Russo accompany their parents on a Caribbean vacation where Alex’s inadvertent magic spell makes it so her parents have never met. When they learn the only thing that will reverse the spell is the magical Stone of Dreams, they embark on a quest through the jungle to find it, with time running out to save their family, in “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” an adventure comedy complete with over 350 special effects, premiering FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) as part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.

Filmed in San Juan Puerto Rico, the movie stars Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise in the roles they made popular in the hit series “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

In anticipation of the movie, www.DisneyChannel.com will present an exciting two-part game, “Journey to the Cave of Darkness” and “Quest for the Stone of Dreams.” Users can also upload their own photo to become part of the Russo family vacation snapshot, as well as explore and collect hidden objects and unlock bonus behind-the-scenes footage from the movie.

In the week leading up to the movie premiere, Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone will introduce their favorite “Wizards of Waverly Place” episodes in a “Wand Picked Wizards” programming event. All 16 episodes will air Friday, August 28. The premiere schedule follows. All times ET/PT:

Selena Gomez introduces her favorite “Wizards of Waverly Place” episodes (6:00-8:00 p.m.) on Disney Channel.

Jake T. Austin presents his picks for the Top 4 episodes (6:00-8:00 p.m.) on Disney Channel.

Exclusive preview of “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” will be available via Disney Channel on Demand through Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Verizon FiOS, as well as RCN, Blueridge, Wide Open West, Comspan, Knology/PrairieWave and Ntelos affiliates.

Jennifer Stone hosts her favorite episodes (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

David Henrie presents his Top 4 favorite episodes (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Marathon of all 16 ‘Wand-Picked’ episodes (12:00 noon-8:00 p.m.) followed by the premiere of “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” (8:00 p.m.) on Disney Channel, with simulcasts on Sprint TV and MobiTV. The evening will be hosted by Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone

Encore presentation of “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” on Disney Channel, featuring behind-the-scenes coverage of how the movie’s special effects were created.

Second encore presentation of the movie (8:00 p.m.) hosted by the cast, who will also provide a sneak peek of upcoming “Wizards of Waverly Place” stories.

The movie was written by Dan Berendsen (“Walt Disney Studios’ “Hannah Montana The Movie;” Disney Channel’s “The Cheetah Girls One World”) and produced by Kevin Lafferty (“Camp Rock”). The costume designer is Mona May (“Enchanted,” “Clueless”). “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” was directed by Lev L. Spiro (Disney Channel’s “Minutemen”) and executive-produced by Peter Murrieta (Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place”). It is based on the series created by Todd J. Greenwald.

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