Disney The Lodge, the eagerly anticipated brand new teen-drama series, filmed locally in Northern Ireland, will premiere on Disney Channel on Friday September 23.
It was filmed on the 400-acre Montalto Estate at Ballynahinch and scenes were also shot in Castlewellan and Tollymore Forest.
In the same landmark year of High School Musical’s 10 year anniversary, Disney The Lodge is poised to unleash a wave of fresh new British talent, including Sophie Simnett (Skye), Jade Alleyne (Kaylee), Luke Newton (Ben) and Thomas Doherty (Sean), who will be given a global platform in more than 100 Disney Channel territories across Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).
The Lodge is set to excite fans around the UK with its intriguing storylines, catchy music and engaging characters. The series boasts nine original songs which will be available for download at the end of each episode. A series of additional videos has been created to introduce audiences to the characters of the show. The first digital music video to be released “Believe That” by the cast of Disney The Lodge has garnered more than 175,000 views since its release. Behind the scenes features and cast video diaries will be available for fans on Disney Channel Facebook and Disney Channel YouTube.
Disney The Lodge is a life affirming emotional rollercoaster about 15 year old Skye’s journey of self-discovery following the death of her mother, as she moves from a big city to exciting rural life. Skye returns with her father to her treasured childhood holiday lodge, bringing a new lease of life, not just to the place, but the lives of those who live and work there. She reconnects with her family and discovers new friends and adventures, as they rock-climb, kayak and mountain bike their way through their beautiful surroundings, all the while making and breaking relationships.
The show explores courage, overcoming hardship, accepting change, controlling your destiny and realising your dreams, while staying truthful to whom you are.
Supporting cast includes comedian Ellie Taylor (8 Out of 10 Cats), Laila Rouass (Holby City, Footballers’ Wives, Strictly Come Dancing) and Marcus Garvey (Broadchurch, Four Lions).
Disney The Lodge will premiere on Disney Channel at 5.30pm on Friday September 23.
Disney The Lodge has been commissioned by Disney EMEA and is produced by award-winning Zodiak Kids Studios.