Whether you are a self-proclaimed master of mega-pranks or you just put sugar in a saltshaker, everyone loves a good April Fools’ Day joke. Even our most beloved Disney characters are quite the jokesters and know how to keep us laughing.
Whether you need a little chuckle yourself or some new ideas for future shenanigans, here is a list of a few of our favorite pranks—and pranksters themselves—from around the worlds of Disney.
Harris, Hamish, and Hubert (Brave, 2012)
These three troublemakers are usually using their triplet power to obtain cookies—but perhaps their most heroic and funny prank was helping their mother-turned-bear escape the castle. Harris, Hamish, and Hubert banded together to create a distraction while Merida helped her mother flee. One brother made a terrifying growl; another used the shadow of a frog to simulate a beast; and the final brother led Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) and her mother to safety. Watching all the men panic following the shadow of a frog is sure to cause plenty of laughter.
The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
If you were a child or teen in the early 2000s, you were probably obsessed with Disney’s most chaotic and hilarious family, the Stevens. No one had sibling rivalry like Ren (Christy Carlson Romano) and Louis (Shia LaBeouf); this brother/sister duo was constantly duking it out, until the rug was pulled out from both of them on a family vacation. The Stevens thought they had won a luxurious island getaway, but their dream trip was followed by a series of unfortunate events—including eating slugs, their vacation house falling apart, and the family eventually being pitted against each other to survive. Turns out, they were actually being secretly filmed for a prank television show, Gotcha. Talk about a prank of the century! We bet even Louis couldn’t top that one.
Alex Turns Justin Blue (Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana, 2009)
If you were lucky enough to witness a crossover episode on Disney Channel, you know they were the best! In this episode of The Suite Life on Deck, Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) and the Russos from Wizards of Waverly Place join Zack (Dylan Sprouse) and Cody (Cole Sprouse) on the S.S. Tipton. If anyone could give Zack a run for his prankster money, it would be Alex Russo (Selena Gomez). The teenage wizard dyes the jacuzzi water while her brother Justin (David Henrie) is taking a dip; when he gets out to dry off, his skin is bright blue from the shoulders down. Imagine spending your tropical vacation looking like Genie from Aladdin!
The Classic Whoopee Cushion (Raven’s Home, 2021)
When Levi (Jason Maybaum) has a hard time coming to terms with the fact that he’s becoming an adult during his upcoming bar mitzvah, he gets desperate to hold onto his youth. During a series of childish pranks, he places a whoopee cushion under the bed sheets of his best friend Booker (Issac Ryan Brown). When Booker gets ready to go to sleep, he plops down to make a loud farting sound. This is a classic trick that most of us have used on our siblings, and it never fails to make us giggle. We can’t help but think it may be an homage to prankster Cory Baxter (Kyle Massey) in That’s So Raven.
3D Movie (Walk the Prank, 2016)
What better way to end this list than with the show that epitomizes the day… Walk the Prank was a hidden-camera reality show on Disney Channel where young jokesters set up the ultimate pranks. In this specific episode, a new babysitter thought she was sitting down to enjoy a 3D dinosaur movie with the kids when a giant T-rex came bursting through the wall! The babysitter jumped in disbelief before realizing that it wasn’t part of the movie. If you’re looking for April Fools’ Day inspiration, watch a few episodes of this series on Disney+!