Descendants 2 is an American musical fantasy[2] television film. It premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on July 21, 2017 on Disney Channel, and was simulcast on Disney-owned networks ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime, and Lifetime Movies.[1] It is the second installment in the Descendants franchise and the sequel to the 2015 film Descendants. The film stars Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope, and China Anne McClain.[3][4] A third film, Descendants 3, premiered on August 2, 2019.[5]

Descendants 2
Descendants 2.jpeg
Promotional poster
Written by
Directed byKenny Ortega
Composer(s)David Lawrence
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Tracey Jeffrey (line producer)
Editor(s)Don Brochu
Running time111 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Bad Angels Productions
  • 5678 Productions
  • Disney Channel Original Productions
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network
Original releaseJuly 21, 2017[1]
Preceded byDescendants
Followed byDescendants 3


Mal struggles with her new celebrity life as the girlfriend of King Ben, putting a spell on her hair making it blonde, and uncomfortably maintaining a princess-like personality. She confides her issues in her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay, but they are content with their new lives in Auradon and do not wish to return to the Isle of the Lost. Evie scolds Mal for relying on her mother's spell book to solve her issues. Carlos, wishing to ask Jane to the upcoming Cotillion dance, turns to Mal for help with honesty. Mal gives him a sweet that will make him speak the truth, but his dog, Dude, eats it, magically speaking the blunt truth in English.

Ben eventually discovers Mal's reliance on magic, and she comes clean about her insecurities, causing a falling-out. Mal returns to the Isle, now ruled by her former rival Uma, Ursula's daughter, along with Harry and Gil, the sons of Captain Hook and Gaston. Mal visits hairstylist Dizzy Tremaine, Drizella's daughter, who restores her signature purple hair, saying she felt that Mal's blonde hair was unnatural. Harry discovers Mal's return and informs Uma.

Ben, Evie, Jay, and Carlos learn of Mal's departure and sneak onto the Isle to find her, but Gil recognizes them. Ben confronts Mal, who rejects his feelings for what she thought was both his sake and Auradon's. Ben leaves dejected, only to be captured by Uma. Mal and Uma arm wrestle for Ben and Fairy Godmother's wand, which Uma wins. Uma then orders Mal and her friends to retrieve the Fairy Godmother's wand or Ben dies. Carlos and Jay return to Auradon Prep, where they create a replica of the wand using a 3D printer. They are caught by Lonnie, Mulan's daughter, who blackmails them into letting her come, having previously been rejected from Jay's sports team based on her gender.

Uma speaks with Ben, bitter that she and the others were not chosen to go to Auradon. Ben takes this into account and invites her to Auradon, but Uma instead plots to make her own way there. Mal's group return, handing over the fake wand in exchange for Ben, but Uma realizes the forgery. The group flee back to Auradon, but Mal and Ben's relationship is still rocky. The villains' children come to terms that they cannot run from their pasts and agree to be honest with themselves and each other. Carlos confesses to Jane but struggles a little bit, while Jay appoints Lonnie as the captain of his team.

Aboard a ship during the Cotillion, Ben stuns everyone by appearing with Uma, who he declares as his true love and announces he will destroy the barrier on the Isle. Jane unveils a stained glass display Ben commissioned to show his affection for Mal, who realizes he loved her for who she was all along. Suspecting Uma has given him a love potion, Mal confesses her love for Ben and kisses him, breaking the spell. Enraged, Uma leaps into the water using Ursula's magic seashell to transform into an octopus, and Mal fights back as a dragon. Ben intervenes, quelling the battle, and Uma returns the ring that Ben had originally given her when he had declared her as his true love. She leaves, despite his offer still standing.

Mal and Ben reunite, Mal surrendering her spell book to the Fairy Godmother. Evie requests that Dizzy be allowed to attend Auradon Prep; when Dizzy is offered, she excitedly accepts.

In a mid-credits scene, Uma addresses the audience, promising that the story is not over.



Cameron Boyce and Dove Cameron talking about Descendants 2


At the 2015 D23 Expo, Disney announced that a Descendants sequel film had been ordered.[11] An official announcement was made on Disney Channel's Facebook page on October 15, 2015.[12] Deadline Hollywood reported that Parriott and McGibbon would return as screenwriters and executive producers for the sequel and that the cast from the first film was expected to return.[13]

According to China Anne McClain, the post-credits scene featuring Uma saying to the public that "You didn’t think this was the end of the story?" was not included in the original script that she read. However, it was eventually decided to include it in order to foreshadow a possible further sequel, like in the case of the original film.[14]


On June 10, 2016, China Anne McClain, who was already voicing Freddie on the Descendants spinoff series Descendants: Wicked World, was announced to be playing Ursula's daughter, Uma, in Descendants 2.[4] In July 2016 it was revealed that Thomas Doherty would play the role of Harry, the son of Captain Hook.[7] In August 2016, Sarah Jeffery who portrays Audrey revealed that she would not be returning, while Brenna D'Amico revealed that she would be returning in Descendants 2, as were Dianne Doan, Jedidiah Goodacre, and Zachary Gibson.[6] On July 19, 2017, it was announced on The View that Whoopi Goldberg would be providing the voice for Ursula, the Sea Witch and Uma's mother.[15][16]


Descendants 2 made its debut on Disney Channel in Canada on July 21, 2017, at the same time as the United States. In the United States, the film premiered simultaneously across six-Disney owned networks: Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform, ABC, Lifetime, and Lifetime Movies.[1] On Disney Channel, the film premiered alongside the world premiere of Raven's Home, which premiered immediately after.[17] In the UK, the film premiered on Disney Channel and Disney XD on October 20, 2017.[citation needed] In South Africa, the film premiered on October 6, 2017.[citation needed] In India, the film premiered on December 23, 2018 on Disney International HD.[18]

Home mediaEdit

Descendants 2 was released on DVD on August 15, 2017. In the UK, it was released on DVD on October 23, 2017.



In total, the film was viewed by 8.92 million viewers across six networks on the night of its premiere, up from its predecessor in 2015; at least 13 million people watched a minute of the film.[19] On Disney Channel, the film was watched by 5.33 million viewers, and topped the night on cable television, receiving a 1.20 rating. Although down from the first film, it was the most-viewed telecast on the network since the first film.[20] ABC's broadcast of the film received a 0.6/3 rating/share, drawing 2.41 million viewers; 0.47 million viewers watched the film on Disney XD with a 0.12 rating, 0.30 million viewers watched the film on Lifetime with a 0.09 rating, 0.26 million viewers watched the film on Freeform with a 0.08 rating, and 0.15 million viewers watched the film on Lifetime Movies with a 0.05 rating.[21][22] In delayed viewing, the film rose to a total of 21 million viewers.[23]

On Disney Channel, the film placed second in the week of its DVR ratings, jumping 92% to a 2.3 rating, and topped the week in viewer gains, jumping 104% with an additional 5.54 million viewers, the biggest viewer gain on cable television in two years, totaling to 10.90 million viewers on Disney Channel. On Freeform, the film jumped 207% with an additional 0.54 million viewers, totaling to 0.80 million viewers on the network; on Lifetime Movie Network, the film gained 96% with an additional 0.14 million viewers, totaling to 0.29 million viewers on the network.[24]


Year Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Saturn Awards Best Television Presentation Descendants 2 Nominated [25]


Descendants 2
(Original TV Movie Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJuly 21, 2017[26]
RecordedJuly— August 2016
LabelWalt Disney
Descendants soundtracks chronology
Descendants 2
(Original TV Movie Soundtrack)

Descendants 3
Singles from Descendants 2
  1. "Ways to Be Wicked"
    Released: April 14, 2017[27]
  2. "What's My Name"
    Released: June 2, 2017[28]

Descendants 2 (Original TV Movie Soundtrack) is the soundtrack accompanying the film of the same name. The soundtrack and lead single, "Ways to Be Wicked", was announced on April 12, 2017.[29] The soundtrack was released on July 21, 2017.[30]

The soundtrack debuted at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 after earning 46,000 album-equivalent units, 35,000 of which were pure sales; sales for the soundtrack's debuting week were up from the previous film.[31] It dropped to number nine on the chart for its second week, earning an additional 27,000 units.[32]


"Ways to Be Wicked", performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, and Booboo Stewart, premiered on Radio Disney and then was officially released as first single on April 14 along with the pre-order of the soundtrack.[33] It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. The song is produced by Sam Hollander and Josh Edmondson who wrote the song with Grant Michaels and Charity Daw. "What's My Name", performed by China Anne McClain, Thomas Doherty, and Dylan Playfair, premiered on Radio Disney and then was officially released as second single on June 2, 2017.[34]

Promotional singlesEdit

"Rather Be With You", from "Descendants: Wicked World", performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Lauryn McClain, and Brenna D'Amico, was released as first promotional single on October 28, 2016.[35] "Evil", from Wicked World, performed by Dove Cameron, was released on December 9, 2016 as second promotional single.[36] "Better Together", from Wicked World, performed by Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, was released as third and final promotional single on March 3, 2017.[37]

Other charted songsEdit

"Chillin' Like a Villain", performed by Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, and Mitchell Hope, peaked at number 95 on the US Billboard Hot 100. "It's Goin' Down", performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, China Anne McClain, Mitchell Hope, Thomas Doherty, and Dylan Playfair, peaked at number 77 on the Hot 100.[38][39][40] "You and Me", performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope, and Jeff Lewis, debuted at number 20 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.

Track listingEdit

Descendants 2 (Original TV Movie Soundtrack) – Standard edition
1."Ways to Be Wicked"3:38
2."What's My Name"
3."Chillin' Like a Villain"
  • Armato
  • James
  • Sturges
  • Schmalholz
  • Carson
  • Boyce
  • Stewart
  • Mitchell Hope
4."Space Between"
  • Shayna Mordue
  • Stephen Mark Conley
  • Tyler Shamy
  • Andy Dodd
  • Cameron
  • Carson
5."It's Goin' Down"
  • Armato
  • James
  • Sturges
  • Schmalholz
  • Cameron
  • Carson
  • Boyce
  • Stewart
  • McClain
  • Hope
  • Doherty
  • Playfair
6."You and Me"
7."Kiss the Girl"
  • Cameron
  • Carson
  • Boyce
  • Stewart
  • McClain
  • Doherty
8."Poor Unfortunate Souls"
  • Menken
  • Ashman
  • McClain
9."Better Together" (from Descendants: Wicked World)
  • Cameron
  • Carson
10."Evil" (from Descendants: Wicked World)
  • Cameron
11."Rather Be with You" (from Descendants: Wicked World)
  • Jeannie Lurie
  • Chen Neeman
  • Aris Archontis
  • Cameron
  • Carson
  • McClain
  • D'Amico
Total length:32:30



Chart (2017) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[41] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[42] 102
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[43] 25
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[44] 102
French Albums (SNEP)[45] 135
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[46] 6
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[47] 53
US Billboard 200[48] 6
US Kid Albums (Billboard)[49] 1
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[50] 1


Chart (2017) Position
US Billboard 200[51] 175
US Kid Albums (Billboard)[52] 5
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[53] 11


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[54] Gold 500,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


On February 16, 2018, Disney Channel announced that a sequel, Descendants 3, is scheduled to premiere mid-2019.[55] It premiered on August 2, 2019.


Rise of the Isle of the LostEdit

A prequel novel called Rise of the Isle of the Lost was released on May 23, 2017.[56] The novel details Uma's rise to power and her earlier history with Mal. The main plot details Uma planning to get the migrating trident of King Triton in order to help bring down the barrier surrounding the Isle of the Lost.

In addition to the mentioning of Genie, Grumpy, and Merriwether being teachers at Auradon Prep, a third school called the Serpent Preparatory School for the Education of Miscreants is located on the Isle of the Lost which Uma, Harry Hook, and Gil attended. Serpent Prep is a rival of Dragon Hall.

The book also introduced Yen Sid's Auradon intern Sophie, Ariel's niece Arabella, and Mulan and Shang's son Li'l Shang who is Lonnie's brother. There was a mentioning that the Stabbington brothers from Tangled are also on the Isle of the Lost where they have Stabbington Cousins. Other information listed here that was later referenced in the film was Audrey and Chad breaking up, the introduction of R.O.A.R., Mal keeping Maleficent's lizard form as a pet, and Evie having her magic mirror placed in the museum.


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