During the scene where the Russos were in the cab, it was really hot during filming and it took hours to get through traffic. Alex looking bored was not acted. That was Selena Gomez's own natural reaction to the long ride.
When Alex and Harper are riding the enchanted Sub Station diner through the subway, the set was actually on a green screen. The outside images was actually real footage of the subway tunnels in New York. The rushing subway trains that ran through the subway were computer-generated.
In the the beginning, Max performs a spell that makes goats appear in the Sub Station. Interestingly, Jake T. Austin, who plays Max, actually has three pet goats in real-life.
When the Russo family was having their picture taken, they all said "Paradise" and Alex added "Not likely". Alex's line was not part of the script. Selena Gomez actually improvised this line and it was kept in the scene.
It took Alex and Justin about two days to get to the cave where the Stone of Dreams was located. Yet when Max, Jerry, and Theresa went searching for them, they managed to walk to the cave and walk back in less than a day.
Steve Valentine, the actor who plays Archie the street magician, is a professional magician in real-life.
How did Max know that there was a part of the map missing if he wasn't there when Archie showed it to it Alex and Justin?
It makes sense how Max would disappear first because he is the youngest of the three Russo siblings. But Justin is the oldest and yet he disappeared before Alex did. Technically, since Alex is the middle child, she would have been the second to disappear.
This is the first time we actually get to see what the wizard competition (which Justin, Alex, and Max will have to take someday) will be like. The competition was taken early in this episode as desperate way to save the family from disappearing, since a full wizard could reverse the spell that Alex caused. Apparently, the competition takes place in ancient ruins in the wizard world, where the wizard siblings have to compete to capture the full magic power. The one who captures the magic first will become a full wizard and keep their powers, while the loser(s) get nothing. The only spells that can be used are those involved in the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water).
Alex, Justin, and Max have apparently gotten so good at magic that they hardly need to use any magical aids such as spells or wands.
This is the first time that Alex has cried in the series.
Alex says that she doesn't understand why her father would give up his powers to marry a mortal, but in the episode "Alex in the Middle" she thought it was sweet.
This is the second time that Jerry and Theresa have forgotten at least one of their children. In the episode "Justin's Little Sister", the two forgot Justin because of the wish Alex made with the Genie.
Archie the magician mentioned that it works only for wizards, however, when Theresa holds the Stone of Dreams and makes a wish you can here the sound that signifies that magic is occurring playing, so we know the Stone also works for non-wizards. That's how Theresa used the stone to transport herself to the Wizard Competition Site.
Alex apparently celebrated a birthday, un-noted in the series, since she states that she is sixteen.
Alex: Seriously, who designed this subway?
Justin: Did dad just call me dude? (Jerry is checking out Theresa and she responds as if he was a stranger) Why are Mom and Dad acting like they don't know each other? (Jerry conjures up a flower) Why is Dad using magic? Dad is not supposed to have magic. (Jerry gives the flower to a pretty woman) And why is he giving flowers to other girls? Alex! What did you do?!
Alex: See? This is what you get for letting me use the wand.
Max: I promise you, nobody's going to find out that we're wizards.
Archie: (walking up) You're wizards!
Max: Maybe just one...
Alex: (quietly) Justin. I found your bag. Mind if I go through it and look at all your personal stuff? (out loud) 'Kay, thanks!
Justin: It says here that we have to build a path of stone.
Alex: (scoffs) That's not going to happen.
Justin: With magic.
Alex: That might happen.
(Justin and Alex come across a huge trench)
Justin: How are we going to get across this thing? There's no way! It's impossible! We are totally, completely, hopelessly doomed! Oh look, there's instructions...
Alex: It's that positive attitude that I most admire about you Justin.
(Alex falls into a kid's sand castle)
Alex: Well, every castle needs a princess.
Justin: Alex, get up, I think something's out there.
Alex: You're the boy, you go check it.
Justin: Sticky note to self: "Do not forget sticky notes".
Theresa: You know its where your father and I first met each other...
Alex: She's going to tell it!
Justin: Mom, please don't tell it.
Theresa: Did I ever tell you that story?
Max: Aaand, she's telling it.
Justin: Mom and Dad don't know each other and they don't know us!
Max: So, we don't have parents anymore? I'm confused. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
Alex: The kid's got a point.
Justin: This is a very, VERY bad thing!
(after subway railing falls, Theresa and Jerry walk in and give kids stern look)
Harper: Ok, well... bye!
(scene changes to Alex packing a suitcase)
Harper: I'm really sorry you can't stay with me anymore.
Alex: Oh, no, I was never really gonna get to stay with you. She's just been planning this all along. And she's just using my 'innocent borrowing' of the diner as an excuse!
Harper: You know that's not true. You love your mom.
Alex: I didn't say that I didn't. I just, I just don't wanna spend two weeks in full on family mode.
Harper: Are you guys gonna be wearing matching outfits?
(Alex gives Harper a look)
Harper: 'Cause that would be bad...
Alex: One of these days, I'm gonna win the wizard competition. And I'm gonna be the full wizard.
Harper: Well, what if you fell in love with a mortal, and had to give up your powers like your dad did?
Alex: Still can't believe he did that.
Harper: Well I can. I love that story. Sounds so romantic.
Theresa: It was. Do you need any help?
Alex: No. I most definitely do not need your help.
Harper: Well... Bye!
(Alex is happy because she thinks she got them out of the mess with the subway car.)
Justin: No you didn't. I did.
Harper: (Runs up and hugs Justin) Justin! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Alex: Harper, don't thank him. He just did it so he could run off and tell on me.
Justin: Normally yeah, I would do that. It was pretty funny watching dad's whole...But I'm not about to go tell mom and dad something that's going to ruin their vacation one night before it happens. For once I'm not going to let you destroy something important to me.
Alex: Then we're good because they're not going to hear it from me.
Justin: And you know why they're not going to hear it from me?
Alex: Didn't we just have this conversation?
Justin: Because I just did my first spell using a full-powered wand. And if I must say -
Alex: He must.
Justin: - it went perfectly!
(The frame of the subway car falls off)
Justin: Almost perfect.
Harper: Forbidden spells? Why would you use something called a forbidden spell? It's forbidden and I know this because it's right there in the title!
Alex: It's not really a big deal when you have the right wand.
Harper: Well, do you?
Alex: No. Apparently it's too powerful and I'm not responsible enough and I can't be trusted, whatever that means.
(After Theresa says no to the party)
Alex: Dad, please, I'll just pop in, it'll be so quick -
Jerry: Ah, no popping. You heard what your mother said. And just so we're clear - no walking, flying, teleporting, or popping out of this building while we're gone.
Alex: Justin, help me. What spell do I use?
Justin: Why would I help you?
Alex: Because you're my brother? Look I - I'm sorry you didn't -
Justin: I'm your brother?
Alex: No, no, no, Justin please, please you can't leave me here, please remember. I'm Alex. I'm your little sister. I taunt you and I tease you and I make your life miserable but you love me anyway. You're everything that I've ever wanted to be. I'm jealous of how smart you are and how kind and how nice. Please don't leave me here.
Justin: I'd never leave you. I don't know who you are, but ... I believe you.
(Alex hugs Justin)
Jerry:(After Max has been sucked up by a vortex) Stay focused, it's the only way to get him back. It's only a matter of minutes before time catches up to you, too.
A full wizard there can be but one.
All power to a daughter or son.
To an ancient battle transport us three,
Where one will emerge in victory! (They transport to the wizard arena)
(rocks starts to fall from under Justin's feet)
Alex: Don't step on the crumbly part!
Justin: They're all crumbly parts!
Alex: Do we even know this is the right cave?
(torches start to light all around the cave)
Justin: I'm gonna go with yes, but that's just a hunch.
Justin: Are you cold?
Alex: What if we don't get this done in time and we can't save everyone?
Justin: Don't worry about it. We will.
Alex: How do you know that?
Justin: Because it's you and I. How can we not?
This film won the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program.
Over 350 special effects were used in the movie.
Germany: Die Zauberer vom Waverly Place- Der Film
Canada: August 28, 2009
Germany: October 30, 2009
United Kingdom: October 30, 2009.
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie scored 13.6 million viewers during the night of its premiere, making it currently the second highest rated movie in Disney Channel, just behind High School Musical 2.
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie is Disney Channel's seventy-seventh original movie.
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