Actor Patrick Warburton acted in the crash scene as firefighter and father, Jeff Elliott. Making a cameo in the scene alongside Warburton was the real Jeff Elliott, father of Eric Elliot.
The real Ruth & Jeff Elliott are sitting in the bleachers directly behind their characters Lauren Holly and Patrick Warburton.
The snow scene was shot against a giant green wheat field which acted as a green screen for computer generated snow. It was 82 degrees that day! DP Robert Hayes came up with the idea.
The map of the United States made of license plates behind Eric's bed is from One Tree Hill that Lucas has behind his bed.
The real Jennifer Elliott opens the movie playing a nurse holding herself up (as a baby) to be viewed through the nursery window.
The real Hoovey can be seen in the stands on the Olympia's side and then again on the visitor's side. The real Jennifer can be seen in the front row of the bleachers on Olympia's side with her husband Jeremy and daughter Brynlee.
Cody Linley, Alyson Stoner, and Brandon Mychal Smith, all major characters in the film, all got their start on the Disney Channel. Linley is best known for his role as Jake Ryan on Hannah Montana (2006), while Stoner is better known for roles such as Max on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005), Caitlyn Geller in Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel, and the voice of Isabella in Phineas and Ferb (2007). Smith is remembered for his role as Nico Harris in Sonny with a Chance (2009) and its short-lived spin-off, So Random! (2011).