As Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas recapped last month in this post, Disneyland Resort recently played holiday host to a star-studded taping for the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” special.
This past weekend, Walt Disney World Resort took center stage as some of Tinseltown’s brightest stars arrived on Main Street, U.S.A. in Magic Kingdom Park to tape segments for the 30th annual holiday TV special.
Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris joined “Good Morning America” co-anchor Lara Spencer to lead the Walt Disney World Resort festivities. Harris showed his versatility as a performer by not only hosting the parade but also co-starring with hundreds of Disney characters, singers and dancers in one of the show’s musical numbers. Additional performances showcased a global collection of musical stars including English-Irish boy band The Wanted, “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, Italian vocal trio Il Volo and Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Ne-Yo.
Take a look at our photo gallery for a sneak peek, and be sure to tune in Christmas morning to see all of the holly jolly fun. Until then, check out disney.com/christmasparade for updates and join the conversation online with the hashtag #DisneyParade.
The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade airs December 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on ABC-TV. The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network and across the globe on the American Forces Network.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new “it’s a small world” Holiday Clock Show in Disneyland park, now is the time. I spoke with co-designer and animator Lisa Bradley before the show debuted and she gave me a glimpse at just how intricate the details are for the virtual décor that can be seen every fifteen minutes after dark.
“it’s a small world” Holiday Clock Show Fun Facts:
- There are 980 pieces of candy in the gingerbread scene.
- The train in the toy section is placed in the same location the actual Disneyland Railroad trains cross as they pass by the attraction.
- There are 232 gears in the clock section.
- The blocks in the toy factory scene represent Disneyland Resort cast members who worked on the show.
There’s a new exhibit of spectacular ice sculptures themed around Disney’s “Frozen” that we thought Disney Parks Blog readers would enjoy seeing.
More than 70 “Frozen”-themed sculptures, featuring characters and scenes from the hit movie, are now on display at the famous Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges, Belgium. Ice artists also created sculptures of Disneyland Paris at this year’s Festival.
Visitors to a recent “Frozen” event at the exhibit not only got a first peek at the ice sculptures but they also had a chance to greet special characters from the film, Anna and Elsa. The Walt Disney Company Belgium and Disneyland Paris worked together with the Festival to create the first-of-its-kind exhibit.
If you’re in the area, you can see the ice sculptures throughout the holiday season.
I am thrilled to report that critically endangered cotton-top tamarins in Colombia, South America, received an amazing gift just in time for the holidays—the gift of an additional area of protected forest. This tiny monkey with the wild hairdo, which guests can see when they visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, is found only in Colombia, and there are fewer than 7,500 remaining.
Here’s your first look at merchandise events, product releases and signings taking place in January 2014 as we kick off a new year at Disneyland Resort.
Disney’s involvement in the community, no matter where we are in the world, is one of the most special things we do. You can find Disney VoluntEARS, giving their time and talent, and doing their part to improve and enrich the lives of kids and families in the communities where they live and work. And we continue this legacy, in the Shanghai community where our new resort destination, Shanghai Disney Resort, is under construction.
Happy Holidays from aboard the re-imagined Disney Magic! I’m Cruise Director Brent, writing to you from Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel as she experiences her first holiday at sea after her extensive transformation.
As John McClintock recently reported, the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has transformed into a winter wonderland with Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. Although it was a warm, sunny day in November when we shot the video below, it felt like we were in a snowy village as guests of all ages made their way, some faster than others, around the Christmas tree in the center of the ice.
Have you taken a trip aboard the Jingle Cruise yet? Disney photographer Kent Phillips recently stopped by the temporarily transformed attraction for a look at the fun. Check out his gallery of images below.
Just in time for the holidays, here’s a decadent sweet ending that you can make with just four ingredients (plus water). This Chocolate Pudding Cake is on the menu at California Grill, and they serve a fancy version you can check out in the video that’s adorned with Nutella, silky ganache, mint whipped cream, and mini house-made marshmallows and chocolate meringue kisses. Watch Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes work his magic!