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Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Cee Lo Green, The Muppets and More Highlight Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ TV Special for ABC

posted on December 5th, 2011 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Last Friday and Saturday, the Magic Kingdom Park wished upon more than a few stars, as some of the top names in entertainment taped performance segments for the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” that will air December 25 on ABC-TV in the U.S., in Canada on the CBC network and in 177 countries around the globe on the American Forces Network (AFN).

Last month, Disney Parks Blog author George Savvas recapped the tapings that took place at Disneyland Resort for the holiday special. With the Walt Disney World Resort tapings now complete, we only have a few weeks to wait until the show is wrapped in a bow and presented to viewers on Christmas Day.

Justin Bieber at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Worldwide singing sensation Justin Bieber had plenty of fans “Beliebing” in magic, as he performed a medley of tunes from his new, smash-hit holiday album.

Jennifer Hudson and Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Jennifer Hudson, a former Disney Cruise Line performer who has taken the entertainment world by storm by winning an Academy Award and GRAMMY Award in her young career, also performed a holiday medley. Her performance, backed by a choir, will bring this year’s telecast to a celebratory close.

Statler and Waldorf at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Everyone’s favorite balcony-sitting curmudgeons, Statler and Waldorf, make a special appearance on the telecast at the Magic Kingdom Park. They will be perched high above Main Street, U.S.A., offering their unique brand of commentary on the parade below.

Kermit the Frog with Disney Channel Stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Kermit the Frog wore his holiday best scarf for the occasion, and remarked that he loves to vacation in Central Florida not only to visit Walt Disney World Resort, but also to visit some of the best swamps he’s ever seen. Here, he poses during the taping with Disney Channel stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya — from hit show “Shake It Up” — who perform a high-energy dance number during the TV special.

Cee Lo Green with Pluto at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Soulful singer Cee Lo Green performed ”This Christmas,” and then had a chance to meet one of our favorite holiday pals, Pluto (complete with reindeer antlers).

Mary Poppins and Bert at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Direct from the hit Broadway musical, “Mary Poppins,” Mary Poppins and Bert made a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious holiday appearance during the taping.

Mario Lopez at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

Actor Mario Lopez, who is one of the parade’s hosts this year, had the chance to visit with some very “pup-ular” celebrities, the canine stars of the upcoming “Treasure Buddies” film. The film, the latest in the “Buddies” series, will soon be available on Disney DVD and Blu-ray.

The Never Land Pirate Band at Walt Disney World Resort Taping of ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’

The Never Land Pirate Band makes its parade debut this year, with the buccaneer band performing an original, pirate-themed holiday tune.

The 28th Annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas Day on ABC-TV at the following scheduled times.

  • New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, and Raleigh: 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Eastern Time Zone: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Central Time Zone: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Mountain Time Zone: 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Pacific Time Zone: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Hawaii Time: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

For more information on the parade telecast, check back here for updates and also visit disney.com/christmasparade. We hope you’ll join us December 25th for this Christmas Day television tradition!

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Banks on December 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

This was my fifth year in a row attending the taping, and I enjoyed it as always! Had an amazing spot on Main Street, and Mario Lopez did several stand-ups right in front of me, so my wish of my Mom & Grandparents seeing me on Christmas will come true! It’s been a family tradition to watch the telecast every year since 1992, and when I moved to Orlando in 2007, I’ve gone to the tapings so that they may get to see me on Christmas. Thank you again Disney for a wonderful time, and I look forward to the taping next year!!

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Maureen from NH on December 6th, 2011 at 9:38 am

One of these years we’ll get to attend the taping, for now we’ll enjoy watching it on tv. The dress on Jennifer Hudson is absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to hear what our favorite Muppets, Statler and Waldorf, have to say about the proceedings. Merry Christmas.

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Judith from NH on December 10th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

I was there on Friday to watch the taping, and yes, Jennifer Hudson’s dress was stunning! It’s so much fun to see the taping & the outakes that occur, and then compare it to the actual televised show on Christmas Day. Loved being there again! ♥

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Dustin on December 12th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thanks for including the time for Hawaii’s showing of the parade….. looking forward to it!

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