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‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Celebrates 30 Years of Holiday Magic December 25 on ABC-TV

posted on December 11th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


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.

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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.

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First Look: Nick Cannon, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, ‘Teen Beach Movie’ Cast and More at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

posted on November 12th, 2013 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Last weekend, we taped some segments for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, and we’ve got an exciting first look at all the merriment you can look forward to when the broadcast airs Christmas Day on ABC.
Nick Cannon at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Nick Cannon returns to the Disneyland Resort this year, and we caught up with him and Pluto during a break in taping.
Mary J. Blige at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Mary J. Blige makes her first appearance on the show this year, accompanied by music legend, David Foster.
Demi Lovato at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Demi Lovato performs a song from our upcoming animated feature, “Frozen,” that you won’t want to miss! Minnie even stopped by after Demi’s performance to say hello.
Dove Cameron at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Dove Cameron, star of Disney Channel’s hit show, “Liv and Maddie,” makes a little Christmas Day Parade history by performing a song for the very first time in front of the Matterhorn.
Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo take to the stage to perform a classic holiday duet.
Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell and the cast of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, 'Teen Beach Movie' at the Disneyland Resort for the 2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Teen Beach Movie,” reunite for a special medley that fans are going to love!

Check back for updates on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, and remember to tune in to ABC on Wednesday, December 25 at 10 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. CT/PT (check local listings) for all the music and magic!

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A Coast-to-Coast Christmas at Disney Parks December 25 on the ABC Television Network

posted on December 25th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


For a holly jolly dose of cheer, tune in this morning, December 25, for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special on the ABC Television Network.
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The 29th annual telecast takes guests on a coast-to-coast holiday celebration at the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Some of today’s top stars join the party, with dozens of sparkling floats and a sleigh-full of Disney and Disney•Pixar characters bringing good tidings to you and your family.

Tune-in times are as follows, on the ABC Television Network (check local listings):

  • Eastern Standard Time: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Central, Mountain, Pacific Standard Time: 9-11 a.m.

The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network, and across the globe on the American Forces Network.
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Viewers can visit disney.go.com/christmasparade to view some online video features about the show, and join the social media conversation before and during the telecast using the hashtag #DisneyParade.

Also, take a look at these recent Disney Parks Blog posts with celebrity photos, videos and more information about this year’s holiday TV special:

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West Carteret Marching Patriots Make Marching Magic During Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

posted on December 20th, 2012 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade airs on December 25, but the holiday magic actually began back in September. That’s when Mickey Mouse and his friends from the Disney Performing Arts team travelled to Morehead City, N.C., to surprise 180 students at West Carteret High School.

What was the big news? The West Carteret Marching Patriots had been chosen to perform in the parade as the Disney Performing Arts guest marching band.

Out of the hundreds of bands who apply each year to participate in Disney Performing Arts workshops, festivals, and performance opportunities, West Carteret was selected to march down Main Street, U.S.A., in the biggest Disney parade of the year. Adding to the excitement, the Marching Patriots would march alongside Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas and perform The Olympic Fanfare.

The September announcement moment was a “wow” for the Marching Patriots, but then the hard work began. The band had less than three months to prepare for its moment in the spotlight. Students put in countless hours of practice, rain or shine, to perfect their music and marching routine. When the big day finally came, they turned the corner in front of Cinderella Castle and the crowd erupted in cheers from family, friends and other park guests thrilled to share in the moment.

Congratulations, West Carteret Marching Patriots, on all your hard work and achievements this year.

Check out the video to see the band’s parade journey from start to finish. The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade airs December 25 on ABC. Check your local listings for air times.


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Let Broadway’s ‘Newsies’ Take You Behind the Scenes at the ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Taping

posted on December 18th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I was lucky enough to see the musical “Newsies” on Broadway in New York last year, and I have to say that I’m thrilled the cast will perform a number that’s never been seen before on TV in this year’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, which will air Christmas morning on ABC on December 25.

While they were here, some of the cast participated in this behind-the-scenes video of their experience. Follow Newsies’ Corey Cott (Jack Kelly), Ryan Steele (Specs) and Jess LeProtto (Buttons) as they travel from their homebase at the Nederlander Theatre in New York, NY, here to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to prepare for the taping. Once here, the “Newsies” cast learned an adapted routine to the show’s signature song, “Carrying the Banner,” which they performed on Main Street, U.S.A., inside the park. From the sneak peeks offered up in this video, it looks like their performance Christmas morning will be an absolute blast!

 
The “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” will air December 25 on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.


Can’t wait to see this year’s “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade”? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtags #DisneyParade and #DisneyHolidays.

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Brad Paisley Performs in Cars Land for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

posted on December 17th, 2012 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


Brad Paisley Performs in Cars Land for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Country superstar Brad Paisley recently taped a special performance at Disney California Adventure park for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade which airs on ABC December 25.

Brad is no stranger to Radiator Springs. You may remember he joined us for the grand opening of Cars Land in June, and of course, he sang two songs for the original soundtrack of the Disney•Pixar film “Cars.” One of those songs, “Behind the Clouds,” is the song you’ll see Brad perform Christmas Day on ABC. In the Eastern time zone, tune in from 10 a.m.-noon; in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones, tune in from 9-11 a.m. to catch all the fun from Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts!

Brad Paisley Performs in Cars Land for Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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Stars Shine at Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Taping at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 3rd, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


After the stars came out last month at the Disneyland Resort during the west coast taping of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, the spotlight shifted to Walt Disney World Resort for its annual TV taping at the Magic Kingdom Park.

It’s all in preparation for December 25, when the award-winning parade telecast airs nationwide on the ABC Television Network from 10 a.m.-noon in the Eastern time zone, and 9-11 a.m. in the Central, Mountain, Pacific time zones. The show also will air in Canada on CBC Network, and around the globe on the American Forces Network.

Lady Antebellum Performs at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Taping at Walt Disney World Resort

At Walt Disney World Resort, musical trio Lady Antebellum, who headlines this year’s parade, performed a seasonal song from their new holiday album “On A Winter’s Night.” Acoustic queen Colbie Caillat also performed a song from her new holiday release and Gospel legend Yolanda Adams took Cinderella Castle stage for an inspirational rendition of “Joy to the World.” Cast members from Disney’s Newsies: The Musical, “carried the banner” down Main Street, U.S.A., with a high-energy performance from the Tony Award-winning show, and “American Idol” champion Phillip Phillips sang “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” on Main Street, U.S.A. Also shining in the Magic Kingdom Park spotlight this weekend were Nick Cannon, who hosts this year’s TV special (tag-teaming with Mario Lopez, who hosts from Disneyland Resort) and parade co-host Maria Menounos.

And of course, no parade would be complete without fanciful floats and colorful cavalcades down Main Street, U.S.A. Dozens of Disney and Disney-Pixar characters don their holiday best to wish everyone a Merry Christmas during this 29th annual holiday TV special.

Be sure to tune in December 25 for all the fun. You can join the social media conversation before and during the telecast using the hashtag, #DisneyParade.

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Sophia Grace and Rosie Visit Disney California Adventure Park for 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Segment

posted on November 12th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Sophia Grace and Rosie Visit Disney California Adventure Park for the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Segment

There was more shooting for the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade over the weekend, but this time it was pint-sized. Sophia Grace and Rosie, the young stars of “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” were at Disney California Adventure park for a special segment that you will see during the parade when it airs on ABC this Christmas Day. The internet sensations took a quick break during the shoot to visit with their friend, Daisy Duck, in front of the new Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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First Look: Mario Lopez, Backstreet Boys and More at Disneyland Park for Shooting of the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC

posted on November 5th, 2012 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


It was feeling a lot like Christmas here at Disneyland park this weekend, as we shot segments for the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Here’s a look at what you can expect when the special airs December 25 on ABC-TV.
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Anchoring the whole Disneyland Resort side of the production was host Mario Lopez – who will give viewers the play-by-play from Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.
“Ross

Disney Channel star Ross Lynch sang and danced his way down the street, performing his holiday tune, “Christmas Soul” from “Austin & Ally.”
“Backstreet

Backstreet Boys performed “Christmas Time Again” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a packed house of excited fans.
“TobyMac

Christian recording artist TobyMac rounded out the weekend with “Christmas This Year” as fireworks lit up the stage.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on the 2012 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as production continues at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming weeks and tune in for the show on ABC this Christmas Day and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #DisneyParade.

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‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Airs December 25

posted on December 24th, 2009 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
Yes, it’s almost parade time. And when the 26th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” begins tomorrow, you’ll see some of the world’s best performers. We’ve shared some of the talent appearing during the nationally televised event. Now, here’s the list:

  • Celine Dion – The ten-time Grammy winner will be featured singing her heartwarming ballad, “Don’t Save It All for Christmas Day,” and shares her own rendition of “O’ Come All Ye Faithful.”
  • Stevie Wonder – The legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder will have viewers singing along with his very own holiday classic, “What Christmas Means to Me.”
  • Jonas Brothers – The Worldwide pop stars put a tropical spin on the holidays when they perform their brand-new song, “Summertime Anthem.” The high-energy tune is featured on “All Wrapped Up: Vol. 2,” the new holiday CD from Hollywood Records.
  • Selena Gomez – The star of the Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” makes a special appearance amidst the festive magic at Disneyland park.
  • Anika Noni Rose – The Tony Award-winner voice of Princess Tiana from the new Walt Disney Pictures animated feature film “The Princess and the Frog,” performs a musical production inspired by “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee.” During the number, she will be accompanied by Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke, two of the dancers from ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars.” The musical, Mardi Gras-style celebration takes place in New Orleans Square at Disneyland.
  • Yanni – The performer will bring his Yanni Voices to perform a reverent arrangement of “O Holy Night” featuring Nathan Pacheco.
  • Kris Allen – “American Idol” winner entertains the crowd with his rendition of a holiday favorite, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
  • USC March Band – Straight from Southern California, the world-famous USC band beats to their own seasonal drums at Disneyland Resort.
  • Demi Lovato – The star of the Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock” and “Sonny With A Chance,” performs the Paul McCartney classic, “Wonderful Christmas Time.”
  • Steve Rushton – The performer known for his hit songs on the “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” “The Suite Life on Deck” and “G-Force” movie soundtracks, rings in the holidays with “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” – a tune he performs on the “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws” Blu-Ray & DVD – as he is joined by the famed Florida A&M University Strikers.
  • Samantha Brown – The Travel Channel star checks in with holiday greetings from Disney Cruise Line, aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship.
  • The puppies from Disney’s popular series of “Buddies” movies will make a special appearance to celebrate their all-new and heartwarming holiday adventure on Disney Blu-Ray & DVD, “Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws.”

The two-hour special will be televised in high-definition on December 25 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times. Of course, all talent and floats are subject to change.

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