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

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.


  • How can we find out when they will be doing the taping each year? We are planning a vacation to WDW possibly next year or the year after and I would LOVE to plan it so we could be there for the Christmas taping…just so I can tell everyone we were THERE!!!! Thanks!

  • Can’t wait! Always a family favorite!

  • I cant believe I couldn’t make it. 🙁 maybe next year! And I love the pictures, especially Merida and Newsies. Thanks Gary!

  • Thanks for the post Gary! Cannot wait to continue my family tradition of watching the Parade for the 20th year in a row! Had a blast at the filming & can’t wait to see how it turns out Christmas Day!

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