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

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.


  • Greetings Gary,

    Thank you for sharing these photos and priming us to the fabulous event that awaits us on Christmas Day!

    I had the pleasure of being in the audience during the 2007 taping and I was very impressed with how the participating audience was organized. Ample room was left for pedestrians to walk up and down the sidewalks on Main Street U.S.A. allowing them to browse, shop and catch pivotal moments from the parade.

    It is a memory etched in my mind forever. My family is looking forward to seeing the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade this year.

    Best regards and Happy Holidays,

  • Hello!
    I had the good fortune to receive tickets to this 30th Anniversary filming. So I got up SUPER EARLY and waited a long time, but it certainly was a great experience that I was thrilled to be a part of. All the Cast Members at Magic Kingdom were doing their best with a hectic situation and a few procedures were instituted to guarantee that everybody stayed safe and excited for the parade. I would just like to commend everyone involved in the filming, from NPH and the director all the way down to the PAC Cast Members tasked with just keeping the crowds moving around the production. While I learned that filming is certainly a long and grueling process filled with many hours of waiting and cued cheering, I had a wonderful time and created some great memories. Thank you!
    See Ya Real Soon,

  • We were there as they were setting up for this and sad that we were leaving before taping, but we do enjoy watching every year. We did get to see NPH at the Candlelight Processional at Epcot before we left, though!

  • I am excited to watch the parade. A family favorite and tradition! Can you tell me if the parade will be available for live streaming?

  • I have a few questions! Do you need special tickets or “invitation” to attend the taping of the Christmas parade (the day NPH was there this past year)? How do you know when it takes place? Do they switch who the host is every year?

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