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Disney Parks Unwrap Holiday Magic with Star-Studded Specials Across ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform

Gabriel Gibaldi

by , Public Relations Director

Mark your calendars, Disney fans! This holiday season Disney Parks around the world bring the magic of the most wonderful time of the year to your living room with specials on Disney Channel, ABC and Freeform!

Raven-Symoné and Issac Ryan Brown kick off the “Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration”

Disney Channel

Raven-Symoné and Issac Ryan Brown from the hit Disney Channel series “Raven’s Home” kick off the “Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration,” in the DisneyNOW app beginning on Friday, November 24. Viewers who sign in to the app with a pay TV subscription will be the first to experience the show before it officially premieres on Disney Channel on Friday, December 1, 8:30-9:30 p.m. ET. 

Watch as some of your favorite Disney Channel stars take over the Disney parks, including special performances by “Descendants 2” stars Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, “Andi Mack” star Asher Angel, and stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Zombies” Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly.

…and check this out! Booboo Stewart from “Descendants 2” will take viewers on an exclusive tour of Toy Story Land, opening next summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

 Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey host "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration"


“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres Thursday, November 30, 9–11p.m. ET on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app. Follow Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey as they host the exciting two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host Jesse Palmer to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can – showcasing incredible music performances by Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele and more.

Tune in on Christmas morning for the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” (check local listings), which will include your favorite Disney characters and performances by Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele, 98°, Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs from Broadway’s Aladdin and more.

“Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic”


Go behind-the-scenes of some of the most spectacular weddings and engagements from a Frozen-inspired wedding at Walt Disney World Resort to a surprise engagement at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, during “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic,” a one-hour, holiday-themed special premiering on December 11, 8p.m. ET.
Then, get an inside look at how Disney Parks and resort hotels across the globe transform into a winter wonderland for the holiday season with “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” premiering December 18, 8 p.m. ET.

Which shows are you excited to see? Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more exciting news about each of the specials!


  • Hello,
    I was in Epcot when The Chew was filmed in October. Watching “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” now on TV. How do I find out when the Christmas holiday specials are filmed in the theme parks for 2018? Thanks!

  • How I get tickets to this kind of events?

  • I used to love watching the parade with the kids Christmas Morning. Nowadays……where is the parade?

  • I’m looking forward to “Decorating Disney.” There is nothing better than a Disney park during the holiday season–the most beautiful decorations anywhere! Not only will I be enjoying Disney’s great decorations, I’ll be looking for ideas for my own home.

  • Thanks for this info. My wife, daughter and I love everything Disney, including tv specials, and ones for the holidays are simply awesome. Will be planning to watch each one!

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