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Tune in to ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’ Tonight at 9/8c on ABC

Gabriel Gibaldi

by , Public Relations Director

I’m so giddy over the holidays and I’m finally on track to finish decorating my Christmas tree this week…okay, maybe I’ve been stalling on purpose. Why, you ask? Because Disney is part of my holiday tradition (in more ways than just ornaments), and tonight I can finish decorating my tree while watching “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” from 9/8c on ABC!

This year’s holiday tradition kicks off with a spectacular opening number by special hosts Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey on the Cinderella Castle stage at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

The star-studded line-up includes Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, Lea Michelle, Joey McIntyre, 98°, Sofia Carson, and Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs of “Aladdin.”

Let’s see what some of our favorite stars had to share!

Things heat up when Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel joins fellow “Frozen” star Kristen Bell on the steps of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California to perform together for the first time on primetime television. Joined by an extraordinary 30-piece choir, the pair will sing “When We’re Together” from the brand-new Walt Disney Animation Studios featurette, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” The spectacular finale performance is not to be missed. Check out the clip below!

During the show, all will be treated to a sneak peak at Disney’s new Star Wars-themed lands, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening at both Disneyland Park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in 2019.

From the edge of the galaxy “to infinity and beyond,” viewers will also discover Andy’s world in the new Toy Story Land set to open next summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

To make the season even brighter, the show will feature a castle lighting extravaganza from Disney theme parks around the world.

Get ready to sing along and follow the magic with us tonight! #DisneyHolidayCelebration


  • Why was Tokyo Disney not lit up with the other parks?

  • We loved this program and particularly appreciated the classic Christmas carols, including “Silent Night” and other references to the birth of Jesus. We felt this far surpassed last year’s program. Way to go!

  • Any ideas on when/how we can watch this in Australia? I would love to see it!

  • It’s a sneak “peek,” not a sneak “peak.”

  • Really disappointed in Disney. Characters made one appearance for a two hour Disney event. This was not up to Disney’s usual TV specials. Disney is kid centered but not tonight. Lighting of the castles was nice, but really Disney? I expect more out of a kid centered corporation. We let the kids stay up late with the idea they would see the characters more than once. You could have had them on stage with the acts. Involve them, after all they represent Disney. My daughter loved the opening and songs, but was sad to not see the characters after the first few minutes.

  • How can we watch this in the UK?? We were there when that was filmed and I would LOVE to watch it!

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