Taping of the 2015 Disney’s Christmas Day Parade at Disney World

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Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays.  (November 6, 2015)

The taping of Disney’s Christmas Day Parade was held much earlier than normal this year:  November 10 – 13, 2015 at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

2015 Unforgettable Christmas Celebration

Unforgettable Christmas Celebration 2015

This year’s parade is titled ‘Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration’, which is a change from last year’s popular “Frozen”- themed show.

The 32nd annual Christmas celebration airs nationwide on Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. EST and 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST on ABC. The show will also air in Canada on CBC Network and across the globe on the American Forces Network.

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Nov 10, 2015:  Taping started today!

Guests in the park during the filming days were able to take part with a regular admission ticket; special event tickets were not necessary.

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Registration for free tickets for CMs began Oct 21st!

CM Tip:  Cast members could register for up to six free special viewing area tickets.  These were timed tickets , i.e., 7am, 10am, 12pm, so you didn’t have to stay all day. CMs that entered the lottery via the Disney work Hub link were notified by email around Nov. 1st if they’d won tickets.

Cast members were notified yesterday if they got free tickets for special parade viewing area.

11/02/2015:  Cast members were notified today if they got free tickets for special parade viewing area with date & time.

The all star lineup includes the following:
• Jason Derulo shakes up this year’s parade with his rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
• Ariana Grande pays tribute to the Greek demi-god Hercules with the Disney favorite “Zero to Hero”, along with her latest single “Focus”
• Seal gives his interpretation of “This Christmas” and new hit, “Every Time I’m With You”
• Country music legend Reba McEntire sings her original song, “Going Out Like That” and the popular Christmas tune, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
• Andy Grammer delights the crowd with medley of “Honey I’m Good” and his new single “Good to be Alive,” along with the iconic Christmas song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
• Rising pop star Charlie Puth adds Christmas cheer with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and his own single, “One Call Away”
• “Should’ve Been Us” singer Tori Kelly spreads Disney magic with the beloved classic “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas” and the holiday favorite, “Winter Wonderland”
• Soulful singer Charles Perry jazzes up the festivities with a “World of My Own/Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” medley and his own spin on the famous Christmas duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
• The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants,” Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson, pay tribute to Disney’s most infamous villains with “Rotten to the Core”

This year’s Disney Christmas Parade will feature Disney Princess floats, and characters from movie favorites including “Toy Story,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Inside Out,” and “Frozen,” along with the all-new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and upcoming “Finding Dory” movie.

Parade Notes, November 2015:

The production company will be shooting various parade elements and guest star performances on Cinderella’s Castle Stage and Main Street USA. Park guests with admission are welcome to view the taping segments from select areas and should arrive as early as possible.

This is an actual television production, so expect songs to be sung multiple times and repeated filming of individual floats and special guests; also the park can be quite crowded on Main Street causing difficulty getting to attractions.

Ready for the parade!

We’re ready for the parade taping!

Many guests dress in Christmas attire for the occasion. To avoid the standing crowds, if you’re not interested in watching the filming, take the train at the entrance of the park to Frontierland and navigate the park from there.

Note that these are “light” crowd days at MK – many of the attractions in the park will have little to no wait times!!

Expect schedule changes and cancellations to park entertainment, especially those on Main Street USA, during the filming, including the Festival of Fantasy parade (will be moved to 5pm).

Note:  The first night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is on November 8, 2015, so the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street USA, will be fully decorated for the holidays.  Cast members can get discounted tickets for MVMCP at the Company D stores for $51.80.

Interested in seeing the 2015 Christmas Day Parade taping at Disneyland??? It’s been cancelled! 😦

November 10, 2015 Update: WDW Parade Celebrities!

Parade Celebrities:  The Descendants cast, Reba, Seal, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, Charlie Puth, Ashley Benson, Janel Parrish (from Pretty Little Liars), with Robin Roberts returning as the host.

Parade's film crew arriving at 7am.

Parade’s film crew arriving at 7am.

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Robin Roberts returns as the Christmas Day Parade’s host, along with Jesse Palmer.

The entire cast from The Descendants (on the Disney Channel) were at MK in full hair/make-up/costume for parade taping this morning!  They sang two songs.

Dove Cameron (Mal)

Dove Cameron (Mal)

November 10, 2015:  7am – 1:30pm:  Cast of Disney’s The Descendant’s rehearses and tapes scenes for the parade.

They shot the Descendants today in front of the Castle from about 9am-1:30pm. In the early morning, it was just the backup dancers and lighting crew practicing. Then, The Descendants cast came out and they kept reforming the group to get different angles. (Guests got to watch the same song being sung over and over.) It’s a live production so there is no set schedule, but must wrap production by 3pm because of the rescheduled Festival of Fantasy parade at 5pm.

She looks great!

Reba looks great!

reba (2)November 11, 2015:  7am – 3pm:  Reba performed 2 songs in front of the Castle this morning, followed by Seal in the afternoon.

Seal performing this afternoon.

Seal performing this afternoon.

November 12, 2015: 7am – 3pm: Taping of more concerts and holiday songs on the Cinderella Castle stage:  Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Andy Grammar, and Jhene Aikojanae.

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Ariana Grande returned for a repeat, back-to-back performance (2014 & 2015). However, she was 3 HOURS late for her taping segment!! The crowd was not happy standing around the castle Hub on the 89 degree, cloudless day. Huge difference in the weather from when she performed last year when it was cold and raining.

November 13, 2015: 7am – 3pm:  Parade rehearsal and taping on Main Street. (Usually several rehearsals of dance numbers in the am, actual taping with fireworks in late morning/early afternoon when the sunlight is better.)

Tori Kelly performs on the Castle stage.

Tori Kelly performs on the Castle stage.

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“Snow” on Main Street USA after the parade taping. (Photo credit:  Inside the Magic)

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12 thoughts on “Taping of the 2015 Disney’s Christmas Day Parade at Disney World

  1. Lily says:

    I would like to request free tickets to the parade on November 2015. We have 8 kids and their parents in the Deltona area who would never be able to afford such a honor. If there is anything you could do please let me know.

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    • The parade taping this year is next week: November 10 – 13, 2015 at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

      The free tickets for the special (roped off) viewing area in front of the Castle were given out to cast members last week.
      However, all guests can attend the Christmas Day Parade taping for free as part of their Magic Kingdom ticket into the park.
      Depending on the day, you can see the parade taping down Main Street USA or the celebrity guests singing on the Cinderella Castle stage.
      The MK Park is fully decorated for the holidays now.

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  2. Margaret says:

    Have you heard of any performers or host for this year? Any information would be helpful. Thanks.

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  3. shera sanders says:

    I think it’s very racist that Mulan and Pocahontas was not one of disney princesses in the lineup.

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    • Well, actually neither are Disney Princesses…Mulan is a warrior and Pocahontas is the daughter of a Chief, not a Prince or King.
      We loved the 2015 Christmas Day Parade either way!
      Have a Magical Day! 🙂

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  4. Agusss says:

    If i have a dinning reservation for BOG, would they let me walk all the way down on main street? Or will they make us take the backstage route?

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    • We are almost 100% positive that you need a park ticket to eat at BOG.
      We will double check on this.

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      • Do I need a park ticket to eat at a Disney restaurant in the parks?

        Yes, if it is a restaurant which is actually inside one of the 4 major WDW theme parks, you have to have a ticket to get into the theme park in order to go to the restaurants. [Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios]

        However, you do not need a park ticket to dine at the Disney resorts and there are also lovely restaurants at Disney Springs. Parking is free at Disney Springs, and there’s no admission. At the resorts, they normally will look at your ID and give you a 3 hour parking pass.
        [New in 2016, during peak weeks – Spring Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas – Disney has instituted a $25 parking fee for non-resort guests to park, even if you have a dining reservation.]

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    • Do I need a park ticket to eat at a Disney restaurant in the parks?

      Yes, if it is a restaurant which is actually inside one of the 4 major WDW theme parks, you have to have a ticket to get into the theme park in order to go to the restaurants. [Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios]

      However, you do not need a park ticket to dine at the Disney resorts and there are also lovely restaurants at Disney Springs. Parking is free at Disney Springs, and there’s no admission. At the resorts, they normally will look at your ID and give you a 3 hour parking pass.

      [New in 2016, during peak weeks – Spring Break, Thanksgiving, Christmas – Disney has instituted a $25 parking fee for non-resort guests to park, even if you have a dining reservation.]

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