Taping the 2016 Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration at Disney World

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No parade taping will take place on Main Street USA this year.  Parade sequences will be taped at Disneyland only.

Taping for the annual TV tradition will take place at Walt Disney World on November 9 – 13th at all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Multiple specials will be filmed that will air on the Disney Channel and on ABC in November and December.

The taping at Walt Disney World will be limited to stage performances and musical acts. All of the parade portions of the show will be filmed at the Disneyland Resort this year. Taping dates for the Disneyland portions are TBD.

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Cast member registration to watch the taping.  They got to pick which day they wanted to watch being taped.

Cast members could sign up for free tickets on the Hub in late October and were notified today if they had won tickets.

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More taping info according to WDWMagic:

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In a big shakeup from previous years, Disney will this year be celebrating Christmas and the holidays with three TV specials, airing on ABC and Disney Channel, originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

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Julianne and Derek Hough are MC’ing this year.

Julianne Hough (“Grease: Live”) and Derek Hough (“Hairspray Live”) are set to host two specials on ABC – “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” on Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), and “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25 (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST)

Stars of “Descendants 2,” the highly anticipated sequel to the global smash hit “Descendants,” will host and perform holiday songs in “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” on Disney Channel on Friday, Nov. 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST). Recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

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The Dream Lights

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Thanksgiving Night.

Airing Dates on ABC:

JULIANNE HOUGH, MICKEY MOUSE, MINNIE MOUSE, DEREK HOUGH

Opening song and dance act – Mickey and Minnie have new costumes!  Love it!!

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 24, 2016:  “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

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Sofia Carson singing Silent Night.

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Musical performances include:

Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”

Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree”.

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November 25, 2016:  “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres on Disney Channel (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

christmas2Musical performances include:

“Jolly to the Core,” performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.

“Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas.”

“Silent Night,” performed by recording artist Sofia Carson.

Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate.”

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”

Kelly Clarkson will also be performing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of “Stuck in the Middle,” and “Bizaardvark” stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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Christmas morning!

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016:  “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air on the ABC Television Network (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond.

The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, “Christmas Together.”

Kelly Clarkson performing “Underneath the Tree.”

Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night,” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage.

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)” performed by Jordan Fisher, who will also make his Broadway debut “Hamilton” on November 22.

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The giant Christmas Tree is up on Main Street USA.

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Airing Thanksgiving night.

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First time that we think they’ve ever taped segments of the Magical Holiday Celebration at night.

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Trisha and Garth.  Wow, what voices!

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Taping at night on Main Street USA.

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Kelly Clarkson

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Taping segment at DHS.

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The Disneyland segment:  Mariah Carey singing “All I Want For Christmas is You” in front of It’s a Small World at Disneyland.

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Mariah was great!  The crowd in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle loved her!!!

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Some photos from last years’ 2015 Christmas Day Parade Taping at Disney World of musical performances on the Cinderella Castle stage:

Seal performing this afternoon.

Seal performing on second day of taping.

Tori Kelly performs on the Castle stage.

Tori Kelly performs on the Castle stage.

She looks great!

Reba looking good!

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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 an 89 degree, cloudless day. Huge difference in the weather from when she performed last year when it was cold (63) and raining.

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At Disneyland, Trisha Yearwood gave the audience a beautiful rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”  She’ll be taping at Disney World this year.

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