Taping the 2017 Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration at Disney World


No parade sequences will be taped at WDW this year.

November 24, 2017 UPDATE:

New Video link:  2017 Disney Parks Holiday Celebration


Taping for the annual Disney holiday tradition will take place at Walt Disney World on November 3 – 7, 2017.  Multiple specials will be filmed that will air on the Disney Channel and on ABC Freeform 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 again be only filmed at the Disneyland Resort this year.

Taping dates for the Disneyland parade portions are November 13-15, 2017.


Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays.

Magic Kingdom

  • Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 Nighttime taping of performances in front of the Cinderella Castle, MK.  Ciara performing the first song.  98 Degrees taping.
  • Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 Daytime taping around the park, rehearsal in the morning then afternoon taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. (8:30am – 5pm) Fifth Harmony performing.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 More daytime and evening taping of musical performances at the Magic Kingdom at the stage in front of Cinderella Castle.  (11am-8pm)  Ciara
Huge decorated Christmas tree at DAK.

Darius Rucker was in DAK today!!!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017  Afternoon and nighttime taping at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in front of the Tree of Life and special Rivers of Life performance.  Darius Rucker performing in the evening in front of the Tree of Life.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Friday, Nov. 3, 2017  Daytime and evening taping at DHS.  Hanson and In Real Life performing at night.


  • No taping is currently scheduled at Epcot this year.

Disney Water Parks

  • No taping is scheduled at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.



Host Julianne Hough with 98 Degrees at the taping of the 2017 Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.

They’re taping two Christmas specials at the Disney Parks this weekend.

Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey will be based at Walt Disney World Resort for the specials. Jesse Palmer will co-host from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.


Airing November 30, 2017.

First up is “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration” airing on Nov. 30, 2017.

The second special airs Christmas morning called “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration.”

The acts performing in Orlando will be 98 Degrees, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fifth Harmony, Ciara and Darius Rucker.

For the first special “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magic Holiday Celebration”, Hough and Lachey will perform an opening number on the steps of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. The special also features Disney Parks around the world, from Anaheim to Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The performers on the Nov. 30 special include:

Ciara in a Christmas medley from Cinderella Castle.  (MK)

Darius Rucker sings “Winter Wonderland.” (DAK)

Fifth Harmony sings “Can You See,” from “The Star” soundtrack, and “The Christmas Song.”  (MK)

Fitz and the Tantrums perform “HandClap” and their original Christmas song “Santa Stole My Lady.”  (MK)

Hanson will sing “Finally It’s Christmas,” from their recently released Christmas album. (DHS)

In Real Life (new boy band) will sing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” (DHS)

Jason Derulo performs “This Christmas.” (Disneyland)

Lea Michele performs “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” (Disneyland)

Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel (along with Olaf) performing new Frozen song. (Disneyland)


Christmas Day!

The Dec 25th Christmas morning special “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” presents Hough and Lachey taking viewers down Main Street, U.S.A. Palmer again co-hosts from Disneyland.

The lineup of performers so far:

Ciara sings “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.  (MK)

Darius Rucker on “Home for The Holidays.” (DAK)

Fifth Harmony on “Sleigh Ride.” (MK)

Fitz and the Tantrums on “Last Christmas.”

Derulo delivers “Silent Night” from Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort.

“Glee” star Lea Michele sings “Let It Snow.” (Disneyland)

98 Degrees performs “Season of Love.”

Broadway’s Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs, of the stage hit “Aladdin,” perform “A Whole New World” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.



The DAK taping day is November 4th this year. Darius Rucker!

Cast members could sign up for free tickets on the Hub in late October and were notified if they won tickets.  CMs – check the Hub!


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.


The Dream Lights on the Cinderella Castle are on now every evening until January 7, 2018.


The giant Christmas Tree is up at the Magic Kingdom!


Some photos from the WDW taping last week:

WDW Holiday-Special

Dove Cameron singing in front of Cinderella Castle


Mickey and friends waiting for their musical cue.



Look at Ciara’s FABULOUS dress!!!!


Santa Goofy


Minnie dressed in her new Christmas outfit.


In between rehearsals.  Opening dance sequence.


Julianne is so pretty!  Look at her long blonde hair!!!


Singing and dancing on the Cinderella Castle stage.


With Nick Lachey hosting.


A kiss goodnight.


Wow – look at her rose gold dress!!


Mickey and Minnie’s new Christmas outfits.



Ciara in her white outfit.



Fifth Harmony.



Big finish with fireworks over the Cinderella Castle!!!


Fifth Harmony performing second song.


Hanson performing at DHS.


In Real Life at performing at DHS.


98 Degrees at MK.


Fitz and the Tantrums


Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell



Night time taping at Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

beach tree Two disney sisters

When the Parks are busy, it’s fun to go resort hopping! Celebrating the holidays at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort.


Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂


2017-2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration

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Happy Fall, y’all!

2018 UPDATE:


The 40% merch discount starts October 15, 2018! 🙂

Read our new blog about the 2018 Disney Family Holiday Celebration here:

2018-2019 Disney Family Holiday Celebration Info!



The Disney company holds this celebration throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in recognition of your hard work all year long. We hope you enjoy the celebration.

Happy Holidays to you!

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration tickets can be accessed via The Hub >>Complimentary Admission module.

Your Disney Family Holiday Celebration Guest tickets must be used in conjunction with your valid Main Entrance Pass.

Thank you for all you do, and Happy Holidays!

Valid: October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018


October 2017: The DFHC envelopes went out last week. Check your mailbox!

New official link to check on blockout dates at all Disney Parks: https://blockoutdates.disney.com/


This booklet contains the information you need to participate in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration.

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disney World

2017 Disney Holiday Celebration info for Disneyland

Some of the 2017/2018 Family Holiday Celebration Highlights:



  • Walt Disney World and Disneyland Theme Park admission:  1 Free Park Hopper Ticket!
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park admission
  • One round at Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Link to check any upcoming  Blockout Days: Disney Blockout Days


List of participating restaurants:  WDW Restaurant List

  • Three discount meal certificates: 30%, 40% and 50% off
  • Disney Dining Plan discounts (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and Disney Dining Plan)
  • Six popcorn, Mickey ice cream bar, or soft drink coupons
  • ALL RESTAURANT LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT BLOCK-OUT DATES:  Nov. 23 – 26, 2017; Dec. 22, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018; Feb. 14, 2018; March 30 – April 1, 2018; May 12 – 13, 2018; July 4, 2018:


  • Special holiday discount on merchandise (40% discount!)
  • Cast discount at Cast Connection  (10% discount!)
  • Special Company D discount
  • One complimentary Disney PhotoPass™ photo download

Free 5×7″ photo!


Starting on Oct. 2, 2017, eligible Cast Members, Crew Members, Imagineers, Employees and Retirees are invited to book rooms at select hotels at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and enjoy special rates for stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018*.  Employee, Retiree, or Operating Participant employee must stay in the room.

Just $55 a night!!!

For example, Cast Members can enjoy rates starting at just $55 per night plus tax at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort for stays most nights October 16, 2017 – February 15, 2018.  Booking starts October 2, 2017.  Ask about great rates at other resortsž!

Book online via the Walt Disney World Resort Room Discount link or the Disneyland Resort Room Discount link on the Cast tab on the Hub.

WDW Booking number:  407-WDW-CAST

Merry Christmas!


Eligible Employees, Retirees, and Operating employees book now to receive savings of up to 60% at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa on stays most nights Oct. 16, 2017 – Feb. 15, 2018 (excludes Nov. 24 – 27, 2017 and Dec. 21, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018).* Remember that friends and family of all Walt Disney Company Employees can also save on rooms. Check Backlot for details or call 1-866-44-DISNEY.


Blockout dates for miniature golfing.


  • Holiday room discount!
  • Special discount on tickets for La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil
  • Special discounts on select events hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Special holiday-themed childcare programs at the YMCA Family Centers at the Walt Disney World Resort
  • 50% off initial fee at Lifeline Fitness Center
  • Holiday greens fee special
  • 50% off bicycle/boat rentals and other Walt Disney World Resort recreation discounts
  • Special holiday spa discount

Free ornament for Cast Members!!!


Cast members participating in the 2017 Disney Family Holiday Celebration will each receive one (1) complimentary Cast Holiday Ornament by presenting their certificate along with a valid Company-issued ID at any Walt Disney World® Resort Company D location.


The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!

WDW:  The holidays are an extra magical time at the Magic Kingdom!!!  Come celebrate!  🙂

Disneyland at Christmas (2)

DLR:  Sleeping Beauty Castle is so beautiful during the holidays!

Christmas Mickey Ears

Love this castle view.


Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


DAK costume

Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/


My Disney Friend Lisbeth Lost Everything in Hurricane Maria – Please Help!


Lisbeth (left) and her family

The Go Fund Me Link:  https://www.gofundme.com/disney-friend-lisbeth-needs-help

I worked with Lisbeth for a year at Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs).

We were both cast members in the Disney College Program.

She returned to her lovely home in Puerto Rico after her program was over.

Lisbeth and her family lost EVERYTHING in Hurricane Maria.  Their house is gone.

She spends her days waiting on long lines looking for clean water and food.  But, there is no food or water!  The grocery stores are all still closed and there is no gasoline left!  She has been without electricity now for over 2 weeks.

It is unbelievable that this is happening to American citizens.

Right now, Walmart isn’t delivering to Puerto Rico.

But, once they can deliver supplies, Lisbeth needs EVERYTHING.

We’re starting a Go Fund Me page to help her family recover from both the hurricane and the US government’s lack of coordinated response.

No amount is too little to donate.  We are asking all our friends to please donate $5.00 today.

Thank you.

You can read about Lisbeth’s day-to-day updates and struggles here: https://www.facebook.com/Lisy07


October 2, 2017:  A message from Lisbeth about current conditions in Puerto Rico:

We need gas and food. I walk 40 minutes every day to my job where I can use a company vehicle to work. We need help with food. If you want to help me and my family directly with food that does not need to be cooked and not refrigerated, I’ll thank you for that.

We also need candles to light up in the evenings especially while we bathe with a bucket of water. All this is very sad and depressing. We have received donations but Trump’s government holds it at the docks while we are still hungry every day. We have not had light for a week and it is predicted that it will take 6 months to a year for all Puerto Rico to have electricity.

Right now the mail is closed. But it hurts me that they are sending donations and the donations sit in the port. We are hungry and the Trump government does not care. I have four brothers, my mom and my stepfather. I have an 11 year old brother and 13 year old brother who is autistic. My sister is 29 and my other brother is 26. We, along with my stepfather, are the ones that go out looking for everything for my mom and my little brothers.  We need food and water and gasoline.

This is a small island not a big country that has 48 states together. I do not have 48 options to go out and get food. I write this to you with tears in my eyes. It is shameful to ask for food and more to be mailed to us as if we could receive it here. Trump wants to let us starve. People have died in hospitals because some hospitals have been left without diesel.  Diesel that is in the ports and that the damn president does not let dispatch. We know we are second-class citizens but we do not deserve to be treated like this.

Thank you for your help.

Lisbeth Pacheco

October 3rd Update:

There was a rumor that the nearby Walmart was going to open today and would have food to buy or that FEMA would be handing out food from there.

Lisbeth walked over there (her car is out of gas and there’s no gas at the stations) and stood in line for 3 hours.

But, the Walmart wasn’t open and nothing was happening.  It was just a rumor.


10am on line at Walmart

Update from Lisbeth

I tried to buy more food and ice at Walmart. But I was in line for three hours and it did not move. I could not stand the pain in my feet and I left.

I walk so much because my car has no gasoline left, that my feet are already swollen and sunburned.


Lisbeth walks everywhere.

Then comes Trump to throw the provisions [paper towels] as if we were dogs.


Trump throws rolls of paper towels into crowd of residents affected by Hurricane Maria as he visits Calgary Chapel in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, 2017.