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

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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!!! 🙂


7 replies to “Taping the 2017 Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration at Disney World

  1. Hello! I am an Annual Pass holder, i wanted to know if i would be able to show is for the 2018 Christmas filming or if i would need to get tickets? Thank you!


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