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

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No parade sequences will be taped at WDW this year.

November 24, 2017 UPDATE:

New Video link:  2017 Disney Parks Holiday Celebration

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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.

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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.

Epcot

  • No taping is currently scheduled at Epcot this year.

Disney Water Parks

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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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The giant Christmas Tree is up at the Magic Kingdom!

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Some photos from the WDW taping last week:

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Dove Cameron singing in front of Cinderella Castle

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Mickey and friends waiting for their musical cue.

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Look at Ciara’s FABULOUS dress!!!!

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Santa Goofy

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Minnie dressed in her new Christmas outfit.

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In between rehearsals.  Opening dance sequence.

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

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Singing and dancing on the Cinderella Castle stage.

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With Nick Lachey hosting.

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A kiss goodnight.

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Wow – look at her rose gold dress!!

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Mickey and Minnie’s new Christmas outfits.

 

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Ciara in her white outfit.

 

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Fifth Harmony.

 

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Big finish with fireworks over the Cinderella Castle!!!

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Fifth Harmony performing second song.

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Hanson performing at DHS.

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In Real Life at performing at DHS.

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98 Degrees at MK.

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Fitz and the Tantrums

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Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell


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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.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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

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

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂

 

Discounted Tickets to 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for Cast Members

Main Street USA all decorated for tonight's party!

Main Street USA is all decorated for the holidays (it’s always ready by the first party night, Nov. 7th)!

New:  The discounted dates and prices for cast members for the 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom in Florida have been updated! See below.

2016 MVMCP Party Night Dates for All Guests:

  • November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29*
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22

November 10, 13 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $91.00/$86 same-day

November 18, 27, 29, December 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 – $92.00 plus tax age 10+, $87.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $96/$91.00 same-day

November 7, 8, 11, 15, December 1 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 9, 15 – $96.00 plus tax age 10+, $91.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 16, 18, 22 – $99.00 plus tax age 10+, $94.00 plus tax age 3-9

Passholder Rates available 11/7, 8, 11, 15; 12/1, 11, & 13 – Rates are $74-$84 plus tax depending on night. DVC members also have discounts on additional nights (including all dates APs are entitled to) 11/10, 13, 18, 27, 29, & 12/6 ranging between $74-89 plus tax.

BREAKING NEWS:  *Cast Members can purchase discounted tickets for 30% off to MVMCP for most nights in November and now some nights in December at the Company D Store and at the MK Vacation Planning kiosks.

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NEW!  For the first time, cast members can buy discounted party tickets for 6 select nights in December!!!

I love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!

11/01/16:  We love how Disney decorates the lightposts on Main Street!  So pretty!

CM Tip:  The MVMCP party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s ticketed guests in for the party starting at 4pm.  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom early (park by 3:30pm) and don’t forget to wear your Christmas sweater!

Even if it’s warm during the day, it can get very chilly in the park after the sun goes down!!!  Stash a jacket in a locker as you enter the park.

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The 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party exclusive pins!!!  <3!!!!!!

Wondering about the crowds, especially in December???  Well, here’s a crowd forecast:

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The two week after Thanksgiving and into early December are some of the best times to visit WDW with fairly light crowds.  (Note:  Thanksgiving Week and the last two weeks of the year are the WORST time to visit WDW with long lines, heavy crowds, crowded restaurants, rude guests, and Park Phase Closures in effect!)

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights, free cookies and cocoa...all of it wonderful!!!

MVMCP 2016: Special Christmas nightime parade  with snow falling on Main Street USA, the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights turned on, holiday music playing, free cookies and cocoa for all guests…all of it is wonderful to see!!! 

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At last year’s 2015 MVMCP on a cool evening…so much fun!! The Cinderella Castle is just beautiful with the 200,000 LED Dream Lights turned on!!

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Discounted Cast Member Tickets at the Company D Store

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Welcome to Company D at Epcot

This is one of our favorite things about being a Disney cast member – the Disney CM discount!

If you need extra theme park tickets for visiting family and friends, CMs can purchase discounted tickets (10% off) for them at Company D.

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February 7, 2020: Current discounted ticket prices. Note link on Hub.

7 day Fast Passes

You can book Fast Passes at least 7 days out.

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Prices good through 12/31/2020. Note discount is only available for Flexible Date tickets.

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FYI: More ticket Info

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We like the Company D at Epcot best.

There are 5 different Company D locations at WDW, plus one off-site in Tampa.  They all have different hours and none are open on Sunday.  Remember, most are backstage!

– Disney University (located behind the Magic Kingdom)
– Disney Reservation Center (off-property, close to Universal Studios/I-Drive)
– Maingate Office Complex (located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
– Disney’s Hollywood Studios (located behind the Villains Shop)
– Epcot (Located behind Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion)
– Tampa DRC (2 hours away)

The first 10 days of the month, you can also pin trade at Company D for cast exclusive pins!!   Pin Trading at Company D

We liked the Company D store at Team Disney best, but it’s now closed permanently. 😦

We used to go at least once a month and were never disappointed.  We always got at least one or two cast member exclusive pins for our Disney pin collection.

Company D is inside Team Disney.

One of the Company D’s was inside Team Disney. Team Disney is one cool looking building!

Operating Hours at Disney University Company D store:  407-824-4254
Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday:  Closed

Note: The Company D merchandise stores are just for CMs. They are located in behind-the-scenes, aka backstage, areas at WDW. Company D primarily sells CM-exclusive discounted new merchandise such as cast exclusive pins, lanyards, clothes, mugs, car decals, Vinylmations, figurines, park passes, etc.

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If you lose your CM pass, it can be replaced!

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Important Disney phone numbers.  Direct tie line to Property Control is:  8-273-6878

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magic kingdom balloonsWe thought we would post the upcoming blockout dates for using your Disney guest passes for all four WDW theme parks for the next few months in case family and friends are planning a visit to Orlando to see you!

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

February 2020 – April 2020:  The blockout dates for the 4 WDW parks are below.

Magic Kingdom:

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at the Magic Kingdom.

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Several upcoming block-out days are scheduled for using your guest passes at MK.

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The Disney Family Holiday Passes expire on February 13, 2020.

Epcot:

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at Epcot.

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for Guest Passes at Epcot.

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The Disney Family Holiday Passes expire on February 13, 2020.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

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There are no scheduled upcoming blockout days for self admission at DAK.

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There is currently only 1 scheduled block-out day for using your guest passes at DAK.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

NOTE:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge opened August 29th and Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019!  Both main gate and guest passes are still blocked out all spring!

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DHS is totally blocked out for using any passes through Spring/Easter Break.

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Phase 2: Rise of the Resistance opened December 5, 2019. Guests LOVE the new ride!!!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  14 acres of fun!

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Shhhh….There’s a small hidden Millennium Falcon in the wing of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!    Have you seen it???

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The Holiday Celebration – and 40% merch discount ends February 13, 2020!

The 2019-2020 Disney Family Holiday Celebration ends February 13, 2020!
40% off merchandise discount is still in effect until then! Whoo-hoo!

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We love Blizzard Beach! ❤

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon:  Free Admission for Cast Members!

Update:  Typhoon Lagoon is currently closed for refurbishment and will not reopen until March 2020.

Both of Disney’s water parks are refurbished annually, typically between October to March. The refurbishment schedule is staggered so guests can enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.

Comments about the Disney Water Parks: Cast members can get into the Disney water parks for free ($69 value).  You can also buy 1/2 price tickets ($34.50) for family and friends at the gate. Cast members must be present with their guests.

Please note that the water parks close when the temperature falls below 65 degrees (the water is not heated) or if thunderstorms/lightning are nearby.

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Next blockout dates coming up are April 5th – 19th, 2020 (Easter holiday weeks).

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Car parking is now $25 a day.

Parking at all the theme parks is currently $25/day. 

Remember, cast members get free parking. Just show your ID badge at the gate.

They are now more consistently checking Annual Pass Holders IDs for free parking at the entrance gate.  And the guards at the resorts are questioning all guests if they have a resort or dining reservation at the resort before allowing guests to park.

Read more here:  Disney Increase Parking Fees to $25 a Day

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Cheers to the new year! #2020

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.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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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!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂 #TwoDisneyPrincesses

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Magic Kingdom Wishable

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Epcot Wishable

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Tree of Life Wishable