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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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.

2016 Disney|ABC Television Group Holiday Specials at Disney Parks

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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   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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2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Cast member ticket prices

Cast member ticket prices!  30% off!!

The dates for 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party have been announced!

November 2015:  8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29*

December 2015: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Tickets went on sale April 8, 2015.

Public Ticket Prices:

Advance Ticket Sales – $74.00 plus tax age 10+, $69.00 plus tax age 3-9

Same-Day – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance

Premium Night 12/18 – $82.00 plus tax age 10+, $77.00 plus tax age 3-9

Passholder Rates available 11/8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19; 12/1, 3, & 8 – Rates are $70/$65 plus tax

*Cast Members can get discounted tickets (30% off) to MVMCP for most nights in early November at the Company D Store.

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At MVMCP…so much fun!! The Cinderella Castle is just beautiful with the Dream Lights turned on!!

CP Tip:  The 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 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!!!

At MVMCP party with friends:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party-with-dcp-friends/

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

Special parade, snow falling on Main Street USA, Castle Dream Lights turned on, holiday music playing, free cookies and cocoa…all of it wonderful!!!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We 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.

2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Parade

Start of the parade

Start of the parade

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held on select nights in November and December.  Cast members can get discounted tickets (30% off) for the parties held in November.

Anna and Queen Elsa

Anna and Queen Elsa from Frozen (new parade addition for 2014)

We thought the nighttime parade was great, especially the new elements.  The gang from ‘Frozen’ was all there:  Kristoff in a horse-drawn sleigh, Olaf has his own float, and Anna and Queen Elsa ride along in an icy blue illuminated carriage.

Olaf is new to the parade this year.

Olaf is new to the parade this year.  He was great, waving and dancing to the music!

Our Magical Moment was when the girl next to Elly started yelling at Kristoff, and he waved wildly at her.  Elly turned and recognized her as the “friend of Anna” from Hollywood Studios!!

The snow machines on the rooftops were set to maximum!

The snow machines on the rooftops were set to maximum!  It was like a blizzard on Main Street!

The ‘snow’ machines were turned on high at the start of the parade and the buildings all along Main Street were illuminated in greens and reds.  The holiday music was so wonderful.  The smell of baking sugar cookies was in the air.  (Free cookies and hot cocoa are available at several of the restaurants from 7pm-Midnight.)

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Mickey and Minnie’s float

People were yelling and cheering at Mickey...

People were yelling and cheering at Mickey…

We loved seeing the toy soldiers marching in formation down the street!

LOVE these guys!

LOVE these guys!

And love these guys too!

Dancing reindeer…we love these guys too!

Video of the 2014 MVMCP parade:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLKoeGPOSU

On Main Street after the early parade.

On Main Street after the early parade.  Not too crowded for a November night.

Almost midnight, time to leave!

Almost midnight, time to leave!

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

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 (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) 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.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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

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Christmas Happenings at WDW

Nobody decorates for the Christmas holiday season like Disney! 🙂

We’re making a list of all the things that we want to do and see this November:

Seeing the Christmas Decorations

The holiday decorating starts the first week in November and is mostly complete in time for the first night of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – November 7th this year!

On Main Street USA, all decorated for Christmas.

On Main Street USA, all decorated for Christmas.

The Disney resorts will be all decorated for the holidays too, along with the theme parks. Each theme park will have an enormous decorated Christmas tree, and so will all the Deluxe resort lobbies. 

Huge decorated Christmas tree at DAK.

Huge decorated Christmas tree at DAK.

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights

In front of Cinderella Castle with Dream Lights turned on.

In front of Cinderella Castle with Dream Lights turned on.

Starting November 7th, the Dream Lights will be turned on each evening.

Disney decorates Cinderella Castle for the holiday season with a “Dream Lights” effect that makes the Castle seem to be covered in ice. Over 200,000 lights are draped over the turrets and roofs of the Castle to create this beautiful effect. A short show called “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” and a castle lighting ceremony is held each evening, usually around 6:15 pm, and the lights remain on, slowly changing colors, for the rest of the evening.

New this year:  Elsa turns the Cinderella Castle icy!

New for 2014:  Queen Elsa!

New for 2014: Queen Elsa!

Christmas Parade coming down Main Street USA:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr5Ovjo4py0

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party parade!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party parade!

We have tickets to see this on November 14th.   Admission to the event includes complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, “snow” on Main Street, holiday stage shows, carolers, two performances of the holiday parade, and a special holiday fireworks display. Plus, most of the major attractions will be open!  No lines!!

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Lights at Hollywood Studios

Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios

Starting November 7th, the spectacle this year has been enhanced to include choreographed “dancing” lights that swirl and soar to an exhilarating medley of holiday music every 15 minutes, thanks to electronic wizardry featuring more than 400 dimmers. Every building façade, all the trees, wreaths, bells and holiday figures dance to classic tunes while “Florida snow” flurries fall from the skies.This elaborate holiday decoration display incorporates millions of Christmas lights, fake snow and various holiday vignettes.  Lovely.

The Jingle Cruise

The Jingle Cruise!

The Jingle Cruise!

Also starting November 7th, the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom will become the “Jingle Cruise” for the winter holiday season.

The Jungle Cruise boats will be renamed with holiday-themed names, the queue and the boathouse will be transformed with holiday decorations, and the Skipper’s jokes will take on a holiday theme as well.

Gingerbread Houses and other Edible Holiday Displays

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House.

Among the especially amazing holiday decorations are the edible holiday displays whipped up by pastry chefs throughout WDW.

The biggest edible production is a Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian that is so large that it also doubles as a real bake shop. Featuring real gingerbread made using a classic Austrian recipe, the bake shop offers freshly baked items such as cookies, ornaments and miniature gingerbread houses. Other homemade items for sale include Stollen Bread, chocolate peppermint bark, lollipops and special Grand Floridian logo boxes filled with truffles. Demonstrations on how to decorate a gingerbread house take place in front of the bake shop six days a week.

The Gingerbread Bake Shop in Epcot enchants guests of all ages. Guests can peer inside the life-sized gingerbread house filled with goodies galore. The giant structure, made entirely of gingerbread, cookies and icing, also features a bake shop that opens in late November as part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration.

The resorts at WDW also offer fantastic edible displays. The Beach Club Resort usually has a fully detailed, life-sized gingerbread carousel in the lobby. The lobby of Yacht Club Resort has yummy displays such as a miniature New England-style train racing through a sugary rock mountain surrounded by a candy-coated model village. The lobby of BoardWalk Resort always has an amazing gingerbread display, and the Contemporary Resort had a 17-foot gingerbread Christmas tree in 2013!  (Displays start November 13, 2014!)

Festival of the Seasons & Santa Claus at Downtown Disney

Santa at DTD

Santa outside his chalet at DTD

Starting on November 14th, Santa appears in his chalet at Downtown Disney Marketplace. Downtown Disney will be all decorated in Christmas cheer and special Christmas music will be playing for the “Festival of the Seasons.” The event includes special entertainment, including holiday carolers; Latin, jazz and pop performances of holiday songs; costumed stilt walkers and street performers; and a lively holiday dance party with deejay every weekend.

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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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