Disney Parks Holiday Specials

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If you can’t be in a Disney Park this year for Thanksgiving or Christmas, be sure to tune in for the three Disney Parks’ specials airing during the holiday season. They promise to be the most memorable yet! Here’s the scoop courtesy of Disney:


Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world’s most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

holiday-specials-2016-4“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” will air THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” will air FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel. “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Previously announced performers include Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Carson, Jordan Fisher, Forever in Your Mind, China Anne McClain, Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart.

The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

The multi-platform programming schedule is:

THANKSGIVING – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

holiday-specials-2016-2“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.

Musical performances include:

  • Boyz II Men, joined by JoJo, will sing a holiday favorite from the steps of Cinderella Castle
  • Alessia Cara will sing “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s animated feature film, “Moana” (in theaters November 23) for the very first time on broadcast television.
  • Kelly Clarkson will perform “Underneath the Tree” and “Stronger.”
  • Flo Rida performs two of his smash hits.
  • From Disney’s Hollywood Studios, OneRepublic performs one of their hit songs.
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks will perform “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Ugly Christmas Sweater” and “Marshmallow World,” all from their new album, “Christmas Together,” out November 11 (Pearl Records, Inc.).

Additional performances to be announced.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

holiday-specials-2016-3“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.

Musical performances include:

  • “Jolly to the Core,” performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.
  • “Silent Night,” performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.
  • Kelly Clarkson performing a song from her 2013 holiday album “Wrapped in Red.”
  • “Descendants 2” star China Anne McClain performing “This Christmas.”
  • Forever In Your Mind performing “Celebrate.”
  • Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their new album, “Christmas Together,” out November 11 (Pearl Records, Inc.).

CHRISTMAS – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

holiday-specials-2016-6“The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” will air on the ABC Television Network (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrate 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:

  • Alessia Cara will perform a holiday favorite.
  • Sofia Carson performs “Silent Night” featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel and also hosts from backstage.
  • Kelly Clarkson performing “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
  • In front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World, Gavin DeGraw sings a Christmas classic.
  • “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” performed by Jordan Fisher who will also make his Broadway debut in “Hamilton” on November 22.
  • OneRepublic performs from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their new album, “Christmas Together,” out November 11 (Pearl Records, Inc.).

Additional performances to be announced.


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Saying Goodbye To Main Street Electrical Parade At Magic Kingdom

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Calling all parade fans! If you’ll be making a visit to Walt Disney World soon, be sure to stop by Magic Kingdom for your last chance to enjoy the spectacular Main Street Electrical Parade before we have to say goodbye. Here’s everything you need to know, courtesy of Disney:


MSEP 4An enduring Disney Parks classic, the Main Street Electrical Parade, will take its shimmering farewell trip through Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in Florida on October 9, 2016.

Since making its Florida premiere in 1977, the parade has become one of the most beloved entertainment spectacles anywhere. Watching the Main Street Electrical Parade has to become a rite of passage with parents and grandparents eager to share the nostalgic experience with their children. Families will have one more chance to see the parade and share this special memory, on select nights, before it departs.

The vibrant parade, a perennial favorite with Disney guests, will next travel cross-country to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, for a limited engagement beginning early next year.

MSEP 2Brought to light in the early 1970s, the original Main Street Electrical Parade helped establish a Disney Parks reputation for innovative, trend-setting live entertainment. As lights go down along the parade route, the parade brings a variety of beloved Disney animated feature films to life through three-dimensional floats covered with approximately half a million colorful LED twinkling lights. The parade’s iconic musical theme, the electrically synthesized “Baroque Hoedown,” is interwoven with favorite Disney themes. It all adds to the unique upbeat excitement of the procession.

Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 23-foot-tall Clock Tower over Cinderella’s Ball, complete with elegant ballroom dancers in light-covered costumes; the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging Pete’s Dragon; and the 108-foot-long red, white and blue flag finale. Other characters who make appearances include Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and, of course, Mickey Mouse.


Be sure to check out this episode of Behind The Magic Podcast where we discuss the departure of Main Street Electrical Parade and what we might see in the future!

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New Tony’s Town Square Dining Package at Magic Kingdom

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Are you a fan of dining packages? If so, Walt Disney World has another deal for you! Now available for booking, guests can dine on a delicious Italian lunch at Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom and then receive reserved viewing of the Main Street Electrical Parade right by the flagpole in the heart of Main Street, U.S.A later that evening.

The meal includes a choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert, and a beverage. The package costs $45 per adult (ages 10+) or $17 per child (ages 3 – 9), tax and gratuity are not included. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, this package is only one table service credit.

Here’s a peek at the menu to give you an idea of your choices (subject to change):

Appetizers

  • Assorted Meats and Cheese
  • Zucchini Fries
  • Pasta Fagioli
  • Caesar Salad
  • Insalata Fresca
  • Calamari
  • Seasonal Soup

Entrees

  • Chicken Parmigiana
  • Pepperoni, Margherita, Sausage or Vegetarian Pizza
  • New York Strip Steak
  • Spaghetti with Sweet Italian Sausage or Meatballs
  • Cannelloni
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Pasta Primavera Vegetarian, Chicken or Shrimp
  • Caesar Salad with Shrimp or Chicken
  • Fish of the Day

Desserts

  • Cannoli
  • Gelato
  • Tiramisu
  • Chocolate Cake
Reservations for this dining package are now available by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Enjoy!

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