We have received an update regarding the taping of the Disney Parks holiday specials. Each year, ABC tapes part of its Christmas Parade from Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Usually this happens in early December, but in 2016 the dates move up to Nov. 9-13. This year, the taping will take place in all four parks, but it will not include parade footage from Magic Kingdom—the honor goes to Disneyland!
Still, Disney will be in the parks filming three Christmas specials, and guests with regular admission are allowed to watch and participate in the filming, which includes musical performances by celebrities and other stage show events. According to Attractions Magazine, the filming will take place at Magic Kingdom on Nov. 9 (morning, evening), 10 (morning, midday) and 11 (morning, midday), and Epcot (afternoon) on Nov. 10 and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Nov. 12 (afternoon).
Here are details on when each program will air:
- “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration: – Nov. 24, 8-10 p.m. EST on ABC. Julianne and Derek Hough host the two-hour special from Disney World. It will feature Sofia Carson, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Kelly Clarkson.
- “Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration” Nov. 25, 8-9 p.m. EST on Disney Channel. Performers include Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart, China Anne McClain, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Kelly Clarkson from Disney World.
- “The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration” Dec. 25, 9-11 a.m. EST on ABC. Julianne and Derek Hough host this ride down Main Street. Performers include Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Carson and Jordan Fisher.
This year will mark the first in the special’s 33-year history that some part of the parade portion will not take place at Walt Disney World. The special has also undergone several name changes over the years, with last year’s name being based off the “Unforgettable Happens Here” advertisement campaign. There’s no word if there will be another name change this year.