Disney Celebrates the Holidays on Christmas Morning on ABC
WDW Press Release
Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts present annual holiday special with performances by Beyonce, Hannah Montana, Andrea Bocelli, cast From High School Musical and more
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With the enchantment of the holiday season here, Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts invite America to celebrate Christmas morning. Co-hosts Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will bring the magic of Disney Parks to viewers nationwide as the Emmy Award-winning "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" airs on the ABC Television Network on Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. Eastern (9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times.)
For more than 20 years, families have made the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" part of their Christmas Day television tradition. This year, children, parents and grandparents alike can enjoy a parade of Disney's most treasured characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel and Jasmine. Disney Channel favorites including Little Einsteins, Stanley and JoJo's Circus will also be part of the show.
As Disney Parks commemorates "The Year of a Million Dreams," an event that celebrates guests' Disney dreams, this year's parade features "dream" performances from both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Plus, viewers will get a sneak peek at the newest Disney attractions and happenings.
The two-hour show features a star-studded celebrity guest list with scheduled appearances and musical performances by award-winning singer and film star Beyonce; recording artist and composer Daniel Powter; acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli; Mexican pop group RBD; tween singing sensation Bianca Ryan; Playhouse Disney's Doodlebops; Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana; Disney Channel's blockbuster "High School Musical" stars Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Ashley Tisdale; Grammy Award-winner Michael Bolton; pop performers Paris Bennett, Kevin Covais, Ace Young and Mandisa; sister act Aly & AJ; Travel Channel host Samantha Brown; and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" designers extraordinaire Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis and Eduardo Xol.
Along with the impressive list of performers, Disney favorites take center stage at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom as they spread holiday cheer right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT in FLORIDA presents:
* A Christmas tree float with hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse
* Toyland military and the Toy Soldiers marching to the Toyland March
* Santa's Workshop float featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye and the Green Army Sergeant from "Toy Story"
* DisneyPixar's cars with Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater
* Royal Unit float featuring Disney princesses -- Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine
* Pirates float featuring swashbuckling Disney pirates
* Show boat with B'rer Bear, B'rer Rabbit and Dixieland band
* Ice pond float with Donald Duck and Daisy Duck
* Bake shoppe with dancing gingerbread men, candy cane maids and elves
* Santa float featuring the big guy himself and his famous reindeer
DISNEYLAND RESORT in CALIFORNIA presents:
* A Christmas fantasy float with stuffed bear, ballerina and a music box
* Santa's cottage with mail room elves, Chicken Little and Abby Mallard
* Toy Humvee with prankster chipmunks Chip 'n' Dale
* Toy factory float with Playhouse Disney pals -- Stanley, Goliath, JoJo, Rolie
* Winter wonderland with snow people and ice skating snowflakes
* Ice rink with Goofy and his son Max
* Cookbook float with candy bakers and dancers
* Candy house with Pluto along with gingerbread men
* Candlelight ball with Snow White and Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip, and Mulan and Shang
* Jeweled tree float with the Seven Dwarfs
* Finale dancers pave the way for Rudolph and reindeer, with the lovable alien Stitch in his favorite Santa costume
In addition, the show will feature floats and elements from the "Disney Dreams Come True" parade at Walt Disney World Resort and "Parade of Dreams" at Disneyland Resort.
This year's program will be broadcast in English and Spanish (SAP).