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    'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    Monday, November 24, 2008

    ABC Television Network

    "WALT DISNEY WORLD CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE" CELEBRATES
    ITS 25th YEAR WITH
    CO-HOSTS REGIS PHILBIN, KELLY RIPA
    AND RYAN SEACREST

    Highlights Include Performances by
    Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), Billy Ray Cyrus,
    Jonas Brothers ("Camp Rock"), "High School Musical's" Corbin Bleu,
    "American Idol" winner David Cook,
    the cast of Broadway's "Mary Poppins," Sarah Brightman,
    stars of Playhouse Disney's "Imagination Movers"
    and Jose Feliciano

    For 25 years, children of all ages have unwrapped the magic of Disney on Christmas day on ABC. This year the Emmy Award-winning "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" celebrates its silver anniversary with a two-hour television extravaganza. The special, hosted by Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa (co-hosts of "Live with Regis & Kelly") and Ryan Seacrest ("Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2009 with Ryan Seacrest"), will air Thursday, December 25 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., ET and 9:00-11:00 a.m., CT, MT, PT; check local listings) on the ABC Television Network.

    Hollywood's biggest names and Disney's most beloved characters will bring the holiday magic home in song and style as they light up the holiday from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

    Superstar sensation Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") will kick off the show at Walt Disney World with a blockbuster performance of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Miley's dad, Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"), will also rock and roll with his Christmas single, "Run Rudolph Run." The hottest teen band in the country, the Jonas Brothers ("Camp Rock"), will perform their Christmas tune, "Joyful Kings," and Corbin Bleu, star of Disney's blockbuster "High School Musical" films, heads to the front of the class for an A+ act, singing a Disney Parks original song, "Celebrate You." "American Idol" winner David Cook will put his rocker spin on a holiday classic, and musical legend Jose Feliciano performs his holiday hit, "Feliz Navidad." The song, beloved around the world, has been honored as one of the "25 Greatest Holiday Songs of the Century." Broadway comes to Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom as cast members from Broadway's "Mary Poppins" are joined by hundreds of dancers performing choreography from the smash hit, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The stars of Playhouse Disney's "Imagination Movers" series sing an original holiday song, "Give a Gift," and world-class soprano Sarah Brightman will perform an inspirational holiday song from her new Christmas album, "A Winter Symphony."

    At the heart of the show is the parade itself, where favorite Disney and Pixar characters take center-stage for television's happiest parade as it makes its way down Main Street, U.S.A. at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. Also, show-stopping musical numbers such as "Festival of the Lion King," featuring favorite Disney songs, will create memorable musical moments the entire family will enjoy.

    This year's show will be broadcast in HD, and it will also be broadcast in English and Spanish (SAP).

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    Excellent, does anyone know the date they will be filming it this year?

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    I always thought the WDW section of the parade was filmed live and the Disneyland resort section was pre-recorded

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    Oh boy, I can not wait to watch it .

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    I always thought the WDW section of the parade was filmed live and the Disneyland resort section was pre-recorded
    Nope, in 06 they filmed the WDW portion the first week of December.

    We attended and saw Andrea Bocelli, it was great!

    Here are some pictures if you like, they rerouted guests behind Main Street to keep the crowd levels at a minimum. I missed last year but I wanted to catch this year for my daughter as Miley will be there.

    Castle Stage pictures from amusement parks photos on webshots

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    Turns out there was a link hidden waaaaayyy back in the website for tickets.


    Bummer, another year, foiled again. LOL

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    The page takes a bit to load for me but definitely shows where you could get tickets.

    I imagine if we get there early enough we can still get a good seat though, will just have to plan better this year and take a backpack with food/water.

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    What will Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa be singing for their annual holiday duet this year, airing on tomorrow's Live With Regis and Kelly? "This year, we picked Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," revealed Regis in an exclusive Lifeline Live interview. Isn't that exciting?

    Actually, Regis got on the phone to chat up a bunch of Christmas stuff he's doing. "I always say to myself, it’s not going to be this busy all the time, but there’s no way out of it," says Reege, 77 and still going strong.

    On Christmas day, Regis and Kelly are hosts of The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade on ABC (10 a.m. ET) featuring David Cook, The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus among other stars. Regis, who taped it two weeks ago and will be in Greenwich, Conn., with family on Christmas Day, has worked the parade for 24 years, he says. "It's always fun. After a while you’re down there and the same gang starts to show up every year."
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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    I've watched a good bunch of the parade and I never thought that these parades would get so boring...until this year. Same old floats, same old singers, same old everything. Yawn. It was like watching Macy's parade where 90% of the floats and balloons were recycled from last year.

    I dread having to hear the same singers in these parades for the next few years until their popularity fades out.

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    All I can say is ... good thing I could fast forward through most of it on TiVo.


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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    What a joke...

    No wonder why you said same old floats, same old performers... a lot of that parade was a rerun from previous years. It's one thing to tape things on different days and edit them together it's another thing when they use old material.

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    Re: 'WDW Christmas Day Parade' Silver Anniversary on ABC

    It's been years since I last watched the WDW Christmas Parade, and while I enjoyed it, it could have been aired in 1 hour instead of two. Too much "stay tuned for...". I was really hoping to see HMH, and how the parks celebrate Christmas (i.e. a look at SBC at night, snow falls, etc.) Sneak-a-peeks were too vague.I generally look at the telecast as a commercial for the parks, but nothing really screamed out "come visit". Still, it's a holiday tradition I'm missed watching.

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