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    Why do I feel like I'm going to need a bottle of the pink stuff for this? Please don't repeat that stage version of "Little Mermaid".

    Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton and Jesse Palmer to host ABC’s prime-time and Christmas Day specials

    Performers to include Sting, Shaggy, Portugal. The Man, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Ally Brooke, Meg Donnelly, Grace VanderWaal, Lindsey Stirling and more


    This holiday season, ABC and Disney Channel will transport the magic of Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line during the holidays to viewers with three magical specials featuring star-studded performances, merry entertainment and more. During the specials, viewers will get exclusive looks at upcoming Disney Parks attractions, including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening soon at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

    ABC officially kicks off the holidays with “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,THURSDAY, NOV. 28(8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC; followed by “Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World,“premiering FRIDAY, DEC. 13(8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. As part of the annual tradition, the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade”airs Christmas morning, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 25(10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app).

    “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration”kicks off the holiday seasonThursday, Nov. 28, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. EST, on ABC and on the ABC app. Join hosts artist Matthew Morrison, singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton, and TV host Jesse Palmer as they present the two-hour prime-time special on Thanksgiving night from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. This magical celebration will feature celebrity musical performances among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment. During the prime-time special, viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Dec. 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California.

    Musical performances include the following:
    • GRAMMY®Award-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).”
    • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band The Man performs “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” from Disneyland Resort.
    • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Pentatonix will sing a cappella renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer perform an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
    • International pop star Ally Brooke sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • The Tony®, Emmy®and two-time Golden Globe®-nominated artist Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World Resort of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the upcoming album “Disney Dreamin’with Matthew Morrison” and the classic “Let it Snow.”
    • Acclaimed two-time Billboard Award-winning electronic violinistLindsey Stirlingpulls all the strings for “Carol of the Bells” from Walt Disney World Resort.

    Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World“ airs Friday, Dec. 13, from 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST/PST, on Disney Channel and in the DisneyNOW app. Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” stars MegDonnellyand Milo Manheimwill co-host this holiday party with artist Matthew Morrison, treating fans to a magical holiday celebration featuring performances from Shaggy, Pentatonix andDisney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home“), Ruby Rose Turner (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”) and Kylie Cantrall (“Gabby Duran & The Unsittables”) broadcast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and aboard the majestic Disney Fantasy – part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. During the special, viewers will enjoy exclusive Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a first look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future. Viewers will also get an exclusive look at the Disney Channel Original Movie sequel “ZOMBIES 2,” premiering on Disney Channel in 2020. Additionally, “BUNK’D” stars Scarlett Estevez and Israel Johnson will host a special family segment highlighting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

    Musical performances include the following:
    • Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” star Meg Donnelly sings “Home for the Holidays” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Disney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (”Raven’s Home”) and Ruby Rose Turner (”Coop & Cami Ask the World”) perform “12 Days of Christmas” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Disney Channel’s “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables” star Kylie Cantrall performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“ aboard the Disney Fantasy.
    • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Pentatonix performs an a cappella renditionof “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae starShaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” from Walt Disney World Resort.

    “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airsWednesday, Dec. 25, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app. Disney’s annual Christmas celebration airs Christmas morning on ABC hosted by artist Matthew Morrison, singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton, and TV hostJesse Palmer. Joining as co-hosts are ABC’s “black-ish” star Marsai Martin with Hollywood Records Artist and Disney’s “The Lion King” star JD McCrary, who voiced young Simba in the live-action film. Presented from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California, the show features the Christmas Day Parade down Main Street U.S.A., heartwarming stories and amazing celebrity performances. Among the exclusive Disney Parks sneak peeks planned for this special are Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future, plus Avengers Campus coming to Disney California Adventure Park in California in 2020. Viewers will also get a special look at “the most magical flight on earth”: the newly opened Disney Skyliner gondola system, connecting Walt Disney World Resort guests to two Disney theme parks and four resorts, including the new Disney’s Riviera Resort, opening Dec. 16.

    Musical performances include the following:
    • Seventeen-time GRAMMY Award-winning Sting performs “Soul Cake” off his platinum-selling album “If On A Winter’s Night…”from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings his new Caribbean-flavored original song “Christmas with Friends” from Walt Disney World Resort
    • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Grace Vander Waal sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Disneyland Resort.
    • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band The Man performs “White Christmas” and “Feel it Still” from Disneyland Resort.
    • International pop star Ally Brooke performs “Christmas Through Your Eyes” from Walt Disney World Resort.
    • The cast of the new Disney+ original “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” performs a high-energy medley from Disneyland Resort.

    The holiday specials are a collaboration by Disney Parks, ABC, Disney Channel and Endeavor Content.
    Last edited by stovk; 11-07-2019, 09:46 AM.

  • #2
    Anyone know when they're filming the holiday special at Disneyland?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by WaltDisney'sAlec View Post
      Anyone know when they're filming the holiday special at Disneyland?
      When the production crew from the SW Holiday Special can be gathered together from their diverse psychiatric wards and taverns.
      Walt would have loved GE as much as he loved the orange groves.

      Live from beautiful downtown Batuu, Iger and Chapek present GE.

      Calling Star Wars "Disney" is the same as calling American Flyer "Lionel"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WaltDisney'sAlec View Post
        Anyone know when they're filming the holiday special at Disneyland?
        Based off permits for installing the lighting towers it seems like maybe after the 15th.

        http://permits.anaheim.net/tm_bin/tm...=BLD2019-05279

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        • #5
          Originally posted by parrity1 View Post

          Based off permits for installing the lighting towers it seems like maybe after the 15th.

          http://permits.anaheim.net/tm_bin/tm...=BLD2019-05279
          Thanks for finding the permit on this! I'm visiting this weekend and didn't want it to interfere.

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          • #6
            I’m going that weekend too, Saturday the 16th.. I’m really hoping I miss the filming craziness.. I can’t imagine the crowds.. I’m crossing my fingers!!

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            • #7
              We went a couple of years back on a day they were filming the special and minus the Hub the rest of the park was not very crowded and I think this was during the 60th year as half the park felt the need to stay in the Hub for most of the day waiting and watching the filming. It's like the park during the Candle Light Processional Mainstreet is packed but the back half of the park feels empty.

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              • #8
                Okay that’s good to know!! If it is like that then I think it will be doable..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Friendlypixie50 View Post
                  I’m going that weekend too, Saturday the 16th.. I’m really hoping I miss the filming craziness.. I can’t imagine the crowds.. I’m crossing my fingers!!
                  filming
                  I was at PARK during a
                  filming....and it was CRAZY.......
                  IMO
                  it not the time ,I would be at the Parks....just to much going on...and it mess up, my fun time.
                  Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                  • #10
                    That’s what I’m afraid of Eagleman. I’ve been looking forward to this girls trip with my niece and was even going to splurge on max pass just so we can get on as much as possible since it is a Saturday. I have been a passholder for 15 years, but my pass is up in early January and I won’t be renewing due to many reasons.. So this is one of the last trips I will be making this year. I’m hoping filming takes place during the week prior, as one site suggested due to the permit dates, but we shall see.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Friendlypixie50 View Post
                      That’s what I’m afraid of Eagleman. I’ve been looking forward to this girls trip with my niece and was even going to splurge on max pass just so we can get on as much as possible since it is a Saturday. I have been a passholder for 15 years, but my pass is up in early January and I won’t be renewing due to many reasons.. So this is one of the last trips I will be making this year. I’m hoping filming takes place during the week prior, as one site suggested due to the permit dates, but we shall see.
                      IMO....I believe you should be OK......
                      , Saturday the 16th
                      When they do filming as such....it during the week......( but what do, I really know)
                      I HOPE ,it become a very special Day for You and your Niece

                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                      • #12
                        Thank you!! I’m sure it will be regardless

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Friendlypixie50 View Post
                          Thank you!! I’m sure it will be regardless
                          Welcome..........Hope
                          is an optimistic
                          state of mind that is based on an expectation
                          of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life
                          or the world at large...."It will be" !!
                          Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                          • #14
                            Yay for scoring Lindsay Sterling. She can play a mean violin!

                            I honestly hope that Sting performs live and not lip syncing

                            *Flashbacks to past Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Performance, where Sting noticeably missed his audio cue and opens his mouth late*

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                            • #15
                              Any more hints on when they may be filming?

                              We were planning a visit on the 19th, which is a Tuesday. So that is probably a bad date, right? We are flexible. Maybe I should change our date?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Friendlypixie50 View Post
                                I’m going that weekend too, Saturday the 16th.. I’m really hoping I miss the filming craziness.. I can’t imagine the crowds.. I’m crossing my fingers!!
                                I’m going that Saturday too, I think I will have to bite the bullet and buy the maxpass 🙄.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by MAC1986 View Post

                                  I’m going that Saturday too, I think I will have to bite the bullet and buy the maxpass 🙄.
                                  Yea I have never used it before. Since I have always had a pass, and enjoy atmosphere over rides these days, I’ve never felt the need for it. But my niece hasn’t been in two years and she won’t be coming back for who knows how long. I wanted to make sure she has fun and can go on everything she wants. I’ve heard great things about it from both friends and from internet sites and that it is worth it especially on busy days.

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