Many Disney fans tune in their television sets every December 25 for the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The celebration of music, floats, Disney characters and Christmas cheer is taped ahead of time in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. While the California tapings have already taken place, Walt Disney World is gearing up for their part in the special which is set to be taped later this month.
At this time, it looks like taping for the parade will happen at the Magic Kingdom Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1 (with Sunday, December 2, as a rain date).
While Mario Lopez was on hand to handle host duties for the Disneyland portion of the taping, there's no official word on who will be the WDW host or hosts. There are rumors out there that Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos will fill those roles; Lopez, Cannon and Menounos shared the anchor duties for last year's special.
In the past, taping on Friday has included catching performances of musical acts on a stage in front of Cinderella's Castle while Saturday is geared to capture the parade itself on film.
Hankering to see the action up close and personal? There is a chance guests could catch some of the action. As of this writing, the Magic Kingdom is scheduled to open to the public at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 30, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 1. The audience for the taping is generally pre-selected from a group (or groups) Walt Disney World invites; last year, only cast members were eligible to snag the tickets to be part of the audience. However, there could be room in the roped off areas dedicated to the audience for some guests heading out to the parks that day.
How about you, fellow Disney enthusiasts? Have any of you gone to the Magic Kingdom when the Christmas Day Parade taping is underway? Does anyone have plans to go there this year?