Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Taping Coming to Walt Disney World

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?

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Mase wrote on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 15:31:

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Awwwwww crap! We'll be there.... but im gonna try to avoid it like the plague... if I knew who the performers were id be interested... but not gonna chance it.

Phil wrote on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 18:28:

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I think I will take my daughter and try out the Friday events. I have always wanted to see how it is done live.

Susan wrote on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 01:00:

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We were there by accident last year. CRAZY on Main Street! Rest of the park was okay though.

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:01:

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I would love to see this, but I've also heard that is can really make things crowded.

Roy wrote on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 08:20:

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Officially announced by Disney, Lady Antebellum will be one of the performers at this year's Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade!!! Take a peek at the website: http://disney.go.com/official-sites/disney-parks-christmas-parade/index?...

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 11/26/2012 - 13:44:

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Thanks for the update Roy!

Joy wrote on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 12:37:

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Hi, do you know which day Lady A will be performing? Also, any other performers for either day (on stage or in parade)?

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 13:19:

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This is what I found for you:

Thursday, November 29, 2012
8:30am-1:30pm Dress Rehearsal

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Rehearsals & filming with ABC-TV
4:00pm *Dance the Magic Showcase at Hollywood Studios- (Premier Theater Stage)

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Rehearsals & filming with ABC-TV
*Please note: In case of taping or rehearsal conflict " our Dance the Magic Showcase may be moved to 4pm on Saturday, Dec. 1

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
In case of delay/problems this is a rain date

Roy wrote on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 13:07:

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Rumor has it the performers at WDW will be One Direction, Phillip Phillips, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lady Antebellum, and America's Got talent Winner Olate Dogs. Performance are typically the first day (Friday) and the parade segments are filmed on Saturday.

JoJo__1D wrote on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 21:51:

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I really really really hope One Direction performs tomorrow but they also have a show further up north...but I mean it's not unheard of for people to jet to shows but I think it's unlikely. Oh well, fingers crossed and I'll get up early just in case.

Haley Brown wrote on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 20:48:

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I was actually performing in the parade yesterday in my band! And yes, Phillip Phillips and Lady Antebellum were there. I actually got to meet Lady Antebellum and a couple other performers in the parade backstage. Watch the parade Christmas day, we were the Scottish high school band performing the music from the movie Brave!

Barbara Kastner wrote on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 18:44:

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We hit this event quite by accident last year and was sincerely sorry we did. We spent Monday and Wednesday battling the MVMCP crowds coming in and going out and then to add insult to injury hit the parade on Friday . I would really like just once to be able to see Main street. It wouldn't be so bad if there was an alternate way to get into the park but short of the railroad ( not available if you are using an ECV ) you are stuck getting up mainstreet to see any other part of the park and that was a maze of going in one door of a store and out another and praying someone would move just a little. This was accompanied by hearing whatever high school band play whatever song no less than half a dozen times. There should be discounted prices and warnings posted for visitors on these days. Oddly enough when we did get into the park past the mess in front the park was empty. I wonder when it is going to happen this year as we are going once again and I just found out the dates for MVMCP have been moved up a week further into November. Honestly if I didn't have airfare booked the trip would be moved to another week! Disney will hear from me if the parade is filmed the week we go!

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 19:57:

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Hi Barbra, Sounds like you had a rough time! The parade is usually tapped the first weekend in December. So, if you're going to be there that weekend, it may be wise to keep your eyes open for updates, or just plan on spending more time at the other parks. A good way to make it past the crowds on Main Street is to make a breakfast reservation at Crystal Palace just before park opening. That will get you deeper into the park before the majority of the crowds get let in. Good Luck!

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