It’s almost time for the biggest holiday parties of the year! 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 much more. During the specials, viewers will also get exclusive looks at upcoming Disney Parks attractions. Check out what’s in store and be sure to mark your calendars!
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” kicks off the holiday season Thursday, Nov. 28, from 8-10 p.m. EST, on ABC and on the ABC app. Join hosts Matthew Morrison and Emma Bunton along with co-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. Thanksgiving Day will be packed with family and fun (and possibly a live stream tradition) and then into the evening with this magical celebration featuring musical performances with some of today’s top artists 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 Dec. 5, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland park in California.
Musical performances for this special include:
- Sting and Shaggy performing duets and solo numbers at Walt Disney World Resort, including a new reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).”
- Rock band Portugal. The Man performing “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” at Disneyland Resort.
- Pentatonix singing a cappella versions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer performing an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
- International pop star Ally Brooke singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (‘Baby Spice’) performing “Santa Baby” at Walt Disney World Resort.
- Tony, Emmy, and two-time Golden Globe-nominee Matthew Morrison performing a medley of “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Let it Snow” from Walt Disney World.
- Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling playing “Carol of the Bells” at Walt Disney World Resort.
“Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World” will air on Friday, Dec. 13 from 8-8:30 p.m. EST on Disney Channel. Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim, stars of Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” will host the special, which will feature performances from Disney Channel stars at Walt Disney World in Florida and aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy.
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 star Shaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” from Walt Disney World Resort.
“Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs Wednesday, Dec. 25, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, 9-11 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 host Jesse 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 December 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 VanderWaal sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Disneyland Resort.
- GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band Portugal. 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.