Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
What happens every year on Christmas morning? No, silly, everyone huddles around the TV and watches the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Sure you do. That's what Christmas is all about a beautiful Christmas morning at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
I'm going to tell you a little secret. Shhh. Don't tell anyone. The Christmas Day Parade at Walt Disney World or Disneyland doesn't happen on Christmas Day.
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade in 90 seconds
About the Parade
The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is much more than a parade. It's a 2-hour commercial for the Disney Parks, hotels and Disney sponsored entertainers. The show features some big entertainer (Mariah Carey in 2011) performing on the Magic Kingdom Castle stage and another at Disneyland (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy).
Ryan Seacrest has been the Walt Disney World host for the last couple of years and Nick Cannon will be at Disneyland. During the show they will introduce other entertainers who perform from locations like the Grand Floridian and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. Performers for 2011 include Selena Gomez and Lee Dewyze (American Idol WInner).
There is a parade that goes right down Main Street USA.
Taping of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
Photo by John Corigiliano
When is the show taped
The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade is always taped the first weekend in December. The Disneyland section is usually done in November. If you've never been involved in a TV show taping it's both interesting and boring. Segments are taped over and over and over and over. It's not unusual to have the same song performed 20 times for different camera angles.
The taping is done over 2 or sometimes 3 days. Each part is done then redone then done again. At Disney World the first day is the first Friday in December. Taping continues through the weekend until it's completed (usually on Saturday). If weather is a factor it can continue into Sunday.
When can I see the Show
The show can be see on ABC on Christmas Day. Here are the times -
- Eastern Time - 11am-1pm
- Central Time - Noon-2pm
- Mountain Time - 10am-Noon
- Pacific Time - 5pm-7pm
- Los Angeles - 9am-11am (on KABC)
What is Christmas Day Really Like
So, Dad if what we see on TV is not live, what is Christmas Day really like at the Magic Kingdom?
Glad you asked. Christmas Day is the busiest day of the year at the Magic Kingdom. There are wall-to-wall people. It can take you an hour just to get a Coke.
Questions and Answers
Almost every day Dad answers a question about Walt Disney World. Several have been about the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade. Here are the best ...
- When will the taping be and what's a good location to watch it?
- What will the crowds be like during the taping of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade?
Dad's Bottom Line
This parade has been on TV almost every year since 1982. Our family rushes to watch the show every Christmas morning. It's one of our family traditions.