LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2004) -- On Christmas Day, the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade decks the halls with a star-studded line-up of major musical performers and favorite celebrities for two hours of holiday cheer.
The annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade telecast airs on ABC-TV Christmas Day from 1 to 3 p.m. (EST), noon to 2 p.m. (CT), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (MT) and 3 to 5 p.m. (PST).
A 21-year television tradition, the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade celebrates the season with an unprecedented parade of talent -- pop stars and country sensations, heartthrobs, and many favorite characters, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Bear from Disney Channel's Bear in the Big Blue House.
And presiding over the festivities will be Regis Philbin, who has hosted more Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parades than anyone. Joining Regis as co-host for the Annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade will be his Live! With Regis & Kelly co-star -- and star of ABC-TV's Hope & Faith -- Kelly Ripa.
Here's a sneak-peek at this year's annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade highlights...
Pop music idols Mariah Carey and Ashanti; Latin singing sensation Juanes; American Idol favorites Kelly Clarkson and Diana DeGarmo; and country stars Wynonna and SHeDaisy, will all entertain in a special Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade performances.
Appearances by Disney Channel stars Raven and Christy Carlson-Romano.
Special appearances by Meredith Vieira, Co-Host of The View and Host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Stars galore make Christmas Day Parade special appearances, including the legendary Julie Andrews, John Stamos, Hope & Faith stars Faith Ford and Ted McGinley, Less Than Perfect star Patrick Warburton, Constance Marie from the George Lopez show, Erik von Detten from the hysterical new comedy Complete Savages, Tom Bergeron host of America's Funniest Home Videos, Rodney Carrington from Rodney and film and television star Zach Braff.
At the heart of the telecast -- and a Christmas Day television tradition now more than two decades strong -- is the annual Walt Disney World Christmas Parade, where favorite Disney characters take center stage for television's happiest parade as it makes its merry way down Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom. Along with Disney classic characters Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto, this year's parade extravaganza will include Disney Princesses Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine and Snow White, and, of course, topping off the parade is the man of the hour, Santa Claus -- joined by Mrs. Claus -- parading down Main Street, U.S.A.