Performers announced for the ABC and Disney Channel Holiday Specials from Walt Disney World and Disneyland

Nov 07, 2019 in "Holidays at the Magic Kingdom"

Posted: Thursday November 7, 2019 9:13am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

This year ABC and Disney Channel will present three Holiday Specials featuring performances and entertainment from Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Filming for the specials is taking place this week at Walt Disney World, and here is a look at what you can expect to see when the shows air.

“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 primetime special on Thanksgiving night from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California.

Musical performances include the following:

  • GRAMMY® Award-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).”
  • GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” from Disneyland Resort.
  • Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning group Pentatonix will sing a cappella renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer perform an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
  • International pop star Ally Brooke sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (‘Baby Spice’), performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The Tony, Emmy, and two-time Golden Globe -nominated artist Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World Resort of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the upcoming album “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison” and the classic “Let it Snow.”
  • Acclaimed two-time Billboard-Award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling pulls all the strings for “Carol of the Bells” from Walt Disney World Resort.

“Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World“ airs Friday, Dec. 13, from 8-8:30 p.m. EST/PST on Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app.

Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” stars Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim will host this holiday party, treating fans to a magical holiday celebration featuring performances from Disney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (“Raven’s Home“), Ruby Rose Turner (“Coop & Cami Ask the World”), and Kylie Cantrall (“Gabby Duran & The Unsittables”) broadcast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and aboard the majestic Disney Fantasy – part of the Disney Cruise Line fleet. During the special, viewers will enjoy a first look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida in spring of 2020 and Disneyland Park in California in the future. Viewers will also get an exclusive look at the Disney Channel Original Movie sequel “ZOMBIES 2,” premiering on Disney Channel in 2020. Additionally, “BUNK’D” stars Scarlett Estevez and Israel Johnson will host a special family segment highlighting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

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 rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning reggae star reggae 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.
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HauntedPirateNov 02, 2021

We can’t say never but… it likely never will. I won’t go into my opinions as to why, but my disdain for what they put out these days is well-known.

GoPatriots19Nov 02, 2021

I have a feeling this might be the case. The tapings during park hours were cool. I hope that comes back.

HauntedPirateNov 01, 2021

Honestly, it doesn’t matter much anymore since tapings for the 2 hour Disney Holiday Infomercial+ are consumer-free these days.

danlb_2000Nov 01, 2021

Yeah, I wasn't originally going to click on this thread because I thought the title told me everything I needed to know.

DCBakerNov 01, 2021

The other posts were deleted.

ToTBellHopNov 01, 2021

What on earth does that have to do with this thread?

larryzNov 01, 2021

This is one of those occasions where it may be more appropriate to open a new thread than to continue a thread from two years ago...

HakunamatataOct 31, 2021

Should be soon after Christmas decorations go up on Main Street in MK.

GoPatriots19Oct 30, 2021

Any word on when the 2021 Christmas special tapings are if any during park hours?

MotherOfBirdsNov 07, 2019

You just described Megacon.

TJJohn12Nov 07, 2019

*Just* found it as you were posting. ;-)

NunuNov 07, 2019

https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/now-at-disneys-hollywood-studios.961572/

TJJohn12Nov 07, 2019

Anybody grab photos of the Oscar's bypass? I've never been there when it's in use.

HauntedPirateNov 07, 2019

Take one Christmas Day Parade that was excellent and done live for years, with top-notch entertainers and singers. Remove the live element. Remove the top-notch entertainers and singers. Turn it into a 90 minute infomercial. Then add 2-3 more "specials", because if one Christmas parade is good, then 3 Christmas specials are better (According to Iger/Chapek-logic), further watering down the "talent" used. Then, wonder why people don't tune in like they used to. Maybe because IT'S NOT SPECIAL ANYMORE??? I'll give them getting Sting to perform (the singer, not the wrestler ;) ). Nostalgia sells, remember. The rest... :bored::facepalm: