Disney will once again bring the magic of its holiday season into people’s homes on Christmas Day with Disney Parade Christmas Day Parade. And on Dec. 8, Disney Parks provided details on some musical performances and parade elements that home viewers will catch during the television special.
Now in 32nd year, the 2015 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade special will air Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 (10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. ET; airtimes vary) on the ABC Television Network. ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company.
This year’s special is entitled “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration,” a nod to the new promotional campaign touting “Unforgettable Happens Here” (at Disney). In keeping with that theme, as well as the format of previous specials, the show will feature musical performances by well-known artists. Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Seal, Reba McEntire, and others will perform at Magic Kingdom, part of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Magic Kingdom’s Christmas parade is also featured in the program.
Robin Roberts of ABC’s “Good Morning America” returns to serve as lead host, reporting from Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom. Joining Roberts will be sports commentator, former pro football player, and new GMA special correspondent Jesse Palmer and actress and singer Janel Parrish, star of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.” Palmer, who is participating in the Disney Parks Christmas Parade for the first time, will share highlights of the parade from Main Street, U.S.A. Parrish, as music correspondent, will work from Cinderella Castle and share the spotlight with Disney character Stitch.
Disneyland Resort will not be featured in this year’s television special.
As with previous specials, this year’s “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” will feature some familiar and up-and-coming musical artists. They perform their own songs and Christmas favorites as well as Disney classic featured on the new “We Love Disney” compilation album produced by musician, composer and songwriter David Foster. The entertainment line-up of performers and songs include the following (subject to change):
- Jason Derulo offers a rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from 1994’s “The Lion King.” It is available, like other Disney songs” on “We Love Disney.”
- Ariana Grande sings “Zero to Hero,” from the 1997 Disney film “Hercules,” as well as her recent single, “Focus.”
- Grammy award-winning artist Seal performs his interpretation of “This Christmas” as well as his new hit, “Every Time I’m With You.”
- Country music star Reba McEntire sings her new song, “Going Out Like That” as well as “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
- Andy Grammer (“Keep Your Head Up”) provides a medley of his “Honey I’m Good” and his new single “Good to be Alive,” as well as the Christmas standard, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
- Charlie Puth (“Marvin Gaye”) performs “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and his upcoming single, “One Call Away.”
- Tori Kelly (“Should’ve Been Us”) performs “Colors of the Wind” from 1995’s “Pocahontas” and a seasonal favorite, “Winter Wonderland.”
- Singer/songwriter Charles Perry, who mixes pop, soul and funk, performs a “World of My Own/Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” medley, from 1951’s “Alice in Wonderland” and 1970s’s “The Aristocats,” and his own version of the Christmas duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
- The cast of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants” (Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, and Sofia Carson) pay tribute to Disney’s villains with “Rotten to the Core,” the movie’s opening song.
In addition to musical performances, “Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration” will spotlight the parade floats for animated and live-action movies, among them “Toy Story,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Inside Out’ “Wreck-It Ralph,” and “Frozen.” The Christmas special and parade also promotes new or future films, including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Finding Dory.” It also features Disney princesses, characters from Disney Junior and a performance from the stars of the “Descendants.”
Disney theme-parks fans take note: the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade TV special will include iconic elements of the parade itself, such as the Disney Toy Soldiers, Mickey and friends, and Santa Claus.
The 32nd annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade television special is slated to air nationwide on Dec. 25, 2015 on ABC, generally at the following times: at 10 a.m. EST and at 9 a.m. CST, MST and PST. The show will also air in Canada on CBC Network and across the globe on the American Forces Network. Be sure to check your local listings.