The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is an annual American television special that airs on Christmas Day on ABC (and formerly on CBS prior to Disney's acquisition of ABC), taped primarily inside the Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The program has aired annually since 1983, with the exception of 2000 when ABC aired a Christmas Eve "Tracking Santa" special instead. In 1999, a nighttime version of the parade was shown on Christmas Day.
From 1983 through 2001, the program was known as The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, and then shortened to the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade from 2002 to 2008. The show was rethemed as the Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration for 2014, was titled the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration for 2015, and was named the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration in 2016 and 2017. For 2018, it will be named the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.
Starting in 2009, additional parades from Disneyland in Anaheim, California, were also taped about three weeks prior to Christmas Day. Past shows included segments featuring other Disney theme park around the world.
The parades down Main Street, U.S.A. features appearances by many Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Pluto, Scrooge McDuck, and Chip 'n' Dale, as well as floats featuring celebrities, musical performances, marching bands from various schools and community groups across the USA, and highlights of events and properties at Disney theme parks and other Disney productions. Most of the program is taped in November and early December for broadcast on Christmas Day. However, until the early 1990s, the parade was broadcast live on Christmas Day.
A Spanish simulcast of the parade has aired on Univision under the titles Desfile de Navidad Disney, (Feliz) Navidad Disney, and Navidad Mágica Disney, and typically air Spanish singers who sing Christmas carols as well as their latest hits.
Past title cards
- Official web page
- Disney Wiki: Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
- ABC Feature Page for the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
- Archived ABC Feature Page for the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
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