Walt Disney World Extends Christmas Day Parade Taping; Seacrest Outs Regis and Kelly

According to an email sent to cast members confirmed to attend the taping of Magic Kingdom portion of the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, certain performances will now be recorded on Thursday, December 2 as well as the following Friday and Saturday. This parrots the actions of the Resort last year when it came to taping the performances of the likes of Celine Dion, the Jonas Brothers, American Idol winner Kris Allen and more.

In addition, the email notes that the event will not be hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa who have held the title since 2002 (with exception to 2009 when Philbin was unable to host due to health concerns). Instead, Ryan Seacrest will flip coasts this year and host the Magic Kingdom portion. Interestingly enough, Ripa was backed up last year by Nick Canon as the man-on-the-street while Seacrest hosted the Disneyland portion of the parade.

In terms of celebrities set to perform, the only name we’ve encountered and so-reported is that of Mariah Carey. Other than that, we can only speculate but based on this news and last year’s spectacular line-up we would not be surprised to see someone amongst the ranks of Justin Bieber (who has a convenient break in his touring schedule) or Taylor Swift (who is scheduled to be in London on December 4, but would have the time to perform, at least on the newly-announced December 2). Additional Disney starlets are also a likelihood, with most of our bets placed on Debby Ryan if only because she performs ‘Deck the Halls’ for the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release The Search for Santa Paws given that Steve Rushton, who did the same for last year’s vid appeared in the 2009 parade. Mind you all of this is pure speculation, but as we learn of additional talent, we will report accordingly.

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