LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Dec. 4 — ‘Tis the season to be merry at Disney Parks, when the 26th annual “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade,” featuring award-winning musical talent and iconic stars performing in this year’s television special, airs December 25 on ABC-TV.
This year’s show promises to dazzle viewers with must-see performances by Celine Dion and Stevie Wonder. Pop sensations the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato spread joy to all as enchanting sounds from world-renowned musical artist Yanni and his Yanni Voices echo through the park. “American Idol” Season 8 winner, Kris Allen, will perform and “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez will make a special appearance in the annual telecast.
From the newest Disney Princess – Tiana – to Mickey Mouse and all his ‘toon pals,’ beloved Disney characters will embrace the holiday spirit aboard awe-inspiring floats that “deck the halls” as they glide through the Disney theme parks.
Two of television’s most popular celebrities will appear as the hosts of this year’s program. From the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, popular morning show personality Kelly Ripa returns as host, doubling her duties while partner Regis Philbin recovers from recent surgery. At Disneyland Park in California, worldwide television and radio host Ryan Seacrest takes center stage for the West Coast festivities. Nick Cannon, from “America’s Got Talent” makes his “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” television debut as co-host/man-on-the-street for the telecast.
The two-hour televised special will air nationally in High-definition December 25 on ABC-TV at 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times.
While parents and children prepare to offer their day of volunteer service in 2010, two families will share their encouraging stories during the parade telecast of how they’ve made a difference by volunteering in their hometown communities, the inspiring motives that moved them to give back and the lessons their children have taken with them along the way.
Throughout the telecast, chart-topping talent and award-winning artists from around the world come together to share in the Christmas merriment at Disney Parks. (Please note: all talent and floats subject to change)
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It appears that the oft-well-kept secret of who will be performing for the taped annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade has been released and the news isn’t good for fans of the Jonas Brothers who were the frontrunners in the rumor mill.
Even the Disneyland portion, which tapes first (and already has, earlier this month), seemed to be a big surprise as reporters scrambled to try to get a hint as to who might show.
But as for the Walt Disney World portion, a listing for the special on TV.com offers up a list of celebrities which meshes (for the most part) with the list of artists who were part of the Disneyland portion. Although Anika Noni Rose, Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani are missing from the cast list, it does properly list Selena Gomez, Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato and host Ryan Seacrest.
Which, by process of elimination, leaves the WDW portion of the parade to include: American Idol winner Kris Allen, Disney Records recording artist newcomer Steve Rushton and Celine Dion. Of course just as with the Disneyland portion, there still remains plenty of room for additional surprise performers.
The non-surprise is that Live hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are listed as hosts this year.
Update #1: December 3 – It’s being reported that — in addition to Kris Allen – Yanni and the Jonas Brothers are performing in the televised parade.
Update #2: December 4 – Regis Philbin will not be co-hosting this year due to recovery from recent surgery. Kelly Ripa will act as the sole host for the Walt Disney World portion and Nick Canon will be providing ‘man on the street’ type interviews
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BURBANK, Calif. – (Business Wire) For Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus fans worldwide the wait is nearly over. The eagerly anticipated “Hannah Montana The Movie,” arrives in movie theaters April 10. Setting the stage for the film’s premiere is the Walt Disney Records soundtrack CD, which features 18 tracks — including 14 brand new songs — performed by Miley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Steve Rushton. The CD arrives in stores March 24, while the debut single, “The Climb,” by Miley Cyrus, is already #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The fun-filled adventure film stars Miley along with real-life father Billy Ray Cyrus, Vanessa Williams (“Ugly Betty”) and all of Miley’s young co-stars of “Hannah Montana.” The Walt Disney Records soundtrack boasts plenty of pop gems, including “You’ll Always Find Your Way Back Home” (co-written by Taylor Swift), “Let’s Get Crazy,” “The Good Life ” “Let’s Do This,” “Spotlight,” “What’s Not To Like” and a new version of “The Best Of Both Worlds,” all performed by Miley as Hannah Montana; “The Climb” (Produced by John Shanks), “Don’t Walk Away,” “Dream” and “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus; and “Butterfly Fly Away,” a tender and unforgettable duet by Miley and Billy Ray, produced by Glen Ballard.