With Christmas just two days away, those who suffer from a form Disney addiction will want to make sure to set aside some time on Christmas Day to watch the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC. If you are unable to watch it live, perhaps it would be worth taping as it is sure to offer a Disney fix to those who need it.
The Parade is an annual tradition which goes back twenty-seven years to 1983. Of course, the format has changed several times, but that does not mean the festive tradition is any less inviting.
Originally, the parade aired live, but now ABC and Disney tape the event. In fact, the shown footage is actually a compilation of several days worth of taping which occurred earlier in November and December. This allows the televised version to offer several unique entertainment experiences that would be harder to line-up on a single day, much less Christmas Day.
According to ABC, this year’s line-up will include “five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Mariah Carey, country music chart-topper Darius Rucker, singer/actress Amber Riley, Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan, young soprano sensation Jackie Evancho, American Idol Lee DeWyze, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars and R&B sensation Sean Kingston.” All of these are in addition to the typical Disney Christmas Parade complete with many characters as well as several guest marching bands.
The event this year will be hosted at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida by Ryan Seacrest who will be joined by Maria Menounos. Disneyland’s footage is to be hosted by Nick Cannon.
ABC has offered this list of air-times which offers nationwide viewing opportunites:
- Eastern Time Zone: Noon – 2 p.m.
- Central Time Zone: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Mountain Time Zone: 10 a.m. – noon
- Pacific Time Zone: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Los Angeles (KABC): 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Special thanks to gabbymanipula01 who provided the short clip of last year’s parade shown above.