ABC and Disney Channel Holiday Television Specials Announced

If you’re a fan of Disney’s holiday season television specials, you’ll want to grab your calendar out and mark a few dates down. Disney has three specials slated for this holiday season that will highlight the Disney parks, upcoming attractions, and will feature performances from a variety of entertainers.

The first holiday special on the list, “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” will air on Thursday, November 28th from 8-10pm EST on both ABC and the ABC app. Hosts Matthew Morrison and Emma bunting will be joined by co-host Jesse Palmer during this two hour special on Thanksgiving night. The special will include performances from both Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. During the special, viewers will be treated to Disney parks sneak peeks, and a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Musical performances will include: 

  • GRAMMY Award-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World, including a new festive reggae version of “Silent Night (Christmas is Coming).” 
  • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “Happy Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everybody” from Disneyland Resort.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group Pentatonix will sing a cappella renditions of “Deck the Halls” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World.
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Andy Grammer perform an all-new original holiday song from Disneyland Resort.
  • International pop star Ally Brooke sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World.
  • Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (‘Baby Spice’), performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World.
  • The Tony, Emmy, and two-time Golden Globe -nominated artist Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World of “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the upcoming album “Disney Dreamin’ with Matthew Morrison” and the classic “Let it Snow.”
  • Acclaimed two-time Billboard-Award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling pulls all the strings for “Carol of the Bells” from Walt Disney World. 

“Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World” will air on Friday, December 13th from 8-8:30pm on Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app. Meg Donnelly and Milo Manheim will host the show, and will feature performances from Disney Channel stars Isaac Ryan Brown, Ruby Rose Turner, and Kylie Cantrall. The broadcast will highlight areas in Walt Disney World and onboard the Disney Fantasy. During the special, viewers will be treated to a first look at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in spring 2020.

Musical performances will include: 

  • Disney Channel’s “ZOMBIES 2” star Meg Donnelly sings “Home for the Holidays” from Walt Disney World.
  • Disney Channel stars Issac Ryan Brown (”Raven’s Home”) and Ruby Rose Turner (”Coop & Cami Ask the World”) perform “12 Days of Christmas” from Walt Disney World.
  • Disney Channel’s “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables” star Kylie Cantrall performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town“ aboard the Disney Fantasy.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Pentatonix performs an a cappella rendition of “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Walt Disney World.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” from Walt Disney World.

The third special on the list is “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade“ that will air Christmas morning from 10am-12pm EST, 9-11am CST/MST/PST on both ABC and on the ABC app. The annual special will be hosted by Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunting, and Jesse Palmer. Marsai Martin and JD McCrary will join the production as co-hosts. Viewers will be treated to Disney Parks sneak peeks at both Mickey and Minnie‘s Runaway Railway and Avengers Campus, which comes to Disney California Adventure in 2020. Viewers will also get a peek at the Disney Skyliner gondola system and Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Musical performances will include: 

  • Seventeen-time GRAMMY Award-winning Sting performs “Soul Cake” off his platinum-selling album, “If On A Winter’s Night…” from Walt Disney World.
  • Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning reggae star Shaggy sings his new Caribbean-flavored original song “Christmas with Friends” from Walt Disney World.
  • Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix performs “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from Walt Disney World. 
  • Singers Ingrid Michaelson and Grace VanderWaal sing “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Disneyland Resort.
  • GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man performs “White Christmas” and “Feel it Still” from Disneyland Resort. 
  • International pop star Ally Brooke performs “Christmas Through Your Eyes” from Walt Disney World.
  • The cast of the new Disney+ original “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” performs a high-energy medley from Disneyland Resort.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Deni is a member of the Content Team at The DIS. She loves all things Disney, and, in 2013, moved to the Magic from Maryland. Walt Disney World is her happy place, and she loves getting to share it with others. Deni and her husband of almost 26 years have 2 grown children. Her favorite WDW snack? A Mickey Bar, of course. Is there any other?!



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