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Reminder: Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central, Mountain and Pacific times on ABC-TV

Hi everyone. Just a quick reminder that the Walt Disney World
Christmas Day Parade
is coming up and from what I hear from friends
who attended the taping a few weeks back, it’s a must see this year.
Below is the official press release with all the info:


 

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2007) — This winter, cozy up and
get ready for the holidays — Disney style — as Disney Parks prepares
to shine brighter than ever when many of today’s biggest stars gather on
both coasts for the 24th annual "Walt Disney World Christmas Day
Parade
." On Dec. 25, hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly
Ripa
once again will lead the Emmy Award-winning holiday special
from Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and Ryan
Seacrest
will again host from Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

The special will air Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Eastern and 9 a.m. Central,
Mountain and Pacific times on ABC-TV
, and will be broadcast in HD
for the first time.

The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
is sure to sparkle as it glides down Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom
park in Florida and Disneyland park in California to a brand-new musical
score.

In addition to the celebrity performances and appearances, this year,
viewers will celebrate Christmas morning with "Enchanting"
new Disney characters, plundering pirates, some of Disney’s favorite
holiday traditions and awe-inspiring floats — all sprinkled with pixie
dust.

Stars Shine on Christmas Morning

Stars from stage, screen and song will shine throughout the two-hour
special, with a Christmas morning entertainment lineup for the entire
family. Featured performances include (talent subject to change):

Kicking off the special will be a blockbuster performance from the hit
show "
Dancing With The Stars
." Newly crowned champion Helio Castroneves
, Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone and Drew Lachey with their
professional dance partners Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas,
Kym Johnson
and Cheryl Burke will perform an original holiday dance
number choreographed by "Dancing With The Stars" dancer
Tony Dovolani
and sung by Grammy Award-winning Latin singer
Jon Secada
.

America’s hottest entertainment sensation,
Miley Cyrus,
the multi-talented performer and star of Disney Channel’s
popular series "
Hannah Montana
," will sing the energetic, seasonal favorite "
All I Want for Christmas is You
."

Stars from Disney Channel’s blockbusters "High School Musical
" and "High School Musical 2" — Vanessa
Hudgens
, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Ashley
Tisdale
— will give a holiday twist to one of the popular tunes
from "
High School Musical 2
." The group performs a customized version of the hit
song "What Time Is It?" and answers the song title’s
question with a new musical answer, "It’s Christmas Time!
"

Internationally renowned vocalist
Josh Groban
will perform the melodic holiday classic "Silent Night
" from his new Christmas CD, "
Noel
."

Songstress and R&B legend
Patti LaBelle
, who recently released her newest CD, "
Miss Patti’s Christmas
," will perform "It’s the Most
Wonderful Time of the Year
."

Multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jessica Simpson will
bring the curtain down on this year’s special with a moving rendition of
the Christmas classic, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
." Joining Simpson will be the world-famous, New York-based Harlem
Gospel Choir that has performed for Nelson Mandela and the late Pope
John Paul II.

One of the hottest musical trios performing today, sibling pop-rockers
the
Jonas Brothers
, sing one of their latest tunes, a seasonal pop-rock song
titled "Girl of My Dreams."

Latin superstar sensation
Menudo
will debut their version of the holiday favorite "This
Christmas
."

"American Idol" sweetheart
Katharine McPhee
will perform a Disney Princess-inspired number, singing a
medley of some of Disney’s classic tunes.

Power Rangers, Potato Heads & Princesses, Oh My! The Parade Rolls On

Disney’s newest princess, lovely lady Giselle from the new Walt
Disney Pictures smash-hit film, "
Enchanted
," will make her first small-screen appearance during the special
as she takes center stage along with Disney’s most treasured characters
including: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, Daisy
Duck, Goofy, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle,
Ariel and Jasmine
. Disney’s characters will be decked out in their
holiday best and joined by gingerbread men, snowmen, toy soldiers and
reindeer throughout the show.

Traveling down Main Street U.S.A. at both Disneyland Resort and
Walt Disney World Resort
, the parade will introduce several new floats
this year, including:

The "Rat Pack" is back at Disneyland Resort, with a "
Ratatouille
" float spicing up the day. The float, inspired by this
summer’s Disney-Pixar hit animated film, features wanna-be chef Rémy
and his Parisian pals.

A "
Toy Story
" float featuring Disney-Pixar pals Woody, Buzz
Lightyear, Jesse
and their ‘toon pals having a joyful — and toyful
— holiday celebration.

Some of the other highlighted parade floats featured during the
bi-coastal holiday celebration:

* A Christmas tree float with holiday hosts Mickey Mouse
and Minnie Mouse.

* Disney Parks’ famous Toy Soldiers will march in the
Toyland March.

* Disney-Pixar’s "
Cars
" will be featured, with gear-jamming good times from the film’s car
stars, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.

* Aladdin and Jasmine make their way in the procession on
horseback.

* Popular stars from Playhouse Disney, "
Monster’s Inc.
" and the Power Rangers make special holiday appearances.

* A Royal Candlelight Ball is featured, including Snow White,
Prince Charming
, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Phillip,
Mulan
and Shang.

* The Seven Dwarfs trade in their usual diamond mine duties for a
very special, jeweled holiday tree float.

* Closing the parade portion of the program is the big guy himself,
Santa Claus
, and his trusty reindeer.

See More in HD — for the First Time!

Broadcast in HD and Surround Sound for the first time, the 24th annual "
Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
" airs on ABC Christmas Day. The
show will also be broadcast in English and Spanish (SAP).