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ABC and Disney Channel Present Three Holiday Specials Featuring Some of Today’s Biggest Stars

By Mike, Theme Park Shark Author

Updated 5:31 PM EDT, Mon November 11, 2019

This holiday season, join Disney Channel and ABC when they present “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” which kicks off the holiday season starting on Thursday, Nov. 28th from 8-10 PM EST.

Join hosts Matthew Morrison and Emma Bunton along with co-host Jesse Palmer as they present the two-hour primetime special on Thanksgiving night from Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California.

This year’s magical celebration will feature musical performances with some of today’s top artists among a flurry of Disney holiday entertainment.

During the primetime special viewers will be treated to several Disney Parks sneak peeks, including a behind-the-scenes look into Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Dec. 5, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California

Musical performances include the following:

  • GRAMMY® Award-winning icons Sting and Shaggy perform duets and solo numbers from Walt Disney World Resort, 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 Resort.
  • 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 Resort.
  • Singer-songwriter and TV host Emma Bunton (‘Baby Spice’), performs “Santa Baby” from Walt Disney World Resort.
  • The Tony, Emmy, and two-time Golden Globe -nominated artist Matthew Morrison performs a medley from Walt Disney World Resort 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 Resort.

You can read more about this Holiday special on the Offical Disney blog here.

What performances and sneak peek are you most excited to see? Let us know by tweeting us @ThemeParkShark and telling us what you are most excited to see.


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Mike is a 20-year-old Computer Science major with a passion in Software Development, Video Editing and Blogging. The first time Mike ever made a blog was for the game, Club Penguin. Mike has now focused that love and energy of blogging into theme parks!

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