Christmas 2020

Will Disney Christmas Parade be celebrated in 2020 or is it cancelled?

Could it possibly be that the coronavirus pandemic has scuppered a forty-year institution that brings festive joy to families on Christmas Day?

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Will Disney Christmas Parade be celebrated in 2020 or is it cancelled?
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A Disney institution since 1983, fans of Mickey - and the whole gang - are now wondering whether the coronavirus pandemic will scupper plans for this year’s parade, after almost four decades of festive joy.

Traditionally the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is a train in Disney theme parks and is usually broadcast on ABC just on Christmas morning. In its 40-year history, the only time the Christmas Day parade didn’t go ahead was in 2000 when Disney aired a Christmas Eve "Tracking Santa" special instead.

The Disney Christmas Parade will go ahead in 2020

A quick look through the feeds of the Disney theme parks’ social networks, there is nothing to worry about because the parade is still going ahead in 2020. That’s right, despite the coronavirus outbreak, the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade will continue its course as usual. However, the logistics have been slightly reimagined to avoid possible new infections, as coronavirus infections are surging across the country.

Therefore the Disney Theme Parks organisers have decided to go ahead with the usual pre-record of the parade a few weeks ahead of time.

The recordings began in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, at the Disney World near Orlando, Florida at the beginning of December. In previous years the parade has also featured segments filmed in Anaheim, California; and around the world (plus in recent editions, the Disney Cruise Line).

Disney Christmas Day Parade: schedule and performances

As every year, the transmission of Disney Parks Christmas Parade will begin at 10:00 am on December 25. The event can be watched through a broadcast on the TV network, ABC. The broadcast will be two hours long.

For 2020, according to News OTP. Julianne Hough and Tituss Burgess will both be master of ceremonies of the event, Disney are promising festive joy in the form of musical performances, as well as visits from Keegan-Michael Key, the creator of TikTok, Alex Ojeda, the Disney cast highlight of the event, a collection of the Disney Dreamers Academy contestants and a few surprises.

Disney Christmas Day Parade, what’s changed for 2020?

The main noticeable change this year due to the covid-19 pandemic is that instead of a traditional parade, the Disney Christmas Day Parade will feature musical performances and previews of the next Disney projects. A few glimpses of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, WandaVision and Soul are expected to be revealed via the show.

According to Disney Parks, the filming of this Christmas special has already ended.