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[11/02/16 - 11:07 AM]
Disney Parks and the Disney-ABC Television Group Bring Audiences Musical Entertainment in Three Holiday Specials
Highlights include "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" on Thursday, November 24 and "The Disney Parks' Magical Christmas Celebration" on Sunday, December 25.

[via press release from Disney Channel]

DISNEY PARKS AND DISNEY|ABC TELEVISION GROUP BRING AUDIENCES MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT IN THREE HOLIDAY SPECIALS FEATURING STAR-STUDDED PERFORMANCES

-- Julianne Hough and Derek Hough to Host ABC's Thanksgiving and Christmas Specials -

-- Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks and Kelly Clarkson to Perform on All Three Holiday Specials --

-- Stars of Highly Anticipated "Descendants 2" to Host and Perform on Disney Channel Special with Performances by Hollywood Records Recording Artists --

Disney kicks off the holidays with three musical specials originating from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The shows will be presented on Disney|ABC Television Group platforms, including ABC Television Network, Disney Channel, the ABC and Disney Channel apps and VOD, among other branded digital platforms. The holiday specials will include performances by some of the world's most popular recording artists, celebrity hosts, Disney character appearances and heartwarming wish-come-true moments for three lucky families from across the country.

Julianne Hough ("Grease: Live") and Derek Hough ("Hairspray Live") are set to host two specials on ABC - "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" on Thanksgiving night, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), and "The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration" on Christmas morning, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings). Julianne, who will also act as executive producer on the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials, and Derek are longtime "Dancing With the Stars" fan favorites with multiple Emmy Awards and mirror ball trophies between them.

Stars of "Descendants 2," the highly anticipated sequel to the global smash hit "Descendants," will host and perform holiday songs in "Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" on Disney Channel on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST). Hollywood Records recording artists Forever In Your Mind and Sofia Carson will also perform holiday songs.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks join the festivities, performing on all three holiday specials. The multi Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning artists will light up the night singing duets from their newly released album, "Christmas Together" (Pearl Records, Inc.), plus solo performances, all from the steps of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

Multi Grammy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson will also perform on all three holiday specials. From iconic locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, the talented singer, songwriter and author will perform songs from her 2013 Christmas record, "Wrapped in Red," in addition to one of her most popular hit songs.

On each of the specials, ABC and Disney Channel stars will also grant wishes to families throughout the Disney theme parks, part of Disney's "Share the Joy" campaign, inspiring families to spread goodwill this holiday season by giving back and volunteering to help others.

"Disney Channel Holiday Hits," an album featuring holiday songs performed during "Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" will be released from Walt Disney Records on Friday, November 18. The album features four songs: "Jolly to the Core," a holiday rendition of "Rotten to the Core" from "Descendants" (performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart); "Silent Night" (performed by Sofia Carson); "This Christmas" (performed by China Anne McClain) and "Celebrate," an original song from Forever In Your Mind.

The holiday specials are being produced by Disney|ABC Television Group and IMG.

The multi-platform programming schedule is:

THANKSGIVING - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join "Descendants 2" star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

Musical performances include:

· Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, "Christmas Together."

· Kelly Clarkson performing "Underneath the Tree" and "Stronger."

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

"Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on Disney Channel (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

Musical performances include:

· "Jolly to the Core," performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson and Booboo Stewart.

· "Descendants 2" star China Anne McClain performing "This Christmas."

· "Silent Night," performed by Hollywood Records and Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson.

· Forever In Your Mind performing "Celebrate."

· Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform a holiday duet from their newly released album, "Christmas Together."

· Kelly Clarkson will also be performing a song.

ABC stars and Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Isaak Presley, of "Stuck in the Middle," and "Bizaardvark" stars Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu will join Carson and Boyce in surprising families from around the country, who are dedicated to various philanthropic efforts, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

CHRISTMAS - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25

"The Disney Parks' Magical Christmas Celebration" will air on the ABC Television Network (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Musical performances include:

· Solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks from their newly released album, "Christmas Together."

· Kelly Clarkson performing "Underneath the Tree."

· Sofia Carson performs "Silent Night," featuring an alternate musical arrangement from her performance on Disney Channel, and also hosts from backstage.

· "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire)" performed by Jordan Fisher, who will also make his Broadway debut in "Hamilton" on November 22.

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

About the Disney|ABC Television Group

Disney|ABC Television Group is comprised of The Walt Disney Company's global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, and radio business. This includes ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment and news programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. It also includes Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 116 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands, as well as cable network Freeform, which targets Millennials. Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution and Disney Media Distribution round out the portfolio. Disney|ABC Television Group also has equity interests in A+E Networks and Hulu.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world's leading family vacation destinations - Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world's most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.





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