Friday, November 2, 2007

Walt Disney World Christmas Day parade taping

Walt Disney World Christmas Day parade taping

Before I could tell you about it, they were gone. It took less than 6 hours on Thursday for passholder tickets for the taping of the Walt Disney World Christmas Day parade to be snapped up. I knew they went quickly because I hadn't been able to secure reservations in past years. But 6 hours? Unbelieveable.

Earlier this week, a note appeared on the passholder Web site, indicating that in November we would be able to submit requests for the Nov. 30 taping of celebrity performances on the castle stage in the Magic Kingdom. That especially interested me because of the expected performers: 'High School Musical' stars, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Joey Fatone and Drew Lachey, Josh Groban, Harlem Boys Choir and Whitney Houston. The lineup has not been confirmed by Disney, but I did find it on an online source that has been accurate in the past.

If you were not one of the lucky ones and you want to see the taping, you still can.

The Magic Kingdom is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, which means you can arrive an hour after those with reserved tickets. Also, the following day, Dec. 1, Disney will be taping the Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin segments. The park opens at 9 a.m. that day as well.

Be forewarned: It might not be worth your while. My family went last year without tickets and it was incredibly difficult to navigate Main Street. Cast members were firm in not allowing anyone inside the ropes who didn't have a wristband, which meant we couldn't see much over the crowd of spectators that were a dozen or more deep.

Much as my husband and I thought we made a mistake going that day, my children would disagree. In the afternoon, we had a short, unobstructed view of Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman and Lucas Grabeel practicing for the taping.