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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Disney Offers Thanksgiving Night Special

 by Beth Keating



November 25, 2020


Before you find yourself sinking into a turkey-induced coma, or perhaps because that is all you are capable of by the time the sun goes down on the holiday festivities, Disney is offering you an opportunity to relax with the family in front of their annual celebration of Disney magic. 

The fifth anniversary edition of The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration will be a bit different this year in its COVID-era, flashback style iteration. Rather than a live, park-streamed event, viewers will take a “wintry ride through fan-favorite performances from the past five years and new heartwarming family moments.”  The show airs Thanksgiving night (November 26) from 9-11 p.m (EST) on ABC, and will give families a chance to reminisce over some of the performances gracing previous holiday celebrations.


Professional dancers Derek and Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) and Trevor Jackson (Freeform’s grown-ish) host the evening, and in traditional Disney fashion, viewers will also get to take a behind-the-scenes look into the parks between musical numbers, including a sneak peek at “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure,” scheduled to open in 2021 in EPCOT. Coincidentally, siblings Derek and Julianne Hough were the hosts of the original edition of the special five years ago.


There will also be a preview of Disney and Pixar’s upcoming feature film Soul, which will begin streaming on Christmas Day (December 25, 2020) on Disney+. Soul is the story of a middle-school band teacher who “teams up with a sarcastic new soul on a mission to figure out exactly what makes life worth living.” The lead characters are voiced by Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.


According to Disney Parks Blog, the evening’s musical performances include:


  • Emmy® Award-winning hosts Derek Hough and Julianne Hough sing and dance through a medley of holiday classics in a fantastical new show open
  • GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Ciara gives a festive spin on a “Jingle Bells/Jingle Bell Rock” medley (2017)
  • Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner Kelly Clarkson belts her version of “Underneath The Tree” (2016)
  • Global superstar Jason Derulo performs his take on “Silent Night” (2017)
  • Grammy® Award-nominated OneRepublic perform a rocking rendition of “What a Wonderful World” (2016)
  • GRAMMY® Award-winner Meghan Trainor and CMA Award-winning country artist Brett Eldridge share a sweet rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (2018)
  • Grammy® Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix give their rendition of “Deck the Halls” (2019) 
  • TONY® Award-winning actress Idina Menzel joins fellow Frozen star Kristen Bell for a chilling performance of “When We’re Together” from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017)
  • Boyz II Men take on “Let It Snow” alongside “December Baby” singer/songwriter JoJo (2016)
  • World renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli lends his voice to a rendition of “White Christmas” (2018)
  • GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Aloe Blacc performs “I Got Your Christmas Right Here (2018)
  • Global superstar Becky G performs “Santa Baby” (2018)
  • Following the release of his new album “Christmas in the Islands,” multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning global reggae/dancehall & pop music icon Shaggy sings “Jamaican Drummer Boy” (2019)




Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.


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