This morning news came out from Disney that this year they will be showing past performances as their holiday special premiering on Thanksgiving night. While we understand this is an unprecedented year to say the least, we can’t help but be a little disappointed since Disney has been able to find ways to film other special series.
For example, they have been able to film other specials like, ABC’s Disney Holiday Singalong, weddings, and other types of special productions. Obviously due to the ongoing pandemic we know that these are very difficult waters to navigate. However, let’s break this down a bit to explain why we’re disappointed.
It could all be filmed in Walt Disney World
In years past we’ve seen performances at all of the parks during these holiday specials. No one would mind if it was all shot in Orlando. We understand it would be hard to fly performers out and around the world especially if they didn’t want to travel. But being in Orlando and in one area could be the answer.
Parks already closing early
Park times have already been cut down so it wouldn’t be as hard as it usually is to close the parks down to be able to set up for filming the special. Also with the parks being at limited capacity, stages, sound checks, and cameras can all be set up throughout the day.
Cleaning procedures already in place
The parks already have rigorous cleaning procedures in place. Traveling to Walt Disney World with all of the policies they have set in place have been very successful so far. Walt Disney World has gone through inspections and has passed in all instances from The Orange County Task force.
If they filmed the special with social distance guidelines, lessened the amount of dancers and performers, and wore masks we think that they would be able to pull off one of our most favorite events of the year. During this time, it helps take people’s minds off of the current state of affairs especially when family gatherings are going to be limited or not happening this year. The magical celebration of the holidays at Disney is truly something we look forward to every year. It just doesn’t feel the same when they are using other performances from years past.
What are your thoughts about it? We know all bets are off with the pandemic, but do you think Disney could have made this happen with all the proper guidelines and safety in place?
Here are the performances that will be taking place during this years special-
- 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 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)
- Aloe Blacc performs “I’ve got Your Xmas Right Here” (2018)
- Global superstar Becky G performs “Santa Baby” (2016)
- 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)