Planned Dates for Walt Disney World Filming for ABC Holiday Specials

Credit: Disney

The annual filming of the holiday specials that air on ABC will occur at Walt Disney World as usual for the 2018 holiday season.  Currently we are hearing that the dates for Walt Disney World’s portion of the filming are set for November 7th through 11th, 2018.   Of course these dates are subject to change as needed.  We are also hearing that the format will be the same as what was aired last year, which means that there will be multiple holiday specials that will air throughout the holiday season.


There will not be a parade filming at Walt Disney World, but there will be a series of performances that are filmed at Cinderella Castle stage at the end of Main Street, U.S.A.  The parade performance for the special will be filmed at Disneyland in California.  Guests cannot purchase tickets to the filming, as they are given to Cast Members and their families.  It is possible for guests to see some of the filming if visiting Magic Kingdom Park when it going on.

We don’t have the official air dates for the specials yet on ABC, but will update you as we hear more so that you can make sure you are tuned in for a dose of Disney!

Who has visited Walt Disney World during the filming in the past?

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!