Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade

I'm going to be lazy and steal Wikipedia's text about the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade:

"The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade is an American television special that airs on Christmas Day on the ABC, taped primarily inside the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, approximately one month prior to Christmas Day. Past shows have included segments featuring other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida, Anaheim, California, and around the world. The program has aired annually since 1983, with the exception of 2000 when Disney aired a Christmas Eve "Tracking Santa" special instead. In 1999, a nighttime version of the parade was shown on Christmas Day. In the 1980s and '90s, the program was known as The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade or the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. In 2009, the show was expanded to include parades at Disneyland."

So in keeping with the theme of our blog, here are a selection of the temporary badges issued to crew working behind the scenes of the Parade taping and telecast:

In 2005, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa hosted the taping and broadcast...

Backstage, their dressing room doors were marked with a special "nametag"..

These "nametags" are very different from the regular ones worn at Walt Disney World. These are much larger, and are nearly 12 inches long. They are used at Walt Disney World in the Utilidors underneath the Magic Kingdom, to identify what a particular room is used for, and also as a personalization for a particular Cast Member's cubicle or office space.

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