Banks Lee’s 12/3/09 WDW Parade Filming Photo Report

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WDWNT Photographer Banks Lee made a special trip to the Magic Kingdom early on Thursday to be a part of the audience for the first day of the Christmas Parade filming and he has plenty of photos to share with us:

It was an early morning for Banks

The parades name has officially been changed to the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. I hope there is more than 8 minutes at Disneyland then….

A beautiful stage appears overnight at Cinderella Castle

Some glitter was thrown on the castle

Not being in the production business, I would imagine these are audio related

A piano being moved into place

The crowd was entertained while they waited for performances to begin

The Goodyear blimp was visiting WDW for the event

Yanni would be performing

Unfortunately, we do not have the names of the singers accompanying him

The performances then moved to a stage in the hub

American Idol Kris Allen performing here

Cameras are mixed into the crowd

Shocking news this year that Regis Philbin will not be hosting with Kelly Ripa, Nick Cannon will host along with her instead

The stage is cleared off until the next day of filming

“What time is the 3:00 parade?” 5:00 because of today’s filming….

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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