Sunday dawned cold but not wet. We arrived at the Magic Kingdom at 6:30am. They brought us to the hub in groups of about 100 people. The Jonas Brothers would be singing on the Castle Forecourt Stage and then
walking through the crowd to the hub stage all while singing “Summertime Anthem”. We were placed in the gold ring in front of the castle just to the left of center. We learned our choreography and waited while other groups were brought in, placed and trained.
We waited, then practiced some more, waited, then they started checking out the camera shots. (We had a camera directly in front of us so…who knows, you may just see us Christmas morning!) We did several more practices and then they started recording shots of us dancing in this pseudo-flash mob. Finally at around 10am the Jonas Brothers arrived and briefed on how the shoot would go. Then we did several takes with the Jonas Brothers singing the entire song. I lost count of how many takes there were. At about 11:30am we were finally finished, hot (the sun had come out and it warmed up significantly), tired and very hungry.
The Disney Cast Members tried to herd everyone to Main Street to be in the audience for the taping of the parade but most of the people left to hit the rides and get lunch, which is exactly what we did. We enjoyed a lunch at Pecos Bill’s and rode a few rides before we headed back to Main Street USA via the Walt Disney World Railway. The area where they were filming were jam packed so we didn’t bother to fight the crowd. We did however get to see Kelly Ripa being her crazy self. While they were filming part of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade Kelly was dancing around and my husband captured this video.
After watching some of the Christmas parade taping we rode a few more rides before catching the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade. Once the parade was over we headed out of the park. We had a wonderful weekend but, all good things must come to an an end.
Don’t forget to watch the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC, check local listings for times.