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ABC Airs Its Disneyland Special, as NBC Films One for Universal Studios Hollywood

February 19, 2016, 11:42 AM · Southern California's top theme parks are about to get some love on national television.

Disney-owned ABC is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Disneyland this Sunday night with a two-hour special, airing at 8pm (Eastern and Pacific) or 7pm (Central and Mountain) on ABC affiliates across the country. "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" will include taped musical performances from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, featuring Elton John, Idina Menzel and others, as well as a preview of the park's new Star Wars Land, hosted by Harrison Ford.

Here is a sneak peek at the production of the special, from Disney:

Also this weekend, Universal's corporate sibling, NBC, is filming a special to promote Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal last night sent an email to passholders inviting them to participate in the filming, which happens Saturday. To participate, fans must RSVP to USHsweeps@nbcuni.com by 4pm today. Check-in for the filming starts at 10am at the 5 Towers stage in CityWalk.

No word yet on what the NBC special will include or when it will air, but I think it's a pretty safe bet to assume that the special will include plenty about the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which soft opened to guests for the first time last weekend. The new Harry Potter land opens officially on April 7.

Replies (4)

February 19, 2016 at 7:47 PM · Disneyland gets Pentatonix? That's not fair to Universal. Disneyland's just got 1000 times better.
February 19, 2016 at 10:45 PM · I'm going to miss the TV special, but I was at DLR last year for the 60th. Great new stuff for the anniversary.
February 20, 2016 at 10:41 AM · I'll watch it. Not like I can go to disney land anytime soon...
February 22, 2016 at 12:28 PM · For those who missed the special you really didn't miss much because the special was more about Disney as a whole rather then Disneyland. Don't get me wrong there were moments that were great like seeing 90 year old Dick Van Dyke strut his stuff but I wish they featured more of the park.

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