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Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel to perform together - for first time on TV - on 'The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration'

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Tue, Nov 21st 2017 09:05 pm
Bell & Menzel to perform 'When We're Together' From the New Disney featurette 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'
Countdown to "25 Days of Christmas" as Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel joins fellow "Frozen" star Kristen Bell to perform together for the very first time on primetime television, during "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration," airing Thursday, Nov. 30 (9-11 p.m. EST). Menzel and Bell will perform "When We're Together" from the brand-new Walt Disney Animation Studios featurette, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."
Joined by a 30-piece choir from the steps of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California, the finale performance is not to be missed.
As part of "25 Days of Christmas," Menzel joins the Christmas Day festivities as she sings the captivating Disney classic, "When You Wish Upon a Star," on "Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration" airing Monday, Dec. 25 (10 a.m.-noon. EST; airtimes vary, check local listings).
"This performance will combine two of my very favorite things: the holidays and singing alongside my 'Frozen' sister, Idina Menzel," Bell said. "I'm excited to sing a song with Idina that I feel has the potential to become a new holiday classic."
Said Menzel: "Anytime I get to reunite with Kristen, whether it's in the studio or on the stage, is very special for me. I think I can speak for her when I say we are both so proud of this story we get to tell and these sisters we get to portray."
Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block joins previously announced performer Lea Michele to sing the classic holiday duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; "Descendants 2" star Sofia Carson is also set to perform; Sean Giambrone from ABC's "The Goldbergs" and Olivia Rodrigo from Disney Channel's "Bizaardvark" join the festivities as special parade commentators; and the cast of the new digital variety program "Club Mickey Mouse" kicks off a sparkling holiday number from Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Resort. More info on Club Mickey Mouse can be found here.
Other previously announced performers include Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, 98° and Broadway's Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs of "Aladdin."
Viewers will get an exclusive sneak peek at the new "Star Wars"-themed lands, "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," opening at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in 2019.
For the first time, viewers will be able to "Glow at Home" during select performances throughout the ABC holiday specials, thanks to the brand new "Made with Magic 3.0: Connected Ear Hat" and the Shop Disney Parks app. Leveraging Bluetooth technology, the Shop Disney Parks app allows viewers wearing the new 3.0 edition ear hats at home to sync with the ABC holiday specials playing on the viewers TVs or other devices, making viewers feel like they are in the audience.
The Made with Magic 3.0: Connected Ear Hat and the interactive ear hat remote control feature on the Shop Disney Parks app will both be available Nov. 17.
About 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'
Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios' 21-minute featurette "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."
It's the first holiday season since the gates reopened, and Anna (voice of Bell) and Elsa (voice of Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends.
Directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton ("Prep & Landing"), produced by Oscar winner Roy Conli ("Big Hero 6"), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" opens in front of Disney•Pixar's original feature "Coco" in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22.

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