Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade (television) The first of many annual television specials aired on ABC on April 7, 1985. Directed by Paul Miller. Hosted by Rick Dees and Joan Lunden. Only in 1986 did the Walt Disney World Easter Parade appear as part of The CBS Easter Parade (March 30, 1986), which switched between the Walt Disney World parade and one on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The 1988 parade was hosted by Joan Lunden, Alan Thicke, and Regis Philbin. The telecasts continued until 1999.