Walt Disney World Announces Dates for Epcot International Festival of Holidays and Candlelight Processional for 2018

Earlier today Walt Disney World announced that the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays this year will take place November 18 thru December 30, 2018.

Even though we have not been able to visit Walt Disney World in November or December for a few years, this time of year has always been a favorite time to visit for me and my family.  One of our favorite things to do during this time of the year at Epcot is to attend the Candlelight Processional.

The Candlelight Processional will be returning again this year and for the first time, this popular holiday tradition will debut for the season on Thanksgiving (November 22nd) and run through December 30th.

The Candlelight Processional is a holiday must-do for many Epcot guests.  The program is a retelling of the traditional Christmas story read by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a massed choir and live orchestra.

At this time celebrity narrators have not been announced.

Also…even though Candlelight Dinner packages have been popular in the past and are expected to return, Disney has not yet released any information regarding this.

A couple of months ago Disney announced the dates for this year’s “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party“.

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Walt Disney World Completes Candlelight Processional Narrator Line-Up

Walt Disney World has completed its line-up for the celebrity narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Disney Legend Kurt Russell, who has starred in Disney films from the 1960s to 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” will read the Christmas story this year – as well as gold- and silver-medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez. Two veterans of the event – actress/comedienne Ana Gasteyer and Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” – complete this year’s list.

As previously announced, new narrators for this year’s lineup include Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “The Last Tycoon,”); Star Wars fan favorite Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi;” Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

And returning this year are everyone’s favorite hard-driving Dr. Bailey from “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson – and newly-named Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

Below is the full list of narrators:

  • Nov. 24 – 26 – Laurie Hernandez
  • Nov. 27 – 28 – Matt Bomer
  • Nov. 29 – 30 – Ana Gasteyer
  • Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson
  • Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell
  • Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times every night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 PM) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. Dinner packages are available which include meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances.

In addition to the lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are again available at some restaurants in and near Epcot such as Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays which includes the Candlelight Processional, takes place in 2017 from November 24 – December 30 at Epcot.

More Narrators Added to Candlelight Processional List

New to this year’s lineup include Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “The Last Tycoon,”) and Star Warsfan favorite Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”

And returning this year are everyone’s favorite hard-driving Dr. Bailey from “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson – and newly-named Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

The Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Newcomers to the celebrity narrator spotlight this year include Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

Returning favorites include television, film and stage superstar Neil Patrick Harris, country megastar Trace Adkins and Contemporary Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez.

Here are the narrators confirmed so far:*

  • Nov. 24- 26 – To Be Announced
  • Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer
  • Nov. 29 – 30 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-11 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

As with last year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot again this year like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,** with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Fornoat Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Epcot provides an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Click here to book Candlelight Processional dining packages or to find out more information, call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

** (NOTE: Captain’s Grille is currently under refurbishment. Candlelight Packages will be available once it reopens.)

2017 Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages Go On Sale, Some Narrators Announced

On the Disney Parks Blog Disney announced today that Dinner Packages for this year’s Candlelight Processional have gone on sale today.  Disney also announced an initial list of narrators

As a part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Newcomers to the celebrity narrator spotlight this year include Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Grand Opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

Returning favorites include television, film and stage superstar Neil Patrick Harris, country megastar Trace Adkins and Contemporary Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez.

Here are the narrators confirmed so far:*

  • Nov. 24- Dec. 3 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-14 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – To Be Announced

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

As with last year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot again this year like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Holidays Around the World is an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Click here to book Candlelight Processional dining packages or to find out more information, call 407/ WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Holidays Around the World, including the Candlelight Processional, runs November 24 – December 30, 2017 at Epcot. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

Narrator Line Up for Candlelight Processional at Epcot Nearly Complete

The list of celebrity narrators appearing at this year’s Candelight Procesisonal has been updated.  The only dates open at this time are December 7 – 9.

Appearing for the first time this year will be actress Ming-Na Wen and baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr.

November 25 – 27 – Steven Curtis Chapman
November 28 – December 1 – Neil Patrick Harris
December 2 – 3 – Whoopi Goldberg
December 4 – 6 – Edward James Olmos
December 7 -9  – To Be Announced
December 10 – 12 – Robby Benson
December 13 – 15 – Meredith Vieira
December 16 – 18 – Jim Caviezel
December 19 – 21 – Joe Morton
NEW! December 22-24 – Ming-Na Wen
December 25-27 – Jodi Benson
NEW! December 28-30 – Cal Ripken, Jr.

2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot Dining Packages On Sale

Call it a Christmas present come early! Disney has announced that dining packages for the 2016 Candlelight Processional are now on sale.

As a part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional presents the story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Celebrity narrators this year include some returning favorites like contemporary Christian music singer Steven Curtis Chapman, actors Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris and newcomers like legendary baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. Here’s the list of confirmations we have so far:*

  • 11/25-27 – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 11/28-12/1 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/2-12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4-12/12 – TBA
  • 12/13-12/15 – Meredith Vieira
  • 12/16-12/18 – TBA
  • 12/19-12/21 – Joe Morton
  • 12/22-12/27 – TBA
  • 12/28-12/30 – Cal Ripken, Jr.

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the American Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

This year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $27 plus tax per person for adults and $14 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $47 plus tax per person for adults and $20 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

‘Holidays Around the World’ is an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase; and live musical performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Click here to book Candlelight Processional dining packages or to find out more information, call 407/ WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Holidays Around the World, including the Candlelight Processional, run November 25 – December 30, 2016 at Epcot. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required. There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.

Walt Disney World Finalizes Candlelight Processional Line-Up

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Walt Disney World has announced the final line-up for this year’s Candlelight Processional, which is part of Holidays Around The World at Epcot.

Appearing for the first time will be Meredith Vieira, Chandra Wilson from the ABC TV show “Grey’s Anatomy,” Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-O”) and “Ugly Betty”’s America Ferrera.

  • Gary Sinise – November 27 to 29, 2015
  • Neil Patrick Harris – November 30 to December 3, 2015
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 4 and 5, 2015
  • Joe Morton – December 6 to 8, 2015
  • Ana Gasteyer – December 9 to 11, 2015
  • Meredith Vieira – December 12 to 14, 2015
  • America Ferrera – December 15 to 17, 2015
  • Chandra Wilson – December 18 to 20, 2015
  • Daniel Dae Kim – December 21 to 23, 2015
  • Edward James Olmos – December 24 to 26, 2015
  • Blair Underwood – December 27 to 28, 2015
  • Amy Grant – December 29 to 30, 2015

Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages Go on Sale Today

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Fans of Candlelight Processional, the incredibly moving show that happens annually around Christmas at the America Gardens Theater in Epcot, are in luck! Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are now available for booking!

The show which is one of the best and most popular parts of the holiday season at Walt Disney World. The event consists of a celebrity narrator, a mass choir, and an orchestra performing a re-telling of the Christmas Story? The best way to ensure that you get to see this very popular and fantastic show, booking the dining package is a must do.

This year’s Candlelight Processional takes place from November 27th through December 30th. Showtimes will be at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly. (With the exception of December 6, which will only have showtimes at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.) The complete list of celebrity narrators haven’t yet been announced, but we do know a few of them. The list currently includes:

Nov. 27-29: TBD
Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Neil Patrick Harris
Dec. 4-5: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec. 6-8: Joe Morton
Dec. 9-11: TBD
Dec. 12-14: Meredith Viera
Dec. 15-23: TBD
Dec. 24-26: Edward James Olmos
Dec. 27-28: TBD
Dec. 29-30: Amy Grant

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are offered for both lunch and dinner.

Guests will be able to choose from the following restaurants:

  • Biergarten Restaurant – Lunch $48.99/$14.99, Dinner $57.99/$18.99
  • Chefs de France – Lunch $60.99/$16.99, Dinner $75.99/$22.99
  • Coral Reef Restaurant – Lunch $58.99/$14.99, Dinner $65.99/$18.99
  • The Garden Grill – Breakfast $38.99/$22.99, Lunch $43.99/$24.99, Dinner $56.99/$33.99
  • La Hacienda de San Angel – Dinner $74.25/$17.00
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant – Lunch $39.99/$12.99, Dinner $51.99/$16.99
  • Restaurant Marrakesh – Lunch $45/$16, Dinner $55/$19
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – Lunch $48.99/$14.99, Dinner $57.99/$18.99
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante – Lunch $55.40/$15, Dinner $69.50/$17
  • Spice Road Table – Lunch $45/$16, Dinner $55/$19
  • Teppan Edo – $59.99/$16.99, Dinner $72.99/$22.99
  • Tokyo Dining – $59.99/$16.99, Dinner $72.99/$19.99
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante – $55.99/$16.99, Dinner $67.99/$19.99
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria – $41.99/$14.99, Dinner $53.99/$18.99

*This year, Garden Grill will have a Breakfast Dining Package for $38.99 for adults and $22.99 for children.

The dining package includes both the meal and a guaranteed seat for one showing of the Candlelight Processional.  Availability is limited and note that theme park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.

To book this package, call (407) 939-3463 or visit the Candlelight Processional Dining Package page. For guests who do not wish to book the Candlelight Processional Dining Package, a standby line will be available for the show, however the only way to guarantee a seat is by booking the package.

LeVar Burton and Edward James Olmos Fill Out 2014 Candlelight Processional Line-Up

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Disney has added LeVar Burton and Edward James Olmos to the 2014 Candlelight Processional line-up.  The Candlelight Processional line up is now complete.

LeVar Burton most famously played Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and four of the Star Trek films.

Edward James Olmos is perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in the television series Miami Vice.

The complete line-up, of course still subject to change, is as follows:

Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Nov 30 to Dec 2: Neil Patrick Harris
Dec 3 to Dec 4: 
Jonathan Groff
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: 
Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 7 to Dec 8: LeVar Burton
Dec 9 to Dec 11: 
Edward James Olmos
Dec 12 to Dec 14: 
Joe Morton
Dec 15 to Dec 17: 
Chita Rivera
Dec 18 to Dec 20: 
Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23: 
Marlee Matlin
Dec 24 to Dec 25: Isabella Rossellini
Dec 26 to Dec 27: Blair Underwood
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: 
Steven Curtis Chapman

The Candlelight Processional is part of Epcot park admission, and is performed multiple times per evening.

Jonathan Groff and Joe Morton Join Candlelight Processional Line-Up

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Disney continues to fill out the schedule for the 2014 Candlelight Processional with the addition of Jonathan Groff and Joe Morton.

Groff is known to many Disney fans as the voice of Kristoff from Disney’s ‘Frozen,’ and will appear on December 3 and 4. ‘Scandal’s’ Joe Morton will appear on December 12 – 14.

No longer on the schedule is Sharon Stone, who was set to appear December 15 – 17. Below is the current line-up:

Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Nov 30 to Dec 2: Neil Patrick Harris
Dec 3 to Dec 4: 
Jonathan Groff
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: 
Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 7 to Dec 8: –
Dec 9 to Dec 11: –
Dec 12 to Dec 14: 
Joe Morton
Dec 15 to Dec 17: 
Chita Rivera
Dec 18 to Dec 20: 
Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23: 
Marlee Matlin
Dec 24 to Dec 25: Isabella Rossellini
Dec 26 to Dec 27: Blair Underwood
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: 
Steven Curtis Chapman