The Candlelight Processional, for those who are unfamiliar, is Epcot’s captivating retelling of the Christmas Story. This tribute to the origins of Christmas features a 50 piece orchestra, singers from Disney’s Voices of Liberty Choir and Cast Member Choir with visiting choral singers rounding out the ensemble. The Yuletide celebration includes renditions of classic Christmas songs woven together by a rotating cast of guest narrators. Performances kick-off on November 24 and run until December 30, 2017.
The celebrity narrator spots for this year’s concerts (so far) are as follows :
- Laurie Hernandez – November 24 to 26, 2017
- Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
- Ana Gasteyer – November 29 to 30, 2017
- Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
- Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
- Jodi Benson – December 6 to 8, 2017
- Kurt Russell – December 9 to 11, 2017
- Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
- Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
- Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
- CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
- Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
- Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017
Epcot’s Candlelight Processional is FREE to guests with valid park admission making the event exceedingly popular with locals and visitors alike. The performances, held at Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre, run 3 times daily with shows at 5:00pm, 6:45 pm and 8.15 pm. Historically, visitors wanting to take in a Processional performance needed to stake out a spot hours in advances cutting into valuable park time. With this in mind, Disney created a dining package (similar to the Fantasmic! Dining Package at Hollywood Studios) that offers guests who book and pay for a meal at select Epcot restaurants with a guaranteed seat during one of the Candlelight Processional performances.
Tell me more about the Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Guests to Epcot have the ability to make dining reservations at select Epcot restaurants for a Candlelight Package that includes:
- 3 course meal (appetizer, entrée and dessert) or buffet with non-alcoholic beverage
- Advanced seating in the VIP section of the American Gardens Theatre for a performance of the Candlelight Processional
The dining package is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and operates on a tiered pricing system based on the restaurant. Those on the Disney Dining Plan are able to use their dining credits towards the package. Similarly to dinner shows, the package will use up two table service credits for those on the regular Disney Dining Plan.
This year diners can take their pick from a wide range of popular Epcot area restaurants including:
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – $60 per adult for breakfast and $36 per child. $70 per child and $42 per child for lunch and dinner.
Biergarten Restaurant – $44 per adult and $25 per child per lunch. $51 per adult and $29 per child for dinner.
Coral Reef Restaurant – $66 per adult for lunch/dinner and $22 per child.
The Garden Grill – $43 per adult & $27 for children at breakfast, $57 per adult and $36 per child at lunch/dinner.
La Hacienda de San Angel – Lunch not available, $80 per adult for dinner and $17.50 per child.
Les Chefs de France – $65.99 per adult and $17.99 per child for lunch. $75.99 per adult and $22.99 per child for dinner.
Nine Dragons Restaurant – $50 per adult and $16.99 per child for lunch. $58 per adult and $18.50 per child for dinner.
Restaurant Marrakesh – $50 per adult and $21 per child for lunch. $58 per adult and $21 per child for dinner.
Rose & Crown – $57 per adult for lunch/dinner and $21 per child.
San Angel Inn Restaurante – $60 per adult and $15.50 per child for lunch. $74 per adult and $17.50 per child for dinner.
Spice Road Table – $50 per adult and $21 per child for lunch. $58 per adult and $21 per child for dinner.
Teppan Edo – $62 per adult for lunch and $16.99 per child, $74 per adult for dinner and $20.75 per child.
Tokyo Dining – $62 per adult for lunch and $16.99 per child. $74 per adult for dinner and $20.75 per child.
Trattoria Al Forno @ Disney’s Boardwalk – $47 per adult and $28 per child for breakfast, No lunch, $60 per adult and $21 per child for dinner.
Tutto Italia Ristorante – $64 per adult for lunch and $22 per child. $70 per adult for dinner and $25 per child.
Via Napoli – $54 per adult and $20 per child for lunch. $57 per adult and $24 per child for dinner.
Those on the package are given a voucher during their dinner that they use for VIP admission to the theater for their designated Candlelight Processional performances. Therefore, performances must be scheduled after dinner. Dining package guests get to enter the theater before standby guests. However, it is still recommended that those with VIP seating arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand to secure their seats. About 10-15 minutes before the performance, the VIP section opens up to seat stand-by visitors and those on the dining package may not be guaranteed a spot.
When can I make reservations for the Candlelight Processional Dining Package?
Booking opened up 180 days out. Available Candlelight Processional Reservations may be limited. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online at My Disney Experience.
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