Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ming-Na Wen Join List of Narrators for 2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Two new narrators join us this year for one of the most beloved and heart-warming holiday traditions at Walt Disney World Resort. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., and long-time member of the Disney family Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan, currently starring in ABC-TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) take to the stage for Candlelight Processional. The annual event is a part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration, which features a celebrity narrator sharing the story of Christmas, joined by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

Here’s the line-up of performers for 2016:

  • Steven Curtis Chapman 11/25-27
  • Neil Patrick Harris 11/28-12/1
  • Whoopi Goldberg 12/2 -12/3
  • Edward James Olmos 12/4-12/6*
  • Anthony Mackie 12/7-12/9 New!
  • Robby Benson 12/10 -12/12
  • Meredith Vieira 12/13-12/15
  • Jim Caviezel 12/16-12/18
  • Joe Morton 12/19-12/21
  • Ming-Na Wen 12/22-12/24 New!
  • Jodi Benson 12/25-12/27
  • Cal Ripken jr.. 12/28-12/30 New!
Cal Ripken, Jr. to Host 2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot Ming-Na Wen to Host 2016 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

The story, the music, the twinkling trees and decor fills you with the spirit of this wonderful season. And you can catch the performances at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the American Gardens Theatre.

As Charles Stovall shared a few months ago, you can pair this processional with a dining package – breakfast, lunch and dinner options at select Epcot and Epcot Resort restaurants. 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.

And don’t forget, as Pam Brandon shared, you’ll also be able to enjoy holiday feasts from our new Holidays Around the World marketplaces.

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. Theme park admission is required. There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.


  • Great celebrity line-up this year. Lock me in for Cal Ripken Jr.

  • When will these be available for FastPasses?

  • Pollyanna, I believe they mean new this year, never before has Cal been a narrator! 🙂 We hope to see Ming-Na Wen and Jodi – love them both!!!!

  • Will there be a Candlelight Processional at Disneyland this year? Will dining packages be available as well? Thank you!

  • Does this mean that Jodi Benson will not be performing Dec 25-27?

    • Hi Liz, Jodi Benson is joining us on the dates you mentioned.

  • Cal Ripken jr. has been on the schedule since the beginning, that is not a new addition. I know because that is the day I am going.

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