Sometimes writing about our events is really tough.
You TRY not to play favorites, but as regular readers of the Disney Parks Blog know, my heart has a very special place in it for the Candlelight Processional.
I have memories of attending (and sometimes performing in) Candlelight Processional performances in every type of weather – from unseasonably warm winters where we were in shorts and T-shirts to chilly nights when we’ve had to bundle up in lots of layers.
It never ceases to thrill me – no matter what the temperature, and I’m always excited to bring you updates on the event – including the fact that dining packages are NOW ON SALE!
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.
** (NOTE: Captain’s Grille is currently under refurbishment. Candlelight Packages will be available once it reopens.)
Any idea when the narrators will be updated for 2017?
Any idea when more narrators will be announced?! Patiently waiting to see which dining package to keep 🙂
I also have been trying to book something for this package for 12/30 ever since my reservation window opened up on Jul 2 at 6am. We’ve tried up to 4 times daily both on the computer and by phone, gotten up often in the middle of the night based on tips that Disney will be releasing more reservations after 3am, 720am, etc. Everything but Marrakesh, which we have booked but are not happy with, has been unavailable. What is weird is sometimes it will tell me that there are no times available between 330 and 630, for instance at Garden Grill. But if you search a breakfast option, it says unavailable to check at this time. Same with all of the other restaurant options. Sometimes the reservation line says they haven;t opened up, sometimes they tell me it’s all booked up because it’s the last day. I had a supervisor tell me it was technical difficulties. I’m so frustrated now that I have a really bad attitude about the whole thing. My Dad is taking my whole family for this trip at a Deluxe villa, and the one most important thing he wanted was this dining package.
HI I have been trying to book December 30th, but it just shows as unavailable to book at this time. I have phone Disney Dining and they said it looks like this date is being held back but are not sure why. Have you any ide when this date will be released as it is the only date we are able to attend. We are flying in from the UK on the 29th so this will be our only chance of seeing what looks like a very special show. Thank you Kathryn
Akershus reservations are now available. Thank you!
Do you feel like a Nov 27 show at 5:00 show will be dark enough to not lose any of the magic?
I love Candlelight too and like you our family has been on both sides of the curtain. Unfortunately, I don’t see any breakfast options available for $35. The least expensive option is The Garden Grill for $43/person. Is the $35 option Captain’s Grille?
Any update on Arkershus availability? When will it be released or has it sold out? Thanks for all the info!!!
I did not realize this is 2 Table Service credits…I read a lot of blog posts and disney food blog posts about this and I grabbed a reservation but then I saw that it’s 2 credits. I wish I had another credit to spare and I wish that was mentioned more frequently including in this post.
Akershus does not seem to be available for booking at this time (in spite of checking both 180 days in advance at 6AM and checking at 6AM this morning when the Candlelight Packages opened. I spoke to a couple of people at WDW DINE -ing after 7AM and they felt that this was a scheduling issue within Akershus. They had no internal messages on this as to what exactly the issue was or when it would be fixed. Is there an estimated time that this issue will be fixed and Akershus will be available? Thank you.
Captain’s Grille isn’t listed as an optional restaurant on the webpage, nor is the pricing listed. Will this be added to the webpage, as you mentioned this is an available restaurant?
I”m sorry. I was just informed that Captain’s Grille won’t be bookable until it reopens. Again, my apologies for all the confusion. I’ll update the post when it becomes bookable.
I’m sorry for the confusion. I’ve just been informed that Captain’s Grill won’t be available to be booked until it reopens.