I plan our park visits around where we are able to get reservations but we also have certain restaurants that we continue to try to book up until the day of. On this trip, we wanted to be sure to book the candlelight processional dining package . The Candlelight processional is at Epcot and the stand-by line far exceeds that of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World. Last year when we went, the line was probably 150 deep 6 hours before the first showing of the processional even started.
If you purchase the Candlelight Dining Package you get to enjoy a meal at one of the table service restaurants in the park for either breakfast, lunch or dinner and then you get a guaranteed seat in one of the two showings of the candlelight processional. Depending on which restaurant you choose (we are dining at Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco this year), you get either a three-course meal (appetizer, entree and dessert) or a buffet. Pricing varies depending on the chosen restaurant and can be found on the link above.
Last year we selected Rose and Crown for lunch and the first showing of the candlelight processional. We had a great patio table outside on a gorgeous day, had a Harp beer (that was not included in the price but since alcoholic beverages will be included in the dining plans starting in 2018 it could be included in this package next year) and a great three-course lunch.
We were able to spend the day enjoying Epcot, had dinner and then headed over to the guaranteed seating line about an hour before the show started. Even if you do get the dining package, you will want to get in line about an hour before the candlelight processional starts in order to get good seats because they will pack you into the theater.
What is candlelight processional you ask? It is the Christmas Story, as told according to the bible. Disney is unapologetic and does not hide that this is a biblical reading, recounting the birth of Jesus, so if that is not your cup of tea, don’t go. Each night, the Christmas story is told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir. The choir consists of Disney castmembers and guest choir’s from all over the country.
The processional is not held every night during the holiday season but is held on various nights from November 24 thru December 30. It is important to note that in order to get into the Candlelight Processional you must have a valid Epcot park pass for that day so you can’t just purchase the Candlelight Processional Dining Package and expect to see the performance.
If you love the Christmas story as much as I do, you will love and be moved by the Candlelight Processional but I do not think it is worth standing in line for an entire day in order to see this one hour show. I know that it is extra money for the dining package but in my opinion, it is worth it.
This year we got the dining package again, because I am not standing in line all day. We selected Restaurant Marrakesh for dinner and we are going to the second showing of the Candlelight Processional. The celebrity narrator while we are there is Whoopi Goldberg. I just realized that Trace Adkins is going to be there in the middle of December 15-17 and informed my husband that GOALS for future Candlelight Processional trips is to get to go to a performance narrated by Trace Adkins. If you have never heard Trace Adkins’ voice, you are missing out.
So, if you are planning a trip to Disney World in late November or December, book a candlelight dinner package and get yourself to Epcot for this amazing performance. With Spaceship Earth in the background and the magic of Disney all around you, this truly is an experience that brings Walt’s vision to life and you feel the magic of Disney and of the Christmas season all around you.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post on the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. I hope this helped you in your planning or just made for a good read. For the love of the mouse, never forget, it all started with a mouse.