Epcot Candlelight Processional 2014 – Lineup, Dining Packages, and Tips.

The Candlelight Processional is Epcot’s live performance that tells the Christmas story in a memorable way. Blending together a 50-piece orchestra, a mass choir, and a celebrity narrator, the show creates a grand spectacle full of rich sounds and vibrant colors. The stories and the songs will be familiar to many guests, but the presentation is the reason that this is a holiday tradition for many Walt Disney World visitors. Guide2WDW highly recommends checking this show out.

Candlelight Processional is free with park admission, and seats are availble either on a first come, first served basis, or through a dining package that includes guaranteed seating.

Dates and Location

The Candlelight Processional takes place at the America Gardens Theatre, located in the America pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. The show takes place three times a night, at 5 PM, 6:45 PM, and 8:15 PM. One notable exception this year is December 8, which only has two performances at 6:45 and 8:15. The following is the lineup of celebrity narrators, which is subject to change.

  • Nov. 28-29 – Jodi Benson
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 3-4 – Jonathan Groff
  • Dec. 5-6 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 7-9 – Levar Burton
  • Dec. 10-11 – Edward James Olmos
  • Dec. 12-14 – Joe Morton
  • Dec. 15-17 – Chita Rivera
  • Dec. 18-20 –Ana Gasteyer
  • Dec. 21-23 – Marlee Matlin
  • Dec. 24-25 – Isabella Rossellini
  • Dec. 26-27 – Blair Underwood
  • Dec. 28-30 – Steven Curtis Chapman

Dining Packages

Many of the table service restaurants at Epcot offer a dining package for the Candlelight Processional. These packages include a three-course meal or buffet lunch or dinner, guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional, as well as access to a priority viewing location for Epcot’s fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

The following restaurants participate in the Candlelight Processional dining package. Prices will vary depending on the restaurant, but they range from $35 to $60 per adult and $12-$20 per child (ages 3-9) for lunch and $50 to $75 per adult and $20-$30 per child (ages 3-9) for dinner. (Prices exclude gratiuty or tax).

  • Biergarten Restaurant (Germany)
  • Chefs de France (France)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (Future World: The Seas)
  • Garden Grill (Future World: The Land)
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant (China)
  • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom)
  • Teppan Edo (Japan)
  • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante (Italy)
  • Via Napoli (Italy)

Reservations can be made 180 days in advance for these dining packages. To make a reservation, check out Disney’s official website.

Tips for the Candlelight Processional

  • Seats are on a first come first served basis. If you are not participating in a dining package, we recommend getting in line at least an hour before showtime to get a seat.
  • If you want to get a dining package for the Candlelight Processional and are interested in saving some money, opt for lunch instead of dinner. Biergarten offers the cheapest option for the lunch package at $35 for guests over 10, while Nine Dragons, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose and Crown, and Via Napoli have meals in the low-to-mid $40s for lunch. Our personal recommendation of those restaurants is Via Napoli, as the pizza there is excellent.
  • You can use dining credits for the package. It will be 2 table service credits for the Standard and Deluxe dining plans, or 1 table service credit for the Premium and Platinum dining plans.

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