2018 Epcot Candlelight Processional

Plans for the 2018 Epcot Candlelight Processional are well underway.  Some of the celebrity narrators have been scheduled and others are still to be announced.

This beloved event has become a holiday tradition for many families and if you have never experienced it, I highly recommend it!

Kurt Russel narrates during the 2017 Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional features the traditional Christmas story told by a celebrity narrator with a live 50-piece orchestra and a massed choir.  From 11/22/18 – 12/30/18, this amazing show is performed three times each night at the America Garden Theater. (5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm).

Candlelight Processional Dining package reservations will open on July 11th, 208.

Below is the lineup that has been announced as of the time of this posting. I will share additional narrators as they become available.

  • 11/22 – 11/23 – Chita Rivera
  • 11/24 – 12/02 – TBD
  • 12/03 – 12/06 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/07 – 12/09 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/10 – 12/12 – TBD
  • 12/13 – 12/14 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/15 – 12/17 – Gary Sinise
  • 12/18 – 12/20 – Pat Sajak
  • 12/21 – 12/23 – TBD
  • 12/24 – 12/25 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/26 – 12/27 – Jodi Benson
  • 12/28 – 12/30 – TBD

The restaurants included in the 2018 Candlelight Dining Package are:
Garden Grill Restaurant
Biergarten Restaurant
Coral Reef Restaurant
Rose & Crown Dining Room
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Restaurant Marrakesh
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Chefs De France
Tutto Italia
Teppan Edo
Tokyo Dining
La Hacienda De San Angel
Via Napoli Ristorante Pizzeria
Spice Road Table
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Ale & Compass Restaurant
Trattoria Al Forno

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan, it will take 2 table service credits per person for the Candlelight Dining Package.

If you are not on the dining plan, the packages costs vary by location and what time of day you make your reservation.  Candlelight Dining Packages start at $38 for breakfast (where offered), $50 for lunch and $55 for dinner for adults.

The Candlelight Dining Package will be paid for at the individual restaurant where the preferred seating badge will then be distributed. Prices exclude tax and gratuity; park admission required, but not included in price.

Remember to review the cancellation policy, you must cancel at least 2 days prior to the reservation or you will be charged the full amount of the package price if you do not show up for your reservation.

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Holiday Happenings in Walt Disney World

The holiday season is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World and this year is no exception.  With more lights, fireworks & events than ever,even the biggest Grinch can get into the holiday spirit.

Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party


This part runs on select nights from 11/9/17 – 12/22/17 and does require a separate ticket purchase to attend.  You can find a full list of dates & prices HERE.

During the party you will enjoy special character meets, shorter attraction wait times, festive treats & goodies that include complimentary cookies of various flavors, hot cocoa & cider.  This year they are also offering a soft pretzel option which I am particularly fond of instead of all the sweets.  There will be a special Christmas Parade & fireworks show & Voice Play will be performing again in Tomorrowland.  You can also purchase limited edition merchandise and don’t forget to pick-up your Sorcerers of the magic Kingdom Party Card.


International Festival of the Holidays

Although by a different name this year, this event still holds the same holiday magic.  Pick up your booklet & guide to all the fun when you enter the park & enjoy wonderful food from around the World Showcase and my personal favorite are the stories of each country’s unique holiday traditions.

Enjoy this video sample of the holiday traditions in Norway:

Candlelight Processional

This fantastic performance has become our holiday tradition.  Each night, the biblical Christmas Story is told by 1 of 13 celebrity narrators and accompanied by a live choir and orchestra.  Returning narrators include Whoopi Goldberg & Trace Adkins; they will be joined by several new narrators this year including Kurt Russel & Pat Sajak.  Find a full list of narrators HERE. This event runs from 11/24/17 – 12/30/17.

If you want the best seats, consider making a reservation for a dining package.  More details on the dining packages HERE

Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

This holiday scavenger hunt is fun for the young ones or the young at heart.  Chip & Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree & they need your help.  The cost for your scavenger hunt map is $6.99 +tax and when your are finished, you will get a special prize.

After enjoying a day in Epcot with festive food from around the world & stories from Santa, you can enjoy a special Illuminations with a special holiday themed ending.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has gone all out for this holiday season.  The Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! show has returned & the elves from Prep & Landing must help & find Santa because he has been kidnapped.

New in Hollywood Studios this year is Sunset Season’s Greetings.  Enjoy a light snowfall on Sunset blvd while the Tower of Terror exterior is brought to life by holiday projections.  You may even run into a friendly holiday face or two such as Olaf the snowman from Frozen.


Minnie will once again be hosting her holiday dine part at Hollywood & Vine Restaurant and you can meet Santa himself at the Once Upon a Time shop through 12/24/17.  When Santa begins to deliver Christmas gifts for the children Santa Goofy will take his place through 12/31/17.

Disney Springs

Although I was personally a little disappointed to see that the holiday drone show will not be returning to Disney Springs this year, there are plenty of festive activities that will hold my family’s attention for an entire day after we watch the new Star Wars movie at the AMC theater right in the middle of the action.

The Christmas Tree Trail will be memorizing as always with 25 Disney themed trees beneath a gentle snow fall.

Festive snacks & food can be found throughout the shopping district and joyful entertainment will welcome everyone.  From caroling to stilt walkers there will be something to watch all around.

Santa’s Chalet will be there where your family can visit & get photos with Santa.  If you have Disney’s Memory Maker, you can get your photos added to your account at no extra charge.  When you visit Santa’s Chalet, you will be given a special pager that will tell you when to return to the line for your visit with Santa.  You do not have to wait in a crazy long line & you can shop while you wait for your turn.

Also returning to Disney Springs this year is Stitch’s Gift hunt.  This is a fabulous activity to keep the kids & family entertained while you shop.  Stitch has misplaced his gift list and he needs your help finding it.  You can pick up your scavenger hunt map with corresponding stickers and hunt your way through 16 locations to match each sticker with the correct place.  Once you have completed the map, you can return it for a special prize.


Resorts and More

The Gingerbread Houses in Walt Disney World remain the most fantastic displays of culinary art that I have seen in my travels.  Each display is a delicate work of art and can be found throughout the parks & resorts.

– Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom 12/20 – 1/2
– American Adventure in Epcot 11/19 (This location also offers a season menu for your consumption)
– Amorette’s Parisserie in Disney Springs 11/24
– Disney’s Contemporary Resort
– Disney’s Beach Club celebrates their 18th anniversary of this event with 18 hidden Mickey’s on their display
– Disney’s Grand Floridian celebrates their 19th gingerbread anniversary & a special pin trading event in the lobby each day


In addition to larger-than-life gingerbread houses, you can tour each of the Disney resorts & take in all of their fabulous trees & Christmas decor.  Every resort will have a detailed miniature train display in the lobby.


Visiting Walt Disney World ruing the holidays offers numerous holiday activities that will immerse your senses in holiday cheer.  On top of all of the fun actives, the weather here in Florida is amazingly comfortable for park touring this time of year.  If you have never visited Walt Disney World during the holidays, what are you waiting for?  You can book now for 2017 or 2018 and I have a special offer of my own waiting for my holiday guests when you book by 11/30/17.

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2017 Epcot Candlelight Processional

This fully immersive experience is part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World in 2017 and runs from 11/24/17 through 12/30/17.  The amazing telling of the Christmas story boasts a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir and has become a holiday tradition for my family.


This year 13 celebrity narrators are performing at the event and there are 6 brand new narrators. Several of which I am personally excited to watch.

  • NEW! Laurie Hernandez – November 24 to 26, 2017
  • NEW! Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
  • Ana Gastayer – November 29 to 30, 2017
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
  • NEW! Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
  • Jodi Benson – December 6 to 8, 2017
  • NEW! Kurt Russell – December 9 to 11, 2017
  • NEW! Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
  • Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
  • NEW! CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
  • Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
  • Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017

The performances are every night at the America Gardens Theater at 5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm

If you want a good seat, you may want to consider reserving a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.  Find details on the dining packages HERE

Here is my video from last year with Steven Curtis Chapman as the narrator:

Because we are ultimate fans of the Guardian’s of the Galaxy series, we are thrilled that we have been able to grab a dining reservation, with preferred seating, to watch Kurt Russell perform.  I would also like to try out standby seating to watch Jodi Benson.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the biblical telling of the Christmas story surrounded by unsurpassed talent & a celebrity narrator.  What are your plans for the season?  Who are you most excited to watch?  Let me know in the comments.

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Epcot – One Adventure ends & a new one Begins in August

The Universe of Energy has been open since October of 1982.  During it’s 35 years in operation it educated people about the energy around our world.  We always thought of this lengthy attraction as a way to get out the the rain or cool of for a nap on a hot day.


It has recently been announced at D23, that the Universe of Energy attraction will be closing on August 13th, 2017 and I can’t help but look forward to what has been announced to replace it.

The new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will be inside the current Universe of Energy building.  Disney has not released an opening date for the attraction but Disney Parks Blog says “Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort. Epcot just may be the perfect place for a “Guardians”-inspired attraction”


Mission: SPACE has been under refurbishment recently and now we know why…

in just a few weeks, guests will be able to enjoy new adventures at Mission: SPACE – an updated Orange Mission (more intense training) and a brand-new Green Mission (Less intense experience).


Disney Parks Blog states “The updated Orange Mission will make an even more visually stunning trip to Mars, while the all-new Green adventure will allow guests to blast off for an orbital adventure around planet Earth.”

Which mission will you take the next time you visit this attraction?

One other announcement has been made for Epcot at D23 and that is the opening of a Ratatouille inspired attraction in the France Pavilion. Guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant.  According to Disney Parks blog this attraction will open sometime in 2021.

I look forward to bringing you updated information about these attractions as they open in the parks.  Stay tuned…

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2017 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional is a holiday tradition for my family.  It really gets us in the spirit with the telling of the Christmas Story along with a celebrity narrator, live choir & 50 piece orchestra.  If front row seats are on your list for this event, or just a delicious meal with an extra perk, then you will want to book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.  Book early, the spots fill up quickly.  If you are one of my guests traveling to Disney World during the holiday celebrations, let me know if you would like my assistance booking one of these packages.
(Scroll down for my video from one of last year’s performances)


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® Theme Park 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:*

  • NEW! Laurie Hernandez – November 24 to 26, 2017
  • NEW! Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
  • Ana Gastayer – November 29 to 30, 2017
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
  • NEW! Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
  • Jodi Benson – December 6 to 8, 2017
  • NEW! Kurt Russell – December 9 to 11, 2017
  • NEW! Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
  • Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
  • NEW! CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
  • Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
  • Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017

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.

According to Disney Food Blog, the individual restaurant prices are as follows:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Breakfast: Adult $60.00 / Child $36.00 Lunch: Adult: $70.00 / Child $42.00 Dinner: Adult: $70.00 / Child $42.00

Lunch: Adult $44.00 / Child $25.00 Dinner: Adult $51.00 / Child $29.00

Coral Reef
Lunch: Adult $66.00/ Child $22.00 Dinner: Adult $66.00 / Child $22.00

Garden Grill
Breakfast: Adult $43.00/ Child $27.00 Lunch: Adult $57.00 / Child $36.00 Dinner: Adult $57.00 / Child $36.00

La Hacienda de San Angel *Dinner Only
Lunch: N/A Dinner: Adult $80.00 / Child $17.50

Les Chefs de France
Lunch: Adult $65.99 /Child $17.99 Dinner: Adult $75.99 / Child $22.99

Nine Dragons
Lunch: Adult $50.00 / Child $16.99 Dinner: Adult $58.00 / Child $18.50

Restaurant Marrakesh
Lunch: Adult $50.00/ Child $21.00 Dinner: Adult $58.00 / Child $21.00

Rose and Crown
Lunch: Adult $57.00 / Child $21.00 Dinner: Adult $57.00 / Child $21.00

San Angel Inn
Lunch: Adult $60.00 / Child $15.50 Dinner: Adult $74.00 / Child $17.50

Spice Road Table
Lunch: Adult $50.00 / Child $21.00 Dinner: Adult $58.00 / Child $21.00

Teppan Edo
Lunch: Adult $62.00 / Child $16.99 Dinner: Adult $74.00 / Child $20.75

Tokyo Dining
Lunch: Adult $62.00 / Child $16.99 Dinner: Adult $74.00 / Child $20.75

Trattoria al Forno (located on Disney’s BoardWalk, accessible via walkway or boat from Epcot’s World Showcase) *Breakfast and Dinner Only
Breakfast: Adult $47.00 /Child: $28.00 Lunch: N/A Dinner: Adult: $60.00 Child: $21.00

Tutto Italia
Lunch: Adult $64.00 / Child $22.00 Dinner: Adult $70.00 / Child $25.00

Via Napoli
Lunch: Adult $54.00 / Child $20.00 Dinner: Adult $57.00 / Child $24.00

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.

Holidays Around the World, including the Candlelight Processional, runs Nov. 24-Dec.30, 2017 at Epcot.

Watch as Steven Curtis Champman tells the Christmas Story…

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic.  I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend, with my family, in one of the Disney Parks.  Contact me to book your next trip with personalized planning at no extra cost.
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Epcot Egg-stravaganza Egg Hunt

Who doesn’t love the challenge of hunting for eggs during springtime?  For 2017, Epcot has extended the dates for this challenge beginning on March 1st and will running through May 29th for the duration of the Flower and Garden Festival.


The cost to participate is $5.99 + tax.  You will need to purchase your Egg hunting sticker page and stickers at Pin Central in Future World, Disney Traders at the entrance to the World Showcase or World Traveler at International Gateway.  Just look for one of the signs below to indicate where you can start the game…

This Egg-stravaganza takes place in the different countries around World Showcase.  You will need to visit each country on the map and hunt high and low, inside and out to find each egg and place the corresponding sticker on your map.

Once you have completed your hunt, you can return to one of the locations selling the maps and get a prize.  The prize is your own little Disney egg, filled with magical Disney air.  You can choose from Nemo, Dory, Mickey, Minnie, Lady or the Tramp, Stitch and more.  Of course the prize eggs are all based on availability.


If you don’t think you can walk around the entire World Showcase or you have a little one who just cannot find all of the eggs, you do not have to worry about collecting your prize.  You can always collect your prize egg when you purchase your map & stickers.  Just tell the cast member that you would like to select your prize before your hunt & they will allow you to choose an egg and will place a completion stamp on the back of your map.

SPOILER ALERT….   IF you want to know all of the answers to this hunt, scroll down, ALL the way to the bottom of this page, for my completed map from this year.

Happy Hunting!

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Epcot: Christmas in Norway

During Epcot’s month long “Holidays around the World” celebration, each country in the World Showcase offers a little skit about the traditions of Christmas in their country.  You mean you can learn something on vacation?  Of course you can and Norway is about more than just meeting Anna and Elsa.  😉

In Norway people that live in big cities attend concerts, festivals and other events.  For the country folk on the farms “The Barn Santa” Julenissen pays them a visit.  This mischievous gnome can only be seen by those that believe and the audience will have to help the storyteller believe in him as he plays tricks on her while she tells of Norway’s traditions.

Julenissen the “Barn Santa” standing with the storyteller

Each of Epcot’s 11 countries will have characters, dressed in costume, perform holiday traditions for guests an average of 6 times a day.  You will need to check the printed times guide or My Disney Experience app, in order to get exact times for performances each day.

When you pick up your park map for the day, don’t forget to grab the Holidays Around the World Passport.  There is a lot of great information in this little book.  The pages include check boxes & stickers to put in place as you complete each event at the different countries around the World Showcase.

The tale of Norway’s Holiday Traditions is as follows from the sign posted at the Norway Pavilion:
The Christmas season in a festive time in the “Land of the Midnight Sun”:however there are remarkable differences between the holiday celebrations in Norway’s cities and the age old traditions of farming communities.
In Norwegian towns and cities, there are a host of festivities leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Many will celebrate the holidays going to concerts, fairs and markets, with caroling and church services, or the familiar custom of awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus.
On many Norwegian farms, there is also much excitement as the children anticipate the visit of “the Barn Santa,” Julenissen, a gnome who lives in the woods and barns across the countryside.  It is believed that he is the guardian of the farm animal and every family’s welfare.  Young children leave a steaming bowl of porridge in the hayloft during the holiday period to thank Julenissen.
Christmas Eve on the farm is busy with fun activity.  Farm animal are treated to the finest oats and barley.  Birds are offered a julenek, large sheaves of grain places high on spruce poles.  Gifts are opened.  After darkness, it “lights out” as homes are illuminated by on the warm glow of candlelight.
Christmas Day throughout Norway is “family time!” Everyone gathers to enjoy the precious gift of food, music and good times that may last for hours!

christmas-in-norway2Julenissen “Barn Santa”: this mischievous gnome makes the story teller dance since she cannot see him because she does not believe.  Is there a child in the audience that can help her see him?

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