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Candlelight Processional & Massed Choir
The Traditional Story of Christmas
in Song and Narration as Presented at Epcot

The Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir began in 1958 at Disneyland in California. Thirteen years later, Walt Disney World presented its first Candlelight Processional in the Magic Kingdom with Rock Hudson as the guest narrator. In 1994, the event was moved to the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Thousands of guests continue to share in each of the 100+ performances that are presented throughout the holiday season.

Each evening, nearly 400 performers fill the stage to create this mainstay of Disney's holiday festivities. The orchestra consists of 51 professional musicians from the central Florida area. The choir members dressed in gold represent high school groups from 30 states. A total of 21,000 amateur vocalists participate in this massed choir during the five weeks of performances. The performers dressed in green (the "tree") are Walt Disney World cast members from all departments and areas throughout the Company.

The singers in red and black (the base of the "tree") are the nationally acclaimed Voices of Liberty The centerpiece of the cast is a guest celebrity who narrates the story of the Nativity. Guest narrators over the years have included acclaimed actors, astronauts, vocalists, news commentators, and sports celebrities. The show is approximately 40 minutes long. There will be three daily showings from November 25 through December 30 at 5:00, 6:45 & 8:15 PM. 

2016 Schedule of Narrators**:

 11/25-27 – Steven Curtis Chapman
11/28-12/1 – Neil Patrick Harris
12/2-12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg
12/4-12/12 – TBA
12/13-12/15 – Meredith Vieira
12/16-12/18 – TBA
12/19-12/21 – Joe Morton
12/22-12/27 – TBA
12/28-12/30 – Cal Ripken, Jr.

**Subject to Change

  • This year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and 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 $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. 

  • You can either purchase a ticket for the Dinner Package or you can watch for free. You do not need a ticket to see Epcot's Candlelight Processional. Seating without the dinner package is on a first come, first serve basis for each show.

  • The packages includes dinner at select Epcot restaurants and reserved general seating at the American Gardens Theatre.

  • The Magic Your Way Dining Plan is accepted for the Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages. 

  • This is a credit card guaranteed event and a credit card is required at time of booking. The guest will pay for the meal in full at the restaurant where they will receive their seating name badges. Guest will NO LONGER need to pick up their package voucher/badge in advance, they just go to their restaurant and enjoy their meal before the show.

  • The show takes place rain or shine and less than one-sixth of theater seats are under cover so not all Dining Show Package seats will be under cover.

    Participating Restaurants

    Biergarten Restaurant
    Chefs de France
    Coral Reef Restaurant
    The Garden Grill
    La Hacienda de San Angel
    Nine Dragons Restaurantt
    Restaurant Marrakesh
    Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
    San Angel Inn Restaurante
    Teppan Edo
    Tokyo Dining
    Tutto Italia Ristorante
    Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

    There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. Call 407-WDW-DINE.

    Past Narrators can be found here.

    INTERCOT Guest Testimonials:

    When I heard the singing of the first performance I got drawn to the theater and I knew I had to go to the second. It is such a wonderful show and the choirs have angel voices - even the lady that does the sign language tradition of each song gets you in the mood!"

    " Our reader was George Hamilton who filled in for another sick performer. He had the audience (including me) VERY teary-eyed. I cannot express the emotion he put into the reading. I have seen others, but none this good. Anyone who got out of the performance without MAJOR Christmas Spirit was dead - or close to it. WOW - what a show!"

    "This really made Christmas special. I Still get goose-bumps thinking of CP. For a good seat, where you can see and hear well, buy the package."

    "We have now been twice to CP. It is the same each year but with different speakers. it is wonderful! It really gets you in the Christmas mood."

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