First Group of Narrators Announced for 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot; Dining Package Bookings Begin July 3rd

Epcot Candlelight Processional International Festival of the Holidays
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Four mainstays of the Candlelight Processional are confirmed to return for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, and we now know when dining packages for the event will be available. From the Disney Parks Blog‘s Thomas Smith:

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year and with it comes the return of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. This special event runs November 29-December 30, inviting you and your family to discover holiday cheer throughout Epcot and across all 11 World Showcase pavilions. Seasonal fun includes sweet and savory treats at Holiday Kitchens throughout the park and special entertainment such as the guest-favorite Candlelight Processional.

Held in the America Gardens Theatre, the Candlelight Processional is a cherished part of the Walt Disney World holiday season, combining the talents of a live orchestra, massed choir and celebrity narrator in the retelling of the traditional Christmas story in a spectacular and heartwarming performance!

Here’s the line-up of celebrity narrators* confirmed to-date, and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for updates as additional narrators are announced:

  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7
  • Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24
  • Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.), and guaranteed seating is available by booking a breakfast, lunch or dinner Candlelight Processional Dining Package at select Epcot eateries. Availability is limited and advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Bookings for Candlelight Processional Dining Packages will begin on July 3.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required.

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Alisia Burt
Alisia Burt

Has Akershus been removed as an option? That was going to be our pick.


Disney needs to relocate its soul. Continuing to celebrate Christmas while also supporting the ability of women to murder their babies is morally incoherent.


Is this why some Epcot restaurants have horrible/no availability 180 + 10 days out from today? Tried booking Coral Reef and Garden Grill (of all places) and couldn’t even see them on the last day of our stay, yet places like CRT, BOG, and Artist Point are available midway through our stay…weird…


Booking for the Candlelight Processional doesn’t open until 3rd July so I don’t think that’s what is. I had no problem booking Epcot for my mid-December reservations – I went for Akershus, Nine Dragons and Le Celier.

Keith Graham
Keith Graham

I don’t understand how anyone could listen to the greatest story ever told being narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. She is hate filled and doesn’t even believe what she is reading. She is not that good of an actress.