Walt Disney World in Florida offers the Candlelight Processional in Epcot during the Christmas season. This event is free with park admission and is held at the American Garden Theater. Famous narrators read the Christmas story, there is a large choir and an orchestra. The narrators change yearly but in the past have included Whoopi Goldberg, Trace Adkins, Steven Curtis Chapman and Amy Grant. Generally this event takes place the entire month of December.
There are three shows offered nightly: 5pm, 6:45 pm and 8:15pm. Often people line up well in advance of the 5pm show hoping to be admitted for the 6:45pm show. Those who purchase the dinner package are guaranteed a spot in the theater.
I had always wanted to see this event. I have walked past it, seen the line and kept walking. But when I heard Steve Curtis Chapman would be narrating during our trip I had to make an effort to see the show. I made reservations at Coral Reef and then watched the 6:45 show so it would be mostly in the dark.
It was well worth the cost of the dinner we had. It was beautiful and you forgot you were in a theme park for an hour. I would suggest anyone who is on the fence to see the show. We had 4 children who even sat quietly during the show and though it was pretty cool.
We purchased our processional package for dinner at Coral Reef. It was a little early to be eating at 4pm but we had a small lunch. The dinner cost was $69 for adults and $19 for children. Our meal included an appetizer, entree, soda and a dessert. Much more than the normal dining plan meals offer. The cheapest dinner package option would have been Biergarten buffet at $55 for an adult but we wanted to eat at Coral Reef regardless that trip.
Note: All dining will be scheduled prior to the performance time chosen:
Dining reservations for the 5:00pm show must be between 12:30 and 2:30pm.
Dining reservations for the 6:45pm show must be between 3:30 and 4:15pm.
Dining reservations for the 8:15pm show must be between 4:20 and 5:45pm.
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