Do I really need the Candlelight Processional Dinner package to see the show?

Do I really need the Candlelight Processional Dinner package to see the show?

by Don Wooden

Dad, I've got a question. One that I need your advice on. We are headed to Disney in early December and would really like to see the "Candlelight Processional". We were thinking about doing the package with the meal and then reserved seating but lo and behold....that's a two meal ticket item. Do you recommend doing it this way (seems kind of pricey for a seat) or should we just take our chances in the 'mass' seating?

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Dad's finally the complete Answer


I finally got to your question. It only took me a week. (Don asked this question about a week ago and mentioned it on Dad's Facebook page where I gave him a quick answer (because package reservations started the next day).

So here is the definitive, exhaustively complete answer.


There you go. Oh, you want more? (Huff)

Every night from the day after Thanksgiving to December 30 (a very important day) Disney presents the Candlelight Processional in the American Gardens Theater in the America Pavilion in Epcot.

The Candlelight Processional is the reading of the scriptural account of the birth of Christ along with some fabulous traditional Christmas music by a 300+ member choir, a 50+ member orchestra and the Voices of Liberty. The show happens 3 times each night.

Dad's Candlelight Processional page

There is reserved seating for guests booking a Dinner Package. When you book a Dinner Package you get a meal at one of the Epcot Restaurants then when it comes show time you are let in first before the general public to get seats to the show.

Dad's Candlelight Processional Dinner Package page

The Dinner Package guests fill up all of the seats under the cover and all of the seats except the last couple of rows. Massed Seating is kind of a misnomer. Most of the Massed Seating guests end up standing behind all the seats. The guests that get seats are all in the back and can be blocked by the trees that are all through the theater.


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Not all performances sell out but most do. If it's raining (it does rain often in Florida) you'll want to get in line real early and grab a seat under the cover (it only covers a few rows in the front).

We don't use the Disney Dining Plan so the two credit thing never mattered to us. I'd suggest you use your credits elsewhere and pay cash for the meal, or just don't worry about it. (This is one of the reasons why I'm not a big fan of the Disney Dining Plan.)

Dad's Bottom Line

Don, to be honest, you don't have to have a Dinner Package to watch the show, but it really helps. We've never done it any other way. We always use the Dinner package. We always pay for our meals (the price is about the same as if you bought the meal at the restaurant).

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