Can I get a FastPass for the Candlelight Processional?
by Stephen (Dracut, MA)
“Can you FastPass seats for the Candlelight Processional show? I tried to get a reservation making a dining reservation with the dining plan and was informed it would be a two table service credits. We did not make the reservation.”
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Steven, the quick answer is, no, there are no FastPasses for the Candlelight Processional.
I love the Candlelight Processional. It is my favorite show at Walt Disney World. They tell the story of the birth of Jesus through scripture and song. It’s just one of the best things Disney has done and they’ve done it, I think it was one of Walt’s favorite things. Walt started it back at Disneyland right after it first opened and it’s still done at Disneyland. It’s just an amazing show. Each show has 500 choir members, orchestra, the Voices of Liberty. It’s just well, really well done.
The alternative to FastPasses is the Candlelight Processional Dining Package, and yes it is two Disney Dining Plan table service credits.
You know, it’s not always good to use the Disney Dining Plan. This is one of those, why on Earth would you use the Disney Dining Plan for, for the Candlelight Processional dinner package at the Biergarten? The Biergarten for lunch costs $44.00 per adult. $44.00 per adult at lunch and that includes the Candlelight Processional Dining Package. $44 per adult is not a two credit restaurant. Even at dinner I think it’s $59 and that’s not a two credit restaurant. But it is under the Candlelight Processional dining package.
So it doesn’t make any sense to spend two credits on the Candlelight Processional at most of the restaurants in Epcot. Hey, news flash, you don’t have to use the Disney Dining Plan. You can pay cash for meals and use those credits somewhere else where it makes more sense. And again, this is one of those things I know nobody agrees with me, but the Disney Dining Plan is not the best deal.
Okay, enough of that. So, you don’t have to use the Disney Dining Plan. You can pay cash. Biergarten $44.00 a person. Why would you want to do that?
Now, let’s talk about the seating for the Candlelight Processional. About 75 to 80% of the seating for the Candlelight Processional is reserved for people on the dining packages. The first three quarters of the theater is all taken up by people on the dining packages. In fact, if you want a good seat for the Candlelight Processional and you are on the Dining Package, you need to be in line about at least 30 minutes before the show starts, just to get a decent seat. Those seats will all fill up. Those first 75, 80% of the seats will be filled by the dining packages. And that’s three shows a night, every night, from the day after Thanksgiving ’till my birthday, December 30. All the seats will be full for every show, every night.
People will actually stand in line for hours to get some of those back seats, those non-reserved seats. I’ve known of people that have stood in line for all three shows and not gotten in, because the line is so long. There just are limited seats if you don’t do the Dining Package.
Dad’s Bottom Line
I highly recommend if you want to see the Candlelight Processional that you do the Dining Package. You don’t have to use your Disney Dining Plan. Pay for it in cash. If you think it’s too much, or just use the two credits. Find another meal what doesn’t cost as much and pay for that in cash.
Get the Candlelight Processional Dining Package if you want a reserved seat at the Candlelight Processional. And if you want to see. Yeah, you can stand in line, but you have to get in line really early and you might be in line a long time.