Candlelight Processional Dining Package
Dinner (or breakfast or lunch!) and the best show at WDW. Let's go!
The Candlelight Processional Dining Package combines a great meal with the best show in all of Walt Disney World.
What could be better than a good meal and a great show? Choose your favorite Epcot restaurant and make your reservations early. You won't want to miss this.
The Dinner Package is a big part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays celebration.
The Candlelight Processional Dinner Package
The Candlelight Processional tells the Christmas story with music and scripture. A celebrity narrator reads the scripture and a 500 member choir, and a 50 piece orchestra perform amazing Christmas music.
The dining package allows you to add a great meal at one of the Epcot restaurants and gives you a guaranteed seat at a selected performance. The Dining Package includes a 3-course meal or a full buffet, depending on the restaurant selected.
Most of the table service restaurants at Epcot partipate in the package.
You are asked to line at the American Gardens Theater at least 15 minutes prior to show time. You line up on the Japan side of the American Gardens Theater. (General Admission is on the Italy side.) If you want a prime seat, you will need to line up at least 30 minutes or more prior to your show. (People will actually start lining up 1 hour prior to the show.)
You will be admitted before the General Admission guests and will have access to the best seats. At 15 minutes prior to the show, the General Admission guests are allowed in to fill the remaining seats.
Package prices do not include park admission.
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How much does it cost?
Prices are based on the resturant chosen. The price is roughly what it would cost for the meal so there's really no extra cost to add the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package.
Prices for breakfast start at $43 for adults, $27 for kids. For lunch, prices start at $44 for adults and $25 for kids, while at Dinner you're looking at prices starting at $51 for adults and $29 for kids. Tax and tip not included.
Disney Dining Plan
You can use the Disney Dining Plan to "pay" for you package. It does "cost" 2 Table Service Credits regardless of which restaurant you choose. For most restaurants it would be "better" for you to pay and save your credits for other meals.
How to book
To book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package call Disney Dining (407) WDW-DINE or make a reservation online at the Walt Disney World website. Unlike a normal reservation, you can't just call up Disney 180 days prior to your trip and make a reservation. Disney doesn't take Dining Package reservations for the Candlelight Processional until sometime mid-summer - and the full list of narrators is not usually announced until mid-fall!
Disney will make an announcement around the first of July of the date when reservations will be accepted. On that day, you need to get right on the phone and make your reservation because their are limited seats available.
You could let someone else do all the work for you. Dad's friends over at Destinations to Travel are just waiting to help you plan a magical vacation at any time. The Disney Vacation Planners will work feverishly to make your dining reservations including any special requests you might have.
Christmas at Disney World
Christmas is the best time to visit Walt Disney World. In addition to the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package in Epcot there is The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, the Magic Kingdom is full of Christmas cheer ending in Holiday Wishes and there is lots, lots more holiday happenings all around Walt Disney World.
It's truly the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
Dad's Bottom Line
This is the best thing at Disney World. It is not to be missed. Spend the money, have a great meal then enjoy a beautiful, moving show and get a seat for Illuminations. You won't regret it.