(Tonawanda NY, USA)
My family of 4 will be in Epcot on December 8th 2011. Do you think we would need to purchase the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package to get into the show, or do you think there will be enough room so we can get in without buying the dining package? Thank you for your help.
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Purchase the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package
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Dad’s it’s worth every penny Answer
This is a great question as we head into the holiday season. It’s true that the Candlelight Processional is free with your admission to Epcot, but over the years it has become one of the most popular shows at Walt Disney World! The dining packages were put in place to ensure that folks could get a seat without waiting in line for hours on end, and nowadays most of the theatre is reserved for guests with a dinner package.
The Candlelight Processional itself is outstanding. How often do you get to hear a 50 piece orchestra, a 500 member chorus made up of choirs from around the country, and The Voices of Liberty? They all come together in a harmonious celebration that is Christmas at its best.
Remember that your package includes more than a seat at the show. It includes a 3 course meal (or buffet) at one of Epcot’s outstanding restaurants, guaranteed seating at the Candlelight Processional, and admission to a VIP viewing area for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. It’s true that the packages are pricey, but when you consider all of the above, the cost is well worth the meal plus the added convenience and security.
All this being said, if cost is a great concern, try to book a lunch package, when prices are as low as $32.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids. If you’re still not convinced, consider that even guests with the dining package line up for 30-60 minutes beforehand to get the best seat, and very few guests in the “stand by” line are admitted to the seating area. You’ll need to get in line very early if you hope to be one of the lucky few.
If seeing the actual show (and the lovely Isabella Rossellini, who is narrating on December 8) is less of a priority and you’d be happy to simply hear the music – rest assured that you’ll be able to hear it all around the American Pavilion. You can grab a snack, snag a seat, and let the beautiful, moving music wash over you.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Anthony, the dining packages have evolved and expanded over the years to accommodate the overwhelming demand for guaranteed seating, and there is a reason they almost always sell out. In Dad’s opinion, the extra cost is worth every penny.