Walt Disney World has announced some changes to its lineup of narrators for its annual holiday event, the Candlelight Processional, held at the America Gardens Theatre, beginng November 23 of this year.
As we previously noted on Twitter, Isabella Rossellini will no longer be performing from November 23 – 25. We know her spot to be filled by actress Geena Davis. In addition, Andy Garcia has signed on for December 2 – 4, James Denton for December 8 & 9, Jodi Benson extended to December 10 – 13 and music singer Amy Grant from December 26 – 28. The full narration schedule as it currently stands is as follows:
Schedule & Narrators
American Gardens Theatre (5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.)
November 23 to November 25, 2012 — Geena Davis
November 26 to November 29, 2012 — Neil Patrick Harris
November 30 to December 1, 2012 — Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 to December 4, 2012 — Andy Garcia
December 5 to December 7, 2012 — TBA
December 8 to December 9, 2012 — James Denton
December 10 to December 13, 2012 — Jodi Benson
December 14 to December 16, 2012 — Olivia Newton John
December 17 to December 19, 2012 — TBA
December 20 to December 22, 2012 — Trace Adkins
December 23 to December 25, 2012 — Gary Sinise
December 26 to December 28, 2012 — Amy Grant
December 29 to December 30, 2012 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
Although the event is free (with park admission), lunch and dinner packages are available in which diners will also receive reserved seating (with remaining seats to be filled in via standby line) as well as access to a reserved viewing area for Illuminations.
Lunch Packages range from $32.99–$55.99 for Guests 10+, and $12.50–$17.99 for Guests 3–9 at restaurants including: Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli.
Dinner Packages range from $49.99–$66.99 for Guests 10+, and $14.50–$26.99 for Guests 3–9 at restaurants including: Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, The Garden Grill Restaurant, La Hacienda de San Angel, Les Chefs de France, Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room, San Angel Inn, Teppan Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli.
Walt Disney World has begun announcing its celebrity narrators for its Candlelight Processional performances which will take place this year during the ‘Holidays Around the World’ celebration at Epcot from November 23 through December 30, 2012.
The shows will take place at the America Gardens Theatre, located across the American Adventure pavilion. Shows are free with seating available on a standby basis, or through priority seating which is offered via special dinner and lunch packages from table service restaurants at Epcot. Park admission is separate and required regardless.
The schedule is currently as follows (subject to change at any time)
- 11/23 – 11/25 Isabella Rossellini
- 11/26 – 11/29 Neil Patrick Harris
- 11/30 – 12/01 Whoopi Goldberg
- 12/02 – 12/04 TBA
- 12/05 – 12/07 TBA
- 12/08 – 12/10 TBA
- 12/11 – 12/13 Jodi Benson
- 12/14 – 12/16 Olivia Newton John
- 12/17 – 12/19 TBA
- 12/20 – 12/22 Trace Adkins
- 12/23 – 12/25 Gary Sinise
- 12/26 – 12/28 TBA
- 12/29 – 12/30 Marlee Matlin with Jack Jason
Walt Disney World has announced that dinner packages for its Candlelight Processional will become available August 26. The package includes dinner at one of the table service restaurants around the World Showcase, priority admission to the American Gardens Theatre where the event is held and special viewing for the holiday edition of Illuminations.
The partial list of narrators for the 2010 Candelight Processional are as follows:
- Isabella Rossellini – 11/26 – 28
- TBD – 11/29 – 12/1
- TBD – 12/2 – 4
- TBD – 12/5 – 6
- Jodi Benson – 12/7 – 9
- Whoopi Goldberg – 12/10 – 11
- Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/12 – 15
- Thomas Gibson – 12/16 – 18
- Trace Adkins – 2/19 – 21
- Brad Garrett – 12/22 – 23
- TBD – 12/24 – 27
- Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason – 12/28 – 30
Although it was previously announced that Kirk Cameron would be co-replacing Vanessa Williams as narrator for Epcot’s 2009 Candlelight Processional from December 12-13, an announcement has recently been made that it will now be theatrical legend Chita Rivera.
Vanessa Williams will now be performing on just the weekend of December 12 – 13. Abigail Breslin will be taking on the 14th in addition to her original schedule through the 17th.
D23 Announces Holiday Events Exclusively for D23 Members in Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Los Angeles
BURBANK, CA – October 8, 2009 — D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans today announced complete details for three incredible holiday events this December. D23 Members will get a chance to deck the halls and experience the wonder of the season like never before through incredible offerings at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts as well as a very special “Disney and Dickens” event celebrating Christmases past and present in Hollywood.
“The winter wonderland season at a Disney Park is unlike any other and this December we are offering D23 Members a chance to experience some of our most heartfelt holiday traditions like never before,” said Steven Clark, head of D23. “All three of these events are sure to create lasting magical memories and I couldn’t be more excited to cap off this incredible year of D23 with our Charter Year Members.”
HOLIDAY 2009 D23 CHARTER MEMBER-ONLY SPECIAL EVENTS:
Details Emerging on the 2009 Candlelight Processional Package for Dining; 2 TS Credits, Includes Illuminations
The following information has recently become available on dining packages Epcot’s Candlelight Processional (CPP):
The CPP has been raised to 2 TS credits this year if you are on the Disney Dining Plan (and choose to use it).
In addition to preferred seating for the Candlelight Processional (that is, the CPP line being able to enter the America Gardens Theater prior to the standby line), the package also includes access to a reserved area for Illuminations viewing (specifics not yet known).
Times for the meals for the package are as follows: For the 5 pm show, ADRs will be for lunch from 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm; for the 6:45 pm show, ADRs will be for dinner from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm; and for the 8:15 pm show, ADRs will be from 5 pm – 6 pm.
Dining location options are as follows:
For Biergarten and Garden Grill (which serves dinner only) (Tier 1), cost is Lunch: $32.99 (Adult)/$17.99 (Child) and Dinner: $44.99 (Adult) / $22.99 (Child)
For Nine Dragons, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose and Crown, and San Angel Inn (Tier 2), cost is Lunch: $38.99 (Adult)/$12.99 (Child) and Dinner: $44.99 (Adult) / $14.99 (Child)
For Chefs De France, Coral Reef, Le Cellier, Teppen Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia (Tier 3), cost is Lunch: $51.99 (Adult)/$13.99 (Child) and Dinner: $58.99 ($60.99 for 8:15 show) (Adult) / $15.99 (Child)
All meals include appetizer, entre, dessert and beverage. Tax and Gratuity are NOT included.
There is conflicting information on whether items will be from the regular or a selected menu where applicable.
For a list of Candlelight Processional narrators and dates for 2009, click here.
Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana) Takes Her Turn at Narrating Epcot’s Candlelight Processional December 6-8
Disney has just announced that The Princess and the Frog star Anika Noni Rose will be the narrator for Epcot’s 2009 Candlelight Processional from December 6 – 8. The list previously published here has been updated.
Via its twitter, Disney Parks has announced that Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams and Whoopi Goldberg will join returning celebrity narrators Andy Garcia, John O’Hurley, Abigail Breslin, Brian Dennehy, Angela Bassett, Edward James Olmos and Steven Curtis Chapman.
The schedule is as follows:
November 27 – 29, Isabella Rossellini
November 30 – Dec 2, John O’ Hurley
December 3 – 5, Steven Curtis Chapman
December 6 – 8, Anika Noni Rose
December 9 – 11, Andy Garcia
December 12 – 13, Chita Rivera
December 14 – 17, Abigail Breslin
December 18 – 20, Whoopi Goldberg
December 21 – 23, Brian Dennehy
December 24 – 26, Edward James Olmos
December 27 – 30, Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
* Updated on 12/7: Chita Rivera replaces Kirk Cameron
* Updated on 12/2: Kirk Cameron and Abigail Breslin replace Vanessa Williams
* Updated on 7/29: Disney has announced Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana of the Princess and the Frog) to be the narrator on December 6-8.