It may be only the middle of the summer, but Disney is already helping guests prepare for the 2017 holiday season. Almost as if on schedule, some of the celebrity narrators have been announced for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, but there are still a lot of spots left to fill. Fans have been waiting with anticipation for Disney to update their site, and late on Thursday night, it finally happened.
Last year, the first round of celebrity narrator names were announced on June 30 and it looks as if Disney likes to be consistent in some things. As Thursday started to roll into Friday, the official website for the Candlelight Processional updated and finally revealed five names of those reading this year, and yes, Neil Patrick Harris is back.
As of Thursday, June 29, 2017, here is the list:
- TBD – November 24 to 26, 2017
- TBD – November 27 to 28, 2017
- TBD – November 29 to 30, 2017
- TBD – December 1 to 3, 2017
- Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
- TBD – December 6 to 8, 2017
- TBD – December 9 to 11, 2017
- TBD – December 12 to 14, 2017
- Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
- Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
- CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
- Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
- TBD – December 28 to 30, 2017
For those who aren't aware, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot has a celebrity narrator tell the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem or what is known as "The Christmas Story." Behind the narrator will be a choir singing Christmas songs which are played by a full orchestra in front of them.
For some of the shows, there can be very long standby lines to wait for entry into the America Gardens Theater. That is why there are also Candlelight Processional Dining Packages which are now available to book.
The list of restaurants taking part in the Candlelight Processional this year are:
- Restaurant Marrakesh
- Via Napoli Ristorante
- Spice Road Table
- Chefs de France
- Tokyo Dining
- Captain's Grille
- Trattoria Al Forno
- Teppan Edo
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- San Angel Inn Restaurante
- Nine Dragons Restaurant
- Tutto Italia Ristorante
As informed by the official website of Walt Disney World, celebrity narrators, dates, and other entertainment schedules are subject to change without notice. You must also have valid admission to Epcot in order to enjoy the Candlelight Processional.
Walt Disney World is an incredibly great place to be each year for the holidays and there is so much more to do along with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is always one of the more magical happenings at WDW during the Christmas holidays and the celebrity narrator list for 2017 is off to a good start. If you're looking to get a good seat, though, it is highly recommended to book one of the dining packages or prepare for a long wait.
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