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New: Black Panther star will narrate Disney Candlelight Processional
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Disney just announced a celebrity announcer for its wildly popular Candlelight Processional. Check out all the details here!

Candlelight Processional

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Disney’s Candlelight Processional is a time-honored tradition of the retelling of the Nativity Story. It features a celebrity narrator, 50-piece orchestra and a massive choir each year. Originally beginning at Disneyland in the 1950s, the processional has expanded to include Epcot. You can read more about its rich history HERE.

Last year, the Candlelight Processional was cancelled due to the phased reopening of Disney World theme parks. I (Susan) was so excited to hear of its return this year!

Modified Experience

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Disney officially announced its return recently. Today, Disney stated that there will be changes to the show. First, it appears that the choirs chosen from around the country will not be part of the performances this year. 

Limited Dining Options at Epcot

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Per Disney’s website, guests choose from ONLY 4 TABLE SERVICE EPCOT restaurants for Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. Each package includes:

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to the Candlelight Processional held on the same day

Prices and restaurants have been released as follows for guests for lunch and dinner:

For more information on this, read HERE. Recently, two quick-service locations became available for reserved seating too.

Disney World Narrators

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However, this years performances will include a celebrity narrator. So far, Disney announced the following celebrity lineup:

  • Chita Rivera
    November 29 through December 1
  • Jodi Benson
    December 2 through December 4
  • Alton Fitzgerald White
    December 5 through December 7
  • Lisa Ling
    December 11 through December 13
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    December 23 through December 25
  • Blair Underwood
    December 26 through December 28
  • Pat Sajak
    December 29 through December 30

Be on the lookout for additional narrators here.

Disneyland Candlelight Processional

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Scheduled for December 4th and 5th, Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional varies from Epcot’s version. Although they both are performed in an outdoor environment, Disneyland’s version performs for a smaller audience. It’s limited to VIP guests and Club 33 members. Disneyland’s version is presented at the Main Street Disneyland Railroad station. Guests along Main Street can listen in, but cannot get very close to the excitement.

New Celebrity Narrator

New: Black Panther star will narrate Disney Candelight Processional
Credit: Michael Owen Baker/SCNG

Usually, Disneyland announced its celebrity narrator until right before the show. However, this year, Disney reveals this actor today!

Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional celebrity narrator is Sterling K. Brown from The Black Panther and television series This is Us.

Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional celebrity narrator is Sterling K. Brown.

Are you excited about the Candlelight Processional narrators? For those attending at Disney World, will you try to book a dining reservation? If so, which restaurant looks the best? Please let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.

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