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Change up for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators

Change up for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators

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The Candlelight Processional is a beautiful retelling of the Nativity Story. Disney recently announced the list, but now there is a change up.

Candlelight Processional

Credit: Susan

You’ll love celebrating this holiday season with songs at the “Candlelight Processional,” returning to the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth starting November 25.

This time-honored tradition has been a part of the holiday season at Walt Disney World since its opening in 1971. Guests absolutely love experiencing the celebrity narrators, the Voices of Liberty a cappella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra and glorious massed choirs as they present a heartwarming retelling of the traditional Christmas story.

Credit: Monica

Here is the list of narrators

  • 11/25 – 11/26: Simu Liu (NEW)
  • 11/27 – 11/29: Edward James Olmos
  • 11/30 – 12/1: Raul Esparza (NEW)
  • 12/2 – 12/3: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4 – 12/6: Isabella Rossellini
  • 12/7 – 12/9: Daymond John (NEW)
  • 12/10 – 12/12: Josh Gad (NEW)
  • 12/13 – 12/14: Gloria Estefan (NEW)
  • 12/15 – 12/18: Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/19 – 12/20: Mariska Hargitay (NEW)
  • 12/21 – 12/23: Cal Ripken Jr.
  • 12/24 – 12/26: Marie Osmond
  • 12/27 – 12/28: Courtney Vance
  • 12/29 – 12/30: Angela Bassett


Credit: Susan

Edward James Olmos was set to narrate the story on November 27, 28, and 29. Now, Chita Rivera will take his place instead. If you have plans to attend this show and maybe even have a dining package booked, be aware of this change. Some people love to see the narrators while others are there more for the story and experience.

However, that may not be the only change this year. We also shard a few weeks ago Disney may be looking to change pieces of the show. Those changes may included new songs, new narration, and a reduced Hallelujah chorus.

Chita Rivera replaces Edward James Olmos from November 27-29, 2022.

Are you attending the Candlelight Processional on any of those evenings? What do you think of the change? Let us know in the comments below and on social media.

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Sunday 23rd of October 2022

My husband and I have seen CP a dozen times over the years. It is one of our favorite activities during a holiday trip to Disney World. We have loved it each time, as all of the narrators have been wonderful. My husband has been telling me for a decade that the ONE person he specifically wants to see as a narrator is Edward James Olmos. As luck would have it, we planned a trip that coincided with being in Epcot when he was narrating, and got the dining package. My husband was thrilled, and it was the what he was looking forward to most. This is disappointing, even though we know CP will be wonderful with the talented Chita Rivera. We do not know the reason for the change, but hope that we may still see Mr Olmos narrate in the future.

Monica Street

Monday 24th of October 2022

That is such a bummer, but I hope you have a great evening nonetheless.

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