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Full List of Candlelight Processional Narrators for the 2017 Season

Rounding out this year’s celebrity narrators for the  2017 Candlelight Processional, part of the Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays , are two new faces and two returning favorites.

Disney Legend Kurt Russell, who has starred in Disney films from the 1960s to 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” will read the Christmas story this year – as well as gold- and silver-medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez. Two veterans of the event – actress/comedienne Ana Gasteyer and Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” – complete this year’s list.

As previously announced, new narrators for this year’s lineup include Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “The Last Tycoon,”); Star Wars fan favorite Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi;” Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

And returning this year are everyone’s favorite hard-driving Dr. Bailey from “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson – and newly-named Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

Here is the full list of narrators (everything subject to change, of course):

  • Nov. 24- 26 – Laurie Hernandez – NEW!
  • Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer – NEW!
  • Nov. 29 – 30 – Ana Gasteyer
  • Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak – NEW!
  • Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson
  • Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell – NEW!
  • Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis – NEW!
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder – NEW!
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

The Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a massed choir.

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

In addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,** with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Epcot provides an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Book your Clients via Disneyworld.com or call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for updates on holidays at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

** (NOTE: Captain’s Grille is currently under refurbishment. Candlelight Packages will be available once it reopens.)

Epcot at 35: Reflecting on a Storied Past, Poised for a Promising Future of Creativity and Innovation

Epcot marked its 35th anniversary Sunday doing what it does best: looking to the future. Against the backdrop of its iconic Spaceship Earth, Disney’s theme park that celebrates human achievement hosted ceremonies that reflected on 35 years of creativity and innovation. More important, the ceremonies shined a spotlight on an exciting future of new experiences and attractions.

“It’s been an amazing 35 years,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “And as we look toward the future, there is so much more on the horizon.”

Kalogridis was joined onstage by the patriotic Voices of Liberty ensemble and the Mariachi Cobre from the Mexico showcase – two acts that debuted when the theme park originally opened – as guests and cast members looked on. It was 35 years to the day – Oct. 1, 1982 – when Disney’s discovery park opened its doors as the second theme park on Disney property.

“Epcot has always been, and always will be, an optimistic celebration of the real world – brought to life through the magic of Disney,” he said. “I promise you the exciting plans we have on the horizon will honor Epcot’s rich legacy of creativity and innovation while continuing to exceed the expectations of our guests, for decades to come.

“The spirit of the expansion will continue to evolve Epcot to make it more timeless, more relevant, more family and more Disney, while staying true to its original vision.”

Already announced as part of the expansion are a new restaurant for the Mission: SPACE pavilion, inviting guests to travel high above Earth for an unforgettable dining experience; a Ratatouille-inspired attraction bowing in a new space in the France showcase; a new E-ticket Future World attraction based on the rockin’ world of Guardians of the Galaxy; an updated Circle-Vision film for the China showcase showcasing the country’s splendor and majesty.

Epcot remains “a place for family, a place for fun and a place for faith in our vision as a people,” Kalogridis said. “It is little wonder that so many have fallen in love with this park and its story.”

Watch – The Dream Called EPCOT | Walt Disney World

Disney has an exciting find their video vault to share with you just in time for Epcot’s anniversary celebration – the original “The Dream Called EPCOT” film.

Photos – Light Lab Drinks at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Are you heading to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this year?  If so, make sure to check out the Light Lab area for some cool drinks and an even cooler looking environment.

 

Photos – Disney-Pixar Character & Movie Sculptures Made Out of Chocolate for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Take a look at these amazing Character & Movie Sculptures created by Disney pastry chefs all made out of chocolate for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

These can be found inside the Festival Center.  Let us know on Twitter which one is your favorite!

 

 

Dates Announced for the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort

The Epcot® International Festival of the Arts, Disney’s most all-inclusive celebration of the arts, returns for its second sensational year at Walt Disney World® Resort Jan. 12- Feb. 19, 2018. During this event, guests can experience an exciting extravaganza replete with phenomenal artists, gourmet fare, musical performances, stage productions and other amazing acts.

New for 2018, the Festival will remain open 7 days a week, with various entertainment offerings planned each weekend.

Photos – Marketplace Exteriors of Countries Represented at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Check out some photos of the Marketplace Exteriors of Countries Represented at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Click on the photos for larger views.

Photos – Outside & Inside of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Center

Take a look at photos from Outside & Inside of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Center.

 

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Photos – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces

Are you wondering what to eat and drink at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?  Click on the photos of the Marketplaces menus to see what items interest you.

Photo Gallery – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

Take a look at photos of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise.

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