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2009 Candlelight Processional Lunch & Dinner Packages Now Available

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Candlelight Processional
November 27 – December 30, 2009 at the Epcot Theme Park

Revel in the joy of the season as you listen to an unforgettable retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Performances are at the American Gardens Theatre in the America (USA) Pavilion in the Epcot World Showcase.

Performances take place each evening at 5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

2009 Candlelight Processional Narrators: 

  • 11/27 – 11/29: Isabella Rossellini
  • 11/30 – 12/02: John O’Hurley
  • 12/03 – 12/05: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/06 – 12/08: Anika Noni Rose 
  • 12/09 – 12/11: Andy Garcia
  • 12/12 – 12/14: Vanessa Williams
  • 12/15 – 12/17: Abigail Breslin
  • 12/18 – 12/20: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/21 – 12/23: Brian Dennehy
  • 12/24 – 12/26: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/30: Angela Bassett & Courtney B. VanceNOTE: The schedule of performers is subject to change without notice

 This is a much loved holiday event at Disneyworld and the shows nearly always fill to capacity, with people lining up even hours early to get a seat.   

TIP:  For the shortest wait, plan to see the 5:00PM performance – if you are not booking a Candlelight Processional Lunch or Dinner Package (information below).  You will probably need to line up 45 – 60 minutes early for this performance.  Later performances will have longer waits.

 Candlelight Processional Lunch & Dinner Packages

You can avoid the long wait by booking a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package.   The Candlelight Processional Dinner Package allows you to dine at one of several Epcot restaurants prior to the performance and then you’ll receive a voucher allowing you to bypass the long line.   The restaurants are grouped into three different price tiers – this does not affect you if you are using the Standard/Plus or Deluxe Disney Dining Plans but may be a consideration if you are paying out of pocket.  There are a very limited number of these packages available so you need to book early.

IMPORTANT ~ New policy for 2009:  The Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are now considered a Signature Dining Experience and will require 2 Disney Dining Plan table service credits per person age 3 or older.

Tier 1 Restaurants – Candlelight Processional  Lunch and Dinner Package:

  • Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion) 
  • Garden Grill Character Dinner (Land Pavilion  – not available for lunch)

Lunch Price (see the 5:00PM performance):  $32.99 Age 10 – Adult / $17.99 per child age 3 – 9.
Dinner Price (6:45PM or 8:15PM performance):  $44.99 Age 10 – Adult / $22.99 per child age 3 – 9.

Tier 2 Restaurants – Candlelight Processional  Lunch and Dinner Package:

  • Nine Dragons (China Pavilion)
  • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco Pavilion )
  • Rose & Crown (United Kingdom Pavilion)
  • San Angel Inn (Mexico Pavilion)

Lunch Price (see the 5:00PM performance):  $38.99 Age 10 – Adult / $12.99 per child age 3 – 9.
Dinner Price (6:45PM or 8:15PM performance):  $44.99 Age 10 – Adult / $14.99 per child age 3 – 9.

Tier3 Restaurants – Candlelight Processional  Lunch and Dinner Package:

  • Coral Reef (The Seas Pavilion)
  • LeCellier Steakhouse (Canada Pavilion)
  • Chefs de France (France Pavilion)
  • Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining (Japan Pavilion)
  • Tutto Italia (Italy Pavilion)

Lunch Price (see the 5:00PM performance):  $51.99 Age 10 – Adult / $13.99 per child age 3 – 9.
Dinner Price (6:45PM or 8:15PM performance):  $60.99 Age 10 – Adult / $15.99 per child age 3 – 9.

Note:  Prices exclude tax and gratuity.   Lobster entrée is also excluded from this package.   I don’t know why the child’s price is so much higher for Tier 1 but I double-checked the information; it may be because the Garden Grill is the only character dining option for this package. 

TIP:   You can save money by booking a dining package for the 5:00PM performance.  You’ll  enjoy a late lunch with reservations  typically booked between 1:45 & 2:30PM.  Please note that the Garden Grill is not open for lunch.   The 5:00PM performance is wonderful but please note that this is dusk and not quite dark which might detract from the performance a bit for some people.

TIP:  If you want to enjoy IllumiNations (fireworks) that same night, you’ll probably want a 5:00 or 6:45PM seating.  The 8:15PM performance will make it difficult to find a spot for the fireworks.

Reservations can (and should be) booked up to 90 days prior to arrival.   If you are not on a Disney Dining Plan, you will have to pay for the meal with a credit card at the time of booking but this is refundable up to 72 hours prior to the reservation.    If you are on a Disney Dining Package, a credit card number will be required to confirm the reservation; nothing will be charged to the credit card unless you are a “no show”.

WARNING:  This show really does draw lines and crowds through the evening hours.  You’ll want to tour the Italy, America, Japan, Morocco, and France Pavilions earlier in the afternoon to avoid the congested walkways and crowds.

We will be happy to help with these reservations (subject to availability) when you book your Walt Disney World vacation through Build A Better Mouse trip.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

 Thank you,

 Annette

 Build A Better Mouse Trip
Toll free: 877-815-6515

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August 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm 2 comments

Magic Your Way Package FREE Dining Promotion for September 29th – December 17th, 2009

A Fall & Winter Free Dining Promotion is a new and wonderful thing!

Dine at Walt Disney World Resort for Free in September, October, November, and December

~ Must be booked by September 26th, 2009 ~

Please contact us as soon as possible using our online form: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/quoterequest.php .  We would like to have all of your reservation information complete so that we can move on your behalf immediately now that the offer is available to the general public. Please include the names of everyone in your party, the ages of the kids, and your travel dates.

Book a Walt Disney World Magic Your Way package at a Disney Value Resort (the All-Star or Pop Century resorts) and receive the Quick Service Dining Plan at no additional cost.  The Quick Service Dining Plan provides two counter-service meals and 2 snacks (up to $4 value) per person, per night of stay. A family of four (2 adults, 2 children) will save $77.96 per night of stay.  Each person over age 3 also receives a refillable mug good for sodas, tea, and coffee at your resort food court with the quick service plan.   Guests staying at a value resort can upgrade to the Standard Dining Plan for an additional $10 per night per person over age 10 and an additional $2 per night per child aged 3 – 9.

Book a Walt Disney World Magic Your Way package at a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resort and receive the Plus / Standard  Dining Plan at no additional cost.  The Standard Dining Plan provides one table service meal credit, one counter-service meal credit, and 1 snack (up to $4 value) per person, per night of stay. A family of four (2 adults, 2 children) will save $101.96 per night of stay.

It may be possible to add this promotion to your existing reservation.  If it cannot be added to your existing reservation, ask if the package is available in a different room category or at a different resort.  The savings may make it worth switching resorts.

  • Travel Dates:  September 29th – December 17th (November 25th – 28th may be excluded from this offer)
  •  A deposit ($200)  will be due within 7 days of reserving a package.  
  • Package must be booked by September 26th, 2009
  • Your package much include at least 3 nights consecutive stay at a Walt Disney World Resort + at least 1 day Magic Your Way Basic Ticket.
  • Offer good at Walt Disney World Resorts, subject to availability – not every resort will necessarily be available every night of the promotion.
  • Suites are excluded from this offer.
  • The “Wine and Dine” plan can be added to this promotion at full price

* Availability is limited and certain restrictions apply. Tickets must be used within 14 days of first use.  No group rates or other discounts apply.

Important:  Dining can now only be booked 90 days prior to arrival.   There will be a lot of people taking advantage of the free dining promotion who will be ready to book their dining as soon as they are eligible.  Now that Fantasmic! is not offered every night, the Fantasmic Dinner Packages that only require one dining credit (Hollywood & Vine and Mama Melrose) are now the first to fill.   Cinderella’s Royal Table remains popular, as does LeCellier in the Canada pavilion at Epcot.   Do your research now so you know what you want as soon as you’re allowed to make reservations.  

Tip: Do you know what you can buy using your dining plan snack credits?   We have an unofficial list of available items.  Knowing this helps you plan ahead and get the most from your snack credits, especially if you want to use them as a light meal.  Just contact us and I’ll be happy to send an email copy of the list.

Don’t forget that you’ll get some great vacation planning help at no additional cost when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip. 

  • Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Custom touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

I’m here and happy to help with your reservation.   You can reach me:  

Thank you,

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515
International callers: 719-495-5698

Some Disney Free Dining Promotional Codes:

  • Value Resort Magic Your Way with Quick Service Dining Plan: KHF
  • Value Resort Magic Your Way upgraded to the Standard Dining Plan (extra cost):  OCQ
  • Value Resort Magic Your Way upgraded to the Deluxe Dining Plan (extra cost):  GXY
  •  
  • Moderate or Deluxe Resort Magic Your Way with Standard Service Dining Plan: NAR
  • Moderate or Deluxe Resort Magic Your Way upgraded to the Deluxe Dining Plan (extra cost):  EVR
  • Note – these are just some of the Free Dining Promotion discount codes.  The Disney reservation agent I spoke to today said that there are over 36 different codes associated with just this promotion alone. 

 

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August 13, 2009 at 2:41 am 1 comment


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