2009 Candlelight Processional Lunch & Dinner Packages Now Available

August 20, 2009 at 7:33 pm 2 comments

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,


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Graham Packer  |  September 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    We are travelling UK-Florida for xmas and I have just tried to book a dining package for the candlelight processional. Wanted the 8.15pm show on 24 December. Right now its 0800 in Florida, exactly 90 days prior to the event (the max in advance I can book) and there are no packages available for that performance. Why? Because they have all been taken by those staying “on-resort” at Disney as they can book 100 days in advance. Not impressed. A couple of corrections to the above blog notice (i) you now get reserved seating at illuminations with the package; and (ii) when you book no charge is made to your d=credit card at the time, it is only a guarantee in case you are a no-show.

    • 2. wdw4christians  |  September 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

      I so understand your frustration about calling exactly 90 days prior and finding nothing available. I absolutely dread trying to book Fantasmic Dinner packages for people – they’re not available more often than they are these days. In fact, just booking dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is becoming a royal pain…too often these days, there isn’t a single reservation available between 4PM and 7PM at any location.


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