Walt Disney World Resort has been FULL of news today! Today alone we have learned that Magic Kingdom Park is rolling out THREE new dessert parties in time for the new 50th Anniversary fireworks, “Disney Enchantment”. We also learned a special 50th Anniversary celebration will be held at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Two new dining packages are coming to EPCOT with fantastic viewing spots for the new nighttime spectacular, “Harmonious”. PLUS – over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’ve learned the show Finding Nemo – The Musical is being revamped for 2022. Whew! There has been a lot to take in as a Disney fan. But, Disney isn’t stopping there. That’s right, Disney has announced some holiday cheer by confirming that EPCOT’s beloved Candlelight Processional is RETURNING!
Disney previously shared a look at some of the magical experiences headed to Walt Disney World Resort for a spectacular season of holiday joy during the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. Apparently, that wasn’t everything they had in store for us! Disney has announced the “Candlelight Processional” will be back this year, Nov. 26 – Dec. 30, as part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth.
As shared by “Disney Parks Blog: “Candlelight Processional” is a long-standing Disney Parks tradition, dating back to 1958 at Disneyland park. Walt Disney World guests have enjoyed the annual “Candlelight Processional” since 1971, initially at Magic Kingdom Park and since 1994 at EPCOT. After being greatly missed during last year’s holiday season, this magnificent production will once again grace the America Gardens Theatre with a live orchestra, cast choir, and celebrity narrator retelling the traditional Christmas story in spectacular and heartwarming fashion.”
How is a mass choir possible with the COVID world we live in today? Disney goes on to report that “Since all these performers – including Cast Members, musicians, singers, and narrators – will be required to be fully vaccinated, this year we are not planning to host choirs from different community groups and schools. Instead, to maintain the grandeur of the performance, we are expanding our Cast Member choir to fill the stage with voices. We’re optimistic that the Guest choirs will be able to rejoin us next year for this special holiday opportunity.”
We’re thrilled we’ll be able to hear the World Showcase fill with Christmas music once again for this holiday tradition! Disney is still working to confirm the schedule of celebrity narrators and details about a Candlelight Processional Dining Package, so stay tuned as we’ll share all the information with you as soon as it’s available.