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EPCOT Makes an Adjustment for Iconic Candlelight Processional

Pumpkins and fall decor may still fill the Walt Disney World Resort Parks and Resorts, but Disney is already preparing for a joyous holiday season ahead. As we plan to attend the ever-so-popular EPCOT Candlelight Processional, take note, as Disney has made an adjustment.

Not only are Disney fans preparing for the grand return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, but EPCOT will be the shining star this holiday season with its fan-favorite EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays
Credit: Disney

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The Disney Park fills with stunning holiday decor, storytellers around the World Showcase, and all the sweet treats and enticing sips a Disney fan’s heart could desire! But the favorite experience at EPCOT over the holidays seems to be the popular EPCOT Candlelight Processional.

EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional offers Guests a chance to hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator with the Voices of Liberty acapella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra, and glorious massed choirs. The experience is not to be missed and always draws a huge crowd in EPCOT’s American Adventure Pavilion at the America Gardens Theatre.

Candlelight Processional
Credit: Disney

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Disney recently released the full lineup of celebrity narrators, which includes highly-anticipated stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in Frozen), and the fan-favorite Neil Patrick Harris.

But, a recent adjustment has been made to the narrator list. Disney has removed the previously announced Edward James Olmos and replaced him with Chita Rivera for the dates of November 27 – 29. Here’s the full, updated lineup below:

  • Simu Liu
    November 25 and 26, 2022
  • Chita Rivera
    November 27 through 29, 2022
  • Raul Esparza
    November 30 and December 1, 2022
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 2 and December 3, 2022
  • Isabella Rossellini
    December 4 through December 6, 2022
  • Daymond John
    December 7 and December 9, 2022
  • Josh Gad
    December 10 through December 12, 2022
  • Gloria Estefan
    December 13 and December 14, 2022
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    December 15 through December 18, 2022
  • Mariska Hargitay
    December 19 and December 20, 2022
  • Cal Ripken Jr.
    December 21 through December 23, 2022
  • Marie Osmond
    December 24 through December 26, 2022
  • Courtney Vance
    December 27 and December 28, 2022
  • Angela Bassett
    December 29 and December 30, 2022
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Edward James Olmos (Credit: Disney)

Why the change? Disney has not stated why Edward James Olmos was removed. Olmos, a talented actor, is best known for his role as Lieutenant Martin “Marty” Castillo in Miami Vice. For Disney, Olmos voiced El Diablo in the 2008 Disney film Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Mito in the English dub of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Randy in Bless This Mess, Robert Gonzales in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Chicharrón in Disney/Pixar’s Coco.

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Chita Rivera with Mickey Mouse (Credit: Disney)

Olmos has been replaced by Chita Rivera, an American actress, singer, and dancer best known for originating roles in Broadway musicals, including Anita in West Side Story. Rivera, the two-time Tony Award winner, has visited Disney Performing Arts students at EPCOT in the past.

Looking for the best way to reserve a seat for EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional? Be sure to snag a Candlelight Processional Dining Package before they are all gone.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.