Young Adults at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays
  • On Oct 9, 2023
    Shirley from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to get a Candlelight dining reservation in December. What time should my reservation be to get a ticket for the earliest show?

    Hi Shirley,

    It is always the most magical time of the year here at planDisney, so I’m glad you stopped by with your question! You must be so excited to be heading to Walt Disney World Resort during the truly most wonderful time of the year – the holidays!

    Some of my family’s core holiday memories are from our experiences at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional. We are always amazed at the way the Celebrity Storytellers, along with the choir and the 50-piece orchestra bring the Christmas story to life. It truly is a moving experience and I’m thrilled that you have the opportunity to experience it!

    Shirley, typically the showtimes are currently scheduled for 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM. One of the features I love about the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages is that breakfast is usually offered by at least two restaurants, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion and Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land Pavilion, as well as lunch or dinner offered at each of the restaurants. So, this gives you the option of dining at any time of day before the 5:15 p.m. show. Now, I like a leisurely meal so that I can enjoy not only my food but also all the ambiance and, in some locations, the Character interaction. So, I encourage you to make your reservation around 3:00 p.m. or earlier. This will give you plenty of time for your meal and time to head to the American Gardens Theatre at a leisurely pace while enjoying other joyful festival offerings. Reservations for the dining packages open on October 17, 2023, so mark your calendar!

    Remember, if you decide to book an early meal, you can always grab a snack from one of the Holiday Kitchens before you head into the theatre. While the full menus haven’t been released yet, the sampling of items sounds delightful.

    Shirley, have you heard that this year's narrators have been announced (though subject to change)? I am very excited about this year’s lineup!

    I hope this information helps you to have a holly jolly time, Shirley! Please stop by again and let me know if you have other questions.

    Wishing you a very merry vacation,

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Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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