• On Aug 20, 2019
    Lynn from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be at Disney the week before Christmas. We bought tickets for MVMC, but was wondering about the Holiday festivities at Epcot. Do you have to buy a ticket to get a seat for the Candlelight Proc.etc., or can you find a space way before and wait?

    Hi there Lynn!  Thank you for bringing another great question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Walt Disney World Resort is breathtakingly beautiful during the holiday season!  Everywhere you look, there are beautiful decorations.  I am always impressed by how the decorations are themed to each particular Resort Hotel or theme park area.

    I'm glad to hear you are planning on attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - it will really get you in the Christmas spirit!  There are lots of wonderful holiday shows and entertainment at the party, but my don't-miss recommendations are A Frozen Holiday Wish, when Cinderella Castle is transformed into a sparkling ice palace (jaw-droppingly gorgeous!) and the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade with its classic wooden soldiers.

    While I enjoy the holiday happenings all around Walt Disney World Resort, my very favorite holiday event is the Candlelight Processional.  Each and every time I see this beautiful retelling of the story of the first Christmas, I am moved to tears by the incredible music.  In my opinion, the Candlelight Processional is the highlight of a holiday vacation to Walt Disney World Resort.  Tickets are not necessary to see the show; it is included with admission to Epcot.  Guests are not permitted to enter America Gardens Theater until shortly before each performance, but you will see guests queuing up outside the theater early in the day, especially for the most popular celebrity narrators.  There will actually be two lines forming; Guests who have purchased a Candlelight Processional Dining Package are ushered into the theater ahead of the standby line.  I highly recommend purchasing a dining package, as you then have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal and will be guaranteed seating for the performance.

    Have the most wonderful time on your vacation!  Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  We are always happy to help.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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