• On Jul 7, 2018
    Jill from IA 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.

    In the past are the Candlelight Processional shows busy on Christmas Eve? Wondering if making a dining reservation to get seating is needed.

    Hey there, Jill!

    Christmas is my very favorite time to visit Walt Disney World, and my family and I go every year specifically to enjoy the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. There are definitely some dates that are busier than others, and sometimes that has to do with the expected narrator.

    Having booked every Christmas Eve for the past several years, I highly recommend making a reservation for the Candlelight Processional dinner package if you want to attend one of the three shows on Christmas Eve. In recent years, I have seen standby guests lining up to see the show as early as noon, even though the first show doesn't begin until 5:00 PM. While the theater holds many guests, and you don't have to be in the theater to hear the music and enjoy the Christmas cheer, it is very possible seating will not be available for many guests in the standby line.

    Currently, Edward James Olmos is scheduled to narrate this incredible program on Christmas Eve. We've seen him a couple of times, and we love his presentation, which incorporates both English and Spanish. He has always given a very uplifting performance, and we enjoy him very much. I would expect even if he wasn't narrating on Christmas Eve, his shows would still be quite popular.

    I hope you get to enjoy this powerful holiday performance!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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