Epcot at Dusk
  • On Feb 14, 2022
    Joanne from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Taking my mom a week before Christmas to celebrate her 85 bday! We want to see the candlelight at Epcot. Do we need tickets? When can we make a reservation? Any other tips to make this trip memorable? (My sister, our DH and 85 year old mom) Thank you

    Hiya, JoAnne! What a wonderful treat for your mom to celebrate her milestone birthday! 

    I love Walt Disney World any time, but there's just something special about visiting during the holidays. One huge reason for that is the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. The festival is a feast for the senses, with amazing holiday kitchens serving up seasonal recipes from across the globe and beautiful holiday decorations. But the highlight for me is the Candlelight Processional

    The show takes place three times most nights throughout the season, and it is a celebrity narrated telling of the traditional Christmas story. The choir is amazing, the orchestra astounding. The best part is that the Candlelight Processional is included with your theme park ticket. You do still need admission into EPCOT, and a theme park reservation for that day. However, if you want to make this special for your mom, I recommend purchasing a dining package for the show. The packages historically go on sale by late summer and include an appetizer, entree, and dessert at a participating restaurant, then you get priority admission to one of the Candlelight shows. It saves some waiting in line, as you are guaranteed a seat before standby admission begins.

    Definitely stop at Guest Services to get your mom a birthday button that she can wear through the day, and something a little off the beaten path you may want to consider is a Capture Your Moment session with a Disney PhotoPass photographer. It's a way to keep a lasting memory of a momentous occasion.

    I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating your mom, JoAnne!
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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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