Family at EPCOT Festival of the Holidays; father holding son; mother eating a cookie wearing Santa hat
  • On Nov 1, 2023
    Melissa from RI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    HI, I was unable to book a dining reservation for the guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional, what would be the best time to start lining up to get a seat, one hour or more? We are going to be there the week of 12/2-12/8.

    Hiya Melissa,

    Welcome to planDisney! The Candlelight Processional is one of my favorite parts of celebrating the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort. Every aspect, from the incredible music to the celebrity narrator, is impeccable. I always leave with a smile (and, most of the time, tears in my eyes)!

    Can I tell you a secret, Melissa? I’ve never used a dining package for the Candlelight Processional. For some reason, I am always way too far behind to get my advanced dining reservations made for this special event. I exclusively wait in the standby line, and honestly, I kind of prefer it. My family tradition is to have one of us wait in the standby line while the other procures a surprise snack from one of the holiday kitchens at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays to share. It is always yummy, and it certainly makes the wait more fun. In my experience, Melissa, as long as you are in line 45-60 minutes before showtime, you should be able to get a seat. If where you sit is important to you, I would recommend getting in line closer to an hour prior. Now, this is also dependent upon the celebrity narrator; the more popular the narrator (such as Neil Patrick Harris), the earlier you will want to get a place in line. For popular and repeating narrators, I recommend adding 30 minutes to your wait time. This will give you the best chance of getting a great seat.

    I hope this was helpful, Melissa! One last thing: if waiting in line for 90 minutes doesn’t fit into your itinerary, did you know that you could potentially get a same-day dining package at Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts and Barbeque? Just stop by the location when you get to EPCOT and see if they are available for your visit. There is no guarantee that they will have packages, especially during peak dates, but it never hurts to ask.

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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