• On Oct 29, 2019
    Alison from BC 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 are wanting to attend the Candlelight event at Epcot this Christmas holiday. Do we need to buy additional tickets for this event or does the park admission allow us to see this show? I see dining packages are available to secure a seat for Candlelight.

    Hello Alison!  How wonderful that you will have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort!

    The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is such a wonderful event.  I love stopping by the Holiday Kitchens to pick up some seasonal goodies to enjoy as I stroll World Showcase listening to the holiday storytellers relate the customs and traditions of their cultures.  Speaking of strolling, how about a fun Holiday Cookie Stroll?

    For me, the absolute highlight of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is the Candlelight Processional.  This incredible show features a celebrity narrator relating the story of the first Christmas, accompanied by an orchestra and mass choir.  Each and every time I see this spectacular show, the beautiful music moves me to tears.  No additional ticket is necessary to view the show; the Candlelight Processional is included with your admission to Epcot.  That being said, I do recommend a Candlelight Processional Dining Package, which will guarantee you a seat.  When arriving at America Gardens Theatre for the show, you will see two lines forming.  The queue for those with Dining Packages will be ushered into the theater first, and any remaining seats will be filled with Guests from the standby line.  Some Guests do queue up an hour or more in advance, especially for some of the more popular celebrities.  Since this is my very favorite holiday event, it is well worth it to me to purchase a Dining Package.

    Alison, if you have the chance, visit L'Artisan des Glaces to try my favorite holiday treat: Glace au Pain d’Epices - Gingerbread Ice Cream with Gingerbread Pieces.  Delicious!

    If you have any additional questions as you plan your Walt Disney World visit, please stop by the Moms Panel again.  We are always happy to help.  Have a wonderful holiday!

    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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