Epcot Announces New Candlelight Processional Narrators as Well as Holiday Food and Merchandise
Candlelight Processional Line-up Finalized – No visit to Disney World over the Holiday Season would be complete without checking out Epcot’s incredible re-telling of the Christmas story complete with full-orchestra, an amazing choir and special celebrity narrators. That’s why we are excited to share the Epcot holiday news that the line-up for Candlelight Processional performances has been finalized and performers are as follows:
- Chita Rivera, Nov. 22 – 23
- Helen Hunt, Nov. 24-25 – NEW
- Alfonso Ribeiro, Nov. 26-27 – NEW
- Neil Patrick Harris, Dec. 3 – 6
- Whoopi Goldberg, Dec. 7 – 9
- Bart Millard, Dec. 10-12 – NEW
- Blair Underwood, Dec. 13 – 14
- Gary Sinise, Dec. 15 – 17
- Pat Sajak, Dec. 18 – 20
- Auli’I Cravalho, Dec. 21-23 – NEW
- Edward James Olmos, Dec. 24 – 25
- Jodi Benson, Dec. 26 – 27
- Cal Ripken Jr., Dec. 28-30
Performances of the highly anticipated Candlelight Processional will take place during the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays which runs from November 22 – December 30, 2018.
New Festival of the Holiday Eats – Another highlight of the Yuletide Season at Epcot is the festival food booths where you can sample traditional holiday dishes from around the World. This year there will be some exciting new menu items that we can’t wait to sample. At the Feast of the Three Kings marketplace, you’ll find sofrito-marinated beef with sweet plantains and olives. This festival marketplace will also offer queso fresco-stuffed arepa topped with shrimp and crushed avocado aji and tomato sauces as well as arepas topped with melted queso fresco.
A few other highlights include the Black-forest roulade with cherry whipped cream at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in Germany, the hand-carved smoked ham with green beans and sweet potato casserole at American Holiday Table and three variations of the croissant-doughnut at the Taste Track marketplace. Disney announced that there will also be a brand-new Festival Marketplace during this year’s festivities which will be announced a bit later this season!
Go on a Christmas Cookie Scavenger Hunt! – Calling all Christmas Cookie lovers! If you track your purchases of five holiday cookies in your Festival Passport by getting a unique stamp for each one, you can then redeem your stamps to receive a special “complimentary” cookie and glass of milk from Sweets and Treats!
New Festival of the Holiday Merchandise- Bring the holiday magic home with you with a new line of Festival of the Holidays merchandise slated to hit Epcot this November. The collection includes this fun Festival of the Holidays hoodie featuring Chip & Dale. Other must-have items include a Festival of the Holidays throw and t-shirts. Holiday-themed items will be available at Mouse Gear in Future World and throughout the World Showcase so be sure to set aside a bit of money in your Disney budget!
Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Returns – For a big dose of holiday family fun, you’ll want to take part in this fantastic adventure as you travel around the World Showcase in search of Chip & Dale with their holiday ornaments. Purchase a special map and sticker set to track their location and return the map to a designated location for a special holiday surprise!
See the Holiday Version of IllumiNations One Last Time – Make your Epcot holiday experience complete with a viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. As we reported earlier this month, this dazzling nighttime spectacular will be closing Summer of 2019 which means this is your final chance to see the special seasonal ending.
These are just some of the many reasons why a visit to Epcot during Holiday Season is an absolute must-do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Walt Disney World holiday getaway. There are still fantastic 2018 packages to be had and vacations can currently be booked through until the end of 2019. Simply fill out our form below and a MickeyTravels agent will be in touch with your FREE, no obligation quote!
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