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The annual Epcot Candlelight Processional is a holiday ritual for many people. The massive choir, live orchestra, and celebrity narrator have to be seen to be believed!
Lines build VERY quickly for the three nightly performances of the show, and often people who have been waiting in line for an hour+ will be turned away. The best way to be sure of getting a seat for this show is to get a Candlelight Processional Dining Package (which some people call the “dinner package”). They are now available to be booked for 2018!
In this post, I’ll share my tips for getting the best food at the best price with a Candlelight Processional Dining Package!
Candlelight Processional Schedule 2018
The Candlelight Processional will run from November 22nd until December 30th in 2018. You can get the up-to-date list of celebrity narrators from the Disney World site here.
There will be three shows each night:
- 5:00 pm
- 6:45 pm
- 8:15 pm
The Candlelight Processional is included with Epcot admission.
How Does The Candlelight Processional Dining Package Work?
Disney offers Candlelight Processional dining packages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at select restaurants in and around Epcot. They are offered every day that the Processional takes place.
With this package, you’ll get a meal at one of Epcot’s table service restaurants that includes an entree, beverage, and dessert or full buffet. You’ll also get a ticket for each person in the party that guarantees great seats at that evening’s Candlelight Processional!
Each reservation corresponds to a certain concert for that evening. Most often, the earlier meals (breakfast and lunch) will give you preferred seating to one of the earlier concerts. You’ll be able to see which concert you’ll be assigned when you make the reservation.
You can make a reservation through Disney’s Advance Dining reservation system online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. You use 2 Table Service Credits on the Disney Dining Plan for these packages or pay for them out of pocket.
My Recommended Candlelight Processional Dining Packages
Don’t let the package prices scare you away (they are up to $80 per adult). There are huge differences in price and quality among the packages, so I’ll show you how to pick the right one for the lowest cost!
My top three picks for the best Candlelight Processional packages are:
- Ale & Compass Breakfast: $38/adult and $22/child
- Spice Road Table Lunch: $52/adult and $19/child
- Via Napoli Lunch: $54/adult and $20/child
All of these restaurants have good food and great atmosphere.
Ale & Compass is located in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, within walking distance of Epcot’s back entrance. It was refurbished earlier this year and re-named (it was formerly The Captain’s Grill). Check out the menu here.
Because dining packages at these restaurants offer the best value and quality, the will book up VERY quickly.
These packages were available starting July 11th so be ready to make your holiday plans in the middle of summer!
Alternatively, you can have one of the expert Disney travel planners over at Destinations in Florida make your reservation for you as soon as they become available! Click here to get a free quote – they can help will all aspects of planning your vacation at no additional cost to you!
Check out my post on the Ultimate Budget-Friendly Holiday Trip to Walt Disney World for more advice on visiting Disney World around Christmas!
Any questions about the Candlelight Processional at Epcot or how the dining packages work? Leave a comment below or send me a message on The Frugal South’s Facebook page and I’ll get right back to you!