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”).
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
Last year the Candlelight Processional ran from November 29th until December 30th, 2019.
We don’t have any information on the event for 2020 yet. Get up-to-date info on the phased Disney world reopening here.
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 can 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 2019 dining packages are:
- Ale & Compass Breakfast: $40/adult and $23/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.
Spice Road Table is located in the front of Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion right on the water. I haven’t dined here myself but I’ve only heard great things about the food there! Check out the menu here.
Via Napoli is one of my favorite restaurants in Epcot. It is located in the very back of the Italy pavilion in Epcot. Check out the menu here.
Because dining packages at these restaurants offer the best value and quality, the will book up VERY quickly.
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!
Wednesday 18th of July 2018
Thanks for this post! We’re trying to decide if this is a good choice on the dining plan (obviously it’s not the best value at 2 TS credits), but I really want to see the show. When dining at full-service restaurant, is the regular menu available to diners who have the processional package? As in, do the restaurants limit your choices between two different appetizers, two different entrees, etc. vs. offering the full menu? If the full menu is available, maybe we could “maximize” our choices to feel like we got a better value...thanks!
Friday 29th of June 2018
I have a question about waiting to get into the show. If you have a dining package, about how early will you need to get into the reserved line to get a decent seat? With two kids under 10, I’m concerned about combining wait time with show time. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Saturday 30th of June 2018
Hi Scott! If you get in line 30 minutes before the start time of the show you'll get a great seat. They open up seating to everyone 15 minutes before the show starts so be sure to get there before that. The show itself is about 45 minutes.
Friday 4th of May 2018
Got a question... we are planning a trip this December, and wanted to do the dining package.
My 180 day mark is coming up for ADR in a couple of weeks. Should I go ahead and get the 8am Garden Grill reservations right at 180 days? Or do I need to wait until a separate sale of candelight processional reservations opens up?
Friday 4th of May 2018
Hey David! The Candlelight Processional packages are a separate dining reservation so making a regular reservation won't help you. Last year the packages were released on June 30th so I'd just make a note to check dining availability around then. I'll update this post once they open up and the Disney Food Blog will definitely report on the packages so maybe follow them as well. Good luck!