Happy Monday morning! Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent most of it resting, trying to get rid of this cold. I am feeling much better, but still coughing a bit here and there.
Mexico Pavilion @ Epcot
One thing that we DID do this weekend, is that Tadd and I wrapped up our grand tour of celebrating the holidays at Walt Disney World Saturday at Epcot. If you recall, we have already attended Castle Dreamlights and the holiday version of Magic, Memories, and You at Magic Kingdom and were dazzled by Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The last stop on the list of Holiday to-dos at the parks was Candlelight Processional in World Showcase at Epcot. And of all my years of living in Orlando and being a WDW passholder, this was actually my very first time attending a performance of this show. It’s not often that I get to see or experience something new at Disney, so I was excited!
We, along with some friends, had booked a Candlelight Processional dining package back in September. For $50 per person, we got dinner reservations at Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion (included appetizer, entree, dessert, and a soft drink…it’s a LOT of food per person, so if you do it make sure you arrive hungry!), guaranteed reserve seating at the Candlelight Processional show, and reserved viewing area for Illuminations at the close of the evening. You can book the same package at several of the Disney restaurants for various prices depending on time of reservation and location. Click here for some ideas of package prices for this year. You pay for your package at the restaurant at the end of your meal, and they give you a sticker that will get you into the reserved seating line for the show.
Waiting in line for the show with my reserved seating admission sticker, and a warm mug of Gluhwein (a German spiced holiday wine).
If you are unfamiliar with what exactly the Candlelight Processional is; it’s a retelling of the Christmas story with a mass choir and orchestra, and each night is hosted by a celebrity narrator. On our night, the celebrity narrator was Neil Patrick Harris! And he did an amazing job too. He was sweet, funny, gracious, and you could tell he was enjoying himself.
After the show, we ended up forgoing the special fireworks viewing area (too crowded!) and watched Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (Epcot’s nightly fireworks show) from between Morocco and France. I had almost forgotten that this time of year, Disney inserts a special “holiday tag” at the end of the regular Illuminations dislpay. It’s like a bonus finale, set to the song “Let There Be Peace On Earth”…but I must admit, it didn’t sound very peaceful. The number of fireworks they set off for this extra song are just mindblowingly incredible. If you are at Epcot during the holidays, PLEASE do yourself a favor and make sure you stay until the very end of the night and watch this special holiday tag. Especially if you love fireworks.
By the way, admission to the Candlelight Processional show is free with park admission, but the reason why we went with the package is because it is very difficult to get into the show without one. Those in the regular “standby” line waited for hours (I heard as long as 3-4 hours for some), and were not guaranteed a seat at all, nevermind a good one. This is an EXTREMELY popular event, so we found it worth the money to buy the dinner package and avoid the hassle. If you think of what you would normally spend on an evening out for dinner and a show, $50/person isn’t too terrible. Of course, we are all annual or seasonal passholders, so our admission was already covered. I think my tune would change if I had to pay for a one-day park admission in addition to the $50/person. But if you are already going to be there, especially if you are a local passholder, it is definitely worth it to spring for the package. We still had to wait in line, but our wait was more like 30-45 minutes, as opposed to hours. And we got first dibs on the best seats.