Additional Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced!

Disney has announced several additional celebrity narrators for Epcot’s 2019 Candlelight Processional.

Joining the previously announced presenters are four newcomers to the annual event, which is a reading of the Nativity story accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir:  Helen Hunt (Oscar-winner for “As Good As It Gets”), Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”),  Alfonso Ribeiro (“Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Dancing with the Stars”), and Bart Millard (lead singer for the Christian rock band MercyMe).

Candlelight Processional
Helen Hunt – Image by © Jack Guy/Corbis Outline

Auli'i Cravalho
Auli’i Cravalho

This marks the 48th year for the Candlelight Processional, which begins earlier than usual this season. Its first performances are on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

The traditional event is performed in World Showcase’s America Gardens Theatre three times nightly, at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m., from Nov. 22 through Dec.  30. Shows are approximately 40 minutes long.

Whoopi Goldberg at the Epcot Candlelight Processional

There are a few narrators still to be announced, but so far the schedule looks like this:

  • Chita Rivera, Nov. 22 – 23
  • Helen Hunt, Nov. 24-25 – NEW
  • Alfonso Ribeiro, Nov. 26-27 – NEW
  • TBA, Nov. 28-Dec. 2
  • 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

The Candlelight Processional is included with your Epcot admission, but if you would like to reserve seating for this popular event, you might want to consider a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

For a glimpse at what the Candlelight Processional is all about, take a look at our video of Disney Legend Jodi Benson (“The Little Mermaid”) from a few years ago.

Will you be in Epcot to the Candlelight Processional this year? Who are you most excited to see?

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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