Walt Disney World of Florida has announced the 2011 line-up of narrators for the holiday season’s Candlelight Processional to be held in Epcot. This annual event draws thousands and has become a traditional event to attend for many families.
The Candlelight Processional is typically held from late November through late December in the American Gardens Theater by the American Adventure Pavilion of Epcot. It combines the talents of a guest narrator with a mass choir and orchestra to tell the story of the nativity along with many holiday carols.
Each nightly show is free to attend for guests who already have admission to Epcot. However, the processional is extremely popular so guests visiting Disney World during this time will want to plan ahead to see the narrator of their choice and get in line early for seating in the American Gardens Theater.
According to Disney, the 2011 lineup of celebrity narrators include:
- November 25 – November 27 – Mira Sorvino
- November 28 – December 1 – Michael W. Smith
- December 2 – December 3 – Whoopi Goldberg
- December 4 – December 6 – To Be Announced
- December 7 – December 9 – Isabella Rossellini
- December 10- December 12 – Neil Patrick Harris
- December 13 – December 15 – To Be Announced
- December 16 – December 18 – To Be Announced
- December 19- December 21 – Trace Adkins
- December 22 – December 24 – Susan Lucci
- December 25 – December 27 – Blair Underwood
- December 28 – December 30 – Marlee Matlin with Jack Jason
This list is far from complete as Disney is still working to finalize all of the narrators. This is typical as last year’s lineup was not even finalized as late as October of the year.
Each show consists of the narrator at the base of a “Christmas Tree” made up of the choir. Those representing the bulk of the tree are dressed in green and are actually cast members who typically work other jobs in Disney World but also perform in this show. The base of the tree finds the members of the Voices of Liberty dressed in red and black. The wings of the choir are made up of hundreds of additional guests singers. Finally, 50 or so orchestra members complete the ensemble.
This show is truly an amazing sight to see and should be on your must-do if you are visiting Walt Disney World during this time.