Celebrity Narrators for the 2017 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

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Beautiful!

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 24th – December 30, 2017.

Celebrity Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy.

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Neil Patrick Harris has performed the narration for several years now and is excellent!  He’ll be back this year too, December 18 -21, 2017.

An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, have been announced including:

November 24 to 26, 2017: Laurie Hernandez

November 27 to 28, 2017: Matt Bomer

November 29 to 30, 2017: Ana Gasteyer

December 1 to 3, 2017: Whoopi Goldberg

December 4 to 5, 2017: Pat Sajak

December 6 to 8, 2017: Jodi Benson

December 9 to 11, 2017: Kurt Russell

December 12 to 14, 2017: Warwick Davis

December 15 to 17, 2017: Trace Adkins

December 18 to 21, 2017: Neil Patrick Harris

December 22 to 24, 2017: CCH Pounder

December 25 to 27, 2017: Jaci Velazquez

December 28 to 30, 2017: Chandra Wilson

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Dates, Times and Location:

November 24th to December 30, 2017

5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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So good! (Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is!)

Video of  Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot Candlelight Processional. Wonderful!!!

During our DCP program, we went on December 23rd – almost Christmas Eve! – and got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of our favorite country singers, Trace Adkins.  It was wonderful!  It really got us in the Christmas spirit!  🙂

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The beautiful new logo for the 2014 Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

The beautiful logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

Event Details:

Interested in adding a dining experience to your Candlelight Processional Evening?

Click here: Candlelight Processional Dining Experience

The Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrator reads the Christmas story and favorite carols of the season are interspersed throughout the program.

The Candlelight Processional is held every night during the Christmas season. The first performance is on November 24, 2017 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2017.

There are three performances each evening at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The length of the show is about 45 minutes.

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Ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from last year’s Candlelight Processional!

The performance is included in regular Epcot park admission at no additional cost. All Epcot guests are welcome to view this wonderful presentation.

The Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion. This is an open air theater and, although there is a roof, you may get wet if it rains. Remember to dress for being outside. Although you are in Florida, it still may be quite cool on a December evening.

The choir consists of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting high school and guest choirs (gold robes).

Update:  Cast member auditions for the 2017 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2017.  Rehearsals started this week.

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In front of Cinderella Castle with Dream Lights turned on.

We love the Dream Lights at the Cinderella Castle!

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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2017 Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot Returning in November

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 24th – December 30, 2017.

Celebrity Narrators

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. Gorgeous choral pieces performed by an orchestra and various choirs are interwoven with the narration, inspiring the audience with songs of hope and joy.

Neil (2)

Neil Patrick Harris has performed the narration for several years now and is excellent!  He’ll be back this year too, December 18 -21, 2017.

An exciting line-up of celebrities—including a few new faces and voices—are lending their dramatic talents to the production, have been announced including:

November 24 to 26, 2017: TBD

November 27 to 28, 2017: Matt Bomer

November 29 to 30, 2017: TBD

December 1 to 3, 2017: Whoopi Goldberg

December 4 to 5, 2017: Pat Sajak

December 6 to 8, 2017: TBD

December 9 to 11, 2017: TBD

December 12 to 14, 2017: Warwick Davis

December 15 to 17, 2017: Trace Adkins

December 18 to 21, 2017: Neil Patrick Harris

December 22 to 24, 2017: CCH Pounder

December 25 to 27, 2017: Jaci Velazquez

December 28 to 30, 2017: Chandra Wilson

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Dates, Times and Location:

November 24th to December 30, 2017

5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

NPH (2)

So good! (Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is!)

Video of  Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot Candlelight Processional. Wonderful!!!

During our DCP program, we went on December 23rd – almost Christmas Eve! – and got to see the Candlelight Processional lead by one of our favorite country singers, Trace Adkins.  It was wonderful!  It really got us in the Christmas spirit!  🙂

And, he’ll be returning this year, December 15 – 17th!

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The beautiful new logo for the 2014 Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

The beautiful logo for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional was created by our CM friend, Jason Tackett.

Event Details:

Interested in adding a dining experience to your Candlelight Processional Evening?

Click here: Candlelight Processional Dining Experience

The Candlelight Processional is a breathtaking retelling of the Christmas story in words and music complete with a 50-piece orchestra, choir and celebrity guest narrators. The narrator reads the Christmas story and favorite carols of the season are interspersed throughout the program.

The Candlelight Processional is held every night during the Christmas season. The first performance is on November 24, 2017 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2017.

There are three performances each evening at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The length of the show is about 45 minutes.

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Ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from last years processional!

The performance is included in regular Epcot park admission at no additional cost. All Epcot guests are welcome to view this wonderful presentation.

The Candlelight Processional is held in Epcot at the American Gardens Theater in the American pavilion. This is an open air theater and, although there is a roof, you may get wet if it rains. Remember to dress for being outside. Although you are in Florida, it still may be quite cool on a December evening.

The choir consists of members of Disney’s Voices of Liberty (red & black attire), the Cast Member choir (green robes), and visiting high school and guest choirs (gold robes).

Note:  Cast member auditions for the 2017 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2017.  Rehearsals started this week.

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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Secrets of Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom

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Sleepy Hollow.  Notice the crooked shutters on the upstairs window!

As you enter Liberty Square, after crossing over the Liberty Square Bridge, there’s a building right in front of you, usually with just a few guests waiting in line.

It’s Sleepy Hollow, which serves the most delicious funnel cakes in all of Disney World!

But, look closely at those shutters on the building!  The colonists hung their shutters with cow hide leather, which they had in abundance, allowing them to save metal for rifles and horseshoes.

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More crooked shutters

Shutters on houses in the 1700s were not decorative like they are today; colonists closed them at night to keep out the “bad air” and opened them in the morning to let in daylight.  Over time, the leather would become weathered and worn causing the shutters to hang crooked.

All over Liberty Square, Disney Imagineers used metal designed to have the appearance of leather to hang window shutters. They also made sure the shutters were hung crooked in order to have a more authentic look.

Liberty Square Insider Tip:  Since there were no indoor or public restrooms in colonial times, there are also no restrooms in Liberty Square.  (The restrooms in Columbia Harbour House are actually located in Fantasyland.)

The 'open sewer' trogh running through Liberty Square.

The brown ‘open sewer’ trough running through Liberty Square, notice the red “earth” color of pavement.

Have you ever noticed that brown ribbon of pavement in Liberty Square?  There’s a reason for that!  In colonial times, there were no indoor restrooms so they just threw their sewage out of a window – sometimes second story window – or doorway right into the middle of the street.  The brown pavement represents a river of sewage created by this!  Eew!!

Colonial costume for Yankee Trader.

Elly wearing colonial costume for working at The Yankee Trader.

As a cast member, Elly picked up work shifts at the Yankee Trader and at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe over at Liberty Square.

Going home after a long day.

Going home after a long 12 hour day.

The Yankee Trader, one of our favorite stores, closed in summer 2014 and reopened that fall as the Haunted Mansion’s Memento Mori Shop.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Disney World Unveils Sculpture Honoring Toddler Killed by Gator Last Year

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The Lane Thomas Lighthouse

Disney World has unveiled a statue honoring a toddler killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort last year.

Disney installed a lighthouse sculpture this week in memory of 2-year-old Lane Graves.

In June 2016, the toddler from Nebraska was playing in the water at the Seven Seas Lagoon beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Suddenly, a gator pulled the child underwater. His father tried to free the boy but it was too late. Lane’s body was found 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

The sculpture is of a lighthouse, which is a symbol of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was created in memory of the child. Disney teamed up with the Lane Thomas Foundation to erect the memorial.

Video of dedication:  Lighthouse Unveiling.

“The lighthouse sculpture has been installed to help spread awareness of the Lane Thomas Foundation, which was established to provide assistance and support to families whose children need organ transplants,” a Disney spokesperson said.

If you would like to donate to the Lane Thomas Foundation, click here.

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New signs were put up within a week of the gator attack along with rope barriers.

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Headless Horseman will be Appearing at Fort Wilderness

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He’s at Fort Wilderness in the early evening, then heads on over to the Magic Kingdom to lead off the Boo to You Parade during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party nights.

Attention, everyone! The Headless Horseman is returning to the Fort Wilderness Campground this fall.

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Spooky!!!!

Fort Wilderness will be offering an “up-close-and-personal” encounter with the Headless Horseman as part of a spooky event themed around the Disney classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” film.

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One of our all time favorite Disney movies! Movie starts at 8pm.

The main attraction of the event is a screening of the 1949 Disney animated Halloween classic. (One of our favorite movies!!!)

Guests will then have an opportunity to interact with, and have their photos taken with, the Headless Horseman himself. All party attendees will receive a limited-edition Headless Horseman pin.

General admission is $22 per person, while premium seating is $38. The special Headless Horseman event will take place from 8:00-10:00pm on select nights. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

Movie Party Dates:

September 29, 30

October 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31*

Premium seating allows you to sit up close in the first 5 rows, first meets with the Headless Horseman, the limited edition pin, and a special goodie bag filled with candy and more treats.

*Halloween Night is sure to sell out early for this event!

Headless Horseman Leads Parade

The Headless Horseman leads the Boo to You nighttime Halloween parade at Magic Kingdom.

If you can’t make this event, be sure to check out 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Details.

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Our favorite time of the year at Disney World.

 

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The headless horseman shows up at the Magic Kingdom after dark every night of MNSSHP.


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Halloween 2012

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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