Celebrity Narrators for the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

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Beautiful!

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 29th – December 30, 2019.

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.

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:

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November 29 – December 1, 2019

Ming-Na Wen – November 29 – December 1, 2019

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December 2-5, 2019

Neil Patrick Harris – December 2 – 5, 2019

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December 6-7, 2019

Whoopi Goldberg – December 6 – 7, 2019
Isabella Rossellini – December 8 – 10, 2019
Chita Rivera – December 11 – 12, 2019

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December 13-15, 2019

Gary Sinise – December 13 – 15, 2019
Pat Sajak – December 16 – 18, 2019
Warwick Davis – December 19 -21, 2019
Steven Curtis Chapman – December 22 – 24, 2019
Edward James Olmos – December 25 – 26, 2019
Marlee Matlin – December 27 – 28, 2019
Lisa Ling – December 29 -30, 2019

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December 5, 2019: Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot narrating the Christmas Story.

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He was spotted at DAK walking around with his daughter and a Disney guide the next day.

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He was wonderful!

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Opening event on November 29, 2019 with Ming-Na.

Ming-Na Wen opens the 2019 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays got underway this past weekend with actress and Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen opening the 2019 Candlelight Processional on November 29th.

Ming-Na Wen is known for being the voice of Mulan, and most recently as Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian streaming on Disney+.

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December 30, 2019: Lisa Ling

The final candlelight processional with Lisa Ling:  December 30, 2019

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Lisa Ling

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Cast members (in green robes) on the left, visiting high school choir (in yellow robes) on the right.

Dates, Times and Location:

November 29th to December 30, 2019

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

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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December 2018:  NPH was so good! Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is! (Cast members are behind him wearing the green robes.)

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 29, 2019 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2019.

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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Our FREE ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from 2016 Candlelight Processional!  He’ll be back this year on Christmas night, December 25, 2019.

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).

CM Update:  Cast member auditions for the 2019 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2019.  Rehearsals started earlier this month.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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December 1, 2019: The Epcot Christmas Tree.

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Happy Holidays!

Celebrating the Christmas Holidays at Epcot France

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A jumbo La Tour Eiffel ornament surrounded by poinsettias.

The France pavilion at Epcot is especially pretty at Christmastime with all it’s holiday décor.

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These huge ornaments are so pretty in the sunlight!

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The jumbo ornaments surrounded by dozens of poinsettias.

We especially love the oversized Christmas ornaments out by the fountain.

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Arc de Triomphe jumbo ornament. So pretty!

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Buche de Noël, the holiday celebration cake traditionally served on on Christmas Eve.

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All the buildings and windows are draped with holiday decor.  (The 30 year old Impressions de France film really needs updating and it’s finally getting it in 2019!!!)

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Christmas traditions from France are told by Père Noël.

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Epcot France during the holidays.  It’s decorated right after the International Food and Wine Festival ends in mid-November.

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The evenings can get pretty chilly after the sun goes down! Bring a jacket!

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It’s very romantic at night!

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Special holiday Buche de Noël desserts available this month in the bakery.  Yum!

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Me and Ian on Epcot’s Friendship Bridge in front of the France Pavilion.

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The France Pavilion is very romantic at night.

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The Eiffel Tower in red, white, and blue.

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Epcot’s Holidays Around the World celebration is going on right now!

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Let’s not forget about the Christmas Tea at the UK pavilion!

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All is calm, all is bright.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Happy Holidays!

Celebrity Narrators for the 2018 Candlelight Processional at Epcot

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Choir walking in singing while holding their candles.  Beautiful!

Dates for this year’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot are:  November 22th – December 30, 2018.

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.

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 22 to 23, 2018: Chita Rivera

November 24 to 25, 2018: Helen Hunt

November 26 to 27, 2018: Alfonso Ribeiro

November 28 to 30, 2018: Robby Benson (The Beast)

December 1 to 2, 2018:  John Stamos

December 3 to 6, 2018:  Neil Patrick Harris

December 7 to 9, 2018:  Whoopi Goldberg

December 10 to 12, 2018: Bart Millard

December 13 to 14, 2018: Blair Underwood

December 15 to 16, 2018: Gary Sinise

December 18 to 20, 2018: Pat Sajak

December 21 to 23, 2018:  Auli’i Cravalho (Moana)

December 24 to 25, 2018:   Edward James Olmos

December 26 to 27, 2018:  Jodi Benson  (Ariel)

December 28 to 30, 2018:  Cal Ripken Jr.

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December 5, 2018: Neil Patrick Harris at Epcot narrating the Christmas Story.

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He was spotted at DAK walking around with his daughter and a Disney guide the next day.

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Cast members (in green robes) on the left, visiting high school choir (in yellow robes) on the right.

Dates, Times and Location:

November 22nd to December 30, 2018

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

America Gardens Theater, Epcot

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NPH was so good! Everyone was commenting on how super thin he is! (Cast members are behind him wearing the green robes.)

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 22, 2018 and then runs nightly through December 30, 2018.

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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Free ticket to see Edward James Olmos narrate from 2016 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).

CM Update:  Cast member auditions for the 2018 Candlelight Processional choir were held this summer in July, and CMs were notified if they were selected as a participant by mid-August 2018.  Rehearsals started earlier this month.

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Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

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

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Caroline at work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

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The Christmas Pickle Tree at Epcot Germany

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The Christmas Pickle is sold at Epcot Germany. $20

Something fun to buy at Epcot for the holidays is a Christmas Pickle!

Christmas Pickle Backstory: In the early 1890s, Woolworth department stores started selling glass ornaments imported from Germany that were in the shape of various fruits and vegetables, including a pickle.

Around the same time it was claimed that the Christmas Pickle was a “very old German tradition” and that the pickle was the last ornament hung on the tree on Christmas Eve, buried deep in the tree’s branches.

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A whole tree of Christmas pickles!

The first child to find it on Christmas morning is rewarded with one of three things: the privilege of opening the first gift, the receiving an extra gift from Santa, or being granted a year of good luck.

We are friends with an ICP from Germany who worked at Epcot’s Germany pavilion and he said that he never heard of the ‘Christmas Pickle’ before coming to America, and neither did any of his coworkers!

In fact, a survey conducted in 2016 revealed more than 90 percent of Germans asked had never heard of the Christmas pickle.

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It seems like this pickle would be easy to find on Christmas morning…

Bottom line, the Christmas pickle is actually an American Christmas tradition, not German!

But, we still like the idea of getting an extra present on Christmas morning!

Read more about our visit to Epcot Germany here:  Epcot Germany Pavilion.

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Epcot Germany – A beautiful town square with a real clock tower.

The Germany pavilion is one of our favorite places to shop at Epcot.

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Crystal princesses.  So pretty!!

We’ve bought some crystal figurines there and we can’t talk about Germany without talking about the wonderful caramel popcorn at the Karamell Kuche shop!!!

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Werther’s Original Caramels at the Karamell Kuche shop….so delicious!!!!

And, Snow White meets there every afternoon by her wishing well.

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Do you hang a Christmas Pickle on your tree on Christmas Eve?

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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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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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