An annual holiday tradition is making its return to EPCOT this year. Today it was announced that the Candlelight Processional will be returning for the Festival of Holidays. This comes after it was not presented last year due to the pandemic.
The Candlelight Processional has a long legacy at both Walt Disney World and also Disneyland. It dates back to the early days of Disneyland when the annual tradition began in 1958. The tradition expanded when Walt Disney World opened and the Candlelight Processional was presented at the Magic Kingdom. In 1994, it moved to EPCOT where it has remained ever since.
The core tradition of Candlelight Processional will be continuing on as the Christmas story is told musically and with a narrator. However, there will be some changes to accommodate safety and health protocols. All cast members, musicians, singers, and narrators will be required to be fully vaccinated for performances. Because of this, there will not be any choirs utilized from community groups or schools. Instead, the cast member choir will be expanded to fill the stage. Disney hopes to bring back the community and school choirs next year.
The list of narrators and details about dining packages will be announced at a later date.
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