One of the best Disney World traditions is the annual Candlelight Processional event at Epcot. Every year during the holiday season Epcot hosts this special holiday event as part of Holidays Around the World. This year, the event is scheduled on select nights from November 27 through December 30, 2015.

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With the purchase of Disney tickets, guests will be treated to an international celebration of holiday traditions featuring live entertainment, storytelling, festive décor and food. Plus, the Candlelight Processional is included with the purchase of a Disney ticket. However, seats do fill up fast so it is best to arrive early for your chance to witness this enchanting event.

The Candlelight Processional features a celebrity narrator retelling the traditional Christmas story accompanied by a mass choir and 50-piece orchestra.

The schedule and narrators for the 2015 event are as follows:

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

Performances take place at 5pm, 6:45pm, and 8:15pm at the American Gardens Theatre.

Guests can enjoy guaranteed seating, as well as a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant with Candlelight Processional Dining Packages at starting $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults (plus tax and gratuity). Packages include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per person (or one full buffet where applicable). Availability is limited. Please note Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.

Book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package by calling 407-WDW-DINE or visit Disneyworld.com/holidays.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

You may think holidays in Florida are sun-soaked and warm, but at Gaylord Palms they bring a big chill to Orlando for the Christmas season. With their annual ICE at Gaylord Palms event, scheduled November 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016, visitors can experience a winter wonderland right here in the sunny state. This year, see Ma in her kerchief, Pa in his cap and more as the classic holiday poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, is brought to life in two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including two-story tall ice slides. This awe-inspiring experience concludes with the wonder and majesty of a full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice.

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Using two million pounds of ice, Gaylord Palms is transformed into a North Pole featuring an arctic forest, four thrilling slides, a Christmas carnival with a life-sized carousel, Santa’s Ornament room and even reindeer.  There are also six individual rooms depicting the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Plus, one of my favorite attractions – a life-sized Nativity made of clear ice – has returned as well. The sculptures are lit by twinkling lights creating a beautiful, entrancing scene.

Returning in 2015, is snow tubing at Gaylord Palms ICE event. Guests age 10 and up can tackle the eight-lane snow hill with a combo ticket for $41.99/adults and $31.99/children. Work up an appetite? Join Mrs. Clause for milk and cookies!

The 18,000 square foot ICE events is indeed chilly, with a temperature of just 9 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to keep guests from getting too cold, hooded, calf-length parkas are provided. However, it is recommend you wear closed-toe shoes, pants, hats and gloves.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is chockfull of over-the-top entertainment for families and kids of all ages to enjoy! Don’t miss out on the following complimentary attractions:  Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Stage Show and The Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt.

Spending time at this unique attractions is a popular addition to any Orlando itinerary. ICE tickets cost $29.99/adults and $16.99/children. Make reservations in advance to save up to $2.00 per ticket.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

november_eventsCheck out these Orlando events planned for November 2015:

November 6-7:  Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Weekend events include the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5k, runDisney Kids’ Races, Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo, and the Finish Line Party at the Epcot® International Food& Wine Festival. Register online.

November 8 – December 18:  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This special festival is filled with fireworks, a holiday parade, cookies and cocoa, snow fall on Main Street USA, and more. Held 7pm-midnight on select nights. Special ticket rates apply.

November 6 – January 3:  The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to one of the most amazing Christmas light shows in the country. The lights display is included with regular admission to the theme park. This is the last year for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights.

November 13 – December 29:  Festival of the Seasons
Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney, will have live entertainment, festive decorations, and Santa Claus during the holiday season.

November 24 – January 3: ICE at Gaylord Palms
See Ma in her kerchief, Pa in his cap and more as the classic holiday poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, is brought to life in TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including two-story tall ice slides. This awe-inspiring experience concludes with the wonder and majesty of a full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice.

November 21 – December 31:  SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Experience SeaWorld’s winter wonderland with a Sea of Trees, carols, ice skaters, and a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience.

November 27 – December 30:  Epcot’s Candlelight Processional
Candlelight Processional is held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot. Special guests narrate the event, including Amy Grant, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, and more.

November 27 – December 31:  Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration
Fridays-Sundays guests can experience special entertainment, festive treats, holiday shopping, and beautiful Christmas decorations. A separate ticket is required.

One of the big mysteries regarding a Disney World vacation is the revamped FastPass+. What exactly is it? How does it work? What are the benefits? How do I use it? These questions and more will be covered as I discuss five of the best Disney FastPass tips you should know.

1) UIMG_5009nderstanding the FastPass+ System
In order to make the most of FastPass+, you need to understand what exactly it is. Fully launched in 2014, the system aims to provide guests with a more efficient way to personalize and plan their time at Disney World Theme Parks. FastPass+ works with MagicBands, vinyl bracelets equipped with RFID chips that sync with your My Disney Experience account. There, you can reserve FastPasses for all four Disney World Theme Parks. It is necessary to link your ticket reservations to your account to make FastPass reservations. If you stay at a Disney Resort, you can make FastPass selections 60 days in advance; non-Disney resort guests can book 30 days in advance. With the new FastPass+ system, shows, character meet and greets, and even parades can be reserved for a certain time, in addition to rides.

2) Make the Most of FastPass+
You can reserve up to three FastPass selections per park, per day. Be sure to pick your headliners and use your FastPasses on the most popular rides, with the longest wait times. Three options currently on the top of the list: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa, and Space Mountain. After you use your first three FastPasses, you can book an additional FastPass. Although the first three must all be used at the same Disney Park, the fourth can be reserved for another park—ideal for park hopping. Currently, additional FastPass reservations must be made at a kiosk inside the park where the ride or attraction of choice is located. Once you use that FP+ you can get another, and another after that, and so on.

Disney App screen322x5723) Download the My Disney Experience App
If you have a smartphone, you’ll want to download the My Disney Experience. First of all, it’s free. Second, it’s the best way to stay connected to your theme park plans. With a click of a screen, you can access your FastPass+ reservations, make changes on the fly, see current ride wait times, and make dinner reservations. It’s really all you need to make your Disney vacation a smooth one. Plus, free Wi-Fi is available throughout Disney World Theme Parks, so using the app won’t rack up the rate of your cell phone’s data plan.

4) Be Aware of the FastPass+ Tier System
Two Disney World Theme Park have a tier system set up for FastPass+. It’s best to be aware of the tier system so you use your FastPass reservations wisely. Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks both operate on the tiered system, meaning you can only pick one FastPass from Tier 1(the most popular attractions) and two passes from Tier 2 (popular, but less in-demand attractions). For instance, you can’t reserve a FastPass for Test Track and Soarin’ on the same day. For more information about the FastPass+ Tier system, click here.

5) Choose Your FastPass+ Times Wisely
There are certain times of the day when a FastPass+ reservation is ideal. For example, crowds surge during late morning and afternoon so those are fantastic times to make use of your passes. In the early morning hours, especially during Extra Magic Hours available to Disney Resort guests, the park is much less crowded meaning wait times are easy to handle. The same can be said for later in evening, when people sit down to eat or head back to their hotel rooms. Save your passes for when lines are longest and you’ll make the most of this Disney World line-skipping benefit.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.