I love Walt Disney World during the holidays. It’s my favorite time of year. While there is magic around every corner, each park has something that truly tugs at my heart. I thought it would be fun to share these with you over the next few days.
At Epcot my favorite is the Candlelight Processional. I am a Christian, so the story holds special meaning to me, but that is not the only reason why I love it so much. It is a show that is very well done, and it is the definition of a Christmas classic.
In case you don’t know, the Candlelight Processional features a celebrity narrator, who reads from the Bible and tells the story of the birth of Jesus. He or she is backed by a mass choir and an orchestra. The choir features Cast Members and local students, so the show is a favorite for many people who live here.
I love it when I see a celebrity narrator at his or her first Candlelight Processional. I know that they have rehearsed, but there is always a special moment when the story seems to come alive. More than once I’ve seen a new narrator wipe away a tear.
It’s also fun to see the narrator get caught up in the music. Many will sing along or almost dance a little bit to the beat. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a celebrity who didn’t get into Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy! I’ve heard from more than one person that when Jodi Benson narrates that they have to turn off her mic during the songs because she sings along with all her heart. I love that she enjoys it so much.
At the end of the Candlelight Processional the story of the song Silent Night is told. It’s the perfect way to end it. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
One word of warning, the Candlelight Processional starts later than the holiday offerings at the other parks, and it ends earlier. This year it will run November 29 through December 30. That is not nearly enough time.