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Partial Lineup of Epcot 2014 Candlelight Processional Released

by Mommy Frog on July 11, 2014 1

Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.

This week’s theme park highlights:

  • Candlelight Processional 2014While we're still quite a few months away from celebrating the Christmas holidays, dinner packages have gone on sale for the Candlelight Processional. The processional is one of the most beautiful and moving holiday events in Disney World, retelling the Biblical story of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem backed by an orchestra and choir. A partial lineup of narrators has also been released with first-timers Sharon and Stone and Ana Gasteyer joining returning narrators Whoopi Goldberg, Jodi Benson and others.
  • Kristoff at Anna and Elsa Royal Processional"Frozen Summer Fun" got under way this week at Disney's Hollywood Studios with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff making their debut in a royal processional down Hollywood Boulevard!
  • For those looking for VIP access to the summer fun, Disney is offering a "Frozen" Summer Fun Premier Package
    that guarantees space in a reserved viewing area (no seating) for the processional as well as access to an exclusive dessert party with reserved access to the fireworks.
  • Of course, it wouldn't be summer fun without "Frozen" treats, and there are plenty at Disney's Hollywood Studios, including an Olaf carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting and white chocolate Olaf face!
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley finally celebrated it's official opening this week with a red carpet, confetti and cast members cheering on the very first guests. We hope some of you were lucky enough to have made it or will some time this summer, and we want to see and share your photos! Here are the details on how you can share them with us.
  • Diagon Alley openingWhile it was a very big week at Universal Orlando with the opening of Diagon Alley, over on the West Coast construction is progressing on the very first Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • The Disney Parks Blog went deep into the heart of Disney's Animal Kingdom to lay to rest one of the biggest myths about the best time to view the animals. You might be surprised at the results!
  • Opening Night CrittersBusch Gardens Tampa Bay has a brand-new Pantopia show featuring rescue animals. In "Opening Night Critters," a couple of stagehands "haphazardly find themselves in the spotlight as the human stars in the all-animal production." Sounds like the kind of high jinks the Frog Family won't want to miss!
  • Construction is moving at a brisk pace for the I-Drive 360, shopping, attraction and entertainment complex that will be home to The Orlando Eye. What's the Eye, you say? A 420-foot-high observation wheel that will offer views as far as Cape Canaveral.


That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!

If you’re thinking about a trip to Disney World, make sure to check out the other news, tips and information we post to the blog throughout the week. If you’re ready to plan your trip, we recommend you start with our planning pages.


Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jul 11, 2014 at 4:57 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

For anyone wanting to see the Candlelight Processional, the Candlelight Dinner package is a must. You will have a guaranteed seat in a roped off section that contains the best seats and you will not have to wait a long time in a line. Two years ago, we saw people in line at 1 pm, with the first show being at 5. We arrived about 20 minutes early for the 5 pm show, and found a seat in the reserved area that was outstanding. Prior to the show, Cast Members asked people to move closer together so more people could sit and see the show, but we still had plenty of room in the reserved area. The package deal only adds a few dollars to the price of a meal reservation, but for the time we saved and the quality of the seats we obtained, it was well worth it. One tip to save some cost is to obtain a lunch reservation instead of dinner and see the 5 pm show. Dining at the Biergarten for lunch, the Candlelight Dining Package is $37.27 adult and $20.23 child (tax included but not tip).

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