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Disney’s Candlelight Processional At Walt Disney World

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by Rhoda Venture
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Those who know me know I have a special place in my heart for two things (husband and children excluded, of course!) – Christmas and Disney World! The anticipation and excitement that precedes each is something I’d like to capture in a bottle and sprinkle out all year long! It’s a singular sense of joy and child-like wonder each time Christmas or a Disney trip is approaching. Imagine my delight when I first discovered that Disney has artfully combined the two in a stunning display of light and music set in a sparkling winter wonderland!  The Candlelight Processional is a Disney tradition you won’t want to miss.

What is the Candlelight Processional?

Since 1958, the Disney ‘Candlelight Processional’ has been telling the inspirational story of Christmas. Celebrity guest narrators share the greatest story ever told while surrounded by an array of student choirs and the Voices of Liberty, accompanied by a fifty-piece, world class Disney Orchestra. The candles held by the cast during the performance add a beautiful touch.

This dramatic holiday spectacular is held three times per night during the holiday season in the World Showcase at Epcot in Orlando, Florida.  Celebrity guest narrators tell the age-old story of Christmas each year with visitors from around the world. This year, the list includes John Stamos, Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris (to name a few). Narrators are subject to change.  Student groups across the country apply for the privilege of performing in this prestigious event.

Who can apply?

All choirs 9th grade or higher can audition to be a part of the grand celebration! To apply, submit a video of your group performing ‘O Holy Night’ as arranged by Walt Disney World®. Sheet music is available by calling (800) 359-0509. A second selection of your choice should also be included. Your group will be evaluated on interpretation and execution of music, showmanship and stage presence, accompanists, and overall show value.

When is rehearsal?

You will receive the show music 6-8 weeks before your appearance and a pre-performance rehearsal will be arranged with a guest conductor and professional Disney singers.

What about costumes?

Students are required to furnish full-length black dress pants (no jeans), a plain white shirt (no turtlenecks), black socks, and closed-toe black shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or athletic shoes).
Where do we start?

To join in the spectacular Candlelight Processional, contact Kaleidoscope Adventures! Kaleidoscope has been a leader in the student travel industry for more than 25 years and is a preferred travel partner with Walt Disney World®. While the deadline for 2018 participation has passed, it IS time to apply for 2019! Contact Kaleidoscope Adventures and take part in a magical display of Disney pageantry!


Why Kaleidoscope Adventures?

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