Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Walt Disney World

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!

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).

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Where do we start?

To join in this spectacular holiday experience, call 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!


Kaleidoscope of Voices

I have always admired those who can sing. Heck, Ive always admired those who can carry a tune! I count myself among the many who aspire to sing and always proudly join my church cantata each Christmas season. Thankfully, there are enough choir members to muffle my off-key efforts to make a joyful noise!

If you are a show choir director and looking for an amazing performance opportunity for your talented singers, The Kaleidoscope of Voices Showcase hits all the right notes. During February 1-4, 2018, your show choir will take center stage on the Marketplace Stage at Disney Springs as featured cast members. Not only that, but theyll enjoy a personalized workshop given by the professionals at Walt Disney World Resort – who better to give your students a boost in the fine art of performing? Your student group will receive customized instruction in performance choreography, vocals and all things show choir as you head into heavy competition season. A magical performance in the most magical place on earth – the Kaleidoscope of Voices Showcase will kick off your performance season with style!
In addition to this incredible opportunity to learn and entertain in an extraordinary venue, the Kaleidoscope of Voices Showcase includes three nights at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel AND a three-day Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper Option package. Its truly a magnificent event not to be missed and so much fun for students!
Now is the time to register for the Kaleidoscope of Voices Showcase. To guarantee your groups place, call 800-774-7337 today! As for me, Ill be singing my heart out in my little church Christmas choir while those around me try to sing louder!