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The Disney Candlelight Processional – Make A Joyful Noise!

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by Rhoda Venture
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What is the Disney Candlelight Processional?

The Disney Candlelight Processional is an inspirational telling of the story of Christmas since 1958. Celebrity guest narrators share the greatest story ever told while surrounded by an array of student choirs and the Voices of Liberty.  They are also accompanied by a fifty-piece, world-class Disney Orchestra. Cast members hold candles during the performance, adding a heartwarming glow.

This dramatic holiday spectacular is held in the World Showcase at Epcot in Orlando.  It happens three times per night from November 29 through December 30, 2024. The open-air America Gardens Theatre venue sits on the banks of the World Showcase Lagoon near the American Adventure Pavilion.

Who will be there?

Celebrity guest narrators tell the age-old story of Christmas each year with visitors from around the world. Past narrators include Chrissy Metz, John Stamos, and Neil Patrick Harris. Narrators are subject to change.

In addition to a celebrity narrator, your choir will perform next to the world-famous Voices of Liberty, an 8-part A cappella group that performs at the parks as well as around the world.

Who can apply?

2024 CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL OUT OF STATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

All choirs 9th grade or higher can audition to be a part of the grand celebration! The deadline for application is  September 20, 2024. Groups are evaluated based on interpretation and execution of music, showmanship and stage presence, accompanists, and overall show value.

The minimum group size for this event is 20 participants and the maximum is 50. Transportation is not included so you should plan to arrange it on your own or through a preferred travel company like Kaleidoscope Adventures.

At least three chaperones must travel with the group and remain backstage during your group’s performance.

How can we apply?

To apply for Candlelight your group has to complete a profile on the PlanEars Application and submit it directly to Disney. The application should include  two video performances less than a year old.

The first piece in the video must be a specific arrangement of Joy/Hallelujah (a mash up of Joy to the World and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.) Please record this piece with live piano accompaniment and not the track provided below.

Candlelight 2024 “Joy/Hallelujah” Music Guidelines

Sheet Music

Piano Track

The 2nd song can be anything from your repertoire.

When is rehearsal?

You will receive the show music (14 songs) 6-8 weeks before your performance.  A pre-performance rehearsal will be arranged with a guest conductor and professional Disney singers.

How long is the show?

Each show lasts approximately 50 minutes and students will stand for its entirety.  Students using wheelchairs or other mobile devices may use them during the performance.

What about costumes?

Students 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). Disney provides robes and candles to your group on the day of your performance.

How can we participate?

To join in this spectacular holiday experience,  click here to start planning your Candlelight performance trip. Kaleidoscope Adventures is a preferred travel partner with Walt Disney World® and has been providing travel beyond expectations for 30+ years. 

Online registration and payments, convenient crowdfunding options, and an expert team make your planning simple and efficient. They’ll handle your group details from start to finish so you can enjoy the experience!

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Updated June 2024

Why Kaleidoscope Adventures?

As a leader in the student travel industry for 30+ years, Kaleidoscope Adventures exceeds expectations for student and performance group travel.

We’ll work with you to plan an exceptional travel experience and provide impeccable customer service from start to finish

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