Candelight Processional

#1

As many of you know we’re doing our first Christmas-time trip to WDW this year. I already have tickets in hand for MVMCP, but I was wondering about the Candelight Processional dinner package. Since we were planning on doing a dinner at Mexico one night I’m now debating whether to make it into a Processional package. First of all, for the set meal price what do you get? And is it really necessary to get the reserved seating? Thoughts please… :confused:

#2

I found some good info on this at WDWINFO: http://www.wdwinfo.com/holidays/candlelight_processional.htm

I’m planning on getting the reserved seats because the prices for the dinners were right in line with what we’d be spending anyway.

As far as I’ve been able to figure, the reserved seats are not necessary, but they are front and center, right behind the VIP seating. Be sure to show up on time, because they take the ropes off the reserved seating about 5 minutes before the show.

#3

Yeah, I already checked Deb’s site, but it doesn’t say what you get for your set meal price. Do you get an appetizer (per person or 1 for the group?) & an entree & a dessert? Just trying to figure out if it’s worth it.

#4

Oooops…my bad!!! :nuke: I just glanced at the link & thought it was Deb’s site. Thanks for the tip. Next time I’ll actually read a post before I reply!!! :redface:

#5

We will be at Epcot one of the nights of the Candelight Processional and have never seen it. (In fact, this is the first year I’ve even heard of it!) Our plan was to eat Japan and use silver wishes. The restaurant is a Tier 3 so I was wondering if I could do the dinner package and still use my wishes. Anyone know? What a deal that would be if it works!

Also, has anyone taken little ones to see this? I have a 5 and an 8 year old. We will be seeing it no matter what, I just need to know if they will be totally bored or not so I can plan ahead.

Thanks for helping.

#6

I would definately recommend doing a dinner package. I went last year for my first Christmas trip and booked a dinner package. I wanted Garden Grill, but when I called in Oct. it was sold out, so we ended up at Alfredo’s in Italy. We were sooooo glad to be in the reserved dinner package line. The stand by line was very long and I don’t think too many of them got in our show. I will probably go back next year at Christmas and will book my dinner package early!!!
From what I remember, we could order pretty much whatever we wanted off the menu, but I won’t guarantee that!

#7

You can order whatever you want off the menu. I plan on getting the package and eating at Alfredo’s. They have a 24 dollar appetizer and some high-priced entrees that will put me over the value of the package without having to pay extra.

#8

Ok, I’m answering my own question, but I thought I’d post in case anyone else was wondering too.

According to the CM I talked to this morning, silver wishes can be used for the Candlelight Processional dinner package and the Fantasmic Dinner Package and they only cost one wish each.

We plan on eating at the Teppanyaki Dining Room which costs $44 with the dinner package. My average price per wish only $25. I’m putting that on the top of my big money saving list with Hoop De Doo and Spirit of Aloha! :happy:

Anyone else have any silver wish tips?

#9

A note on whether the reservations are necessary or not – We were there in the first week of December last year (which is the “light” end of the Xmas season). We got the reservations to be on the safe side, although people had posted about being able to walk right in close to show time, that time of the year. We were SO glad we did --the standby line was SOOOOOOOOOOOO long…I don’t know why then even let all those people stand in line for so long, since there was no way almost any of them would be able to get in. Then on the left hand side (as you face the stage) was the line for people with reservations --equally as long! We thought that since we had reservations, there’d be no problem, and only left from dinner about 1/2 an hour before the show…We ended up waaaaaay down, and it took forever just to walk to the end of the line (rough at the end of the day). We thought it must be the end of the line, but it continued to fill up behind us, all the way down to France. The line didn’t even move for the longest time, then crept along…We were finally seated maybe 10 or 15 minutes late, and they went ahead and started the show as we were coming in, although there were lots of people with reservations behind us. I can’t imagine what happened to all those people in that mile-long line in standby.

So, in short, my advice after that is definitely get the reservations if you want to go, and go early to wait in line.

On a different note, the show is very Christian/Jesus oriented --a very religious show, NOT a Santa Claus-style Xmas show. If that’s not your bag of beans, you might not find it all that enjoyable. As non-Christians, it didn’t really work for us.

#10

We are going for our first Christmas trip also this year. Is the CP worth seeing with a 2 year old. TYPICALLY he likes shows, but is very active. I know it’s beautiful from everything I have heard, but am willing to pass it up this time. We already have our MVMCP tickets for Dec 10…YEAH…so we should have a lot of the Christmas Cheer already. Any suggestions?
Den

#11

I think the show would be really boring to a 2 yr old. There is very little movement on stage. Basically you’re looking at ranks of singers (a couple of choirs on risers, then the soloists towards the front, the orchestra below, and the guest celebrity behind a podium). They take turns singing/playing music & telling the Biblical Christmas story (from behind the podium). It didn’t seem kid-oriented at all, definitely not little-kid-oriented. No dancing, no Santa Claus tunes, no characters. All the music/songs are the familiar, more serious Christian-relevant holiday songs (e.g., Joy to the World, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Tannenbaum, etc). It’s a pretty solemn event.

#12

Oh it does sound beautiful. I think we will play it my ear, and see how we are doing that night. Maybe we can view “from a far”
Is it by the American pavillion, on the open aired stage?
Den

#13

I especially enjoyed the heraldic trumpets, and the orchestra was beautiful. I just wish it had been more inclusive, or that the religious bent had been made more clear.

It is held on the main stage directly across from the American pavilion, of which the stage is covered, and maybe the front 1/3rd of the audience as well, as I remember. I don’t know how much can be seen from “outside” --or if the CMs would let you linger (road hazard)…

#14

What do you mean by “more inclusive”? The Candlelight Processional is the story of the birth of Jesus. I can’t see the Muslim or Jewish faiths included in it.

#15

It clearly states in the description that it is the telling of the Christmas story. I loved the CP and will do it again next year when I go in Dec.

#16

This probably isn’t the best place to discuss this, but it happens to be a big issue for me.

Jesus wasn’t born in the dead of winter, he was born in the Spring. It’s an historical fact. While Christmas is named for Jesus Christ, the holiday itself was “borrowed” from a much older traditional pagan/Roman celebration of the emergence of the sun. While modern astrologers know that the longest day is the 21st, ancient astrologers really weren’t able to detect a difference in the length of day until the 25th.

Constantine decided that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated at that time of year so that it would be easy for Romans to accept, seeing as he had made Catholicism the official state religion.

I was brought up Catholic and I have evolved into being a very faithful agnostic. But that should not preclude me from being able to celebrate Christmas. Jesus’ messages of inclusion, acceptance and forgiveness were pure and I find great reason to celebrate them.

Saint Nicholas was a great man who truly emulated that spirit and his legend has, unfortunately, been tainted by commercialism and mass-marketing.

So, what’s my point?

Christmas should be a unifying celebration in which we can all celebrate life with the spirit of giving. It’s unfortunate that our winter celebrations (Christmas, Chanukkah, Ramadan, etc.) must be viewed as unique and separate. The reality for those of us who believe that there is a God is that we believe in the same God. Islam and Christianity were both born from Judaism and when it comes down to it, most religions teach the same basic principle that we do unto others as we would have done unto ourselves.

I do find it unfortunate that Disney would focus so much on the story of Jesus without giving ample time to at least the legend of St. Nicholas. Not everyone who celebrates Christmas believes that Jesus was the son of God, but certainly everyone can believe in the purity of giving and sharing and in the celebration of life.

So, yes, ALL faiths should be included. :mickey:

#17

When you say Saint Nicholas are you referring to Santa Claus? As I recall they do have at each country’s pavillion a “Santa” or whatever that country calls him that tells about the Christmas traditions of that particular country. As for the CP being more “inclusive” I still think Disney does a good job publicizing that the CP is the telling of the Christmas story, i.e. the birth of Jesus. If that doesn’t suit you because of your beliefs, then don’t go to CP. I was surprised not to see Hanakkah(sp?) represented more, but Christianity is the predominent religion in America. Not to say that’s right or wrong.

#18

My granny always said a lady does not discuss sex, religion or politics! So, on that note I’m staying out of this one (but will be going to CP)!

#19

Don’t say that to Osama,Matt. :whistling :whistling

Neither Jews nor Muslims acknowledge Jesus as the Son Of God,so,since the Candlelight Processional is the story of Jesus’ birth,they aren’t included in the presentation.(Except an excerpt of Dradle Dradle Dradle(sp?) played by the orchestra at the beginning of the CP.)

#20

Well, I don’t think it’s fair to characterize all Catholic priests as child-molesters, so I think it’s equally unfair to cast a similar shadow on Muslims by using that <expletive> terrible excuse for a human being as an Islamic standard.

With all due respect Alma, I don’t think it’s funny to make jokes about a mass murderer when talking about someone’s faith. I’m sure that you wouldn’t take too kindly to constant reminders about the Christian Crusades in the middle ages and all of the innocent people who were tortured and killed on the direction of the Pope.

I’m not trying to promote or demote any one religion or faith. I just don’t understand why religion is used as an excuse to separate. The holiday season should be a time for joy for everyone. It’s too bad that various groups feel the need to separate and exclude based on one group’s belief of events that happened centuries ago.

I probably shouldn’t have brought this up, but I felt that it needed to be said. I’ll go quiet on the topic from this point forward and I invite anyone to send me a reply via e-mail.