Thank you stopping by the series today, as Beth and I proudly welcome Kathleen Kelly, blogging at The Many Adventures of a Disney-Lovin’ Spectrum Mom and host of Special Mouse Podcast, to 30 Days to 30 Years. She takes us back to Epcot, 18 years ago…
30 Days to 30 Years – 1994: The Candlelight Processional!
Close to 400 performers made primarily of volunteer choirs, the Walt Disney Orchestra, the Disney Voices of Liberty, and one celebrity narrator brings the Christmas story to life with scripture intertwined with traditional Christmas hymns including “O Holy Night”, “Away in a Manger”, “What Child is This”, and “Silent Night” amongst others…
I had an opportunity to experience the Candlelight Processional with my family in 2005 when our children were nine and seven. Although we felt that the children were old enough to appreciate the solemnity of the concert without getting too fidgety, my husband and I did have some concerns about our youngest because of his Autism-related sensory challenges.
We decided that this beautiful family experience would be worth a little gamble and proceeded to “stack the deck” in our favor. First, we purchased a Candlelight Processional dining package that would ensure reserved seating for the show because I had read that folks sometimes waited for up to ninety minutes for standby seating! (For bookings call 407-WDW-DINE.) The dinner package ensured reserved seating and we chose to see the first show at 5pm and have dinner afterward. At the time there were only dinner packages available, although the packages can now include lunch.
If you have not tuned into Kathy’s podcast, you must; she shares special Disney tips for special guests- all of them.
Tomorrow, my co-host Beth (blogger at Pursuing the Magic and The Magical Blogorail mastermind) takes the reigns and rides us into 1995!