Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Return for 2021!

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Return for 2021!

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is returning this year as are their specialty dining packages!

Celebrity Narrators include:
Chita Rivera
November 29 through December 1

Jodi Benson
December 2 through December 4

Alton Fitzgerald White
December 5 through December 7

Lisa Ling
December 11 through December 13

Steven Curtis Chapman
December 23 through December 25

Blair Underwood
December 26 through December 28

Pat Sajak
December 29 through December 30

Dining Packages and Prices

Choose from 4 unique eateries at EPCOT offering Candlelight Processional Dining Packages at lunch and dinner. Each package includes:

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to the Candlelight Processional held on the same day

Explore participating restaurants and dining package prices, which exclude tax and gratuity:

Adult
(ages 10 and up)
Child
(ages 3 to 9)
Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion
$62.00$35.00
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas
$74.00$25.00
Garden Grill Restaurant
The Land Pavilion
$71.00$46.00
Rose & Crown Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion
$63.00$25.00

Make Reservations

Book online beginning October 26 to secure your spot for this limited-time experience. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 60 days prior to your visit.

Important Information

  • Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are only offered during the holiday season.
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests ages 21 and older.
  • Reservations require a credit card guarantee.
  • Guests will receive Candlelight Seating badges at the restaurant after their meal. The badge will specify the date and show time they have reserved.
  • Guests with the Dining Package will enter America Gardens Theatre in a separate queue and will be seated on a first-come, first served basis. Seating is guaranteed.
  • Guests who have not reserved a Candlelight Processional Dining Package will be seated at the Candlelight Processional on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is based on availability due to limited capacity.
  • To enter EPCOT, both a theme park reservation and valid theme park admission are required. EPCOT admission is not included in the price of the dining package.
Disney Cruise Early 2023 Itineraries

Disney Cruise Early 2023 Itineraries

In early 2023, Disney Cruise Line will return to top tropical destinations in the Bahamas – including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay – as well as the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, delighting Guests of all ages with one-of-a-kind vacations at sea. A variety of enchanting itineraries will set sail coast-to-coast from U.S. home ports including Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida; New Orleans; Galveston, Texas; and San Diego.

Castaway Club Members and select Disney Guests can take advantage of the opportunity to book early 2023 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on October 21, 2021.

The booking cadence is as follows:

  • 14 – Bookings open for Disney Cruise Line Platinum Members, Golden Oak Club Members and Club 33 Members.
  • 15 – Bookings open for Disney Cruise Line Gold Members.
  • 18 – Bookings open for Disney Cruise Line Silver Members, Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Insiders.
  • 21 – Bookings open for all Guests.

Vacations to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida
Disney Cruise Line will create even more fun in the sun like never before with an array of departures from the Sunshine State in early 2023, visiting tropical destinations throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean. Two ships will sail from Port Canaveral near Orlando, Florida, and a third ship will depart from Miami. Every cruise from Florida includes a visit to Disney’s private island oasis, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream docks at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family. (David Roark, photographer)

Departing from Port Canaveral, the Disney Wish will sail into 2023 with three- and four-night voyages to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. Cruises aboard Disney’s newest ship combine enchanting new entertainment and storytelling, with the unparalleled service and magical moments that guests love when sailing with Disney.

Also from Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will begin the year with seven-night sailings to several favorite destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Plus, one unique eight-night sailing includes two days in beautiful Bermuda, where Guests can sunbathe on the island’s pristine pink sand beaches, enjoy exhilarating water sports or explore the island’s spectacular underground Crystal Caves.

From Miami, the Disney Dream will embark on an assortment of four- and five-night cruises to locales including Grand Cayman, Nassau, Castaway Cay and Cozumel, Mexico. Even more private island enjoyment is on deck with one special five-night cruise that includes two stops at Castaway Cay.

On all Florida departures, Guests can delight in a voyage that provides something for every member of the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

Tropical Escapes from Texas and New Orleans
In January and February, the Disney Magic will sail from Galveston, Texas, on a variety of four-, five-, six- and seven-night itineraries to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean. Tropical ports of call on these sailings include Grand Cayman as well as Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.

In February and March, the Disney Magic is “going down the bayou” for the first time during a debut season in New Orleans. Departing from the heart of The Big Easy, along the mighty Mississippi River, the four-, five- and six-night sailings will call on the tropical destinations of Grand Cayman and Cozumel. 

Before or after their Disney cruise, Guests can venture into the Crescent City to savor the distinct flavors of famous New Orleans cuisine, revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music and recognize the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

All early 2023 Disney Magic voyages include two or three days at sea to enjoy the unlimited fun, entertainment, relaxation and memories onboard.

Baja Peninsula Getaways from San Diego
The Disney Wonder will return to the West Coast, sailing from San Diego in April and May. Cruises to Baja, Mexico and the Mexican Riviera will transport Guests to sunny shores filled with vibrant culture, glittering sand beaches, active outdoor adventures and exciting water activities.

Sailings from San Diego will range in length from three to seven nights. Some sailings to the Baja peninsula will call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known for its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. Many departures will include a visit to Cabo San Lucas, a favorite destination with dramatic rock formations and white sand beaches.

A seven-night itinerary will sail to Mazatlan, the “Pearl of the Pacific,” filled with breathtaking natural wonders, thriving culture and colorful history, and to Puerto Vallarta, the beautiful seaside escape nestled along the curve of the Banderas Bay and bordered by the stunning Sierra Madre mountains.

Disney Genie Lightening Lanes

Disney Genie Lightening Lanes

There will be 2 ways to purchase and book arrival windows for our new Lightning Lane entrances, and each option offers a different set of experiences to choose from!

How It Works

Starting October 19, our new Lightning Lane entrances will be introduced at a wide variety of attractions and entertainment experiences, available through 2 options, which can be combined.

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

When you take your day to the next level by purchasing Disney Genie+ service, you can select arrival windows for Lightning Lane entrances that are available at more than 40 attractions and entertainment across all 4 theme parks, one at a time throughout the day.

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

 

When you take your day to the next level by purchasing Disney Genie+ service, you can select arrival windows for Lightning Lane entrances that are available at more than 40 attractions and entertainment across all 4 theme parks, one at a time throughout the day.

Price
Disney Genie+ service will be available for $15 per Guest per day.

How to Purchase

  • Before Your Visit:
    Available as an add-on to a ticket or vacation package for the duration of visit. Purchase via Disneyworld.com or authorized travel professionals.
  • Same Day of Visit:
    Available for single-day use for existing ticket holders or Annual Passholders. Purchase via Disney Genie service in the My Disney Experience app.

When to Select Attractions
Once you have Disney Genie+ service, you can book the next available arrival window for your first experience via the My Disney Experience app beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit.

Once you’ve redeemed your initial selection (or the arrival window has passed), you can make another selection using the app, up to park closing.

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

For some of our most highly demanded attractions, Lightning Lane entry will be available for purchase individually. Guests may purchase and select an arrival window one at a time for up to 2 attractions a day. This option will be available for all Guests—with or without Disney Genie+ service.

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

 

When you take your day to the next level by purchasing Disney Genie+ service, you can select arrival windows for Lightning Lane entrances that are available at more than 40 attractions and entertainment across all 4 theme parks, one at a time throughout the day.

Price
Disney Genie+ service will be available for $15 per Guest per day.

How to Purchase

  • Before Your Visit:
    Available as an add-on to a ticket or vacation package for the duration of visit. Purchase via Disneyworld.com or authorized travel professionals.
  • Same Day of Visit:
    Available for single-day use for existing ticket holders or Annual Passholders. Purchase via Disney Genie service in the My Disney Experience app.

When to Select Attractions
Once you have Disney Genie+ service, you can book the next available arrival window for your first experience via the My Disney Experience app beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit.

Once you’ve redeemed your initial selection (or the arrival window has passed), you can make another selection using the app, up to park closing.

Magic Kingdom Park

Individual Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
A monorail glides by Spaceship Earth at sunset

EPCOT

Individual Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
The Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Individual Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19, 2021
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
The Tree of Life stands tall amid lush greenery at the center of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Individual Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections
Attractions include*:

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience

What is the pricing for individual, “á la carte” Lightning Lane selections?

Prices will vary by date, attraction and park. For example, the Lightning Lane entrance to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be $9 per person on October 19 and $11 per person on October 23. As another example, on both those dates, Lightning Lane entrance to Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be $7 per person, while Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be $15 per person. Throughout the year, prices may be lower on some days and higher on other days. This option may be purchased at up to 2 different attractions each day.

Disney Genie Launching Oct. 19

Disney Genie Launching Oct. 19

Disney JUST announced that the brand new Disney Genie service will launch on Oct. 19 at Walt Disney World Resort!

Available for all of the guests right in the My Disney Experience app, the complimentary Disney Genie service offers new features that let guests create their best Disney day. These features include a personalized itinerary creator that effortlessly and smartly maps out an entire day inspired by the things guests tell us they love – helping them make the most of their park time so they can have more fun.

Similar to a navigation app on a phone, Disney Genie continues to update the guest’s itinerary from morning to night as the day changes, so they can stay spontaneous and go with the flow – whether guests need a nap, encounter an unexpected rain shower or want to take a detour for a Mickey ice cream bar.

Disney Genie puts guests at the center of the experience by prioritizing ways to:

  • Reduce time in lines while keeping in mind guest’s top picks
  • Pace the day with experiences guests will enjoy – and haven’t already done yet
  • Build around existing plans like dining reservations and Park Hopper® preferences

Disney Genie uses our 50+ years of knowledge and expertise in how guests visit our parks to make the experience better for everyone.

With this launch, we’ll also be introducing the Lightning Lane entrance. Available for purchase through our Disney Genie+ add-on at more than 40 attractions – or individually, “a la carte” at some of our most highly demanded attractions – the Lightning Lane entrance can save guests time waiting in line.

As a reminder, attractions continue to offer a traditional standby queue or from time to time, a virtual queue may instead be used at select attractions, like right now at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

Disney’s Castaway Cay – 2021

Disney’s Castaway Cay – 2021

Did you know that Disney owns a piece of paradise in the Bahamas?  Castaway Cay is the highlight of any Disney cruise.  Here, you have Disney Cast Members and their magical service to help you enjoy all this beautiful island has to offer.  There is something for everyone, from those who want to relax to those who want to explore.

Children have a variety of activities to keep them entertained.  The family beach has most of the fun activities that are included in your cruise.  Here, you will find Pelican Plunge: a water-play area with two water slides, as well as a wooden play structure to explore.  There is also a swimming area at the family beach which has plenty of life jackets available to keep the little ones safe.  Floats and tubes are available for rent on the island.  Children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy some time at Scuttle’s Cove, a drop-in center run by Disney so parents can relax and explore the island on their own.  No reservations are needed but there is a limit to how many children can be accommodated at a time.  Behind the family beach between the two restaurants available for families are some other fun options.  In-Da-Shade is a great place to get out of the sun and play some games, and the Teen Hideout provides children ages 14-17 a space to hang out with friends their own age in paradise.

Adults who are on their own will enjoy their own side of the island, only a tram ride away from the family beach.  Serenity Bay is the perfect adults-only oasis reserved exclusively for adults 18 years of age and over. There, you can unwind with an open-air cabana massage under the swaying palm trees or frozen specialty drinks at the Castaway Air Bar. Air Bar BBQ has hearty fare and savory dishes to satisfy your appetite when hunger strikes. Rentals are available for bikes, floats, and tubes.

If you’re looking to stay active, there is a wide variety of activities available.  While the 5K group race on Disney Castaway Cay has been temporarily suspended, guests may run the race on their own (no registration required) while practicing physical distancing.  All participants who complete the 5K run will receive a finishing medallion. Information on where and when Guests can pick up their medals will be made available via the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.  The sports beach with volleyball and tetherball is located next to the bike rental shop. Explore the whole island with a bike rental on the nature trails.  Along the trails, you’ll find the observation tower, offering an eagle-eye view of the island and many other landmarks you won’t see from the beach.  

Port Adventures are a great way to explore while on Castaway Cay.  We experienced a few of the options during our visit.  Our favorite Port Adventure was the Extreme Getaway Package which included Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, snorkel rental, float or tube rental, and one hour of bicycle rental.   We fed the stingrays and snorkeled with them.  When that was done, we received snorkeling gear for the day that we used in the snorkeling lagoon where we found some hidden treasures.  Glass Bottom Boat Scenic Voyage was our second Port Adventure.  It was fun feeding the fish and seeing them swim beneath the boat, but I enjoyed interacting with the stingrays more.  There is a wide variety of Port Adventures available on each cruise so make sure to check out your options! 

If you want to splurge while at Castaway Cay, rent a cabana for your own personal space and shade. For the Family Beach Cabanas, the cost includes 6 guests but can hold up to 10 guests. For the Grand Family Cabana, the cost includes 6 guests but can hold up to 16 guests.  The price for a daily cabana rental varies based on the season, but each additional guest is $56. Each cabana is furnished with comfortable seating, a beverage refrigerator, a safe, towels, and sunscreen. Outside on the patio are luxurious chaise lounge chairs, a freshwater shower, hammock, and sailcloth shade. Fresh fruit and snacks (granola bars and chips) are included and dedicated beverage service is provided, though bottled water is included with the cost.  Each cabana also includes the use of snorkeling equipment, float or tube rental, sand toys, and one hour of bike rental. Pack n Plays are available on Castaway Cay for Cabana Guests with an infant in the party.

As you can see, there is an endless amount of activities to choose from on Castaway Cay, you won’t get bored! Cruises are booking until the end of 2022, including Disney’s newest ship the Wish, which begins sailing June 2022!  Contact me for a quote.