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 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.

First Voyages on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Open for Booking October 28, 2021!!

First Voyages on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Open for Booking October 28, 2021!!

The inaugural voyage of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser at Walt Disney World Resort will depart March, 1, 2022! General bookings for this immersive adventure in a galaxy far, far away will open less than one month from now, on Oct. 28, 2021. 


Some Disney and Star Wars fans – including Club 33 members, Golden Oak residents, Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Passholders, and Disney Visa Cardmembers – will receive communication about special booking opportunities just for them. During these early booking periods, bookings are only for guests during the windows for which they are eligible. Stay tuned for more details of when these booking windows will open Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a first-of-its-kind vacation experience that goes beyond anything Disney has created before. Guests will become the hero of their own Star Wars story during this two-night adventure, traveling the galaxy in style aboard the Halcyon starcruiser and eventually making their way to the Outer Rim for a planetside excursion to Batuu. Guests choose how to make their way in the galaxy – maybe as a member of the Resistance, or by learning the ancient ways of the Jedi lightsaber. Maybe Guests prefer loyalty to the First Order or the excitement of living life like a smuggler? The decisions are up to them.

Steakhouse 71 Menus, Opening Soon at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Steakhouse 71 Menus, Opening Soon at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

We’ve seen a lot of changes this year at the Walt Disney World Resort! Today’s news includes FOOD…a favorite topic here at Living With The Magic! While many of us really loved the Wave, we are hopeful that we’ll love Steakhouse 71 even more!! What will you be ordering?

From Disney Parks:

Steakhouse 71, located on the first floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, will open its doors on Oct. 1 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we are excited to share a first look at all the menus.

The chefs created a terrific dinner menu with all the hallmarks of a family-friendly steakhouse, and offerings at breakfast and lunch are unique and delicious. They even give a nod to Walt Disney with contemporary spins on some of his favorite foods.

And kids get to be creative with their meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They can choose an entrée, select two sides, and a drink from a menu that includes oatmeal with dried cranberries and Mickey-shaped waffles for breakfast and PBJ wings and cheeseburgers for lunch and dinner. They can even create their own ice cream sundae!

Our talented mixologists and sommeliers have crafted fabulous alcoholic and nonalcoholic libations offered in the Steakhouse 71 Lounge or to enjoy while dining.

Check out all the new menus! Reservations for Steakhouse 71 are available beginning Sept. 16.

Top 10 Reasons to Stay On Disney Property – UPDATED

Top 10 Reasons to Stay On Disney Property – UPDATED

There have been so many changes at Disney recently that we wanted to re-address the age-old question… “Why Stay on Site…it’s SO much cheaper to stay off-site!”  While years ago it was simply a matter of money and proximity, today it’s not quite so simple. Today I’ll share the top 10 reasons to stay on Disney property!

Disney Genie

While this new service will be available to all guests, regardless of where you stay, on-site guests will have an added advantage when it comes to Genie+ and Lightning Lanes! Only a limited number of Genie+ purchases will be allowed day and on-site guests can begin booking their Lightning Lane attractions at 7 a.m.!

Early Entry

Starting October 1, 2021, as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Disney Resort hotel Guests and Guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to any Walt Disney World theme park, every day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day!

Discounted Magic Bands

While Disney has discontinued free Magic Bands, guests staying onsite can purchase them for a discounted rate! MagicBands are offered for sale up to 10 days prior to arrival to Guests residing in the United States and Canada in English only. Disney has added a lot of capabilities so you can also your My Disney Experience Mobile app but we honestly love how convenient using Magic Bands are!

Dining Reservations

We’d love to talk about dining plans but as of the date of this article, Disney hasn’t brought those back yet (to us that’s a huge onsite perk) so let’s talk about snagging those hard-to-get dining reservations. If you are staying off-site, you have to log on or call 60 days prior to EACH day of your vacation, while onsite guests only have to log on or call on the 60th day prior to their arrival for their WHOLE vacation!

Disney Guest Service

Disney is known for its amazing guest service…it’s what keeps guests coming back year after year. Whether it’s at your resort, the parks…even the bus drivers!  Everyone strives to keep up the standard of world-renowned guest service. When staying off-site you never know what you might get…especially if you consider renting a home or timeshare.

Disney Themeing

No one pays attention to the details like Disney does!  By selecting a Disney property you can stay in a room fit for a Pirate or a Princess….a suite surround by your favorite characters from Cars, Nemo or Lion King…view Giraffes from your balcony, and much much more! Disney resorts are unique and offer something for everyone, in every price range!

Proximity to the Parks

Did you know that Walt Disney World is TWICE the size of the city of Manhattan!? That’s 47 square miles. Traveling within the “world’ can be time-consuming, but when you move outside the property, it can take even longer!  Some resorts are even within walking distance to the parks (like Disney’s Contemporary or Beach Club.)

Free Transportation

Making your vacation even more stress-free, Disney will take you where ever you need to go on Disney property! From buses to monorails, boats and even a gondola system, Disney’s free transportation is a huge perk to staying onsite.

Payment Plans

A Walt Disney Vacation package only requires a $200 deposit with the balance due 30 days prior. Your Living With The Magic Vacations travel planner can help you set up a payment plan to break up your balance into bi-weekly, monthly, or semi-monthly installments!

Concierge Planning Services

When you book a Disney resort vacation with a Disney Travel Planner (like Living With The Magic Vacations) we can assist with every aspect of your vacation! We’ll walk you through everything you need, from selecting the right resort to planning your park days, booking dining, understanding the new Disney Genie and so much more!!