Candlelight Processional Packages Available

Candlelight Processional
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It’s Christmas in July as the Disney Parks Blog announced that  Candlelight Processional Dining Packages can be booked starting today.

For those who don’t know, the Candlelight Processional is a holiday tradition at Walt Disney World! During this moving show, a celebrity narrator accompanied by a full orchestra and choir fill the America Gardens Theater at Epcot with Christmas songs and stories.

Candlelight Processional
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Candlelight Processional Dining Packageare available on select days during the holiday season, and start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults. Included in the Candlelight Processional Package is a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances.

You can find more information, including all the restaurants participating here.

Here are some things to know about the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages before you book:

  • Seating at the Candlelight Processional is first-come, first-served unless you’ve reserved a Candlelight Processional Dining Packages.
  • Dining packages are paid for at the individual restaurant, where you’ll receive your Candlelight Seating badges for seating at the America Gardens Theatre for the booked showtime.
  • Advance reservations are highly recommended for the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.
  • Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.

Note: Availability is limited. Guests can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or book online at www.disneyworld.com/holidays.

Also released today, was a partial list of celebrity narrators for this year including Candlelight veterans Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Benson, and the addition of two fabulous new narrators Academy-Award-winning actress Sharon Stone and Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer.

Candlelight Processional
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Here is the early schedule of Candlelight Processional Narrators:

  • Jodi Benson – 11/28 – 11/29
  • TBD – 11/30 – 12/2
  • TBD – 12/3 – 12/4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5 – 12/6
  • TBD – 12/7* – 12/8
  • TBD – 12/9 – 12/11
  • TBD – 12/12 – 12/14
  • Sharon Stone (New) – 12/15 – 12/17
  • Ana Gasteyer (New) – 12/18 – 12/20
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/21 – 12/23
  • TBD – 12/24 – 12/25
  • TBD – 12/26 – 12/27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/28 – 12/30

Some things to keep in mind about this early list of Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators:

* Narrators are subject to change without notice.

* Show Times are at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. each night.

*Show Times on December 7 are 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. only


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Pick Six: Diagon Alley Tips and Tricks

 Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

Pick Six: Diagon Alley Tips and Tricks

 

With the Grand Opening of Diagon Alley today, I thought I would share some of time saving tips and tricks!

1. The Dragon’s Fire

The a 60ft, seven-ton, fire-breathing Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon breathes fire every 15 minutes, and there is a loud build up so you have plenty of time to get your camera ready!

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

It was awesome!

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

My favorite spot to watch from is the stairs to nowhere, just behind Hagrid’s Motorbike next to Gringott’s. It was great seeing the expressions on people’s faces as they watched for the first time!

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

2. Potions

Water in Diagon Alley is ‘Gilly Water’, and it is available only at a few Diagon Alley food and beverage locations for $4.00. 

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

But to take your Gilly Water experience to the next level, you can add one of four potions to it for an additional $4.25 at Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, located in the arcade across from the stage.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando - Potions

The Four potions that you can purchase (with their coresponding flavors) are:

Fire Protection Potion: Watermelon

Babbling Beverage: Fruit Punch

Draught of Peace: Mixed Berry

Elixir to Induce Euphoria: Pineapple

If you want to try a potion, but want to skip out on the Gilly Water you can purchase the vial and add it to your own water.

3. Gringott’s Money Exchange

At the Gringott’s Money Exchange, you can exchange Muggle money for Gringott’s Bank Notes.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

The Gringott’s Money Exchange is a separate location, next to Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment and across from Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment under the arcade in Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

This is a really cool experience, because you get to interact with animatronic goblin who oversees the exchange of currency.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

These Bank Notes can be spent anywhere, but I have a feeling that most people will save them instead of spending them.

4. Pram Parking

There are several adorable signs that say ‘Pram Parking’ throughout the arcade in Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

With the streets being uneven, large crowds, tight walkways, and stores with intricate displays, having a place to park your pram out of the way is a great idea.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

Pram parking is located just to the right of Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, and you will find a helpful witch or wizard there to help you.

5. Butterbeer Ice Cream

Butterbeer Ice Cream is my everything! In my eyes, it is the perfect ice cream of all time.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

That being said, the line to head into Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour are often times long.

But if it is Butterbeer Ice Cream you are seeking, you can head over to the Fountain of Fair Fortune, located across from the Magical Menagerie near Knockturn Alley.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

The Fountain of Fair Fortune is also a great place to grab a Butterbeer, Frozen Butterbeer, Fishy Green Ale, Gillywater, Wizard’s Brew, Dragon Scale, Strongbow, Fuller’s London Pride, and Amstel Light.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

6. When it rains it pours

When it rains, and often times it does rain in Orlando, Diagon Alley is my new favorite place to visit!

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

With an arcade over most of the open areas, tons of shops, and ample covered spaces there are a lot of great places to duck into while you wait out the storm.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

My favorite place to go though, is Knockturn Alley! This sinister place is completely covered, and is home to what might be my favorite shop Borgin and Burkes!

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

Plus, there are a lot of interactive wand experiences in this area to keep little ones occupied as you wander the dark alley ways.

Diagon Alley Universal Orlando

We will be covering more about Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando Resort, so make sure you keep up with our adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

 

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The General At The Enzian

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KidFest

The General

Buster Keaton

Tue, 7-8 3:00 PM
Sun, 7-13 1:00 PM
Tue, 7-22 3:00 PM

Johnnie loves his train (“The General”) and Annabelle Lee. When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves.

This film is part of the KidFest Summer Film Series which play for FREE on weekdays and $5 on weekends. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Enzian to support quality programming just like this, click here.

USA, 1926, In English, 78 min, Unrated, Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton

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