Disney Moms Panel Training Day 4: American Christmas & Candlelight Processional

We were given free time to enjoy Holiday’s Around the World – “Celebrate the season as World Showcase comes alive with the diverse traditions of food, fun and entertainment from across the globe.”

We knew we only had about an hour, as we had to arrive back at the American Gardens Theatre by 7:50pm, so a group of us stayed together in that general area. Chris and Kathie stopped to enjoy a funnel cake…an American tradition.

I wandered over to Japan to browse the shops for a bit, and then met up with Allison in front of the American Adventure. She and I decided to commemorate Christmas in true American style…we visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Waiting in line gave us a great chance to chat and get to know each other more. It made me sad to realize that the trip was almost over, and that I wouldn’t have more time to spend with Allison. She is such a sweetheart.

It was time for the Candlelight Processional…and I was SO excited! Known as “One of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by an orchestra and a glorious mass choir.”

The event “retells the stirring true meaning of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir”. The guest narrator was going to be Anika Noni Rose, who is the voice of Princess Tiana in Disney’s new Princess and the Frog movie. We all had special seats saved for us – “Gold Badge Seating” right up front.

Allison and I waiting for it to begin.

The Candlelight Processional was an unforgettable experience. It continuously gave me chills…to hear the talented orchestra and choir singing songs about our Savior at Christmastime in Disney, where I was realizing my dreams…it was all very powerful. I could sit here and try to describe how beautiful it all was, but I know I would fail to do it justice. Instead, I will show you some photos that manage to capture, in small ways, the beauty of it all.

It began with an orchestra…

Then came the candlelight processional…one by one, they filled the stage…

and we were treated to an amazing performance…

That is Anika Noni Rose, in the center, to the right of the harp. She has a gorgeous voice.

Marc thoroughly enjoying the performance…

After this incredible experience, it was hard to believe we still had one more special event before our evening came to a close…

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