Happy New Year, WDW Fans! Let The Fireworks Begin!

Welcome to New Year’s Eve, my friends!  2017 is mere hours away.  A brand new year of big Walt Disney World events is just around the corner!

Before we start sending up bottle rockets, though, let me step back to this week’s polls.  We ran two.  First, I asked, “[W]hat are your favorite Epcot Holiday Entertainers?”

Well, it seems that these three have captured your collective fancy …

  • Voices of Liberty (The American Adventure)
  • Father Christmas (United Kingdom)
  • Sigrid and Julenissen (Norway)

All great choices.  We enjoy them too!  Next, we engaged in a slight bit of “re-imagineering”.  Our task?  We were asked to “hire” three new narrators to perform Epcot’s famed Candlelight Processional!

We should all work in Disney’s Human Resources department.  Our selections were outstanding!  Given our wishes, these superstars are gainfully employed …

  • Ellen Degeneres
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • Jim Parsons

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear The Rock and Sheldon share the story of Christmas with us all!

One last thing … a few words back, I noted that we’re about to embark upon a “… brand new year of big Walt Disney World events.”

For me, there’s nothing that’s upcoming that is bigger than this … Pandora – The World of Avatar – is set to open this coming Summer!

Soon, we’ll all be able to enter into ” … the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.”  I can’t wait!

Folks, on behalf of All in WDW and the WDW Main Street Podcast – from Doug, Dennis, John, and myself – have a Happy (and safe!!) New Year!

Now!  Can we light up the sky in celebration?  Of course!  Send up the fireworks!

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More Fireworks

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Wishes

Re-Imagineering “Candlelight Processional”? No Chance! Or, Is There?

Oh, don’t get excited, my friends.  Let me make this clear … I am not proposing that we re-imagine Epcot’s famous Candlelight Processional!

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A beautiful event, as narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and Edward James Olmos, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy this wonderful performance a number of times.

However, as 2016’s “season” comes to an end, can’t we play “make believe” just a tiny little bit?  Please?  C’mon, you’ll love it!

Baseball “Hall of Famer” Cal Ripken, Jr. appears tomorrow night for Epcot’s final presentation.  He concludes a list of narrators that also involved:

  • Stephen Curtis Chapman
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Robby Benson
  • Meredith Vieira
  • Jim Caviezel
  • Joe Morton
  • Ming-Na Wen
  • Jodi Benson

Let’s imagine for just a few moments, though, that three of the above entertainers have already informed Disney that they won’t be able to return in 2017.

What a dilemma, eh?  How to replace them?  Well, Disney tells us that “applications” for the three vacant positions have poured in by the hundreds!

Well, that’s where the truly great news comes in, folks!  Today, it’s our job to choose the replacements!  Yes, you heard me.

Below, make your THREE selections!  Which three of these twelve entertainers would you like to hear narrate Epcot’s keystone holiday event!  Pick three, fans!

Dinner and a Show! What a Processional Package!

Wow!  What a great response, my friends!  It’s easy to tell that you, too, love the idea of enjoying Epcot’s marquee celebration of the Christmas season.

You know, it comes at no surprise to me that the vast majority of you would choose to experience Disney’s annual holiday Candlelight Processional with a narration by Neil Patrick Harris.

NPH at Processional

After all, two years ago, you voted him your Favorite Candlelight Processional Narrator!  Do you remember that!  Anyway, for me, I went in a different direction.

I guess I just can’t get enough of the Marvel Universe.  I chose Blair Underwood.  He currently plays Dr. Andrew Garner (a.k.a. the Inhuman character Lash) on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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When it comes to the preceding dinner, however, I just can’t resist my Bangers and Mash.

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In other words, the Rose & Crown Dining Room has to be my selection.

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Having said that, I completely respect your choices.  In fact, this time around, our favored dining options spanned the field!

Chefs de France.  Via Napoli.  The Garden Grill.  La Hacienda de San Angel  They’re all great restaurants!

Thanks for “playing”, folks!  Great vote!  And, now you’ve made your recommendations!

For those fans out there looking for advice, we suggest that you dine, well, just about anywhere in Epcot!  Just do it on a night that Neil Patrick Harris narrates the show!

Happy Holidays!

Pick YOUR Candlelight Dining Package!

Good morning, my friends!

Have you had the chance to experience the joy of Epcot’s annual holiday Candlelight Processional?  We witnessed the performance as narrated by Edward James Olmos, one year.  It was phenomenal!

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In the future, if you ever find yourself in Walt Disney World at the holidays, I would highly recommend that you take the time to enjoy this wonderful celebration of Christmas.

Well, Epcot kicked off 2016’s series of performances just last night.  It got me to thinking …

If we were to schedule another Candlelight Dining Package – a date for dinner and a show – where would we go?  Which narrator would we choose to see?

Then, of course, I started wondering about what you would choose!  So, how about it, folks?  Dinner?  Narrator?  Pick YOUR Candlelight Dining Package!

 

Enjoy the Epcot Holidays!

OK!  Enough “candlelight” already!  Actually, it’s time to present the “winners”!  So, here we go!

The first poll up was presented a week ago … our quest to choose the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Holiday Storyteller!  Twelve days of Christmas and twelve choices.  I know.  It was tough.  And, probably, a bit overwhelming.

In the end, however, hailing from the fine country of Norway, Sigrid and Julenissen took the crown!  It was, by NO means, a unanimous decision.  In fact, for the most part, your votes were spread, pretty evenly, across the board.  For the final tally, stop back and look.

Norway - Sigrid

The “feature” poll came along a few days later when we tackled Epcot’s “centerpiece” holiday attraction – The Famous Candlelight Processional!

Again, it wasn’t a “runaway”, but it also wasn’t a surprise.  After gaining the most of our support, NPH – er, Neil Patrick Harris – lays claim to the title.  He IS the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Candlelight Processional Narrator!

NPH at Processional

Finally, I tossed you, what turned out to be, a VERY difficult trivia question a few days ago.  I asked, “… who was Epcot’s very first Candlelight Processional storyteller?”  The vast majority of you picked Charlton Heston for that honor.

In actual fact, however, according to Intercot, “The Candlelight Processional and Massed Choir began in 1958 at Disneyland in California.  Thirteen years later, Walt Disney World presented its first Candlelight Processional in the Magic Kingdom with Rock Hudson as the guest narrator.”

Now, there!  We ALL learned something about one of Walt Disney World’s renowned holiday traditions with that trivia challenge.

Have a great day, my friends!