Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s 2019 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now On Sale

The Candlelight Processional is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Walt Disney World, with the joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and glorious mass choir. Candlelight performances take place at 5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot from November 29 through December 30, 2019.

Narrators

Candlelight ProcessionalNovember 29 – December 1: Ming-Na Wen
December 2 – 5: Neil Patrick Harris
December 6 – 7: Whoopi Goldberg
December 8 – 10: Isabella Rossellini
December 11 – 12: TBD
December 13 – 15: Gary Sinise
December 16 – 18: Pat Sajak
December 19 – 21: TBD
December 22 – 24: Steven Curtis Chapman
December 25 – 26: Edward James Olmos
December 27 – 28: Marlee Matlin
December 29 – 30: Lisa Ling

Please note that narrators are subject to change without notice.

Candlelight Dining Packages

Candlelight ProcessionalGuests may purchase Candlelight Dining Packages to reserve a seat at the Candlelight Processional. These packages include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner packages available. Breakfast starts at $40 for adults and $23 for children, lunch and dinner starts at $52 for adults and $16.99 for children. Each meal includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage (or buffet depending on the location selected). Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or the required park admission. Participating restaurants include Ale & CompassRose & Crown Pub and Dining Room, Coral Reef Restaurant, Biergarten Restaurant, The Garden Grill Restaurant , Nine Dragons Restaurant, Restaurant Marrakesh, Spice Road Table, San Angel Inn Restaurante, Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Les Chefs de France, Tokyo Dining, Teppan Edo, Tutto Italia Ristorante, Trattoria al Forno, and La Hacienda de San Angel. Guests may call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations or book online by clicking here. Hurry – Availability is limited!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Delicious Dishes From A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, let’s talk about the delicious dishes and drinks being offered throughout the land. There are lots of fantastic options to choose from for all of the Star Wars foodies out there. Here are the details courtesy of Disney:

In creating Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Walt Disney Imagineering envisioned a land that immerses guests entirely in Star Wars storytelling, using all five of their senses. Thus, food and drink play important roles in deepening guests’ engagement, using taste and smell to play right alongside the wondrous sights and other sensations found within this new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. When guests take a bite of Fried Endorian Tip-yip or a swig of a strange-looking concoction, they feel all the more as if they’ve stepped onto the planet Batuu.

The Disney Parks food and beverage creative teams worked hand in hand with Walt Disney Imagineering to develop a diverse and distinctive menu for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The wide array of delectable creations reinforces Walt Disney Imagineering’s commitment to immersive storytelling and attention to detail in every aspect of this Star Wars experience.

As a remote planet, Batuu is one of the lesser-populated worlds in the Star Wars galaxy, so the food available in Black Spire Outpost has a “farm to table” feel typically found in more rural communities. Food and drink throughout the land hint at an ancient culture, passed down to the current generation of Batuuan residents and are served in unique and exotic vessels.

Oga’s Cantina, for example, is the land’s main watering hole and serves as the heart of Black Spire Outpost. Here, guests gather to share their tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages such as the spicy Bloody Rancor, the foamy Fuzzy Tauntaun or the fruity Carbon Freeze.

Ronto Roasters, named for the large pack animals of Tatooine, draws attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit. When hungry customers queue up to order, they encounter a former smelter droid, 8D-J8, carefully turning the spit of meats. The stall’s signature Ronto Wrap may remind guests of roasted pork and grilled sausage, while the Tatooine Sunset specialty drink may have them reminiscing about gourmet flavored iced tea and lemonade.

The Milk Stand will answer a question four decades in the making: What does Blue Milk taste like? This stall offers two local favorites – Blue Milk and Green Milk. Both provide a frozen blend of exotic tastes and fruity accents, with Green Milk delivering a bit more zing.

At Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs’ transport shuttle sits atop Docking Bay 7 as a mobile kitchen and restaurant, turning the hangar into Tuggs’ Grub. Tuggs’ journeys from system to system allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes, such as Smoked Kaadu Ribs, Fried Endorian Tip-yip and Batuu-bon for dessert.

The full food and beverage offerings available in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge include:

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

BREAKFAST
  • Bright Suns Morning: Three-cheese egg bite, pork sausage, purple potato hash, mini Mustafarian lava roll
  • Rising Moons Overnight Oats: Oats, dragon fruit, yogurt, seasonal fruit
  • Mustafarian Lava Roll: Sweet galactic delight
Kids’ Meals (for guests ages 3-9)
Meals include choice of small low-fat milk or small Dasani
  • Bright Suns Youngling Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, purple potatoes, fresh fruit
Specialty Beverages
  • Moof Juice: Simply Fruit Punch® and Simply Orange® with pineapple, chipotle-pineapple
  • Sour Sarlacc: Minute Maid® limeade, raspberry, spicy mango
  • Fountain Drinks: Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coke Zero Sugar®, Sprite®, Powerade® Mountain Berry Blast, Minute Maid® Light Lemonade
  • Dasani® bottled water
  • Black Caf: Coffee
LUNCH AND DINNER
Entrées
  • Smoked Kaadu Ribs: Sticky pork ribs, blueberry corn muffin, cabbage slaw
  • Fried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, roasted vegetable potato mash, herb gravy
  • Yobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, marinated noodles, vegetables
  • Roasted Endorian Tip-yip Salad: Marinated chicken, mixed greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, green curry ranch
  • Braised Shaak Roast: Beef pot roast, cavatelli pasta, wilted kale, mushrooms
  • Felucian Garden Spread: Plant-based “kefta,” herb hummus, tomato-cucumber relish, pita
Desserts
  • Oi-oi Puff: Raspberry cream puff, passion fruit mousse
  • Batuu-bon: Chocolate cake, white chocolate mousse, coffee custard
Kids’ Meals (for guests ages 3-9)
All meals include choice of small low-fat milk or small Dasani® water
  • Yobshrimp Noodle Salad: Chilled shrimp, noodle vegetables, sweet orange dressing
  • A Taste of Takodana: Black bean hummus, edible soil with nuts, chilled dipping vegetables, multi-grain crisps
  • Fried Endorian Tip-yip: Crispy chicken, macaroni & cheese, seasonal vegetables
Specialty Beverages
  • Moof Juice: Simply Fruit Punch® and Simply Orange® with Pineapple, chipotle-pineapple
  • Sour Sarlacc: Minute Maid® limeade, raspberry, spicy mango
  • Takodana Quencher: Bacardí dragon berry rum, blue curaçao, Simply Orange® with pineapple, kiwi
  • Gold Squadron Lager: Produced by Blue Point Brewery: golden lager with lavender and plum flavors
  • Fountain Drinks: Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coke Zero Sugar®, Sprite®, Powerade® Mountain Berry Blast, Minute Maid® Light Lemonade
  • Dasani® bottled water
  • Black Caf: Coffee

Oga’s Cantina

Morning Menu
Food
  • Mustafarian Lava Roll: Sweet galactic delight
  • Rising Moons Overnight Oats: Oats, dragon fruit, yogurt, seasonal fruit
Concoctions with Alcohol
  • Spiran Caf: Peru Alto Mayo Organic Joffrey’s Coffee®, orange marmalade, rum, vanilla whipped cream, citrus zest
  • Bloody Rancor: Vodka, Chile liqueur, spicy Bloody Mary Mix, rancor bone
Concoctions Without Alcohol
  • Black Spire Brew: Cold Brew Joffrey’s Coffee®, honey, falernum, passion fruit, citrus
  • Moogan Tea: Gold Peak® Unsweetened Tea, chocolate milk, vanilla, cinnamon
  • Tarine Tea: Gold Peak® Unsweetened Tea, peach, huckleberry, mint
  • Blue Bantha: Blue Milk served chilled with Bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookie
Afternoon and Evening Menu
Snack
  • Batuu Bits: A light crisp snack mix from the galaxy
Concoctions with Alcohol
  • Fuzzy Tauntaun: Peach vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice with tangerine, pure cane sugar, and “buzz button tingling” foam
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Grapefruit and rose vodka, falernum, blue curaçao, white grape juice, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters
  • The Outer Rim: Silver tequila, açaí liqueur, lime juice, pure cane sugar, black salt, and exotic fruit purée
  • T-16 Skyhopper: Vodka, melon liqueur, kiwi, and half & half
  • Dagobah Slug Slinger: Reposado tequila, blue curaçao, citrus juices, ginger, herbs, and bitters
  • Jet Juice: Bourbon, chile liqueur, açaí liqueur, white grape juice, and lemon juice
  • Yub Nub: Pineapple rum, spiced rum, citrus juices, and passion fruit (souvenir vessel available)
  • Bespin Fizz: Rum, yuzu purée, pomegranate juice, white cranberry juice, and cloud swirl
Concoctions Without Alcohol
  • Cliff Dweller: Citrus juices, coconut, hibiscus-grenadine, and Seagram’s Ginger Ale
  • Hyperdrive (Punch It!): Powerade® Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, Sprite®
  • Jabba Juice: Simply Orange® with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearls
  • Blurrgfire: Lemonade, pomegranate juice, and habanero-lime
  • Blue Bantha: Blue Milk served chilled with Bantha-inspired vanilla-butter sugar cookie
  • Carbon Freeze: Powerade® Lemon Lime, wild strawberry, blueberry, green apple popping pearls
Provision Without Alcohol
  • Oga’s Obsession: Lemonade, cotton candy flavor, blueberry popping pearls
Beers on Tap
  • Gold Squadron Lager
  • White Wampa Ale
  • Gamorrean Ale
  • Bad Motivator IPA
  • Oga’s Beer Flight served in Rancor Beer Flight Souvenir Board and glasses 
Cider on Tap
  • Spice Runner Hard Cider
Wine on Tap
  • Toniray
  • Imperial Guard 

Ronto Roasters

Morning Menu
  • Ronto Morning Wrap: Whole oven baked omelet, grilled pork sausage, shredded cheese, peppercorn sauce wrapped in pita
  • Rising Moons Overnight Oats: Oats, Dragon Fruit, Yogurt, Seasonal Fruit 
  • Black Caf
All-Day Menu
  • Ronto Wrap: Roasted pork, grilled sausage, peppercorn sauce, tangy slaw wrapped in pita
  • Nuna Turkey Jerky: Choice of sweet or spicy
Specialty Beverages Without Alcohol
  • Tatooine Sunset: Gold Peak® unsweetened tea, Odwalla® lemonade, melon, blueberry flavors
  • Sour Sarlacc: Minute Maid® limeade, raspberry, spicy mango
Specialty Beverage with Alcohol
  • Coruscant Cooler: Bourbon, maraschino liqueur, sweet vermouth, cranberry, lime juice
Beer
  • Trandoshan Ale: Produced by Concrete Beach (Boston Beer) – Spiced Wheat Ale
Fountain Drinks
  • Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coke Zero Sugar®, Sprite®, Powerade® Mountain Berry Blast, Minute Maid® Light Lemonade

Milk Stand

  • Blue Milk: Plant-based blend of Coconut and Rice Milks
  • Green Milk: Plant-based blend of Coconut and Rice Milks 

Kat Saka’s Kettle

  • Outpost Popcorn Mix
  • A colorful blend of sweet and spicy flavors
  • Bottled beverages: Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Sprite®, Dasani®

If you’re going to be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the opening weeks of Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge, I hope to see you there!

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New Dining Options At Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Along with the recent reimagination of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and the gorgeous Gran Destino Tower, several new dining options are now open throughout the resort. Here’s everything you need to know courtesy of Disney:


With two restaurants and a stylish rooftop lounge leading the way, new food and beverage experiences share the spotlight as Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort emerges fresh from a multi-year, resort-wide re-imagining. The two new restaurants extend the wide variety of palate-pleasing dining options found throughout the resort.

The new Gran Destino Tower is home to an unforgettable new dining experience, Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, a unique rooftop table-service restaurant offering dishes and small plates inspired by the flavors of Spain. Featuring sweeping views of Walt Disney World Resort, this charming, surrealistic location invites guests to dine indoors under a pair of large olive trees nestled beneath an intricate vaulted ceiling with shimmering stained-glass accents.

Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood is the namesake of the Spanish city that was home to avant-garde writers and artists in the 1920s and ’30s. Spain also inspires the savory menu choices:

  • Begin the adventure with tapas from the Basque region of Spain. An onstage tapas kitchen serves small plates, charcuteríá, and cheeses.
  • Or choose from Cazuelas – chef interpretations of classic recipes presented in a traditional Spanish terra cotta dish.
  • Entrees include rioja-braised chicken, Spanish-style bone-in ribeye or golden tilefish (100% sustainable seafood).
  • Spanish sides include bravas (potatoes) with pimento aioli, braised gigante beans with aged sherry vinegar, and roasted cauliflower with harissa vinaigrette.
  • Three signature desserts from the Master Pastry Chef include the Tapas Bar, a crunchy chocolate bar with bite-sized flavors of Spanish coffee, crunchy chocolate, raspberry mousse and lemon curd.

In the Disney animated film “Destino,” from which the tower takes its name, the immortal Chronos is in love with the mortal Dahlia. This passion shines through in the Dahlia Lounge, a convivial room that shares the tower’s rooftop with Tolédo – Tapas, Steaks & Seafood. The heroine inspires the lounge’s visual aesthetics – from dandelion chandeliers and metal bell accents to ceiling coffers with swirling patterns reminiscent of her flowing hair. Cocktails are crafted by expert mixologists, while wines from California and Spain include high-end cavas handpicked by the master sommelier. Visitors to the lounge – indoors or outdoors – can also choose from tapas or small-plate specialties.

The second new restaurant at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is on an island in the middle of Lago Dorado. Three convenient new walkways stretching across the 22-acre lake lead to Villa del Lago and its Three Bridges Bar & GrillOffering casual waterside dining in an open-air setting, this idyllic new location presents a varied menu that includes curry-lentil hummus, Szechuan peppercorn wings, salads, a signature burger and a grilled skirt steak with pepper relish. Behind the central bar, a beautiful stone hearth invites guests to unwind with a pitcher of sangria or a vibrant cocktail while enjoying tranquil lake views.

Here’s a taste of other venues found at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort:

  • NEW! Barcelona Lounge – On the ground floor of the two-story lobby in Gran Destino Tower, this dramatic yet casual space offers a European coffee experience paired with Spanish and classic American pastries as well as healthy breakfast items. The city of Barcelona inspired the eclectic patterns and warm colors, including the stained-glass feature wall behind the bar. Under a magnificent chandelier, the space transforms throughout the day, transitioning by late morning to an artisanal cocktail bar with a variety of tonics to complement an international gin collection. Those tonics include the resort’s own house-crafted, signature Gran Destino Gin Tonic. Guests can linger over lake views while enjoying select wines and craft beers from both Spain and California. Dishes of cheeses, olives and more, paired with sourdough, are served beginning at 11 a.m.
  • NEW! Chronos Club – With its casual yet intimate shadings, this bright, open-air club-access space located on the 15th floor of Gran Destino Tower is perfect for unwinding and enjoying light refreshments throughout the day. Chronos Club offers lake views and a Barcelona vibe with its cooler color palette.
  • Maya Grill – This grand Mexican dining room features ancient-modern styling and Nuevo Latino cuisine.
  • Rix Sports Bar & Grill – This stylish establishment puts a unique spin on classic bar food.
  • El Mercado de Coronado – There’s something for everyone at this food court filled with kitchens serving made-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Café Rix – At this charming grab-and-go location, guests find pastries and coffee, among other tasty snacks.
  • Laguna Bar – Signature cocktails are available at this breezy lakeside lounge.
  • Siestas Cantina – This poolside hideaway is a place to unwind with refreshing beverages and snacks.

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