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Hello Disney lovers. I received another great piece of news through the disneyworlddreams Yahoo! Group I belong to. Please see it below along with my thoughts on it.

 
The first group of narrators has been announced for this year’s Candlelight Processionals at Epcot. Many favorites are returning, including Gary Sinise (fresh off his narration at Disneyland last year) to his traditional Christmas slot that he held from 2001 to 2004, as well as 2006 and 2007. Also returning are Isabella Rossellini, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Jodi Benson (for the first time since 2002), Trace Adkins, and Marlee Matlin. Matlin has appeared nearly every year since 2001, with the exception of 2003 and 2009, and has been the final narrator of the season since 2006 (again, with the exception of 2009). In fact, the only first-time narrator announced so far is Olivia Newton-John.

The traditional telling of the Christmas story with a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra runs from the night after Thanksgiving through December 30 at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot three times nightly, at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Here are this year’s narrators (as always, subject to change):

November 23–25: Isabella Rossellini
November 26–29: Neil Patrick Harris
November 30–December 1: Whoopi Goldberg
December 2-4: TBA
December 5-7: TBA
December 8-10: TBA
December 11–13: Jodi Benson
December 14–16: Olivia Newton John
December 17-19: TBA
December 20–22: Trace Adkins
December 23–25: Gary Sinise
December 26-28: TBA
December 29–30: Marlee Matlin

Candlelight Processional dining packages went on sale Tuesday, June 26. The popular dining packages provide a prix fixe dinner at Epcot’s table service dining locations and guaranteed seating for the Processional.

I think this is a great line up. Especially since it was announced that Whoopi Goldberg  will be coming back to recite this classic story. What are your thoughts on this announcement? More importantly, have you ever been to see this breathtaking concert? If so, what were your thoughts on it overall? Please post your comments below or E-mail us at admin@beyondthecastleblog.com. For now though, as always, have a magical day!

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