Every year during the holiday season, thousands flock to the Walt Disney World Resort for the Candlelight Processional. They come for the beautiful music and the story of the Nativity as read by celebrities from stage, film, and television. This year, Disney continues the quality line-up, bringing in previously featured celebrity narrators including game show host Pat Sajak, Christian musician Jaci Velasquez, actress Whoopi Goldberg, and country star Trace Adkins, and for the 2017 holiday season. They also added some new names to the roster, such as actors Matt Bomer and Warwick Davis.
Melissa Valiquette, Vice President of Epcot, announced this morning in the atrium at Team Disney that they had finished the line-up for the 2017 season. Here are the final new additions:
- Snoop Dogg – November 24 to 26, 2017
- Teller (of Penn & Teller) – November 29 to 30, 2017
- Ozzy Osbourne – December 6 to 9, 2017
- Groot – December 9 to 11, 2017
During the press brief, three of the celebrities – Dogg, Teller, and Osbourne – made video appearances, and Groot was present in person.
“I’m your narrator with the most, Snoop Dogg,” said Snoop Dogg. “This Nativity reading’s gonna be the [censored]. We gonna have some fun, fo’ shizzle.”
There were numerous technical issues during Teller’s speech, and no one was able to hear what he said.
According to the captions, Ozzy Osbourne said he was looking forward to narrating the Candlelight Processional and looked forward to his time at Disney.
Finally, Groot stood on the podium and gave his address. “I am Groot,” he said. “I – am Groot. I am Groot. I am – Groot.”
The Candlelight Processional features a mass choir and a fifty-piece orchestra. It takes place three times nightly between November 24 and December 30 at the American Gardens Theater in the American Pavilion. Attending the event requires park admission, and seating is limited. The park also features processional dining packages which include dinner and ensure seating for the event.