Chita Rivera Replacing Edward James Olmos for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Epcot's Candlelight Processional

Chita Rivera Replacing Edward James Olmos for Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional is returning this holiday season! Each night of the performance a celebrity narrator recounts the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Disney previously announced the celebrity narrators but now Chita Rivera is replacing Edward James Olmos.

Related – Candlelight Processional: Celebrity Narrators for Epcot Festival of the Holidays Announced

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Make a date to watch the following celebrities lend their voices to the Candlelight Processional:

  • Simu Liu
    November 25 and 26, 2022
  • Chita Rivera
    November 27 through 29, 2022
  • Raul Esparza
    November 30 and December 1, 2022
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 2 and December 3, 2022
  • Isabella Rossellini
    December 4 through December 6, 2022
  • Daymond John
    December 7 and December 9, 2022
  • Josh Gad
    December 10 through December 12, 2022
  • Gloria Estefan
    December 13 and December 14, 2022
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    December 15 through December 18, 2022
  • Mariska Hargitay
    December 19 and December 20, 2022
  • Cal Ripken Jr.
    December 21 through December 23, 2022
  • Marie Osmond
    December 24 through December 26, 2022
  • Courtney Vance
    December 27 and December 28, 2022
  • Angela Bassett
    December 29 and December 30, 2022

Related – Reservations Now Open for Candlelight Processional Dining Packages in EPCOT


Edward James Olmos was supposed to be the narrator November 27-29 but that spot is now being filled by Chita Rivera. Rivera is known for her roles in Broadway musicals including Anita in West Side Story.

You can see this show nightly at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM or 8:30 PM at the America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT.

Will you be attending Epcot’s Candlelight Processional this year?

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