Disney has announced this year’s celebrity narrators for the 2017 Candlelight Processional, which include Disney legend Kurt Russell, who has grown up in Disney films from the 1960s through this year’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Other big time celebrities who agreed to read the Christmas story are gold- and silver-medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez, daytime television host Pat Sajak and Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”

The annual procession is part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. It presents the traditional Christmas story with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a massed choir.

The processional is performed at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. nightly at the America Gardens Theatre. Dinner packages, available on select nights, include a meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the performances.

Here is the list of narrators, which is subject to change:

Nov. 24- 26 – Laurie Hernandez

Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer

Nov. 29 – 30 – Ana Gasteyer

Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg

Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak

Dec. 6-8 – Jodi Benson

Dec. 9-11 – Kurt Russell

Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis

Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins

Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris

Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder

Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez

Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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