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Holiday Storytelling Around The World Showcase in Epcot

Anyone who has visited Walt Disney World during Christmas time is well aware of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the Candlelight Processional and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Many may also have visited some or all of the Disney hotels to take in the beautiful Christmas decorations and those incredible chocolate and gingerbread creations. But how many have taken the time to stop and listen to the wonderful storytellers in each of the World Showcase pavilions in Epcot?

Well, today we're going to do that together. We are going to start with Canada and work our way all around the World Showcase and finish in Mexico. Along the way, we're going to learn a little about the holiday traditions that are celebrated in each of the countries. I can assure you this is going to be a really fun walk.

So, maybe you want to put on your Santa hat and take a cup of eggnog to sip as we stroll.

Let's begin by taking a peek at the Festival Guide, go over the map and then check out the times.

As we enter Epcot we'll be sure to pick up a copy of the Holiday Festival Guide. They are located at both entrances as well as at various shops and other locations throughout Epcot.

Epcot Holiday Festival Guide

Inside the Festival Guide you'll find a Festival Guidemap with information on the storytelling in each of the World Showcase pavilions.

Festival Guidemap

What you won't find in the Festival Guide is a schedule as to the show times. We'll also need to get an Epcot Times Guide. However, the Times Guide only gives the beginning and ending times of the shows and not the actual performance schedule. For that we'll have to check the "Entertainment signs" located in front of each pavilion.

Time Guide

Our first stop is Canada.

As I just mentioned, it's these "Entertainment signs" that give you the actual times where you can see the storyteller. Here you can see the times for the eight shows.

Canada show times

As you will see, most, but not all, of the pavilions have a scroll next to the storytelling location These scrolls tell the story of each countries holiday tradition. Here's is what is on the Canada scroll:

"From the waterways of eastern Newfoundland to the snowcapped mountains of British Columbia, the Christmas holidays hold special magic for the vast expanse of Canada.

Although favorite traditions such as awaiting Santa Claus, or le Pere Noel, trimming the evergreen, and singing Christmas carols are similar to those commonly found in the Untied States and Europe, Canada has many unique holiday traditions as well.

In some traditional Canadian homes, Santa Claus enlists the help of devilish creatures called Belsnickles to determine which children have been "naughty or nice". The Belsnickles supposedly enter the homes of naughty boys and girls to cause mischief.

Even Canada's Inuit children are visited by mysterious creatures call Naluyuks who travel from house to house. The children must sing Christmas carols to appease the Naluyuks, who pound sticks on the floor before questioning the children about their behavior. When the children say they've been good, which they always do, the Naluyuks open special gift bags full of wonderful presents.

In Quebec, le reveillon, a sumptuous traditional French dinner, is served after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

Most of Canda celebrates Boxing Day on December 26, in honor of the acient English tradition of giving filled Christmas boxes to tradesmen for their help during the year."

Canada Scroll

The wonderful storyteller pretty much repeated the information found in the scroll, but in a very entertaining way.

Canada storyteller

Canada storyteller

Canada storyteller


What a great storyteller his was! Now on to the United Kingdom.

Show times for Father Christmas in the United Kingdom pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here's what's on the United Kingdom scroll:

"Many wonderful Christmas traditions originated in the countries of the United Kingdom. Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each have unique holiday customs, and many of these have been shared worldwide. Well-known Christmas carols such as "Deck the Halls" and Here We Come a Wassailing" were first sung in the United Kingdom.

The tradition of Christmas cards also began in the United Kingdom. In 1843, John Calcott Horsley sent a card depicting an English family brimming with cheer to his friend Sir Henry Cole. The original card caught the attention of a British giftbook company, which published a thousand lithographed copies and sold them for a shilling each.

Not surprisingly, the hanging of mistletoe is one of the United Kingdom's oldest and most popular traditions, dating back to the Druidic ceremonies of the winter solstice. Each time a kiss was claimed under the mistletoe, the young man would pick off one berry. The kissing would end when all the berries were gone!

For children, Father Christmas, with his long white beard, green robe, and crown of holly, is still treasured as the jolly gift-bearer who brings holiday joy to the well-behaved."

United Kingdom scroll

Father Christmas telling his story.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

That Father Christmas sure can tell a story. Well, over the bridge to France we go.

Show times for Pere Noel in the France pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here is what's on the France scroll:

"The magic of Christmas can be seen everywhere in France. The shops and baraques, or booths, along the beautiful boulevards are brimming with toys, glittering lights, and Christmas decorations of every imaginable kind.

Children eagerly await le Pere Noel (Father Christmas), who arrives on Christmas Eve to deliver wonderful presents. Most churches and homes display a beautiful nativity scene called a creche, which is considered on of the most important symbols of Christmas to the French. Traditionally, candles are lit around the creche: sometimes a special Yule log is also burned on the fire.

After families return from Midnight Mass, they enjoy the feast called le reveillon, which often consists of ham, goose, oysters, salads, cheese, champagne, and Buche de Noel, a delicious chocolate cake shaped like a Yule Log.

Children then set out shoes around the Christmas tree in great anticipation of le Pere Noel who fills them with all sorts of goodies!"

France scroll

Here Pere Noel tells the story of Christmas in France:

Pere Noel

Pere Noel

I love the story Pere Noel tells about the sister and her non-believing brother. No coal for me because "I beleive". Morocco next.

Show times for Taarji, the storyteller, in the Morocco pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here's what is on the Morocco scroll:

"Two major holidays of Morocco are Eid al-fitr and Eid al-Adha.

One of Morocco's holiest celebrations is the moth of Ramadan, which commemorates the month in which Allah revealed to the Muslin People, the Holy book, The Quran. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a strict fast and participate in various activities including charitable giving and peace-making. It is a time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe it. At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast-Breaking. Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the moth which follows Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. It is a time to give charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.

On the 10th day of Zul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice.

People of Morocco also celebrate Ashura. The word "Ashura" literally means "10th", as is it on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year. Ashura is an ancient observance that is now recognized for different reasons and in different ways among Muslims. In Morocco, one of the most beautiful traditions of Ashura happens after teh sunset. On the night of Ashura, families join together to eat traditional Moroccan dishes and sweets. Kids are given gifts, toys, sweets, and often a special drum called a taarija. From the largest cities to the smallest, bonfires are built by children who sing and dance around it all night. People of Morocco celebrate the joy, color, and traditions of the Feast of Ashura."

Morocco Scroll

Here Taarji tells of Moroccan traditions:

Taarji

Taarji

Taarji

I bet you learned something new here; I sure did. Wonder what Japan has in store for us?

Show times for O Shogatsu, the storyteller, in the Japan pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Unfortunately there was no scroll in Japan so you'll have to put up with my brief recollection of O Shogatsu's very interesting story.

O Shogatsu, a Daruma doll street vendor, tells the story of a Japanese New Years tradition observed by some Japanese. The Daruma doll is a symbol of perseverance and good luck in Japan. As part of New Year's celebration, Daruma dolls are given as a gift of encouragement. The dolls when purchased does not have eyes painted on them. When the holder of the Daruma doll commits to attain a goal or a big task one eye is painted. The other eye is painted only when the goal is achieved or the task accomplished. So, the Daruma doll serves as both a reminder and a source of encouragement.

O Shogatsu

O Shogatsu

O Shogatsu

What a wonderful storyteller. I love learning new things about these countries, don't you? Well, the American pavilion is next. I should know a little about this history. -:)

Show times for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah story telling in the American pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here is what is on the Kwanzaa scroll:

"Kwanzaa is an African-American harvest and community festival that has it's roots in the civil rights era of the 1960's. It was founded as a way of reaffirming african-American identity, instilling knowledge and pride in African roots, and reinforcing bonds among members of the community.

Kwanzaa is devoted to seven principles, known collectively as Nguzo Saba: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

Although it was first observed solely by African Americans, Kwanzaa is now celebrated by and estimated 18 million people in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, India, and some African nations."

Kwanzaa scroll

Here the storyteller tells how she helped her grandmother understand the significance of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa storyteller

Kwanzaa storyteller

Kwanzaa storyteller

Here's what is says on the Chanukah (Hanukkah) sign:

"Chanukah (Hanukkah); The Festival of Lights.

In 165 B.C.E., with the help of neighboring Hasideans, the Maccabees defeated the vastly superior forces of the Syrian King and liberated the city of Jerusalem. Upon entering the Central Synagogue the Maccabees discovered that the temple had been desecrated with the blood and bodies of slain pigs. The sacred Torah scrolls had been burned. The containers of holy oil for the "Eternal Flame" were overturned and spilled out upon the ground. However, a small bottle containing the equivalent of one day's worth of olive oil was discovered intact. The flame was lit using the existing oil and the reconsecration of the temple begun. At least eight days were required to send for and receive more oil for preserving the "Eternal Flame." The flame burned for the entire eight days: Thus was Chanukah instituted by the Maccabees. The eight day celebration begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev (December). One candle on a menorah is lit each day to commemorate the "miracle of the Chanukah" until all eight candles are burning on the last night. The dreidel, a four-sided toy marked with hebrew letters and sun like a top in a game of chance, was created to help tell children the story of Chanukah."

Chanukah sign

The storyteller shows the dreidel and tells us it's history and that of the Chanukah holy season.

Chanukah storyteller

Chanukah storyteller

Chanukah storyteller

Wow, again more things that I didn't know. What does Italy have in store for us?

Show times for La Befana's story telling in the Italy pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Again, unfortunately there wasn't a scroll in Italy. So, here we go with my recollection of La Befana's story:

The story goes that La Befana was an old and poor woman who lived at the time of Jesus's birth. She was visited by the three kings and asked to go with them as they searched for the new born child. She declined. She also refused to go with the shepherds who came by as well. When she finally decided to go in search of baby Jesus she gathered up and old doll, one of her few possessions, and set off. Unfortunately she got lost and never found him. So, to this day she visits children's house in search of the baby Jesus and leaves the children gifts.

La Befana

La Befana

La Befana

I kind of felt bad that she never found the baby Jesus! The good news is that the children get gifts from her as she looks for him. On to Germany!

Here's what is on the Germany scroll:

"The German Yuletide season is a magical time when friends and family celebrate together! Many of Germany's rich customs and traditions of the season have been adopted all over the world.

It was Germany who produced the first tannenbaum (Christmas tree). According to legend, while walking in the woods one snowy evening, Martin Luther was overcome by the beauty of the starlight sparkling on the fir trees. As the light from the heavens shone all around him, he was reminded of the star that shone on the night the Chriskindl (Christ child) was born. He wanted to share this magic with his children, so he brought home a fir tree from the forest. He even fashioned a way to clip candles on the tree to make it look as though the branches were covered in glistening snow.

On Heiligabend (Christmas Eve), German parents secretly decorate the tannenbaum with candies, nuts, glass baubles, and twinkling lights. A bell is rung, the tannenbaum is presented, and the children race to open presents and snatch the goodies from the tree."

Germany scroll

Here Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree, the Advent calendar and the nutcracker tradition.

Helga

Helga

Helga

That big nutcracker was pretty cool. Wonder what we'll learn in China?

Show times for the Monkey King in the China Pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here is what it says on the China scroll:

"The story of Sun hou-kong, the Monkey King, is an ancient Chinese legend that tells an exciting tale of redemption and enlightenment.

Sun hou-kong, a monkey raised by humans, became the Monkey King when he single-handedly defeated a horrific monster in his homeland. Afterwards, the Monkey King acquired incredible powers when he cleverly uprooted magic stick guarded by the Dragon King. With this magic stick and the ability to do just about anything, the Monkey King started to look for adventure and mischief. Buddha was not pleased with this abuse of power and decided to seal the Monkey King inside a mountain for eternity. The Monkey King quickly realized the error of his ways! Fortunately, a monk named Thang Seng believed in the Monkey King's redemption and asked Buddha to release him. The Monkey King proved to be a loyal comrade to Thang Seng. Like many holiday legends, this heartfelt story sends and important message of hope."

China scroll

The Monkey King tells his story.

The Monkey King

The Monkey King

The Monkey King

Was that a story about me? Only kidding! I never was a King. -:) Maybe we'll have time to get a quick bite to eat in Norway?

Show times for story telling in the Norway pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here is what is one the Norway scroll:

"Christmas is a festive time in the "Land of the Midnight Sun."

On Christmas Eve, farm animals are traditionally treated to the finest oats and barely. Birds are remembered during julenek, when they are offered large sheaves of grain placed high on spruce poles. After darkness it's "lights out" as homes are illuminated by only the warm glow of candlelight.

An elf-like gnome named Julenissen lives in woods and barns across the countryside. Julenissen is the guardian of every family's welfare, so children leave a steaming bowl of porridge in the hayloft during the holidy period to thank Julenissen.

On Christmas Day, many attend church before spending time quietly at home with family members. On Second Christmas Day, children celebrate julbukke by dressing up in costumes and going door-to-door for goodies."

Norway scroll

Here's Sigrid and Julenissen telling their story in a very funny way.

Sigrid and Julenissen

Sigrid and Julenissen

Sigrid and Julenissen

Oh my, they were a hoot! I really liked the way they told they story; very funny! Last stop; Mexico.

Show times for story telling in the Mexico pavilion.

Entertainment sign

Here is what it says on the Mexico scroll:

"Beautiful candlelight processions, happy sounds of children laughing, and sweet smells of the season make Christmas in Mexico a magical, meaningful time of community.

In Mexico, Christmas is called La Navidad and its main celebration is Las Posadas, which means "inn". During Las Posadas, Mexican families recreate the journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem. For nine nights, beginning December 16, Mexican children dress up like the holy family and visit their neighbors as part of a candlelight procession. Beautifully carved nacimientos (nativity scenes) are displayed in homes. Prayers and festivities begin when the procession of Mary and Joseph is welcomed in.

On January 6, the day the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem, bringing gifts to baby Jesus, Mexican chilfren leave their shoes on the doorsteps in a special celebration called Dia De Los Tres Reyes (Three Kings Day). When the children awaken the next morning, they are delighted to discover wonderful toys and gifts in and around their shoes."

Mexico scroll

The Three Kings tell their story>

The Three Kings

The Three Kings

What a way to end, with the Three Kings telling their story! Just wonderful!

I don't know about you, but I had a fantastic time. I loved hearing all those different stories and I loved the job each storyteller did. They were most entertaining and a joy to listen to. I hope you agree.

Besides being entertained, I learned a lot. I hope you came away with a better understanding of how each of these countries celebrate.

Also, I'm sure you noticed that the story of Santa is missing. Santa and Mrs. Claus were at the American pavilion but they were too busy meeting with all the little (and not so little) boys and girls. As you know, they've got a lot to do between now and Christmas Eve.

Well, thanks for coming along. I really enjoyed your company!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you like about the Holiday Storytelling Around the World or what your memories are of hearing these stories in person. I love to get comments.

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Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says, “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike

The previous post in this blog was Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Taping.

The next post in this blog is A Walking Tour of Epcot's China Pavilion.

Comments (28)

Anonymous:

Bravo, Mike! Superb blog as always!!

cathy mullen:

Wonderful blog Mike! I appreciate all the time you put into your blogs to make them so interesting.
Happy Holidays!

DizneyMike replies: Cathy, thanks, I do try....Mike

Deanna:

Hi Mike! This was a very entertaining blog. I'm a disney vet, but I've never seen these holiday storytellers. I'm sneaking down for a few days between Christmas and New Years, and will definitely see the storytellers then. Are the performances timed so that you can travel around the world and see them all in one day?

DizneyMike replies: Deanna, you can see them all is one day, but they are not timed so that you can just go around the "world" one country after the other. You will have to hop around a bit. But it can be easily done in one day....Mike

Susan:

Mike, thank you for sharing! It obviously was a lot of work and I appreciate your time and effort. I spent a wonderful holiday in WDW in 2004, and your report brought back many great memories. :)

DizneyMike replies: Susan, thank you! Yes, it does take a fair amount of time, however, these wonderful comments, like yours, make it all worthwhile...Mike

Jimmy:

Hi Mike, just thought I'd let you know what a great entry that was. Very nice reading!

DizneyMike replies: Jimmy, glad you liked it....Mike

Cindy:

Hi Mike,

Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful article !! I always plan my Disney Vacations in December, and I have never seen any of the story tellers. I will have to make a point to do this next time !!

Cindy

DizneyMike replies: Cindy, thank you for the great comment. Yes, these storyteller are definitely worth spending the time to listen to them. Hope your "next time" is soon....Mike

Sarah:

Thank you so much, Mike! I've caught the storytellers here and there throughout the years, and I've always loved them. I'll be there on Sunday and hope to watch a few. My mom and youngest sister are flying in from Maine in a week. We will be spending Christmas Day (!) at Epcot, and I know they would love to watch as well!

DizneyMike replies; Sarah, I'm sure our weather will be better than up in Maine! Enjoy you time with your Mom and sister; what a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas - family and Disney....Mike

Ashley:

Wonderful job as always! I have been wanting to see all the storytellers so bad! This makes me even more excited for our trip! Come on Tuesday!!!! Thanks Mike!

DizneyMike replies: Ashley, enjoy your trip! What a great time of the year to visit....Mike

Josh:

Mike
Thanks for all the great pics and stories. Christmas is my favorite time of year and it was cool hearing about all the different ways the countries celebrate christmas. Keep up the great work.

DizneyMike replies: Josh, thanks for taking the time to comment, it's much appreciate....Mike

Adam August:

A little amplification in La Befana in Italy -- her name is derived from La Epifania, or Epiphany, which is the day (Jan. 6) she traditionally distributed gifts to children who put their shoes outside their front doors. These days she's been pretty much eclipsed by Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, who brings presents in the usual Santa Claus method.

DizneyMike replies: Adam, thanks for the great information! When I was in Epcot yesterday I noticed that they had the scroll there. They either found it or had one made. Thanks again...Mike

Meredith:

Thanks for this great description, Mike. We are headed down this weekend and will be at Epcot on Monday (eeeeek!). Which storytellers were your favorites? Which ones seemed to be a hit with the kiddie set? I've got a six year old girl.

DizneyMike replies: Meredith, I really liked the one in Norway. It was funny and the kids really enjoyed it. I think a six year old would enjoy most of the storytellers. As an adult, I liked hearing about traditions in the non-Christian countries like China and Japan. All the storytellers were great and in my opinion worth listening to. Enjoy your trip....Mike

Alison Yarrish:

Great info! We will be in WaltDisneyWorld on Jan 2nd. Do you know how long the holiday decorations are up? We are hoping we may get to see them! Thanks! Alison

DizneyMike replies: Alison, unfortunately the holiday decorations come down right after New Years. So, it's not likely that you'll get to see any decorations when you come down....Mike

Dawn:

We are going down Christmas day through New years eve. Will they still be out and sharing their stories even though Christmas is over? My children would love to see this, just didn't know if it stop on Christmas day. Thanks.

DizneyMike replies: Dawn, I believe they will be there through December 30th. Hopefully you'll be able to find some time to listen to their stories. Enjoy your vacation....Mike

melissa tabone:

Hey Mike, I wonder what happen to the scroll for Italy. I have a picture of it from a few years ago but not on my pc. The lady was much more festive as well. I really wish they would upgrade Italy, they used to sell oils and pastas and diffent foods. Too bad because it could be so much more. Merry Christmas

DizneyMike replies: Melissa, when I was in Epcot on Sunday the scroll for Italy was there. So, they must have either found it or had a new one made. Merry Christmas to you....Mike

Tina:

Great recap Mike! I loved reading it so much I read it to my 8 year old daughter as a bedtime story. She enjoyed hearing all the different traditions around the world. We were wondering where America's tradition was and were surprised at the end!

I remember when we were in Disney in 1999, they had performers telling stories in the different countries. I remember one session quite fondly. It was in in England, they performed A Christmas Carol. They were quite humorous and we had a great time watching them. Do they still do these mini performances or have they been replaced with Traditions?

DizneyMike replies: Tina, wow, I'm really glad that you and your daughter enjoyed the reading the blog as much as you did. That's really great! Anyway, to answer your question. The World Showcase Players are performing at the UK pavilion but to be honest I'm not sure if they are doing A Christmas Carol or not. My guess is that they are, but maybe a reader will know for sure. Thanks again for that great comment....Mike

MaryLou:

Loved all the info! We went down Christmas week in '07 and will be going again next year. I took notes on your piece. We didn't make all of EPCOT last time. We'll make it this time, though! Thanks for all of your hard work!
MaryLou

DizneyMike replies: MaryLou, thank you for taking the time to comment! I bet you're looking forward to your trip next year. There is so much to do and see during the holidays at WDW and that makes it, in my opinion, the best time to visit. Enjoy...Mike

Martha:

Mike - Can't thank you enough for the Holidays arround the World Tour. Just returned from WDW but never had the time to do the storytelling at the different countries. I've done them before and dearly missed seeing them. But you came to the rescue - what a treat. Now my Mickey Christmas is complete.

DizneyMike replies: Martha, I'm really glad that you liked the "tour". I hope you have a wonderful Christmas....Mike

Penny:

Wonderful! Thanks so much.

Louise Maxwell:

Did they really break the countries of the UK down as 'Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales'?! Oh dear, Disney are normally so good on the details!

Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom is made up of those countries plus Northern Ireland, which is why its full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther Ireland.

DizneyMike replies: Louise, yup, that's how it read on the scroll. Looks like you may have to write WDW....Mike

Jane Johnson:

Thanks for the great article and pictures of the storytellers, they are a nice reminder of my visit to EPCOT last week, when I heard all of them except for the doll seller in Japan (sorry I missed her!). They were all interesting and a wonderful cultural representation for each country. Yes, the World Showcase Players did perform "A Christmas Carol", and had the crowd laughing!

DizneyMike replies: Jane, thank you for the comment and the update on the World Showcase Players....Mike

Connie L:

I was at WDW the 1st week of December & had the wonderful chance to see more than expected of the storytellers. I saw & heard Pere Noel, Father Christmas (UK), Norway, Japan & end of China. I almost saw/heard Canada. But he cancelled his first show & I had to move on. I would have enjoyed hearing Morocco & should have checked out Italy (I am 100% Italian). The way Italy was presented is not how I celebrate. We have the 7 fishes Christmas Eve & open gifts that night. The children open gifts Christmas Day. And of course, pasta is on the menu. haha. I do not understand why Kwanza & Chunnakah are the only 2 traditions representing the US. I guess there are so many different beliefs in this melting pot we call America that to center on 1 is very difficult. What would be an idea is to see how different parts of America celebrates. I bet the Eastern part of America has things a little different than mid-West and the West Coast. How about Hawaii and Alaska? They would be perfect to demonstrate.

DizneyMike replies: Connie, thanks for sharing the way you celebrate Christmas. I must admit that I too was a little surprised that there wasn't more about the American traditions....Mike

Julie:

My husband and I took a last minute trip to WDW, between Christmas and New Years. We had never been during the holidays.

Because of reading your story, I knew that this was one of the things to put on our 'must-do' list. And, I'm glad we did. We were able to catch almost all of storytellers, and really enjoyed every one of them.

Thank you for sharing.

DizneyMike replies: Julie, I'm glad you were able to visit during this wonderful time and to listen to the storytellers....Mike

Amie:

I love seeing and hearing the storytellers at EPCOT. Do you know when they changed the Germany one to Helga? I have a picture of my daughter in Germany with a santa dressed in green and holding a staff. He just seemed more in the Christmas spirit then Helga speaking. But overall my children have loved hearing these stories and we have some great photos of them with our children. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

DizneyMike replies: Amie, not sure when the change was made. I think they wanted more storytelling and my guess is that Helga gave them that...Mike

Sandy:

I can't wait to do this in a couple of weeks. It will be such a nice departure from being in lines for rides.

Funny- the beginning of this made me think- it would be awfully nice if they sold egg nog, buttered rum, etc. in the World Showcase. Unless I haven't been reading in the right places, I haven't seen anyone saying they do this...b/c it really would be nice to have a big thing of egg nog while doing this :)

Amy:

Mike-
You probably answered this question in the blog and I missed it. Anyway, how long do each of the performances last?
Amy

DizneyMike replies: Amy, you're the first one to ask that question. The performances are around 20 minutes long....Mike

tracy borden:

Hi Mike,

I am glad you explained why Santa was missing, it made me feel like Santa wasn't important, until I saw your explanation! What a great blog. We will be leaving on the 8th and I can't wait to listen to the stories around the world, especially Germany, since that is where my ancestors are from. Another spectacular job!

Thanks!

Martha:

Mike
Your blog was just what the doctor ordered. I was supposed to be a WDW this week but got grounded by a medical condition. The Epcot Storytellers are one of my favorite Xmas experiences and you captured the whole feel in your blog. Thanks. One of my procedures starts in about an hour and I'll have sugar plums dancing in my head or maybe a Julenissen.

You are my virtual Disney Santa.
Have a Merry Christmas
Stuck in New Jersey

Johnny:

Hi Mike....

It was a nice surprise this year (2010) to see that Epcot finally wised-up and included the actual appearance times of the storytellers on the Times Guide. We were able to catch almost all of them this year. ;)

Now if they would just bring back the Lights of Winter....

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