The Frog Family completed our tour of Disney’s holiday special events a few days ago when we visited Epcot during Holidays Around The World. The Storytellers in World Showcase are amazing and the Candlelight Processional is simply breathtaking. With so many things to see and do, this helpful guide (complete with the Storytellers’ schedules) will come in handy if you’re planning to attend.
Storytellers (Around World Showcase)
The Storytellers recount the holiday traditions of their cultures in each country’s pavilion at scheduled times throughout the day. Tad and Lily LOVED listening to their stories and interacting with them; Mommy Frog and I were just so impressed with the attention to detail. The Storytellers were a BIG hit with all us!
There are 13 Storytellers; the presentations last about 10 minutes each. (The Storytellers stick around for a few minutes after each show for pictures.) Unless this is the only thing you plan on doing during your day at Holidays Around The World, it’s wise to pick your Must-See’s and leave the others for another time.
Here’s an overview of the Storytellers and their show times:
Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season
Joyful! takes place on the Future World Fountain Stage at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. each day until December 29. The music and singing are soulful and inspiring and if you’re in Future World around one of the show times, it’s worth stopping by for a listen.
Candlelight Processional is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot and now we know why. A celebrity narrator (see complete list here) retells the Christmas story and is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. It is performed nightly at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre and lasts about 45 minutes.
Unless you have a Candlelight Dining Package (which guarantees seating at the Candlelight Processional) it’s a good idea to get in line about an hour before show time. The closer it gets to Christmas, the earlier you’ll want to arrive.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
During Holidays Around The World, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth has a unique finale that includes the song “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and a special message of peace and good will from Walter Cronkite. The show can be seen anywhere around World Showcase Lagoon and begins at 9:30 p.m.
We hope you enjoy Holidays Around The World as much as we did. Let us know if you’re planning to attend and if you did attend, let us know how you liked it!
Holidays Around The World is included with regular admission to Epcot and lasts until Dec. 30, 2011.