Sunday, November 2, 2008

Holiday Storytellers at Epcot

As we’ve talked about before, there are TONS of ways to celebrate the holidays at WDW. Well, we all know that Santa visits our chimneys every Christmas Eve without fail but have you ever wondered if Santa might be a little different to those who live in other countries and cultures? Disney has done a great job of answering that question, at least for the countries throughout the World Showcase at Epcot.

At various times throughout the day, each country hosts its very own Holiday Storyteller on a small stage. Some of these storytellers are somewhat similar to the Santa Claus that we know and love and get to meet as Canada’s storyteller. France’s Pére Noel bears a striking resemblance to a thin Chris Kringle and the UK’s Father Christmas is our lovable, jolly old elf in traditional green robes. Where we really get to learn and experience something new is seeing China’s Monkey King as he tells his story or Julenissen, Norway’s mischievous elf as he causes trouble and imparts his tale as well. Inside of the American Adventure you can also learn some of the customs of Hanukkah and an area to learn the traditions of Kwanzaa is typically located near the shops in the American pavilion.

So many people from so many different walks of life come to visit Disney each year. It’s great to know that, no matter what your beliefs or how you celebrate the holidays you can still learn a little something about how others celebrate them as well!!!

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