Terrific Tuesdays: Holidays Around the World at Epcot

HelgaSince Epcot at Walt Disney World hosts nations from around the world, it’s only fitting that these nations share a little about the holiday celebrations in their countries in “Holidays Around the World.”

The Holiday Storytellers are a favorite part of the holidays at Epcot. Each country has a story teller who tells about that country’s holiday traditions. All of the countries share some holiday folklore in their stories. Visiting at least a few of the Storytellers is on my must see list when I am in Epcot during the holidays.

The Candlelight Processional is another favorite during the holidays at Epcot. Each night there is a celebrity narrator who shares the biblical Christmas story. There is a large orchestra and choirs who perform throughout the narration. I find it to be a powerful experience. The shows all fill up quickly, some faster than others depending on the celebrity narrator. It is always encouraged to show up early and get in line so you have a better chance of getting a seat. Or guarantee your seats by purchasing a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package.

After watching IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, if you like Disney’s fireworks you should stick around for a few minutes after the finale. There is an additional holiday “Holiday Tag” pyrotechnic show that can be seen from all around the World Showcase Lagoon.

Something that I enjoy during the holidays that you don’t have to add to your daily plan are the topiaries. There are a few you will see as you enter the park. There are many more sprinkled around the park. We love to look at these beautiful handcrafted pieces of art.

If you are visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays I hope you get to experience some of my favorites at Epcot.

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Denise has loved Disney as far back as she can remember. She has two teenage girls who were raised with Disney. Their rooms were decorated, and their closets were filled with Disney articles. Denise’s house now has Disney on every wall. Her wardrobe is made up mostly of Disney clothes. She feels that being surrounded by Disney keeps the memories and magic alive! Her friends affectionately call her “the crazy Disney lady”. Denise was born and raised in Oregon. Currently she lives in both Oregon and Florida splitting her time between both parts of the country. She lives with her youngest daughter (15) and her roommate. Her daughter goes to high school In Oregon. Denise and her roommate sneak away to Florida several times a year, as often as possible. Her daughter tags along when she can, without missing too much school. Her oldest daughter (20) doesn’t make it to Florida much anymore, but hopes to again very soon. Denise’s first trip to Walt Disney World was for her birthday in 2009. She fell more in love with the magic of Disney that day! Ever since then, Denise and her kids have been annual passholders. Last spring she upgraded to a premier pass to include Disneyland. Over spring break her youngest daughter had the pleasure of her first visit to Disneyland. With Denise helping them plan, her brother and his family enjoyed their first family trip to Disneyland at that same time. Denise is looking forward to helping you with money saving tips as well as sharing the excitement and magic of Disney!

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