Here's the rundown on Christmas at Epcot
by The Princess
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. He has been posting pictures of Epcot during the holiday season. I have lots of Epcot news to bring to y'all. Epcot is a great part of any trip to Walt Disney World. Epcot is both educational and fun. The Imagineers have been hard at work to improve this park for guests of all ages.
Pere Noel - Holiday Storyteller in France
Photo by Tom Bricker
Back in August I announced that Bistro de Paris was closing for a few renovations. This fabulous French restaurant will reopen sometime in early December as Monsieur Paul. It does not appear that the menu has changed. This is a great spot in World Showcase to sit and relax and eat some delicious French food. Don’t forget to order some crepes.
In April I shared that Agent P from Phineas and Ferb was taking over the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. From the reviews I read from guests who have visited this has been a huge hit. With the success of Agent P taking over it is time for even more fun. New adventures are being added to the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Japan pavilions. Younger guests have really been able to use Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure to enjoy visiting World Showcase.
Holidays Around the World is in full swing at Epcot. This celebration will last until December 30th. There are many elements that are apart of Holidays Around the World. Daily guests visiting Epcot can see Holiday Storytellers in every pavilion in World Showcase. In Mexico Los Tres Reyes Magos tell a journey of going to Posada and share holiday traditions of Mexico. Sigrid will tell stories of a Christmas gnome named Julenissen in the Norway pavilion. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Monkey King in China.
Helga shares the store for the first Nutcracker and the first Christmas in Germany. At the Italy pavilion guests can gather to hear La Befana the good witch share about the Epiphany and the first Christmas. The American Adventure is full of diversity just like the American culture. Guests can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, celebrate Kwanzaa, and find out more about Hanukkah in the American Adventure. Japan celebrates the Japanese New Year by sharing with guests the story of the Daruma doll and other traditions.
France is home to Pere Noel and he shares a little girl’s letter that helps change the perception of Christmas for guests. In Morocco Taaji plays his drums and shares about celebrating Ramadan and Ashura. Father Christmas tells children of past traditions in the United Kingdom. In Canada Lumberjack Nowell tells of his journey to find Santa at Christmastime. There are several shows at each pavilion throughout the day. I suggest guests going to pick up a schedule of times as the enter Epcot.
Another inspirational show I suggest guests catch during the holidays is JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season featuring D’Vine Voices. The show takes place at the Fountain Stage daily until December 29th. Guests have many different show times to choose from. The show takes place at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:15 p.m.
The Candlelight Processional is playing in the America Gardens Theatre on select nights at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. This is a great holiday show that guests will not want to miss out on. I suggest booking a dinner package to go along with the show. Guests will also want to make sure to catch the special finale to Illuminations Reflections of Earth entitles the Peace on Earth finale.
WOW that is a ton of holiday events happening at Epcot. The holidays are a really great time to visit Walt Disney World. All of the parks have something special to offer but I think Epcot is the best park to visit during the holidays. I will bring you even more Epcot News next Tuesday, just be thinking about peace and flowers until then.