|Epcot decorated for the Holidays|
I called earlier in the week and made a reservation for Biergarten that included the Candlelight Processional package for the 5pm show. We arrived at Epcot just before that and headed straight to the Biergarten for lunch. I'll do a review on that meal soon.
After lunch, we started in the American Adventure by listening to the story of Kwanzaa. Hanukkah was inside, but we just missed it.
Once she was done we went inside to listen to the Voices of Liberty.
|Voices of Liberty|
I swear you could park me in there and I could listen to them sing all day. They did my favorite Christmas song (Go Tell it on the Mountain) so I was a happy girl. I love their costumes for Christmas too, they really hit the mark of a Colonial Christmas.
We just missed La Befana in Italy, so we went back over to Germany to listen to Helga.
|Helga in Germany|
We finally hit our stride in China where we heard from the Monkey King.
|The Monkey King|
No lie - the Monkey King is a little creepy. He was extremely animated, which was fun, but he was a little creepy. On the other hand, it was interesting to listen to a non-Christmas tale for the Holidays. The one thing I didn't like about the Monkey King though is that it's not about a Holiday, it's just a story from the country.
Next up was Norway, where we listened to Sigrid tell the story of Julenissen.
|Christmas in Norway|
From there we headed over to Canada and Nowell.
|Nowell, a Lumberjack|
Our next storyteller was Father Christmas in the UK.
Our next stop was to listen to Pere Noel in France.
Our final storyteller was in Japan.
|New Year's in Japan|
This lady was a merchant who sold Daruma dolls. The tradition is that on New Year's, you color in one eye of the doll and make a wish. When your wish comes true, you color in the other eye. This was another one that I found really interesting since it wasn't Christmas, but another holiday in Japan.
We almost listened to the Moroccan storyteller, but the line for the Candlelight Processional started moving, so we decided it was probably a better idea to get our seats. The line for the package holders was all the way back to France. It was a little ridiculous. The package holders also took up most of the theater, I don't know if any of the stand-by were able to get in - if they were, it wasn't a lot of them. It made me happy I decided to book the package!
|Intro to the Processional|
We had decent seats - we were the second row of the uncovered portion, but pretty far to the right. I'm sure if we would have devoted more time to standing in line, we could have gotten better seats, but we were more concerned about just having a seat.
Our narrator that evening was Whoopi Goldberg. I was a little concerned since she's a comedian how she would present the story. I shouldn't have worried, she did a great job.
If you're not familiar with the Processional, it is the Biblical story of Christmas with songs mixed in. There is an orchestra and a choir led by the Voices of Liberty. The yellow robed choir is made up of High School students - many from schools in Florida, but also from other states.
I really enjoy the Processional. It's very moving and puts me in the Christmas Spirit!
It was quite a nice afternoon/evening. If you ever get a chance to spend time at Epcot during the holidays, I would recommend taking an afternoon and just enjoying the special Holiday entertainment.