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Old 10-11-2012, 01:23 AM   #1
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Epcot Christmas Storytellers - a few Q's and your thoughts?

We will be visiting WDW from 9-20 Dec this year and I absolutely adore anything Christmas. I am especially excited to see all of the different storytellers in each country at Epcot.

I just have a couple of questions:-

1. Where do I find out the times of when each storyteller will be speaking?

2. Approx. how long does each story take?

3. Can you do all of the stories in a morning or afternoon?

4. If you had to pick only 5 or 6 must see storytellers, which ones would they be in order of preference?

Thanks so much in advance everyone.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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You will be able to pick up a schedule at guest relations or at any of the countries in World Showcase.

I haven't seen all of the storytellers, but my favourites of those I have seen are

Italy
England
Japan


I don't think it will be possible to see them all in one morning or afternoon, not sure the timing will work out.

I'm not sure how long each storyteller took, as I wasn't paying attention to time, maybe twenty minutes.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
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You definitely can't see them all in one morning as WS doesn't open until 11:00. Unfortunately, they usually aren't scheduled in consecutive order location wise. The one in Mexico may end and the next one time wise may be all the way over in France then back to China, so it's a lot of walking if you try to do them back-to-back.

Our favorite by far is Norway. Second is a tie between Germany and Mexico.

I suggest taking two days if you can to see them all. Have a Merry visit!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:22 AM   #4
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1. Where do i find out the times of when each storyteller will be speaking? They'll be listed in the times guide. Pick one up with your park map when you enter the park

2. Approx. How long does each story take? Like a pp, I was too wrapped up in the story to pay much attention, but I think around 15 min.

3. Can you do all of the stories in a morning or afternoon? WS only opens at 11 am. If you were to dedicate the afternoon/evening to only seeing the storytellers then you might be able to do it, but it would require a lot of crisscrossing and backtracking. I'd recommend that you spread it out over 2 days if possible.

4. If you had to pick only 5 or 6 must see storytellers, which ones would they be in order of preference? My favourite is La Bufana in Italy. Then Mexico and Germany. But they're all very entertaining.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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Italy, Japan, - my favorite two
Mexico- my family could. It understand the actors-but that may just bad luck
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:49 AM   #6
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The Three Kings in Mexico is our favorite, Japan, Norway and France but to be sure, we love them all. The schedule is always on the weekly flyer at the parks.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #7
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We loved loved Germany. The kids really enjoyed Japan also. (I was busy distracting the 2 year old! ) We liked Norway too. Does anyone know when the storytellers start this year?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:27 AM   #8
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It has taken me several trips to see them all. I always get side tracked.

ETA: This will be the first year since 2001 we haven't gone in December. I miss it already. We will spend a month in February/March though to watch two of the kids run the half marathon.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:11 PM   #9
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Thank you so much everyone for sharing your thoughts. I've allocated lots of Epcot time for this upcoming trip so perhaps we should make a list of our favourites, do them first and then we may be able add others in on separate days. I just really love the idea of spending an afternoon wandering and listening to the storytellers. I guess it's a good thing they don't schedule them side by side as the crowds would then probably make it difficult to hear.

So far from what you've all said your favourites are Japan is in the lead, followed by Italy/Norway/Germany/Mexico in equal 2nd place.

I would love to hear some other peoples favourites as well. I totally should've done a poll .
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:20 PM   #10
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This will be our first trip to WDW at Xmas, can someone briefly tell me about the story tellers?
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:35 PM   #11
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This will be our first trip to WDW at Xmas, can someone briefly tell me about the story tellers?
This happens in each country at various times during the day. A story teller will come out at the appointed time and tell the audience about the origins of the holiday season in that country. Obviously, they aren't all "Santas" as you will see the Monkey King in China, Morocco tells about Ramadan, and the US has the traditional Santa as well as tellers for Hannukah and Kwanzaa.

Presentations last 15-20 minutes, the tellers are available after for autographs and pictures.

I stumbled across this site - http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/12/07...lers-at-epcot/ - that shows last year's schedule if you scroll down a page or so. You can see the countries are spread out for the times. Closer to November 23rd (when the tellers usually start - the day after Thanksgiving), http://wdwent.com/ will have this year's schedule but it will probably be close to last year's. I usually will drop all that into a Word document and then sort by time (I am a geek).
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Presentations last 15-20 minutes, the tellers are available after for autographs and pictures.
Actually, I think most of them are under 10 minutes, although Norway is closer to 15.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:11 PM   #13
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This happens in each country at various times during the day. A story teller will come out at the appointed time and tell the audience about the origins of the holiday season in that country. Obviously, they aren't all "Santas" as you will see the Monkey King in China, Morocco tells about Ramadan, and the US has the traditional Santa as well as tellers for Hannukah and Kwanzaa.

Presentations last 15-20 minutes, the tellers are available after for autographs and pictures.

I stumbled across this site - http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/12/07...lers-at-epcot/ - that shows last year's schedule if you scroll down a page or so. You can see the countries are spread out for the times. Closer to November 23rd (when the tellers usually start - the day after Thanksgiving), http://wdwent.com/ will have this year's schedule but it will probably be close to last year's. I usually will drop all that into a Word document and then sort by time (I am a geek).
Thank you sooooo much for this link and the information you provided. That is amazingly helpful. I really appreciate it.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:30 PM   #14
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Canada, UK and France have a more traditional "Santa" type with Papa Noel, Father Christmas and Pierre Noel. We like Italy also. There are 2 storytellers at the American Experience for Hanukah and Kwanza. (Hope I was close on the spelling).

I am not sure why everybody liked Japan so much, usually China with the Monkey King is high on everybody's list.

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Old 10-12-2012, 02:33 AM   #15
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As others have stated, the Storytellers are listed as part of the live entertainment in the daily schedule. The order in which they are scheduled is a little odd - if you want to see them one after another you will have to do some jogging past countries. Anyway, they are all quite good and can be seen in two afternoons. This isn't a big deal as EPCOT was our favorite park as far as holiday themed content went. (See the link in my signature for our trip report.)

We liked Monkey King, Helga (I think? I can't remember the name of the storyteller in Germany.), La Befana, Pierre Noel and Papa Noel. Be sure to do a lot of exploring in the Germany village! They've got the most Christmassy stuff of any of the countries. You can see hand-blown ornaments being created and drink some delicious mulled wine. Make sure you stick around for the special ending to Illuminations as well.
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