From the monthly archives:

January 2010

Premiering in 2003, Mickey’s Philharmagic located in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom is an entertaining 3-D attraction filled with music and classic Disney characters that all should recognize.

The attraction starts off with the premise that Mickey Mouse is going to conduct his Philharmagic Orchestra to the delight of all those who attend. Guests are given a pair of opera (3-D) glasses before being allowed to enter the concert hall. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Philharmagic” »

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Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 29, 2010
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The Disney Corporation has had Mickey Mouse as its perpetual icon for decades now.  As for the Magic Kingdom and all of Walt Disney World for that matter, the icon has been and probably always will be Cinderella Castle.

Located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., Cinderella Castle is the stuff of dreams and legends for many families.  It is this castle that many families think of as they save and plan for their first (or twenty-first) trip to Disney World.  It is also this castle that brings a smile on their face when they first catch a glimpse of it once on-property.  When home after that memorable trip, the castle serves as a reminder to the fun and joy that they had in the parks. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle” »

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New Authentic Pizzeria Restaurant To Open In Epcot

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 27, 2010
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The Disney Parks Blog is reporting that a new pizzeria restaurant is under construction and due to be open this fall in the Italy pavilion of Epcot. Designed with traditional Florentine decor, the new restaurant will seat 300 people and include outside dining.

For those that might be concerned about the existing restaurant in Italy called Tutto Italia Ristorante, you need not be.  It is remaining and will still offer the same signature dining that you have come to expect.

What is interesting, however, is that the new restaurant will actually be owned and operated by the same people who own Tutto Italia, Patina Restaurant Group.  This organization is no stranger to fine dining and operates over 60 specialty locations throughout the country, with a lot of those tied to cultural facilities such as museums and art centers. Continue reading “New Authentic Pizzeria Restaurant To Open In Epcot” »

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Magic Kingdom’s The Haunted Mansion

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 25, 2010
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Those wanting a ride a bit on the “scarier” side will be well served to make their way to The Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square of the Magic Kingdom.  A favorite of many since it opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971, the ride keeps things enough on the humorous side to not frighten the kids too much – no guarantee for you fainthearted adults.

Walt Disney provided much input on the ride before he passed away, but it truly came into its own through the hands-on involvement of several Disney Imagineers.  Original plans called for a sort-of walk-through “Museum of the Wierd”, but quickly changed to a ride-version with effects and scenery that would both put a smile and a grimace on your face. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s The Haunted Mansion” »

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The Great Piggy Bank Adventure

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 23, 2010
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Saving money and vacationing don’t always seem like they would go hand in hand, but that is just what is happening at The Great Piggy Bank Adventure at Epcot in Walt Disney World.  This Innoventions exhibit sponsored by T. Rowe Price helps families learn the basics of saving and investing.  Participants use a cute pink plastic Personal Investment Guide (otherwise known as a P.I.G.) to track their progress through the interactive exhibit.

The variety of games offer a fun and entertaining way for kids to learn important financial planning concepts without realizing they’re being educated and offer an opportunity to open up a dialogue with their parents about what they’ve learned. 

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A touch of Americana nostalgia can be found at the heart of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for those that take the time to board the Liberty Belle Riverboat. Found circling Tom Sawyer Island, the riverboat is boarded in Liberty Square and provides a beautiful view of some of the best nearby attractions including Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

The Liberty Belle is a real working steamboat in almost all regards.  It contains a boiler which produces steam that is used the drive the paddle wheel propelling the boat through the shallow waters of the Rivers of America.  However, in keeping with simplicity for operations sake, the riverboat follows an underwater rail rather than actually being driven through the narrow channel. Continue reading “Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Belle Riverboat” »

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Magic Kingdom’s The Hall of Presidents

January 20, 2010

An original attraction that opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971, The Hall Of Presidents has gone through several incarnations since then, owing mostly to the change of subject matter which the show centers around. That subject matter was revealed in the name of the attraction: Presidents – in this case of the United States, […]

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Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Review and Video

January 20, 2010

Located in Frontierland of the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is hard to miss, even if you aren’ t looking for it.  Designed to appear like Utah’s Bryce Canyon, the mountain is home to the “wildest ride in the wilderness.” Originally planned for the early 1970’s, construction of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad did not […]

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Disney Names Its Upcoming Hawaiian Resort ‘Aulani’

January 20, 2010

Due to open its doors in the fall of 2011, and currently under construction, the Disney Hawaiian Resort has been officially given the name of Aulani : A Disney Resort & Spa. Consisting of 21 acres, which will include 360 hotel rooms and 481 Disney Vacation Club Villas, the resort marks the first Vacation Club […]

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Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain

January 18, 2010

Splash Mountain, located in Frontierland of the Magic Kingdom, is one of the must-do rides of the entire park.  Only the foolish will miss taking this ride in (unless it is cold out, and even then the ride tends to attract quite a few riders). Willing guests board a log flume two per row, with […]

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