From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Easily spotted by its impressive torii gate on the shoreline of the World Showcase lagoon, the Japan pavilion offers something for everyone as they wander around Epcot in Walt Disney World.

That torii gate is similar to the one found at the Itsukushima shrine in Hiroshima Bay.  It is joined by an equally awe-inspiring pagoda that was modeled after one in the Horyuji Temple of Nara, Japan.

Japan was one of the original pavilions of World Showcase and had been in the planning stages since the 70’s.  Many incarnations of the pavilion were pondered and even a few different rides or attractions were said to be considered to be a part of it. Continue reading “Epcot’s Japan Pavilion Review and Video” »


Disney has announced a continuation of their Armed Forces Salute discounts.  This comes as welcome news to the military members after Disney had indicated the discounts would not be offered in 2011.

The specials apply to active duty military (or their spouses) and is good for park tickets and/or room discounts. Those who have retired from the military and have a current military ID are also typically eligible.

For the special, Walt Disney World has three ticket options available:

  • 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $138 – normal non-discounted price is $286.00
  • 4-Day Water Parks and More Tickets for $138 – normal non-discounted price is $286.00
  • 4-Day Park Hopper Water Parks and More Tickets for $165.00 – normal non-discounted price is 340.00

Continue reading “Disney Offers Armed Forces Salute Discounts and Special Offers Into 2011” »


Disney lovers looking to book a trip to either the Walt Disney World Resort of Florida or Disneyland in California still have several options available to them when it comes to Special Offers or Discounts.

Perhaps the most popular special offer at Walt Disney World is still the Free Disney Dining Plan promotion mentioned before on All Things Mouse. It is valid for most arrival nights between now and September of 2011.

Those who stay at one of the Value Resorts and purchase a qualifying package of at least 4 nights with a 5-day park ticket can receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan for free. The Quick-Service plan includes two quick service meals and two snacks per night in the package.  They also receive a free refillable drink mug per person in the package. Continue reading “Special Discount Offers Still Available for Disney Parks” »


Offering Walt Disney World one of the more interesting pavilions in World Showcase of Epcot is Morocco.  Found between France and Japan, this unique pavilion is said to really give an authentic Moroccan feel to all those who visit.

Perhaps one of the reasons that the pavilion is labeled as authentic is the fact that actual Moroccan artists were sent by King Hassan II to help in its construction.  This pavilion marks the first expansion country to be added to the World Showcase when it opened in 1984.  Epcot itself had opened two years earlier, sans the Morocco pavilion.

With the aid of the Moroccan artists, Disney created a small town reminiscent of the North Africa nation.  The artists created mosaics similar as to what one would find on a visit there as well as repeated motifs in wood, brass, plaster, etc.  A courtyard complete with a fountain is an enjoyable place to rest for a few minutes. Continue reading “Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion Review and Video” »


With less than a month and a half before the Walt Disney World Resort will be in the full swing of the holiday season, it is not to surprising to find out that the list of narrators for the Candelight Processional in Epcot is almost complete.

Most recently, the theme park has announced that Susan Lucci, well-known star of the ABC daytime drama “All My Children,” has been added to the line-up.  She will narrate the Christmas Story on December 5th and December 6th while having a mass choir and live 50-piece orchestra back her.

Continue reading “Epcot’s Candlelight Processional Narrator List Almost Complete” »


Walking around the World Showcase of Epcot in Walt Disney World, guests will soon encounter the France Pavilion.  Well known for its signature restaurant, there is plenty else to find here.

First on the list of must-dos is Impressions De France.  This charming movie is filled with the sights and sounds of France and will be sure to evoke a desire to travel to the country as soon as you get home!  Unlike some of the other country-themed films shown in Epcot, Impressions is not in Circle-Vision.  Instead, it was shot with only five cameras and plays out on screens reaching 200 degrees around.

While many tend to overlook this retreat from the crowds found outside, it does offer a few minutes of cool surroundings where you can re-charge to do a bit of shopping in the French area.

Continue reading “Epcot’s France Pavilion and Impressions De France Review and Video” »


Epcot’s International Gateway Review and Video

October 10, 2010

We at All Things Mouse would be remiss if we failed to mention the International Gateway found in the World Showcase area of Epcot. Many do not even know about the Gateway as they casually walk past it on their way from the United Kingdom pavilion to the France pavilion, or vice-versa. However, those that […]

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Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010 at Disneyland Officially Underway

October 7, 2010

With the Halloween season now upon us, it is a good time to remind everyone of the festivities available at Disneyland created just for the season. All Things Mouse announced earlier this year some pre-information on the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party offered at the west coast theme parks, but at that time details were limited.  […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure November 2010 Operating Park Hours Now Available

October 5, 2010

The November 2010 Park Operating Hours for Disneyland and California Adventure are now available. As many who are familiar with the west coast theme parks will know, Disney typically only releases the complete schedule a few months before the pending days. Unlike Disney World in Florida which is typically a vacation destination for many from […]

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Epcot’s United Kingdom Pavilion Review and Video

October 2, 2010

As you wander around the World Showcase of Epcot in Walt Disney World, one of the areas you will come across is the United Kingdom  Pavilion. Just like the other pavilions of World Showcase, the United Kingdom is designed to be reminiscent of the country it represents.  To accomplish this, Disney used several different architectural […]

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