From the monthly archives:

November 2010

Lights of Winter Music Returns to Epcot

by All Things Mouse Staff on November 29, 2010
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As mentioned last year, Epcot’s Lights of Winter was discontinued owing to what Disney explained as obsolete technology. Many will be glad to hear that at least the music for the show has returned.

Before the Lights of Winter were cancelled, guests were treated for years to shows of light and music  on the walkway leading from Future World to World Showcase.  Upwards of 30,000 lights were strung on archways spanning the walkway.  These lights were then choreographed to holiday music providing for an enchanting scene.

Now it has been reported that at least the music has returned and is being used at the Fountain of Nations which features “dancing water.”  While this does not make up for the loss of the beloved Lights of Winter, at least it is a nod to the classic attraction. Continue reading “Lights of Winter Music Returns to Epcot” »


It is time again to offer the readers a round-up of the discounts and special offers currently available at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. For the most part, these specials have not changed recently, but for those planning an upcoming trip, the information provided just might save you a few dollars.

Walt Disney World Special Offers

Starting off, room-only discounts of up to 35% off may be obtained at select Walt Disney World resorts for qualifying arrival dates between February 17, 2011 and April 16, 2011.  In the special, those who book earlier are entitled to a larger discount.  For example, qualifying reservations booked before December 31, 2010 at a Value Resort receive up to 20% off.  Those booking that same reservation between January 1, 2011 and February 13, 2011 would only receive 15% off.

Moderate Resort discounts for the same time frames go from 25% down to 20%, Deluxe Resorts go from 20%-35% down to 15%-25% and Deluxe Villa Resorts go from 35% down to 30%.  Under this discount, rooms can be had for as little as $104 a night for a standard room at a Value Resort from Sunday to Thursday nights February 17, February 22 – 26, 2011 and March 11 to April 16, 2011. Continue reading “Walt Disney World and Disneyland Special Offers Round-Up” »


Sauntering around World Showcase of Epcot in Walt Disney World, one cannot help but pass by the Germany Pavilion. Now this does not mean that you have to stop in the pavilion, but those that do not are sure to miss an enchanting time.

Located between the Italy and China pavilions of World Showcase, Germany is one of the original countries featured when Epcot first opened.  Unfortunately for some, however, the planned attraction for Germany was not completed in time for the opening.

The attraction was designed as a boat ride on the rivers of Germany but missing the initial completion deadline, it was delegated to be part of the Phase II construction of Epcot.  However, along with most of the other Phase II options, the ride was never completed owing to Disney’s position that the expansions be payed for by the represented countries or businesses thereof. Continue reading “Epcot’s Germany Pavilion Video and Review” »


Disney recently announced a new push on construction and theming planned for areas of Downtown Disney and the basically defunct section of Pleasure Island.

The shopping / eating / entertainment complex of Walt Disney World has been the focus of re-vamps for some time now, but the new plans call for a breath of life to be instituted in the former nightclub section of Pleasure Island.  Once the home of two comedy and four dance clubs, this area was basically closed in 2008 to allow for a re-theming.  Those updates were put on hold (except for one new restaurant) evidently due to the poor guest numbers attributed to the recession.

Disney, however, evidently now feels that the time is right to continue with the expansion.  Pleasure Island will be transformed into “Hyperion Wharf,” a new waterfront district taking its name from both the Greek god of light and the name of the street where Walt Disney built his first major animation studio. Continue reading “Disney Announces New Plans for Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island” »


While leaving the attraction itself basically unaffected, Walt Disney World is in the process of updating the queue and gift shops associated with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride.

Located in Fantasyland of the Magic Kingdom, the Pooh Ride first opened in June 1999.  It was remained relatively unchanged since then until these new enhancements.

Considered a “Dark Ride”, the Pooh Adventure has guests hopping into a honey pot for a trip through the world of Pooh including the homes of many of the Pooh characters.  Pooh is even shown falling asleep leading guests into the dream world of Heffalumps and Woozles. Continue reading “Hundred Acre Goods Gift Shop Now Open at Winnie the Pooh Ride” »


Perhaps one of the most overlooked pavilions of World Showcase in Epcot of Walt Disney World is the Italy Pavilion.  Some guests absolutely love the pavilion, while others take a quick glance as they are passing by.

Really, the Italy Pavilion has a lot to offer. From architecture, to shops, to eating (including a brand new restaurant), the pavilion is definitely worth spending some time at.  However, for those die-hard attraction lovers, Italy does not have any rides or movies to take in.

Original plans did call for the pavilion to have a dark gondola ride, however.  In addition to that ride, a walk-through of the Roman ruins was considered.  Both of those options were scrapped along with several other expansions planned as part of the “Phase II” construction of Epcot which never really materialized. Continue reading “Epcot’s Italy Pavilion and Via Napoli Review and Video” »


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party In Full Swing

November 11, 2010

Anyone who has been in a store in the last few days is well aware that the holiday season is fast approaching, and Disney is definitely aware of the situation. In fact, the decorations are already up in many locations around Walt Disney World including the theme parks and the resorts. Even Mickey’s Very Merry […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure December 2010 Park Hours Now Available

November 7, 2010

The Disneyland and California Adventure Park Operating Hours for December 2010 are now available. These hours will be of interest to anyone planning a trip to the west coast theme park during December which includes the typically eventful holiday season. While the dates are rapidly approaching and technically only a few weeks away, this shorter […]

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May 2011 Park Hours for Walt Disney World Now Available

November 4, 2010

The Operating Park Hours for the four main theme parks and the two water parks of Walt Disney World have been released for the month of May 2011. This is welcome news for those who might be planning a trip to the parks in that month and even more important for those needing to make […]

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American Adventure Including Show Review and Video

November 1, 2010

Playing host to all the countries of World Showcase in Epcot is the American Adventure.  The pavilion representing the United States is located directly across the World Showcase lagoon from the entrance coming from Future World. To signify the importance of the pavilion, the large structure located there was created in the colonial-style reminiscent of the earlier […]

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