From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Disney lovers on the West Coast (or planning a trip there) will be happy to know that there is now another option available to get a Disney fix in addition to Disneyland and California Adventure. The Disney Wonder arrived at the port of Los Angeles on January 21, 2010 which will serve as its new home base for the foreseeable future.

The Disney Wonder left Port Canaveral in Florida on January 6, 2011 where it had been operating a majority of the time since coming into service in 1999. Its service in Florida was no longer required after the newest Disney cruise ship, the Disney Dream,  arrived there to take over the  itineraries to the Bahamas and Disney’s own island, Castaway Cay.

Now, the cruise line will offer West Coast trips to the Mexican Riviera and Alaska aboard the Wonder. This schedule already started on January 23rd with the first 7-night Mexican Riviera trip which includes stops in Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.  The Wonder will continue to offer the Riviera schedule until April 17th, 2011 when it will have a one time 10-night Mexico cruise adding a stop in Manzanillo, Mexico. Continue reading “Disney Wonder Now Offering Cruises Out of California” »


Disney Park’s newest marketing campaign “Let the Memories Begin” is in full-swing today with the premiere of  The Magic, The Memories, and You! projection show on the structure of the It’s a Small World building in Disneyland of California.

This premiere tonight will add the west coast theme park to the celebrations already underway at the Walt Disney World Resort of Florida.  The Magic Kingdom of Disney World debuted the new show on Cinderella Castle earlier this month.

The shows place high-power projections of pictures and animations on the structures themed to the new marketing campaign complete with a new musical track. Initial details of the campaign as well the new show were announced last September. Continue reading “Disney Adds “The Magic, The Memories, and You” Projection Show to Disneyland” »


In full construction mode of the plans initially announced in 2009, Walt Disney World Resort of Florida continues to work on the Magic Kingdom Fantasyland expansion. While many of the details of this construction have been released before, Disney has given us even further information which actually include a new attraction.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Disney Image)

To be called the “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train,” this new ride takes guests into the world of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made popular by the Walt Disney movie released in 1937. According to Disney, the attraction will include a “first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth as they whisk along the track.” While enjoying the attraction, guests will be treated to music from the classic movie as well as animated figures of the cast.

Additional plans call for other new additions to Fantasyland including a new Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid attraction. This is billed as another ride which will take you into the world of the Little Mermaid and surround you with the characters and music made popular in the 1989 Disney movie release. Continue reading “Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Fantasyland Expansion Well Underway” »


August 2011 Walt Disney World Park Hours are now available. The complete schedule for all four of the theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) are shown below in two formats for your convenience. The first shows a calendar style listing with the hours of all of the parks shown for each day.

The second is an individual park listing shown day by day. Both contain the same information, just presented differently to better fit whatever your needs might be.

August 2011 Walt Disney World Park Hours for the two Disney World theme parks are not shown on the listings below, but we do have them available. They basically stand at 9AM-8PM August 1st through August 13th. The hours then change to 9AM-7PM for August 14th through August 20th. They drop to 9AM-6PM for August 21st through August 27th. And finally to 10AM-6PM for August 28th through August 31st. This hours are for both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

It should be noted for those that have never visited Disney World that Epcot hours are adjusted slightly for the two portions of the park – Future World and World Showcase. Whereas the park itself may open at 9AM, World Showcase will not open until 11AM. But don’t worry, there is plenty to keep you busy in Future World until the rest opens. Also, some sections of Future World will typically close at 7PM even though the rest of the park stays open later.

To find Park Hours for other months, see the All Things Mouse Disney Park Hours page. Disneyland Hours are also available there.

Continue reading “August 2011 Walt Disney World Park Hours Available” »


Coming full circle from the Canada Pavilion where we started around the World Showcase of Epcot, we end up at the Mexico Pavilion. Of course, coming out of Future World, we could have just as easily started at the Mexico Pavilion by going left instead of going right.

No matter which direction you choose to enjoy World Showcase, make sure you allow for some time to stop in Mexico – or at least Epcot’s tribute to the country. At this pavilion, you will find Mexican architecture, history, products, etc. that may just make you decide it was time to take a trip to that country to the south of the United States.

Upon entering the pavilion area, you will notice the rather large mesoamerican pyramid that serves as the icon for the pavilion as well as the structure that houses an attraction, a restaurant and a market place.  However, before we go inside, lets look around a bit outside. Continue reading “Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion Video and Review” »


Located between the pavilions of Mexico and China on World Showcase of Epcot is the Norway Pavilion. Like the other pavilions in Epcot of Walt Disney World, this one honors a specific country’s architecture, arts, history, peoples, etc. In this case, the country of Norway found in northern Europe.

In typical Disney style, the pavilion is constructed to give guests the feeling of actually being in the foreign nation. To accomplish this for Norway, Disney created a cobblestone town square typical of a Norway village. A Norwegian castle was also built reminiscent of Akershus. But perhaps the most iconic symbol of the land is the stave church found just at the entrance of the pavilion.

Guests spending some time here will not be disappointed as it offers something for almost everyone. For the food-lover, Restaurant Akershus offers a very unique character Princess experience at all meal times. Breakfast is American fare served buffet style. Lunch and dinner finds a buffet of Norwegian cold dishes with hot entrees served a la carte.  Because of the character dining, this location is extremely popular so reservations are a must. Continue reading “Epcot’s Norway Pavilion Video and Review” »


Epcot’s China Pavilion Video and Review

January 12, 2011

Perhaps one of the most relaxing areas in all of Epcot is the China Pavilion. The pavilion is located on World Showcase between Norway and Germany and offers a glimpse into Chinese architecture, arts and traditions. Those entering into the area do so through a large Chinese Gate with Disney’s version of the famous Temple […]

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Walt Disney World and Disneyland Special Discount Offers Currently Available

January 9, 2011

Those recovering from over-shopping and overspending  during the holidays will be happy to know that both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort are currently offering some special discount offers. Don’t forget to also check out the All Things Mouse Disney Park Hours Page for the hours the parks will be open when […]

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Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream Arrives at Port Canaveral

January 5, 2011

Disney Cruise Line‘s newest ship, the Disney Dream, arrived at its homeport of Port Canaveral yesterday morning, January 4, 2011 to begin preparations for its maiden guest voyage on January 26th. The massive vessel was officially handed over to Disney officials last month but has only now just arrived at Disney’s Florida cruise line base of operations. […]

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February 2011 Park Hours Released for Disneyland and California Adventure

January 2, 2011

The February 2011 Operating Park Hours for Disneyland and California Adventure are now available for those planning a trip to the West coast theme parks. These hours will be useful for those planning a trip, perhaps over the President’s Day weekend when many children have an extra day off from school. Shown on the calendar […]

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