The Little Mouse: Topolino in Epcot's Italy
In 1932, Mario Nerbini, decided to create a new weekly newspaper for children with illustrated stories about Mickey Mouse. Giove Toppi drew the first story and it was published on December 31, 1932 and featured Mickey Mouse being chased by an elephant.
However, the publication rights were not obtained by Nerbini and the Italian representative for Disney complained. Nerbini then changed the look to a different mouse named Top Lino (The Little Mouse) and changed the name of the newspaper to that also.
Nerbini eventually secured the rights to Mickey Mouse from Disney and changed the name of the weekly newspaper back to Topolino with the seventh issue. However, Mickey Mouse was by then already known as Topolino!
In Epcot's Italy Pavilion, you can browse through many Topolino products in Il Bel Cristallo, which means "The Beautiful Crystal". These unique products were created especially for the shop and made from authentic Italian Murano glass and Alabaster stone.
These heavy paper weights, trinket boxes and book ends are the perfect way to bring a subtle Mickey look to your house.
Other items found in Il Bel Cristallo are fragrances, porcelain figures and Italian Masks.
Have you ever purchased any Topolino items from the Italy Pavilion? Have you been able to see any of the Topolino comics? Leave a comment and let us know!