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.

Topolino Nerbini 1932-1935Topolino Nerbini 1932-1935
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.

Alabaster Mickey Book Ends: [body]Alabaster Mickey Book Ends: [body]
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.

Heart Shaped Mickey TopolinoHeart Shaped Mickey Topolino
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!

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 13:13:

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I could use some new bookends, and those are so cute!

JeffC wrote on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 22:04:

I'm with Kristen! I love those bookends!!

We've never purchased anything here....yet.

salejune wrote on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 22:22:

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I'll take the bookends and the paper weights!

disneydoc wrote on Mon, 09/03/2012 - 21:27:

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Yep, I want the bookends and paperweight too. Will be scouting those out in November as an early Christmas gift to me. :)

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