New Dining Options Immerse Guests in Japanese Culture at Epcot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Oct. 19, 2007 – Two new dining experiences await guests at the Japan pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.  Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse recently joined Jim MacPhee, vice president of Epcot, Walt Disney World Ambassador Lowell Doringo and numerous Mitsukoshi dignitaries, for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new offerings and the continuation of Walt Disney World’s 25-year alliance with Mitsukoshi Restaurants.

“One of Walt Disney’s dreams was transformed into reality when Epcot opened its gates to the world,” said Junko Shime, assistant manager of dining operations at the Mitsukoshi Orlando office. “Mitsukoshi was granted the honor to join Disney as an operating participant, and has since enjoyed sharing the culture, tradition and history of Japan with millions of people.”

Serene rock gardens, koi-filled streams and an inviting pagoda are not the only authentic aspects of the Japan pavilion, as two unique dining options now provide guests with a “taste” of Japanese culture. Mitsukoshi presents a Teppan-yaki style experience at Teppan Edo, where guests enjoy culinary entertainment by sitting around the skillet where food is prepared right in front of their eyes by Teppan Chefs. At Tokyo Dining, Mitsukoshi offers an elegant atmosphere, representative of Japanese tradition and cuisine.

“We continue to move into the future with the addition of these two restaurants that will provide a special occasion for guests, blending contemporary architecture while also respecting the culture of what Japan brings to Epcot,” said Keith Bradford, vice president of operating participants for WaltDisneyParks and Resorts.