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August 18, 2015
Fast & Furious:
Supercharged Coming to Universal Studios Florida
Buckle your seatbelts, because in 2017, Fast & Furious:
Supercharged is coming to Universal Studios Florida.
You’ll feel like part of the “Fast family” as you embark
on a thrilling new Fast & Furious adventure that will
put you right in the middle of the action. This ride is
going to fuse everything you love about the films with
an original storyline and incredible ride technology.
You’ll board specially-designed vehicles for an
adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 81: Special Edition - Theme Park
In this Special Edition of the INTERCOT Insider Live Disney Podcast, the
crew talks about the recently announced expansion to the Walt Disney World
Resort at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the form of Star Wars Themed lands
(also coming to California) and Toy Story Land. They also discuss the
new film announced for Soarin' at Epcot and the Jungle Navigation Company at
the Magic Kingdom. Finally, they take questions from INTERCOT's Twitter feed
and you, the listeners. Lots of new information and opinions galore on this
jam packed episode!
Toy Story Land Officially Announced for Disney's Hollywood
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek just
unveiled plans for Toy Story Land, to be built at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World
Resort. The new land, inspired by the “Toy Story” film
franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a
toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard. According
to Imagineer Kathy Mangum, Toy Story Land was inspired
by the overwhelming guest response to Cars Land at
Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland
Soarin’ Around the World Coming to Florida and
California Next Year
Guests at Epcot in Florida and Disney California
Adventure in California will journey to far-flung
lands and fly above some of the world’s most unique
natural landscapes and man-made wonders when the new
Soarin’ Around the World makes its U.S. debut.
Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen To
Open at Magic Kingdom Park
The Jungle Cruise, one of Magic Kingdom Park’s most
popular attractions, has delighted guests for years.
And as it was just announced at the D23 Expo moments
ago, Jungle Cruise fans will have even more to look
forward to later this year when the brand-new Jungle
Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen restaurant
opens in Adventureland.
Star Wars Land Announced for Disney's Hollywood
Studios and Disneyland Park
Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company
Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of
more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be
coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and
Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into
the stories from a galaxy far, far away.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 80: Grandma's Closet
The Podcast crew is back, and the fans are blowing full
tilt during this summer edition where we talk hotels,
Disneyland, what's your disney age, short trips, Star
Wars heading to DHS, Shanghai Disneyland and more! Grab
a tall lemondade and settle in for some podcast fun!
More Star Wars Headed to Hollywood Studios in 2016 or
Strong rumors seem to be indicating a strong Star Wars
presence is headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios by the
time the new movie is released in December - with more
to follow in 2016. Items on the way could
potentially include a Millennium Falcon deck replica
meet and greet, animation classes with a Star Wars
theme, blue-sky preview center to focus on upcoming park
changes/redo (replacing one Man's dream) and more.
2016 Disneyland Resort Vacation Packages Now Available
2016 vacation packages for the Disneyland® Resort are
now available to book with INTERCOT's Official Travel
2016 Disneyland Resort vacation packages include
accommodations at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels,
or at a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel. Packages also
include souvenir tickets with Magic Morning Entry,
Magical Extras Savings Card, Disneyland Photo Memory,
ESPN Game Card and Burger, as well as a collectible pin,
lanyard and luggage tag.
These packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec.
31, 2016. Please note the last date of your vacation
cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.
Offer Extended! Save Up to 30% on Rooms at Select Walt
Disney World Resort Hotels
The booking window for this fantastic offer has been
extended through Aug. 31, 2015! Guests can save up to
30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels
for stays most nights Aug. 15-Oct. 3, 2015. Restrictions
Tables In Wonderland Being Phased Out - Update:
Staying Put For Now...
being heavily rumored today that the popular TIW plan is
to be phased out by the end of 2016. There have been
reports of dining CM telling guests that no new cards
will be distributed by the end of this year, and that
the program will therefore end as those last distributed
cards expire. UPDATE: TiW representatives are saying
there are no plans to discontinue the program.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 79: Can You Imagine?
Summer is in full swing and the podcast staff is
celebrating the newly imposed selfie stick ban. We
also talk Poop removal, the rash of shark attacks, how
cool Legoland is, Inside out and Shows in the Parks.
Finally John pays tribute to Yes founder and bass player
extraordinaire Chris Squire who passed away at age 67.
Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the nation's leading fast casual
artisanal pizza specialist, today announced plans to
open a new restaurant at Disney Springs in Walt Disney
World Resort at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The
build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven
recipes and casually hip restaurants, will occupy a new
5,000 square foot building with seating for
approximately 200 guests. The target open date is May
Vote for INTERCOT's 4th of July Visit to the Parks - You
Decide Where We Go!
true American fashion, You can vote for which fireworks
show you'd like to see LIVE on INTERCOT's social media
feeds tonight! We brought you MK pics and video last
night, so now you can vote for: Rockin' Fourth of July
Celebration in Hollywood Studios or Illuminations,
featuring the Heartbeat of Freedom Finale from Epcot.
will close at 5pm EST, then stay tuned tonight for the
winner! Show times are at 10 & 10:15 EST.
Disney to Invest 3 Billion in Complete Re-Do of
Disney's Hollywood Adventure (Studios)
ThisInfamous.com is reporting that the Disney Company is set
to unveil plans at D23 of a 3 billion dollar re-do of
Disney's Hollywood Studios. The revitalized park will
be called Disney's Hollywood Adventure and will feature new
Star Wars and Pixar attractions along with a transplant of
the Indiana Jones attraction from Disneyland and more.
They also hint at a shuttering of Illuminations for a new
show and something replacing Journey Into Imagination.
DisneyQuest Closing Sometime In 2016 To Be
Replaced By NBA Experience
Disney World has announced that they will be closing
DisneyQuest sometime in 2016 - bringing an end to their
indoor interactive theme park. The announcement comes as
Downtown Disney is being transformed into Disney
Springs, which will bring in over 150 retailers,
restaurants, and experiences. DisneyQuest will be
closing to make way for the brand new NBA Experience.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 78: The Cabin In The Woods
the latest episode of the INTERCOT Insider Podcast, Ian
details his unusual stay in the Wilderness Cabins and
Disney Word trip, the crew talks tiered pricing (we all
get confused), South of the Border, Great Movie Ride
Changes, Theme Park competition, INTERCOT site
improvements and upgrades and a whole lot more.
The Species' Animal Droppings At Animal Kingdom's Zuri's
biggest buzz around the Animal Kingdom inspired treats-
the animal droppings! Zuri's Sweets Shop opened June
17th, 2015 as the capstone to the new Harambe Market
section at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The new location
features a variety of treats including four somewhat
inexplicable confections devised to look like actual
animal droppings. The 'Match the Species' series
includes Cotton Top Tamarin Poop, Elephant Poop, Giraffe
Poop, and Hippo Poop. All scooped up fresh this morning,
per the CM!
America's First Water Park - Wet n' Wild to Close it's Doors
December 31, 2016
Widely considered to
be America's first Water Park (having opened in 1977),
Wet n' Wild today announced on the Universal Orlando
Resort Blog that it will cease operations and
permanently close on December 31, 2016. A few
weeks ago, Universal announced the opening of their new
state of the art Water Park "Volcano Bay" in 2017.
'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Epcot's Norway To
Be Known As
'Frozen Ever After'
released some new details and concept art from the
upcoming 'Frozen' inspired attraction coming to Epcot's
Norway Pavilion. The four minute boat adventure will be
known as "Frozen Ever After" and will feature all the
regulars from the animated film, as well as the Snowgies
from the 'Frozen Fever' animated short. The attraction
is set to open sometime in 2016.
'NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort'
Coming to Disney Springs
The NBA Experience at
Walt Disney World Resort is going to be a one-of-a-kind
destination featuring hands-on activities that put
families and guests of all ages right in the middle of
NBA game action. You’ll be able to explore inside the
world of professional basketball with numerous
interactive experiences and enjoy a restaurant and
retail store. It will be part of the expanded Disney
Springs debuting in 2016.
Universal Announces New Water Theme Park Volcano Bay Opening in 2017
Universal today announced an all new water theme
park Volcano Bay. Set in picture-perfect
tropical islands and formed by a massive
volcano, it will have something for every member
of the family. Volcano Bay will feature
radically-innovative attractions, peaceful
moments of relaxation and an experience that we
hope will change the way guests think about
water theme parks. Ground has already been
broken just south of Universal’s Cabana Bay
Beach Resort. Construction will move quickly,
and the park will open in 2017.
Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular Show to
Debut at Mickey's Halloween Party
all-new show will bring extra Halloween fun to “Mickey’s
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” when it returns to the
Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort this
fall. “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular” features the
mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus
Pocus” as they return to the mortal world for one night
during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to
run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic
to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 77: You Don't Look So Bobble Headish
podcast crew is back and in typical fashion things
spiral out of control as they discuss Disneyland's
Diamond Celebration, shopping bags and purses, the
Hatbox Ghost, free dining fiasco, sounds like summer,
Tokyo Disneyland and more.
Clown Makes a Twisted Return to Universal Halloween Horror Nights
legendary Jack the Clown makes his triumphant (and
twisted) return to present Halloween Horror Nights®, now
in its 25th year at Universal Orlando® Resort.
This special ticketed event runs select nights from
September 18 thru November 1
Cruise Line Returning to New York, Miami and Galveston
in Fall 2016
fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to New York
for a limited time with sailings to the Bahamas that
include a visit to Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida.
New seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami, Florida
and a return to Galveston, Texas round out the season.
Lindsey's Hanger Bar to Open in Downtown Disney This
A new aviation-themed lounge, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar,
will feature unique cocktails and small plates at its
prime location along Lake Buena Vista. Ardent fans of
the “Indiana Jones” films may recognize Jock Lindsey as
Indy’s frequent pilot. In the main room, guests will
discover an expansive bar, aviation decor filling the
room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and
correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow
adventurers on display. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set
to open to guests fall 2015 at The Landing area at
Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Concept art,
World of Nintendo
Coming to Universal Studios Theme Parks
and Universal Parks & Resorts today announced plans to bring
the world of Nintendo to life at Universal theme parks –
creating spectacular, dedicated experiences based on
Nintendo’s wildly popular games, characters and worlds. The
immersive experiences will include major attractions at
Universal’s theme parks and will feature Nintendo’s most
famous characters and games. More details will be announced
in the future, as the Nintendo and Universal creative teams
work to create specific concepts.
New Disney Park Pack –
Pin Trading Edition Coming to the Online Store Starting May
Hey, Disney pin collectors! Starting May 14, Disney will
release the first Disney Park Pack – Trading Edition on the
Disney Parks online store. This Online exclusive box of pins
includes a limited edition 500 pin that is only available in
the Disney Park Pack, as well as two open edition pins
guests will receive before they are available in locations
at Disney Parks. Each month, on the first Thursday, Disney
will release a new Park Pack for sale through the Disney
online store. Retail price for this first mystery set will
INTERCOT Runs For ThyCa at Disney World’s 2016
Marathon Weekend - Join Us!
2013, after getting the all clear from his doctors
following his battle with thyroid cancer, John Yaglenski
decided to use the power of the Internet community he
built to raise awareness and money to support thyroid
awareness and research. John runs INTERCOT.com, one of
the largest Disney vacation planning websites on the
INTERCOT’s community banded together with #runICOT, an
annual gathering at Walt Disney World’s Marathon
Weekend. With dozens of runners and supporters in
Orlando for the events, and thousands participating at
home through social media and daily podcasts, #runICOT
became a unique opportunity for a community to show how
kindness and encouragement can change lives.
year, INTERCOT is proud to partner with the ThyCa:
Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. for #runICOT
2016 to support thyroid cancer awareness and research.
From Wednesday January 6th through Sunday January 10th
2016, the INTERCOT community will gather at the annual
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, right through the
heart of many Walt Disney World icons and you're invited
to join in the fun!
Registration for 2016
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Opens TODAY at Noon
Join #runICOT and #cheerICOT for a fun weekend
of running and cheering on your fellow
INTERCOTees at the 2016 Walt Disney World
Marathon Weekend. Registration opens TODAY at
Noon! Disney's process works a little different
this year - be sure to see the graphic above and
be online at 12 noon sharp to register!
Get a free dining plan when you purchase a
non-discounted Walt Disney travel company package that
includes park hopper or water park passes. You need to
book between April 27 to July 10, 2015 and arrive during
one of these times: August 28 to October 2, October 25
to the 31st, November 8 to 19th or December 15 to the
21st. Excludes villas at Grand Floridian, Polynesian
Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower, Mermaid rooms, All
Star Movies and both Port Orleans French Quarter and
Riverside (for select dates).
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 76: Christmas in April
The crew is back and in Episode 76, we talk Trader
Sam's and the Polynesian Bungalows, The new HUB, Be
Our Guest's new breakfast, Disney Springs
Amphibicars, Pedro, Universal Orlando Resort,
#runICOT 2016, the Relay For Life and Bengal Tigers
at WDW... OH MY!
for the 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World®
Resort are now available. Prices for the Halloween Party
range from $68 to 87 depending on the date you pick for
adults and $63- 82 for children. Christmas Party prices
range from $74 to 84 depending on the date for adults and
$69- 77 for children.
This year’s #runICOT event was a huge success and the
final tally is in. INTERCOT.com raised a total of
$941.31, a number that sounded a little Goofy... yes, a
Disney pun. So, John (as he promised he would in the
INTERCOT Insider Podcast) kicked in the final share to
bring the total to an even $1000 donation to THYCA. At
this point, there’s only one thing left to ask.
ARE YOU IN FOR #runICOT 2016?
Enthusiastic fans of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at
the Disneyland Hotel are celebrating the soft opening
March 28 of the East Coast version. Trader Sam’s Grog
Grotto is located off the main lobby of Disney’s
Polynesian Village Resort; the adjacent Trader Sam’s
Tiki Terrace offers views of the marina and Seven Seas
Lagoon. Official opening is set for late April, when the
coveted Tiki souvenir glassware arrives. (Tiki fans go
bananas for the collectible mugs.) An official opening
date will be announced soon!
The new restaurant
(formerly Adventureland Verandah), will be tentatively be
called the “Skipper’s Cantina”, themed around the Jungle
Cruise attraction. The rumored back story: Seems the
skippers are not making enough money driving the boats and
need to open a restaurant for some extra cash. Current
thought is that it will
operate similar to "Be Our Guest" in that it may be counter
service for lunch and table service for dinner. Disney's
goal is to open in November, 2015.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 75: Addicted to Hummus
It's Daylight Saving Time and everyone is cranky but
so addicted to Hummus. We talk Soarin' and Toy
Story Mania Expansion, Pirates, Cinderella and a
bunch of other movies, #runDisney, the new Show Your
Disney Side App and more!
INTERCOT.com has put together our Bracketology
Challenge again this year for the folks who visit the site
and keep it going all year long. What's at stake? The three
best bracketologists will receive INTERCOT T-shirts! Hey, we
know it's not much but cut us a break, Free Stuff is Free
Stuff - and it's all for bragging rights over your fellow
INTERCOTees anyway! Be sure to fill things out before the
first round game tips Thursday March
Is Disney's Hollywood Studios Changing Names Again?
an annual shareholders meeting today, Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted a
name change was coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly
Disney MGM Studios)... again. "Now we can announce that. It's not
been announced right? We'll announce that we're changing the name
but we won't announce what we're changing it to." Iger stated. With
changes in store rumored to expand on both the Pixar and Star Wars
franchises, it's not surprising, however no further comment was made
during the meeting.
24 Hour Event to Kick off 'Coolest Summer Ever' at Walt Disney
Disney World's annual 24 hour event has been announced for 2015, and
this time it's kicking off the summer long celebration "Coolest
Summer Ever." Guests are invited to the Magic Kingdom on May 22-23,
from 6am Friday - 6am Saturday.
Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace To Switch Places at Magic
With a little bit of Disney
magic, the two popular tropical treat locations within the Magic
Kingdom are changing places! Aloha Isle, home of the Dole Whip, and
Sunshine Tree Terrace, home of the Citrus Swirl, will be swapping
locations and menus on March 12.
Disney officially announced today that two of it's most popular Walt
Disney World attractions are expanding, with Toy Story Mania! adding
additional track, and Soarin' receiving an additional theater.
Soarin' will also receive upgrades on the screens and projection
systems in the two existing theaters. These improvements are set to
be complete by late 2016.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Opens Today
Be sure to follow along on INTERCOT's social media outlets, as we
bring you all the beautiful colors, yummy tastes and the sounds of
Garden Rocks, from this year's Epcot International Flower & Garden
Festival. The Festival runs today through May 17th.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 74: There Is Something Wrong With Us!
It's the Micro crew of Cindy, Melanie, Ian and John but there's a
whole lot to talk about. We discuss ticket price increases,
John's recent trip, Monorails, a new restaurant coming to
Adventureland and more. In the second half of the show, our
cast is joined joined by Disney Parks Moms Panelist
who tells us her 7 year journey to join the program!
We also take or leave Disney PhotoPass and John encourages everyone
to do a random act of Disney kindness (something to do with Mickey
bars). Join us for another fun filled episode!
It may still be winter where you
are, but at Fort Wilderness the evenings will become warmer this
month as spring arrives. It's a great time of year to enjoy an
evening under the stars with a sing-a-long, a visit from our silly
friends, Chip & Dale, and a Disney movie. Fire lighting is at 7:30
pm nightly, Sing-a-long at 8:00, and movie about 8:40.