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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > October 2003

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 October 2003 - Edition BOO!

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<< Introduction >>

This installment of the Insider takes us out of the Theme Parks to explore other options. Casey offers his perspective on La Nouba, Jeanne visits Dolly's Dixie Stampede, Rhonda takes us shopping at Marketplace and lastly Ron fills us in on Mickey's Neighbors. Do you have your cup of coffee? Let's get reading.

<< La Nouba with DisneyWizard >>

Anyone who has seen a Cirque Du Soleil show will tell you that it is no circus! La Nouba, in the gorgeous theatre located in Downtown Disney (cleverly designed to look like the traditional traveling big top), is no exception. For those who haven't experienced La Nouba yet you are missing out, especially if you have not seen a Cirque show. While the ticket price may seem high, keep in mind you are seeing a professional performance that you will remember for years to come.

The acts in La Nouba include the German Wheel, Arial Ballet in Silk, Balancing on Chairs, Diabolos, and the High Wire. What does this mean? It means that the audience takes in a wide variety of captivating acts. The talent that the performers possess goes unsurpassed by other productions and it is all woven together in an urban, but artistic, modernistic feel. With upbeat music, lighting, an avant-garde feel, and a stage that does wonders, you will stay captivated from the moment the lights dim until the moment you leave the elegant theatre.

"Is La Nouba appropriate for my kids?"
-Yes! While you want to be careful of bringing "babes in arms" to a professional show in respect to the audience and performers, children of all ages will enjoy La Nouba. It has a large amount of comic relief that will keep the kids, and yourself, rolling in the aisles when not captivated by the other performances.

"Is La Nouba appropriate for my teenagers?" -Like stated before, there is most certainly something for everyone in this show, regardless of age.

"What should I wear to La Nouba?"
-Keeping in mind the price of the ticket but at the same time the location of the theatre (Disney), causal dress is fine for this theatre.

"How long does the performance last?"
-90 minutes with no intermissions (go the bathroom before it starts!).

"Where is the best spot to sit?"
-Every seat gives a great view of the theatre-in-the-round. For most Cirque Du Soleil shows many people prefer the center section in the second tier. This will give a great overview of the show since it is so immense and spacious.

For more specifics and for ticket information, visit Info Central. You may also consider executing a search on the INTERCOT discussion boards for reviews and thoughts on La Nouba.

<< Beyond the Parks with Beast_fanatic >>

A great alternative to going to the major theme parks is to take a day or any part of one and head to Downtown Disney's Marketplace. MousePassion expounds, "What better way to spend a non-park day than to be at the Market Place in Downtown Disney? People watching opportunities, endless food choices, shopping possibilities. I can easily spend a whole day there and be happy about it!"

Let's look at the dining options in the Marketplace first. There's the Rainforest Cafi with its fun atmosphere and variety of foods many with a Caribbean theme. Rainforest is a chain restaurant though, so if there's one in your area you might choose another restaurant. Fulton's Crab House offers a variety of dishes from seafood to steak to chicken and beyond. TiggTigg5 say, "at Fulton's we've always gotten excellent food from a very wide variety on the menu and top-notch attentive (but not pestering) service." Another alternative is Wolfgang Puck Express that offers sandwiches, soups, sushi, and pizzas. According to big, blue and hairy, "I would definitely recommend Puck express, great sandwiches and salads.' Cap'n Jack's has a more limited menu than Fulton's, but also offers seafood, steaks, and chicken dishes. Per mikki.young, "Captain Jacks has had something of a makeover in the last couple of years - we had a really good lunch there last year and a pretty good dinner this year." For standard fast-food fare, McDonald's is a cheap dining alternative. And, finally, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop offers many specialties sundaes and other ice cream treats, a variety of beverages, and chocolates. disneygoofball believes that, "the absolute best dessert at WDW is at Ghirardelli's in DD."

Kids can have a blast with activities at the Marketplace. The Lego store offers up creations to marvel over spread from the water to inside the store, as well as providing a place for kids to make their own creations. Of course, they also offer Lego sets for purchase. There are fountains spread throughout the Marketplace where kids of all ages have been seen playing. It is recommended to bring a spare set of clothes to change into though. There's also a carousel available for a small charge, and a giant kaleidoscope. For the older kids during the day, there are boat rentals available, including water sprites.

And then there's the shopping! The World of Disney is the ultimate shopper's paradise for Disney enthusiasts. Clothing for sizes ranging from infants to large-sized adults, luggage, jewelry, toys, snow globes, food items (such as Mickey shaped macaroni and pretzels), and on and on! GoofysCowgirl says, "I absolutely love the World of Disney store! It has everything in it! I never come out empty handed..." Another highly recommended shop in the Marketplace is Once Upon a Toy. Per CarrieAllie, it's "amazing. You can build your own "Mr. Potato Head", and color on the ground in a small castle, a small working Monorail is on display, and there are Tinkertots and Lincoln Log kits you put together yourself. Peter Pan, Wendy and Tink fly overhead in one room." There's also Disney Days of Christmas for a vast assortment of Christmas merchandise and the Guest of Honor Badges can also be purchased here. Fans of Pooh and his Pals should check out Pooh Corner. Team Mickey is the store for sports enthusiasts. The feature sports apparel and even some equipment for several different sports. Redecorating a room with a Disney theme? Then you'll probably want to stop by the Disney at Home store for some ideas and materials. Other popular stores in the Marketplace cover scrapbooking and the Art of Disney. There are many other stores both Disney and non-Disney related as well.

So, as you can see, there are many activities available in the Marketplace making it a great place to spend a few hours or a few days!

<< History & Trivia with WDWdriver >>

Like most people, I had always assumed that no one actually lives at Disney World. Many people visit the resort every day, but there are no homes there. Right? Actually, there are. People have lived on Walt Disney World property since before the initial construction began. To find out why, I had to do a little research.

The state of Florida welcomed Walt's plans for the Florida project, and the state legislators voted to create the Reedy Creek Improvement District to provide utilities and emergency services for Disney World. However, under Florida law an improvement district must be governed by an elected panel made up of residents of the district. Since there were no residents, it became necessary to create some. In addition, Disney wanted to sell municipal bonds to help finance the construction. Hard to do without a municipality.

So Disney created two incorporated cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, inside the boundaries of the Reedy Creek District. These weren't cities with schools, libraries and a city hall. But they did have a neighborhood, and real people moved in. Each city had ten families. Elections were held and some residents became city councilmen and Reedy Creek panel members. It continues that way today.

So who are these residents? They are Disney executives and their families. In the 2000 census Bay Lake is listed with a total population of 23 people in nine households. The median household income was $86,288. You might be thinking that these must be lovely and expensive homes. Nope. They are mostly double-wide mobile homes which the occupants rent for $10 a month plus utilities.

<<  Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede with Piglet822 >>

If you're looking for a fun place to eat with excellent food and wonderful service, may I suggest Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show?

From the time you enter the theater you are entertained and delighted by this marvelous cast. First up in the Carriage Room are some singing, a few audience participation tricks, and a stallion that goes up and down stairs and wanders down the aisles between the tables while his rider sings and entertains you.

The arena where the show is performed is divided between North and South. If you've ever been to Arabian Nights or Medieval Times, it's pretty much the exact same setup. Entertainment begins almost from the moment you sit down. We had an excellent waiter who was funny and charming.
>From the buffalo stampede to the southern picnic, northern ingenuity, and the "fight" between the North and the South, it's non-stop action. There are also the ostrich races. Definitely not to be missed. And don't forget the games played in between. Maybe you'll be that lucky volunteer from the audience who gets to play horseshoes using toilet seats.

And while you're enjoying the show, you'll be served a delicious four-course meal consisting of a whole chicken, BBQ pork loin, and corn on the cob, creamy vegetable soup, biscuit, herb-basted potato, and a yummy dessert. And for all you Pepsi lovers, Pepsi is served here.  However, you will not find any alcohol. There is no photography or filming allowed at this show.

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show is conveniently located in Lake Buena Vista, minutes from Walt Disney World next to the Premium Factory Outlet. And starting November 1 and continuing through to December 31 you can enjoy Christmas at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show including a delicious Yuletide feast and a live nativity scene. Be sure to check out www.dixiestampede.com for more information.

<< Conclusion >>

A quick reminder: As of last week Magic Kingdom's Adventureland will be opening at 10AM during the non busy times of year.

That concludes this edition of the Insider. We'll be back in a few weeks to fill you in on all of the upcoming media events scheduled for October. Both Mickey's PhilharMagic and Mission: Space officially open, the new fireworks display Wishes debuts and hopefully we'll get confirmation on the future of Alien Encounter. In the meantime keep checking the discussion boards as the events unfold.

Happy INTERCOTing!

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