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Well, well, well. This has been an interesting few weeks, hasn't it?
Between the take over attempts, salvos being fired across the bows by
Eisner, Jobs, Weinstein, Disney and Gold to the tragedy at the Magic
Kingdom, it's been difficult to walk away from the computer lest something
These are certainly interesting times. Many of us feel as though our
beloved vacation destination is in a flux, or worse, under threat of
collapse. What's worse is that some of us feel as though our entire
childhoods are under siege. There are few of us on INTERCOT that did not
grow up with Mickey Mouse and Uncle Walt as a significant piece of the
tapestry of our lives. To most of us, there has never been life without
Disney. Keep those lap belts fastened over the next few months because
Disney's 'Big Corporate Raiding Mountain" may not come to a stop for quite
In the meantime, it's business as usual down Orlando way. We have new
information on Port Orleans from Casey, ChipDale dishes all the dirt on
INTERCOT members and TiggerRPh explains the Water Cooler (yeah, that's what
we thought at first too, but he really does explain it . . . the people who
frequent the Water Cooler are a different matter).
So, without further ado . . . On with the show!
Disney World Events with Casey >>
Another slow month has come and another will soon be gone! While there
haven't been too many new events going on down in the Happiest Place on
Earth, there are still a couple of updates for you to keep your eye on!
- Port Orleans opening late March -
Port Orleans French Quarter, which has been under extensive rehab for a long
period of time, will reopen to guests beginning March 21, 2004. The
renovation is rumored to have brought new furniture, refurbished bathrooms,
and overhauls of carpet and more. Guests can begin making future
reservations today through
"I'm beside myself with happiness!" -MousePassion
"I have been waiting to hear this news!" --vic
"I stayed at Riverside in October on my first trip to Walt Disney World and
I'm glad that Port Orleans [French Quarter] is going to be open soon!" -Medland
- Around the World at Epcot opens on Valentine's Day-
A new guest experience dubbed "Around the World at Epcot" will allow guests
the chance to operate a Segway Human Transporter after a brief training
period. The training will including teaching basic maneuvers, obstacle
avoidance techniques, and more. Guests can then ride a Segway through
several World Showcase countries before the area opens to the general public
in the morning. The two-hour experience will be available to only ten people
a day at a cost of $80 per person. (Park admission is also required.)
"That sounds like so much fun... but, wow, $80." --Red Randal
"I have waited so long for this to happen!" --alittle figment of your
"I would love to take the Segway tour." --Donald Doug
Topic with ChipDale >>
As we rang in the New Year, pjbs35a got us all thinking about the reality of
New Year's resolutions -- have you kept yours? Speaking of resolutions,
Pongo kicked off another year of the Diet Club - good luck to all of you
"losers"! For those of us not in the "losing" mode, goin2disney wondered
what all of our favorite winter foods are. Looks like soup, grilled cheese
sandwiches and chili won out. While we're on the subject of winter, our poor
northeast members have been slammed by Mother Nature in the past month. How
many snow days will there be this season? goofyfanatic even shared pictures
with us, showing that the snow was too deep for his dog Goofy.
We all got a laugh from PolyGirl40's "you know you're getting old when..."
topic, and drummerboy wanted to know which words or phrases we'd love to say
goodbye to. Such words and phrases as "extreme", "dude", "da bomb", "24/7",
"bling bling" and "what ever" would all get the boot if it were up to our
members! Edzter86 wondered how many hours of sleep do we all get every
night? INTERCOTees average about 6 hours per night! Do you think those who
aren't getting enough zzz's are on the boards all night? Since January
usually means football, we had lots of talk from the Sugar Bowl to
speculation on who will win the Super Bowl. Speaking of sports, Melanears
polled our members on where the 2012 Summer Olympics should be held. Looks
like the good old USA won -- we voted New York as the #1 location!
Wrapping up the cooler talk, one of our members had something very revealing
to confess: seems that lovewalt's Christmas tree was still up on January
27th! Did you take it down yet Holly? And on January 26, 2004, INTERCOT
celebrated its 12,000 member! Congratulations and thank you to JohnY and all
of those who make INTERCOT such a great place to hang out!
We celebrated January birthdays for darthmacho, SouthernmostGopher, WDWCP
Spring99, DicksonGR, Animator Todd, Jasper, GrandFlo, NLODisney, devo995493,
J.C.&ALI'SMOM, wishiwasthere, Puppy Mom, drummerboy, C & H (Carmen),
ConorsMom, goofgal, Tiggerlovr9000, lebo, locodemickey, Chigger, Flower,
drmduval, MaryburkS, sgdisney, Nikkipon, BRK1442, loadingband, Disney_nut,
SteveL, JMcK, TinyTink, Jack Sparrow, Poohsnpigletspal, Bmwdsny (Melinda),
goin2disney, Lucille, PlutoLVT, MauiMouse, and dizkneenut. Happy birthday to
all of you!
We had many impressive posting milestones to celebrate in January.
Congratulations to TiggerRPh on 19,000 posts; Melanears on 12,000 posts;
roses, disneydeb and MauiMouse on 4,000 posts; DW88, Marker and ChipnDaleGal
on 3,000 posts; GoofysCowgirl, lovewalt and rafgomez on 2,000 posts. New
members of the Four-Digit Club (1,000 posts) included SeptBride2002,
goofyfanatic, ShelbyAD and Barb_A. Reaching other posting milestones were
Mufasa -- 600 posts; Meghan, Jeremy Wilcox and pink puppie -- Senior Cast
Member; minnie-mouse and decowoman -- Cast Member; LuckyMum22 -- Cast Member
Trainee. Good work everyone!
Well, that about wraps it up for January. Let's hope that we've seen the
worst of the snow and cold as we move into February. See you next month!
<< Bytes & Pieces with TiggerRPh >>
What ever you do...don't drink the water!
No, we're not heading off to Mexico...we're going to talk about the INTERCOT
Water Cooler forum. "What is the Water Cooler?" you may be asking. The Water
Cooler is one of INTERCOT'S "community building" forums. Along with Games
forum, the Water Cooler is one of the sites we use to get to know each other
The Water Cooler is a free-for-all area that we have for members to discuss
all that is not Disney. Do you have something to celebrate? How about an
anniversary, a birthday, a job promotion, or maybe it's just Friday? If you
do want to celebrate your birthday, in order to prevent a bunch of
individual threads for people running, we do ask that you sign up on Jane's
"2004 Birthday List" and she'll post a birthday celebration thread when the
big day arrives. When the weekend is near, don't forget to look for Jamie's
(MickeysGirl) "Happy Friday" threads...grab a beach chair and Nigel or one
of the cabana boys (and girls) should be along shortly.
Do you have a joke to share? The Water Cooler is the place to post it at
INTERCOT. We only ask that the joke or story be G-rated in order conform
with INTERCOT's Terms of Service.
Do you need advice on something? The Water Cooler is well known for helping
out fellow members, so ask away.
Do you need to vent about something that happened? Did you just get speeding
ticket? We'll listen to you in the Water Cooler and give advice...some of it
might actually be helpful. Is a family member ill and you need some of the
famous Water Cooler pixie dust? Our pixie dust has done wondrous work in the
past. We like that you keep the requests to close friends and immediate
family members. It's not that we have anything against your best friend's
sister-in-law's third cousin's girl friend, but the pixie dust tends to be
less powerful as it strays from our "immediate family".
What isn't the Water Cooler? The Water Cooler is not a Blog or Daily Diary
of what's happening in your life everyday. We love to celebrate the special
happenings in your life though. If you really need to talk about your life
on a daily basis, we suggest that you find a Blog site for this.
The Water Cooler also isn't a place for raucous political discussions. While
we don't prohibit discussions that are of a political nature, they tend to
get heated and personal in nature, so therefore end up being closed down at
some point. Since there are sites that exist for heated political
discussions, we really encourage that you go there for this type of
Now, back to drinking the water. Heed my advice... the water in the Water
Cooler has been known to be responsible for more than a few bookings on
Edgar's Baby Delivery Express. So, drink the water at your own risk.
Everyone be honest here . . . did you think when Ray started talking about
"Don't drink the water" he was going to try to explain the strange phenomena
of "INTERCOT Babies"? We here at the Insider like to think that our
family-oriented community inspires people to expand their family. Either
that, or we're all just so darn cute that it's hard to resist us.
We'll see you later this month with more exciting information, developments
and tidbits. In the meantime, we're going to see if we can get into Epcot
to ride our Segway. It sounds like fun. If you hear a guy riding a Segway
yelling quotes from Logan's Run, well . . . that's probably me.
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