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Greetings, All. It looks like Spring has finally sprung. March Madness is
underway, many schools are on Spring break, Pre-season baseball is in full
swing and many of us are experiencing warmer temperatures and snow-free
lawns. All I can say is; it's about time!
Before we get into the Insider topics I wanted to take a moment to fill you
in on our sister site WebDisney. WebDisney, which is currently a directory
for nearly 800 Disney sites, is now featuring daily news bites. INTERCOT
staff members will be posting headlines and links to news stories and
discussions. Our webmaster John Y states; "It's just one of the improvements
we plan on making to the ICOT family of sites in the coming weeks and months
ahead". Stay tuned and don't forget to check out WebDisney when you're done
reading the Insider.
Now on with the show ...
Disney World Events with DisneyWizard >>
Amongst all of the shareholder meetings, Eisner criticisms, reports on
takeovers, and other turmoil actual events have been taking place in
Mickey's Kingdom; hotels, expansions, and awards plus great savings on
vacations. Take a look!
- State to honor two Disney hotels for conservation efforts - The Boardwalk
Resort and Coronado Springs will be awarded the Green Lodgings awards,
issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The awards,
given to four hotels this year, are given to hotels featuring innovative
programs to conserve natural resources, reduce waste, minimize pollution,
and reduce costs.
"That's the Disney way." --alittle figment of your imagination "I am very
glad to hear that news! That is wonderful for Disney." -TinyTink
- Wide World of Sports Expanding -
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex will be expanding with construction
starting later this month. The sports facility, currently the largest
amateur sports complex, plans to have construction finished by the end of
August. The 20-acre Hess Sports Fields will include four multi-sport fields
for soccer, football, lacrosse and other sports, as well as four new
diamonds for baseball and softball. After the expansion the complex will
accommodate as many as 10 different sports.
"I can only wonder how this improves the Disney stance in terms of Parks,
Animation, and Movies, the main things this company should be focused on in
my opinion." --Toad_Passenger "I am not a huge fan of WWS but I am glad it
is there." -cactus
- Shades of Green Reopens -
The US military resort on Disney property, Shades of Green, will reopen this
month after a two-year expansion. The new expansion, opening in phases,
features 299 extra rooms, a fitness center, pools, tennis courts and a new
lobby. New restaurants and Walt Disney World's first parking structure have
also been built. Architects designed the new area to blend with the existing
resort, creating a Floridian lodge motif.
"Can't wait to see the new additions." --disneyluvr "I love that Disney
appreciates what we, as military members do, and reward us with this
- Save On Your Next WDW Vacation -
Disney has released resort specials for Florida Residents, Annual
Passholders and Room-only discounts (room-only discounts apply for vacations
between 4/18 - 7/4 2004). Savings apply to all three levels of resorts,
including Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. For more information visit the
following post, or go to
www.yourmagicaljourneys.com. Be sure to mention INTERCOT to receive the
"Thank you Karen at Magical Journeys for taking care of this for me and
saving even more than the Disney Visa." --DisenyCrazyET "I also want to
thank Karen at Magical Journeys for her astute heads up and concern for her
clients when it comes to obtaining the best rates possible." --creig "It
doesn't get any better than that." -rcaid
Carol's Communicore >>
Happy March, Everyone!
2004 Star Wars Weekend dates have been announced. Beginning May 14th and
running through June 13th Star Wars characters will come to life at Disney's
MGM Studios. The event includes special parades, trivia games,
meet-and-greet sessions with Star Wars legends and characters and special
themed activities. The weekend festivities take place on Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays and are included with regular theme park admission. More details
can be found in Info Central.
We are still looking for reader feedback and advice for the upcoming Flower
& Garden Festival. If you have had the opportunity to attend a previous year
we'd love to hear about it. What were some of your favorite events? Were you
disappointed? How were the concerts? Tell us about the flowers. Share. Send
your input to
firstname.lastname@example.org. For those readers unfamiliar with this special
event check out Info Central for full details.
As of last month the Ultimate Park Hopper Pass prices increased. You can
view the new prices via the Theme Park tab at INTERCOT.
The newest edition of the Mickey Monitor is available for those passholders
that have not received theirs in the mail. It's also a great way for guests
that do not have an annual pass to stay in the loop. Click below for the
Park Hours and Events are posted in Info Central through May.
The rehab page has also been updated. The newest additions are MGM's "Honey,
I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure and Animal Kingdom's "Dinosaur". To
view the entire list and check the dates visit below;
& Pieces with TiggerRPh >>
". . .none of us are alone. . ."
- Jodie Foster in Contact
Don't worry, we're not going to be talking about UFO's today, but we are
going to vary from the usual "What is. . .?" theme. For this month's
article, I drew inspiration from DisneyRN's "I wonder how close some of us
really are" thread. With over 12,000 members, we're a small city in
cyberspace yet many of us have never met....or have we?
We have members from many areas of the world. We have members from all over
the United States and Canada. We also have members who live outside of North
America, including Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and the United
Kingdom. In fact there are a handful of INTERCOTees that live in SE
Wisconsin like I do.
I've probably met nearly 50 INTERCOTees at various meets over the last few
years but I've never physically met some of my INTERCOT neighbors. . .or
have I? Maybe we've been in the local Disney Store at the same time. Or
maybe we've walked past each other at the State Fair or at the local mall.
When you see a Disney vanity plate on someone's car do you wonder if they're
an INTERCOTer? I know I often do. Do you wonder if that guy wearing that
manly shirt with little mice on it is an INTERCOTee? He just might be.
Maybe we need to have a worldwide "Wear INTERCOT Apparel Day" so we can find
If anyone is looking for me on the road. . .I'll be the guy in the silver
Avalon with Disney vanity plates and a Mickey sun shade. How hard could that
be. . .right?
Topic with ChipDale >>
We kicked off the month of February with the Super Bowl and Water Cooler
talk ranged from the game to favorite halftime shows and commercials. A Big
Kid even gave us a different perspective on the game -- one from a law
enforcement officer's experience -- thanks Mike! To the dismay of most of
us, looks like we're in for six more weeks of winter since the groundhog saw
his shadow the day after the game.
February also means Valentine's Day, and we had lots of romance talk in the
Cooler. Hope2survive wanted to know how we all met our significant other
(lots of interesting stories there). Jamie's Valentine's Party was a huge
hit with her special Aphrodite's Love Potion as the special of the day.
Frankie even entertained us with some funny Valentine jokes. Beach Club Babe
polled our members on where did you spend your honeymoon? Not surprisingly,
Walt Disney World was among the most popular locations.
There's a new club in the Cooler: the Jamieketeer Club! We had some very
creative entries into the Jamieketeer Song Book started by Dr_Nigel_C
including many Disney hits with new words! I'm a member, are you? MissT
wondered what our dream job would be. Lots of interesting responses: chef,
Broadway performer, and of course many answers of "working in WDW", from
being an Imagineer to CEO to serving popcorn on Main Street USA.
Going2disney wondered what some of our phobias are. For INTERCOTees, they
ranged from spiders, airplane travel, heights, to clowns and getting sick.
Maybe we should get a big leather couch for the Cooler? Another popular
topic was Melanears' "What is your Favorite State?" The rules were you
couldn't vote Florida or your own home state. It appears that INTERCOTees
prefer California, Hawaii, and Virginia.
Finally, we had some special occasions to celebrate last month. SgtTigger
was promoted to Lieutenant in his Sheriffs Department. Way to go Bret --
we're proud of you! Congratulations to disneynarula on her latest addition
-- Oscar James was born on February 19th! Congratulations also go out to
darthmacho who just purchased his first home!
February Birthday wishes went out to: Jeff, Dizneyana, mrsmom, SteelyGirl,
frogmn78, Vacation Dad, scooterca42, kjblovesdisney, AmyKane, testtrackrocks,
Duane, disneygirlnowmom, TooGoofy (Meg), Sportster, AvaNellMouse, LottaLubes,
PanTink, RyGuyLax, crazy4disneyworld, Mouse Mortimer, Altair, VillainLover
Lisa, JennyAnne, Jeremy Wilcox, Patti, and wdw_88. I hope you all had a
Posting milestone celebrations in February were held for Melanears - 13,000
posts, pjbs35a - 9,000, MickeysGirl - 8,000, Jeff - 6,000, Lizzy -5,000,
bjbunny - 4,000, SteveL - 2,000, Liz - Senior Cast Member. Newest members of
the Four-Digit Club (1,000 posts) include: Auntie, Claytonia, GrandFlo,
alittle figment of your imagination, and Freetime. Great job everybody!
Well, now that the dreaded winter months are over, we can all hope for some
sign of Spring. See you next month!
<< Conclusion >>
Thanks to all of our contributors and readers. We'll see in a few weeks with
more topics and tidbits. In the meantime, Happy INTERCOTing.
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