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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > October 2004

Intercot.com INTERCOT Insider
 October 2004 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

Happy Fall everyone! October is a very busy month at Walt Disney World, and we’re busy here at the Insider as well, filling you in on all the new and exciting events. Casey and Carol will have you up to speed in no time. Hang in there for some INTERCOT happenings as well. Ray’s Bytes and Pieces highlights the fun that is the Games forum, and Jane fills us in on all the September member news in her Off Topic. Here we go!

<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard >>

Fall is well underway and so are new projects in Walt Disney World. Check out below for some great events going on down in the Happiest Place on Earth right now.

- Stitch’s Great Escape to open soon -
On November 16th, the replacement for the much-debated Alien Encounter will open to the general public. Cast Member previews are going to take place in the near future, with soft-openings beginning October 5th, 2004. Check INTERCOT for updates on the attraction including reviews following the guest previews.

- Re-hitching ceremony discontinued -
Many disappointed guests have discovered that Disney is no longer offering the “re-hitching” ceremony in the Land Pavilion like once celebrated. Check out below to see what some INTERCOTees had to say about this decision:

“It was fun while it lasted. *And* I got a kiss from Chip out of it.” –Honey_BDynamo

“It's really not too surprising. There is a lot of ‘touchiness’ about marriage in general these days...” –Gotta Love the TTA
More Information

- Lights, Motors, Action! Details emerge -
Planned to open in May of 2005, details on the extreme stunt show coming to Disney-MGM Studios are beginning to surface. Some tidbits of the show include a cast of 50 performers, a 177,000 square-foot facility, and a 5,000-seat stadium. Click below for more details and discussions on the attraction.

“It will be a welcome addition to Walt Disney World.” –MauiMouse

“I saw this show at Disneyland Paris, and it is great!” –João Pinto
Discussion & Details

<< Carol's Communicore >>

Happy October, Everyone.

What's New?

Early Stitch Previews for Disney Vacation Club Members:
Although Stitch is not scheduled to make his public debut until November 16; Disney Vacation Club Members will be among the first recruits to experience Stitch's Great Escape on November 5, 6 & 7. Just show your blue Disney Vacation Club Member ID card at the attraction entrance. Please note the attraction is subject to closure without notice.
Discussion & Details

Epcot's 9th Annual International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing. The daily menu and food prices have been added to Info Central. If you plan on grazing around the "World", click here to choreograph your stops.

Annual Passholder Discounts Announced
Disney has released room-only discounts for annual passholders. Discounts include select Value Resorts for $49+, Moderate Resorts from $79+ and select Deluxe Resorts from $151+ per night. Rates available most nights 1/2/05-2/16/05. Not available at all from 1/14/05-1/16/05, 2/3/05-2/5/05 and 2/10/05-2/12/05. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. For details on these and other vacation specials call INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.
Discussion & Details

Disney Salutes Hurricane Heroes
Beginning October 14 through December 20, 2004, the Walt Disney World Resort is reaching out to the many people that helped in the relief effort to residents and tourists impacted by the three major hurricanes that hit Central Florida this season. Room and park pass discounts are being offered. This special program is available to power company and emergency relief workers who, as employees or contractors of eligible agencies and companies, directly contributed to relief or restoration efforts in Central Florida in the aftermath of Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
Discussion & Eligibility Details

Cinderella's Carousel has been added to the rehab list. The carousel will be closed for refurbishment November 2 - 14, 2004
For a complete list of closings visit INTERCOT's Info Central.
Closing & Refurbishment Schedule

Park Hours and Events are currently posted through December. Visit Info Central to fine-tune your vacation plans.
Park Hours & Events

Happy Planning! See you all next month!

<< Bytes & Pieces with TiggerRPh >>

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
- Plato

This quote explains why one of our more popular “community building” forums is the Games and Trivia Forum…and besides that, they’re fun. In this forum you can test your ability to predict the weekly NFL games in “Football Fun”. You can also have fun with words in “Word Association” and “Change ONE or TWO”. Not leaving Movie fans out, we have the seemingly never ending serial game “Actor Association” that is loosely based on “Six Degrees of Separation”….but remember in this game, there’s a special celebration when you link a movie to Kevin Bacon.

Try to stump members with your clues in either “Who Are You?” or “Where In The World Am I?” You can also have fun in “Just Questions”, where your post must be in the form of a question. How about playing the “OR Game”, or “Disney Lyrics” or “Movie Lines”? All these games help everyone to get to know each other better and have fun at the same time. You can even invent a new game and see if it catches on.

Each game has its own particular set of rules…make sure you follow them, because the devoted followers of this forum are serious about their games. Don’t be afraid to ask any of the forum moderators (Mel, Jane, Jamie or Ed) or the starter of the game if you need help understanding the rules.

So jump in and have some fun…because in this forum, it’s all fun and games!

<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

The leaves have begun to fall, the kids are all back in school, baseball play-offs are beginning and football season is in full swing. We saw a lot of ups and downs in September. As is the custom at INTERCOT, JohnY posted a lovely Patriot Day tribute to those lost on 9/11/01 and reminded us never to forget.

Frances finally made her exit and who shows up? Jeanne and Ivan! Our poor vacationing and Florida members were put through the ringer again with two more hurricanes. We had some moments of concern for members and moderators at INTERCOT. We are glad that all of you survived!

Do you know who Emma M. Nutt was? Did you talk like a pirate on September 19? Are you aware that September 15 was Someday? If not, then you haven’t checked out Lizzy’s September celebrations! Each month Lizzy shares well-known and not-so-well-known celebrations with us. Stop in the Cooler and see what is being celebrated today!

Jamie’s Friday parties for the month of September included Labor Day Luau, Put That Thing Where It Came Back From Hurricane Party, and Harvey Helps Out. If you haven’t ended your week at one of Jamie’s parties, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Where were you during the great INTERCOT Outage of September 2004? We all found out how long the day can be without our daily (or hourly) fix! Special thanks to JohnY for your hard work in getting us back up and running again. It’s days like those that make us appreciate what a wonderful community you have created.

It’s not all parties and celebrations in the Water Cooler. Our members have heartache and problems, and often our members lend their support by sending pixie dust, prayers or a kind word. Such a case came up last month when harlowandthemermaid gave us the devastating news that her little Sam was diagnosed with leukemia. We are all praying and sending every positive thought and plenty of pixie dust for a complete recovery for little Sam!

On a more positive note, special congratulations go out to alphamommy on completing the last of her radiation treatments! Stay healthy now, Tammy!

September birthday celebrations were held for: delarosa, MrIMAX, Grumpy's Daughter, Dr_Nigel_C, serena, MaryLayson, wdw538884, MusicalMike95, LittleLady, Calamity Jane, C & H (H), Mandy, Disney Fan Forever, TiJaMom, Mary Poppins, Tinkermom, mikki.young, PirateGal, lilbitsmom98, dizneynut, Phreaksbabe, MaryBelle, faberj, ghp918, SeptBride2002, DisneyCrazyET, Daisy Duck, pink967, mississaugamom, Tink19, goofball, Princhabella, pearlieq, WDWFRK, EricandMe, cperry92380, PiratesCove, jazzybelle, and New Yorker. Happy Birthday to all of you – I hope you all had a great day!

We had several posting milestones in September and they were reached by TiggerRPh – 23,000 posts, ChipnDaleGal – 7,000 posts, Piglet822 – 4,000 posts, Munch – 4,000 posts, weswerx – 3,000 posts, Honey_BDynamo – 1,000 posts, Tekneek – 1,000 posts, RYCA-1 – 100 posts. Congratulations to all of you!

That about wraps up September - see you next month!

<< Conclusion >>

That’s going to conclude this edition of the Insider. Look for another edition at the end of the month. Linda will offer up tips on traveling to Walt Disney World with an infant, Carol will review Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Ron will offer up some more of that great Disney trivia, and Melanie will tell us the ins and outs of the Pin Forum. Until then, happy INTERCOTing!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

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