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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > February 2005

Intercot.com INTERCOT Insider
 February 2005 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

Things are really starting to shape up for the "Greatest Celebration on Earth" debuting in May at Disney Resorts worldwide. Many new details are being revealed regarding new shows, attractions and policies at Walt Disney World, and we've got all the latest details right here in the Insider. It's all so exciting!! Also, Ray will fill us in on INTERCOT's own style of celebrating in this month's Bytes and Pieces, Jane keeps us up to date on all that Water Cooler talk. Now on with the show.

<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard  >>

Second Annual "ESPN The Weekend"
ESPN and the Walt Disney World Resort are once again joining together to offer fans the opportunity to see and hear some of their favorite ESPN personalities and athletes during the second annual "ESPN The Weekend". The event is presented by Speed Stick 24/7, and will take place at Disney-MGM Studios on February 25-27, 2005. The 2005 theme is "It's A Sports World After All". The "Weekend" will feature on-site telecasts, star motorcades, Q&A sessions and much, much more.
Event Details Here

New Pass Options For Pleasure Island
On February 6th, Pleasure Island began utilizing new pass options. Guests can now purchase “1-Night Single-Club” passes or “1-Night Multi-Club” passes. A “1-Night Single-Club Pass” sells for $9.95 per person and is available everywhere on the island except Adventurers Club and The Comedy Warehouse. The “1-Night Multi-Club” ticket costs $20.95 and can be used at all clubs. A new Pleasure Island Annual Pass is also being introduced. It is called “Pleasure Island Annual Pass -Plus Guest”. This pass enables the Annual Passholder to bring a guest with them and costs $99.
Prices & Details

Soarin' Previews For Annual Passholders & Disney Vacation Club Members
Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members will be among the first to go "Soarin". Special sneak previews will be held during regular park hours on Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. Soarin' will be the newest addition to Future World's The Land Pavilion, enhancing the already popular agriculture and ecology theme. Valid Passholder ID OR Vacation Club ID is required when attending this preview.

- "This may just make The Land the most popular spot in Epcot! For those of you who have had the opportunity to see Soarin' in DCA, I know you'll agree. It was our favorite attraction out there. Can't wait!" ~ chernabog2
Attraction Details

<< Carol's Communicore >>

Happy February, Everyone!

Wildlife Discovery Excursions
Beginning February 15, 2005 Walt Disney World concierge-level resort Guests are invited to explore the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Animal Kingdom in the new Wildlife Discovery Excursion.  The excursion is led by a safari guide and takes guests off the regular Kilimanjaro Safaris path in a specially designed vehicle, stopping at observation and photo areas along the way. The cost is $45 per guest and will be offered twice daily at 10AM & 1PM.  Guests can make reservations for a Wildlife Discovery Excursion through their resort's concierge host or hostess, or through the Itinerary Planning Office at their resort.
More Details

12th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - April 15 - June 5
The details for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival have been released. For seven weeks beginning April 15, Epcot will bloom with bouquets of custom displays themed to "The Happiest Celebration on Earth," Disney's global jubilee marking the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in Southern California. Roses, daisies, carnations, chrysanthemums and thousands of other varieties of flowers and trees at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will add living color to the largest celebration in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts history. New this year are the Main Entrance Bed, Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden and Farmer Mickey’s Maze. Click the link below to read about the special themed weekends, kid's events, concert line-ups and celebrity experts.
Details & Event Information

MGM Studio Rehabs
Sounds Dangerous and Playhouse Disney have been added to the current refurbishment schedule. Sounds Dangerous will not be operating February 23 - 28, 2005. And Playhouse Disney will not be operational April 4 - 10, 2005.
Complete list of Closings

More Annual Passholder News
Not only can Passholders be among the first guests to go "Soarin" they can also purchase exclusive Soarin' pins. The pins can be obtained by visiting Pin Central in Epcot starting April 15. This is a limited edition pin of only 2,000 with a limit of two pins per Passholder per day.
Also - Annual Passholders can receive a free Pal Mickey T-Shirt. They can get all the Happiest Celebration On Earth inside information from their new Pal Mickey and Pal Mickey will receive an exclusive Passholder t-shirt - FREE! Just show your Pass when you purchase your new Pal Mickey anytime between May 5, 2005 and April 30, 2006, and receive your free t-shirt. You can catch the latest Passholder updates and read the Mickey Monitor newsletters via Info Central - just follow the link below.
Annual Passholder Info

Park Hours, Events and Extra Magic Hour schedules are currently posted through April. Visit Info Central to fine-tune your vacation plans.
Park Hours, Events & Extra Magic Hour

See you next month. Happy Planning!

<< Bytes and Pieces with TiggerRPh  >>

“Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)”
- Celebration
Kool and the Gang

Every post on INTERCOT is important, but some posts warrant some extra celebration. We call these posts, milestone posts. If it’s your first post, someone is likely to notice and welcome you to the INTERCOT Community. If you want to announce your arrival, feel free to post your arrival in the Water Cooler and someone should be around shortly to welcome you ‘officially’.

While we love to welcome new members, we also like to celebrate posting milestones by members. Now, you’re free to start a party for any one of your posts that you want to, but there are certain posting levels that generally garner the attention of the members and staff. These are 100 posts, then 500, the 1000 posts and generally every 1000 posts after that. These celebratory posts occur in the Water Cooler as soon as an observant member or staff member spots that someone has passed one of the milestones, and once they do…watch for the fun to begin.

Don’t worry about being a new member and being shy about hitting 100 posts…every member is important to us and we’ll have as much fun partying and celebrating your first 100 or 500 posts as we do when ChipDale passed 41,000 posts. We don’t even care how long it takes to get to a milestone…if it’s time to party….we celebrate.

It is important to note though that we don’t encourage posting just to increase your posting totals…we want everyone to become a valued member we ask that your posts contribute to the threads you post in.

So keep your eyes open…you never know when someone will hit a milestone in posting and posting celebration will spring up.

Off  Topic with ChipDale >>

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over we can get back to “normal life”.

JanetMegan wanted to know what our 2005 New Year’s resolutions are. Out of all of the resolutions posted by our members, dieting was mentioned the most. Need to take off a few pounds or just want to live a healthier lifestyle? Pop into the Diet Club in the Water Cooler! Each Monday a new thread is started where members post their goals, losses and accomplishments. Get tips on low-cal recipes and exercise routines. No need to join – you’re a member simply by posting in the thread!

Jamie’s January Friday parties included It’s Just a Friday Party Party, Jolly Holiday Jubilee, Everybody Wears a Funny Hat Day, Pop-iti-Pop Day. Stop in the Water Cooler this Friday and see what Jamie’s planned for this week!

Of course January brings talk of snowstorms and the cold. goin2disney wanted to know what your favorite “snowed in” foods are. Chili, soup, chocolate, cookies, French Toast and beer were listed as favorites among INTERCOTees. PolyGirl40 and the rest of our Northeastern INTERCOTees really got dumped on! Thankfully, other than a few power outages here and there, all stayed safe.

Special congratulations to Edzter86 on his acceptance to the University of Connecticut! We’re all very proud of you, Eddy and wish you all the best!

And more congratulations go out to citizensnoopy on getting accepted into the David Geffen (UCLA) School of Medicine. Way to go, Brittany – all of your hard work really paid off! Good luck to you!

January birthday celebrations were held for darthmacho, SouthernmostGopher, WDWCP Spring99, Yvette, DicksonGR, AnimatorTodd, Skelator the Pirate, Jasper, GrandFlo, NLODisney, mommybelle, snowflakegirl, devo995493, Sander, ArtDeco, Bobs, J.C.&ALI'SMOM, wishiwasthere, Puppy Mom, drummerboy, mickeymousemom, C & H (C), tinkwest, ConorsMom, goofgal, Tiggerlovr9000, Here we go again…, Mom2Princess', lebo, locodemickey, Chigger, Flower, drmduval, minnie-mouse, MaryburkS, sgdisney, Nikkipon, disneymomof1, BRK1442, loadingband, dw2649, EpcotFan182, Disney_nut, SteveL, JMcK, TinyTink, JackSparrow, Poohsnpiglespal, SurferStitch, Bmwdsny (Melinda), goin2disney, Lucille, PlutoLVT, MauiMouse, dizkneenut, and dustyguitar. I hope you all had a special day!

Posting milestones were reached by Beast_fanatic – 26,000 posts, ChipnDaleGal – 10,000 posts, MNNHFL – 5,000 posts, minnie-mouse –2,000 posts, vz9p57 – 1,000 posts, SallyP – 1,000 posts, DisneyRox – 1,000 posts, Tinkermom – 1,000 posts, Movieguy – 400 posts, JakeontheCob – Senior Cast Member, AvonleaCF – Senior Cast Member, Mickey for President – Senior Cast Member. Good work everyone – keep up the quality posting!

That’s all for this month. Here’s hoping that our 2005 is a happy, healthy and successful year for all of our INTERCOTees.

<< Conclusion >>

Now everyone should be up to date and more than ready to plan their trip to celebrate the "Happiest Celebration on Earth"! Continue to join us on the INTERCOT discussion boards for the very latest about the celebration. And don't forget to send all comments and Walt Disney World suggestions you may have to newsletter@mousehut.com. Till next time!

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