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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > August 2005

Intercot.com INTERCOT Insider
 August 2005 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

The summer season is winding down and the kids are heading back to school. If you haven't started firming up your Walt Disney World plans for the holidays, make haste. Now is the time to start! We have all the latest updates on the fall and holiday events from around the World. We also have tips and information on the INTERCOT board happenings from Ray and Jane. Ron fills us in on the History of Donald Duck, Jamie and Rob give a mouth-watering review of Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club Resort, and we’ll entice you Mousehut users with some new features soon to launch. Come on everybody, here we go!

An exciting issue waits. Get comfortable and get reading!

<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard  >>

As the summer dies down more and more events seem to pop up at our favorite vacation destination. Some of the year’s most popular events are coming up, and new information has been released regarding both. Keep on reading to see what’s to come and what members have had to say about it.

- Candlelight Processional narrators announced -
The Candlelight Processional will take place this year from November 25th until December 30th and will feature narrators such as Haley Joel Osment and Eartha Kitt. This year’s prices for the dinner packages range from $30.99 to $45.99 for adults. Tickets go on sale on August 15th and can be bought by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

“I think it would be cool to hear it read by Haley Joel Osmet. That kid is an awesome actor, and xmas time to me means kids and presents and santa and whatnot.” –firefan43
“WOW, what a lineup.” –Marilyn Michetti
“I don't think you can go wrong with whoever you pick really.” –DisneyKim22

More information

- Food and Wine Festival details announced -
The Epcot Food and Wine festival is back again this year, taking place between September 20th and November 13th. Details have been announced on the offerings, and this year looks to be the biggest of them all. Including activities such as the usual wine, beer, and culinary samplings in addition to the Eat to the Beat! concerts, the Festival Welcome Center, and special “reservation only” events.

“Boy, they are slow to put it together this year. Maybe that means they will have great events?” –SallyP
“Now the hard part, making decisions!” -TewEpcot

More festival information

<< Bytes and Pieces with TiggerRPh  >>

Bytes & Pieces –
On this trip to WDW, my travel party consisted of me, DW, DD, DS, FIL and MIL. After we landed at MCO, DME took us to our favorite WDW resort, POFQ. We then checked in and got our DDE vouchers from the CM. Our room wasn’t ready so we took the bus to DtD for a quick lunch at the RFC and some shopping at WoD and OUaT. Our room was now ready, so we dropped off our goodies and headed off to MK where we did HM, BTMRR, CoP, SM and SplM. We had dinner at CP. Since it was an EMH night we stayed and watched Wishes.

If you’re new to INTERCOT (or even if you’re not), you’re probably wondering what I just said…maybe you were thinking that I was speaking in some code. Actually, in this example of a post we’re talking about Orlando International Airport, Disney’s Magical Express, the Port Orleans French Quarter, and Disney’s Dining Experience among other things. And in a way, I was talking in a code…Disney Abbreviations. Abbreviations, wonderful things to those educated in the jargon, but very confusing, especially if overused to the uninformed.

Luckily, INTERCOT has a glossary of common abbreviations that the staff have experienced on the boards…What Does it all Mean? to help decipher the “Disney Codes”. While reading the boards, if you run across an abbreviation that you don’t understand or can’t figure out, I encourage you to ask or check out the link above.

For those writing posts on the boards we have a few pointers so as to alleviate the confusion of others. Ideally, if you could avoid using abbreviations all together, that would be the ultimate solution to the confusion. If you feel that you need to use some abbreviations, we ask that you initially use the full term and then use the abbreviation later in your post.

Another form of shorthand is sometimes seen on the boards…the use of “text message” style writing. While this may seem convenient to the people using them…to many of our members who don’t use text messaging, these shortcuts tend to make some posts or portions of posts unreadable. So, we as a staff strongly discourage the use of text message shorthand while posting on the boards.

We need to be aware INTERCOT’s membership covers a very diverse landscape. We have members with all sorts of backgrounds…American and non-American, technologically savvy and those that aren’t. We also need to remember that we see new members everyday…members that may be new to Disney and all the jargon. Sometimes if we think “Inside Disney” too much, we scare off these people, feeling that that they will be thought of as stupid for not knowing what’s being talked about. So, we ask you to think of everyone when you post…because INTERCOT is about including everyone into the discussion of Disney and Walt Disney World.

<< History & Trivia with WDWdriver  >>

Donald's Family Tree
I suspect that some of you are a little confused about Donald Duck and his relationships with other residents of Duckburg. Well, sit back and relax. I’m here to clear it all up for you.

Donald Fauntleroy Duck (yes, Fauntleroy) first appeared in The Wise Little Hen in 1934. Donald’s parents are Quackmore Duck and Hortense McDuck. His grandparents are Humperdink Grampa Duck and Elvira Grandma Duck Coot, who is a descendant of Duckburg’s founder, Cornelius Coot.

Over the years we have learned that Donald is the nephew on his mothers side of Scrooge McDuck, and Donald has a girlfriend named Daisy. His first girlfriend was Donna Duck, Daisy’s older sister, who first appeared in Don Donald in 1937. Daisy became his girlfriend in Mr. Duck Steps Out in 1940. Donald’s lucky cousin, Gladstone Gander, is a rival who has also dated Daisy. Donald has a twin sister, Della Thelma Duck, whose nickname is Dumbella. She is married to Daisy’s brother (not named) and is the mother of Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Daisy has two aunts, Matilda and Drusilla. Her sister, Donna, is the mother of Daisy’s nieces, April, May and June.
There. Now you can clearly see how everyone is related. You’re welcome.

<< Mousehut’s Improved Features    >>

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Enhanced Email Rules: Automate repetitive tasks in Web Mail. Email Rules has been totally redesigned to be more flexible & easier to use!

Folder Janitor: Keep folders in check by limiting how much storage they can use.

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<< Dining with MickeysGirl and Dr_Nigel_C  >>

Welcome all you beach partiers! Hope everyone is ready for this month’s fun in the sun filled issue of Dining Out! This month, we are focusing on some casual, but not to be missed, resort dining at Beaches and Cream. As one of the many of the unique dining experiences that can be found at Walt Disney World, Beaches and Cream throws you back to yesteryear to the days of poodle skirts and cool cruisers. The theming is that of an old time soda fountain, complete with real cherries in your Cherry Coke! Located at the Beach Club Resort, no admission is required to get in. If you choose to drive over, just simply inform the gentleman at the gate and he will let you through. You can also gain access through the Friendship Boats that run between Epcot, the Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin resorts. Sorry Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) are not accepted at this restaurant, and the seating is limited so make sure you get there early. One tip is to plan your meal slightly before or after “regular” meal times, your wait will not be quite as long. For those more interested in eating in their rooms or by the pool, Take out Service is also available.

If you are wondering what kind of food you might find at a soda fountain, well let us tell you… Soda Fountain Food! You can get an array of sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, sodas, shakes, onion rings and they are all excellent! We’ve tried many a burger, and we think this place has the best burgers on Disney property! Yummy! And of course, don’t forget about the ice cream! You can order ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes and banana splits; that is if you have room left! This is also the home of the illusive “Kitchen Sink”! More ice cream and brownies than many groups could think to handle, plus an entire can of whipped cream! We saw a couple of brave souls trying to put a dent in this place on our last visit. Wonder how that worked out? Anyway… The cost of an adult meal here will run around $10 per entrée, kids meals around $6, and desserts between $5-10, unless you want the Kitchen Sink, that’s a bit more. This restaurant also accepts both the Magic Your Way with Dining Plan and the Disney Dining Experience Card.

This is a restaurant that is fun for the whole family. If you are a couple out for a stroll on the beach, you can go in and share a thick chocolate shake with two straws in a booth all to yourself. If you have the kids with you they might take one look at the menu and hope that mom and dad will let them have their dessert first (or maybe instead of) their meal! Also, it’s very convenient to the surrounding Yacht Club and Boardwalk resorts or a nice stroll over from Epcot’s International Gateway. Any way you look at it is a great way to get a break from the heat, take a trip back in time and chill out in a cool place! Hope you all enjoy your next trip to Beaches and Cream. Happy dining!

Off  Topic with ChipDale >>

I hope that all of our INTERCOTees had a happy and safe Fourth of July! Our members spent the holiday in diverse ways. Most INTERCOTees did the usual – cookouts, fireworks, traveling and boating, while some unfortunate souls like MauiMouse, STADIS and Mscholl13 had to work. A few lucky members like Alligirl and Terra spent some quality time in WDW!

According to Lizzy’s Celebrations, July was American Beer Month, National Doghouse Repairs Month, Women’s Motorcycle Month and Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Other July observances included Air Conditioning Appreciation Week, Rabbit Week, Hug Week and National Salad Week. Some of the crazier daily observances were Juggling Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day, Rat Catchers Day and National Drive Thru Day. Check out Lizzy’s list next month and see how you can better improve your August!

Fridays just would be the same without INTERCOT’s official Party Hostess Jamie and the official Cabana Boy of INTERCOT, Nigel. Jamie and Nigel threw the Annual Fourth of July Bash, the Batten Down the Hatches Hurricane Party, the Happy 50th Disneyland party, the Fancy Dance Party, and the So Long Summer Beach Party. Come into the Water Cooler this Friday and start your weekend out right!

July birthday celebrations were held for: ThisKnee, gonk12, Shell- Belle, Dad, AtlDisneyPHreak, VickiP, Joyce47, chanty9513, SplashMtnBoy, Nydaily, ckret1, tiff929, bettie, WDWacky, WEDTOPIA, Kourtnie, roses, Freetime, DisneyKim22, DDBird, alphamommy, Googlie Bear, DVC2004, DADx3, TheSorcererofFantasia, Mickey's Chick, smassadi, MScholl13, GoofysCowgirl, Rhetoric2000, ArielKate, disney98, PrincessJasmine, NYC WDW Fan, Skippy, Donalds Duckie,, Disneygirl2290, magickingdom67, 3 TiggerFan13, Disneypro, EvaBryan, cosmic ray, Kathy_WE, Tinkerbell23, RNTinkFan, CanadianWDWFan, roryjulie, Nascfan, tennvalgirl, Meag0728, DisneyFanaticDargon, JanetMegan, Momof2boys, and MS Jim's Daughter. I hope you all had a wonderful day!

July posting milestones were reached by: Melanears – 23,000 posts, ChipnDaleGal – 14,000 posts, Jeri Lynn - 1,000 posts, Marilyn Michetti – 1,000 posts, Dopey’s Girl – 1,000 posts, JabberJaws – 900 posts, MissOrlando98 – 500 posts, TinkRocks – Senior Cast Member, tink4me – Senior Cast Member, and Amaya-Chan 200 posts. Congratulations to all of you!

I’m cutting it a little short this month because unfortunately the month of July ended on a sad note for the entire INTERCOT community. As most of you already know, little Sam Wood lost his battle with leukemia on July 26th. From Mel: “I just wanted to thank you all for your meaningful and loving posts and all the support you are giving to our family.” Mel, you know that you have our deepest sympathy and we are here for you!

That’s about it for July. Sooner than you know it, we’ll be talking about the kids being back in school and the leaves falling. Enjoy the remainder of the summer while you have the chance!

<< Conclusion>>

Thanks for reading this latest issue of the INTERCOT Insider. Don't forget to check the boards for all the details on the Happiest Gathering on INTERCOT, which is coming in October. The details have been announced, and it looks like we are going to have a great turnout. We'd love to have as many INTERCOTees there as possible!

Until next issue, happy INTERCOTing!

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