October 2005 - Edition One
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<< Introduction >>
Hello, Everyone. Have you checked out the trip reports from the
Happiest Celebration on INTERCOT yet? The event was a huge hit! A special
thanks to everyone who attended and especially to JohnY for making it all
happen! Many laughs, stories and hugs were exchanged throughout the weekend.
John is already tossing out teasers for the next big meet - so stay tuned.
This edition brings you a “Truth or Fantasy” quiz by Ron, a helpful tutorial
on how to search the new boards with Jason, 'Ohana changes with Jamie, Jane
catches us up on the latest Water Cooler topics and the Radisson Resort
Parkway introduces a great vacation special. And off we go!
<< Radisson Resort Parkway Special >>
Radisson Resort Parkway, a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, is currently
offering a rate special of $59 per night. The discount is available from
October 24 - December 22 on Sunday through Thursday travel dates, excluding
November 6-11. The resort is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World
and provides shuttles to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios, 718
remodeled guest rooms, 3 sparkling pools with waterfalls, 2 whirlpools and a
40' water slide, 5 on site food and beverage outlets (KIDS EAT FREE!) and
all situated on 20 acres of beautiful, tropically landscaped grounds. The
resort is the perfect vacation within a vacation destination.
History & Trivia with WDWdriver >>
Want to play some Truth or Fantasy? Here are some common rumors about Walt
Disney World that may or may not be true. The answers to the riddles are at
the end of this edition.
1. There is a monument that indicates to guests the exact center of the Walt
Disney World property.
2. There is a forest in the famous shape of Mickey’s head and ears near Walt
3. The water tower at Disney-MGM Studios holds 10,000 gallons of water.
Across the Boards with Figment! >>
With over 53,000 threads and more than 670,000 posts, the
discussion boards can seem like an overwhelming place, but luckily we have a
quick search function to help. Using a quick search on the discussion boards
is a great way to find an old thread you want to refer to or a great way to
find answer to a question you think may have been asked before. So let’s
dive in and take a look at quick search functions.
First thing to recognize is that with the new boards, there are two ways of
performing a quick search. Guests have the option to “search” or “search
this forum.” If you know which forum a past thread was posted or where a
past answer may be the “search this forum” option is a nice way to narrow
down your search. On the other hand if you are not sure of the forum, the
“search” option will scan the whole boards for you. To use these features
simply click on their appropriate buttons. The “search” button is in the top
toolbar at the top of every discussion board page. The “search this forum”
button is at the top of the forum section on every main forum page. Clicking
on both these buttons will produce a drop down form for you to enter your
key words in. Once you have entered your key words, you just click the “go”
button to the right of the form and you are on your way.
So let’s say I wanted to find all threads about Cinderella’s Gala Feast. If
I were to type into the search form Cinderella’s Gala Feast the search
function would find all threads that contain the words Cinderella’s, Gala,
and Feast. This may pull up a thread with a post reading, “After we rode
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel we had a feast at Pinocchio’s Village house—It
was a gala of a night”, but this is not what I wanted. To solve these types
of over-searching dilemmas, quotation marks are used. If I were to enter
instead “Cinderella’s Gala Feast”, the search function would find for me all
threads that contain the exact phrase Cinderella’s Gala Feast.
Until next time, happy browsing around the boards and see ya real soon!
<< Dining with MickeysGirl
Aloha! Welcome to another yummy edition of Dining Out! This time
around, we're reviewing ‘Ohana, located in the Polynesian Resort….
Wait a minute! We’ve already reviewed ‘Ohana – what’s the big idea?! Well, a
lot has changed since our last review, about two weeks after our last report
being published to be precise. That being said, we figured we’d let all of
you know what’s changed, what’s the same and how they compare!
Character Breakfast is still available, and is predominantly the same.
Only a slight change in Character Cast has occurred with the arrival of Lilo,
Stitch and Pluto, replacing Chip, Dale and Goofy. Our pal Mickey is still
around though! Other then that, the menu (scrambled eggs, fried potatoes,
pork sausage links, etc) and price ($17.99 for adults and $9.99 for children
3 – 9 years old) have not changed.
However, the big changes are with
dinner. For starters, a large salad bowl is still part of the appetizer
course, but rice and shrimp wontons have been replaced with vegetables,
“Maui Potatoes” (think potatoes au gratin with onions), and Wonton chips.
Dipping sauces are still provided to be used with the wonton chips and for
the main course meats. Also, the shrimp skewers for the entrée have been
changed to sweet and sour shrimp for an appetizer. In place of the shrimp
skewer entrée, ‘Ohana is now offering a Hawaiian Pork sausage. The remainder
of the dinner meat selection: Steak, turkey & pork are still cooked over the
fire pit and brought to your table!
Dessert has changed a bit, too. Instead of their famous pineapple and
caramel sauce, bread pudding is now served with banana sauce. A tasty end to
a tasty meal.
In comparison, we found the new menu quite delectable. Nigel particularly
missed the rice appetizer and Jamie was longing for her shrimp wontons, but
on a whole the change was favorable. We didn’t really care for the sausage
as much as we would have liked, but there was plenty of everything else to
make up for that. And though the pineapple with caramel sauce was a unique
and tasty dessert, the bread pudding holds it’s own. The only unfavorable
part of our latest meal was the service! Hopefully it’s a fluke and the
servers are just getting used to a new system. We would hate to see ‘Ohana
lose popularity because of the serving staff. But then again, you can always
just order another Lapu Lapu and you might not notice as much! ;-)
As a recap from our first article, ‘Ohana continues to participate in both
Disney Dining Experience Plan and the Magic Your Way with
Dining Plan. Advanced Dining Reservations are still available here and
are highly recommended.
Well, that about wraps it up for this month’s Dining Out, and we hope you
have enjoyed our deja-review! Aloha!
<< Off Topic with ChipDale
As we said our final farewells to summer over the Labor Day weekend, we
INTERCOTees were going through withdrawal as JohnY worked furiously on our
“new look”. Thanks to
INTERCOT West for hosting us and a huge THANK YOU to JohnY for the new
boards! I don’t know about you, but I’m still discovering new features!
Speaking of new boards, have you noticed that at the bottom of the Main
Index page there is a section called “What’s Going On?” In this section you
can see today’s INTERCOT Birthdays. So, if you’d like your name to appear on
your birthday, just make sure that your birth date is listed in your
Were you aware that September was Chicken Month, Hug a Texas Chef Month, Sea
Cadet Month and National Piano Month? Other celebrations in September
included National Waffle Week, Bald is Beautiful Week, Dogs in Politics Day,
Johnny Appleseed Day, Fish Tank Floorshow Night and National Beheading Day!
As you can see, such diverse celebrations happen each month thanks to Lizzy!
Jamie’s Friday parties in September started out on the West Coast and
resumed on the East Coast after our new boards were ready! So, we started
the month with a Friday party – Disneyland Style! (Thank you INTERCOT West
for hosting us!) Other Friday parties were the Wonderful Weirdo Walla-walla-bing-bang!,
The Shiver Me Timbers Swashbuckling Bazaar! (in honor of Talk Like a Pirate
Day), the Marga-Rita Party and the Falling All Over Ourselves Festival.
Check out and see what Jamie has in store for us this Friday!
Who says that the Water Cooler water isn’t potent? rt207 is expecting her
little bundle of joy in May! Congratulations and best wishes to you, Tam!
I’m sure that our INTERCOT family breathed a sigh of relief for
buzznwoodysmom on the safe return of her husband from Iraq. Denise, thank
you to your husband and your family for their sacrifice to keep our great
Our members post requests for pixie dust and advice on a regular basis. I’d
wager that no one needed more pixie dust recently than our own SgtTigger
(Bret) and his wife Sherrie. We’ve followed their story since Hurricane
Katrina came ashore. Thank you Sherrie for keeping us updated on Bret’s
whereabouts and continued pixie dust to both of you as you rebuild your home
and your lives.
Posting milestones in September were reached by ChipnDaleGal – 15,000 posts,
DisneyWizard – 11,000 posts, DisneyorBust – 1,000 posts, JabberJaws – 1,000
posts, samanthastanky – 600 posts, Disneygirl2290 – 500 posts, candaceB –
Senior Cast Member, aunsen – Senior Cast Member, and PrincessCathy – Senior
Cast Member. Congratulations to all of you!
1. Nope. There is no such monument. If there were it would be on
a portion of the property that is set aside as a wildlife preserve. And it
would probably be under water. There used to be a marker in the center of
the hub in front of Cindy’s castle at the Magic Kingdom which is the exact
center of that park.
2. This one is true. On February 27, 1992 hundreds of Cast Members fanned
out across 50 acres of land northwest of Walt Disney World on land owned by
the Reedy Creek Improvement District. They planted 50,000 pine tree
seedlings in the shape of the three circles. The land is no longer owned by
Reedy Creek, but the Mickey forest is still there.
3. No. The water tower holds no water. It is a park icon because in the
early days of movie making the various studios were located well away from
California’s population centers and fire departments. So the studios had to
be prepared to fight fires on sets which were flimsy and mostly wooden.
Hence a water tower on the property.
That concludes this edition of the Insider. Thanks to everyone
that contributed. Now run along and check out the
trip reports forum for everyone’s Happiest Gathering on INTERCOT stories
and photos! Be sure to catch the next Insider with all of our regular
installments! Until next month, Happy INTERCOTing!
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