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<< Introduction >>
Welcome to the latest edition of the INTERCOT Insider. So what’s the hottest
thing going at Walt Disney World right now? That’s right, Expedition:
Everest! With Cast member, Disney Vacation Club and Annual Passholder
previews in full swing, we have your (yes you, our members) first-hand
accounts of encountering the fearsome Yeti. Ever considered becoming a
Disney Vacation Club member, but still may have some lingering questions? If
so, the Timeshare Store has the answers to those questions, and more! And
finally, MickeysGirl and Dr_Nigel_C take us to one of the most popular
restaurants at Epcot, Germany’s Biergarten. We have an issue full of
information, so let’s get started!
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<< Are You Ready to Face the Yeti? >>
With the previews for
Cast Members, Annual Passholders and Vacation Club owners, many INTERCOTees
have had the opportunity to ride Expedition Everest. The attraction is
getting rave reviews. Here’s what our members have to say;
"IT WAS AWESOME! We got to go on it twice. The theming in the queue line was
incredible! Somewhat similar to Kali River Rapids, but better. Very solid,
fast coaster. Like said before, it's not exactly going to be called
"extreme" by coaster buffs, but it's definitely a decent ride. The Yeti
animatronic was incredibly detailed.
The 80ft drop didn't feel that long. This coaster is kind of like a mix of
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
"I rode Thursday. At about 4 p.m., there was a wait of 2 or 3 trains for
standby, but I chose to wait about 20 minutes so my first ride could be in
the front seat. There is a separate queue for the first row after you reach
the loading area. Be sure to tell the cm at the head of the queue before you
are dispatched to a row that you want to wait for the front row.
Second ride (about 4:30), I took first available seat and it was a walk-on.
As has been said, the main lift gives a great view. I was surprised at how
high up it seemed.I actually felt a bit nauseous after the 2nd ride, and I'm
not usually prone to motion sickness (except Teacups.) The ride was a bit
more intense than I expected, and I think it was the backwards curves that
got to me. Much of the backwards portion is (or at least seemed to be) in
near total darkness."
"I was lucky enough to visit Animal Kingdom yesterday, Friday. Expedition
Everest was simply amazing! We were able to ride it a grand total of NINE
times! I have to say, I was really impressed by the entire ride. Let me
start off by saying the beginning of the ride is great. I love the fact that
you don't immediately go right into the chain lift. You actually do those
two brief turns prior. The view from the chain lift was breathtaking. I had
no idea we were actually that high up. I looked to the left and saw
Spaceship Earth and Tower Of Terror off in the distance.
The backwards part of the ride was really great and fun. I've never
experienced anything like this before. I have to admit, this was the part of
the ride I was the most concerned with before riding but it was so fun. The
backwards drop is great too. After we got off the ride there were actually
so many people who thought it felt like we went upside down during the
backwards part. I don't really see how it felt that way to them, though I
figured I would post their opinion as I found it interesting.
The big drop is so fun! I have to say, we rode both in the front of the
train and in the back and there's nothing like sitting in the back,
especially on the big drop. I found the back of the train to be the most
thrilling. Finally there's the Yeti. He was so amazing. He looked very real
and he's huge! I love how when you first entire the tunnel you're a bit far
away from the Yeti and then you actually move very close to him, to the
point where it looked like he was actually going to touch me. Seriously, I
remember there was one time when the Yeti reached out and I actually ducked
because I'm fairly tall and it looked like he was really going to get me."
"Awesome, just awesome. We got to go on Everest Saturday. We got there at 8
am thinking we would beat the crowds. Well we all had to go to the bathroom
last minute (ride jitters I think) and wound up losing our spot. We did
finally get in and over to Everest at about 9:15 am. I was terrified I have
to admit lol. The line for us wasn’t long at all, in fact once we were given
our fast pass looking prize voucher there was no line at all. We walked
right on. Would have loved to seen more of the line, but that gives another
reason to ride later."
"So once we were let into the real queue area it went pretty quickly - maybe
30 minutes tops before we rode the train. Awesome detail. Even the soffits
on the temple roofs were the Yeti image. Bells everywhere and people were
ringing the heck out them. Should be interesting to see how long they last.
I found the train seats comfortable but DH did not. Thoughts-
Going up the Mountain -STEEP -SCARY (and I ride the coasters - at WDW, KI,
Maybe it was because it was the first time but the anticipation while
waiting at the broken track, knowing that the backwards portion was coming
up, just about did me in - the mind just reeled with possibilities.
The Yeti portion was over so fast that you have a hard time really seeing
him - you see him but not to study and see all the detail.
Coming down the mountain and taking the curve at a tilt was extreme and the
best for me.
I did get off feeling nauseous and a little off balance. I don't know what
caused this; maybe going backwards for a bit in the dark with the fast curve
and then the long tilted curve? Haven't experienced it on other coasters
except the ones that loop. Doesn't matter, I'll be climbing the mountain
"We rode EE twice on Friday, the first day of Cast Member previews. I've got
to say that I was very impressed. I like roller coasters, and the wilder the
better. I can't rate this one as "wild" but it is definitely a very good
ride. It's smooth and quiet enough that you can talk in a normal tone of
voice. No "neck snapping" acceleration or sudden directional changes, and
the theming is quite good."
"Finally got over to the preview today and rode 4 times (with no wait at
all)! Holy cow, Expedition Everest far exceeded what I was expecting! My
friends were telling me that it was no worse than Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad (BTMRR), but I have to say it was much more intense. Like others
were saying, not extreme compared to other coasters, but definitely more
than BTMRR. The yeti was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I think I'm going to have
nightmares about it tonight. Great job Walt Disney Imagineering!"
"Well, I rode today, as an AP holder.The ride was great. The one thing I was
surprised by was a lack of music, or narration or something. For a ride that
seems to tell such a story, I would have thought something like that would
have seemed natural, at least at the beginning as you build up to the ride,
and at the pauses when you are waiting for the track to shift.
However, overall, this was an amazingly fun ride. Sadly, I had to work in
the afternoon, so only got to ride it once, but I am REALLY glad I did. And,
everything everyone else has said about the theming of the queue, and of the
ride in general is 100% true. I was amazed by the level of detail. Also
amused by the sign in one place that said simply "8 1/2 X 11 Expedition
Map." Obviously, the ride is not completely ready for prime time, but it is
still amazing, all told."
"Let me start by saying......WOW. .. This ride is probably the best thrill
ride that Disney has to offer. The Queue for the line was Beautiful..... It
had many temples with what looked like Yeti Warship statues. Then there was
also an area with some statues where guests were trying to get pennies and
dimes in the gold and silver cups on a stone. The queue also comes complete
with a Yeti Museum. Which seemed to hold the line up at times... but well
The ride system was also completely different from any rollercoaster I have
ever been on before, with a few surprises that will catch you off guard.
Also the lift hill gives you a complete view of Disney World and surrounding
areas. I don’t wanna give away any spoilers but I will say this ride was
well worth the wait. I went on a few times as the line was only long when
the park first opened. Oddly enough there were more people in line just to
get the pin then there was to actually go on the attraction."
"First off, the ride is huge. Everything about it makes the other Disney
rides seem small by comparison. The queue area is my new favorite. Lot's of
authentic props, including the Yeti museum. My best description of the ride
itself is that it's a cross between Big Thunder and Rock and Rollercoaster,
on steroids. With a tad of Dinosaur (without the roughness) thrown in.
Without a doubt the number 1 coaster in WDW. The good part is that it's
still a coaster done the Disney way.
Probably the best part is the total smoothness of the ride. No jerkiness, no
stomach churning, just a fast and thrilling ride. The Yeti, though only seen
briefly, is already an Audio-Animatronic legend in my mind. And you
absolutely have to check out the view at the top of the lift. All of WDW's
landmarks can be seen. Very impressive!
We were lucky enough to do it 3 times on Sat. The 2nd 2 times with " gifted"
Fast Passes. This will be the ride you will have to rush to, first thing in
the morning to get Fast Passes for, then ride it immediately after, to get 2
guaranteed rides. No doubt there will be a lot of people coming to AK in the
next few months (maybe years), just to ride EE then leave the park.
Can't wait to do it again!!!"
Attraction Information & Photos
Discussion & Spoilers
<< WDW History & Trivia with WDWDriver >>
Ron is enjoying some
time away this month, but he’ll return in February with more interesting
facts and tidbits about our favorite vacation destination.
<< Dining Out with MickeysGirl & Dr_Nigel_ >>
Guten Tag, and welcome to another edition of Dining Out! Where in the
“World” can you find great beer, great entertainment, great food and meet
lots of new people right at your table? In Germany, that’s where! This issue
we're in Biergarten, which is located inside the Germany Pavilion at Epcot.
This is definitely a fun, family-friendly place, so be prepared to grab your
drink and start singing!
At Biergarten, you can experience both lunch and dinner in pure Oktoberfest
style! Lunch is served from 12:00PM until 3:45PM, with the entertainment
starting around 1:15PM, while dinner is served from 4:00PM till 8:30PM. Both
meals feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, stocked with traditional German
foods including sausage, rotisserie chicken, roasted pork, schnitzel, red
cabbage, potatoes and much more! A full menu can be found
Children can order macaroni & cheese, hot dogs and chicken nuggets. And
let’s not forget the Adult beverages. There are several selections of German
Beer to be had, coming in both small and large (1 liter!) and perfect for
raising those glasses in song. PROST! And there are also plenty of desserts,
if you have room left when all is said and done.
Biergarten is very reasonably priced, especially being located in World
Showcase. Also, being a buffet, you are guaranteed to leave satisfied and
stuffed! Lunch is $8.99 for children and $16.99 for adults, while dinner is
$9.99 for children and $21.99 for adults. Sodas and German beers are
available in addition to the price of the meal. Advanced Dining Reservations
are highly recommended. Biergarten also participates in the Magic Your Way
with Dining Plan
as well as the Disney
Dining Experience for your dining convenience, and park admission is
required to dine here.
Along with the buffet style food, the seating at Biergarten is
banquet-style, meaning that the tables seat up to 8, so smaller parties are
typically grouped together, also in true Oktoberfest style. Don’t be afraid
to start talking to your tablemates! And be sure to keep an eye out to the
stage and dance floor, as the entertainment can’t be beat! The tables are
arranged so that each has a great view of the main stage, and the
Oktoberfest shows occur every hour or so. A lively 4-member band puts on a
wonderful show, which is completely interactive. And be sure to get
involved, you never know whom you will meet; some even get married! (Ask our
own DisneyWizard about that one!) Be prepared to dance and sing your way
throughout and stay as long as you like. We’ve been known to make through 2
or 3 shows at one sitting! You can truly find here a relaxed, easygoing
atmosphere, which is great for a party of 2 to a party of 20! We hope you
enjoy your dining experience here and GUTEN TAG!
DVC Most Frequently Asked Questions >>
Presented by THE TIMESHARE
WHY SHOULD I BUY MY DVC MEMBERSHIP THROUGH THE TIMESHARE STORE?
The reason is simple....SAVINGS and SELECTION. On average, our customers
save $5 to $10 per point when buying a resale rather than purchasing
directly from Disney Vacation Club. Also, the real estate interest
(Membership) that you purchase through The Timeshare Store is exactly the
same as if you purchased directly from Disney Vacation Club (DVC). You'll
even receive a welcome package that includes your Member ID Card, Member
Handbook and Vacation Planner. Buying from DVC direct limits your ownership
resort choice to one location, Saratoga Springs Resort. The Timeshare Store
has availability at all seven locations including Beach Club Resort, Villas
at Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk Villas and more!
WILL I RECEIVE THE SAME TREATMENT AND BENEFITS AS DVC MEMBERS WHO
PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM DISNEY?
Absolutely. Our clients receive the same first rate treatment and DVC Member
Benefits as those members who purchased direct from the Disney Vacation
Club. You will even receive a new member kit directly from Disney.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MANY DVC POINTS TO PURCHASE?
IT really depends on your personal vacation habits. There are a number of
options available to you when you join Disney Vacation Club. Your points can
be used at any DVC Resort (Old Key West, Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Hilton
Head Island, Vero Beach Resorts, Beach Club Villas, Villas at Wilderness
Lodge and Saratoga Springs Resort). You can also use your points for member
getaways through Interval International, which offers timeshare resorts all
over the world. Disney has recently
added the Disney Cruise Line to the long list of choices that DVC members
CAN I USE MY POINTS TO STAY AT RESORTS OTHER THAN WALT DISNEY WORLD?
Yes. Your Disney Vacation Club Membership allows you great flexibility to
enjoy resorts all over the world. You can view the DVC Point Charts at
www.dvc-resales.com to anticipate how many points you would use at different
times of the year, and at different DVC resorts. This is especially useful
in helping you determine how many points you may need to purchase.
HOW LONG HAS THE TIMESHARE STORE BEEN IN BUSINESS?
The Timeshare Store sold its first DVC resale in 1993 and had two employees.
Today, we have five full-time licensed real estate associates - Pat, Jerry,
Jason, Kristie and Jamie - and 4 administrative assistants - Leslie, Yamilin,
Rose and Emily.
You will never talk to a machine when calling The Timeshare Store during
business hours. We are open 7 days a week and pride ourselves in always
being available to answer your questions and present offers.
WHEN CAN I MAKE MY FIRST DVC RESERVATION?
About 7 days after closing. DVC enters you into the database as a DVC Member
and you may begin making reservations by calling Member Services at
WHAT DOES USE YEAR MEAN?
The use year is the month you receive your points each year. It has nothing
to do with when you can make your reservations, however.
Example: If you have a June use year, you can call Member Services in
February (or even earlier) to make a reservation for August. (You may book
up to 11 months in advance at your home resort and up to 7 months in advance
at any of the other Club locations.) Or, if you want to vacation before your
use year begins, you may borrow points from the upcoming allotment.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CLOSE?
Approximately 7 weeks. After we receive both Buyers and Sellers signed
contract, everything goes to Disney for ROFR (Right of First Refusal).
Disney has 30 days to review the contract and decide whether to exercise
their right or not. They generally make that decision in 3 weeks. Once
approved, Disney forwards everything to the title company and they prepare
final documents. After the final documents have been executed and returned
(along with the monies due from the Buyer), the contract closes and Disney
is notified of the transfer of title.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY MEMBER ID CARD, NEW MEMBER HANDBOOK AND VACATION
Approximately 30 days after closing. You do not need to have your ID card in
order to make a reservation. Just call Member Services and they will look
your name up alphabetically.
CAN DVC MEMBERS HAVE MORE THAN ONE USE YEAR?
Yes. If you have the same use year for all of your packages, you will have
one ID card for all of them. If you have more than one use year, you will
receive an ID card for each one
DO I HAVE TO BUY A MINIMUM OF 150 POINTS?
Not when buying a resale through The Timeshare Store. You may purchase as
few as 25 points and Disney Vacation Club will consider you a Member with
full benefits. You will receive your ID card, DVC Member Handbook and
Vacation Planner just as though you had purchased 150 points directly from
ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN COSTS WHEN BUYING A DVC RESALE?
No hidden costs. When you purchase a DVC resale through The Timeshare Store,
you will have your purchase price, closing costs and applicable Annual Dues.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT THE CLOSING COSTS WILL BE?
The closing costs average between $400 and $760 based on the purchase price.
Your agent can give you an exact amount on each of our listings.
ARE PRICES NEGOTIABLE?
Some Sellers are negotiable and some are firm at their asking price. Well
always be happy to present an offer for you. The agents at The Timeshare
Store will advise you if your offer is in danger of not passing ROFR so you
may make an informed decision about the price you'd like us to present.
WHAT IS ROFR?
Right of First Refusal is the option Disney Vacation Club has to purchase
any resale package after a sales price has been agreed upon and a contract
has been drawn up. Each contract must be forwarded to DVC for review. If the
price is too low, Disney will step in and purchase the property themselves
at the terms agreed upon by the Seller and original Buyer. DVC then becomes
DOES DISNEY EXERCISE ROFR VERY OFTEN?
Not if the Buyer presents a reasonable offer or asks The Timeshare Store for
advice before presenting an offer.
Some Buyers are willing to take a risk and make low bids just to see if they
can sneak one through. For example, if a Buyer wants to offer $79 per point
for a Beach Club listing, the Timeshare Store agent will advise that Buyer
that the low price is going to raise a red flag for DVC (even if the Seller
is willing to accept that amount). When and if DVC exercises their ROFR, the
Buyer is notified immediately by The Timeshare Store and their deposit is
refunded in full.
IF DISNEY EXERCISES ROFR, CAN I COME BACK WITH A HIGHER BID?
No. Disney has advised us that once they have exercised their ROFR, the
bidding process is over.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW MANY YEARS ARE LEFT ON EACH LISTING?
All of the Vacation Club Resort listings except those at Saratoga Springs
end the same day - January 31, 2042 (Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Beach
Club Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Vero Beach
Resort and Hilton Head Resort.) Saratoga Springs memberships end on January
IS FINANCING AVAILABLE?
Yes. The Timeshare Store works with Tammac Financial Corp. You may be
pre-approved for a loan by applying online at http://www.tammacfinancial.com
or by phone at 1-800-640-6753.
AFTER I'VE BANKED MY POINTS, CAN I GET THEM BACK IF I DECIDE TO TAKE A
VACATION THIS YEAR?
Once points are banked, they cannot be returned to the current year.
However, if you decide to take a vacation after banking this years points,
you may always borrow up to 100% of next years allotment.
WHY DO SOME LISTINGS SAY CANNOT CLOSE UNTIL XX/XX/2006?
If a Member has an outstanding reservation, the sale cannot close until that
vacation has been taken or the Sellers reservation will be cancelled when
the deed is transferred to the Buyer. If the vacation is for May 30th -June
6th, then the sale cannot close until June 6th but all of the paperwork can
be prepared, signed and ready prior to that. On June 6th, the title company
will close the sale, transfer title and notify DVC.
HOW MANY YEARS CAN I BANK MY POINTS?
Your points may be banked every year, but the same points cannot be banked
more than once.
In other words, if you have a June use year and bank your points from June
2006 into June 2006, those points may be used until the last day of May,
2007. They cannot be banked again. However, the June 2006 points may be
banked into June of 2007 and are good through May 31, 2008.
HOW CAN I ACCUMULATE POINTS FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS?
By banking and borrowing. Bank your 2006 points into 2007. In 2006, borrow
your points from 2008. You now have 3 years' points available all at once.
We hope you’ve
enjoyed this issue, and we’ll be back in the next few weeks with another
issue of the Insider. Until then, stay warm and Happy INTERCOTing!
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