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<< Introduction >>
If you aren't hungry now, you certainly will be when you finish reading our
latest issue of the INTERCOT Insider. Yes, the focus is on food, and
considering how popular the Dining forum is on the discussion boards, this
is going to be a great issue! And sneaking in with a special appearance is
ChipDale with our February Water Cooler bits. Get ready for a tasty read!
Play & Dine” Package Returns >>
announced a Stay, Play & Dine Package for guests vacationing from August 13
through September 30, 2006. Book a 5-night, 6-day Magic Your Way Package
Plus Dining at a select Disney Value Resort for just $435+ per adult. Enjoy
theme park admission, Resort benefits and meals from over 100 select Walt
Disney World restaurants! This special opened to Disney Visa Card Holders on
April 1 for advance booking. The package is available to the public on April
4. This offer must be booked by June 4, 2006 and is applicable to longer
stays and other resort levels. For more details on this and other 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.
Counter Society >>
The Luxury Guide to Walt Disney World Resort
Fine dining in Orlando used to take place at a table. Not so now. In many of
the city’s restaurants the best seats in the house are to be had at the
counter where a front row seat to the action in the kitchen along with food
and drink is the order of the day.
Nab one of eight counter seats facing the kitchen’s giant, twin clay ovens
at one of Disney’s most exciting restaurants. Nosh on the off-the-menu
sampler platter of appetizers, move on to the smokey wood-grilled pork
tenderloin with sweet potato dumplings and a brothy mushroom ragout, and
don’t leave without ordering the unbelievably wonderful chocolate-filled
beggars purses, one of Disney’s best desserts.
This may be the most difficult ticket in town, but Disney’s legendary dining
mecca located high atop the Contemporary Resort offers two seats at the
kitchen counter, four seats in front of the Yoshie’s sushi counter, and two
facing the pastry counter (YUM!). You can request your preference when
reserving a table, but nothing is guaranteed. Try to time your meal to see
the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the restaurant’s observation deck
Perched in front of the exhibition kitchen are the eight seats of the Chef’s
Food Bar. Pick from the 2,000-bottle wine display (awarded the Wine
Spectator Best of Award of Excellence), then kibitz with the chefs and catch
the up close action of this exciting restaurant. Make your dining
reservations up to six months in advance to assure yourself a place.
At this gorgeous restaurant’s ten-seat counter guests may order off the
regular menu or choose the $48, 4-course Chef’s Tasting Menu. But those in
the know set aside the second Saturday of the month for the 5-course
Teppanyaki Dinner where the lightning quick chef provides the show.
Devotees of tempura will love this delightfully cozy space in Epcot’s World
Showcase where they’ll find the lightly battered, deep-fried meats and
vegetables so popular in Japanese restaurants. Compensating for its compact
size is charming bar–style seating around a U-shaped counter rimming the
cooking space allowing a view of the chefs as they prepare the tasty
tidbits. No advance reservations taken so get in line.
<< New Food Photo Section on INTERCOT >>
Have you seen it yet?
All I can say is; Yum! INTERCOT's Food Photo Section is designed to give you
a sampling of the variety of cuisine served at the Walt Disney World Resort.
As they say; "A picture is worth a thousand words". I think that rings true
for taste buds too. If your travels to Walt Disney World includes a stop at
a Disney restaurant and you have your camera with you - please snap a photo
of your meal and share! We will add it to the gallery.
Photos can be sent to;
email@example.com We appreciate your help in keeping the site
up to date. The gallery will continue to grow with your support. A
special thanks to everyone that has contributed.
Disney World Food Gallery
<< Dining Out with MickeysGirl & Dr_Nigel >>
Slainte! And welcome to yet another edition of Dining Out! With St.
Patrick's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd talk about some Irish
fare and quite the hopping (and singing and dancing) place to boot! This
edition, we're featuring Raglan Road, the newest place to eat at Downtown
Disney Pleasure Island. Raglan Road is an Irish Pub & Restaurant owned and
operated by a company from Ireland!
Raglan Road is a great place to get your entertainment while you eat, or
just head in for the entertainment. There is something here for everyone: 4
antique bars serve up a wide array of American and Irish beers and live
entertainment will keep parents and children clapping and singing! You might
even learn a few new songs in the process. Now where else can you be
educated while you dine?
We were joined on our trip to Raglan Road by two very special guests:
Christina (Munch) and Lizzy from INTERCOT! The four of us definitely enjoyed
our time here, and will certainly be back again. The atmosphere was cozy but
classy. The food a total winner and the drinks kept us happy!
Located in such close proximity to Pleasure Island, Raglan Road is open only
for dinner, starting at 3PM. Dinner portions are very generous, and don't
worry, there's something for everyone. Jamie had "Kevin’s Kudos", oven
roasted loin of bacon (think sweet pork) with potatoes. Rob had the Fada
Burger, a big ol sirloin burger with cheese & bacon. Lizzy enjoyed her
Celtic Chique (whole chicken) while Christina had their signature Shepherds
Pie! We sat in the large main dining room, almost right in the middle. The
Maitre'D stopped by, and really made sure that we knew we were welcome!
Later on, he jumped up on stage and sang a few ditties. He really kept the
party going before the live band arrived. A very personable and talented
guy! For the kids, the
offers chicken, fish & other kid-friendly items.
Entrees run around $15-$20 for adults and around $10 for kids.
If you're looking for a taste of Ireland, but don't really have the time to
sit down and enjoy Raglan Road, check out Cookes of Ireland, a counter
service spot connected to the main building. You'll find their yummy Fish
and Chips a big hit. As an added bonus, they are open for lunch. There is
also an outdoor bar located in the courtyard between Raglan and Cookes for
socializing and having a few pints.
As with most of the non-Disney operated restaurants, the Disney Dining
Experience discounts are not accepted. However, the
Your Way Dining Plan
is accepted here, and Advanced Dining Reservations are highly recommended.
Don't worry, Pleasure Island admission is not required either!
Be sure to check out Raglan Road next time your in town! You won't be
disappointed. We hope you've enjoyed this edition of Dining Out! Cheers and
we'll see you real soon!
Favorite Theme Park Snacks >>
Dashing from rides to rides can really work up an appetite, an
appetite that often doesn’t have time to be satisfied. Luckily for the
famished traveler, Walt Disney World theme parks offer a mountain of snacks
to grab for quick bites on the go. As there are so many options to choose
from, the topic of favorite theme park snacks is a not-so-uncommon
discussion in the Dinning forum. While each INTERCOTee has their own
favorites, the Insider has reviewed the most recent discussions and
tabulated the Top 5 INTERCOTee Favorite Disney Theme Park Snacks.
Coming in at number 5 … The Kringla
The Kringla Og Bakery at Epcot’s Norway pavilion serves up this sweet treat.
This bakery’s namesake treat is a sweet pretzel served either with raisins
or raisins and almonds. Another favorite just missing the list is the
“School Bread”. Both of these tasty items are available for under $4.
Coming in at number 4 … The Churro
This sweet Spanish treat can be found at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
To get your fix of this cinnamon coated fried dough treat stop by the
Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot or near the Rivers of
America in Frontierland. The Churro may fill you up, but coming in at just
over $2 a piece they won’t empty your wallet.
Coming in at number 3 … Chocolate Dipped Mickey Head Rice Krispie Treat
This Disney staple of the snack world breaths new life into a time honored
American confectionary. This oversized rice krispie treat shaped like
Mickey’s icon silhouette has the top dipped in chocolate giving the sweet
impression of a set of a classic “mickey ears” hat. This tasty morsel can be
found in most bakery locations through out the Walt Disney World resort for
Coming in at number 2 … Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar
This iconicly cool treat can be found at Ice Cream carts through out all
four Disney theme parks. This perfect blend of vanilla ice cream dipped in
chocolate and shaped like Mickey’s head comes on a stick for a cool sweet
treat on the go. Grab one of these classic treats for a cool $2.50.
And coming in at number 1 … The Dole Whip
Toping out our list is a frozen Tiki concoction served up at Aloha Isle in
Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. While the Dole Whip is available in
vanilla, chocolate and swirl, the INTERCOTee favorite is the signature
Pineapple Dole Whip. This creamy concoction is a delicious blend of
pineapple and soft serve ice cream. While one of these treats is a big cool,
at under $3 they’re a small expense.
That’s it for the countdown, hope it’s given you some sweet ideas for your
Topic with ChipDale >>
I’ll make this
short and sweet this month since it’s already the end of March!
February started with Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day,
so that meant six more weeks of winter. It’s been more than six weeks and I
can tell you that it still feels like winter here!
Have you noticed the absence of sports topics in the Water Cooler lately?
Due to popular demand, JohnY has set up a new forum for all of your sports
talk: The Locker Room. Head on over there for all of the latest news and
discussions about your favorite teams, players and events.
February is known for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Groundhog Day,
but did you know that February was also Candy Month, Cat Health Month,
Breakfast Month and Chocolate Month? How about Solo Diners Eat Out Week, Get
Paid to Shop Week and Just Say No to Powerpoint Week? Some of Lizzy’s daily
February celebrations included Laugh and Get Rich Day, National Chili Day,
Pluto Day, Single Tasking Day and Gum Drop Day. Stop in the Water Cooler
next month and see what kind of wacky celebrations Lizzy will come up with
Jamie’s Friday parties for February included the All Hail Ed’s Red Shorts
Party, the Lovey Dovey Hunny Bunny (early) Valentine’s Day Party (thanks
Lizzy for hosting!), the American Presidents Day Par-tay, and the INTERCOT
Official Mardi Gras Ball. Thanks Jamie and Nigel for another great month of
Special congratulations go out to minnie-mouse on the arrival of her new
daughter on February 22nd!
February posting milestones were reached by Melanears – 26,000 posts, vizsla
– 11,000 posts, five-all-the-way – 3,000 posts, Flower – 3,000 posts,
offwego – 2,000 posts, PirateLover – 1,000 posts, Bethanymouse – 1,000
posts, cantgetenuff – 700 posts, RedSoxFan – 400 posts, Pigglet – Senior
Cast Member, Mousefever – Senior Cast Member, Poohluv85 – Senior Cast
Member, DizNee143 – Senior Cast Member, PrincessCandaceMarie – 200 posts.
Keep up the good work everyone!
That wraps it up for this month – see you in the Water Cooler in April!
So how hungry are
you now? I'm ready for a quick trip just for the snacks alone! Hope you
enjoyed our yummy take on Walt Disney World. We'll be back in a couple of
weeks with more tips for planning your big trip! In the meantime, see you on
Don't forget that we'd love to hear from you! Please send suggestions,
advice, experiences and/or memories to
members are the heart of INTERCOT, and sharing is what we are all about! We
might just use your excellent ideas or advice in an upcoming issue of the
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