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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > January  2007


January 2007 - Edition One 

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<< Introduction >>

It’s now 2007, and you know what that means - a whole new year of Disney vacation planning! And there is more Disney than ever, as the INTERCOT and INTERCOT West discussion boards have recently merged. We’re all now on the same page, so to speak. Jason is going to give all the details about this exciting merge, and we’ll also bring you up-to-date on events and news for both resorts. Finally, Jane goes ‘off topic’ with those sometime wacky Water Cooler happenings. Get ready to read all about it!

<< Coast to Coast Disney with Mel  >>

Walt Disney World Winter Refurbishment Updates -
Disney has added Turtle Talk with Crush to their latest list of winter refurbishments. The interactive attraction will be closed from January 29 through February 16, 2007. Many restaurants, resort pools, and theme park attractions are scheduled for renovations and rehab from January through March. This includes: Rock n' Roller Coaster, The Liberty Square River Boat, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki Restaurant, Kali River Rapids, El Rio del Tiempo, Splash Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Wilderness Lodge Pool and 1900 Park Fare - to name a few. Please check our Refurbishment page below for the complete list of closings and how they may effect your vacation.

Closing & Refurbishment Page

- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club Delayed at WDW -
The Disney Vacation Club and Annual Passholder previews on January 19-21 for Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club, at Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland, have been delayed. When the new attraction opens officially in Spring 2007, Guests will be treated to an engaging and interactive attraction that lets them laugh, joke and match wits with beloved characters from the hit Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc.. New preview dates have not been released at this time.

 Details & Discussion

- It's a Boy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!-
The Walt Disney World animal care team welcomed a healthy baby White Rhinoceros to Disney's Animal Kingdom family last week. Kendi, an eight year old White Rhino gave birth to her second baby – a male named Tom, on January 4th. Tom, the Rhino, was named in honor of Dr. Tom Foose, President of the International Rhino Foundation. The new addition is the sixth White Rhino born at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and his mother, Kendi, was the first. Look for Kendi and Tom to join the other rhinos on the savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom soon.

Details & Discussion

- 'Fuel For Thought' Exhibit Opens at Epcot -
General Motors brings the wonder of fuel cell technology, hybrid vehicles and ethanol-powered cars and trucks to life with the newly opened "Fuel For Thought" display at the Test Track pavilion at Epcot. The exhibit features unique, interactive components about advanced automotive technology and the road to a greener future. Touch-screen games and interactive kiosks provide information about fuel cells, hybrids, E85 and different GM environmental activities throughout the world.

Details & Discussion

- Rockin' Both (Disneyland Resort) Parks -
As part of the "Year of A Million Dreams" celebration at Disneyland Resort, rock fans' dreams will come true as "Rockin' Both Parks" provides new special effects and soundtracks specifically remixed to heighten every twist, turn, rise and drop of each thrilling attraction. For a limited time (from January 3 through April 26, 2007), guests will experience Space Mountain at Disneyland and California Screamin' at Disney's California Adventure like never before.

Details & Discussion

<< Across the Boards with Figment! >>

Welcome Back to Across the Boards. In this edition we take a look at the newest excitement on the boards—the merging of the INTERCOT and INTERCOT West Discussion boards. INTERCOT West will remain a separate site, but now the INTERCOT Discussion Boards are the place to discuss Walt Disney World and Disneyland Inside and Out!

This merger means the addition of 6 brand new forums to discuss all aspects of the Disneyland resort. To discuss the Disneyland Park and Disney’s Grand California Adventure Theme park, check out the DLR - Theme Parks forum. From Downtown Disney, to the hotels, to the parks; check out the DLR - Dining, Shopping & Nightlife forum for where to shop, dine, or dance the night away.

To discuss the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel or an Anaheim area resort, check out the DLR - Accommodations forum. Ask questions and get answers on general Disneyland Resort vacation planning in the DLR - Vacation Planning forum. Share a trip report of a visit to the Disneyland Resort in the DLR - Trip Reports forum. To meet up with fellow INTERCOTee’s on the West Coast, look no further than the DLR - INTERCOT West Meets forum.

In addition to these great new forums, this merger is also bringing us some great new friends. All of our West Side INTERCOTees are now part of a larger INTERCOT Family. To help these new friends assimilate, but still keep their West Coast roots, we’ve added a whole slew of new Disneyland Resort Avatars to the INTERCOT collection. These new Avatars can be found under the "Disneyland Resort" section on the Avatar drop-down menu.

For more details on this merger and how West Side INTERCOTee’s can join-in on the East Coast fun, check out JohnY’s announcement on the transition process.

Until next time, happy browsing around the boards and see ya real soon!

<< Carol's Communicore   >>

- Bring Dreams to Life - At a Fantasy Price! -
Disney has announced Spring package specials for guests vacationing April 15 - June 2, 2007. Book a 3-10 night Magic Your Way Package and receive a FREE ticket upgrade! Pay for a Base ticket and receive a complimentary Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More option on your Magic Your Way Theme Park ticket. This offer must be booked by February 18, 2007. For details on these and other vacation specials contact INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.

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More Information

- Annual Passholder Discounts Announced -
Disney has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between February 15 - March 30, 2007. Discounts include select Value Resorts for $79+, Moderate Resorts from $124+ and Deluxe Resorts from $219+ per night. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. Ask for code FCQ.

Details & Discussion

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

Park Hours, Events & Extra Magic Hour

See you next month. Happy Planning!

<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

Happy New Year! I hope that all of you had a wonderful Holiday Season! The Water Cooler was a festive place during November and December with lots of Holiday threads springing up.

Christmas topics showed up as early as November 2nd, with DVC2004’s thread –“Christmas Music Already!” and mamacon67’s November 6th post about Christmas commercials coming on too early. DisneyDudet told us that she made Chex Mix on November 11th and that meant the beginning of the Christmas Season to her. Others shared their traditions to kick off the season early: amd780 popped in her Christmas CDs, KCMom made fudge, and January-2007 had her tree up the first week of November.

Other holiday topics included Where do you put your Christmas tree?, How early do you decorate?, What’s on Your Christmas List?, Do you attend your work’s holiday party?, and Christmas decorating ideas. And it just wouldn’t be Christmas at INTERCOT if SgtTigger didn’t bring up the What do you have for Christmas breakfast? topic (aka the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls topic). So remember us in the Water Cooler next Holiday Season – you will be sure to find the answer to your holiday questions!

Did you know that November was Peanut Butter Month and Aviation History Month? Daily celebrations included National Chicken Lady Day, Married to a Scorpio Support Day, Homemade Bread Day, Have a Bad Day Day and Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. Thank you Jeanne for sharing the celebrations with us!

Tink&Goofy wanted to know are you a Snoozer? The general concensus was two to four times, with some exceptions. SteelyGirl even admitted to hitting her snooze for 90 minutes! Then there were some who don’t snooze at all, but get up before their alarm goes off like PolyGirl40, aprilisis, DVC2004,Ghost*Hostess, Mickey’sGirl, AvonleaCF, DisneyCrazyET and RazdOnDis. So, how many times do you hit the “Snooze” button each morning?

Jamie’s Friday parties for November and December included the Dudes Do the Dining Party, the Very Valiant Veterans Day Vestivities, the Official INTERCOT Thanksgiving Celebration and the long-running Deck the Halls Holiday Extravaganza that ran for four weeks, and finally the Annual INTERCOT New Year’s Eve Party to wrap up the year. Thanks for a great year of parties, Jamie!

Special congratulations to WDWacky on the birth of his son Jacob James on November 21st!

November & December posting milestones were reached by Beast_fanatic – 38,000 posts, pjbs35a – 16,000 posts, vizsla – 15,000 posts, wendy*darling – 6,000 posts, dlpmikki – 6,000 posts, DVC2004 – 5,000 posts, drummerboy – 4,000 posts, alpro2 – 4,000 posts, CanadianWDWFan – 3,000 posts, mamacon67 – 3,000 posts, MsMin – 3,000 posts, DisneyDudet – 3,000 posts, disneydrmr – 2,000 posts, SurferStitch – 2,000 posts, Diznee4Me – 1,600 posts, DizNee143 – 1,500 posts, Dsnygirl – 1,500 posts, amorillo – 1,000 posts, KathyMO – 1,000 posts, pogo – 1,000 posts, amd780 – 1,000 posts, BelleBeauty – 700 posts, MMouse6937 – 700 posts, PrincessCandaceMarie – 600 posts, BrerSchultzy – 500 posts, daparish – 500 posts, Tinkerfreak – 500 posts, mmouse566 - 400 posts, markyv – Senior Cast Member, mtown71 – Senior Cast Member, Caroleh – Cast Member, and Vandoren – Cast Member. Congratulations to all of you – keep up with the quality posting!

So it’s goodbye to 2006 and hello to 2007. See you next month for more happenings in the Water Cooler!

<< Conclusion >>

Now it’s time to say goodbye! But you can head on over to the boards and plan that trip - to Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Resort or BOTH. We’ll see you there! And remember as always that comments, suggestions or memories can be sent to newsletter@intercot.com. You might be a star in a future edition!

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