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Can you believe it’s February already? Surely those of you buried in snow
hope Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction for an early spring was correct. I bet a
Disney vacation to sunny Florida or southern California sounds perfect right
The Year of a Million Dreams Press Event was held last month, and our very
own webmaster was invited to attend. JohnY did such a great job presenting
us the scoop as it happened, and you can still read all about it in the
INTERCOT News forum. We’ll cover some of those announcements in this issue,
along with other upcoming park events. And as always in this first issue of
the month, we’ll find out what’s happening on the INTERCOT Discussion
Boards. Let’s get to it!
<< Coast to Coast Disney with Mel >>
- Disney Cruise
Line Returns to the West Coast
Disney Cruise Line
announced today that the Disney Magic will return to the West Coast for the
summer of 2008 to once again offer its highly popular seven-night Mexican
Riviera sailings. Beginning May 25, 2008, the Disney Magic is scheduled to
sail 12 consecutive seven-night cruise vacations from the Port of Los
Angeles to the Mexican Riviera ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto
Vallarta. For details on these and other destinations contact INTERCOT's
Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their
web site and fill out a quote form.
This is great!!
Just sent in my quote request to Karen at MJ! -
- "Toy Story Mania" Details Announced -
Toy Story Mania, an
interactive new ride, is coming to Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World
and Disney's California Adventure at Disneyland. The attraction will have a
2008 opening and mark the first time an attraction has been designed and
built simultaneously in both parks. "Toy Story Mania!" will set a new
standard for the interactive ride/game technology pioneered in the "Buzz
Lightyear Astro Blasters" attraction. Guests of all ages will don 3-D
glasses and hop into fancifully decorated "Toy Story Mania!" vehicles. While
riding along a colorful, midway-themed route, they will shoot at animated
targets using their own "toy cannons," scoring points in a series of
energetic, fun gaming sequences featuring Woody, Bo Peep and the rest of the
gang from Toy Story.
I still love Toy Story
and was hoping they would do more with it! – lovemykaitlyn
looks great and as a HUGE Toy Story fan I can't wait for the new attraction
to open. - Surfer Stitch
- 2007 Star Wars Weekend Dates Released -
Once again, the power of
the Force and the magic of Disney combine for the family-friendly fan-fest,
scheduled for four consecutive weekends, beginning June 1, 2007 and running
through June 24, 2007, at Disney's MGM Studios. The event includes special
parades, trivia games, meet-and-greet sessions with Star Wars legends and
characters and special themed activities. The weekend festivities take place
on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and are included with regular theme park
I'm so glad we get to
be there for this, my DH will be very excited! – January-2007
Woo hoo! It was nice
of them to move the weekends to match my vacation. – dpamac
Take all of your
money -- tons of merchandise to buy. – Scott C
Details & Discussion
- Disneyland Resort Food and Wine Weekends 2007 -
Celebrate the palate pleasing flavors of California cuisine and spirits as
the Disneyland® Resort plays host to a food-lover's festival that showcases
the diverse tastes of the Golden State. Join celebrity chefs, noted
sommeliers and fellow culinary connoisseurs in a series of demonstrations,
seminars, and epicurean adventures that will have your mouth watering every
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 27 — May 20, 2007.
<< Across the Boards with Figment! >>
Welcome Back to Across the Boards. The INTERCOT Discussion boards are a
large and ever changing medium. To assist in our Guests being able to find
important information, the Staff “sticks” some threads to the top of each
forum. These threads have been selected to either draw Guests attention to
important info and/or create a single place for Guests to find a reoccurring
topic. While some threads are only stuck for a certain period of time,
others have become a permanent fixture of their forum being updated on a
regular basis. Let’s take a quick look at some of these omnipresent threads
that could help you better plan your next vacation.
Updated: Added when booking is available, removed when booking ends
Description: While no single thread stays at the top of the accommodations
forum, you can almost always find some sort of discount thread stuck there.
When hunting for a discount for your vacation, make sure you check the top
of the Accommodations Forum regularly.
Bits Beyond the Berms
Forum: Vacation Planning Beyond Disney
Updated: info-Daily | thread-weekly
Description: From over-the-hedge to over-seas, this thread keeps you
up-to-date on the latest and greatest happenings in the vacation destination
world beyond Disney. From Amusement Parks to Theme Parks, from Water Parks
to Vacation Destinations and everywhere in between; look no further than
this weekly series of threads for the latest news that may effect your next
non-Disney vacation or day trip.
Dining Plan FAQ
Updated: As New or Updated info is available
Description: This FAQ thread covers just about everything you could want to
know about the Disney Dining Plan in a clear, concise FAQ style format. In
addition to the direct ask-and-answers, the thread contains links to Dining
Plan sections of info Central, lists of included and excluded snack items
and a link to the INTERCOT Dining Plan Estimator. If you have a question you
don’t feel is answered by this thread, feel free to ask it in the Dining
Forum. If your question is general enough to apply to others, it may be
updated into the thread.
Forum: DLR-Theme Parks
Updated: As New or Updated info is available
Description: The essential guides to Disneyland! These four threads keep you
up-to-date on all the operation happenings of the Disneyland Resort. Need
park hours? Want to know if a ride will be closed? Want to schedule your day
around a parade or show? Look no further than these four threads!
Description: The INTERCOT Food Photo section is still growing. This thread
is the place to add your comments and look for updates regarding the
Forum: Disney Cruise Line
Description: All the essentials to planning a Disney Cruise can be found
here. Gain from other INTERCOTee’s valuable experiences or share your own.
to Join DVC /
NOT to Join DVC
Forum: Disney Vacation Club
Description: These two threads centralize the most common quandary of the
Disney Vacation Club forum. Examine this dichotomy of threads and pull from
the knowledge of many INTERCOTees who have contemplated these same questions
before. Join in on the discussions and add your own opinions, experiences,
or questions to either (or both) threads.
Forum: News & Rumours
Updated: info-as available | thread-monthly
Description: From all around Walt Disney World, the latest news and rumour
tidbits can be found here. With individual items titled and updated, it’s
easy to see if a juicy rumour pans out or follow minor news items as they
Forum: Vacation Planning
Updated: info-Daily | thread-monthly
Description: Want to know the weather conditions at Walt Disney World? Look
no further than the top of the Vacation Planning forum. Check in to this
thread for daily forecasts and other current weather related information.
Until next time, happy browsing around the boards and see ya real soon!
Carol's Communicore >>
- New Dining Spreadsheets -
Have you looked in Info Central's dining section lately?
We are now offering the
INTERCOT Advanced Dining Reservation Planner and the
Disney Dining Plan Estimator Spreadsheet. The Estimator is intended to
assist INTERCOTees make a better informed decision if the standard Disney
Dining Plan is cost effective for them.
The INTERCOT Advanced Dining
Reservation Planner allows INTERCOTees to plan their reservations for their
vacation dates with automatically generated call dates and a personalized
itinerary. The three sections of the Planner provide three distinct avenues
Check it out! A special thanks goes out to Figment! for all of
his hard work on the spreadsheets.
- Atlanta Braves Spring Training Tickets on Sale -
Through the month of March, the Atlanta Braves are at Disney's Wide World of
Sports Complex for their 10th Major League Baseball Spring Training session,
including a 15-game home schedule against 10 major league opponents.
Individual-game tickets can be purchased at the Disney's Wide World of
Sports box office or through Ticketmaster at 407/839-3900. Prices range from
$14 (general admission lawn seats) to $22.50 (lower reserved).
- Radisson Resort Discounts for INTERCOTees -
The Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration is offering visitors of INTERCOT
an exclusive $79 per night room rate for travel dates of April 29, 2007 –
June 30, 2007. In addition to this fantastic rate this room will
automatically be upgraded to a Sleep Number Bed room which is normally a $10
- $20 upgraded charge. The Radisson Resort Orlando is a Disney Good Neighbor
Hotel and is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World. Visit the links
below for details on pricing and to make reservations. Bookings must be made
by February 28, 2007. Call today and save!
Reserve A Room Now
Park Hours, Events and Extra Magic Hour schedules are
currently posted through August. Visit Info Central to fine-tune your upcoming
vacation plans. Also check out the
Rehab & Closing page to see what will be
closed during your travel dates.
Extra Magic Hour
See you next month. Happy Planning!
Off Topic with ChipDale >>
With the New Year come the
New Year’s resolutions. darthmacho posed the question to INTERCOTees on
whether they made any and what chance they have of keeping them. There were
the usual lose weight/get in shape/take better care of myself/excercise
promises, and a few unique ones. Strmchsr wants to read more, merlinmagic4
promised to stop buying things she doesn’t need, DDBird wants to be a lot
calmer and comicguy vowed to organize and keep his home office clean. So
what are your resolutions for 2007?
Piglet822 shared the January celebrations with us last month. Some of the
wackier days were: Appreciate a Dragon Day, Belly Laugh Day, Snowplough
Mailbox Hockey Day, Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Fancy Mouse and Rat Day,
Penguin Awareness Day, and Fruitcake Toss Day. Thanks Jeanne for keeping us
entertained on a daily basis!
Do you have an addiction? No, not that kind! DVC2004 asked INTERCOTees what
thing you horde or just can’t get enough of. ChipnDaleGal likes DVD movies
and TV shows, Jen0610 buys a lot of books, mickeyfan2001, Tinkerfreak,
DisneyDudet and DizNee143 can’t have enough purses, 2Epcot is a photo junky
and Tink&Goofy is addicted to Sudoku. We also have several scrap bookers
among our members: JanetMegan, conorsmom2000, Jeri Lynn, Flower, and
sleepingbooty wanted to know which INTERCOTees give their kids allowances
and at what age. The general consensus is yes, they give an allowance, but
with stipulations. Cantgetenuff’s 7-year old has to brush her teeth, make
her bed, do homework, and take care of the dog. Jimenyfan gives a monthly
allowance, teaching the kids to budget. Jeri gives her kids money for each
chore, then pays them with play money and has the kids “cash” it in when
they want real spending money. Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas!
Jamie’s Friday parties for January included the Toss Your Cookies and Cake
Party, the Happy Birthday Ken and Jen Party, the Happy Moving on Up Friday
Party, and the Fabulous Fun and Fancy Free Friday Party…at Work! Thanks
Jamie for giving us something to look forward to at the end of our work
Special congratulations to The Reservoir Dog on your recent marriage! Best
wishes to you and your bride! And more congratulations and best wishes go
out to redandfuzzy on your engagement!
January posting milestones were reached by: PolyGirl40 – 37,000 posts,
Melanears – 30,000 posts, Jeff – 16,000 posts, DisneyDeb – 8,000 posts,
ElenitaB – 4,000 posts, offwego – 4,000 posts, Jeri Lynn – 2,000 posts,
BelleBeauty – 800 posts, and Caroleh – 500 posts. Great job everybody – keep
up the quality posting!
That about wraps it up for January. I hope you’re all staying warm and dry
And that’s it for this edition of the Insider as well. Thanks as always to
our wonderful contributors and we’ll see all you wonderful readers in a few
short weeks. In the meantime, don’t forget to check the INTERCOT main page
for all the latest Disney news, and then discuss it with fellow Disney
fanatics on the boards. Happy INTERCOTing!
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