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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > February  2007


February 2007 - Edition Two 

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<< Introduction >>

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but it’s never out-of-season to love a Disney vacation! In this edition we take a look at the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, get an update on the latest Virtual happenings, cover some timeshare tips, countdown delectable Disney World desserts and stay up-to-date on the latest discounts. No need to pack for this info trip—it’s Insider Time!

<< Disney World Deals   >>

- Annual Passholders

Disney has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between April 15 - June 2, 2007. Discounts include select Value Resorts for $74+, Moderate Resorts from $129+ and Deluxe Resorts from $164+ per night. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. Ask for code FDA. For details contact INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.

Details & Discussion Here
  Magical Journeys

<< Keys to the Virtual Kingdom with JPL  >>

A new land opened in the Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK) this past January, New Orleans Square. The new addition replicates the popular land is Disneyland. The land contains an area overlooking the Rivers of America, the VMK Gallery, an exclusive Club 33 Room, and the Blue Bayou Restaurant.

The VMK Gallery showcases upcoming items and conceptual artwork for the game. Club 33 is a staff exclusive room that will be used for special events by the game staff. Finally, the Blue Bayou offers a new non-playing character that offers daily credits for guests and interacts with them by serving virtual Monte Cristo sandwiches. Along with the new land a new version of one of the most popular games on VMK was released - Castle Fireworks Remixed. A new in-game was also release to celebrate the opening of New Orleans Square offering a New Orleans French Quarter Resort Pin as a prize.

Another new addition is VMK Pass, which works much like a FastPass in the real parks. You get a pass for a full room and can do other things while you wait to enter the room. The New Year promises to be an exciting one in the Virtual Magic Kingdom.

February has kicked off Mardi Gras in VMK with the release of a new hat and pin every Friday to celebrate this New Orleans tradition.

Put on your virtual feather mask and join the fun!! Don’t forget, VMK has started to delete inactive accounts after 6 months. If you want your account to be safe stop by and log on every few weeks to avoid deletion.


<< Last Minute Loot   >>

Just because there only a few Pirate & Princess Parties left, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a discount on your tickets. INTERCOT Sponsor, The Official Ticket Center has announced that they now offer advance sales of Disney’s Pirate & Princess Party tickets. You can purchase tickets below same day gate prices via their toll free number, 1-877-406-4836.

Live the adventures of scurvy pirates and pretty princesses in exciting fun that leaps from the pages of a storybook into thrilling life during Disney’s Pirate & Princess Party. The adventure continues March 2, 5, & 8 at the Magic Kingdom Park.

The Official Ticket Center
Disney's Pirate & Princess Party

<< That’s Entertainment! with Piglet822  >>

- Finding Nemo—The Musical –

I had the opportunity to experience this show during the Annual Passholder preview.

It was entertaining, bright, colorful, energetic, happy and sad. I just can't say enough about it. It was a wonderful show. It took me a moment to get past the actors that are controlling the puppets, but once I did I found it to be a very good production.

The singing, acting, and performing is very well done. The props and scenery is very bright and colorful. My favorite was the depiction of the aquarium in the doctors office. Amazing!!!!

I know many of you have seen it and share my feelings about it. I highly recommend this show to anyone visiting the Animal Kingdom, it's a wonderful addition to the park, but be sure to get there early. I have seen the lines for this show snake all the way through Dinoland. It's well worth the wait, in my opinion.

As INTERCOTee lindique stated at the end of the show, this has the makings of a Broadway production!!

Disney's Pirate & Princess Party

<< Timeshare Tips  >>
by The Timeshare Store

In the last Insider we spoke about deciding on how many points to purchase in the Disney Vacation Club. Now that you have made that decision, your next step is to decide which resort you wish to make as your home resort. A good rule of thumb is to purchase at the resort you would enjoy staying at the most since your home resort give you an advantage in making reservations.

Let's say you purchased your DVC points at Disney’s Boardwalk. You can make reservations at Boardwalk (your home resort) 11 months before your vacation check out date. Next year you want to use your Boardwalk points at the Wilderness Lodge. Since it is not your home resort, you would have to wait until 7 months before your vacation check out date to make the reservations, giving those who own at Wilderness Lodge the home resort advantage in making their reservations. This is important if you vacation during the very busy seasons at Walt Disney World. The smaller resorts tend to book up quickly, so choose your home resort based on where you want to stay the most.

Of course, you may use your points at any of the 7 DVC resorts and at over 500 locations worldwide.
Check our website below to see all of our current DVC listings for sale. Contact us at The Timeshare Store and any of our associates would be happy to answer your questions and find the right Disney Vacation Club membership for you and your family.
Timeshare Store

<< INTERCOTee Top 5 … Desserts  >>

February is a month for sweethearts and Disney World is a place not shy of sweets. From quick service counters to gourmet restaurants, Disney World’s eateries offer a deluge of delicious desserts. While everyone has their individual favorite endings to a meal, there are a few sweet standouts. The Insider has reviewed recent discussions and put together a countdown of the Top 5 Walt Disney World Desserts.

Coming in at number 5 … Butter Griddled Pound Cake

Pleasing to the most patriotic of pallets, this pound cake tops off many a lunch at the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern. After a pit-stop on a hot griddle, this pound cake comes to your plate smothered with warm pecan caramel sauce and complimented with vanilla bean ice cream.

Coming in at number 4 … Tie-Dyed Cheesecake

This psychedelic sweet follows most meals served at the Pop Century Resort’s Everything Pop Food Court. This chocolate graham cracker crusted cheesecake is an edible work of art with its yellow, green, pink and purple swirl designs.

Coming in at number 3 … Maple Creme Brulee

This taste of Canada keeps Guests coming back to Epcot’s Le Cellier for a maple fix only a our northern neighbor could deliver. This creme brulee is caramelized from maple sugar and is served with fresh cookies straight from the kitchen.

Coming in at number 2 … The Chocolate Wave

Flooding your mouth with a sea of chocolate, this cake is a consistent favorite at Epcot’s Coral Reef. This chocolate composite is comprised of dark chocolate cake with a white chocolate Grand Marnier & chocolate ganache filling and served with white chocolate ice cream.

And coming in at number 1 … 'Ohana Bread Pudding

The king kameamea of confectionaries pleases all comers at the Polynesian Resort’s ‘Ohana. This Polynesian bread pudding is topped with a Banana Foster sauce and served a la mode. This decedent dessert is best enjoyed while viewing the Wishes fireworks spectacular from one of ‘Ohana’s aptly appointed tables; adding a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.

That’s it for this countdown. Hope it’s given you some sweet inspiration for your next dining endeavors at “the world”.

<< The Insider & YOU  >>

--E-Mail Address Change --

Due to circumstances beyond the Staff’s control, the @intercot.com e-mail address has been disabled. The Staff has only recently become aware of the issue although it appears to have existed for some time. If you have sent e-mail to the Insider and it was not responded to, it was not received. Please re-send the message to newsletter@mousehut.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this issue.

--Reader Submission Request --

The INTERCOT Insider would like to start a recurring column of reader input—and YOU can help.

Have a Walt Disney World or Disneyland restaurant, attraction or hotel review? Have part of a trip report you think is particularly interesting or helpful? Want to share your experiences with other Insider readers?

Then send your brief review or trip report passage to newsletter@mousehut.com and it can be part of the forthcoming “Reader Review” column in an upcoming issue.

Submissions should be received by the 20th of the month to be published in that month’s issue.

Many our readers already share their opinions on the INTERCOT Discussion boards, now’s your chance to let your knowledge and experiences shine!

<< Conclusion >>

That wraps up this issue. Thanks to our contributors and thanks to all our readers. 2007 is just getting started and so is the excitement. In the coming months, Walt Disney World will be holding special events and even debuting a new attraction -- you can count on the Insider to cover it all! We’ll be back in a few weeks with our monthly columns, see ya real soon!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

The INTERCOT Insider and INTERCOT.com are supported by the following sponsors who in turn, help us bring the Magic to you!

All Star Vacation Homes
When you need a home away from home, look no further. From comfort to luxury, All Star Vacation Homes has it all in four series of homes to fit any taste and any budget just moments from the magic of Walt Disney World!
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Magical Journeys
Magical Journeys is your Disney Vacation specialist. Start planning your Vacation Discount Dreams today!
Website: http://www.yourmagicaljourneys.com/

Official Ticket Center
Walt Disney World’s, Universal Studios and Sea World’s #1 guest service provider for the last 3 years. The Official Ticket Center has been servicing vacationers for more than 7 years now and sells tickets only, at a discount price.

Radisson Resort Parkway
Right in the heart of action! Only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World is an oasis of ponds, beautiful landscaping, serene waterfalls and relaxing options hiding in every corner.
Website: http://orlando.guestselectresorts.com?pid=INTERCOTN

The Timeshare Store
The #1 Disney Vacation Club Reseller in the World.  See how easy and affordable it is to purchase your very own piece of the MAGIC!
Website: http://www.dvc-resales.com/

Garden Grocer
GardenGrocer.com allows you to spend more time doing the things you want to do on your vacation and less time at the supermarket.
Website: http://www.gardengrocer.com/

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