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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > August 2007


August 2007 – Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us --those lazy late summer days when the air is thick and the lemonade is plentiful on the porches of Americana.  It’s the perfect time to find a shady spot and some good reading --and this edition of the Insider fulfills that latter (the shady spot is up to you).  In this edition we keep you up-to-date on the latest Disney Deals, inform you of the latest Disney happenings from Coast to Coast, look at what’s going on in info Central, take a refresher course at how to search the boards, round-up August Disney Milestones and cover all the July Water Cooler happenings. Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here’s the most informative ride on the Internet!

<< Disney Deals >>

- Disney Visa Discounts–


Disney has released discount rates on Magic Your Way packages for Disney Visa Cardholders vacationing at Walt Disney World between September 30 - December 23, 2007. Ask for code ZQL for Magic Your Way or code ZQM for Magic Your Way Plus Dining. Rooms and Resort selection is very limited. For details on these and other special rates call INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their website and fill out a quote form.


>> Magical Journeys

>> Details & Discussion


- Fall / Winter Package Discounts–


Disney has released discount rates on Magic Your Way packages for guests vacationing at Walt Disney World between September 30 - December 23, 2007. Ask for code ZQG for Magic Your Way or code ZQH for Magic Your Way Plus Dining. Rooms and Resort selection is very limited. For details on these and other special rates call INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their website and fill out a quote form.


>> Magical Journeys

>> Details & Discussion


- Fall Annual Passholder Discounts–


Disney has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between September 29 - December 23, 2007.  Discounts for value season include select Value Resorts for $59+, Moderate Resorts from $105+ and Deluxe Resorts from $+145 per night. The rates increase with the change in vacation seasons. Ask for code FEX. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. 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.


>> Magical Journeys

>> Details & Discussion

<< Coast to Coast Disney with Mel  >>

National Treasures Exhibit Comes to Epcot

One of the most amazing collections of real-life Americana ever assembled "National Treasures" debuts at the American Adventure pavilion September 26. "These are the jewels of museums and foundations all over the country, all gathered in one place," said Jim Clark, Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Representative. The collection, located in the American Heritage Gallery, will be continually changed.

This sounds like an amazing addition to the American pavilion. Maybe now people will come in and hear the equally fabulous Voices of Liberty perform. – rsumrall

Something cool (and educational) for us to see. Since we take our boys out of school for our October trip I'm always looking for ways to sneak some learning in. – Momof2boys

>> Details & Discussion

PGA Tour Stop at Disney World Name Changed

For the first time its 25-year history, the Children’s Miracle Network name will be prominently associated with a professional sports event when the 2007 Children’s Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart takes place November 1-4 at Walt Disney World Resort. A six-year agreement between Children’s Miracle Network, Walt Disney World Resort and the PGA TOUR will put the Children’s Miracle Network name on the tournament through 2012. Tickets are on sale now. Guests can call the Children's Miracle Network Classic hotline at 407-824-2250 for more information.

>> Details & Discussion

Goodbye MGM - Hello Disney's Hollywood...

In the Walt Disney World theme park famous for all things Hollywood, it's curtain up on the launch of new attractions, new looks, new breakthrough experiences...and a brand-new name.  Disney-MGM Studios will be renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios, effective January 2008, announced Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort.

I'm sure it will take some time to call it by its new name, but it sure sounds like a move in the right direction. – mainemajor

I don't know what to think about the name change. I will always call refer to it as MGM and actually prefer that over Hollywood Studios. – angedeaile

It is going to be hard getting used to not calling it Disney MGM Studios anymore, but I like this name MUCH better than Disney-Pixar Studios. I hope there are more attractions coming to the park than on the list, but I am really excited about Toy Story Mania. – disneygecko

>> Details & Discussion

Muppet Mobile Lab Arrives in Epcot

After a brief appearance at Disney's California Adventure in California, the Muppet Mobile Lab has started a limited engagement in Epcot's Future World. The roving lab is part of a play test that will allow Disney Imagineering to try out advanced robotic, interactive and transportation technologies, mixed with human comedy talent. There is no certainty at this time whether the Muppet Mobile Lab will become a permanent feature.  The ideas could be transferred to a variety of other characters and locations, said Christopher Holm, Director of the principal technical staff.

>>  Details & Discussion

<< Inside info Central>>


Park Calendar Released for February 2008


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for February 2008. For guests visiting during this time, you will want to visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your trip. Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check back often.


>> Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info


>> Current Park Hours


>> Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules

What's Updated?

INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following sections to keep you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation. 

>> Closing & Refurbishment Schedule


>> Historic Temp Averages by Day


>> Disney Dining Plan


>> Historic Temp Averages by Day


<< Across the Boards with Figment! >>

With over 53,000 threads and more than 670,000 posts, the discussion boards can seem like an overwhelming place, but luckily we have a quick search function to help. Using a quick search on the discussion boards is a great way to find an old thread you want to refer to or a great way to find answer to a question you think may have been asked before. So let’s take another look at quick search functions.

 If you know which forum a past thread was posted or where a past answer may be the “search this forum” option is a nice way to narrow down your search. On the other hand if you are not sure of the forum, the “search” option will scan the whole boards for you. To use these features simply click on their appropriate buttons. The “search” button is in the top toolbar at the top of every discussion board page. The “search this forum” button is at the top of the forum section on every main forum page. Clicking on both these buttons will produce a drop down form for you to enter your key words in. Once you have entered your key words, you just click the “go” button to the right of the form and you are on your way.

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

<< This Month in Disney History with vizsla >>

Magical Disney Milestones for the Month of August:

1969 – On August 16th Disneyland attendance hit a record 82,516 visitors.

1986 - The U.S. Senate passed Public Law 99-391 on August 23rd designating December 5, 1986 as “Walt Disney Recognition Day.”

1995 – On August 4th Ground was broken for Animal Kingdom.

1996 – Disney’s “Aladdin and the King of Thieves” was released directly to video on August 13th.

1999 – After 44 years of operation, the Disneyland Hotel’s Monorail Café closed on August 6th to make way for Downtown Disney.

2006 – “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?--Play It!” had its last show at Disney-MGM Studios on August 19th.

<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

I hope that everyone had a spectacular Independence Day!  Thank you John for posting the Declaration of Independence on the front page as a reminder to us on why we are all so lucky to live in a free country!  Here’s a look back at the Water Cooler happenings in July:

Friday parties in July included the Get a Hug for the Mickey Bug Party (featuring the Neon Drink), the Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh lala Lollipop Friday Party (featuring the Lollipop drink), and for all the chocolate lovers out there, the Cocoa Mocha Choco-lotta Blast (featuring the Chocolate Martini).  Thanks Jamie and Rob for another fun-filled month of Friday parties!

Ever wonder what is the average age of INTERCOT members?  snifflesmcg posed the question and it looks like the majority of our members (70%) are between the ages of 25 to 45.  Remember, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires that children under the age of 13 cannot register on the boards.  So, if you do see someone posting that they are underage, please use the “Report Post” feature.

Did you know that July 4th is not only Independence Day, it’s also Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day?  Other celebrations in July included Toss Away the “Could-haves” and “Should-haves” Day, Ratcatcher’s Day, National Drive-Thru Day, Gorgeous Grandma Day, Teddy Bear Picnic Day, Gummi Worm Day and Be a Dork Day.  Thank you Jeanne for entertaining us with another month of wacky celebrations!

Congratulations to Stitchahula on the birth of son Justin (born on Independence Day).  And we had another INTERCOT wedding: MScholl13 got married on July 5th!  Best wishes to all of you!

July posting milestones were reached by: Ian – 23,000 posts, Disney_nut – 14,000 posts, disneydeb – 10,000 posts, DVC2004 – 6,000 posts, Drummerboy – 5,000 posts, cantgetenuff – 4,000 posts, MsMin – 4,000 posts, ibrowse17 – 1,000 posts, KAJUNKING 1,000 posts, Lizzie – 1,000 posts, wdwgrl377 – 1,000 posts, snifflesmcg – 1,000 posts, dolphinmickey9170 – 1,000 posts, chrisb26 – 800 posts, Ms.Disney – 800 posts, gueli – Cast Member, DisneyDreams09 – Cast Member, DessertDivaFL – Cast Member.  Congrats to all and keep up the quality posting!

That about wraps it up for July.  See you next month!

<< Conclusion >>

That wraps up this issue. The Summer may be drawing to a close, but that just means a new season ov vacations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts.  We’ll be back in a little bit with a special edition covering the Year of A Million Dreams so far and the recent announcement of its extension--it will surely be a must read. See ya real soon!

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