Gobble! Yep, its Turkey Time --or as more formally known-- Thanksgiving. At
this time of year many think of people and things they are thankful for, but
everyone can be thankful for having such great places to vacation to like
Walt Disney World and Disneyland all year round. In this stuffed edition of
the Insider we take a look at the latest Disney vacation deals, Disney
destination news from coast to coast, tackle a cornucopia of INTERCOT
trivia, find out what's been cook'n in info Central, welcome a new
transportation sponsor, and cover the latest chit chat around the water
cooler. Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most
informative ride on the Internet!
--Specials Released For Disney Visa
Disney has released discount rates on
Magic Your Way packages for Disney Visa Cardholders vacationing at Walt
Disney World between January 1 - March 15, 2008. Ask for code ZXE for Magic
Your Way or code ZXF for Magic Your Way Plus Dining. Reservations must be
booked by December 15, 2007. Some blackout dates do apply. 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
--Winter Passholder Discounts
Disney has released room-only
discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between
January 1 - February 13, 2008. Discounts for value season include select
Value Resorts for $49+, Moderate Resorts from $99+ and Deluxe Resorts from
$+175 per night. The rates increase on weekends. Ask for code FHD. 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.
From The Timeshare Store>
Maybe it has been in the back of your
mind to make that first inquiry into becoming a member of the Disney
Vacation Club. There is no better time than now. Visit The Timeshare Store’s
website at http://www.dvc-resales.com
to see all of our current listings for Disney Vacation Club resales. You
will notice that there are many different size memberships from all DVC
resorts to choose from.
How do you know what size membership to purchase? You must decide what time
of year you will travel, how many in your party, what size accommodation you
want, which resort you wish to stay at and how many nights you will be
staying. Visit our website and review the Disney Vacation Club point charts.
Membership is flexible enough to give you those choices each and every time
Membership in DVC is customized for you and your family. We would be more
than happy to help you with all your questions at The Timeshare Store.
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.
<Coast to Coast Disney with Mel>
Annual Super Soap Weekend
"The View's" new
co-host Sherri Shepherd and more than 30 ABC Daytime stars from "All My
Children," "One Life To Live," "General Hospital" and "General Hospital:
Night Shift" will appear at the 12th Annual ABC Super Soap Weekend at
Disney-MGM Studios, November 10 & 11, 2007. ABC Super Soap Weekend is the
largest soap fan event held anywhere in the country and is included with
theme park admission to the Disney-MGM Studios.
Celebrity Line-Up &
Disneyland Resort Expansion
The Walt Disney
Company announced October 17th a significant multi-year expansion plan for
the Disneyland Resort that continues its growth as a multi-day, world-class
tourist destination. The expansion will bring new entertainment and major
family-oriented attractions to Disney's California Adventure Park, including
an entirely new Cars Land inspired by the hit Disney•Pixar animated film
all wave goodbye to the Timone lot. We may never see it again. –
have put my trust in John Lasseter to really make California Adventure (or
whatever they eventually rename it) a destination unto itself. If he can't
do it, no one can! – SusieMouse
California Adventure has grown on me. I still think it is missing the Disney
magic and I am very excited for the expansion. I hope they do bring Walt's
history into the park. - Tinkerbellaella
Discuss This News...
Flower Festival Grows to 75 Days
Goofy catches a
topiary wave while Mickey Mouse and gal pal Minnie chill at the "beach" for
the 15th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 19-June 1
at Walt Disney World Resort. Last year's popular 60-day event has sprouted
runners and expands to a full 75 days with its first-ever March launch,
offering oceans of floral fantasy and gardening fun. In all, there will be
up to 70 topiaries -- plus 30 million blooms, artfully designed floral beds,
expertly crafted bonsai trees and lush rose gardens -- gracing the 300 acres
of Future World and World Showcase.
We love going
during this time. Epcot is so beautiful. Now more people will be able to
experience this. - DNS
am so excited about this...we are taking our first May trip, and I can't
wait to see everything! – ibelieveindisneymagic
I'd really like to
go to this some day, hopefully sooner than later. It sounds pretty cool. –
& Princess Party Returns in 2008
Due to the
popularity of the Pirate & Princess Party held this year, the event is
returning in 2008. Guests will embark on a quest for beads and chocolate
treasures, be witness to a Pirate and Princess parade, character greetings,
fireworks spectacular and some of the most popular attractions. Experience
Pirate Coves and Princess Courts filled with treasures and special themed
entertainment. The party will be held on select nights beginning in January.
Tickets are on sale now. Call (407) W-DISNEY.
The fireworks alone are worth the price of admission! – steve2wdw
White 70th Anniversary Event
tribute to the 70th Anniversary of Walt Disney's first full-length animated
feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on November 16, 2007. In addition to
special packaged events, the resort opened a special exhibit. "The Fairest
One of All," exhibit is a never-before-seen collection of more than 100
pieces of priceless animation treasures used in the creation of the film.
For a limited time, this first-of-its-kind exhibit is being shown
exclusively at the Disneyland Resort.
Dining Experience Program Institutes 18% Gratuity At Restaurants
An email was
sent recently to Disney Dining Experience participants which included the
following wording... "We would also like to inform you that the Walt Disney
World® Resort will be implementing an across property policy change
regarding gratuity at all food and beverage locations. Effective January 1,
2008, 18% gratuity will be added to all transactions, regardless of party
size. Thank you for your continued support." Disney responded to a number of
INTERCOT Guests who emailed guest relations seeking clarification on to whom
and when the gratuity applied with the following statment :
gratuity will be included when Guests are parties of six or more enjoy
dining experiences at our Table Service locations or if Guests are members
of the exclusive Disney Dining Experience..."
Actually, this move saves me money. I've always looked at the card as
getting the tip "for free". Now, the tip will actually be a little less than
we normally tip and we don't need to play with the math. – faline
big tipper too, and I hate this!! I prefer to reserve the right to tip more
or less based on the quality of service... – LibertyTreeGal
Yeti Restaurant Now Open
Kingdom's Yak & Yeti restaurant opened today. The new restaurant features
both indoor table service and outdoor counter service dining. The Inside
dining area is on two floors with rich furnishings and lavish Asian works of
art throughout. The menu is upscale, with dishes and flavors drawn from many
parts of Asia, China, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. In addition to the
restaurant, a new merchandise shop is now open in the village of Anandapur.
It offers oriental crafts, teas, clothing, and Yak & Yeti tee-shirts.
My mouth is
watering! I can't wait to check it out in February! - amorillo
The Fried Wonton
desert looks really good! I love pineapples!!!!!! Yummy! I'm glad it's on
2008 DDP!!!! – Figgyluv03
"Cinderella's Holiday Wish" Debuted November 12
For the first
time, Cinderella Castle will magically transform into an ice palace for the
holidays -- thanks to a new special effects spectacle bathing the castle in
200,000 twinkly white lights. Magic Kingdom guests will be treated nightly
to the castle celebration, which also features cherished Disney characters.
"Cinderella's Holiday Wish" will delight Magic Kingdom guests nightly,
beginning November 12, 2007.
looks spectacular in the picture so I'm sure it's breathtaking in person. –
wish I could see it in person. I am so jealous of all of you that are going
to be there this holiday season. – Sean Riley Taylor’s Mom
Just got back a couple of days ago. The castle is STUNNING!! The main color
changes and it is absolutely amazing. I just kept staring at it. –
You could not take your eyes off of it. We made sure that we rode TTA so we
could make that turn from Buzz and get that view as well. - eam
Details & Discussion
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
arrives in Disneyland as the holiday season finds “Sleeping Beauty’s Winter
Castle” covered in freshly fallen snow. With its exciting new look, the
Castle will serve as a shimmering centerpiece for a daytime holiday
celebration, and as a snow-capped stage for the new music, lighting and
special effects that will precede the legendary “Believe ... in Holiday
Magic” nighttime fireworks spectacular.
Ooooooh, Ahhhhhh. Beautiful! I can't wait to see it in person!!! -
castle lights look fabulous ! Not so thrilled about the daytime rendering.
My first impression on the daytime shot was ..eh... they could have done the
snow better. – EPCOT84
Thanksgiving Turkeys Going To Disney World
unveils the two turkeys that will receive pardons from President George W.
Bush on November 20. Following their pardons, the turkeys will join Super
Bowl stars and other celebrities by "Going to Disney World" for a November
22 parade in their honor. This is the 60th anniversary of the National
Turkey Federation's holiday tradition of presenting National Thanksgiving
Turkeys to the President. The tom turkeys were raised at Ten Star Ranch in
the Most of the Holidays
Each year the
Disneyland Resort is transformed into a winter wonderland full of fun
memories and dreams for guests of all ages. Follow the link to a list of the
top ten magical festivities that make the holiday season at the Disneyland
Resort unlike any other.
the Boards with Figment!>>
Welcome Back to Across the Boards. With
Thanksgiving here, the Insider has gotten into the spirit and is presenting
you with the 2nd Annual INTERCOT Turkey-Day Trivia Challenge. That’s right,
it’s time to put on your thinking caps and test your knowledge of all things
INTERCOT. The answers to all of these questions can be found somewhere on
INTERCOT, so if you don’t know an answer you can try to find it!
Ready? Here we go ...
1) What is the name of the newest forum on the INTERCOT Discussion Boards?
2) Where on INTERCOT can you find info on all of Walt Disney World’s Dining
Locations and even Dining Location Guide Maps?
3) What is the name of INTERCOT’s News
Blog and Guide to Disney Web Sites?
4) Where on INTERCOT can you basic info and typical showing information on
Walt Disney World Entertainment?
5) Besides the Discussion Boards, where on INTERCOT can you find information
on such topics as "Magic Your Way" Vacation Packages, Hard Ticket Events,
Disney Characters, Strategies For Dealing With Crowds, Historic Temp
Averages by Day and Holiday Celebrations?
See below for the answers!
<<Quicksilver Tours & Transportation>>
like to offer a hearty welcome Quicksilver Tours and Transportation as our
newest sponsor. Quicksilver has been providing Orlando-area transportation
for years and has a great reputation in the Central Florida market.
According to Quicksilver owner Gregory Nicolas, "Our drivers are the first
personal contact you have when you arrive in Orlando. With that in mind,
they are selected not only based on their driving records, but also on
friendliness, politeness, and familiarity with the area."
Visit Quicksilver's Website Now!
<< Inside info Central>>
Released for May 2008
The Walt Disney World
Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules
for May 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, &
INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following sections to keep
you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation.
Averages by Day
Walt Disney World Discounts
Disney Resort Property
Grand Floridian Afternoon
Merry Christmas Party
ABC Super Soap
International Flower & Garden Festival
Behind the Scenes Tours
around Walt Disney World
<< Across the Boards -
1) Guests with
2) The INTERCOT
World Dining Guide
4) The INTERCOT
Walt Disney World
Shows & Entertainment Guide
5) INTERCOT info Central
So how’d you do? Regardless, hopefully you’ve learned a bit more about
INTERCOT and how it can help you plan a wonderful vacation to Walt Disney
Until next time, happy browsing around the boards!
with ChipDale >>
The Halloween candy is almost gone, the trees are almost bare and we’re
ready for Thanksgiving. Here’s a look back at the October happenings in the
Halloween is a popular topic in the Cooler. Have you ever heard of “booing”
or “ghosting”? Mary Poppins, Here we go again…, Tinkermom, prprincess,
Melanears, KCMom and BRJARE3 all participate. You give treats, a poem and an
“I’ve Been Boo’d” card to your neighbors and ask them to do the same to two
neighbors. A cute tradition that I learned about here at INTERCOT. And was
anyone else besides mickeys_princess_mom up late on Halloween Eve sewing
costumes? ldn234 asked for ideas for an adults Halloween party, and we had
the usual “how many pieces of candy do you give” discussions. So, don’t
forget to check out the Water Cooler for your seasonal/holiday tips!
Jamie’s Friday parties in October included the It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Hatter
Day Party, the Let’s All Scream and Be Merry Party, the Mullets with Mullets
Monster Mash, and the Boo to You! INTERCOT Halloween Party (hosted by
Dr_Nigel_C). Thanks Jamie & Rob for another fun month of Fridays.
Did you know that Halloween isn’t the only holiday in October? According to
Piglet822, there were lots of reasons to celebrate in October. Some of the
more memorable days included National Bologna Day, Babbling Day, Count Your
Buttons Day, International Skeptics Day, Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day,
Come and Take It Day, Curious Events Day, Evaluate Your Life Day, Wear
Something Gaudy Day, Be Bad and Free Day and of course we can’t forget
National Chocolate Day! Remember, the next time you’re looking for a reason
to celebrate, just visit Jeanne’s monthly celebrations topic!
How do you like your pizza? DisneyDudet asked what’s your favorite, do you
dip it and what’s the weirdest pizza to you? Here are what some INTERCOTees
had to say on the topic. martinfamilyof5: “I love white (Alfredo) chicken
pizza with roasted garlic”; cantgetenuff: “Weirdest thing I've seen on a
pizza- SHRIMP!”; snowflakegirl: “I usually go with the old traditional
standby of pepperoni, but I also love mushroom, plain cheese, onions and
chicken.”; AvonleaCF: “Plain cheese. New York style.”; brownie: “I'll eat
just about any kind of pizza, but I draw the line at anchovies.” And
GoinGoofyPlanninThisTrip put it simply: “As long as it’s got meat on it, I'm
o.k.” The most popular “dip” for pizza amongst those who dip: ranch. Mmm…looks
like it’s pizza for dinner tonight!
October posting milestones were reached by: disneydeb – 11,000 posts, pdrlkr
– 11,000 posts, disneydrmr – 5,000 posts, CanadianWDWFan – 5,000posts,
Septbride2002 – 2,000 posts, RedSoxFan – 1,700 posts, ibrowse17 – 1,600
posts, scottgr – 500 posts, pink – 500 posts, BriarRose0708 – Senior Cast
Member, cal5755 – Senior Cast Member, and TBY2225 – Senior Cast Member.
Congrats to all of you!
That about wraps it up for October. See you next month!
Phew, that wraps up
this issue. Hope your head is stuffed with as much Disney knowledge as your
belly is with turkey! The Staff of the INTERCOT Insider and the INTERCOT
Family or Sites would like to extend to you and yours a wish for a very
Happy Thanksgiving. We'll be back in a little bit with a preview of all the
great Holiday events just now getting underway at the Walt Disney World and
Disneyland resorts. See ya real soon!
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