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February 2008 – Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

George Washington couldn't tell a lie, and we'd be lying if we didn't say that this here is another great edition of the INTERCOT Insider.  As we plow our way past President's Day and dig deeper into Winter, things just keep looker better for a Disney Vacation! In this edition we check out the latest happenings in Disney parks coast to coast, check out the latest dollar saving deals, check out what's find out what's a buzz in info central, how to get quality vacation pictures with out breaking the bank, get a refresher on how to search the boards, get an update on a great deal just for INTERCOTees, and bid a fond farewell to one of our monthly columnists.  Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<<Disney Deals>>

-Spring Savings for Disney Visa Members-

Disney has released discount rates on Magic Your Way packages for Disney Visa Cardholders vacationing at Walt Disney World between March 30 - May 21, 2008. Ask for code APU for Magic Your Way or code APW 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.

>> Details & Discussion
>> Magical Journeys

<<Coast to Coast Disney with Mel>>  

Block Party Bash Rocks the Studios!

Continuing the Disney Parks tradition of immersive guest experiences, "Block Party Bash" will put Disney's Hollywood Studios guests right in the middle of a party during what could be one of the wildest, most interactive parades ever. With music and excitement cranked to the max for this high-energy street extravaganza, "Block Party Bash" will entice guests to dance, play and party their way through the Studios. The wildest block party in Disney history is set to debut on March 14.

I too saw this at Disneyland and it is AWESOME! So much fun! High energy! Entertaining! A real party! For all going - DO NOT MISS THIS!!!! – disneydrmr

The Block Party Parade sounds like a lot of fun. Can't wait to be "in it?" – Hul-lonian

>> Details & Discussion

New Playhouse Disney—Live on Stage!

Some of the most popular children’s TV characters from Playhouse Disney on Disney Channel come to life in the new Playhouse Disney—Live on Stage! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Children are invited to sing, dance and play along as their friends from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins help create the best birthday party ever for Minnie Mouse.

I am just looking forward to seeing her (DDs) face when we see the show for the first time. I have a feeling we may be attending multiple performances!! – ljv1975

As much as my youngest liked the old one, he will LOVE the new one. – CanadianWDWFan

We all thought the new show was great, and I agree that while there are things that we miss as the parks evolve, change is good. - JohnnyJayhawk

>> Discussion Here
>> More Information

American Idol Coming To Disney Studios...

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced plans Thursday to create a live performance attraction based on "American Idol" at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.  "Our goal is to try to recreate the excitement of those 24 people who show up on that 'American Idol' stage," Disney Parks chairman Jay Rasulo told The Associated Press. Much like the hugely popular Fox singing competition, the as-yet-unnamed attraction -- scheduled to open in late 2008 -- will allow theme park guests to audition then perform before a live studio audience inside the Hollywood Studios' theater space formerly occupied by the "Doug Live!" and "Superstar Television" attractions.

This isn't an April Fools joke or something? – Red Randal

I actually think it could be interesting. I love hearing people sing, and I love to sing myself. I would definitely check it out. – PirateLover

Sounds interesting to me. I think I'll give it half a chance before I decide if it warrants being torn to shreds. – SurferStitch

This COULD be interesting, but how many people are going to want to spend the best part of a day to be a contestant? With the audition, makeup, competition, possible callback for finals -- this would easily take up an entire day. – Bman62

>> Discussion & Information Here

Year of the Mouse at Disneyland Resort

The most famous Mouse of all is inviting families to celebrate the Lunar New Year and Year of the Mouse at Disneyland Resort. From February 5-29, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will mark the Year of the Mouse by appearing in festive Asian attire to greet guests and pose for photos near Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.

>> Full Story...
>> Discuss This News...

 <<A Great INTERCOTee Rate>>

-with the Gaylord Palms Resort & Spa-

INTERCOT Sponsor, the Gaylord Palms Resort has extended  their special INTERCOTee Rate for select dates through the month of September 2008.  These rates represent a tremendous savings of $70 - $100 per night off the regular rates.  Located just minutes from Disney's main gate, the resort offers top-notch guest accommodations, four acres of themed experiences under glass, including innovative restaurants, fascinating shops, live entertainment and much more.  For details on this special visit the Gaylord Palms Resort's web site below and fill out a quote form.

>> Gaylord Palms Resort & Spa

 <<Across the Boards with Figment!>>

Welcome back to Across the Boards.  When reading through the many threads on our discussion boards have you ever come across a place, attraction or program that you weren't familiar with?  While you could certainly post a question asking for clarification,  a much faster way is to perform a Quick Search for the place, attraction or program you are not familiar with!

If you know which forum might contain more information on the place, attraction of program you are looking for,  “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.

That wraps up this refresher on the search function. Until next time, Happy Browsing Around the Boards!

 <<Picture Perfect>>

by Stan Kelley Photography

Exceptional portraits of your Disney vacation at a great value? You’re not dreaming, it’s a reality with Stan Kelley Photography. The samples on Stan's portrait galleries illustrate the quality of his work. His images are always individually corrected and touched up, and he can copy people between photos when needed. Digital editing, photo CD, and printed proofs are all included with Stan's basic portrait session! Stan's work is out there for the whole world to study & evaluate (why hire a "see who and what you get" photographer?). Call or email Stan as soon as you know the dates of your trip or even when are you already at Disney World!

>> Stan's Sample Portrait Galleries
>> Stan’s Digital Editing Details
>> Portrait Locations
>> Contact Stan!

<< Inside info Central>>

Park Calendar Released for August 2008


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for August 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's Pirate & Princess Party


>> Epcot's Annual International Flower & Garden Festival

<< An Off Topic Send Off >>

The INTERCOT Insider would like to bid a fond farewell to ChipDale (aka Jane).  Due to other duties and responsibilities beyond INTERCOT, she has resigned from her columnist position.   Jane took the reigns of the Off Topic column in February 2004 and since then become a staple of the Insider Newsletter and the longest running writer of the Off Topic column.  During her tenure, Jane covered 48 months of chit-chat, 208 themed Friday parties and countless poster milestones to the delight of thousands of readers.  The INTERCOT Insider deeply thanks her for all of her hard work over the last four years and sincerely wishes her the best in all of her future endeavors. 

<< Conclusion >>

 As this month of Groundhogs, Valentines and Presidents rolls-on, the Insider will continue to roll-out tips on everything from how to save big dough at Disney World  to how to have big fun at Disneyland.  We'll be back soon with a look at how the second Year of A Million Dreams campaign is sprinkling its magic on both coasts; as well as, even more great Disney vacation tips. See ya real soon!

<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>

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

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Magical Journeys
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Quicksilver Tours & Transportation
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Our drivers are the first personal contact you have when you arrive in Orlando.  No other transportation company goes to the lengths we do to ensure that your trip is exactly how you imagined it. At Quicksilver, we truly believe there's no such thing as going "above and beyond" for our clients. Instead, it's all part of doing our jobs correctly.

Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration
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Conveniently located just 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World with free shuttle service. roomy guest accommodations and a Starbucks and Pizza Hut right on property!

Stan Kelley Photography
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Ever wish you could be in the picture?  Stan Kelley Photography takes quality family portraits of your Orlando dream vacation that you'll treasure forever. He will meet you at your resort hotel (or wherever) for relaxed and fun photos. Visit Stan's website now to reserve a portrait time slot or see some of his work.

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This Disney Vacation Club resale site offers the largest selection of DVC Resale's anywhere!  They are the number one Disney Vacation Club Reseller in the world. See how easy and affordable it is to purchase your very own piece of the "MAGIC".

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