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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > July 2008 Edition


June 2008 Edition

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<< Introduction >>

School's back in session and the warm Summer air is starting to show signs of turning cool and crisp. Not only is it the start of a new school year and the beginnings of a new Season, but this is the start of a brand new Insider.   The INTERCOT Insider is brining you new monthly columns and a slew of feature articles written by our always knowledgeable INTERCOT Staff, as well as; several classic columns.   In this edition we'll cover top tips for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, learn about some great hotel deals, cover the latest upgrades to the boards, find out what new features the Disney Cruise line has in store, and check out the latest buzz around info Central .  Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<<A Great INTERCOTee Rate>> 

with the Gaylord Palms Resort


The Gaylord Palms Resort exclusive $99 rate for INTERCOTees ends this month. This special rate is available for all days now through October 3rd (except 9/17-9/18 and 9/24-25). All other times INTERCOT offers the lowest rates for the Gaylord Palms - at least 15% discounted savings off their normal rates.  That's less than any travel agent or travel site - you'll always save by booking thru us.  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. Additional specials are available October through December. 


>> Reserve Your Room Today

<<Halloween Party Tips with JPL>> 

1. Remember you can enter anytime after 4 PM with your party ticket.
2. Get your wristband early and move towards the back of the park.
3. Make sure to check out Alice and Mad Hatter’s Treat Party for lots of candy and surprises.
4. Keep an eye out for rare characters and characters dress in Halloween Costumes for unique photo opportunities.
5. Be sure to visit the Haunted Mansion and watch for the Ghost Lady on the lawn.
6. Get a good spot on Main Street for Hallowishes Fireworks.
7. The 2nd showing of the parade is much less crowded. 
8. Be sure Mix and Mingle with the Villains at the Castle Stage.
9. Don’t forget to buy any special event merchandise
10. Most Important Have Fun!


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is an after-hours hard-ticked event offered select nights at the Magic Kingdom park now through October 31, 2008.


<<Across the Boards with Figment!>> 


Welcome back to Across the Boards.  In this edition we cover an exciting new happening, the launching of the brand new INTERCOT server.  On the afternoon of September 7, 2008, with the help of thousands of INTERCOT fans who donated to our Server Drive last year, INTERCOT officially made the switch over to our new and more powerful machine.  


Here's what John had to say regarding the change-over: "I think you will find things are quite snappy. We're very pleased with the way it all has worked out (though it took a lot longer than we anticipated). We still have a few things to test, but what this means is we can finally move on to more exciting projects.

We couldn't have done this without all the INTERCOTees that decided to help us out in our time of need!

It's a great big beautiful tomorrow today thanks to you!"

Until next time, Happy Browsing Around the Boards!

<<Extra Christmas Green>> 

with the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Early visitors to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort can enjoy all the splendor and magic of the holiday season with rates starting as low as $159. Reserve your room now for December 12 - December 20, 2008.
Rooms at the Dolphin are available starting at $159+ per night. Rooms at the Swan are available starting at $179+ per night. Call 888-828-8850 and ask for rate code: INTDEC .


>> Reserve Your Room Today


<<A Wave of Enhancements>> 


from the Disney Cruise Line


An exciting collection of enhancements awaits the Disney Magic as the ship goes under dry dock Sept. 6-24, 2008. The 2,700 passenger cruise ship is currently undergoing a series of upgrades for guests of all ages.

Here is a glimpse at what’s in store:

~Indulgence and Relaxation

Quiet Cove, the serene pool retreat reserved for the enjoyment of adults, will undergo a makeover including upgrades to Cove Café, the pool and the deck area. Cove Café, the ship’s sophisticated coffee lounge, will incorporate a new seating area with plush, comfortable chairs providing the perfect venue to relax while sipping a cup of gourmet coffee. Meanwhile, the adult pool will be outfitted with soothing, cascading waterfalls from the two hot tubs. Teak deck and lounge chairs with plush cushions will line the pool, creating an inviting, stylish ambiance in line with the Vista Spa and Salon.

~Fun for the Little Ones

The Oceaneer Club, a Neverland-themed play space for 3-7 year olds, and the Oceaneer Lab, a whacky and interactive laboratory exclusively for 8-12 year olds, will be enhanced with new registration areas that make the check-in process more efficient and hassle-free. This sets the stage for incorporating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the youth activity areas later this year, which will further enhance and streamline the check-in process. The technology uses RFID tags embedded on wristbands, allowing children to simply tap a sensor to check in and out of the clubs.

Even the youngest cruisers will have a splashtacular time in “Mickey’s Splash Zone,” a new toddler water playground inspired by Fantasia’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This 385-square-foot extension to the Mickey Pool on deck 9 will feature star- and moon-shaped interactive fountains, a soft play surface and whimsical splash zones; creating an inviting environment for children not yet toilet trained and in swim diapers.

~New Conveniences

The guest staterooms onboard the Disney Magic are receiving an infusion of technology with the installation of flat-screen LCD television sets. The new 22-inch units will be mounted on a swivel arm to allow easy viewing from multiple locations within the stateroom.

<< Inside info Central>>


Park Calendars Released for February &  March  2009


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for February and March 2009. 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  


>> Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


>> Character Meals

>> Buffets


What's New?

INTERCOT info Central has recently added the following sections to better help you plan your Disney World Vacation.   

>> Holiday Dining Premium Dates

<< Conclusion >>

With great hotel deals and the fun of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween party, October looks like a great time for a trip to Walt Disney World!  Whether you are already planning a fall trip or this edition gave you a nudge to do so, we hope it provided great information to help you plan one.  We'll be back with more exciting new articles brimming with information in a few weeks.  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!

All Star Vacation Homes
Website: Vacation Home Details Here
Choose from the finest selection of vacation homes and condos in the closest locations to Walt Disney World.

Gaylord Palms Resort
Website: Resort Details Here
Imagine a resort experience that brings to life the best of the Sunshine State. All of the spirit. All of the excitement. All of the adventure. From the history and old-world charm of St. Augustine to the colorful and festive island spirit of Key West, to the mysterious waters and cypress of the Everglades - The Gaylord Palms has it all!

The Official Ticket Center
Website: Buy & Price Tickets Now!
The Official Ticket Center is Walt Disney World’s, Universal Studios and Sea World’s #1 guest service provider for the last 3 years. The Official Ticket Center sells tickets only, at a discount price.

Magical Journeys
Website: http://www.yourmagicaljourneys.com
INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency.  An unconventional Travel Agency for the unconventional client, Magical Journeys is dedicated to finding the best pricing for your next magical journey. We work hard to save you money, and still give you the quality service you deserve.

Mandara Spa - WDW Swan & Dolphin
Website: http://www.mandaraspa.com
The spectacular Mandara Spa creates an unforgettable guest experience within a magical setting surrounded by the paradise that is the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

Quicksilver Tours & Transportation
Website: http://www.quicksilver-tours.com
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
Resort Details Here
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!

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Website: http://www.swandolphin.com
In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds®, the luxurious Mandara Spa, and many special Disney benefits.

The Timeshare Store
Website: http://www.dvc-resales.com
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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