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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive >March 2009 Edition 1


March 2009 Edition 1

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<< Introduction >>

March may be coming in like a Lion in your neck of the woods, but we're not ly'n' when we tell you that this is another great edition of the INTERCOT Insider.  In this edition we catch you up on the latest dollar saving deals, learn how to save big at Disney, get some transportation tips, round-up the latest Disney news, get up-to-date on the the latest buzz around info central, get some tips on a cool treat, and learn what's about to bloom at the 2009 Epcot Flower festival. Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<<Disney Deals>>

Brought to you by Magical Journeys Travel Agency

-Passholder Discounts-

Disney has released Annual Passholder rates for the travel dates 4/19/09 - 6/6/09.  Stay at the All-Star Music for $64a night or Port Orleans-French Quarter for $94 a night.   Go rustic at the Fort Wilderness  Cabins for only $189 a night.  Stay in luxury without breaking the bank by staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for $164 a night, the Contemporary for $249 a night or the Polynesian for $289.  Discounts vary by day of week and are available on only certain views.

>> Details & Discussion

-Spring Savings-

Disney has released a Spring Magic Your Way special for travel Dates 4/12/09 - 6/6/09.  Enjoy a Magic My Way package with discounted accommodations cost.  Stay at a Value resort for $68 per night, a Moderate Resort for $104 per night or select Deluxe resorts for $179 - $304 per night.  Tax will be applied to room rate.  Discounts vary by day of week and are available on only certain views.  Packages must be booked by 4/18/09.

>> Details & Discussion

Magical Journeys is dedicated to finding the best pricing for your next Magical Journey. They work hard to save you money, and still give you the quality service you deserve.  They find their clients deals like the ones above and add them to qualifying reservations, saving their clients both money and the hassle of watching for the deals themselves.


>> Magical Journeys


<<WebDisney Round-Up with Mel>>  


Disney News Headlines Around the World -- February 11th through March 13th, 2009

Raytheon Company Announces New Disney World Projects

Raytheon Company recently celebrated the grand opening of The Family Technology Center at the Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort, and also announced 'The Sum of All Thrills' interactive, math-based experience to open at INNOVENTIONS in Epcot in fall 2009.

American Idol Experience Attraction Opens At Disney World with Blue Carpet Premiere

With the largest-ever gathering of "American Idol" winners joining in the celebration, Walt Disney World Resort recently raised the curtain on "The American Idol Experience", a new attraction capturing the energy and excitement of the hit TV show.

Karl Holz Returns As Disney Cruise Line President

Tom McAlpin is being replaced by the same man he succeeded as Disney Cruise Line president: Karl Holz, who is currently president of New Vacation Operations, where he oversees the Adventures By Disney tour operation. In his new role, Holz will run both the cruise line and the new-vacation division.

ESPN The Weekend Returns to Disney World

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort again offered fans the opportunity to see and hear ESPN personalities and current and legendary athletes during the annua ESPN The Weekend.

Walt Disney World Resort Debuts New Online Check-In Service

Walt Disney World Resort has launched a new Online Check-In Service, designed to simplify and streamline guest arrivals. The new service is complimentary and available to guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Disney Vacation Club resorts open as of February 2009.

Updated "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" Returning To Disneyland

A longtime favorite of Disneyland guests will return as "The Disneyland Story, featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln," an enhanced version of the show which appeared, in various forms, in the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland park from 1966 through 2004 . The attraction will reopen later this year in celebration of the 200th anniversary year of Abraham Lincoln's birth.

'High School Musical' Franchise To Return In 2010 With New Cast

East meets West in a classic love triangle set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights, in "High School Musical 4," the fourth story in the celebrated franchise.

Disney Cruise Line Begins New Ship Construction

Disney Cruise Line recently began construction on two new ships with a steel cutting ceremony at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ships are scheduled for completion in 2011 and 2012.

Disney Company Announces Long-Term Environmental Goals

The Walt Disney Company has announced a landmark set of strategic environmental goals and challenging 3 to 5 year targets to reduce emissions, waste, electricity and fuel use, and its impact on water and ecosystems.

Disney Announces Launch of D23

Disney has announced the launch of D23, the first official community for Disney fans in the Company's 85-year history. Through D23, fans will go backstage and behind closed doors to get the inside scoop from every part of Disney, while experiencing the nostalgia, adventure and fantasy of Disney as never before.

Disney Names New Cruise Ships 'Disney Dream' and 'Disney Fantasy'

At the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, Disney announced the names of the company's two new cruise ships.

Tampa Bay Bucs Leave WDW Training Camp Behind

The new-look Bucs, led by Coach Raheem Morris, will shift training camp to their $36 million team headquarters this summer, according to NFL sources, leaving their luxury accommodations at the Celebration Hotel and facilities at Disney's Wide World of Sports for the first time in eight years.

Shareholders Re-Elect Disney Board of Directors

Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company at the 2009 Annual Meeting Tuesday elected all 12 members of the Board of Directors and supported Board recommendations on the Company's auditor and stock and executive compensation plans, based on preliminary results.

>> Stay tuned to WebDisney for the latest company-wide Disney News


<<Ways to Save>>  

Brought to you by The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


Looking to save some dough on breakfast at Disney's Hollywood Studios?  Look no further than the Starring Rolls Bakery.  This often overlooked location may serve the baked goods of the stars, but they do it at more terrestrial price.  Guests can find an assortment of mini-baked goods priced $0.99 - $1.79, assorted muffins priced  $2.29, bagels with cream cheese priced  $2.29, croissants priced  $2.29 and chocolate croissants priced $2.39.  These quick breakfast bites are easy on the wallet and easy to digest while dashing to the Tower of Terror, Rock'n' Rollercoaster, or Toy Story Mania!. 


To save even more on your vacation, book a stay at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin on select dates through-out 2009 or enjoy a free night's stay on your Birthday!  If you are a member of our military, a teacher or school support staff member, nurse, or Florida resident, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin has additional discounts available just for you! 


>> Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


<<Getting Around the World>>  

Brought to you by Quick silver Tours & Transportation


The Hoop-Dee-Doo Review is a popular dinner experience for many Guests, but getting there can be a bit confusing.  Since the dinner show is at the Fort Wilderness Resort, it is easiest to get there from one of the four Theme Parks.  Guests spending the day at Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, or Disney's Hollywood Studios can take the Disney Transportation bus to Fort Wilderness, then switch to the internal campground bus.   Once on the internal bus Guests need only to tell the driver they are going to the Hoop-De-Doo Revue and they will be taken there.  Guests spending the day at the Magic Kingdom can take the Disney transportation boat to Fort Wilderness and can walk a short distance from the boat dock directly to the Hoop-De-Doo Revue.


A great way to travel between the Walt Disney World resort and the airport is with Quicksilver Tours & Transportation. Quicksilver goes to great lengths to ensure that your trip is exactly how you imagined it at rates lower than standard taxi rates.

Quicksilver Tours & Transportation

<< Inside info Central>>


Park Calendar Released for June 2009


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for June 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  


>> Disney Dining Plan


>> Night of Joy


>> Epcot's Annual International Flower & Garden Festival


<< Staying Cool >>

Brought to you by The Clarion Resort & Water Park

The Magic Kingdom is a place filled with fun and whimsy, but in the heat of the day it can also be a place filled with exhausted families.  A great place for a cool treat to pick up the whole group is the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor.  While this location may be familiar to many who have grabbed a sundae or ice cream cone, it is less known that Guests can also get a cool gourmet treat.  The Main Street Ice Cream Parlor offers Guests the ability to make an ice cream sandwich from any ice cream flavor in the shop and two freshly baked cookies from the adjacent Main Street Bakery.  Similar ice cream sandwiches made from large scoops of ice cream and freshly baked cookies can also be found at Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom, Fountainview Cafe at Epcot, and DinoBites in the Animal Kingdom.  These delectable treats are fairly large and may be considered a snack to share between two people (or one really hungry one!).

Another great way to stay cool is with a stay at the Clarion Resort & Water Park.  Conveniently located in Kissimmee, the Clarion Resort & Water Park is a full-service Orlando area hotel and a state-of-the-art water park that's perfect for kids of all ages.


>> Clarion Resort and Water Park


<< Epcot in Bloom >>


The 16th annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival kicked-off  March 18, 2009 at Walt Disney World Resort. This festival, included in theme park admission, transforms the Epcot landscape into vibrant gardens filled with popular Disney character topiaries.  Here's some highlights to look for during this year's festival:

~ As part of this year’s Celebration theme, guests can enjoy a commemoration of Cinderella’s coronation day as a “Cinderellabration” featuring royal guests including Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty and Belle – all as intricately designed topiaries. Other topiary merriment includes: Simba’s Birthday Celebration in a classic scene based on the Disney animated film “The Lion King” and Be Our Guest featuring the entertaining characters from “Beauty and the Beast.”

~ More than 50 Disney character topiaries include Aladdin, Lady and the Tramp, and Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Classic Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy strike topiary poses doing their favorite outdoor activities in the new, garden-themed playground Let’s Get Moving.

~Little princesses can come dressed up and show off their costumes in the all-new daily Fairy & Princess Procession in the new Pixie Hollow-themed play area.

~More than 500 native butterflies representing up to 10 species reside in Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden, a gazebo-type enclosure filled with lush plants and measuring more than 40 feet in diameter. Guests can stroll through the screened habitat to view the colorful butterflies. Among the garden’s two dozen nectar plants are Cape Royal plumbago, passion flower, coral honeysuckle, blazing star, butterfly bush, scarlet milkweed and canna lily.

~Two butterfly topiaries are on display. 


~Doc, Grumpy and the rest of the seven dwarfs appear at the Epcot entrance with intricate topiary detail that includes beards of palm fiber. 


~Perfume bottle topiaries represent Guerlain perfumes in the Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion.

~ More than 15 floral, herbal and spice ingredients of 10 popular perfumes are revealed in the Fragrance Garden presented by Guerlain at the France pavilion. Guests can sniff the enduring fragrance Shalimar to discover botanical notes that include lemon, Arabian jasmine and vanilla. Some components of nine other Guerlain fragrances include mimosa, magnolia, rose, nutmeg and vetivergrass.

At the Green Garden exhibit, guests can learn tips on how to create their own environmentally safe garden, including information about low-water-use, native plants and recycling.

~ Forty-five “flower towers” of impatiens line Innoventions Plaza.

~ 100 floating mini-gardens, each three feet in diameter, of multi-hued impatiens provide splashes of color on two ponds that border the walkway between Future World and World Showcase. There are also 15 large gardens, each eight feet in diameter.

These amazing displays will be showcased until the festival concludes on May 31, 2009.



<< Conclusion >>

That wraps up this edition filled with travel tips, money saving tricks and all the latest news and info to keep you up-to-date on planning a trip. Hopefully the preview of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival has gotten you into the Spring mood. If not, don't fret, there's more coverage of the festival to come.  We'll be back in a few weeks with another edition blooming with information on the concerts and other special events taking place at the festival. See ya real soon!


<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>

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