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July 2009

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Fireworks have faded away into a summer night's past, but cookouts and good times continue to linger on.  The INTERCOT Insider is here to help ensure your next Disney vacation is full of good times by brining you more great tips and info.  In this edition we cover the latest deals, find out how to use an iphone to check out a the Swan & Dolphin, learn where you can travel around Disney World by boat, get some reviews of staying at Kidani Village, check out the latest calendar release, find out how to take a great group picture, get the latest buzz around info central, learn how to send mail from the Magic Kingdom and round-up the best rides after dark.  Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the internet!

Save 35 % on room rates at select Disney Resorts. With savings this magical, why not delight your family with an enchanting getaway this fall? Pay only $96 per night plus tax for stays most nights 8/9-8/18 and 8/22-10/3/2009 in a standard room at Select Disney Moderate Resorts. Save big for the whole family with $169 per night plus tax for stays most nights 8/9-10/3/2009 in a studio at Disney’s Old Key West Resort or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Ask about other resort categories at varying discounted rates. The number of rooms available at these rates are limited. Savings based on non-discounted price for the same room. You can add tickets and dining to this offer as well.  This discount can be booked now through August 8, 2009.

>> Details and 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


<<Ways to Save>>  

Brought to you by The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin offers its Guests many ways to save on their room rates, but now they are offering Guests a great way to save time when looking-up info on this great hotel.  Now you can learn all about the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin right on your iPhone while you are traveling or on the go. With this new application (or App), you can view hotel videos, browse through resort photography, learn about the resort's fabulous restaurants and so much more.   Best of all, the App is available for free from the iTunes App store!

 >> Get the Swan & Dolphin App


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 summer months can be a great time to take a trip to your local lake and enjoy some great boating.  At Walt Disney World many of the areas of the massive resort can be reached by similar nautical means.  A boat loop connects the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian resorts. Another boat loop connects the Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge resort. Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Saratoga Springs and Downtown Disney can all be traveled between by boat. Most popular of all watery ways to travel are the FreindSHIPs that travel between Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, the Yacht & Beach Club and The Boardwalk resorts.

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


<<DVC Discussions>>  

Brought to you by The Timeshare Store


Here's some recent insight INTERCOTee's have shared in the Disney Vacation Club forum about the brand new Kidani Village section of Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort:


"We had a one-bedroom savannah view on the 3rd floor. It was absolutely fantastic!! Having two bathrooms was the reason we bought as many points as we did, so that we could always get a one-bedroom when we traveled with the kids. That was soooo much better than all 4 of us trying to coordinate baths, not to mention an extra toilet. know some people are completely turned off at the thought of doing laundry while on vacation, but it was very convenient to do a load every evening (plus wash our towels between trash and towel service days) and not come home with a ton of dirty clothes. Even when most of the animals are off being cared for between 6am and noon, there are still ostriches to watch. I couldn't get over how large the balconies were. You can access it from the living room and the master bedroom. This may have been my favorite feature of our unit, with the master bathroom being a close second. We used the pool a couple of times and really enjoyed it. During the day, there are tons of activities for kids and families. There was an activities director coordinating trivia contests, water pistol shooting games, etc. LOADS of fun! "-- TennesseeTink


"We stayed in a 1-bedroom savanna view and it was incredible! So much space for 4 of us to spread out! Having 2 bathrooms was wonderful...cut down on a lot of "Who's getting the first shower" discussions each night! The master bathroom was huge and the jacuzzi tub was great after a long day of walking in the parks. The villa was beautifully decorated and the theming was great. We had a large balcony that we used often to relax on while watching the animals. We were on the 5th (top) floor and had a great view of the savanna. We couldn't have been happier with the accommodations! We saw so many different animals from our balcony, and even more from the large viewing area off of the Kidani lobby. There were several afternoons when I was content to just sit on the balcony for a couple hours and watch the animals. Lots of giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and more.  The whole place has a cozy, relaxed feel too it. We went over to Jambo House a few times to visit the shop and The Mara there, and it felt much more chaotic and hectic. Kidani was very peaceful. There is a place to get coffee and soda at Johari Treasures, the shop in Kidani. You can also fill your refillable mug there if you buy one."--laprana

The Timeshare Store offers the largest selection of Disney Vacation Club Resales anywhere! Contact them and see how easy and affordable it is to purchase your very own piece of the "MAGIC".


>> The Timeshare Store


<<Calendar Corner>>


--October 2009--


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


>> Current Park Hours 


>> Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info


>> Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules


<<The More the Merrier>>

Brought to you by All Star Vacation Homes


Vacationing at Walt Disney World with a large group can make some lasting memories.  The Walt Disney World Resort hotels can help make the memories last even longer with a professional group picture.  Guests can sign up for a one-on-one professional session with a photographer. No sitting fee is required. Guests can choose from Professional Print packages or get all of their session images on the Professional Portrait CD (separate from Disney's PhotoPass PhotoCD). The portrait sessions are available in select Resort locations. Reservations are required and can be booked up to 30 days in advance. Guests should call 407-934-4004 to book.

All Star Vacation Homes are great place to stay when visiting Walt Disney World with a large group. With over 170 Orlando vacation homes and condo rentals that can accommodate an array of group sizes (some up to 16 Guests), it's easy to stay close to Disney World with all the comforts of home.

>> All Star Vacation Homes

<< Inside info Central>>

--Central Spotlight--

This month's featured section of INTERCOT info Central is: 

>> Hidden Treasures & Surprises

--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  


<< Maximizing Your Day >>
 Brought to you by Radisson Orlando - Celebration

Sending post cards home is a favorite activity of many Guests, but so is maximizing the time they spend in their favorite parks.  Guest can actually mail their post cards or other mail inside the Magic Kingdom park by using one the mailboxes on Main Street USA.  The mail is sent by Orlando branch of the United States Postal Service so Guest can rest assured their mail gets to their final destination.  Although there are no special postal markings from sending mail from this location, it can still be a neat way to send mail while maximizing your day!

For a hotel that's convenient on location and on your wallet, consider a stay at the Radisson Orlando - Celebration.  Located in Celebration on 20 beautifully landscaped acres, the Radisson Orlando - Celebration is only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World and provides scheduled shuttle service to all four theme parks.

>> Radisson Orlando - Celebration


<<Park Points>>
Brought to you by The Official Ticket Center


The Summer may bring long days to Walt Disney World, but many rides are still extra special at night.  Here's some of INTERCOTee's favorite rides to experience after dark:


"Dumbo at night during Wishes - it is amazing because the fireworks are shooting off all around you.  Astro Orbiter at night adds some pizzaz to an otherwise mediocre ride."--phillydan


"Tomorrowland Transit Authority is a great night ride, its even fun to watch when the fireworks are going on."--bruin1344


"I highly recommend both Big Thunder Mountain and Jungle Cruise at night. I prefer both of those rides at night rather than daytime."--FantasmicJ


"Our favorite ride at night is Splash Mountain, during Wishes. Of course it's our favorite attraction in Walt Disney World in the daytime, too, but it's even more special and magical at night. From the outside portions of the mountain you get a great view of the park and with the fireworks exploding overhead, it's even more magical. Another bonus: during Wishes, the queue is very short, sometimes no wait at all, and you can ride several times without waiting.".--joonyer


"We love Kali River Rapids at night...There is not much lighting and it makes it so much better....--elmjimmlm


"At night Chester & Hester's Dinorama takes on an entirely different feel"--JPL


"Test Track, the outside speedway is much better at night."--Mousemates


Few things can beat a great day at a Walt Disney World theme park, but saving money on your park tickets can make it even better. As Orlando Florida's most recommended discount attraction ticket agency, The Official Ticket Center's tickets are all discounted, cheap, and tax included with "No Hidden Fees".


>> The Official Ticket Center


<< Conclusion >>

This jam packed issue has come to an end, but the warmer weather and longer days are still rolling.  The summer may be about half way over, but there's no end to planning a great vacation.  We'll be back in a few weeks with another edition overflowing with great tips, insights, and reviews from fellow INTERCOTee's.   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.

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
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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.

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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