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March Edition

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Webmaster John's Note:  Yes, this is the March Edition - consider it an April Fools.  I was at the Walt Disney World Resort and thought I had sent out the newsletter and actually hadn't.  So, without further delay - read on and enjoy this edition - a little bit late.  Sorry Jason!

Spring has officially sprung! While spring weather may have not yet arrived in you neck of the woods, another edition of the INTERCOT Insider has arrived in your mailbox.  In this edition we check-out the latest deals, get some great tips for Star Wars Weekends, learn about a great deal for big groups, and take a look at this year's Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.  Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<<Disney Deals>>

with Magical Journeys Travel Agency


--Spring into Passholder Savings--


Annual Passholder discounts have been released and are valid for the following dates: April 25 - June 2, 2011. Discounts include 20%+ off at Value Resorts, 30% off at Moderates, 30%+ off at Deluxe and 35% off at Deluxe Villas. Rooms are limited and subject to availability. 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. 


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<<Star Wars Weekend Tips with KylesMom>>


As posted on the boards early last month, Disney has officially announced Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20-June 12. To get you ready for the event, here are a few early planning tips to make your trip to a galaxy far, far away an enjoyable one!

~ If you have not currently scheduled an Advanced Dining Reservations for a Table Service lunch, check on-line dining or the Disney Dining Line to see what’s available. Table Service walk-ups will be nearly impossible to get, and Counter Service dining locations will be very crowded. A nice Table Service lunch at Sci-Fi, Mama Melrose or Hollywood Brown Derby can be a welcome break from battling those Jawas and Tusken Raiders.

~ May can be HOT. Ensure that while your Padawans, Jedi, and Sith are waiting in line for character meet-and-greets, that they have water to keep hydrated. Many of these locations are in uncovered areas, and the sun and humidity can quickly take their toll.

~ Have those cameras ready at every turn – you never know which Star Wars character may decide to create that magical photo opportunity around the next corner!

~ Get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios early before the gates are scheduled to open. You can enjoy some wonderful antics from certain Star Wars characters while awaiting park opening, and it’s much more fun if you’re closer to the gates. Also take a moment to stop by Guest Services to the left of the turnstiles and pick up a Star Wars Weekends schedule that will post the Star Wars Motorcade parade time, high-profile autograph locations, special celebrity host talk show locations & times, Padawan Mind Challenge sign-up information, Hyperspace Hoopla! details and other good-to-know tidbits that you’ll want to be part of.

~ If you’re looking for a specific Star Wars character or meet and greet location, don’t hesitate to ask a Cast Member wearing a Star Wars Weekend shirt. If they don’t have a detailed schedule, they should be able to find someone who does. Characters often rotate, and it’s always good to know who may be following a character who is currently greeting guests.

~ Jabba’s Hutt has the most amazing Star Wars Weekends merchandise. While the lines will be huge in the morning, unless you have your heart set on a specific collectible, hit it in the later afternoon. Lines may be out the door in the morning but taper off as the day wears on.

~ Of course, Star Tours 2.0 will officially be unveiled the opening weekend. A definite timesaver will be to grab a few FastPasses for this much-anticipated attraction reopening.

Be sure to stay tuned to the boards, where more details will be posted as Disney releases them. May The Force Be With You!


<<The More the Merrier>>

with ALL STAR Vacation Homes


-- Spring Savings at Lighthouse Key --

Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa is pleased to announce special savings for travelers planning a Spring 2011 Orlando vacation. Vacationers reserving Lighthouse Key’s Orlando vacation condominium rentals for three nights during Spring 2011 travel dates will receive a fourth night free worth up to $200 or more in Orlando vacation savings. Travel dates for the special run now through April 16 and April 29 through June 10, 2011.

Accommodation choices include Disney area vacation condos with 2 to 4 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, dining and living areas, private patios, complimentary wireless Internet access and Plasma TVs. During their stay, guests can enjoy Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa’s on-site Orlando vacation resort amenities, such as a full-service European style spa, fitness center, swimming pools, deli and complimentary Disney theme park transportation. Guests will also receive a coupon redeemable for savings on combined Orlando spa services at The Spa at Lighthouse Key and are eligible for discounted Disney and other Orlando attraction tickets with any reservation.

Located four miles from Walt Disney World Resort, Lighthouse Key Resort and Spa features 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villa style vacation condominium rentals in four distinct floor plans that range from over 1,100 to over 2,100 square feet and include fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, and spacious covered patios. Resort amenities include: a full service European style spa, two heated swimming pools, fitness center, game and billiard rooms - plus on-site food and beverage, a gift shop, a 52-seat movie theatre, a business center with Internet cafe, complimentary Disney park transportation and meeting space.

For more information visit allstarvacationhomes.com or call 1-800-606-3373.


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<<Fun Sprouts up at Epcot>>


A constellation of HGTV design stars lights up the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 2 through May 15.  Genevieve Gorder, Vern Yip, and nine other HGTV design gurus appear for the first time at the Walt Disney World Resort festival during weekend presentations that cover a wide range of lawn and garden topics.  This year’s 75-day festival showcases more than 100 expertly crafted topiaries featuring the cast of Toy Story 3 and two upcoming films.  Woody, Buzzlightyear, and even Lotso can be found in floral form, marking the first time that “Toy Story” characters have been featured at the festival. The brand-new “Cars 2” topiary display at the World Showcase plaza features large floral topiaries of “Cars” characters Mater and Lightning McQueen beneath a black-and-white checkered arch. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and pals also appear in topiary splendor among a Hundred Acre Wood wildflower display between Future World and World Showcase. 


>> Details & Discussion


<< Conclusion >>

We hope this edition has got you excited about the Flower & Garden Festival and Star Wars Weekends. Stay tuned to the discussion boards and the INTERCOT Insider Live Podcast for more information on these awesome annual events. Will be back in a few weeks with more news, tips and deals. See ya real soon!

<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>

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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.

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