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INTERCOT > News > August 2000

News Archive - August 2000

Grand Floridian Makeover
Walt Disney World's most upscale resort, the Grand Floridian which first opened in 1988  has been undergoing a renovation project since May of last year.  According to Disney, the resort's facelift will be completed by years end.  Items updated during the renovation include new furniture, wallpaper and carpeting along with a fresh coat of paint and new roofing.
-August 31
Intercot's Resort Section

Orlando Sentinal Reports "Roller Coaster For Animal Kingdom"
According to a story in today's paper, Walt Disney World`s Animal Kingdom is planning its first roller coaster.  The new ride called Primeval Whirl, would be in the located in the park's DinoLand U.S.A. area and  would be part of a new section, called Dino-Rama, that would also include a spinning ride for kids. Sources state the new attractions are expected to open by mid-2002 -August 25
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Hurricane Track Storm Center Opens For Another Season
In an effort to keep you up to date with the latest information about hurricanes that may effect your vacation plans, Intercot has again opened its popular Hurricane Track Storm Center.  Check the latest status of Tropical Storm Debby which has been  moving on a path that could see it heading towards Florida and the Bahamas.
-August 23
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Convention Spotlight Shines on Disneyana 2000, Sept. 5-9
Before the confetti settles on this year’s convention season, there’s one more national gathering that’s sure to get a magical response from its “ConventionEars” -- the Official Disneyana Convention, Sept. 5-9, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
-August 22
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Salsa Sizzles @ Walt Disney World
Latin pop and merengue enliven the streets of Downtown Disney Pleasure Island during the sixth annual Latin Rhythm Nights celebration Sept. 14-16. Charles Zaa, Oscar d' Leon, Gisselle and Luis Fonsi headline a lineup of popular Latin acts and rising stars during the three-night festival at Walt Disney World Resort.
-August 21
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2001 Disney Marathon and Half Marathon at Capacity; Registration Closes With Largest Field in Event History
Registration for the 2001 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon, scheduled for Jan. 7, 2001, has reached capacity and is closed, according to race officials. The event will feature its largest field since its inception in 1994.
-August 17
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Disney’s Expands FASTPASS System
Disney’s FASTPASS, the revolutionary, computerized virtual queuing system that’s winning over guests and winning awards is being added to two popular Walt Disney World attractions soon (Muppet Vision 3D and The Haunted Mansion), with two more rides slated to be added to the FASTPASS system before the holidays.  This will bring the total number of FASTPASS attractions to 19.
-August 16
more about FASTPASS here
Visiting Disney But Have Special Dietary Needs?
In this Intercot Info Central Fact Sheet, we take a look at how to enjoy your vacation while satisfying your dietary needs whether they be medical in nature or a lifestyle choice. Topics covered include, allergies, vegetarianism, kosher meals, diabetes and more.-August 14
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September Magic Kingdom E-Ride Nights Announced
Disney has officially announced its E-Ride schedule.  September 5, 12, 19 & 25 (7pm-10pm).  E-Ride Nights are an exclusive "private party" in the Magic Kingdom for a limited number of Walt Disney World Resort Guests. -August 10
more info here 

November Park Hours and Events Schedule Released
Details have been announced for the Walt Disney World Resort's November schedule which includes such exciting events as Holidays Around the World: a worldwide whirlwind of holiday fun at Epcot, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights: the worlds largest residential holiday light display and the Downtown Disney Festival of the Masters: one of the top juried shows in the Southeast, with over 150 award-winning artists. -August 10
Visit the events schedule and park hours pages. 

Magic Kingdom Offers Four Fresh New Sounds
Four musical acts have debuted in the Magic Kingdom, offering guests a variety of sounds. The new groups include The Main Street Philharmonic, a 12-piece brass and percussion ensemble playing in Town Square, The Tomorrowland Blast belting out rock 'n' roll tunes, The Fantasyland Woodwind Society, a quartet of saxophonists playing Disney favorites, and The Notorious Banjo Brothers…and Bob, two banjo players and a tuba player, who entertain guests in Frontierland with a comical twist.
-August 8

Holiday Parties @ Walt Disney World
During Halloween and Christmas, the Magic Kingdom becomes even more magical as it plays host to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Both of these events include specially themed parades and fireworks shows.  The parties, which occur after normal park hours, require separate admission and often sell out. -August 5
Lights, Camera, Auction at Downtown Disney West Side
For guests looking for a piece of Hollywood history, Starabilias located in Downtown Disney West Side will hold its first world-class memorabilia auction on Aug. 4-5. Approximately 600 lots of rare and fine pieces of memorabilia to be auctioned include the Original Santa Claus suit worn by Ed Gwenn in the 1947 film classic "Miracle on 34th Street", a Lou Gehrig game-worn jersey, J-200 guitar, owned and played by Elvis Presley and Cape worn by Burt Ward (Robin) in the "Batman" television series. -August 3
So You're Visiting Disney World During Peak Season...
There are times when you just can't avoid it.  Scheduling issues at work, kids summer vacations... the list goes on.  Now that you will be visiting the vacation capitol of the world at it's most crowded, how do you still have fun?  We'll show you how with some time tested strategies! -August 1
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