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INTERCOT > News > April  2006

News Archive - April 2006

April 28, 2006

Park Calendar Released for November 2006

Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for November 2006. 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.

April 26, 2006

Disney Introduces Magical Beginnings Program

Disney has announced a new program, Magical Beginnings, devoted to families traveling with toddlers or preschoolers. Walt Disney World Resort has created a seven week travel period filled with savings,
concerts, special entertainment and events for little ones. From August 13 to September 30, these families can enjoy a new package that offers free dining for the entire family. For more details on this and other specials call 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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April 25, 2006

Character Dining Returns to Hollywood & Vine

Beginning June 25, 2006, Character Dining will return to MGM-Studios' Hollywood & Vine Restaurant. Guests can dine, get autographs, sing and dance with Playhouse Disney pals JoJo & Goliath, and June & Leo from Little Einsteins. The character dining experience is available for breakfast and lunch. Dinner will remain a non-character meal and a dining option for the Fantasmic! Dinner Package. Reservations are available for booking starting today, April 25th.

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April 24, 2006

2006 Holiday Party Tickets Go On Sale May 1st

"Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party" and "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" tickets go on sale May 1. These are hard ticket events. Guests must purchase separate admission to attend. Walt Disney World limits the number of tickets sold in order to keep the crowds down and many dates sell out in advance. Purchase tickets by calling (407) W-DISNEY.

"Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party" will be celebrated on;  September 15, 22, 29
October 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 & 31

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"Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party" will be; November 13, 17, 27, 28 & 30
December 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 & 22

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April 21, 2006

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Opens Today

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival begins today and will continue through June 11. Disney "sweetheart" topiaries based on decades of happily-ever-after classic stories will add romance and whimsy to the 13th annual event. The Nelsons will kick off the Flower Power Concert Series at the American Gardens Theatre. Other highlights include Themed Weekends, Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden, Tinker Bell's Fairy Garden, Daily Ladybug releases and much more. The festival is included in regular Epcot admission.

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April 20, 2006

Radisson Resort Offers Summer Discounts

The Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration is offering visitors of INTERCOT an exclusive 15% discount for guests vacationing from April 23 - September 30, 2006. Reservations must be booked by May 15. The Radisson Resort Orlando is a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel and is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World. The resort provides shuttles to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios, 718 remodeled guest rooms, 3 sparkling pools with waterfalls, 2 whirlpools and a 40' water slide, 5 on site food and beverage outlets. Visit the links below for details on pricing and to make reservations.

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April 15, 2006

Star Wars Weekend Guest List Announced 

Warwick Davis will be hosting all four Star Wars Weekends. Davis played the Ewok hero Wicket in Return of the Jedi and Anakin's young friend Wald in Episode I. Other celebrities appearing during the event are Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch, Jake Lloyd, Temuera Morrison and more. Star Wars Weekends blast into orbit May 19 and will be held four consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through June 11, 2006 and are included with regular theme park admission.

Event Details & Schedule
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April 13, 2006

Woman Dies After Riding Mission: Space 

A 49-year-old woman from Germany died Wednesday after riding Mission: Space. The woman became ill after getting off the attraction and was taken to Florida Hospital Celebration Health, where she later died. Mission: Space was shut down and the state Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection has been notified. Disney reopened the ride when Epcot opened at 9AM on Thursday after Walt Disney World engineers and ride system experts completed an inspection overnight and declared it to be operating properly. This is the second death in less than a year associated with the thrill ride.

April 8, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean Opens Mid-Rehab

The classic Disney theme park attraction Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened during mid-rehab to accommodate Peak Season crowds.  At this time no noticeable changes to the attraction have been done. The attraction will be open from April 8-30. It will go back down for rehab on May 1st to complete the updates in time for the opening of the new film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. At which time Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa will be woven into the attraction's most familiar scenes. New special effects will also be added to enhance the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park experience.

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April 7, 2006

Two New Finding Nemo Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World in  2006

During today's Grand Opening of Expedition Everest Disney announced the arrival of two new Finding Nemo attractions. Finding Nemo - The Musical will debut later this year in the former Tarzan Rocks! location at Animal Kingdom. The show will bring the undersea world to life in a stage spectacular featuring original songs by Tony Award winning composer Robert Lopez.  Another new arrival is The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The attraction is scheduled to open this Fall in the Living Seas Pavilion. It will feature the stars of "Finding Nemo" swimming among the live marine life of the huge aquarium in an adventure that picks up where the movie left off.

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Expedition Everest Officially Opens Today

Are you ready to face the Yeti? Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain opens today. The new Animal Kingdom thrill attraction is designed to send guests on a high-speed train adventure into the Himalayas for a face-to-face encounter with the legendary Yeti. Everest will be closed during the morning hours as the grand opening ceremonies take place. Robert Iger will preside over the ceremonies. Al Weiss will also be in attendance and is scheduled to "uncover plans for some exciting upcoming events at Walt Disney World." Expedition Everest will open to guests in the afternoon.

Attraction Details & Photos

April 1, 2006

“Stay, Play & Dine” Vacation Package Returns

Disney has announced a Stay, Play & Dine Package for guests vacationing from August 13 through September 30, 2006. Book a 5-night, 6-day Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining at a select Disney Value Resort for just $435+ per adult. This special opens to Disney Visa Card Holders on April 1 for advance booking. The package is available to the public on April 4. This offer must be booked by June 4, 2006. For more details on this and other specials call INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.

Discussion Here

Park Calendar Released for October 2006

The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for October 2006. 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.


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