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INTERCOT > News > January 2007

News Archive - January 2007

January 26, 2007

"Toy Story Mania" Details Announced

Toy Story Mania, an interactive new ride, is coming to Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World and Disney's California Adventure at Disneyland. The attraction will have a 2008 opening and mark the first time an attraction has been designed and built simultaneously in both parks. "Toy Story Mania!" will set a new standard for the interactive ride/game technology pioneered in the "Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters" attraction. Guests of all ages will don 3-D glasses and hop into fancifully decorated "Toy Story Mania!" vehicles. While riding along a colorful, midway-themed route, they will shoot at animated targets using their own "toy cannons," scoring points in a series of energetic, fun gaming sequences featuring Woody, Bo Peep and the rest of the gang from Toy Story.

Details & Discussion Here

New Images Unveiled by Annie Leibovitz

World-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz poses in front of her image (photo by our own webmaster taken at today's press briefing) featuring Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella – one of three images unveiled today to launch Disney Parks “Year of a Million Dreams.” Leibovitz was at Walt Disney World today to unveil her new Disney Parks-commissioned "Dreams" images.

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What's New, What's Next
LIVE Press Event Coverage - Day Three

After two days of world premiers, official dedications and sneak peeks; Disney tops off their 3 day event with a "What's New, What's Next" presentation  by executives from Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering and The Walt Disney Company. The final event of the day is a tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite. JohnY will be there to cover the news as it breaks.

Read John's Blog Entries Here

January 25, 2007

The Magic Kingdom
LIVE Press Event Coverage - Day Two

Thursday's itinerary centers on the Magic Kingdom. The events include; a presentation by Al Weiss, President Worldwide Operations, the grand opening of the Disney Wish Lounge and a sneak peek at Monsters, Inc. The Laugh Floor Comedy Club. Guests will also see a viewing of the new stage show "Dream Along With Mickey" and partake in "The Royal Treatment" celebration, honoring the First Family* to have their “Suite” Dreams come true. INTERCOT's Webmaster, JohnY, will be on the scene providing event details in his daily blog. - (*Pictured right; The Fouch family of DeWitt, Michigan.)

Read John's Blog Entries Here

January 24, 2007

The Big Blue World Party
LIVE Press Event Coverage - Day One

Wednesday's event kicked off with the Finding Nemo "The Musical" World Premier from 5-7 pm. After the show, the invited guests headed to Epcot for the Big Blue World Party where the Extreme Makeover - Pavilion Edition takes place at the Seas Pavilion. The party is to officially re-dedicate The Seas pavilion as The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion and includes special entertainment and a fireworks finale. JohnY is in attendance for these exciting happenings and providing details in his daily blog.

Read John's Blog Entries Here

January 23, 2007

"Year of a Million Dreams" Press Event Coverage

Meet Bloggin' John! INTERCOT's very own Webmaster, JohnY, has been invited to attend the "Year of a Million Dreams" Press Event being held at Walt Disney World January 24-26, 2007. Although his itinerary is jammed packed each day, John will be using the INTERCOT News forum to blog live the interesting things Disney shares with him throughout the event. On the schedule are visits to all the new attractions and shows, a sneak peek at Monsters, Inc. The Laugh Floor Comedy Club, a tour of the Cinderella Castle Suite and a special "What’s New, What’s Next Presentation". Stay tuned as details begin to unfold!

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January 22, 2007

Pleasure Island Hosting February Events

Pleasure Island will be hosting two festive events next month; Sweetheart Island and Parti Gras. Sweetheart Island, taking place February 9, 10 and 14, is an eclectic tribute to romance. Parti Gras puts a new spin on the Mardi Gras tradition February 16, 17 and 20. Both events include a variety of special entertainers and musical performances throughout the streets of Pleasure Island and do not require Club admission.

Details & Discussion Here

January 18, 2007

Disney Cruise Line Returns to the West Coast

Disney Cruise Line announced today that the Disney Magic will return to the West Coast for the summer of 2008 to once again offer its highly popular seven-night Mexican Riviera sailings. Beginning May 25, 2008, the Disney Magic is scheduled to sail 12 consecutive seven-night cruise vacations from the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. For details on these and other destinations contact INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.

Details & Discussion Here

January 17, 2007

2008 Marathon Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2008 Walt Disney World Marathon. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to run through the most magical setting in the world and earn an exclusive 15th anniversary Marathon finisher's medal. The event takes place on January 13, 2008. The Entry fee is $105 and is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Registration is also open for the Half Marathon which will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Race day registration is not available.

Details & Discussion Here

January 13, 2007

'Fuel For Thought' Exhibit Opens at Epcot

General Motors brings the wonder of fuel cell technology, hybrid vehicles and ethanol-powered cars and trucks to life with the newly opened "Fuel For Thought" display at the Test Track pavilion at Epcot. The exhibit features unique, interactive components about advanced automotive technology and the road to a greener future. Touch-screen games and interactive kiosks provide information about fuel cells, hybrids, E85 and different GM environmental activities throughout the world.

Details & Discussion Here

January 11, 2007

Bring Dreams to Life - At a Fantasy Price!

Disney has announced Spring package specials for guests vacationing April 15 - June 2, 2007. Book a 3-10 night Magic Your Way Package and receive a FREE ticket upgrade! Pay for a Base ticket and receive a complimentary Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More option on your Magic Your Way Theme Park ticket. This offer must be booked by February 18, 2007. For details on these and other vacation specials 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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January 10, 2007

Award Honors Disney's Newest Mountain

The Themed Entertainment Association (THEA) has honored the Expedition Everest—Legend of the Forbidden Mountain™ attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park with the prestigious 2006 THEA Award for "Outstanding Attraction." Walt Disney Imagineers will accept the award during a gala event on March 3. The new thrill attraction debuted last year, sending guests on a high-speed train adventure into the Himalayas for a face-to-face encounter with the legendary Yeti.

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January 9, 2007

It's a Boy!

The Walt Disney World animal care team welcomed a healthy baby White Rhinoceros to Disney's Animal Kingdom family last week. Kendi, an eight year old White Rhino gave birth to her second baby – a male named Tom, on January 4th. Tom, the Rhino, was named in honor of Dr. Tom Foose, President of the International Rhino Foundation. The new addition is the sixth White Rhino born at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and his mother, Kendi, was the first. Look for Kendi and Tom to join the other rhinos on the savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom soon.

Details & Discussion

January 7, 2007

Winter Refurbishment Updates

Disney has added Turtle Talk with Crush to their latest list of winter refurbishments. The interactive attraction will be closed from January 29 through February 16, 2007.  Many restaurants, resort pools, and theme park attractions are scheduled for renovations and rehab from January through March. This includes: Rock n' Roller Coaster, The Liberty Square River Boat, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki Restaurant, Kali River Rapids, El Rio del Tiempo, Splash Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Wilderness Lodge Pool and 1900 Park Fare - to name a few. Please check our Refurbishment page below for the complete list of closings and how they may effect your vacation.

Closing & Refurbishment Page

January 3, 2007

Annual Passholder Discounts Announced

Disney has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between February 15 - March 30, 2007.  Discounts include select Value Resorts for $79+, Moderate Resorts from $124+ and Deluxe Resorts from $219+ per night. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. Ask for code FCQ. 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.

Details & Discussion

January 2, 2007

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club Previews Delayed

The Disney Vacation Club and Annual Passholder previews on January 19-21 for Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club, at Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland, have been delayed. When the new attraction opens officially in Spring 2007, Guests will be treated to an engaging and interactive attraction that lets them laugh, joke and match wits with beloved characters from the hit Disney/Pixar film Monsters, Inc.. New preview dates have not been released at this time.

Details & Discussion

January 1, 2007

Park Calendar Released for July 2007

The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for July 2007. 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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