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INTERCOT > News > July 2009

News Archive - July 2009

July 29, 2009

Fantasyland Re-Do Plans Leaked?

Plans are circulating on the internet that show a Re-Imagineered Fantasyland in store for Walt Disney World.  Disney themselves haven't commented on the validity of said documents and like many things that make their way to the net, it could be close to the truth, a plan that was in the works long ago but now has changed or just a creative individual with too much time on their hands.  We'll leave that to you to decide - with the note that we've been hearing rumblings for quite some time now that Fantasyland was indeed in the pipeline for a re-do of some sort.

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July 24, 2009

Fall Discounts for Disney Visa Cardholders

Disney has released discount rates on Magic Your Way packages for Disney Visa Cardholders vacationing at Walt Disney World between September 27 - December 17, 2009. Ask for code EVN for Magic Your Way or code RGV to upgrade to Magic Your Way Plus Dining. Rooms and Resort selection is very limited. For details on these and other special rates call INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their website and fill out a quote form.

Details & Discussion Here

July 22, 2009

Annual Passholder Discounts Announced

Disney has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between October 4 - December 24, 2009.  Discounts for value season include select Value Resorts for $69+, Moderate Resorts from $99+ and Deluxe Resorts from $139+ per night. Ask for code JYF. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. 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.

Discussion Here

July 20, 2009

Sounds Like Summer - Supremes & U2 Tributes

Sounds Like Summer musical revival at Epcot: The whole family will be rockin’ and rollin’ to legendary music through Aug. 9 at Epcot when popular tribute bands take the stage at America Gardens Theatre. Seven tribute bands will recreate classic hits from musical icons under the stars as part of the Sounds Like Summer concert series. Concerts, which are included in regular Epcot admission, are nightly at 5:45, 7 and 8:15 p.m.

Playing this week (subject to change):
July 24-26 – The Sounds of the Supremes – Supremes Tribute
July 27-Aug. 2 – 2U – A Tribute to U2

July 18, 2009

Disney Vacation Club Offers New Adventures

Three resort developments are expanding the Walt Disney World vacation experience and continuing the rapid growth of Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s innovative vacation-ownership program: The African-inspired Kidani Village opened May 2009 with additional villas scheduled to open fall 2009. The Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened last month and the 15-story Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is scheduled to join the Disney Vacation Club family of properties next month.

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July 8, 2009

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has developed the following factual information from its investigation of the collision of two trains on the monorail system at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, that occurred early Sunday morning and has released their report to the public. Of note - there are indications that the operator of the Purple train had brought the train to a stop and had attempted to put the train in reverse prior to the collision.

Discussion Here

July 6, 2009

Monorail System Re-Opens With New Sensors

Walt Disney World will re-open the monorail system today.  Changes include new safety sensors added to monitor track switches.  In a note to employees, Disney said that investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have "released" the monorail system allowing it to be operated again.  "We have completed a thorough safety inspection and system checks to verify that it is safe to operate the monorail for our guests and cast," Disney said. "We've added additional verifications of these track switch positions, supplemented our safety procedures and protocols for these operations, and communicated these changes to our Transportation partners."

July 5, 2009

Monorail Crash Kills Driver - Closes System

Monorail CrashA Monorail at Walt Disney World crashed into the back of another Monorail early Sunday, killing one driver, according to an amusement park spokesman.  The crash occurred about 2 a.m. at Epcot track of the Transportation and Ticket Center, as guests were leaving the park following a Fourth of July fireworks show.

"Today we mourn the loss of our fellow cast member," said a statement by Mike Griffin, Disney's vice president for public affairs. "Our hearts go out to his family and to those who have lost a friend and co-worker."  The statement said the monorail was shut down, "and we will continue to work closely will law enforcement to determine what happened and the appropriate next steps."  Witnesses said one Monorail rammed into the back of a stationary Monorail. Video from Click Orlando below shows shocking footage just moments after the two Monorails collided.

Austin Wenneberg, 21, a Disney employee who was piloting one of the monorails died at the scene of the accident, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. One other employee was transported to Florida Hospital Celebration. The second driver's injuries were not serious, Griffin said.

Discussion Here
Video Moments After The Crash (May Be Disturbing To Some)

July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday America!

In our hearts, in our minds and in our actions, we work daily to uphold the principles on which this great nation was founded. Liberty: for no one can constrain or remove our belief in our government by the people, for the people and of the people. Freedom: freedom from fear, freedom from strife and freedom to continue to build a nation in which democracy, debate and truth will always reign. On this, our 233rd Independence Day, the staff of INTERCOT wishes The United States of America a Happy Birthday, and we salute each and every American who fights to uphold those ideals which we hold so dear.

July 3, 2009

Park Calendar Released for 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.



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