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INTERCOT > News > September 2009

News Archive - September 2009

September 29, 2009

Give a Day of Volunteer Service in 2010, Get a Day of Disney Theme Park Fun – Free

Disney Parks today announced a new program that celebrates the spirit of volunteer service with a simple proposition: “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.”   Disney hopes to inspire families to volunteer in their communities during 2010 through this first-of-its-kind program. One million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization will receive a free one-day admission ticket to a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park.  The program officially begins January 1, 2010.

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September 21, 2009

Walt Disney World Resort Transportation Management Restructured

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World is shaking up its transportation leadership, after a turbulent summer that included the first fatal monorail accident in the resort's history. Disney has appointed Jim Vendur, a vice president who had previously been in charge of transportation maintenance, to oversee both operations and maintenance of a system of that includes the 15-mile monorail, ferryboats and a fleet of about 300 buses. Vendur's responsibilities also include utilities and telecommunications at the resort.

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September 13, 2009

Remember Those Fantasyland Plans That Leaked?  They're All True...

Jay Rasulo confirmed at D23 the validity documents that were leaked to the internet and posted here in July.  This means a new Little Mermaid "E-Ticket", Gaston's Restaurant, Expanded and Enhanced Dumbo, Princess Homes and Pixie Hollow are all coming to Walt Disney World. Rasulo outlined plans for the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom, vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013.

A bird's-eye view of the vastly-expanded Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World which will offer Guests a new land of enchantment in a magical fairy tale forest just beyond the castle walls.

Fans of Disney's animated classic, The Little Mermaid, will journey under the sea to meet Ariel and her friends on an exciting new musical adventure. This new attraction will take guests through beautifully rendered scenes featuring classic songs from the popular animated feature.

One of the Magic Kingdom's most beloved attractions, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, is completely re-imagined when the circus comes to town. Guests are invited to step into the big top and join the circus before their magical flight over Fantasyland.

Fantasyland Re-Imagined Discussion
D23 - Expo Discussion

September 12, 2009

D23 EXPO Going On Now!

Day one is in the books! It was a successful start for the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA as Disney's ultimate fans were treated to an address by Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, the 2009 Disney Legends Induction Ceremony, an awesome exhibit of artifacts from the Disney Archives and plenty of star power. Day two will surely be just as exciting!

Sneak Peek At Star Tours II


In an exciting scene from the new Star Tours, guests aboard Starspeeders will join in a high-speed pod race through the desert canyons of Tatooine. The launch of the new StarWars based attraction was announced at the D23 Expo on Saturday by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo.

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September 11, 2009

A Nation & The World Remembers

Please join the staff of INTERCOT in remembering all those who perished 8 years ago today in the horrific attack on our country and all of those, who have throughout this great nations history, given their lives so that we all may remain free. We will NEVER FORGET.  This is our Patriot Day.

September 2
, 2009

Cruise Line Castaway Cay Expansion Underway

Castaway Cay, Disney's private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, is getting an extra dose of pixie dust. Planned enhancements will provide guests with more water-based family-fun, additional conveniences and a slice of beachside luxury all designed to complement the idyllic island setting.  The additional island amenities are scheduled to be complete by summer 2010, in time for special five-night cruises aboard the Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the Disney Dream cruise ship which starts sailing in early 2011.   Details of the expansion are given in the video from Disney below...

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September 1, 2009

Walt Disney Co. To Buy Marvel Entertainment

Marvel comic character Spider-ManBuilding on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today. Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney on August 28, 2009, Marvel shareholders would receive a total of $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own.

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