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February 24,  2021

'A Touch of Disney' to Begin March 18th

A new ticketed event will begin at Disney California Adventure on March 18, 2021 re-opening the park to Guests for the first time in just over a year.  While the event will have modified operations and limited attendance, it promises to deliver on all the little touches that make a Disney vacation magical.  Get out all the details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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February 21, 2021

Coast to Coast News & Notes: February 2021

The INTERCOT News Room is going coast to coast to keep you updated on the latest happenings at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.  At Disneyland, we're taking a detailed look at 'Storyteller's to honor Disney California Adventure's 20th birthday, finding out how a jungle temple was transformed into a Star Was Rebel base, and getting more details on Disney California Adventure's re-opening.  At Walt Disney World, we're looking at EPCOT's new Leave a Legacy installation, learning about a new hotel opening later this year, and covering a new refurbishment for Disney's Contemporary resort.  Get all the details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

Disney Details: Storytellers

New Leave a Legacy at EPCOT

Star Wars Trading Post

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

California Adventure Update

Contemporary Resort Room Refurb

February 19,  2021

Walt Disney World 50th Details Unveiled

The Walt Disney World resort has unveiled the first details for its 50th Anniversary Celebration.  The resort wide event, beginning on October 1st 2021, will include additional golden adornments on Cinderella Castle and an extra nighttime enchantment that will transform each of the four theme park icons into 'Beacons of Magic'.  Check out all the details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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February 16,  2021

Cook Up Some Mardi Gras Magic at Home

Mardi Gras is the perfect time for everyone's favorite, fluffy treats--Mickey Beignets!  Now you can cook up this classic taste from Disneyland's New Orleans Square in the comfort of your own kitchen. Get the recipe and share you results on the Discussion Boards!

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February 14, 2021

Disney Valentines: Magic, Love, & Laughter

On this Valentines Day, take a romantic retrospective of the two couples that provided the magic, love, and laughter behind the on-screen romance of Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse.  Read the articles on the Discussion Boards!

Walt & Lillian

 Wayne & Russi

February 8,  2021

Disney California Adventure to Reopen

The Disneyland resort has internally announced plans to reopen Disney California Adventure with significantly reduced operations and limited capacity.  Get all the details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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February 7, 2021

2021 Walt Disney World Valentine Sweets

Sweethearts can find many treats to love at Walt Disney World during the 2021 Valentine Season.  From a Valentine Dole Whip to confections that celebrate Mickey & Minnie; there are many ways to share your heart (and dessert).  Check out all the lovely treats & sweets on the Discussion Boards!

Disney Springs for Sweethearts

 Animal Kingdom is Cupid Central

February 5,  2021

Liberty Belle Returns to Magic Kingdom

For the first time since early autumn 2020, the Liberty Belle is again rollin' down the Rivers of America at the Magic Kingdom park.  To return from dry dock, the steam-powered paddle wheeler took a unique journey along some unfamiliar bodies of water.  Check out the video on the Discussion Boards!

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January 30, 2021

What's New and What's Next at EPCOT

EPCOT is debuting new offerings while also giving a look ahead at what's next.  A new exhibit comes to the American Adventure pavilion, while a new menu comes to an often overlooked dining spot.  EPCOT gives a look ahead at their returning spring tradition, while Walt Disney Imagineering confirms the continued development of a new attraction for the forthcoming World-Nature section of the park. Get all the details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

2021 Flower & Garden Festival

New American Adventure Exhibit

B'Saha! New Eats & Sips Arrive

World Nature Attraction Update

January 25,  2021

New Expeditions for the Jungle Cruise

Walt Disney Imagineering has announced that it is reimagining the 'world famous' Jungle Cruise at both Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park and the original attraction at Disneyland park. Imagineer Kevin Lively, a former Jungle Cruise skipper, shares new expeditions along the world's most remote tropical rivers.  Check out the concept art, video,  and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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January 22,  2021

2021 Return for Festival of the Lion King

The Walt Disney World Resort has announced plans to re-open Festival of the Lion King in 2021 at Disney's Animal Kingdom park in a modified show format.  Get all the details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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January 20,  2021

Sneak Peek at Spider-Man Web Slingers

Tom Holland takes you on a sneak peek aboard WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Disney California Adventure park. While the opening of this attraction and the Disneyland resort as-a-whole remains uncertain, this attraction certainly looks like it will be more fun than a barrel full of Spider-Bots.  Check out the video and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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January 16,  2021

First Look Inside the Galactic Starcruiser

Jeff Vahle, President of Walt Disney World Resort, is sharing a first look inside the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience at Walt Disney World.  Take a sneak peek inside The Halcyon as Walt Disney Imagineering continues to bring this new Star Wars adventure to life.  Check out the pictures and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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January 15, 2021

2021 EPCOT Artful Eats, Treats, & Sweets

World Showcase is a kaleidoscope of color and cuisine at the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts.  From dishes that are works of art to colorful takes on classic confections, the festival kitchens and popular sweets spots have a new palette to satisfy every palate.  Check out all the new eats, treats, & sweets on the Discussion Boards!

Artful Festival Eats & Treats

 New Colorful Confections

January 14,  2021

Disneyland Discontinues Annual Passport

After nearly 40 years; the Disneyland Annual Passport program is being discontinued. The Disneyland resort has announced a new program will take its place; however, no further details were made available at the time of the announcement.  Get all the details on this change and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

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January 11, 2021

Walt Disney World Operational Updates

The Walt Disney World resort has announced two operational updates that will impact vacations in 2021 and beyond. The global vacation destination has announced an end date for the Disney's Magical Express Service and announced a new program to replace Extra Magic Hours. Get all details and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

Magical Express To End

 Extra Magic Hours Replacement

January 9, 2021

2021 EPCOT Festival of the Arts Begins

It's the opening weekend for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of Arts. Through February 22, 2021; Guests can experience the colorful celebration with something to satisfy every palate and palette. Get all details on the Discussion Boards!

2021 Event Overview

 2021 Festival Marketplace

January 4, 2021

Two New Disney Tickets for the New Year

The Walt Disney World resort has introduced two new ticket options this week.  The Park Hopper option has returned with some new guidelines and a new version of the Florida Discover Disney ticket has also been released. Get all the dates and details on the Discussion Boards!

2021 Park Hopper Guidelines

 2021 Florida Discover Disney

January 1,  2021

21 New Things at Disney World in 2021

The New Year is bringing new magic to Walt Disney World in 2021.  From new attractions and new dining spots to a reimagined resort and a new nighttime spectacular; we're showcasing 21 new things to do in 2021! Check out the list on the Discussion Boards!

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December 28,  2020

Ring in 2021 with 2 More Magical Days

The Walt Disney World Resort is adding extra enchantment to your 2021 visit by adding 2 extra park days to your vacation. Get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

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December 25, 2020

From All of Us to All of You!

The staff of INTERCOT would like to take a moment to wish the best to you and yours this Christmas and Holiday Season. May your New Year be a happy and healthy one filled with Disney Dreams! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and every one of you for making INTERCOT one of the oldest and among the most visited Disney Vacation Planning Sites on the Internet.  Participate in some remote revelry this year with a virtual encore of Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime fireworks and share good tidings on the Discussion Boards!

 Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime

  Share Good Tidings

December 22,  2020

EPCOT Begins to Unveil New Entrance

EPCOT has started to unveil its reimagining efforts with the first major reveal in the park's entrance area.  The entrance area now features a new centerpiece to draw Guests toward Spaceship Earth and beyond.  Get all the details & pictures on the Discussion Boards!

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December 20, 2020

The Dish on Disney Dining: Winter 2020

The Magic Kingdom park is shaking things up for the end of the year with new and reshuffled dining offerings. It's Eastward Ho for an iconic Disneyland eat and favorite menus are pulling up stakes to find new homes around the Magic Kingdom.  Check out all the changes and share your thoughts on the Discussion Boards!

Iconic Disneyland Eat Heads East

  Restaurant Reshuffle

December 16,  2020

First Birthday for Disney's Riviera Resort

Disney's Riviera Resort turns one year old today! To celebrate its first birthday, the Walt Disney World resort is gifting the European inspired locale with a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. Get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

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December 12, 2020

Walt Disney World Christmas Treats 2020

The Walt Disney World resort is offering new signature seasonal sweets and returning classic Christmas confections for the 2020 Christmastime and Winter Holiday Season. Check out all the tinseled treats and share your festive favorites on the Discussion Boards!

Magic Kingdom Confections

EPCOT Festival Festive Treats

Disney Springs Sweets

Mele Kalikimaka Libation

December 10,  2020

Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Encore

Enjoy some remote revelry with a virtual encore of Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks from the Magic Kingdom park. Check out the video on the Discussion Boards!

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November 29,  2020

EPCOT is the Center of 2020 Merriment

With many Christmastime and Holiday traditions trimmed this year, most of the magical merriment at Walt Disney World will be centered on EPCOT.  The 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays was unwrapped over the weekend as is spreading good tidings through December 31st. Check out the details on the Discussion Boards!

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November 26, 2020

Coast to Coast-Thanksgiving News Feast 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

INTERCOT is celebrating Thanksgiving 2020 with a cornucopia of news stretching from the Disneyland resort to the Walt Disney World resort. From a land magically moving to Imagineering pulling back the curtain on EPCOT's reimagining and from a Disney toy swinging to the top of Christmas lists to the popular park hopper ticket returning; feast your eyes (and trip plans) on all the news and new happenings on the Discussion Boards!

Imagineering & EPCOT

Buena Vista Street Moves Downtown

Park Hopper to Return

Spider-Bots Swing into Downtown

November 23, 2020

Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort Announce Train Station at Disney Springs

Brightline and Disney Springs Train Station

Brightline and Walt Disney World Resort announced they have entered into an agreement to construct a train station at Disney Springs, the popular shopping, dining and entertainment complex. The Brightline station is intended to provide a convenient travel option between Walt Disney World Resort and Brightline stations at Orlando International Airport (OIA), Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach and planned stations in Aventura, Boca Raton and Port Miami. Brightline's expansion from West Palm Beach to OIA is on track to be completed in 2022.

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November 18,  2020

Happy 92nd Birthday Mickey & Minnie!

It's a coast to coast celebration for the 92nd Birthday of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  At the Disneyland resort, refreshed Partners and Storytellers statues have been unveiled.  At Walt Disney World, Imagineering is giving an insider look at Runaway Railway and unwrapping a new set of Mickey Ears.  Get all the pictures, video, and details on the Discussion Boards!

Partners & Storytellers Restorations

Imagineering Look at Runaway Railway

November 16,  2020

EPCOT Moves Forward into Tomorrow

At the 2020 IAAPA virtual conference, EPCOT projects took center stage.  Among updates on numerous projects moving forward, a sneak peek at the 'Cosmic Rewind' coaster vehicle was shared.  Check out the video and updates around the park on the Discussion Boards!

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Josh D'Amaro & Tomorrow's Optimism

Josh D'Amaro also delivered a keynote address focusing on ways Disney Parks & Resorts is turning today's challenges into tomorrow's optimism.  Check out his IAAPA address on the discussion boards and find out why he thinks tomorrow's just a dream away!

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Disney's 2020 State of the Magic Address

Rounding out Disney's presence at the 2020 IAAPA; Walt Disney Imagineering presented a 'State of the Magic' address highlighting projects continuing to move forward or recently completed around the globe.  Check out the video and share your thoughts on the discussion boards!

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November 14, 2020

Disney's Fantastic Worlds Celebration!

D23 is hosting a virtual event celebrating all the 'worlds' of the Walt Disney World resort.  Four days of fun kick off November 16th including in-depth events with Imagineering and a special birthday celebration for Mickey & Minnie.  Get all the details on the discussion boards!

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November 2, 2020

Walt Disney World Holiday Season 2020

The 2020 Walt Disney World Holiday Season begins later this week on November 6, 2020.  Although some favorite annual experiences will not be offered or trimmed in size; the resort will still have lots of chEAR.

2020 Holiday Season

Minnie's Holiday Dine 2020

Castle Preview Video

chEAR Outside the Parks

October 31, 2020

Have a Disney Halloween with INTERCOT

Happy Halloween!

Have a Disney Halloween at home with INTERCOT! It's all treats and no tricks with three frighteningly fun videos about the Haunted Mansion, a brief history of Disney & Halloween, Disney's most famous 13 spooks, and the perfect Disney Halloween Playlist!

Walt Disney & The Haunted Mansion

The Mansion's Thriller 13

The Mansion's Hidden Homages

A Disney Halloween History

Rolly Crump & The Haunted Mansion

Disney Halloween Playlist

October 28 2020

Fresh Pixie Dust at the WDW Entrance

New Disney World Entrance

These refreshed gateways will continue to set the tone for all the stories you'll tell and the memories you'll cherish long after your visit. They're also part of the broad tapestry of new experiences happening across Walt Disney World as part of the resort's historic transformation that includes expansive themed lands like Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, new attractions like Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, and new places to stay like Disney's Riviera Resort.

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Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew to Open

Everglazed Donuts

Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew will be located adjacent to Splitsville and near the west entrance and exit of the Orange Parking Garage. The overall design of this sweet spot will have a unique spin on a classic donut shop featuring graphic pops of color, iconic signage, and a beautiful outdoor seating area in the "donut garden."

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October 21, 2020

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October 15, 2020

Coast to Coast: Disney Halloween Haunts

With Halloween around the corner, there's no better way to get into the spirit of the season than taking a special look at two eerie icons.  Imagineering Legend Rolly Crump shares some haunting history of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and Disney's Hollywood Studios shares some spooky secrets of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Check out these two Terror-ific videos on the Discussion Boards!

Rolly Crump & The Haunted Mansion

Tower of Terror Secrets

October 10, 2020

Walt Disney World Halloween Treats 2020

Walt Disney World's smaller Halloween celebration this year still offers a selection of classic and new Halloween treats. All four theme parks, the resort hotels, and Disney Springs are still scarring up some spooky sweets and creepy concoctions. Check out all the treats on the Discussion Boards!

Magic Kingdom Treats

Disney Springs Treats

Disney's Hollywood Studios Treats

Disney Resort Hotels Treats

Disney's Animal Kingdom Treats

EPCOT Treats

October 5, 2020

Chef Mickey Character Breakfast to Return

Chef Mickey's Character Breakfast is returning soon to Disney's Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. The new experience will feature new signature menu items and a choice or plated or family style service. Get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

Details & Discussion Here

October 1, 2020


The Walt Disney World Resort Turns 49

The Walt Disney World resort and the Magic Kingdom park turned 49 today under the ominous aura of social distancing practices and an announced layoff of 28,000 US Cast Members. With a glimmer of a 50th anniversary on the distant horizon, the resort continues with modified   operations at all four theme parks.  For those planning a trip or wondering what the parks are currently like, a recent trip report on the Discussion Boards shares many details of the current park experiences for Guests.

Trip Report & Discussion

September 29, 2020

Disney US Parks Lays Off 28,000 Employees


Disney lays off 28,000 employees

"In light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic – exacerbated in California by the State's unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen - we have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment at all levels, having kept non-working Cast Members on furlough since April, while paying healthcare benefits. Approximately 28,000 domestic employees will be affected, of which about 67% are part-time. We are talking with impacted employees as well as to the unions on next steps for union-represented Cast Members."

Read The Full Statement Here

September 28, 2020

3 New Attractions Open at Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland park has opened 3 new attractions spread across Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Toontown. Get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

Discussion & Details Here

September 26, 2020

Two Refurb Projects for Disney's Polynesian

Disney's Polynesian Village resort has announced two new refurbishment projects.  Construction is underway to bring this tropical retreat a refreshed a sense of aloha. Get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

Discussion & Details Here

September 17, 2020

TRON Coaster Marks Construction Milestone

Construction continues on the TRON coaster at the Magic Kingdom park and Walt Disney Imagineering is giving an up close peek at a recent milestone reached.  Check out the video and get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

Video & Details Here

September 14, 2020

Walt Disney World 2020 Halloween Season

Walt Disney World's 2020 Halloween Season kicks off on September 15th.  While the not-so-scares are on a smaller scale this year, there are still some spootakular surprises at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios parks.  Get all the details on the Discussion Boards!

Details & Discussion Here

September 12, 2020

Hong Kong Disneyland 's 15th Birthday Party

Mickey Mouse and his friends are cordially inviting you to a virtual party to celebrate the 15th Birthday of Hong Kong Disneyland! In addition to the remote revelry; this party features a first glimpse at the recently re-imagined castle.  Join the virtual party on the Discussion Boards!

Video & Discussion Here

September 11, 2020

A Nation & The World Remembers & Reflects - 19 Years Later

Remember 9/11 2001

Please join the staff of INTERCOT in remembering and reflecting on all those who perished 19 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 - 9/11/20.

July 27, 2020

INTERCOT Insider Live Disney Podcast: Episode 135 - Scary Stuff in the Noodles!

In Its the middle of summer and the heat is on - no better time to grab a cool beverage and cast the latest episode of our Disney podcast to your phone, tablet or smart tv.  For those who prefer the audio only version, download on your favorite podcast app or listen via the link below.  Theres more than 10 years of episodes archived!

Current Podcast & Past Archive

Happy Independence Day America!

Happy Independence Day from Disney World

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 244th 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.

June 30, 2020

Splash Mountain to be Reimagined as The Princess and the Frog

Princess and the Frog - Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” The story will pick up after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Details & Discussion Here
Fan Reaction to the Reimagined Attraction
Fan Poll on Changing the Theme

May 27, 2020

Walt Disney World Plans Re-Opening

The Walt Disney World resort has begun the process to move toward a phased re-opening with modified operations.  The resort submitted re-opening plans this morning to local government officials and received the first of three approvals required.  Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and read all the details on the Discussion Boards!

Details & Discussion Here

May 24, 2020

Operational Updates for US Disney Resorts

Disney Springs has re-opened at the Walt Disney World resort and new details are emerging regarding the potential re-opening of both US Disney Resorts. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and check out the updates on the Discussion Boards!

US Disney Parks Update

Disney Spring Re-Opening Notes

May 9, 2020

Shanghai Disneyland Offers a Look Ahead

The imminent re-opening of Shanghai Disneyland continues to offer a look ahead at how US and other Disney Parks around the world could re-open with modified operations. Andrew Bolstein, VP of Operations, gives a look around the Shanghai Disneyland park and a detailed view at the changes in place for their re-opening. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and check out the details on the Discussion Boards!

Video & Discussion Here

May 7, 2020

Disney Springs to Re-Open May 20, 2020

Disney Springs will begin limited operations on May 20, 2020. With social distancing and personal protective standards in place, Walt Disney World is ready to begin the first stage of its re-opening later this month. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and check out the details on the Discussion Boards!

Details & Discussion Here

May 6, 2020

Operational Updates for Disney Parks

The first Disney Park to close due to global health concerns will also be the first to re-open.  Shanghai Disneyland will re-open with modified operations on May 11, 2020.  The new operational guidelines potentially indicate how the US parks could also operate once they re-open.  A general update on the operation of all Disney Parks also shares more details on how Disney Parks plan to operate in the future. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Stay in contact on the Discussion Boards!

Disney Parks Global Update

Potential Changes for US Parks

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