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July 19, 2014
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 65: Live From the Tri-State Area
is in full swing but somehow, we're feeling Frozen. But the
real news on this episode is Harry Potter and his pals at Universal.
From there, we discuss Frozen, both in the parks and at Pointe
Orlando, our car trips, preferences in hotel and along the way,
offend most states and a few countries. There's also a couple
great INTERCOT Consulting(TM) moments and we introduce the new song
from Shane Gamble heading
to radio in August - "Beautiful
Work" which John worked on as an executive video producer.
It's off topic, it's crazy and it's a lot of fun... the latest
episode of the INTERCOT Insider Podcast is ready to roll!
Candlelight Processional Packages On Sale Now!
Processional Dining Packages, available on select days, start at $35
for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a delicious meal at
an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight
Processional performances. Note: Availability is limited. Guests can
call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or book online at
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 238th 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
June 27, 2014
Frozen Experiences Coming
This Summer to Disney's Hollywood Studios
summer the world of Disney’s instant classic “Frozen,” takes center
stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, coming to life like never
before in a full range of all-new, immersive experiences through the
From July 5-Sept 1, 2014, park guests can enjoy “Frozen Summer Fun –
Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios” daily. And, most activities are
included in regular theme park admission.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 64: Fonz Solo
is a crabby, crabby man - we'll just get that out of the way. In this
episode, we talk International Bitterness Units, Mel's last trip, Magic
Bands, Gaston, Beer Adventures in Epcot, Mickey's Sink Pants and the Eat to
the Beat concert series - so you know there will be singing. Grab a cold
beverage and chill with us on this very special episode of the INTERCOT
Insider Live Disney Podcast!
Event Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios August 23
For one night, and
one night only, over 50 Disney Villains will invade Disney's
Hollywood Studios, and you can be there for all the Villainy fun!
Unique shows, special food and merchandise offerings, and a brand
new fireworks spectacular will be featured. Tickets for the August
23rd event are on sale now for DVC members and Annual Passholders,
and sales open to the public on June 9th.
Walt Disney World
Resort Celebrates the Official Opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Walt Disney World
Resort is celebrating the completion of New Fantasyland with the
official opening today of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Phil Holmes, vice
president of Magic Kingdom Park, welcomed park guests and community
leaders to officially open the new attraction.
As the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland – the largest expansion in
the history of Magic Kingdom – the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a
rocking, rollicking family-style coaster that immerses guests in the
lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and
Dopey. Inspired by the classic Disney-animated film “Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs,” the attraction sends riders on a playful musical
adventure into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”
May 25, 2014
Star Wars runDisney Event
on the Horizon?
teasing a long rumored Star Wars event in this just released video
with a message from Darth Vader. The short message says "You've only
begun to discover your power," and introduces the hashtag #LetTheWookieeWin.
Where and when with this race event take place? Let the speculation
May 25, 2014
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 63: Numbers With Ian
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train press event is over and we're back to report on the
goings on and what John thinks after having ridden on the new attraction. We
also talk about the new daytime parade, special events, Alan Parsons Live
Project and more. Plus Michael is back!
24 Hour Rock Your Disney Side
Event Happens This Friday & Saturday!
almost here! Magic Kingdom Park is going to stay open from 6 a.m.
Friday, May 23, until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 24, so you can Rock Your
Disney Side for 24 straight hours! Throughout this mega Disney day,
all your usual favorite characters and shows will be available, and
we’ve also planned some special entertainment experiences for you
2014 'Eat to the
Beat' Concert Series Lineup Announced
Disney World has announced the lineup for the popular 'Eat to the
Beat' Concert Series, which takes place annually during the Epcot
Food & Wine Festival. Along with returning favorites Boyz II Men and
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, new acts include Fuel, Jo Dee Messina and Los
Lonely Boys. The festival has added an additional two weeks this
year, and runs from September 9-November 14.
own Christine Warner has accepted the challenge and will be tackling
4 Parks in 1 Day beginning tonight at 6pm. You can follow
along with her on any one of our social media outlets and request
she take photos or video of something in the park. Plus, if you are
in the parks and spot her, she'll be giving away Blinky Bracelets
while supplies last - and who doesn't love free stuff!
a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day
Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at
select Disney Resort hotels this fall. This package can be booked
through August 8, 2014. Contact INTERCOT sponsor Magical Journeys
Changing Name - Undergoing Complete Re-Imagining
New Polynesian Village Resort
One of the most iconic Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Disney’s
Polynesian Resort, will undergo a complete re-imagining! The
sweeping renovation includes a new food & beverage experience –
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – a new lobby, and the resort hotel is
returning to its original, 1971 opening day name: Disney’s
Polynesian Village Resort.
Not So Scary Halloween Party" and "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party"
dates have been released. 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. Tickets on sale now.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31,
As part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Press Event - Disney held a
look at the current state of Walt Disney World and coming
attractions called "Around Our World". This is the presentation in
world-class theatrical entertainment alongside a sophisticated
culinary experience as you immerse yourself in the story of The Lion
King like never before. Voyage into Harambe Village for a roaring
summer celebration featuring the grandest tales and tastes of
Africa. Every Saturday, from June 7 to August 9, 2014, pay tribute
to the 20th anniversary of Disney’s The Lion King at an
all-inclusive extravaganza inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
on the New Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster with John - Opening Date
As part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Press Event, INTERCOT's big
cheese John got to be among the first to try out the new ride and
Disney was kind enough to film it. See this and other video's
on our YouTube channel. The “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland at
Magic Kingdom Park will
officially open on May 28, 2014.
Live from Mine Train Press Event This Wednesday thru Friday!
Wednesday thru Friday, INTERCOT will be attending the Press Event
being held at Walt Disney World and will be live tweeting to our
twitter account and posting on our Facebook page. Be sure to
follow all the latest developments as we discover the latest
addition to Fantasyland and what's coming to the Walt Disney Resort!
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 62: Once Upon A Vine at Bardwalk
back after a long hiatus and things get downright silly. Learn all
about Bardwalk, a new Shakespeare theme park coming to a state near you.
We also talk FastPass+, Mine Train, Konami Code, #runICOT and more. There's
plenty of singing (maybe too much) and even whistling on this - the latest
episode of the INTERCOT Insider Live!
FastPass+ Enhancements Go Into Effect Monday, April 28
much anticipated enhancements to the Walt Disney World FastPass+
system will be available starting Monday, April 28th. Guests will
now be able to make additional FP+ selections after their original 3
are used, and also guests with park hopping privileges will be able
to make their selections at another park. The additional FP+ must be
obtained at an in park kiosk. This is welcome news for guests
planning an upcoming visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Weekend Registration Official Opens at Noon Today! Join #runICOT
Wednesday January 7th thru Sunday January 11th, the INTERCOT
community will gather at Walt Disney World's Marathon Weekend. You
don't have to be a runner to join in all the fun that comes along
with an INTERCOT meet, but you can help us raise money for a good
cause: THYCA, The Thyroid Cancer
registration opens to the general public at noon today. More details are available on the official
for the weekend meet and apparel wise are just starting to come
together - but rest assured, you will be running and cheering with many of
your friends from INTERCOT!
Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, Calif. During the
presentation he unveiled a video that offered the first look at some
of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs
Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These are some
of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney
Imagineering has ever created.
April 2, 2014
Changes Coming to FastPass+ Program
an announcement via the Disney Parks Blog this morning, plans are in
motion to enhance the FP+ experience at Walt Disney World. Currently
guests can reserve up to 3 fastpasses in a single park per day. But
in the future, Disney says guests will be able to secure more once
the initial 3 are used, and they will be available if guests wish to
park hop. This is positive news in the ever evolving program.
April 2, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will join other
iconic buildings around the world by lighting up blue to bring
awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Day. In
addition, Todd English's Blue Zoo, located at the Dolphin, has
created a specialty blue cocktail, with proceeds from the drink
going to a local Orlando school for autism.
of today, parking fees for autos, taxis, motorcycles and limos
are $17, camper, trailer or RV, $18, and bus or tractor trailer,
$21. Parking remains complimentary for Disney resort guests and
most annual passholders, as per their benefits. Valet parking is
go on sale tomorrow for Disney's 'Night of Joy', a hard ticket
event held at the Magic Kingdom highlighting the top names in
Christian music. This year's event will be held September 5-6,
and will feature such top selling Christian acts such as Casting
Crowns, MercyMe, Mandisa and Israel and New Breed. Check out
NightofJoy.com for details on the event.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 61: Give 'Em a ROY G BIV Pack
parade time with the new Festival of Fantasy and INTERCOT's
Christine Warner was there live for the debut. We also talk
the Flower and Garden Festival opening, changes to the Hub in the
Magic Kingdom, #runICOT events, Turkey Legs and Bubblegum - plus a
whole lot more!
a Disney Passholder, you now have access to MyMagic+! Your Walt
Disney World visits can be more magical than ever—from reserving
select attractions, shows and Character experiences in advance to
entering the Theme Parks with your very own MagicBand.
INTERCOT.com has put together our Bracketology
Challenge again this year for the folks who visit the site and keep
it going all year long. What's at stake? The three best
bracketologists will receive INTERCOT T-shirts! Hey, we know it's
not much but cut us a break, Free Stuff is Free Stuff - and it's all
for bragging rights over your fellow INTERCOTees anyway! Be sure to
fill things out before the first round game tips Thursday
they are saying "Let It Go!" to Norway and moving to the Magic
Kingdom! Disney Parks Blog announced today that the very popular
Anna and Elsa meet 'n greet will soon move to Fairytale Hall in the
Magic Kingdom. The sisters will begin meeting at their new location
on Sunday, April 20th, alongside some of their fellow Royals.
Fastpass+ will be available for this experience.
guests can end a perfect Epcot day with sweets, sparkling wines and
fireworks at the newly announced Illuminations Sparkling Dessert
Party. Taking place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the
Epcot Showcase Plaza, guests will have the opportunity to partake
from the best desserts and wines the international pavilions have to
offer, with an amazing view of the ever popular Illuminations:
Reflections of Earth.
Walt Disney World Resort has released it's
Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for September
2014. For guests visiting during this time, you will want to visit
to assist in planning your trip. Remember, all times and schedules
are subject to change, so check back often.
March 10, 2014
Festival of Fantasy
Parade Debuts - Full Video
This is the
debut performance of the new Magic Kingdom afternoon parade,
Festival of Fantasy. Shot on March 9, 2014, in Frontierland, we got
the first glimpses of the magnificent, colorful floats, characters
and performers as they made their way towards Main Street. Catch the
parade every day at 3pm at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.
much anticipated new parade, Disney Festival of Fantasy, debuts
today in Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. Seven units
with nine different floats will celebrate the new Fantasyland.
Vibrant costumes, new music and choreography, and beautiful floats
will represent both Disney and Pixar favorites. Follow along with
INTERCOT's Twitter and Facebook accounts, as we'll be there to bring
it to you live!
Media Day At
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
along with INTERCOT's Twitter account today as we bring you the
flowers, food and music from the 21st Annual Epcot International
Flower & Garden Festival. Drool as we highlight the offerings from
the Outdoor Kitchens, and rock along with The Guess Who, all with
the gorgeous background of Disney inspired flowers and topiaries.
2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Officially Open
annual Epcot Flower & Garden Festival has returned, with returning
topiary favorites and the debut of the Muppets, inspired by Disney's
new movie 'Muppets Most Wanted.' Also this year, enjoy 'spring
inspired' menus from the Outdoor Kitchens, and enjoy music at the
American Gardens during the weekend Flower Power Concerts. The
festival runs this year through May 18th.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Registration Opens Today
is the day to get signed up to runDisney - Wine & Dine style!
Registration for the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, 5K and
Kids Races opens today at noon EST. This event takes place during
the last weekend (Nov. 7-8) of the popular Epcot International Food
& Wine Festival.
Enhancements Coming To Magic Kingdom's Central Plaza & Hub Area
effort to ease congestion around the popular Hub/Central Plaza of
the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World has announced many
'enhancements' for the area. Additional pathways, special fireworks
viewing areas, sculpted gardens and expanded restaurant seating are
just a few of the elements being added to create a more enjoyable
experience for the guest. Work has already begun and will be
complete in 2015.
Imagineering Shares Onboard Video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
a live chat with the Disney Parks Blog, Walt Disney Imagineering
released a new video of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom
Park. The video shows a side by side comparison of actual onboard
footage and early CGI footage. The attraction is set to open this
today, Walt Disney World will increase the base price of a one-day,
one-park ticket to $99 for Magic Kingdom admission and $94 for
Epcot,, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studio. Multi-day ticket
packages also increase though at a lesser amount. Park Hopper add-on
options increased to $60, up from $59. Water Park Fun & More add-ons
are also now $60 per pass. In addition, many of the park's other
tickets have received a rise in cost, including Annual Passes.
Ticket prices last increased on June 2, 2013.
All price changes are effective, February 23, 2014.
February 21, 2014
Star Wars Weekend
Dates Released. A 5th Weekend and Fireworks Added to the Festivities
again, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine for
the family-friendly fan-fest, scheduled for five consecutive
weekends, beginning May 16 and running through June 15, 2014, at
Disney's Hollywood Studios. This year weekend event will include a
fireworks show featuring Star Wars music each evening, as well as
special parades, trivia games, meet-and-greet sessions, characters
and special themed activities. In addition it was announced, James
Arnold Taylor will return as the event’s official celebrity host.
Taylor is the voice of hundreds of animated characters and a fan
favorite. The weekend festivities take place on Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays and are included with regular theme park admission.
Live Disney Podcast -
Episode 60: The Trash Can Said Talk To My Agent
It's Episode 60 and we're celebrating with a special in studio
guest, recording artist Shane Gamble who performs his hit "Turn My
Way" along with a song from his new CD, "Love is Beautiful Work."
We also discuss the upcoming Media Preview Event, Push the trash
can, Flower and Garden Festival, Jammin' Jungle Parade and queue
wait times of longer than 30 minutes. Grab your headphones and
crank it up for this musical edition of the INTERCOT Insider!
Epcot's Food & Wine Festival Adding An Extra Week in 2014
The 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will go a record
53 days this fall, running from September 19-November 10. Guests can
sample amazing food and drinks at nearly 30 international
marketplaces situated around World Showcase, There will also be
culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars and the ever popular Eat
to the Beat Concert Series in American Gardens.