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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive >August 2003

Intercot.com INTERCOT Insider
 August 2003 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

The back to school sales are here already. Another summer has melted by again, to fold gently into fall. Or, where I live, the humidity will go kicking and screaming followed by biting cold with no transition. 95 one day, 20 the next.

The cumulative Disney trips taken by our members this summer is astounding! I recently spoke to a young daughter of one of our members just as they returned from their first trip to WDW. I asked her what her favorite thing about the trip was and she responded, "Either the Magic Kingdom or everything."

I think that about sums it up. Remember, just because your trip is over doesn't mean you should stop posting! We'd love you to share your experiences and expertise with helping our fellow members plan their next trip. With the combined experiences of all of our members, we've created the greatest vacation planning spot on the web!

In this edition of The Insider, we've got another great vacation offer for you, a look at this month's events with DisneyWizard (and there are some really important announcements this month, so be sure to check it out), Polygirl40 gives us the lowdown on the latest site improvements, TiggerRPh passes on a tip that's so easy even JimmyC can do it without putting down his cookie. And, of course, our resident Diva of Dish, gives us all the latest and greatest on you, our members.

<< Vacation Specials >>

Radisson Parkway for $62 a Night!
The Radisson Resort Parkway is offering a fantastic rate of $62.00 for the month of September. They also have extended their Buy 1 room get 1 at 50% offer through December 20th. This offer is for families who want to "spread out" giving the adults their own room with a king bed and a connecting children's room with two double beds. (Guest must enter code of B150 in the promo field of the reservation to confirm this special). More information can be found below.

<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard >>

While July was a little slow for news and events in Walt Disney World, August has brought about three very big pieces of news. Read below for more information and for our own INTERCOTees' reactions.

-Mission: Space soft openings started-
Mission: Space has officially opened to the public with soft openings moved a little earlier than previously announced. This comes as good news to anyone who wants to ride the new thrill attraction and shows promising that another "Test Track" opening incident is improbable. Mission: Space should now be open during operational hours, so be sure to check in with INTERCOT if you got to take a spin! WDWacky has written up a nice report on his experience on the ride in trip reports.

"I'm looking forward to everyone's reactions to Mission: Space!" --TinkRocks
"Looking forward to riding Mission: SPACE this fall!" --Noah's Helper
"I hope it has a better first run than Test Track!" --WhiteRose1

-New priority seating policy implemented-
A huge change has occurred in Walt Disney World Dining: priority seatings for most every restaurant in Walt Disney World can only be made out 90 days in advance. The only exceptions to this new rule are dinner shows, Lunch With a Disney Artist, Bistro de Paris, and Victoria & Alberts. The 90-day period even applies to character breakfasts, Fantasmic! dinner packages, Grand Floridian kid's programs, and childcare facilities. Not affected are recreational activities and Downtown Disney restaurants.
"Wow, this is all a little confusing and somewhat overwhelming when you are new to all this!!" --ConorsMom "Does anyone besides me think going to Disney World is just getting way too complicated?" --Aurora

A detailed Priority Seating Grid can be found in Info Central.

-New fireworks display to debut-
In October 2003 Wishes, the new fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom, will launch into the skies. Several times larger than Fantasy in the Sky, Wishes will use new launch sites and new pyrotechnic effects. And don't worry: everyone's favorite pixie will still fly over the Magic Kingdom before each display.
"This sounds wonderful!" -Melanears
"Changes are great, something to really look forward to." -Jillpie
"Don't know when I'll get to see it, but it'll be something fun to look forward to!" -pureimagination

<< Carol's Communicore >>

Happy August, Everyone!

Disney has announced a Mickey's PhilharMagic Passholder Preview. Annual or Premium Annual Passholders, can stop by the Fantasyland Concert Hall entrance during regular Magic Kingdom hours on September 20th & 21st. Guests must show a valid pass. Be among the first to experience Mickey's PhilharMagic before the grand opening in October. Also; the new merchandise shop next door will be offering new items based on the show. An exclusive Mickey's PhilharMagic pin will be available to all Passholders at Town Square Exposition Hall in the Magic Kingdom beginning on September 20th for just $10.50 plus tax. Please note; quantities are limited.

The Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from August 25, 2003 - November 21, 2003. The Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed for refurbishment from September 7, 2003 - October 24, 2003. The Magic of Disney Animation at MGM Studios will be closed September 14, 2003 - November 17, 2003 for rehab. Keep an eye on Info Central's Rehab page for additional announcements. The dark days for La Nouba in 2004 have also been added to the list.

Don't forget to check out our recent updates. All of the Disney Nightlife pages have been modified. Many more details and times are now available. We also added a credit card grid to the Priority Seating Arrangement page. If you are confused about what restaurants or shows require a credit card to secure your seating, take a look.

Keep checking in. We're always changing something.

Until next month; Happy INTERCOTing!

<< Bytes & Pieces with TiggerRPh >>

Theme music to Dragnet playing in the background....

The website: INTERCOT, a friendly Disney internet community, home to Mickey Mouse and thousands of Disney fans. My job: to keep peace among the faithful. My name is TiggerRPh, I'm a moderator.

Last month we learned how to play nice and follow the Terms of Service. So, how do you get a hold of one of the moderators if you discover a problem post on the boards?

On the main Discussion Board page, the moderators for each forum are listed on the right side. Each screen name listed is a link to that particular moderator's profile. Listed in the profile is that moderator's email address as an email link. Inside each particular forum under the forum heading on the upper left of the page, the moderators for that forum are again listed with the same link to their profiles. Please remember to include a link to the thread/post if you use these methods.

The easiest way to contact a moderator about a post is to use the "Report Post" function of the boards. At the bottom of each post, to the right is a little whistle. If you click "Report Post" next to that whistle, a message window will open. Just type in your message, then click "Send Email Now" and your message with a link to that post will be sent to every moderator for that forum.

We moderators try to cover the boards as much as we can, but sometime we just can't be everywhere all the time. We encourage you to notify us if you see something that doesn't seem right or appropriate for the boards. Together we can keep INTERCOT a great family friendly community.

.... Dum-de-dum-dum. Dum-de-dum-dum-dum!

<< Off Topic with Dizneyana >>

I'm back!! My first order of business is to thank Jane (ChipDale) for filling in for me for the past two months. She did a great job, don't you think??  THANKS JANE!! :)

Well, let's get right into July's happenings around the Water Cooler.. There is a lot to report!! We found out that Vancouver, BC was awarded the honor of hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. I'm sure that there are going to be some big changes made up here in the Pacific Northwest to prepare for the big event. disneynarula drank some of the Water Cooler water, and is now expecting a little Disney fan due in February 2004. Congratulations!! JanetMegan started a new exercise club that meets on Fridays. Pop in if you want to share your weekly exercise goals, and/or get some motivation!!

JohnY unveiled the newest addition to our graemlin family, the Tiki God.. Thanks John, he seems to have been very well received by the INTERCOT community!! AmBo wanted to know just exactly where people are when they get their INTERCOT fix, and according to his poll, 36% are at work, 59% are at home, and 2% are at other places. I think that there are some people that access from work that were afraid to vote!! ;) Krispy Kremes have been spotted being sold in some local grocery stores in addition to being able to buy them at a KK shop (but nothing beats a fresh hot one!!) Look out Diet Club, you may be getting some new members soon!! WDW crazy announced getting a Mickey Mouse tattoo, and several other members revealed their body art. HotSS was due for some surgery and was curious about anesthesia, so many members shared their experiences. Hope all went well for him. On a sad note, we lost more of Hollywood's History this month with the death of Buddy Ebsen at age 95, Bob Hope at age 100, and Director John Schlesinger at age 77. They will all be missed.

Speaking of being missed, JimmyC has been MIA quite a bit lately, and popped in to say that he won't be assigning INTERCOT creatures to people reaching posting milestones due to his busy schedule. Everyone is to turn the creatures that we have over to Jeff (JPL) and he will take care of them. I'm not sure that Jeff was consulted on this decision, so those of you that feel that you can handle what you have, please do so!! We miss you Jimmy, hope you can come back and spend more time with us soon!! So, without further delay, let's see who had posting milestones for July: ChipDale -- 26K, PolyGirl40 -- 19K, Dizneyana -- 17K, Beast_fanatic -- 17K, TiggerRPh -- 15K, MickeysGirl -- 7K, dpamac -- 5K, Dopeysfriend -- 4K, disneydeb -- 3K, mikki.young -- 2K, MauiMouse -- 2K, and mickeyd -- 1K. Congratulations to all you happy posters!!

There sure were a lot of July babies born in this month over the years, so let's wish them all a happy day!! ThisKnee, Dad, AtlDisneyPHreak, VickiP, Joyce47, darthdarrel, hubbyofadisneyholic, NYdaily, ckret1, WDWacky, Kourtnie, roses, Freetime, DADx3, TheSorcererofFantasia, Mickey's Chick, Smassadi, GoofysCowgirl, Rhetoric2000, disney98, PrincessJasmine, Skippy, Disneypro, EvaBryan, cosmic ray, Tinkerbell23, roryjulie, DisneyFanaticDargon, Dawn, JanetMegan, and a VERY special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to where it all started 48 years ago.. at DISNEYLAND which celebrated its birthday on July 17th.

That about does it for me until next time. I'm glad to be back, and I'll see you all next month!! Keep enjoying the summer!! I now return you to the real topic..

<< Conclusion >>

That does it for another edition of The Insider. We'll be back again later this month with some travel tips to our favorite destination. Plus, one of our favorite English ladies gives us a look at a not so traditional vacation. At least, not for some of us.

Now go put those kids on the bus and tell them to eat their lunch!

Stay tuned! See you real soon!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

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