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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > September 2004

Intercot.com INTERCOT Insider
 September 2004 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

Hi, All. Isn't it the month of March that is supposed to come in like a lion?  Well -- Mother Nature needs to speak to Mr. September! The poor folks that live in the South can certainly stand a break from hurricanes. Enough already!  Here's hoping the remainder of the season is quiet and any upcoming storms all fizzle out.   Of course, should bad weather strike Central Florida, you can count on timely updates from INTERCOT on how it might effect your vacation plans.

This Edition is full of announcements - from resort specials, Olympic gold medalists visiting the Disney parks, Michael Eisner's retirement, to an exciting Stitch sighting. Not to mention Ray is singing Christmas carols and Ron is hearing voices. Eek!

Grab your coffee, pull up a chair and catch up with the latest Insider. (Editors Note: You might want to cover your ears too if Ray starts singing!)

<< Vacation Specials >>

Radisson Resort Parkway Special Promotion:
Radisson Resort Parkway has extended their recent special for INTERCOT visitors for vacation dates falling between 9/6/04 – 10/7/04. Enjoy the convenience of the Radisson Resort Parkway for just $65.00 per night. The resort is located just 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World with free shuttle service, roomy guest accommodations and a Starbucks and Pizza Hut right on property!
More Details & Information

Walt Disney World Resort Discounts:
Disney has released resort specials for Annual Passholders and Room-only discounts. Room-only rates are available for travelers vacationing at Walt Disney World between 9/30/04-12/25/04 - excluding 11/10/04-11/13/04 and 11/23/04-11/27. Rates range from $55+ per night for Value Resorts, $85+ per night for Moderate Resorts and $149+ per night for Deluxe Resorts. Ask for code BAT. Reservations must be made by 10/10/04. Annual Passholder discounts are also available for the same travel dates at a slightly deeper discount. Rooms are subject to availability. For details on these and other vacation specials call INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.
Magical Journeys

<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard >>

Eisner to Leave Disney In 2006:
Michael Eisner has announced that he will leave the Walt Disney Co. when his contract expires in 2006. "Until then I shall continue to exert every effort to help the company achieve our goals, to assist the Board in selecting the new Chief Executive Officer, and to make the transition expeditious, efficient, and smooth and easy," Eisner said in a letter to the Disney board. His retirement will end a two-decade reign with the company.
Article & Discussion

Early Stitch Previews for Annual Passholders
Although Stitch is not scheduled to make his public debut until mid November; Walt Disney World Annual Passholders will be among the first recruits to experience Stitch's Great Escape on November 5, 6 & 7. Valid Passholder ID is required when attending this preview.
Discussion & Details

Disney’s Swim with the Stars” Tour:
On August 31, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and his teammates Lenny Krayzelburg and Ian Crocker, began a 12 city tour across the country  introducing “Disney’s Swim with the Stars” tour. The nationwide tour began at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and will end at Disneyland Resort in California. One school in each tour city will be part of a community outreach program created by the Disney theme parks. Schoolchildren will have an opportunity to meet the three Olympians during a 30-minute session that includes tips, encouragement and a special appearance by Mickey Mouse.

"I missed them in the parade, (it was at 2:00, while I was riding Thunder Mountain), but at about 4:00 they showed up near the castle! I got lots of great pics!
- Lindsey

"Michael Phelps was at Penn State on his "Swim with the Stars" tour today. I heard he did like swimming relays, and workshops with local swim group and YMCA's- it was a neat experience for all. He then went down to our HUB (Commons area) and answered questions and signed autographs from like 5:30 to about 7:30. We passed by his tour bus (with Underwater Disney Characters and all exclaiming "We're going to Disneyland!") and my sister got to see him (so she was in awe! It seemed like a cool event!"
- wdw_88
Discussion & Tour Schedule

<< Carol's Communicore >>

Happy September, Everyone.

What's New?

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade:
Disney is introducing a new holiday parade this season. Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade will give Animal Kingdom guests something new to enjoy. Beginning November 26 through December 24, Mickey and the gang will celebrate the holidays in a wild and wacky holiday parade you won't want to miss.

The Hotel Royal Plaza is currently closed due to water damage from the recent hurricanes. The hotel is scheduled to reopen January 2005, after the renovations are complete. Guests with current reservations are being relocated to another hotel. 

Disney's Vero Beach Resort remains closed to allow for a complete assessment of the impact from Hurricane Frances. Clients or agents with arrivals through Sept. 30, 2004 are being contacted to either move to a Walt Disney World location, book a future visit, or cancel their reservation.

The Frontierland Shootin' Arcade at the Magic Kingdom and the main pool slide at Stromalong Bay, located at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort, have been added to the current refurbishment schedule. Frontierland Shootin' Arcade will be closed September 18 - October 9, 2004.The main pool slide at Stromalong Bay will be closed from January 3 - February 25, 2005, due to a painting project occurring in that area.

For a complete list of closings visit INTERCOT's Info Central.
Closing & Refurbishment Schedule

Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages
went on sale earlier this month. Many dates and restaurants sell out quickly. Visit Info Central for details, menus and a list of guest narrators. To reserve the dinner package call 407-WDW-DINE today.
More Details

Park Hours and Events are currently posted through November. Visit Info Central to finalize the last of your vacation plans.
Park Hours & Events

Happy Planning! See you all next month!

<< Bytes & Pieces with TiggerRPh >>

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….everywhere you go….

Summer is ending and that fall nip will be in the air soon, isn’t it kind of early to be talking about Christmas? Not if you’re planning on being in Walt Disney World anytime in December. Now is the time for people to get Priority Seatings, tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and arrange for the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package if you plan on traveling to Walt Disney World November 26-December 30. With the frequency of questions relating to these…it is starting to look a lot like Christmas around INTERCOT.

Where do you go for answers if you have questions about Christmas Celebrations at Walt Disney World? Of course you come to INTERCOT. Within INTERCOT…the first place to go would be Info Central. In Info Central, you’ll be able to get a general description of the celebrations and festivities all over Walt Disney World. We also have detailed pages devoted to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional.

Don’t forget that we also have pages dedicated to historical park hours in order to have an idea of park hours over the last few years.

If you still haven’t gotten your questions answered, feel free to ask away on the Discussion Boards where our resident experts will do what they can to help you.

<< History & Trivia with WDWdriver >>

I’ve been hearing voices....

No, not those kinds of voices. But on a recent visit to Mickey’s PhilharMagic I heard some of the voices that have become familiar to us. I heard Bill Farmer as the voice of Goofy. Farmer is an experienced voice actor who has spoken for a variety of characters ranging from Foghorn Leghorn (Space Jam) to George Bush (Murphy Brown TV show).

I heard Jodi Benson as Ariel, Gilbert Gottfried as Iago and Brad Kane as Aladdin. There was also the voice of Jerry Orbach as Lumiere, Rowan Atkinson as Zazu, Lea Salonga as Jasmine and Blayne Weaver as Peter Pan.

Donald’s voice was there, of course. In fact there are two Donald voices in PhilharMagic. There are four lines done by the current voice of Donald Duck, animator Tony Anselmo. The rest of Donald’s lines are from archived work done by Clarence “Ducky” Nash, who was the original voice of Donald Duck. Nash was Donald’s voice for more than 50 years and passed away in 1985.

Mickey’s voice is by Wayne Allwine, a 61 year old actor who has been speaking for Mickey since 1974. In addition to his work as a voice actor, Allwine is a movie sound editor. His name appears in the credits of several motion pictures, including “Inner Space” and “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier“.

And let’s not forget Minnie. Her voice is that of Russi Taylor, who has been Minnie for many years. Russi can also be heard in dozens of other productions. On television she can be heard in “Duck Tales“, “The Simpsons” and “Scooby-Doo“. In motion pictures she contributed to “A Bug’s Life“, “Aladdin“, and the two “Babe” movies. And here is a stunning fact. Taylor is married to Mickey’s voice, Wayne Allwine. They met during the production of “Totally Minnie“, a 1988 TV special hosted by Suzanne Somers.

<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

As you read this Jane is off enjoying Disneyland .... without us. She'll be back later in the month to fill us all in on the Water Cooler happenings. Happy Vacation, Jane!

<< Conclusion >>

In closing we'd like to extend a special "thank you" to everyone that helped with the recent hurricane coverage. Your input was greatly appreciated and certainly one of the reasons INTERCOT continues to be such a special community. We'll be back at the end of the month with more topics and tidbits.  Oh, and Chairman & Chief Imagination Officer of INTERCOT, JohnY just might share his experiences on a Segway around Epcot, complete with dorky pictures!

Until then, Happy INTERCOTing!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

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