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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > January 2005

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 January 2005 - Edition Two

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<< Introduction >>

Is everyone ready for the Oscars and the Super Bowl?  As we end the first month of the New Year, and finish revising all of our New Year’s resolutions, it’s a great time to take a step back and…read the Insider!  In this issue we share Accommodation specials, Ron will challenge you to a quiz, Ray gives the lowdown on royal character meals, and Linda captures some great tips on finding groceries for your next Disney World trip.  Try to peel yourself away from the boards and get on with your reading!

<< Accommodation Specials >>

Radisson Resort Parkway

The Radisson Resort Parkway has reduced their Preferred rates for dates of January – June with rooms as low as $79.00 per night.  Also congratulations are in order. Effective January 1, 2005 the Radisson Resort Parkway officially became a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel. This is exciting news as Disney has not accepted any additional Good Neighbor hotels in several years. The Radisson Resort Parkway is conveniently located just 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World with free shuttle service & roomy guest accommodations.
More Information & Rates

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ALL STAR Vacation Homes offers the most luxurious selection of homes in the closest locations to Walt Disney World. Guests can select their own home from 2-3 bedroom condos and town homes or up to 7 bedroom private pool homes. Luxurious accommodations, at reasonable rates, make ALL STAR Vacation Homes the perfect choice for the ultimate vacation. When booking mention INTERCOT and save $175 off Weekly Estate Home Rental or $125 off the Weekly Rental of any other private pool home. You may also redeem special online by typing in "INTERCOT" when asked for a promotional code. (not valid with any other special or discount, for condos/town homes, or during holiday season)
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<< History & Trivia with WDWdriver  >>

A Big Thunder Mountain Quiz
Most of you out there have ridden the old Big Thunder Mine trains that whisk passengers away on a harrowing old west adventure. Riders brave flashfloods, earthquakes, avalanches and hairpin turns as the train careens around redstone slopes and caverns. Along the way we see a small western town, a long john-clad resident spinning through the flood in a bathtub, and the rainmaker who caused the downpour. Sharp-eyed guests might also note that a party is going on in the second-story room of a saloon.   But how much do you really know about the attraction. Here are some trivia quiz questions, with the answers at the end of this Insider edition.

1. The height of the attractions main butte is _______.
2. Each train consists of one engine and _____ cars.
3. The number of animatronic figures seen on the ride is ______.
4. The name of the town is _______________.
5. The rainmakers name is _____________________.
6. The name of the miner in the bathtub is _________________.
7. The names of the six trains are __________________.

Scroll down for answers!

<< Dining With Royalty by TiggerRPh  >>

Walt Disney World Dining offers three meals with the Disney Princesses: Cinderella’s Royal Character Breakfast, The Princess Storybook Breakfast, and Cinderella’s Gala Feast. A lot of INTERCOT members justifiably get upset when they can’t get a Priority Seating (PS) at Cinderella’s Royal Character Breakfast. The other meals are alternatives if you don’t medal in the “Cindy Olympics” if they fit your need. They all have benefits and they all have negatives. They also fit different niches or fans of the Princesses.

Cinderella’s Royal Character Breakfast has some big draws going for it. First of all, it’s the original princess breakfast. For many years, this was the only choice. The other big draw is that the meal is in “the castle.” No matter what people think of the meal, it’s just impressive to eat inside “the castle.” The Princess Storybook Breakfast is the only princess character meal that has just Disney Princesses…no princess friends. Another plus that the Storybook Breakfast has is that its dining times extend to almost lunch time. You can get a Priority Seating arrangement up until 11:45 AM. Cinderella’s Gala Feast is a dinner instead of a breakfast and has a character you’ll probably hardly see anywhere else at Walt Disney World…that would be Prince Charming.

The negatives for each of the choices are things one needs to consider when deciding which one it best for you.

Cinderella’s Royal Character Breakfast may have 2-3 characters at the breakfast that are not princesses. While not necessarily a drawback, if you want princesses not all the characters are at this meal. The biggest negative for this meal is that it is nearly impossible to get into.

The Princess Storybook Breakfast has princesses but if you want a meal with Cinderella, this is not the breakfast for you. Over the years since this breakfast has been around, the characters has been pretty static with Jasmine, Belle, Snow White and Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). I’m not aware of Cinderella ever showing at this meal.

Cinderella’s Gala Feast is a dinner not a breakfast…this may not matter, but it is something to consider. To me its biggest drawback is its location. If you’re not staying at a monorail resort or plan on being at the Magic Kingdom prior to eating here, you’re going to have to allow plenty of time to get there. You first of all need to get to the Magic Kingdom and then you need to factor in a monorail ride of about 20 minutes. Total transit time could easily be an hour, more if you don’t catch a Magic Kingdom bus immediately. This could explain that most of the people attending seemed to be from the Grand Floridian. When we went, I didn’t see too many people arriving at the resort and going to the meal.

Another point to consider is the meal style…and again this may not matter to some. Cinderella’s Royal Table is a “pre-plated” meal in such that you get a plate with your meal on it but you can have items replenished. The Princess Storybook Breakfast is served “family style” where you get pan with your food items in it and you can pick what you want to eat. Again these can be replenished when needed. Cinderella’s Gala Feast is a buffet.

If you have little kids or more importantly, a little princess of your own and you need a Princess Breakfast, you do have choices. If you aren’t lucky enough to medal in the “Cindy Olympics”, you now know that you have alternatives or back-ups available you so that you and your little princes or princesses can still dine with Disney Royalty.

Please Note;
Beginning Sunday April 10, Restaurant Akershus at Epcot will begin offering Princess Character dining for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. At that time, availability will be added for lunch and dinner seatings. As of Monday Janauary 10, the Princess Storybook Breakfast was renamed Princess Storybook Dining.
Disney Dining Menus
Disney Character Meals

<< Grocery Tips with faline  >>

You’re headed to Disney World and you want to save money on food. What can you do? Or perhaps, you just want to be sure you have some munchies put aside for snacking. What will keep well in your room? Now that the moderate and deluxe resorts offer an in-room refrigerator at no-charge, it should be even easier to bring food along. INTERCOTees share their tips and ideas.

Eating breakfast in your room can be a real money saver. DisneyDog “will usually bring some breakfasty type things. Cereal bars and cheerios for our toddler, pop tarts for us.” Also included in the packing list is “crackers and raisins”. David and Missy “also brought bagels”.

Bringing along some items that you can tote to the park can also save money. TheMartellFamily buys “our own bottled water as it is very expensive in the parks.”

Folks plan a number of liquid refreshments. dalechip brings “Parmalat milk”. lebo “bought the pre sweetened kool-aid.” 3GoofySons “also kept powerade and small bottles of cranberry juice in the room.” Piglet822 suggests that “if you’re Pepsi drinkers you’ll definitely want to buy soda. Disney sells only Coke products.” readytogo’s list includes “beer”.

For general snacks, TheMartellFamily suggests “some easy fruits like grapes, apples, oranges, and bananas...we bring chewy granola bars and fruit juice boxes.” “For snacks we had individual bags of peanuts, rice krispie squares and some goldfish and cookies” reports 3GoofySons. DisneyHopper’s list includes “chips ahoy....Pringles...Cokes, Peanut Butter, Beef Jerky, Candy (not chocolate), gum, Gatorade...Bread...Coffee...bologna.”

What if you need groceries and you don’t have a car? brian5635 asks “Is there a grocery store nearby that we can get to without a car?” Tinkermom reports “Every hotel does sell pantry type items in their gift shops. They have things like baby food, peanut butter, bread, yogurt, soups, spaghetti O’s, coffee, sugar, snacks, frozen pizza and some frozen dinners, etc. etc. I thought it was a pretty good selection but expect to pay for the convenience.” Some town car services will provide a free grocery stop on the way to your resort. For example, INTERCOT’s sponsor, Happy Limo, will provide a 15-minute grocery stop if you make arrangements for this service at the time you book your town car service.

What if you arrive at your resort and your room isn’t ready? mattlauriem wonders “How can you check in early and go to the parks when you have things that need ice or refrigeration?” JWDisneyFan reports “the resort not only stored our luggage but our refrigerated items in a big refrigerator....from what I understand, all of the resorts can store perishables if your room isn’t ready.”

<< History & Trivia (Answers)  >>

1. 197and 1/2 feet above sea level
2. 5
3. 20 (don’t forget all the chickens, donkeys, possums, a goat, etc)
4. Tumbleweed
5. Professor Cumulus Isobar
6. Cousin Elrod
7. U. B. Bold, U. R. Daring, U. R. Courageous, I. M. Brave, I. B. Hearty, I. M. Fearless

<< Conclusion >>

That’s it for this month. Hopefully you did better on the quiz than we did… we’ll be back in a few weeks, but until then enjoy the discussion boards! Happy planning!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

The INTERCOT Insider and INTERCOT.com are supported by the following sponsors who in turn, help us bring the Magic to you!

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