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<< Introduction >>
everyone's delight, spring is almost here! That means warmer temperatures,
flowers blooming, Spring Training and the return of the INTERCOT Bracketology
Challenge! It also means more great details are emerging as the start date for
the "Happiest Celebration on Earth" nears. Among other things, there was lots of
buzz this week was about the Annual Passholder and Florida resident room rate
discounts for April-July 4. The transformation of Cinderella Castle in
preparation for the Celebration is almost complete, and by now, the Crush 'n'
Gusher has made it's debut at Typhoon Lagoon. There are so many reasons to visit
Walt Disney World in the upcoming months, and we at INTERCOT want to provide you
with the latest to help plan that trip. Let's get going!
<< The INTERCOT Braketology
Bracketology Challenge - Win A ICOT T-shirt
INTERCOT.com has put together our Bracketology Challenge again this year for the
folks who visit the sites and have keep them going all year long. What's at
stake? The three best bracketologists will receive a INTERCOT.com t-shirt (Hey,
we know it's not much but cut us a break, Free Stuff is Free Stuff!) The game
locks at tip-off of the first game of the tournament which is Thursday, March
17, 2005 at 12:20 pm ET. Once the game locks, you cannot modify your bracket(s).
Also, any entry in a "locked" group cannot leave that group if the game itself
is locked. Hurry and register today!
Details On How To Win Here
<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard >>
- Crush 'n' Gusher Now Open -
On March 15th the new Typhoon Lagoon waterslide complex will open to the public.
The new “water coaster” Master Blaster technology is a first in Florida,
allowing guests to slide uphill in the new ride themed to a defunct tropical
“The Crush n Gusher is on our must do list.” –mamacon67
“Makes me wish I were there right now.” –TheInventor’sDaughter
- Star Wars Weekend
Everyone’s favorite Star Wars events are back again this year, with the dates
recently announced. Meet and greet your favorite, go collectibles shopping, and
much more. The dates are May 20,21,22,27,28,29, and June 3,4,5,10,11,12 (all in
2005). Check below for more details on the event.
“I am SO excited!” –KylesMom
“I'm starting to get excited again....WDW, here I come!” –weswerx
- New Castle Transformation -
Cinderella’s castle has finished its transformation for the new Happiest
Celebration on Earth. Complete with golden icons from your favorite Disney
films, new dressings, and a stain-glassed centerpiece paying tribute to all of
Disney’s castles, this new look will stay for the duration of the celebration.
Check below for details and photos.
“It looks fantastic!” –Flower
“I like Cinderella Castle the way it is now: simple, yet elegant and beautiful.”
“This looks magical, fits with the theme of the entire park.” -TCLites
Photos & Details
Happy March Everyone!
Easter Resort Activities and Dining information have
been added to Info Central. The activities range from character interaction, egg
hunts, crafts and games -- to name a few. Easter Services will be held, on Sunday,
March 27th, at the Contemporary Resort in the Fantasia Ballroom.
Catholic Mass - 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. | Protestant Service - 9:00 a.m.
Easter dining details are also posted.
Cinderella's Royal Table
Starting June 10, 2005, Cinderella's Royal Table will begin offering a character
meal for lunch. Prices are $23.99 per adult and $12.99 per child. The meal will
feature a family-style salad, a choice of one of five entrées or children's
family-style dessert, and a
nonalcoholic beverage. The same deposit and cancellation policy for breakfast
will also apply to lunch.
Annual Passholder and Florida Resident Discounts Announced
Disney has released room-only discounts for Annual Passholders and Florida
Residents. Discounts include select Value Resorts for $74+, Moderate Resorts
from $109+ and Deluxe Resorts from $139+ per night. Rates available most nights
4/17-7/4/05. The number of rooms offered at these rates is limited. 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.
"it's a small world" reopens this weekend!
After being down for rehab for nearly a year "it's a small world" is reopening, March 19th, with a state-of-the-art digital
sound, refurbished characters and indoor sets and a redesigned entrance area.
Wonders of Life Pavilion will be operational March 20 - April 2,
2005. For the latest details on current closing, rehabs and changes click
Hours, Events and Extra Magic Hour schedules are currently posted
through May. Please note; Epcot is closing at 3PM on May 5th due to a private
Visit Info Central to fine-tune your vacation plans.
Extra Magic Hour
See you next
month. Happy Planning!
<< Bytes and Pieces with TiggerRPh >>
…Video killed the radio star…
Even though you can get a lot of help from the
Discussion Boards when you’re
planning for a trip to Walt Disney World, sometimes you need to see what you’re
in for before you get to Florida. Well, we have what you need right here at
INTERCOT. In our Theme Park
section we have short videos of many of the attractions at Walt Disney World.
From the Magic Kingdom, you can preview Spectromagic, Splash Mountain and Buzz
Lightyear-Space Ranger Spin among others. You can also view a clip from the
discontinued Diamond Horseshoe Review.
From Epcot, you can ride along on El Rio del Tiempo, Test Track and Spaceship
Earth. You can also see the original Journey into Imagination and see Horizons
being torn down.
From the Studios, you can survive Catastrophe Canyon, ride to an Aerosmith
concert on Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, and watch Fantasmic.
For Animal Kingdom you can ride the “Pothole Express” aka Kilamanjaro Safaris
and try to save “Little Red” or ride along on Dinosaur to help bring back an
All of the videos are from our webmaster, JohnY’s personal collection and are in
RealVideo format, so you’ll need to have Real
Player installed on your computer. Sometime in the future, we may be
switching all videos over to Windows Media Player, so you might want to have
that installed too.
But don’t sit still…INTERCOT is in the process of adding more videos in the near
future, so you’ll have even more ways to have a virtual WDW trip available to
you as you visit INTERCOT.
Off Topic with ChipDale
Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, guaranteeing six more weeks of winter. Not
to worry though! Janet Megan told us that General Beau Lee in Atlanta did not
see his shadow; pjbs35a said that Ned the Nutria in Louisiana predicted an early
Spring; Flower reported that Wiarton Willy didn’t see his shadow in Ontario,
Canada, and TiggerRPh said the Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
also predicted that it will be an early Spring! Hopefully that means we’ll all
be done with the cold in a couple more weeks!
With Super Bowl Sunday on February 6th came lots of talk on who will win, what
foods do you serve etc. alphamommy polled our members on where they like to
watch the game. Results were that the majority of INTERCOTees preferred to watch
at home with a small group or just family. Congratulations to the New England
Patriots on winning Super Bowl 2005!
Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weren’t the only holidays in February. If
you’re in need of a good laugh, be sure to check out Lizzy’s monthly
celebrations. She posts them in the Water Cooler at the beginning of each month.
Some of February’s celebrations were Thank a Mailman Day, Gum Drop Day, Dump
Your Significant Jerk Day, Ferris Wheel Day, For Pete’s Sake Day. And did you
know that the week of February 6th was Flirting Week and the week of February
13th was Jell-O Week?
Mardi Gras season was in full swing in the beginning of February, and SgtTigger
kept us updated on the various parades and activities in and around New Orleans.
Thanks Bret for the first-hand information and letting us enjoy it vicariously
Jamie’s February Friday parties included INTERCOT Mardi Gras Madness, Love-Dovey
Valentine's Day Party, Presidential President’s Day Party, and the all things
small and smaller Party. Come on into the Water Cooler this Friday and see what
Jamie’s planned for this week!
February birthday celebrations were held for Jeff, mrsmom, SteelyGirl,
goofygirl67, cloud9, frogmn78, Vacation Dad, scooterca42, PrincessMelissa,
PrincessCandaceMarie, kjblovesdisney, AmyKane, testtrackrocks, BabyBun, Duane,
2NfinitE&B-ond, disneygirlnowmom, TooGoofy (Meg), rpcwjr, Main Street Jim,
Sportster, AvaNellMouse, LottaLubes, PanTink, RyGuyLax, crazy4disneyworld, Mouse
Mortimer, Altair, VillainLover Lisa, fupresti, Patti, wdw_88, Jeremy Wilcox,
nutz4goofy, Marymouse2003, JennyAnne, and jilwil. I hope that all your birthdays
were the happiest yet!
We had a busy month for posting milestones in February! Milestones were reached
by PolyGirl40 – 28,000 posts, TiggerRPh – 25,000 posts, Melanears – 20,000
posts, pjbs35a – 13,000 posts, MickeysGirl – 11,000 posts, Disney_nut – 11,000
posts, Jeff –10,000 posts, MauiMouse – 9,000 posts, vizsla – 6,000 posts,
lovewalt – 3,000 posts, John D – 3,000 posts, WDWdriver – 2,000 posts,
EpcotFan182 – 1,000 posts, Nascfan – 1,000 posts, pdrlkr – 1,000 posts,
RazdOnDis – 500 posts, disneymomw_3boys – 500 posts
That’s all for this month. Hopefully next month I’ll be reporting from warmer
<< Conclusion >>
That's all we have
for this issue of the Insider. As always, comments, suggestions and experiences
are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to include your input in an upcoming issue. For now, everyone
enjoy those Spring Breaks and have a very Happy Easter!
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