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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > March 2005

Intercot.com INTERCOT Insider
 March 2005 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

To almost 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 Challenge! >>

2005 INTERCOT 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 fruit factory.

“The Crush n Gusher is on our must do list.” –mamacon67
“Makes me wish I were there right now.” –TheInventor’sDaughter

Discussion Here

- Star Wars Weekend
Coming Again -
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

Event Details

- 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.” –AvonleaCF
“This looks magical, fits with the theme of the entire park.” -TCLites

Photos & Details

<< Carol's Communicore >>

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.

Easter Information

Cinderella's Royal Table Princess Lunch
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 meals,
family-style dessert, and a nonalcoholic  beverage. The same deposit and cancellation policy for breakfast will also apply to lunch.

Character Meals

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.


Timekeeper & Wonders of Life Pavilion will be operational  March 20 - April 2, 2005. For the latest details on current closing, rehabs and changes click here.

Park 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 event.
Visit Info Central to fine-tune your vacation plans.

Park Hours, Events & Extra Magic Hour

See you next month. Happy Planning!

<< Bytes and Pieces with TiggerRPh  >>

…Video killed the radio star…
-The Buggles

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 Iguanadon.

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 >>

Well, Punxatawney 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 through you!

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 weather!

<< Conclusion >>

That's all we have for this issue of the Insider. As always, comments, suggestions and experiences are welcome at newsletter@mousehut.com. We would love to include your input in an upcoming issue. For now, everyone enjoy those Spring Breaks and have a very Happy Easter!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

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