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<< Introduction >>
Happy Spring! Hope
you all are finally seeing signs of warmer weather!! Here is another packed
issue of the Insider, where Casey brings you up to date on all the exciting
events at Walt Disney World as they anticipate the Happiest Celebration on
Earth kickoff on May 5, Carol informs us all about INTERCOT happenings, and
Ray and Jane bring us their Bytes and Pieces and Off Topic. Hope you enjoy!
<< Disney World Events with DisneyWizard >>
As we quickly approach the new celebration at Walt Disney World, new
attractions are opening and new garnishes on your favorite attractions are
revealing themselves. Check below for just some of the few new things to
look for this coming spring.
- 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
- Star Wars Weekends 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
- New Castle Trasnformation -
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
“This looks magical, fits with the theme of the entire park.” -TCLites
Photos and Details
- Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Opens -
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival began April 15 and will
continue through June 5th, 2005. New this year are displays themed to the
Happiest Celebration on Earth. Other highlights include Themed Weekends,
Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden, Farmer Mickey's Maze and much more.
The special event is included in regular Epcot admission.
"I LOVE the Flower and Garden Festival!! It's the reason we pick this time
of year to go every year!! It's BEAUTIFUL!!" - 2tinkerbellsmom
"I've been to WDW during the Flower & Garden Festival twice, and love it
there during it! The creations are amazing, the free concerts are fun, and
it just makes you feel like it's spring turning into summer!" - CaptSmee
- 2005 Night of Joy Tickets On Sale Now -
23rd anniversary of Disney's Night of Joy, on September 9 & 10, a total of
21 acts will present concerts at stages throughout the Magic Kingdom.
Christian music lovers from all over the globe will be gathering for a
celebration with top-name music artists, theme park attractions and Disney
characters. The long-running series has played to a combined audience of
almost three-quarters of a million people. Top Artists* including: Mercy Me,
Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Casting Crowns, newsboys, Donnie
McClurkin, TobyMac, Cece Winans and 11 more. Night of Joy advance tickets
are on sale now.
Happy April Everyone!
Edition Pal Mickey
A special "Happiest Celebration on Earth" edition of the popular talking
Mickey Mouse toy will debut to coincide with the May 2005 launch of the
18-month festivities taking place worldwide to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of Disneyland. Mickey is dressed in a removable tuxedo jacket
and has been updated with fun facts about new attractions, shows, character
greetings and short wait times across Walt Disney World Resort. He also
includes more than 30 trivia questions, seven sing-a-longs and six games, as
well as a brand-new carrying lanyard and a louder speaking voice.
Harley-Davidson Store Opens at Disney Pleasure Island
Disney Pleasure Island guests can now visit an Orlando Harley-Davidson
store. The store will feature genuine Harley-Davidson clothes, hats, gifts,
collectibles and pet accessories. Custom Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be
on display for guests to see.
Golfers Receive Special Savings
Beginning May 2, Walt Disney World golf is serving up Disney's Price Slice.
Guests receive a special savings on tee times after 10 a.m. Between May 2
and Sept. 29, 2005 golfers can use a championship course for rates as low as
$45. Rates vary depending upon which Disney course. Palm - $45, Lake Buena
Vista -$45, Eagle Pines -$50 and Osprey Ridge -$60. Call 407-WDW-GOLF for
White Rhino Family Grows at Disney's Animal Kingdom
It's a Girl! Kendi,
rhino at Disney's
Animal Kingdom, welcomed her new baby daughter Kayla, to the rhino family in
February. At birth Kayla weighed 143 pounds and currently weighs in at 233
exciting news - since at one time white rhinos were nearly extinct. There are
currently seven southern white rhinos in the herd at Animal Kingdom. Look for Kendi
and Kayla to join the other rhinos on the Animal Kingdom savannah real
Baby Picture &
Monthly Wine Dinners at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Jiko
On the first Thursday of every month Jiko-The Cooking Place at Animal
Kingdom Lodge will be hosting a monthly wine dinner. The dinner will take
place in the restaurant's private dining room, Cape Town. The wine dinners
are $130 per person. For reservations and more information, call
The Contemporary Resort's South Garden Wing will be closed for
renovations from May 30 through October 31, 2005. The rehab completion date
for Living with the Land and Circle of Life has
changed. They are now scheduled to reopen May 1, 2005 as the
Land Pavilion prepares for the grand opening of
Hours, Events and Extra Magic Hour schedules are currently posted
through June. Please note; Epcot is closing at 3PM on May 5th due to a private
"Happiest Celebration on Earth" event.
Visit Info Central to fine-tune your vacation plans.
Extra Magic Hour
See you next
month. Happy Planning!
<< Bytes and Pieces with TiggerRPh >>
"To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here
age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the
challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals,
the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America... with hope that
it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."
- Walt Disney
Okay….I need a show of hands. Who’s going to join “The Happiest Celebration
on Earth”? Who’s going to celebrate at Walt Disney World? Who’s going to
make the pilgrimage to “the Original”….Disneyland? I’m going to Disneyland
in June…who’s going to join me? Let’s see the hands…wow, that’s a lot of
Now that we know who’s going to the celebrations, where does one find
information about the upcoming celebrations? Of course, if there ever are
any official announcements, the place to check would be our
Anything Disneyland specific will be located in our
Disneyland General Forum. Any Disneyland news will be found here as well
and people asking questions about Disneyland. Right now we’ve got a thread
asking who is going to Disneyland for the celebration and a couple of trip
announcement threads going in this forum. This is also a great place to ask
your Disneyland specific questions.
For even more Disneyland information, you’ll need to venture out west. No, I
don’t mean hop an airplane or drive. I mean for you to check out
Intercot West where all our
Disneyland experts hang out. All the resident experts here are frequent
visitors of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, so ask away and
I’m sure you’ll get and explanation or answer shortly.
Okay…is everyone ready to go now? Are you packed and do you have the airline
tickets in hand? Well, let’s go then!
Off Topic with ChipDale
lIn like a lion and
out like a lamb, or vice-versa? We had a lot of talk about when would Spring
finally arrive last month. mamacon67 wanted to know why she heard the birds
singing when it was only 28 degrees, and LittleSpirit02 even started a snow
dance and it didn’t help much! A lot of our members were still freezing when
the official first day of Spring arrived. Has Spring finally arrived for
March Madness was in full swing at INTERCOT. We had a lot of discussions
going in the Cooler for a good part of March on who’s your choice for the
Final Four. JohnY put up INTERCOT t-shirts to the winners of the 2005
INTERCOT Bracketology Challenge. Sounds like everyone who participated had
fun and congratulations to the winners!
With Lent in full swing, talk turns to Easter Candy. wendyfan polled our
members to see what our favorites are. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs were the
front runner, with Peeps coming in second. We also had a lot of mentions for
Cadbury Eggs, Robin Eggs, Snickers Eggs, and more mouth-watering treats. So
what did you get in your basket this year?
There’s always a reason to celebrate something in the Water Cooler. Did you
know that March is Noodle Month? And St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only
holiday celebrated in March! We have Beer Day, Frozen Food Day, Pi Day,
Dentist’s Day, Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Middle Name Pride Day and
Burpless Day! Check and see what Lizzy shares about next month’s holidays –
it’s always good for at least a laugh or two.
Jamie’s Friday parties for March included Flowers of Fury Festival, Official
St. Patrick’s Day Party, Spring Fling, and the INTERCOT Easter Party. Come
on over to the Water Cooler this Friday and see what Jamie and the cabana
boys have in store for you!
Special congratulations to dustyguitar on your marriage on March 11th and to
valjane for your wedding on March 26th! Best wishes from INTERCOT to both of
the happy couples! And more special congratulations go out to PolyGirl on
the new addition to her family: German Shepherd puppy Sadie Mae!
March birthday celebrations were held for: TiggerRPH, Jordan0301, T-Belle,
Lil'Lady, whatagoof, ChewyStriker, Blaze, michael and mommy love disney,
PrincessCathy, Narcoossee'sFan, DeDe, Fruitcake, WDWaddict, PolyGirl40,
sorarail, Jimenyfan, CrazyStitch, Disney_Girl, Eeyore, kimballWDW98,Big
Pooh, LuvTheKity, Martino, Duchess99, Andrew Jackson, TKDisneylover,
twins_are_ok, Gonzo, ariel03, Boojum, disney323, princessminnie02, Jul,
titleistboy, LuvDisney2004, QTPie68, Rachel, Tomorrowland Man, Mickey052501,
JabberJaws. I hope you all had a special day!
Posting milestones in March were reached by Melanears – 21,000 posts, faline
– 12,000 posts, ChipnDaleGal – 11,000 posts, Lizzy – 7,000 posts, Beach Club
Babe – 6,000 posts, goofy for pluto –3,000 posts, SteelyGirl – 3,000 posts,
Auntie – 2,000 posts, pdrlkr – 2,000 posts, trackbarroness – 1,000 posts,
Spindrift –1,000 posts, Mom2Princess’ – 1,000 posts, The MartellFamily
–1,000 posts, Jabber Jaws – 700 posts, mars – 400 posts, TikiGoddess – 400
posts, Turkey Leg – Senior Cast Member, fupresti – Senior Cast Member,
Earnhardt321 – Senior Cast Member, Mr. Tom Morrow – Senior Cast Member,
candaceB – 100 posts, and BelleKP –100 posts. Keep up the quality posting
That about wraps it up for March. Hopefully, we’ve seen the end of winter
and can look forward to warm sunny days for months to come. See you next
<< Conclusion >>
Our next Insider
will be a very special edition dedicated exclusively to the "Happiest
Celebration on Earth". Look for it to hit your mailboxes just before the
celebration kicks of on May 5th. Until then, happy planning and happy
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