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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > May 2005

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 May 2005 - Edition Two

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<< Introduction >>

Is everyone warming up to summer?  Hopefully with summer comes a vacation to our favorite vacation destination.  In this Insider edition we have an eclectic mix of articles for you.  Beth has highly-useful advice for visiting WDW if you are an expectant mother, Jamie and Rob unravel the mysteries of WDW dining, and Ron starts us off with some History and Trivia.  Let’s roll.

<< History & Trivia with WDWdriver  >>

Cast Members are often asked what it is like backstage at Walt Disney World. Well, most backstage areas are industrial in appearance. Just drive around behind your local Wal-Mart to get an idea of what it is like. There are some exceptions. There are occasional interesting spots, such as the Utilidor tunnels under the Magic Kingdom. Or the second floor of the castle which was originally intended to be Walt's apartment. Outdoor storage areas sometimes hold the remains of old rides, parade floats and vehicles. And there is my favorite spot -  a simple doorway.

As we all know, the upper floors of the shops along Main Street USA are unoccupied facades. But behind the facades, on the right side of the street as you face the castle, are a series of executive offices and a conference room. On a wall on one side of the conference room is a plain wooden door. The door is unmarked and unlocked. Opening the door just a crack to peek through the opening reveals an amazing sight. Just outside the door is a narrow catwalk holding a small table and a lamp. And beyond the table is a glass window with lace curtains. The window looks out onto Main Street USA, and hundreds of Magic Kingdom guests are passing by below. We are looking out from the second floor window that honors Walt's daughter, Diane, and son-in-law, Ron Miller, and their six children. Lettering on the window also names their cattle ranch, the Lazy M Cattle Company.

A quick peek from the window onto Main Street is a magical backstage experience. It is truly a window on the World.

<< WDW for Expectant Moms with MNNHFL >>

If you or someone you know will be visiting Disney World while pregnant, you are probably wondering which rides are safe.  Disney posts warnings that advise pregnant women not to ride the following attractions:  Magic Kingdom—Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, The Barnstormer, Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.   Epcot—Mission: Space, Test Track, Body Wars.   MGM Studios—The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock’n’Roller Coaster, Star Tours.  Animal Kingdom—Dinosaur, Primeval Whirl, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids.

INTERCOT member Experiment 626 states, “If you stop by Guest Relations, they will give you a special map with only the attractions that expectant mothers can go on listed. It also had the locations of "Kiddie Concierge" areas where you can rest in air conditioning.”

DisneyFreaks1228 adds “If you do have doubts, definitely heed the warnings, and you should really see your doctor before you leave for your trip and ask any questions you have then.”

Of course, there is so much more to Disney World than the rides!  INTERCOT members (with personal experience in visiting WDW while expecting) offer some additional tips to help make your trip even more magical:

When it’s warm, Mary Poppins suggests taking “ cool, loose fitting clothes and comfy shoes. Drink lots of water and stop every so often to sit and relax and get off your feet.”

On a similar note, Chris Proctor states “The one piece of advice I'd add is that you take your time. I suspect exhaustion and the heat will be a larger risk than anything.”

If it is a hot summer day, you should seek out shade, or bring an umbrella.  From TheMartellFamily“I found a lot of shade and water spraying stations around the parks and would enjoy a spritzing to cool down. When I sat, which was quite often, I would try and raise my legs to prevent swelling.”

“Even moderate heat (80's) felt like 90's, so I took it easy and also used the pool a lot.” adds pugslave.  “I found a water mister to be very helpful”

Nom advises “making sure you get regular, nutritious meals. As tempting as it can be, don't survive on Mickey bars alone! Almost all the restaurants and counter service places offer low fat milk and healthy side dishes like carrot sticks, so I always had them with my meal.”  She also adds that “Good supportive shoes are KEY.  Make sure you have good broken in sneakers and good socks, since you'll be toting around a little bit of extra weight.”

A final piece of advice from kentucky (an OB nurse)--“My most important advice to you would be to take a copy of your pre-natal records with you.  Then if you do end up in the ER of a strange hospital, they will at least be sure of your gest. (gestational) age, your blood type, hep (hepatitis) status, any complications etc. Some things that are imperative to know at delivery, and would save a lot of time in an emergency. Your OB should not object to providing you with this, just give the office staff a week or so to prepare it for you.”

With knowledge and preparation, you can certainly enjoy Disney World while expecting.  As HiHoKermitTheFrogHere says—“Have fun! And the best part of your trip is that you can hope your child will turn out like the rest of us who frequent INTERCOT -- Disney fanatics!”

<< Dining Out with MickeysGirl & Dr_Nigel_C  >>

Hello food lovers!  Or should we call you DEAL lovers this month?  We say that because this issue of Dining Out is all about HOW to dine and how go get the most bang for your buck while at Walt Disney World.  We’re going to go into detail about Advanced Dining Reservations, the Disney Dining Experience and the Magic Your Way Package plus Dining plans.  So let’s get started, shall we?

Let’s start with the basics of dining, the ever important Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR), formerly known as Priority Seating.  Same plan, new name.  To make an ADR you should call 407-WDW-DINE and talk to a dining representative.  You can also go through the WDW Travel Company by calling 1-800-828-0228 and choose option 3.  Most ADR’s can be made 90 days in advance (with some exceptions) from your actual dining date.  Info Central has an entire page dedicated to reservation time frames.  Please take note that when calling for your ADR, it is very important to know your party size (# of adults vs. children), date of dining and requested time.  This is also a good time to let your dining representatives know about any special dietary needs or special events in your party.  You will also want to reiterate this information to the hostess at the podium for maximum service.

Our first “meal deal” is especially for Florida residents and Annual Passholders, and is known as the Disney Dining Experience.  This program allows its members to receive a 20% discount on all meals at listed restaurants (including alcoholic beverages) for a party of the card holder and up to 9 guests.  Other benefits include free parking at the parks (redeemable after meal at Guest Relations), free valet parking at resorts, ½ off admission into Pleasure Island for card holder and one guest, and free admission into the Atlantic Dance Hall for card holder and one guest.  The cost is $75 for first year, with a $60 renewal rate for FL residents and $50 per year for Annual Passholders.  It is also extremely easy to use!  Simply present the card and a photo ID to your server either before or after your meal and 20% will be deducted from your overall total.  And a great tip, that 20% can be added back on as gratuity for your server, no math required!  How’s that for unexpected perks?

Disney’s newest meal deal is known as the Magic Your Way Package plus Dining.  This plan is exclusive to guests visiting WDW through the Magic Your Way Package, and is an add-on based on the total party size and length of stay.  Each member of the party will received One (1) Counter Service Voucher, One (1) Snack Voucher and One (1) Table Service Voucher per day, with cost of meal and gratuity already included.  However, after the plan is in place, you can choose to use the package any way you like.  For example, you can choose to pay for children’s meals for Table Service out of pocket to reserve extra Vouchers for more Table Service meals or for Signature restaurants and shows which require Two (2) Vouchers per guest.  It is very flexible, includes many of the restaurants on property, and many guests just simply like the pre-paid aspect of the package.

Each Counter Service meal includes: One (1) Entrée, One (1) Dessert and One (1) Drink or One (1) Complete Combo Meal and One (1) Drink.  Table Service meals include: One (1) Appetizer, One (1) Entrée, One (1) Dessert and One (1) Drink per guest or One (1) Full Buffet and One (1) Drink.  Sorry, alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of the plan and would be paid out of pocket at time of meal.  Most snacks can be found around the parks at carts and include any one of the following: frozen ice cream and juice bars, popcorn, fruit, a bag of Lays Potato Chips, 20 oz. sodas, 24 oz. water, or a medium fountain drinks or juice.

The Dining package is also very easy to use.  Simply present your “Key to the World” (aka: your room key) BEFORE ordering, so your server knows how to handle your bill, order and have a wonderful meal!  Please remember though, if you do plan on paying for meals out of pocket at Table Service restaurants, it is important to still leave a tip for those meals not using vouchers.  You will also receive a running tally of voucher uses with each receipt so you know how many you have left to use.  Please pay special attention to this feature to ensure that your vouchers are being used as you requested.  Any discrepancies can be taken up at Guest Services.  All vouchers are good through the entire length of stay until midnight on your checkout date.

Well, we certainly hope you folks out there can make use of one of these great dining plans!  We have had the Disney Dining Experience Card for going on 3 years now and we will never go without it again!  Happy dining everyone, and we’ll see ya next month!

<< Conclusion >>

That’s it for this edition!  Remember to check out the Happiest Gathering on INTERCOT, a meet of INTERCOTees happening later this year at the Walt Disney World Resort! 

Until the next issue, happing 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!  Please visit their websites thru the links below and use their services whenever you can!

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