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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > January 2006

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January 2006 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

Happy 2006!!

Wow, the New Year starts off with a bang! Our first Insider of the year is jam-packed with exciting new information. With so much to tell you about, let's not waste any more time!

<< Radisson Resort Orlando Special  >>

Exciting news! The Radisson Resort Parkway has a new name – Radisson Resort Orlando – Celebration!  Along with the new name comes a awesome offer for visitors of INTERCOT.

January 15 - February 15, 2006
Rates through January 31st will be available at $79.00
Rates from February 1st - 15th at $89.00
Call today and save!

Resort Information
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<< GardenGrocer: Get a Head Start on Your Vacation  >>

No one likes to go grocery shopping on vacation.  Who wants to wait in line for Space Mountain and express checkout?  Now there’s no need to worry.  Everything is taken care of, thanks to GardenGrocer.  Just shop online, choosing from a vast selection of  name brand items from your favorite cereal to the puppy’s favorite food and within 24 hours your groceries will be delivered to you at your resort, hotel or condo.  That means more time for you and your family to spend together having fun and not fighting over the last good apple. Start Shopping Now!

Walt Disney World Events with Mel >>

New details have emerged about two of the most popular springtime events at the Walt Disney World Resort. A great slate of Flower Power performers has been announced as part of the Flower & Garden Festival. And yes, Jedi and Dark Side lovers alike, Star Wars Weekends return to the MGM Studios for 2006!

- 13th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival -
Romance blooms at Epcot April 21-June 11, 2006 for the 13th Annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Topiaries based on decades of happily-ever-after classic stories will add romance and whimsy to the 2006 festivities. Thirty million flowers and trees, lush rose gardens and elaborate topiaries will grace the park's 300 acres. Nightly Flower Power concerts will rock the landscape with live entertainment from top acts of the 60s and '70s.

More Information
Discussion Here

- 2006 Star Wars Weekend Dates Released -
Once again, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine for the family-friendly fan-fest, scheduled for four consecutive weekends beginning May 19, 2006, at Disney's MGM Studios. The event includes special parades, trivia games, meet-and-greet sessions with Star Wars legends and characters and special themed activities. The weekend festivities take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and are included with regular theme park admission.

"After all these years of reading about it I will finally get to see all those stormtroopers lines up at the entrance to MGM. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it!!" – ChipnDaleGal

"This is sooo cool! This trip keeps getting better!" – claysmom

"The SW weekends are absolutely worth the price of admission. If you get a chance to see one...don't miss it" - Monorailer

Discussion Here

<< Carol's Communicore >>

Happy New Year, Everyone!

- Disney Dining Experience Membership Price Increase -
There has been a slight increase to membership rates for the Disney Dining Experience. Florida Resident Memberships are now $85.00. To obtain a second card for your spouse or partner there is now a $25 charge. Renewal memberships are $70. Annual and Season Passholders can purchase the Dining Experience for $60.00. More details here.

- 2006 Annual Passholder Benefits -
The 2006 benefits are now on-line. The biggest change is the discontinuation of the Best Rate Program. There is no longer a 60-day advance booking requirement. Passholders can now book a last minute trip or plan ahead. Complete details here.

- Annual Passholder Discounts Announced -
Disney has released room-only discounts for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Discounts are currently available through April 13, 2006. The rates vary with the change of "Seasons" and the number of rooms offered is limited. For details on these and other vacation specials contact INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.

- Walt Disney World Ticket Price Increase -
Ticket prices for Disney’s 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks and DisneyQuest have increased. A basic one-day, one-park ticket will now cost $63 plus tax, up from $59.75. Pass prices for Florida residents and Annual Passholders have also gone up as well. View the current price charts here.

Park Hours, Events and Extra Magic Hour schedules are currently posted through July. Visit Info Central to fine-tune your upcoming vacation plans.

Park Hours, Events & Extra Magic Hour.

See you next month. Happy Planning!

Across the Boards with Figment! >>

Welcome back to another installment of Across the Boards. In this installment let’s take a look at how to pick an avatar (aka how to get one of those cool pictures to appear by your username). First click on the “User CP” link at the left hand side of the tool bar at the top of every discussion board page. This link has taken you to your control panel, you can do a number of other features from here, but let’s just focus on this one for now.

On the left hand side of the control panel there is a link that reads “Edit Avatar” click here to pick your avatar for the first time or to change your avatar to something different. Once here you will find a drop down menu and a number of avatars being displayed in a window below the menu. First from the menu select a category: Disney Avatars, WDW Parks, WDW Resorts, Other Attractions, Mickey & Friends, Muppets, General Avatars, Animals & Nature or Holiday/Seasons. Once a category is selected the window below will showcase a portion of the avatars in that category.

To navigate use the bottom right corner of the window which will display the number of pages in that category. To view another page, simply click on the page number and the next page of avatars will appear. Once you have found an avatar you like, click on the white bubble underneath it so that it is selected. Finally click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page and your new avatar will appear next to your screen name in all of your posts.

Until next time, happy browsing around the boards and see ya real soon

<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

Happy New Year! I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Holiday Season!

December topics in the Water Cooler generally centered on holiday activities. Momof2boys wanted to know what was on your family’s Christmas list? Her boys asked for a junior weight set, CD player, Star Wars Light Saber and Connect 4. Twinprincess’ kids didn’t want presents – just a trip to Disneyland (smart kids!) DVC2004’s family wished for Gameboy games, Pyrates stuff, Hot Wheels King Kong track and the XBOX 360. Katzateer just wanted a job for her husband. TikiGoddess’ girls wanted craft supplies, pajamas while all she wished for was a trip to WDW and a couple days of peace and quiet. And of course, JimmyC just wants coal! I hope that all of you got what you wished for!

Thanks to SgtTigger for bringing up the traditional INTERCOT Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls topic! It just wouldn’t be Christmas at INTERCOT without that discussion!

Lizzy’s celebrations for December included Bingo’s Birthday Month, International Languages Week, Hand Washing Awareness Week, Barbie and Barney Backlash Day, Mudd Day, Bathtub Party Day, and National Chocolate Day. Why celebrate the “normal” holidays when you can celebrate Lizzy-style?

The Water Cooler was very festive in December thanks to Jamie’s Friday parties! She kicked off the month with the Official Holiday Decorating Party, then let us relax at the Holiday Shopping Pit Stop. We got all of our gifts wrapped at the Boxes and Bows, Wrapping in Rows Party, and celebrated at INTERCOT’s Official Christmas Eve Eve Party. We ended the year with the New Year’s Eve Eve Party. Thanks Jamie and Nigel for a wonderful, wacky year of great parties!

Do you remember your first post on INTERCOT? five all-the-way wanted to know and received a lot of answers! Diznee4Me’s was about the Coronado Springs Resort, PirateLover’s was a question about the Caribbean Beach Resort and Vacation Dad’s was a question about the best pool for his 9-year old. Appropriately, PolyGirl40’s first post was a question on the Polynesian’s pool construction and she even remembered who answered – DisneyWizard! Then there were the bunches of us: C & H, minnie-mouse, DVC2004, Melanears, ChipnDaleGal, offwego, Lizzy, MickeysGirl and me who couldn’t remember! A lot of water has passed through the Cooler since we joined INTERCOT!

Congratulations to Terra on her engagement and to Ghost*Hostess on winning the “Lights Before Christmas” house decorating contest! We’re all proud of you!

December posting milestones were reached by PolyGirl40 – 32,000 posts, Melanears – 25,000 posts, faline – 15,000 posts, Lizzy – 8,000 posts, MNNHFLTX – 7,000 posts, Piglet822 – 6,000 posts. DizneyFreak2002 – 6,000 posts, drummerboy – 3,000 posts, Disneygirl2290 – 1,000 posts, Hammer – 1,000 posts, and WDWTEXAS – 100 posts. Congratulations to all of you on the great posting!

That about wraps it up for December and for 2005! Let’s all have a healthy, successful and fun 2006!

<< Conclusion>>

Whew…get all that? 2006 looks to be a great year for a trip to Walt Disney World. We'll be back in a couple of weeks with more of the latest and greatest tips and information from Walt Disney World and INTERCOT.

Until then, happy planning and see you on the discussion boards!

<< INTERCOT Would Like To Thank>>

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Garden Grocer
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