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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > February 2006

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February 2006 - Edition One

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<< Introduction >>

We certainly hope all our northeast US INTERCOT buddies survived the blizzard of 2006! What a great time to escape those winter blues with a trip to sunny Florida. You better hurry if you want to sail with some Pirates, or if your little Princess wants to be the first in line to be all dolled up! We've got all the latest Walt Disney World Resort news and the always exciting INTERCOT happenings as well. It's Insider time!

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<< Walt Disney World Events with Mel >>

The Pirates of the Caribbean is getting a makeover, to some people's delight and other's displeasure. And girls of all ages are soon to be treated like royalty at a new Downtown Disney boutique. Let's read all about it!

- Captain Jack Sparrow to join Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction Crew -
The classic Disney theme park attraction Pirates of the Caribbean, will be adding new characters and features from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. The attraction will close in March to complete the updates in time for the opening of the new film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, on July 7. Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa will be woven into some of the attraction's most familiar scenes. New special effects will also be added to enhance the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park experience.

"Aye Matey, and it best be open when we be thar in June...Arrrrrgghhhh." – Dixie Springs

"Why does it have to be changed, its a great ride and a walt disney original. I really used to love this movie but now I wish it never existed." - Epc0tphr34k

"How can Disney do this? They completely ruined the Tiki Room with Iago and now this??" – mjaclyn

"They better NOT take away the pirate on the bridge with the hair on his leg though!" – Nascfan

"I think it's great they are breathing some fresh air into this classic ride. I'm sure it will be great!" – TinkInTraining

Details & Discussion Here

- New Boutique Opening in Downtown Disney -
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be debuting April 5, 2006, at Downtown Disney Marketplace, located inside World of Disney. Young guests visiting the new interactive salon will be given the chance to be magically transformed into their favorite Disney princess. The boutique will offer makeovers and pampering services for youngsters ages 3 and up. Guests can call now to book appointments at 407-WDW-STYLE.

"Ok, I'm 28, and I confess that i would really like to do this , since there is no age limit!" – wonderalice23

"This sounds so cute! But I have all boys!" – DVC2004

Discussion Here

<< Carol's Communicore >>

Happy February, Everyone!

We've added some very informative pages to the Dining section of Info Central. Have you taken a peek lately?

Walt Disney World Dining Guide
This guide will assist vacationers in finding just the right restaurant location within each park. It highlights the various types of venues by price range, food type, meals offered and a brief description.

Walt Disney World Dining Guide

Walt Disney World Food Photos
Also new, and under construction, are our food photo pages. By popular demand we are putting the various foods offered at Walt Disney World to photo. INTERCOT's Food Photo Section is designed to give you a sampling of the variety of cuisine served at the Walt Disney World Resort. As they say; "A picture is worth a thousand words". We think that rings true for taste buds too.  Thanks to all of the contributors for sending in their photos. Please keep them coming.
Photos can be sent to; guestrelations@intercot.com

Walt Disney World Food Photos

Park Hours, Events and Extra Magic Hour schedules are currently posted through August. 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 some FAQ’s regarding signatures.

Q: What is a signature?
A: A signature is a set of text that appears at the bottom of your posts. This is can serve as a send off, your favorite quote or a list of all the trips you have taken to Disney World. Making a signature allows you to have the desired text appear at the bottom of each post with out having to re-type it every time you make a post.

Q: How to I make or change a signature?
To make a signature or to change an existing one the processes is essentially the same. First click on “User CP” on the top left corner of the blue bar on the main forum page. From there click on the “ Edit Signature” option at the top of the menu on the left hand side of the screen. Once here you will find a page that looks like a reply form. All of the features like font color, font style, bold, italic and underline work the same way when making a signature as they do when making a post. Simply fill in the field and then click the ‘Save Signature” button when you are finished.

Q: Can I use smilies in my signature?
Smilies will not show up in signatures, however; their code will. The smilies menu does not show up in the signature box, but you can copy and paste smilies from other posts into your signature box. When you save your changes the name of the smilie will appear inside of colons (Ex. :mickey: ). One trick that some INTERCOTee’s use is after pasting the smilie in, highlighting it then select different font features. For instance if highlightthe “mickey” smilie and then select the font color blue and bold the text :mickey: would appear in your signature.

Q: Can I post a link or my e-mail address in my signature?
No, hyperlinks and e-mail address are not allowed in member signatures per the terms of service agreement. The only exception are links to other parts of INTERCOT and INTERCOT sponsors.

Q: Is there a limit on how big my signature can be?
Yes, signatures cannot contain more than 300 characters (spaces are counted as characters). In addition, please be courteous in the visual length of your signature. It is not good board etiquette to makes others scroll through excessively long signatures to simply get to the next post.

Q: Can I post pictures in my signature?
No. In order to keep INTERCOT a family friendly site images have been disabled in member signatures.

Q: Can I can control if signature appears in some posts, but not in others?
Yes. Underneath each reply form there is a check box labeled “Show your signature”; when this box is checked your signature appears, when it is unchecked your signature does not appear.

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

<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

Hopefully you’re not buried in snow while reading this! January seemed like sort of a quiet month in the Water Cooler but here’s a few of the month’s happenings:

Did you know that January was National Hot Tea Month, National Hobby Month and National Get Organized Month? Other celebrations in January included National Take Back Your Time Week, Word Nerd Day, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Week, Bean Day, Cuddle Up Day, Old Rock Day, Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day, Hunt for Happiness Week and Diet Resolution Week. Thank you Rhonda for filling in for Lizzy this month!

Speaking of Diet Resolution Week, have you stopped in an INTERCOT Diet Club meeting lately? Each Monday, Pongo starts a new thread on the week’s progress. Members support each other with their trials, their losses, tips on exercise and healthy recipes. How do you join? Just post and you’re a member!

What was your first memory? Selly asked the question and received some very interesting responses. Vacation Dad: “Being put down for a nap at Grandmas house and falling asleep to the tick tock of a Big Ben wind up clock. It's still one of the most comforting sounds I know today.” JanetMegan: “3 years old, at preschool, sticking my fingers in an electric socket-which might explain a LOT of things.” ElenitaB: “My first memory is from just around my third birthday. My dad loved fishing and took me and my brother with him often. I remember being on the pier with him, with a bloodsucker worm hanging off my right pointer finger and crying for him to take it off!” Cool topic – thanks Selly!

Jamie’s Friday parties for January included the Because It’s a Friday, Friday Party, the Blame Casey for Everything Party, INTERCOT’s Hug-a-Bug Party, and the Family Friendly Fun PAY-Place Party. Stop in this Friday and see what Jamie and Nigel have in store for us!

Why do you post on INTERCOT? NJMan66 posted the question and the responses ranged from the obvious (planning your Disney vacation) to the humorous (Mr Tom Morrow: “I post for you guys...It just wouldn't be the same without me.”) to the honest (TikiGoddess: “This is the only board I post on...honestly, I've tried some other sites but Intercot has the best caliber people around! Intelligent discussions, people who care, people who can spell (this is important to me!), and of course, more Disney information than you can shake a stick at.”) Basically, most of our members come to INTERCOT and stay because of the people and our great “community” feeling. We hope you all stick around for a long time to come!

January posting milestones were reached by PolyGirl40 – 33,000 posts, ChipnDaleGal – 17,000 posts, Jeff – 13,000 posts, MauiMouse –13,000 posts, DizneyFreak2002 – 7,000 posts, mrsgaribaldi – 2,000 posts, Katzateer – 2,000 posts, WDW-Geek – 1,000 posts, Strmchsr – 1,000 posts, WDWfanatic742 – 1,000 posts, magickingdom67 – 1,000 posts, MsMin – 400 posts, Tink35 – Senior Cast Member, Pigglet – 200 posts, FlDisneyguy29 – 200 posts, dolphinmickey9170 – 200 posts. Congratulations to all of our milestone posters!

That’s about it for this month – see you in the Cooler!

<< Conclusion>>

Thank you for reading this issue of the Insider. Remember, we would love to hear from you! Please send suggestions, advice, experiences and/or memories to newsletter@mousehut.com, and you may just see it appear in a future Insider. We'd love to share your trip with everyone.

See you in a couple of weeks with a bit of WDW history with WDWDriver, a scrumptious dining review by MickeysGirl and Nigel, and other helpful tidbits for planning your Walt Disney W vacation. See you on the boards!

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