June 2006 - Edition Two
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<< Introduction >>
June was busting out all over—and now the Insider is bursting full of great
information. In this edition we continue our kick-off to the summer season
with lots of helpful information for a summer trip to “the world”. In this
issue we show you how to count down to your summer vacation on your
computer, keep you up-to-date on the latest around Walt Disney World and the
INTERCOT site, and take a look back at the May water cooler happenings. To
further help your summer planning, The Timeshare Store and Official Ticket
Center stop by to share some great tips for saving some extra summer green.
Hang on tight, cause this here’s the most informative ride on the Internet!
<< Walt Disney
World Events with Mel >>
- Pirates of the Caribbean Reopens -
The classic Magic Kingdom attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean has reopened
after its lengthy rehab. Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa have
been woven into the attraction's most familiar scenes. At this time the ride
is expected to remain open through the published re-opening date of July
7th. However there is potential for some down-time on the ride to work out
any bugs in the newly added effects.
New Attraction Photos & Details
- Disney Announces "Year of a Million Dreams" -
This October Disney will launch the "Year of a Million Dreams" celebration.
The year-long event will feature the debut of an incredible lineup of new
attractions and entertainment at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World
resorts. For the first time, during the "Year of a Million Dreams"
celebration, Disney cast members will award a million dreams, both large and
small, to guests selected through a random process as part of a unique
"Disney Dreams Giveaway" promotion. The celebration runs October 2006
through September 2007.
I am very pleased that Disney is giving this opportunity to some lucky
guests. – Nate's Grandpa
It sounds like a good promotion, but I just don’t see it drawing the masses.
– Surfer Stitch
People will be disappointed if nothing special happens to them … I would
Details & Discussion Here
- Choose Your Team on Mission: Space -
Beginning May 19, 2006 guests can select between joining the Orange Team or
Green Team when they "Choose to Go" on Mission: Space. Green Team riders
will not experience any G-Forces. This new version is more suited for guests
who are prone to motion sickness or have other health conditions. Orange
Team members will ride the original sequence without any modifications.
Guests will obtain a pass for either team before entering the building. They
must then give this ticket to the Cast Member prior to loading to ensure
they have selected the correct ride variation.
Green Team Mission: Space is definitely on our family's list of must-dos for
our next visit!– KathyRN137
I had my expectations fairly low for Green Team Less Intense Training. I was
pleasantly surprised … we still felt acceleration on liftoff and what-not
and were very impressed. -Swimmergirl
Details & Discussion
- The Laugh Floor Comedy Club -
This all-new Tomorrowland experience, scheduled to debut in early 2007,
gives Magic Kingdom guests the opportunity to participate in a live,
interactive comedy show with some of their favorite characters from Monsters
Inc., including Mike Wazowski. Having discovered that "laughter is 10x more
powerful than scream, "The Laugh Floor at Monsters Inc. has been transformed
into a comedy club for visiting humans- the goal: gather big laughs and
plenty of them. Mike and his fellow comedians provide interactive
opportunities for guest participation, using classic techniques such as
improv and of playful teasing. This brand new show will occupy the space
that was formerly home to the Timekeeper attraction.
Details & Discussion
- All-Star Music Family Suites Open -
The first set of Family Suites opened June 11, 2006. The 6 person suites are
located in Jazz Building #2 of the All Star Music Resort and feature a
family room, master bedroom, kitchenette and two bathrooms. Construction is
underway to open another set of suites later this summer. The total 192
suites, spread between the Jazz Buildings #2 & #9 and Calypso Buildings #1 &
#10, are slated to be complete by Mid-October 2006.
Star Music Resort
Disney Vacation Club Property
If you are in the market to purchase a Disney Vacation Club and want to
enjoy the savings and variety available in the resale marketplace, a common
question buyers want to know is why the different properties have different
prices. If all points are equal than why is Beach Club $95 per point and
Vero Beach $65 per point? The answer is location, supply and demand, and
your "Home Resort Priority."
Certain Locations are highly demanded and there is a limited amount of
inventory available by Disney as well as in the resale market. Beach Club,
BoardWalk and Wilderness Lodge are properties located next to theme parks
and have the highest demand. Due to the resorts location the demand
continually grows and this creates a higher sale price on the resale market.
Many buyers choose to be placed on a wait list for these locations and pay a
premium to have their home resort at their desired location.
The supply and demand of resorts available can also effect the resale
prices. If there are more properties available at a certain location than
the prices tend to be competitive or slightly less. If there is only one
property available for a location then the price is typically higher.
The final reason why certain resorts are more expensive than others is
because of your "home resort priority." At your home resort you will have
the option to book up to 11 months in advance from the date you want to
travel. For members who do not own at your home resort, they can only book
up 7 months in advance. Having this priority is one of the main reasons why
certain locations are more expensive than others. Members want to know that
they can get in at the home resorts and are willing to pay a premium price
in order to get the booking priority.
My advice to anyone in the market to buy a Disney Vacation Club property is
not to buy the most expensive or not to buy the most popular, but the resort
you and your family love and can see using 3 to 5 times in the next 10
Official Ticket Center Summer Savings >>
A long time ago, The
Official Ticket Center has been in business for 7 years and is Walt Disney
World’s #1 guest service provider for the last 3 years. The Official Ticket
Center sells tickets only, at a discount price. Currently any INTERCOT Guest
who purchases a 4-Day Disney Base ticket with expiration or a 4-Day Disney
Hopper ticket with expiration, will receive a free day on The Official
Ticket Center at no extra charge. In addition to this great deal, the ticket
center now offers Walt Disney World Water Park tickets at their standard
Buy & Price Tickets Now!
Across the Boards with Figment!
Welcome back to Across the
Boards. With many INTERCOTee’s summer vacations drawing near, lets take a
look at how to use the Disneytime Countdown Timer to help with counting down
those final days before a trip. To install the timer (located in INTERCOT’s
Interactive section) follow the following steps:
1) Click on the following link:
Disneytime Countdown Timer
2) When your computer asks you to download the file, choose "save to disk".
3) The file will be saved to your default download location (probably your
desktop if you have not set one).
4) Then extract the files from the zip file to a location of your choosing.
5) An icon with a castle will appear at the location you have chosen, right
click on it and choose "create shortcut".
6) The same icon will appear, but now with an arrow in the bottom left hand
corner. Click and drag this icon onto you desktop.
You are finished.
To use the program, Double click on the castle icon on your desktop and the
count-down timer will pop-up. Using the setup button on the timer you can
put in your trip date.
Until next time, happy browsing around the boards and see ya real soon!
Off Topic with ChipDale
May brought flowers,
maypoles, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. But most importantly, WED1901
reminded us all to be sure to thank all of our Military men and women and
their families on Memorial Day for their sacrifices for our great nation!
Next time you see a service man or woman be sure to remember that and thank
Did you know that May was Better Sleep Month, Motorcycle Safety Month and
More Than Just a Pretty Face Month? Weekly celebrations included Pickle
Week, Gamblers Week, Be Kind to Animals Week, Eat Dessert First Week and
Backyard Games Week. Some of May’s wackier daily observances were Tap Dance
Day, Root Canal Appreciation Day, Lumpy Rug Day, I Need a Patch for That
Day, and Respect for Chickens Day! Thank you Lizzy and welcome back – we’ve
missed your Monthly Celebrations topic!
You don’t think of INTERCOT’s Water Cooler as a place to come for fashion
advice? Well, think again! hope2survive polled INTERCOTees on what to wear
to a job interview, Beckybalz wanted to know if a pantsuit was appropriate
for a night wedding and Awesome_guy asked advice on how to stretch out a
sweater that shrunk in the wash. So, even though it’s not a Paris fashion
house, you can get some good advice from your fellow board members on what
to wear for a specific occasion!
Jamie’s Friday parties for May included the official INTERCOT Cinco de Mayo
Celebration, the Hug-a-Bug, Not a Rug Party, the Fast Car NASCAR Winners
Circle, and the Tiara and Tu-tu Par-tay. Thank you Jamie, Nigel and cabana
boys for providing us with a great month of partying!
We have a new addition to our moderating staff in the Water Cooler. Please
join me in giving a big INTERCOT welcome to drummerboy! I know that you’re
going to do a great job, Ken – glad you’re on board!
Special congratulations go out to our own MickeysGirl and Dr_Nigel_C on
their engagement! Best wishes you two!
April posting milestones were reached by PolyGirl40 – 35,000 posts,
MauiMouse – 14,000 posts, pdrlkr – 7,000 posts, Figment! – 6,000 posts,
wendy*darling – 5,000 posts, dlpmikki – 3,000 posts, Lucille – 3,000 posts,
Mr. Tom Morrow – 2,000 posts, Nascfan – 2,000 posts, Spaceship Tigger –
1,000 posts, amyn2610 – 1,000 posts, Movieguy – 600 posts, alpro2 – 600
posts, TheAdventurer – 500 posts, Goofeygal – Senior Cast Member, Pumpkin22
– 100 posts, January-2007 – 100 posts, Ledudes – 100 posts, Kisobel – 100
posts. Keep up the quality posting everyone (and remember, it’s quality, not
quantity that really counts!)
That’s about it for May, see you next month!
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