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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 be.- BrerGnat

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.

All Star Music Resort

Disney Vacation Club Property Purchasing Tips  >>

Presented by: Timeshare Store

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 years.

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 discounted rates.

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 them!

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!

<< Conclusion>>

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<< 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!

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Official Ticket Center
Walt Disney World’s, Universal Studios and Sea World’s #1 guest service provider for the last 3 years. The Official Ticket Center has been servicing vacationers for more than 7 years now and sells tickets only, at a discount price.

Radisson Resort Parkway
Right in the heart of action! Only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World is an oasis of ponds, beautiful landscaping, serene waterfalls and relaxing options hiding in every corner.
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The Timeshare Store
The #1 Disney Vacation Club Reseller in the World.  See how easy and affordable it is to purchase your very own piece of the MAGIC!
Website: http://www.dvc-resales.com/

Garden Grocer
GardenGrocer.com allows you to spend more time doing the things you want to do on your vacation and less time at the supermarket.
Website: http://www.gardengrocer.com/

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