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<< Introduction >>
It’s that time of year again when the tree’s become a canvas of brilliant
golds, deep reds, and vibrant oranges. This annual explosion of color is a
reminder that we are in that stage of Autumn where two very important “H’s”
are upon us -- Halloween and Harvest. Whether you are putting those last
touches on a spooky Halloween costume or enjoying some freshly made apple
cider, the magic of the season has transcended upon us on a wave of crisp,
cool air. To help celebrate the Spooky fun of the Halloween season and the
delicious seasonal treats of the mid-Autumn harvest, the Insider is brining
you a countdown of favorite Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party “Treats”
and a look at this year’s International Food and Wine Festival.
If that wasn’t enough Jen and Mary share their thoughts on the brand new
Dream Along with Mickey show and we remind you of some great late Autumn
savings on both INTERCOT attire and Orlando accommodations. So find your favorite comfy chair and pull on your favorite quilt
-- it’s Insider time
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Autumn Accommodation Discounts -
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Autumn; specifically 10/30/06 - 11/18/06 and 11/25/06 - 12/1/06. Snow Birds
are in luck too, as this discount also applies 12/9/06 - 12/23/06.
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Details & Discussion
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The Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration is offering visitors of INTERCOT
an exclusive $79.95 per night room rate through December 22nd. The Radisson
Resort Orlando is a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel and is located only 1.5 miles
from Walt Disney World. The resort provides shuttles to Disney, Sea World
and Universal Studios, 718 remodeled guest rooms, 3 sparkling pools with
waterfalls, 2 whirlpools and a 40' water slide, 5 on site food and beverage
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Festival Foodings >>
Epcot’s 11th Annual Food and Wine Festival has transformed World
Showcase into a culinary World’s Fare showcasing and sampling international
cuisine. While this Autumn tradition has many special meals, seminars and
events; the centerpiece of this celebration is the collection of Food Booths
scattered across World Showcase. These special booths give guests a chance
to purchase appetizer sized International foods and beverages not normally
available at World Showcase during the rest of the year. So let’s take a
look at some of the INTERCOTee’s favorite food booths this year.
New for the 2006 Festival, this booth offers Spicy Beef Empanadas, Grilled
Beef Sirloin with Chimichurri, and Marinated Strawberries with Basil priced
at $2.00 - $3.75 per serving. To accompany these meaty dishes, choose
between Bodegas Salentein Chardonnay, El Portillo Pinot Noir, Bodegaas
Salentein Malbec, El Portillo Cabernet Sauvignon priced at $2.00 - $3.50 per
INTERCOTee Recommended: Spicy Beef Empanadas
This booth serves a number of dishes from down under like Shrimp on the
Barbie, Beef Skewer with Green Bean Salad, Grilled Lamb Chop with
Caramelized Onion, and Macadamia Nut Tartlet priced at $2.00 - $4.50 per
serving. Also available are a number of “down under” drinks like Rosemount
Traminer Riesling, Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Penfolds
Koonunga Hill Shiraz-Cabernet, Benjamin Tawny Port, and Foster's Lager
priced at $2.25 - $5.75 per serving.
“The Grilled Lamb chop w/ onions was perfectly cooked and tender. Large
I liked the Penfolds Shiraz-Cabernet so much I bought a bottle.” -
This booth invites guests to savor the exotic flavors of Beef Kefta, Chicken
Bastilla, and Pistachio Baklava priced at $2.00 -$3.75 per serving. For the
full experience, pair one of these delicacies with an exotic beverage like
Ksar White, Guerrouane Red, Bodegas Pinord Moscatel, Casa Beer, and Iced
Mint Tea priced at $2.00 - $5.25 per serving.
INTERCOTee Recommended: Beef Kefta and Casa Beer
Celebrating everyone’s favorite “bubbly”, this booth offers Moet and Chandon
Champagnes like White Star, Rose Imperial, Nectar Imperial, and Nectar
Imperial Rose priced at $8.00 - $10.00 per serving. As the perfect
confectionary accompaniment, the booth also offers a Duo of Chocolate
Truffles priced at $3.00 per serving.
“My favorite booth. There were 4 choices of champagne and boxes of truffles.
The box contained one white chocolate truffle and one dark chocolate
truffle. Combined with the champagne, it was an excellent combination”.-
This booth offers the tasty trio of Bobotie with Mango Chutney, Durban
Chicken with Mealie Pap, and Melktert priced at $1.50 - $3.25 per serving.
This booth also offers the refreshing line-up of Beyond Sauvignon Blanc,
Kanu Chenin Blanc, Indaba Merlot, and Indaba Shiraz priced at $2.25-$2.50
INTERCOTee Recommended: Durban Chicken and Beyond Sauvignon
This booth offers the best of the Iberian Peninsula like A Taste of Spain
Sampler, Papas Con Chorizo, and Albondigas priced at $2.75 - $3.25 per
serving. And to sip the tastes of Spain, this booth offers Nora Albarino,
Condessa de Leganza Crianza, and Montecillo Crianza priced at $2.25 - $3.00
“I really liked the Spain sampler plate that had sausage, olives and toasted
nuts” - Belle's Mom
This booth offers culinary gusto with Timballo alla Penne e Capri, Pizza
alla Salsiccia, and Zeppole Fritte al Cioccolato priced at $2.75 - $3.50 per
serving. Taste the countries epic vineyards, as the booth offers Sicilian
Limonata, Soldo Pinot Grigio, Bellavista Moscato, Castello di Querceto
Chianti, Banfi Rosa Regale, and Peroni Beer priced at $2.00 - $6.00 per
INTERCOTee Recommended: Sicilian Limonata
-Wild & Wonderful Florida Shrimp-
This booth celebrates the Cajun under tones of central Florida cuisine with
Chilled Rock Shrimp w/ Mango Salsa and Sauteed Shrimp w/ Ginger and Lime
priced at $4.00 and $4.25 per serving. To go along with these edibles, the
booth also offers imbibements like Blue Fish Riesling and Florida Orange
Groves Mango Wine priced at $2.25 and $3.25 per serving.
“The Florida Orange Groves Mango Wine was wonderful stuff, but really too
sweet-I think-to drink with food. It was very refreshing, however, and
didn’t cling to your mouth and throat the way many sugary drinks do. It was
like a really, really good wine cooler.” - sagessa
These elite 8 eateries are just a portion of the deliciously diverse 26
booths at the Festival. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
continues through November 12, 2006 and entrance is included in regular
Epcot Admission. If you are taking a trip between now and mid-November this
Festival is a not-to-miss event.
Annual International Food & Wine Festival
That’s Entertainment! with Jen and Mary >>
- Jen’s Dream along
with Mickey Review -
by Jen (Conorsmom2000)
I caught the Dream Along with Mickey Show with Mary (MauiMouse), my husband
Mike and my son Conor. Having just watched Fantasmic! For the first time, I
do have to say that this show did remind me of that a bit.
But, it was a very nice change and my son loved it. It opened with the main
characters, Goofy, Minnie, and Donald on stage, waiting for Mickey and
talking about their dreams. I believe Minnie dreams of being a Princess,
Goofy a pirate, but Donald does not believe in dreams. Then it went into a
wonderful song and dance number with all the princesses dancing with their
princes, then Mickey dancing with Minnie. (and he was quite the romantic at
the end – If I remember correctly, he referred to Minnie as his princess, or
something like that, which made her dream come true).
As Goofy came back
out, so did the cast of Peter Pan, which led up to a fight scene between
Captain Hook and Peter Pan. It was actually quite humorous as Captain Hook
was being taunted about by Croc! Next, in a huge cloud of smoke, out came
Maleficent! As she tried to spread her evil, and tell everyone dreams are
nonsense, Mickey and gang triumphed by making the crowd believe in dreams.
In the end, Donald comes around and does believe in dreams!
It was a very nice show, with something for everyone, and it was nice to see
Donald in his “starring” role! I asked Conor what he thought and he said he
loved it – I asked what his favorite part was and he said “the whole
- Mary’s Dream along with Mickey Review –
by Mary (MauiMouse)
I also got to catch the new Dream Along with Mickey show in front of the
castle on opening morning, September 30, 2006. I got to watch the show with
Jen (Conorsmom2000), her husband Mike and son Conor. We had a great
advantage point near the Partner Statue. I really enjoyed the new color
scheme of the show as all the characters and actors were dressed in shades
of blue, along with the background as well. Mickey looked so dapper in his
blue tuxedo. The music was very catchy and upbeat. All your main characters
are involved in the show so it should be something for the whole family to
Dream Along With Mickey Pictorial & Video
INTERCOTee Top 5: Halloween Party “Treats >>
Boo! Yep, its that time of
year again when spooks and ghouls alike come out in. Walt Disney World is no
different as, on select nights throughout October, the Magic Kingdom
transforms into Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. While the festivities
are wrapping up for this Halloween season, there’s always next season to
look forward too. So for those considering the party next year, the Insider
has reviewed recent discussions and put together a countdown of the Top 5
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party “Treats”.
Coming in at number 5 … Shorter Lines for Attractions
The Halloween party is a after hours hard ticket event and that means
restricted attendance. While the park is certainly not empty, the lines for
most rides are much shorter during the party than they are during normal
hours. Even when the party sells out (typically only happens on dates close
to Halloween) the maximum number of guests admitted is about half of an
average daily attendance.
Coming in at number 4 … Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
There’s only one parade lead by the Headless Horseman--Mickey’s Boo-To-You
Halloween Parade. This special parade features a cavalcade of Disney
characters in their Halloween best and special floats such as the Haunted
Mansion and Goofy’s Candy Machine.
Coming in at number 3 … Costumes
The Not-So-Scary Halloween party is one of the few times of the year where
guests of all ages can experience the Magic Kingdom in costume. Dress up
like your favorite Dwarf and meet Snow White, or dress up as your favorite
Princess and find your Prince, the possibilities are nearly endless–-plus
it’s just plain fun to dress up!
Coming in at number 2 … Happy HalloWishes
This special seasonal version of Wishes dazzles guests with special
Halloween-themed fireworks and effects. HalloWishes features spooky music
from family-friendly Disney attractions and movies including Haunted Mansion
and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” as well as the voices of memorable
Disney characters such as Madame Leota, Ursula, Jafar, Maleficent and Oogie
Boogie. If that wasn’t enough this is one of the few displays that features
“perimeter fireworks” where fireworks are shot to give the effect that they
are encompassing the guests.
And coming in at number 1 … Candy, Candy, Candy
What would a Halloween Party be with out goodies? Mickey’s Not-So-Scary
Halloween party is no exception with oodles of ways to grab some goodies.
Guests can encounter treat squads at the finale of the Boo-To-You Parade,
along the Alice and Mad Hatter Treat Party Trail, at the Adventure Friends
Treat Encounter and at nearly a dozen other treat locations around the park.
Who wouldn’t want to Trick-or-Treat in the Magic Kingdom?
That’s it for the countdown, hope it’s given you some spooktakular reasons
to plan for the 2007 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party.
That wraps it up for this issue. Hope this issue got your planning gears in
motion for an Autumn trip to the world! We’ll be back in a few weeks with
our regular monthly columns, but for now we need to make like a tree and
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