January 2007 - Edition Two
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While most places this time of year are chilly and often accompanied by a
dash of snow flurries, there are three places that are still warm and sunny
– Disneyland, Walt Disney World and aboard the Disney Cruiseline. As a cure
for those January blues, we cover all three of these lighthearted locales.
In this edition we take a look at some great deals at sunny Disneyland, take
a tropical trip aboard the Disney Wonder with Ed, take a glimpse at the
brand new Pirate and Princess Party at Walt Disney World, and more. So curl
up in a cozy nook and sip your favorite hot beverage—it’s Insider Time!
<< Disneyland Deals >>
Plays for the Kids’ Price -
Everyone’s a kid again at the Disneyland Resort! Just purchase a 3-day,
2-night Disneyland Resort vacation package for travel between January 3 and
April 26, 2007, and every adult in your group receives a 3-day or longer
Disneyland Resort Park Hopper souvenir ticket at the kids’ price!
- FREE $150 Disney Gift Card -
Staying at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort just got even more
magical! Between January 3 through April 26, 2007, with every stay of 4
nights or longer at the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, or Grand
Californian Hotel & Spa, you’ll receive a free Disney Gift Card worth $150.
- Annual Passport Specials -
Keep the magic of the Theme Parks going all night long with a stay at one of
Disneyland’s spectacular hotels! Spend a night for as low as $129* at
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel from January 28th through February 15th. Ask
for rate plan "APD."
<< Pirate & Princess Party Points >>
The Pirate & Princess Party has debuted at the Magic Kingdom. This
all-new after hours hard ticket event transforms the Magic Kingdom into a
plethora of Pirate Coves and Princess Courts. In addition to your favorite
rides, this event offers a brand new event exclusive parade, a brand new
event exclusive fireworks spectacular and other entertainment offerings not
commonly found during normal operational hours.
A handful of INTERCOTees have been present during the first parties, so
let’s take a look at what they’ve had to say:
“The velvet lined, smoky entry way was very cool. Got "Treasure Maps" and
little velvet treasure baggies upon entry. We filled them up with "booty"
(candy) and got lots of "jewels" (beads) at the "Treasure X's." Rode
everything we wanted to ride with no line. Some rides we even just stayed on
over and over again.”-- WheresWalt
“The Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks Spectacular was at 9:45 and we caught
it in front of the castle. To me, it was the best fireworks show I've ever
seen at Disney. Perimeter fireworks, Tinkerbell flying, the whole bit. An
awesome sight!” We walked onto Dumbo, the Carousel, Pooh, and I noticed no
waits for Philharmagic and a minimal wait early in the evening for Peter
Pan. Overall we had a great time!! -- Piglet822
“I love all the characters that we have out for this party. Sebastian,
Flounder, 3 fish from the Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, John Smith, Prince Ali
& Abu, Lady Tremaine and the Stepsisters, Stitch as an alien, they're all so
cute! All of the pirates are really cool and they even have Elizabeth sword
fighting on the pirate ship float! The perimeter fireworks are fantastic!”--
“The parade and fireworks were just beyond anything I've ever seen -
amazing! Although they were both more focused on princesses than pirates,
but in my opinion, the pirate parts were the highlights of the parade and
fireworks. And I met Captain Jack Sparrow. This was the best part of the
whole entire evening. He was amazing!”-- limegreenmonorail
“The kingdom was transformed with lights showing pirate and princess themes
on the buildings, streets and sidewalks!! The dance parties that are set up
are great. I have awesome pictures of my kids dancing with Stitch and Lilo.
This was the most magical experience. Well worth the money!!!!”
Disney’s Pirate & Princess Party continues on select nights through Early
Piglet822's Party Pictures
Pirate & Princess Party Schedule & Details
Checks with Character >>
INTERCOT Affiliate Checks Unlimited has announced that the Mickey Mouse line
of Checks and Accessories will be have a new look in April 2007. Four new
Mickey Mouse themed designs will provide new fun ways to show your love of
everyone’s favorite Mouse.
Aboard the Wonder with TiggTigg5 >>
Happy You know it’s going
to be a great day when you are driving east on Central Florida’s Beachline
expressway and at the Port Canaveral piers you spot two red ship’s funnels
festooned with that familiar logo of the Disney Cruise Line. Thus began our
three-night/two day cruise aboard the Disney Wonder on January 4th.
We arrived at Port Canaveral entirely too early – I suppose we were just a
little excited. Our checked bags were turned over to a very helpful porter
at the terminal, and after going through the now-familiar security screening
we made our way to the reception area on the second floor. We were
pleasantly surprised to find the area nearly empty, unlike our last cruise
when it resembled the queue for Splash Mountain on a summer afternoon.
Having taken advantage of the relatively-new online check in process, and
being members of the Castaway Club, we were quickly processed and issued our
Key To The World cards.
- Bon Voyage–
Our staterooms, adjacent to each other, were soon ready and we anxiously
checked out our homes for the next three nights. Our door was decked out
with magnetic signs, one welcoming us as returning Castaway Club members and
the second welcoming us “Home” as DVC members. Inside, we found goodie bags
from both clubs containing lanyards, pins, cups and other memorabilia. Also
enclosed were invitations to members-only receptions to be held aboard the
Both of the Disney ships, Wonder and Magic, have recently undergone
significant renovations, including complete replacement of all mattresses,
installation of numerous flat-panel information screens along the corridors,
new carpeting and marble flooring in some common areas, and a huge LCD
monitor now overlooks the Goofy Pool on the ninth deck.
The departure party was well underway when we arrived on the ninth deck, and
then came the part everyone loved. A countdown was conducted – 3, 2, 1 - and
the ship’s horns blasted the familiar seven opening notes of “When You Wish
Upon A Star”. The mooring lines were cast off, the ship moved slowly away
from the dock, and we were on our way!
We had chosen to go to Palo’s for our first dinner, and what a treat it was!
Our server was outstanding, the food was wonderful, and the atmosphere set
the tone for the entire trip.
-Day One: Nassau, Bahamas-
Friday morning treated us to a beautiful sunrise and balmy temperatures.
Shortly after we finished breakfast at the buffet, we could see Nassau a
mile or so straight ahead.
We had opted for a snorkeling excursion, taking about an hour for the large
catamaran to reach a fantastic coral reef, where we spent the next hour
exploring the reef and checking out the hundreds of species of fish who
called it home. Then it was back aboard the Wonder to prepare for dinner. We
now found that the pier area was occupied by no less than seven cruise
ships, several of them true behemoths, but none with more elegant, classical
lines than the Disney Wonder.
What followed was our only real disappointment in the entire cruise. Taking
our seats in our assigned restaurant for the evening (Triton’s), we were
virtually ignored by the servers for the first ten or fifteen minutes. And
when they finally did make their way to us, the experience continued a
downhill slide. These particular servers were the complete opposite of the
two we had on our earlier cruise on the Magic. They were totally
disorganized, kept delivering the wrong items to the wrong people, and just
totally lacked the kind of skills usually evident in Disney cast members.
The service was so slow that we opted to skip dessert just so we could make
it to the 9:45pm “Pirates In The Caribbean” party.
And what a party it was! Lots of music, dancing, characters (including
Captain Jack Sparrow and our gracious host, Mickey Mouse, rappelling down
from the smokestacks), followed by a DCL exclusive – fireworks fired out
over the ocean from atop the funnels.
-Day Two: Castaway Cay, Private Disney Paradise -
Castaway Cay is now the home of a sight familiar to anyone who has seen the
latest installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Permanently anchored just
inside the cove is the actual replica of Captain Davy Jones’ ship, The
Flying Dutchman, used in filming the movie. It makes for an interesting
backdrop for souvenir photos.
Again, we chose to spend most of the day swimming and snorkeling and just
plain relaxing, soaking up the sunshine and admiring the beautiful crystal
clear turquoise waters. A barbecue-style lunch was served on the island. But
all too soon, it was time to reboard the ship for a 5 pm departure.
Again, we had a perfect dinner experience at Palo’s, serving as the
appropriate ending of a wonderful day, but also reminding us that our
all-too-short cruise was coming to an end.
Sunday morning we awoke to find ourselves back at Port Canaveral, the ship
having docked at about 5 am. After breakfast and a quick check by Customs
and Border Protection officers, we were on our way back home.
Timeshare Tips >>
Maybe it has been in the back of your mind to make that first inquiry into
becoming a member of the Disney Vacation Club. There is no better time than
now. Visit The Timeshare Store’s website to see all of our current listings
for Disney Vacation Club resales. You will notice that there are many
different size memberships from all DVC resorts to choose from.
How do you know what size membership to purchase? You must decide what time
of year you will travel, how many in your party, what size accommodation you
want, which resort you wish to stay at and how many nights you will be
staying. Visit our website and review the Disney Vacation Club point charts.
Membership is flexible enough to give you those choices each and every time
Membership in DVC is customized for you and your family. We would be more
than happy to help you with all your questions at The Timeshare Store.
INTERCOTee Top 5 … Coffee Spots >>
Now Despite the warm Florida temperatures many Guests still enjoy starting
off their morning or relaxing during the day with a cup of coffee. As can be
expected, there are a wide variety of locations to grab a cup-of-joe at the
gigantic Walt Disney World Resort. The Insider has reviewed recent
discussions and put together a countdown of the Top 5 Places for Coffee.
Coming in at number 5 … Fountain View Espresso and Bakery
Many Guest start their morning off right with a quick stop at Epcot’s
Fountain View Espresso and Bakery. This Future World pit-stop offers
Cappuccinos, Cafe Lattes, Espressos, Mochas, and Flavored Coffees.
Coming in at number 4 … Kringla Bakeri og Cafe
The Spirit of Norway meets the aroma of coffee at the Kringla Bakeri og Café
in Epcot’s Norway pavilion. The café offers Lattes, Cappuccinos and their
signature Viking Coffee. Fit for true explorers, Viking Coffee is Columbian
coffee blended with Kamora Coffee Liqueur and Bailey's Original Irish Cream.
Coming in at number 3 … Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Ghirardelli may be best known for their Chocolate, but their coffee
selection is equally noteworthy. Enjoy such decedent choices like a Caramel
Latte or White Chocolate Mocha in addition to a variety of top-notch coffee
Coming in at number 2 … Grand Floridian Café
The Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers a
coffee selection that lives up to its “Grand” name. Enjoy elegant choices
like Chocolate, Caramel or Vanilla flavored Espressos, Cappuccinos, and
And coming in at number 1 … Kona Island Coffee Bar
Disney’s Polynesian Resort offers a taste of the tropics at the Kona Island
Coffee Bar. This Kiosk offers Espressos, Cappuccinos, Lattes, Mochas, Au
Laits and their signature Kona Press Pot Coffee. Grown in Kona, Hawaii, Kona
Press Pot Coffee provides on out-of-this-civilization taste that will keep
you coming back to the Islands.
That’s it for this countdown. Hope it has given you some great ideas of
where to get a great brew the next time you are at “the world”.
The Insider & YOU >>
The INTERCOT Insider would like to start a recurring column of reader
input—and YOU can help.
Have a Walt Disney World or Disneyland restaurant, attraction or hotel
review? Have part of a trip report you think is particularly interesting or
helpful? Want to share your experiences with other Insider readers?
Then send your brief review or trip report passage to
firstname.lastname@example.org and it
can be part of the forthcoming “Reader Review” column in an upcoming issue.
Submissions should be received by the 20th of the month to be published in
that month’s issue.
Many our readers already share their opinions on the INTERCOT Discussion
boards, now’s your chance to let your knowledge and experiences shine!
Whew! What a jam-packed issue that was, we just barley crammed it all in.
Hopefully these articles about sunny Vacation Kingdoms, Cruises to Paradise
and great warm coffee blends have added a little warmth to your wintry day.
We’ll be back in a few weeks with our monthly columns, until then stay warm!
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