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<< Introduction >>
out all over, and this edition of the insider is busting at the seams with
great tips and information. This month we’ve combined our regular columns
from our first and second editions into one jam-packed edition. In this
edition we cover Disney happenings from coast to coast, the hottest topics
on the discussion boards, get a refresher on the Discussion board rules,
stay up-to date on the latest deals, take a look at new informational
updates to the site, cover the May water cooler happenings and countdown
nighttime entertainment tips. Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this
here’s the most informative ride on the Internet!
to Coast Disney with Mel >>
Food & Wine Festival Events Reservations Open August 6th
The annual Epcot
International Food & Wine Festival, which runs September 28 through November
11, will begin taking reservations at 7 a.m. on August 6 for popular
specialty dining events such as the Party for the Senses grand tastings. In
addition to Party for the Senses, the offerings include wine, cheese and
food pairings, prestigious wine schools and tastings, elegant multi-course
dinners with wine pairings and other special dining events. Guests can call
407-WDW-FEST for information and to make reservations for special events and
I can't wait to hopefully get a
spot for Party for the Senses!!! It was awesome last year!!! –
Spotted at Disney-MGM Studios
The two rodent stars of
the new Disney-Pixar animated film "Ratatouille", Emile and Remy, are now
making daily meet-and-greet appearances at the Magic of Disney Animation
attraction in Disney-MGM Studios. "Ratatouille" features Remy as a rat in
Paris who dreams of becoming a gourmet chef. The film opens in theaters June
We can't wait to see the movie & now
meet these cute little ones – Momof2boys
Nemo Submarine Voyage Resurfaces at Disneyland
Finding Nemo Submarine
Voyage takes its inspiration from two over-the-top entertainment experiences
– the worldwide smash hit Disney·Pixar motion picture Finding Nemo
and the Resort’s fondly remembered classic Submarine Voyage attraction that
opened in 1959 and retired in 1998. Disneyland held an elaborate Grand
Opening Ceremony June 11, 2007 featuring appearances by Ed Grier and Robert
Iger. To cap things off, a Disneyland monorail was wrapped and decorated to
resemble a big yellow submarine complete with portholes along the entire
length of the monorail.
I recommend this ride to everybody.
You will definitely need a couple of
rides to soak it all in! WOW is not even enough to describe it!. –
I found the ride amazing. I loved
all the details – 2Epcot
Naturalization Ceremony at Walt Disney World
In the place where Dreams
Come True, more than 1,000 immigrants from dozens of countries will realize
their dream of becoming United States citizens during a Naturalization
ceremony on the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World Resort. Presided over by
Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Emilio
Gonzalez, dreamers from more than 75 countries will raise their right hand
and take the Oath of Allegiance to become citizens. The event will take
place on Main Street, U.S.A. and be open to park guests on Independence Day
What better place then to become an
American Citizen then in Walt Disney World! – chrisb26
I couldn't think of anywhere better
to celebrate something that special.– princessjojo
Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced
Narrators for the 2007 Candlelight Processional have been released. The list
of celebrities this year include; John O'Hurley, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk
Cameron, Edward James Olmos, Gary Sinese and more. Dinner packages go on
sale July 2. The packages for the Candlelight Processional include a meal at
a select Epcot restaurant and special reserved seating at the American
Gardens Theater. There will be three daily showings from November 23 through
December 30 at 5:00, 6:45 & 8:15 PM.
I just LOVE Gary and am so glad he's
back this year!– Emily
We saw Kirk Cameron last year and
thought he was a good narrator and very sincere.– floridamom
Disneyland’s Halloween Treat Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets are now on sale
for Mickey's Halloween Treat. This private costume party at the Disneyland
park that lets little ghosts and goblins (and princesses, pirates and
superheroes too) join some of their Disney Character friends for an evening
of Disney style Halloween fun. In addition to trick-or-treating for candy,
kids and their families will enjoy lively music, special activities and
World Parks Fill the Sky With Fireworks on July 4th
fourth of July, Disney-MGM Studios will join in the evening fireworks fun
with a special holiday show prior to Fantasmic!. Magic Kingdom will treat
guests to the famous "Fantasy in the Sky" display with patriotic music and
"bombs bursting in air". And Epcot will present its acclaimed "IllumiNations"
show with a special holiday finale. The special nighttime shows are included
with theme park admission.
INTERCOT Hot Topics
There are lots of great tips
being given as INTERCOTee’s make last minute preparations for Summer
Vacations, so let’s look at the Hot Topics for June 2007.
- Park Footwear?
to know what types of footwear other INTERCOTee’s wore to the parks. Here’s
what some of the INTERCOTees had to say:
were wonderful , they are my shoe of choice now, no back, foot or leg
problems at the end of the day. Now when I have them on here at home
somebody will ask me if I like them and I tell them if I can wear them to
Disneyworld they are the best.” -- missouridisney
most comfortable shoe I have ever worn...kinda cross between tennis shoe and
dress shoe..works good for the parks and nice dining etc..goes well with
Dockers, shorts, or jeans..they are awesome”-- disneycouple2004
the way! The whole family gets new sneakers about a month out from a trip so
we have time to break 'em in!”-- Suz36
Springs Really that Big? -
interested in staying at Coronado Springs, but was wanted more information
about the reported size of the resort. Here’s some of input INTERCOTees
“It is big,
but the walk is not bad and very scenic. Most of the complaints are that you
are that they are either far way from the pool or far away from El Centro,
since they're on opposite ends of the resort. I'm considerably older than
you and I don't think the walk is bad at all.”-- big blue and hairy
there in 2004, in the Ranchos, and never really noticed a problem walking
around. It was a nice, relaxing walk to El Centro, about 10 minutes with DD
in a stroller. Everything was spread out, but not too bad, just enough so
you didn't feel on top of everything.”-- tinksmom02
“We just got
back from Coronado Springs last night.... It was awesome! We have a 5 & 9 yr
old and they never complained about the walking. The walking really never
bothered us. We were in the Casitas 2 and it was very close to bus stop # 2
which is actually the first bus stop. It probably took us 8 - 10 min to get
to El Centro and the same to the main pool. It was less than 5 to one of the
quiet pools. Next time we go back we will be staying there again!”--
Dole Whip or Citrus Swirl? -
posed a sweet showdown to fellow INTERCOTees asking which Advenutreland
frozen confectionary they prefer—The Dole Whip or the Citrus Swirl . Here
are some of opinions INTERCOTees gave:
“Citrus Swirl …
It's like an orange creamsicle and very yummy!!”--
... The perfect light lunch on a hot day - puts me on cloud 9 every time”--
prefer the Pineapple Float which is pineapple Dole whip in pineapple
juice... because I love pineapple juice.”-- ElenitaB
Thanks to our
topic starters for asking such great questions, and thanks to all of those
who responded for sharing their insight and experiences.
Across the Boards with Figment! >>
Welcome back to Across the Boards.
In this edition we take a look at the Terms of Service that governs our
discussion boards in the form of a brief FAQ.
What types of
posts are permitted by the Terms of Service?
The Terms of
Service encourages posters to openly offer support, information and opinions
to other Guests in a friendly and helpful manner. The Terms of Service does
not allow posts of that are inflammatory, personal attacking, off-topic or
are argumentative. These types of posts are not allowed; as they do not
foster the friendly and helpful atmosphere that INTERCOT has formed as a
Vacation Planning Community.
Why aren’t links
to other unofficial sites allowed per the Terms of Service?
To prevent others from
self-promoting there own sites and to mitigate linking to potentially
inaccurate information, we do not permit links to any other unofficial
sites. The INTERCOT Staff volunteers countless hours to find and share the
most up-to-date and accurate information possible on all things related to
planning vacations at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. Between
the Discussion Boards, the INTERCOT Theme Park Guide, the INTERCOT Resort
Guide, INTERCOT Interactive and INTERCOT Info Central we expect our Guests
to be able to find the answers to any Disney vacation planning questions
they may have. If a Guest can not find information on INTERCOT.com or feels
information posted is inaccurate or out-date, they are encouraged to send
email@example.com where their input will be considered and
reacted to promptly.
Does the Terms of
Service apply to the Private Messaging system?
Guest who receives a private message that is personally attacking, is an
advertisement for another site, solicits joining another site or otherwise
violates the Terms of Service should send a copy of the private message with
the sender’s username to
What should I do
if I see a post that violates the Terms of Service?
To report a post
that is in violation of the Terms of Service please use the “report a post”
button in the upper left hand corner of each post. The button icon is a
triangular sign with an “!” mark.
Until next time, happy browsing
around the boards and see ya real soon!
Terms of Service
The Walt Disney
World resort has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual
Passholders vacationing between August 5 - September 29, 2007. Discounts
include select Value Resorts for $64+, Moderate Resorts at $94+ and $164+
for Deluxe Resorts per night. The number of rooms offered at these rates is
limited. Ask for code FVD. For details contact INTERCOT's Official Travel
Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill
out a quote form.
& Discussion Here
<< Carol's Communicore >>
Released for December 2007
The Walt Disney
World Resort has released it's
Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for December 2007. For
guests visiting during this time, you will want to visit the
Park Hours and
Events pages to aid in planning your trip. Remember, all times and
schedules are subject to change, so check back often.
Central has recently added the following sections to better help you plan
your Disney World Vacation:
Animal Kingdom Villas
Central has recently updated the following sections to keep you up-to-date
as you plan your Disney World Vacation:
Disney Resort Property Maps
Epcot's Annual International Food & Wine Festival
Off Topic with ChipDale
Hard to believe
that we’re already into Summer! Let’s take a quick look back at May. I
hope that all of our INTERCOT moms had a great Mother’s Day! And how can we
forget our service men and women this month? Thank you to all of you who
have served our great country!
parties for May included the Quatro de Mayo Early (Tequila) Sunrise Party,
the Annual Mother’s Day Gala, INTERCOT’s Official Class of 2007 Graduation
Party, and the Annual INTERCOT Memorial Day Friday Party. Thanks Jamie &
Rob for keeping us in the party mood all month long!
Did you know that
there are designated days in May to celebrate Paste Up Day, No Socks Day,
Eat What You Want Day, Twilight Zone Day, Buy a Musical Instrument Day,
National Chocolate Chip Day, Pack Rat Day, World Laughter Day, My Bucket’s
Got a Hole In It Day and National Dance Like a Chicken Day? Thanks to
Jeanne (Piglet822) you don’t have to miss out on any of these fun-tastic
INTERCOTees “do you like your boss?”, seeing if it made a difference whether
your boss is a man or a woman. SgtTigger: “I like my boss… he is a great
guy... He has been my boss on and off most of my 17 year career.” Bleukarma:
“The current bosses I have now are great. Both my immediate supervisor and
the office manager are easy-going and open-minded. It’s the main reason why
I want to stay at this company… I know finding a boss that you really like
is hard to find. They are both male. However there are two managers in a
different department that I could NOT work for, and they are both female.
I’ve heard many horror stories from the people that work in that department
and I think if they ever moved me over there then I would look for a
different job fast.” Damon18: “I get along great with my boss. In fact our
families went to Disney together a few years back!” DisneyDoll: “I have a
female boss and she's wonderful. I actually had very few bad bosses, but of
the ones who were bad, most were female.” Offwego: “most of my bad bosses
were males, but I've had some winner female ones as well.” What the whole
topic boiled down to, is it wasn’t a question of being a male or female –
what matters is if the boss has good people skills or not.
congratulations go out to poeteclipse on her wedding. Best wishes, Stacey
milestones were reached by: vizsla – 18,000 posts, CanadianWDWFan – 4,000
posts, J.C.&ALI’SMOM – 2,000 posts, Jeff G – 1,000 posts, c&d – 1,000 posts,
Damon18 – 1,000 posts, indytraveler – 900 posts, BrerSchultzy – 700 posts,
Riri529 – 700 posts, ibrowse17 – 700 posts, T-Belle – 500 posts,
PrincessEmmasMommy – Senior Cast Member, pshokie – Cast Member Trainee, and
MickeyandTink – Cast Member Trainee. Congratulations to all of you on your
That about wraps
it up for May. See you next month!
<< INTERCOTee Top 5 … Nighttime Show Tips>>
Walt Disney World Resort is known for its great Nighttime Entertainment, but
getting a great view can sometimes require a bit of planning. To get a
great view of these sensational nighttime spectacles, the Insider reviewed
recent discussions and is counting down INTERCOTee’s Top 5 Tips for Viewing
at number 5 … A Meal with a View
Two of the Seven
Seas Lagoon Resort Areas top restaurants offer a great view of fireworks in
addition to great food. ‘Ohana and the California Grill both offer window
seats with a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks … they even pipe the
music right into the restaurant. Additionally, the Concourse Grill offers a
balcony (for its patrons) that also provides a spectacular view. Window
views can be requested upon Advanced Dining Reservation check-in, Guests
should reserve a meal at least 45 minutes prior to the start time of
the fireworks that night.
at number 4 … A Waterfall View
If Guests are
wishing to watch the nighttime fireworks in style, they may want to consider
one of Walt Disney World’s Firework Cruises. The Magic Kingdom offers a
cruise with a view of Wishes, while Epcot offers a cruise with a view of
Illuminations!. Cruises can be reserved up to 90 days in advance via
407-WDW-PLAY. More information can be found in the
Fireworks Cruises section of INTERCOT info Central.
Coming in at number 3 …
Cantina de View
A great way to grab a spot with a
great view of Illuminations while enjoying a great snack, is to snag a
waterside table at the Cantina de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion.
This waterfront Counter Service location offers up some great snacks like
nachos, tacos, ensaladas and churros for your munching pleasure while
you wait for and/or enjoy Illuminations!. Dependent on the time of year
Guests will want to try to find a seat 30 – 60 minutes before the show time
for that night.
at number 2 …
While Main Street
still holds a number of great viewing spots for Wishes, there are a number
of spots off of the main drag that offer still a great view but with less of
a crowd. Tinkerbell fans will want to consider staking out a spot on the
bridge to Tommorowland or the Rose Garden. From both of these locations Tink
will make her flight above you to Cinderella Castle. Choose your spot on the
bridge wisely though there are some trees that could obstruct your view of
the castle depending on where you are standing on the bridge. If you are
looking for something a little further back from the action, but still not
crowded try out the benches in front of the Crystal Palace. This location
offers a great view off the beaten-path.
And coming in at number 1 …
A Line Cutting
delicious Dinner and being able to skip the line for one of Walt Disney
World’s most popular shows—it’s not a Hollywood fantasy, it’s the Fantasmic!
Dinner Package at the Disney-MGM Studios. The Dinner Package includes dinner
at The Brown Derby, Mama Melrose, or Hollywood & Vine and reserved seating
in the Fantasmic! amphitheater. More information can be found in the
Fantasmic! Dinner Package section of INTERCOT info Central.
That’s it for
this countdown, hope it’s given you some great ideas on how to view your
favorite nighttime show the next time you’re at the world!
<< The Insider and YOU>>
Due to some
technical difficulties, the First and Second May Editions of the INTERCOT
Insider were not sent out via our mailing list. These editions can be found
for your reading pleasure in the INTERCOT Insider Archive. Should you want
to view any other past editions of the Insider you can find them in the
Archive as well!
Insider May Edition One
Insider May 2007 Edition Two
<< Conclusion >>
hope you stayed cool reading all those great tips! That wraps up this
jam-packed edition, we’ll be back next month with our standard format and
even more great tips and information. With Summer kicking into high gear,
reservations and sales for special Fall and Winter events are starting to
open up, count on the Insider to keep you up-to-date on all these
happenings. See ya real soon!
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