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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > September 2007


September 2007 – Edition One

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>> INTERCOT Insider August Edition One
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<< Introduction >>

School's back in session and the warm Summer air is starting to show signs of turning cool and crisp. It is evident that the cusp of Autumn is upon us, and you are on the edge of another jam-packed edition of the Insider.  In this edition we take a look at a Disney World future fall deal, round-up Disney events coast to coast, take a look at the latest addition to our Disneyland Boards, learn about a special deal from All-Star Vacation Homes, check in on the bustling of info Central,  check out Stan Kelly Photography's select picture spots, and cover all the latest happenings around the water cooler.  Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<< Disney Deals >>

--Future Stay Discount Returns--

After testing the program last Winter, the Walt Disney World resort is offering a "Future Stay" discount on a wider scale.  Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort owned and operated hotel between August 31 and September 28, 2007 are eligible to receive a 5 night Magic Your Way + Dining Package for the cost of a base 5 night Magic Your Way Package on a return trip between August 30 and September 27, 2008.

>> Details and Discussion

<Coast to Coast Disney with Mel>

An update for ‘O Canada!’, an award for Napa Rose, a name change for the Disneyland Hotel towers, and a couple of engineering feats hit the parks.  Read all about the latest Disney happenings from Coast to Coast!

Spectacular New Scenes Added to "O Canada!"

In September, guests can visit today's Canada as a major feature of the Canada pavilion in Epcot World Showcase. Titled "O Canada!", and presented in CircleVision 360, the updated film includes the nation's capital, Ottawa, with its Parliament buildings and Rideau Canal; the sophistication of Toronto, with its nightlife and film festivals; and Quebec City, the cradle of French civilization in Canada. The 14-minute motion picture is now hosted by Canadian actor Martin Short and Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila sings the music of "O Canada!"

Yeah Moose Jaw!!!!!! Can't believe our small city is mentioned!!!! – tomorrowschild

As a Canadian I have been hoping for this day for a long time, can't wait to get out there and see it. - happydisneygirl

>> Details & Discussion Here

Muppet Mobile Lab At Epcot

After a brief appearance at Disney's California Adventure in California, the Muppet Mobile Lab made a limited engagement in Epcot's Future World. The roving lab is part of a play test that will allow Disney Imagineering to try out advanced robotic, interactive and transportation technologies, mixed with human comedy talent. There is no certainty at this time whether the Muppet Mobile Lab will become a permanent feature.  The ideas could be transferred to a variety of other characters and locations, said Christopher Holm, Director of the principal technical staff.

That kind of engineering really gets me going!!! – BMan62

I walked away from the experience, marveling at yet another wonder of Imagineering. – Surfer_Clock

>> Details & Discussion Here

Disneyland Hotel Towers Receive New Identities

The Disneyland Hotel towers feature brand-new names as guests are welcomed into a tower of dreams, magic and wonder. In addition to the towers, the names of the ballrooms, pavilion and lawn are receiving new names as well.

Long live the Bonita Tower! – NotaGeek

I love the nostalgia part and looking at pictures of it when it first opened and now is AMAZING. But i knew it would only be a matter of time before there was an "upgrade". - *tinker_belle*

>> Full Story...
>> Discuss This News...

Napa Rose Wins 2007 DiRoNA Award of Excellence

The Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) has chosen Napa Rose, the nationally-recognized gourmet restaurant in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa at Disneyland Resort, to receive a 2007 DiRoNA Award of Excellence, one of the most sought-after accolades in the restaurant industry.

>> Full Story...
>> Discuss This News...

New Version of ASIMO Debuts

With the ability to run nearly 4 miles per hour, the all-new ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot is advancing closer to in-home applications. Disneyland park guests can experience the latest version of ASIMO at the Honda ASIMO Theater inside the Innoventions attraction. In the Say 'Hello' to Honda's ASIMO show, park guests can see the newest ASIMO interact with a live host in a 15-minute science show.

In the immortal words of Darth Vader - "Most Impressive". – Fangorn

Wow, I need to get in and see this. I liked the old show. - Chescat

>> Full Story...
>> Discuss This News...

<<Across the Boards with Figment!>>

Welcome Back to Across the Boards!  The INTERCOT Boards are a great place to find information about the Walt Disney World resort, but don't forget we've got a whole section also devoted to the Disneyland Resort.  In our growing effort to help INTERCOTees plan their Disneyland vacations, two of our Disneyland Forum Staff members have started a great new section in the Disneyland Vacation Planning Forum.

When planning a vacation to the Disneyland resort, ever wonder about crowd size?

or what events are going on?

or what the Disneyland park and Disney's California Adventure have to offer?

Then tap into the knowledge and know-how of two of our resident Disneyland experts, NotaGeek and tinkwest, in the brand new Disneyland Resort Crowd Estimates Month-by-Month section.

Are you a seasoned Disneyland Guest yourself?  Then help spread your knowledge here as well.  If would would like to share, please e-mail or Personal Message your info to NotaGeek or tinkwest and they'll be happy to add it to the section.

Until next time, Happy Browsing Around the Boards!

>> Disneyland Resort Crowd Estimates Month-by-Month

<<A Great Fall Getaway>>

by ALL STAR Vacation Homes

Reserve your ALL STAR vacation home now and receive $150 off any 5-night or longer rental of a 4 Star or 5 Star vacation home*. Take advantage of this special offer when you reserve a new booking online for check-in before October 31, 2007!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to save on your next vacation with ALL STAR. To receive your $150 discount online, enter the promotional code, FAOCT150 when prompted by the online booking engine. 

*This special may not be combined with any other special offered

>> ALL STAR Vacation Homes

<< Inside info Central>>


Park Calendar Released for March 2008


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for March 2008. 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.


>> Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info


>> Current Park Hours


>> Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules

What's Updated?

INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following sections to keep you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation. 

>> Closing & Refurbishment Schedule


>> Historic Temp Averages by Day


>> Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party


>> Candlelight Processional 

<<Stan's Selected Picture Spots>>

by Stan Kelley Photography

Over the past few years I've scouted out hundreds of portrait locations where I could place individuals, couples, or families. Many of these I've never gotten to use- or if I did, the clients didn't give me permission to show the portraits (that's their choice).

So I thought I'd encourage my INTERCOT friends to try some of these places with me, by selecting them for a special discount. If you book me for portraits at one of my "selected locations" and tell me you saw this offer on INTERCOT, I'll give you a $50 bounty for a signed photo release instead of the usual $20.

Here's the first 5 of my select locations:

Spot #1 Sitting on the grass in front of the bridge at Port Orleans Riverside.

Spot #2 Standing around the covered wagon at the Fort Wilderness settlement.

Spot #3 On Tom Sawyer Island looking across the water at Big Thunder Mountain RR.

Spot  #4 In front of the Frontierland shack. If you pose for me here in tuxedos and evening gowns (holding champagne glasses?) I promise I will make you famous in the annals of Stan Kelley Photography- surely there is a group that would think this is fun.

Spot #5 Sitting on the grass by the water behind the Grand Floridian.

>> Full List and Discussion

>> Stan Kelley Photography


<< Off Topic with ChipDale >>

Well, school’s back in session, the leaves are beginning to fall and there’s a hint of chill in the air.  As we say goodbye to summer, let’s take a look back at the August Water Cooler topics.

Friday parties in August included the Merry Chocolate Chip and Dale Party, the So Who is Rio? Party, the Sandcastles in the Sky Party, the Waffle this Way Friday Party and to round off the month (and the summer), the Annual Labor Day BBQ (and a Birthday) Bash.  Thanks Jamie for another fun-filled bunch of Fridays!

In addition to our monthly “Cooking with INTERCOT” thread, we had quite a few topics on food in August.  Marilyn Michetti wanted to know what is the nastiest thing you have ever eaten, which received numerous replies.  Flower: curdled chocolate milk, RenDuran: a Twinkie with moldy filling, jillluvsdisney: pig brain tacos, drummerboy: deep fried rattlesnake, SurferStitch: caviar.  gueli polled INTERCOTees about Sushi (with 68% liking it and 31% not liking it) and wanted to know what was your worst dining experience?  drummerboy wanted know what was the oddest thing that you’ve eaten and liked?  Tigger24601: elephant jerky, ftwildernesskid: aligator tail, jennbunn: deep-fried pickles, and Mousefever: Sugar on Snow.  So what’s the oddest/nastiest thing that you’ve eaten?

We get a lot of topics in the Water Cooler asking for medical advice and opinions.  Please keep in mind that even though the minimum age to become an INTERCOT member is 13, we have many young readers and some of these topics can get too explicit or too personal.  When posting, please remember to use the “5-Year Old Rule” – if it’s not something that can be discussed in front of your 5-year old daughter, then you should probably refrain from posting it.  Even though we have many qualified nurses and other medical personnel who frequent the boards and are more than happy to give advice, it’s always best to check with your own doctor.

Special congratulations to rt207 on the adoption of your new son.  Tam, we hope you enjoy every moment with your new bundle of joy!

August posting milestones were reached by: ChipnDaleGal – 23,000 posts, vizsla – 19,000 posts, SgtTigger – 4,000 posts, DisneyDudet – 3,800 posts, DizNee143 – 3,000 posts, pogo – 3,000 posts, Caroleh – 2,500 posts, BronxTigger – 1,500 posts, Horizon93 – 1,400 posts, dolphinmickey9170 – 1, 200 posts, CuteAsMinnie – 1,000 posts, chrisb26 – 1,000 posts, BrerSchultzy – 1,000 posts, IloveDisney71 – Senior Cast Member, and The Flying Dutchman – Cast Member Trainee.  Congrats to all of you and remember, it’s not the quantity, but the quality that counts!

That about wraps it up for August.  See you next month!

<< Conclusion >>

Phew, that wraps up this issue. If these Fall Deals and a new Planning Guide weren't enough to make you want to plan a trip, just wait till the next edition.  We'll be back soon with a few more tempting reasons to plan a Fall Disney trip.  See ya real soon!

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