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The days are
getting shorter and the trees are starting to show hints of turning to gold,
red and orange --yep, we've rustled right past the first day of Autumn.
While Friday Night football games, apple cider, and cooler weather may be
reminiscent of the beginning of Autumn in your neck of the woods; the Walt
Disney World and Disneyland resorts are busting with all sorts of
fantastically fun Fall events. In this issue of the Insider we take a look
at the latest deals, check out the hot topics for those planning Fall
vacations, find out what's so great about visiting The Magic Kingdom park
and Disneyland resort during the Halloween season, get some more timeshare
tips, countdown what INTERCOTees are looking forward to at the Food and Wine
Festival and reap this month's magical milestones. It's Insider Time!
<< Disney Deals
--Late 2007 Specials--
For a limited time,
vacationers can take advantage of discount rates at select Walt Disney World
Resorts. Value Resorts & Villa Room-Only Specials and Magic Your Way Package
discounts are available between October 21 - December 23, 2007.
note, the rates increase with the change in vacation seasons and some dates
are blacked out. The number of rooms offered is limited and must be booked
by October 20, 2007. For details contact INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency,
Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a
<< INTERCOT Hot Topics >>
With so many great
things to do and lower than average crowds there's lots of Fall Planning
going on around the boards, let’s look at the Hot Topics for August and
kbean asked INTERCOTees for their
opinion of Pal Mickey. Here’s some of the opinions INTERCOTee’s shared:
"We got pal Mickey and thought he was
cute and fun, but honestly found ourselves kind of forgetting about him
during all the excitement. He is too big to carry around conveniently, in my
"We love Pal Mickey. He is just so fun
and says the funniest/cheesiest things. His estimates on wait times for
rides was spot on."--Clotho
"We loved the tips, and will be
bringing him back for the next trip for sure!"--ibelieveindisneymagic
love all the info he tells me, especially about the world showcase and at
Animal Kingdom. I also think its fun when he says things like, "Today has
been a great day because I spent it with you", its like self esteem in
stuffed animal form! "--CandleontheWater
-From the Studios to Epcot?-
disney crazy family wanted to know if
INTERCOTees thought the best way to travel between the Disney-MGM Studios
and Epcot by was by Boat, Walking or Bus. Here’s some of the advice
"I've had good luck with the boat. It
is our preferred way to get to MGM from EPCOT and vice versa."--MinnieMommie
"If there is a boat right there take
the boat. If there isn't a boat at the launch then just walk."--disneynarula
"We've walked, and I seem to remember
it taking about 20 minutes, but I usually prefer to take the boat since I
already do so much walking around the parks."--jefmblrd
would definitely take the bus if I was at the front of the park."--MsMin
-Longhouse with a Garden View?-
BrerKevin inquired as to which
longhouse (at the Polynesian Resort) INTERCOTees preferred for a Garden View
room. Here’s a few of the recommendations INTERCOTees made:
"We enjoyed Rarotonga facing the quiet
pool. It's located right next to Great Ceremonial House and is convenient to
"The Tokelau Longhouse. It is
centrally located to both pools and the Great Ceremonial House."--DisneyorBust
"Fiji is really close to the Great
Ceremonial House and also the volcano pool"--NLODisney
would be my first choice for its location, the larger rooms and the
balconies on all upper floors. Also it has the most garden view rooms with
partial lagoon views and even a few that see the castle for a garden view
-Diamond in the Rough Restaurants?
TheMartellFamily asked if INTERCOTees
dined at a location that they had low expectations of, but surprised them
with a great meal. Here’s some places INTERCOTees listed:
"Garden Grill & Liberty Tree Tavern.
I'm not one for family style meals, but these were both a great surprise for
my family. The food was good, fresh, and quite tasty. We'll be sure to eat
"For us, Hollywood & Vine was a very
pleasant surprise. We booked it just because we had never eaten there. We
weren't really expecting much (just a typical buffet), but we thought the
food was all very good - better than an average buffet."--Disnamic Duo
"Spoodles on the Boardwalk was a big
surprise for us. We had passed it by several times simply because we had no
idea what "Mediterranean" meant. We tried it on a whim in Feb of 2006, and
fell in love with it."--GrumpyFan
was really surprised at Biergarten. I was expecting so-so food with
entertainment, but what we got was a good meal with great entertainment
Thanks to our topic
starters for asking such great questions, and thanks to all of those who
responded for sharing their insight and experiences.
<< Halloween Happenings >>
There's so much
Halloween cheer to spread around Disneyland resort and the Walt Disney World
resort that both Vacation Kingdoms start the fun in September just to fit it
all in! This year the Magic Kingdom park started Mickey's Not-So-Scary
Halloween party, their annual fall tradition, on September 14th. The
Disneyland resort just kicked off HalloweenTime, their annual event, on
September 21st. No matter which coast you may be visiting, there will be
lots of Happily Haunting fun. For Guests traveling in the coming weeks to
experience these events, the Insider has complied the following tips and
info to help you have Spootakular time.
--Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween
The Magic Kingdom park's Not-So-Scary
Halloween party is an annual hard-ticket event that delights children of all
ages and delivers some mild spookings. This is one of the few events where
everyone can (and is encouraged to) dress up as their favorite Disney
character or don a classic Halloween costume. The event itself is filled
with so many great activities it can be hard to keep track of them all.
Here's a run down of this year's activities:
- Trick-or-Treating. Grab
goodies for your ghouls along Alice and Mad Hatter's Treat Party trail
or at fun treat spots located around the Magic Kingdom park. This
year's treat spots are located near the Carousel of Progress, Cosmic
Ray's Starlight Cafe, Toontown Hall of Fame, Pooh's Playful Spot,
Columbia Harbour House, The Liberty Bell Landing, Big Thunder Mountain
Rail Road, El Pirata y el Perico, and the Sunshine Tree Terrace.
Trick-of-Treating runs 7:00 pm till 12:00 am.
- Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween
Parade. A spootakularly fun parade featuring exclusive characters
like the Headless Horseman, Haunted Mansion Ghosts & Ghouls, and Mickey
& Friends dressed up in their Halloween costumes. With parades at 8:15
pm & 10:30 pm there's twice the chance to catch it!
- Halloween Dance Parties.
Get down and dance with your favorite characters at two super fun dance
parties. Get your groove on at Stitch's Cosmic Dance Party in Cosmic
Ray's Starlight Cafe or at the Get Up & Boo-gie Dance Party in Ariel's
- “Happy HalloWishes” Fireworks.
This spectacular Halloween-themed fireworks display 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. Make sure to stake out a good spot
to catch the 9:30 pm showing!
- Villain's Mix and Mingle.
Your favorite Disney Villains take center stage in this Halloween
production located in the Cinderella Castle Forecourt. Stick around
after the show for a chance to mingle with your favorite Baddie. With
shows at 7:45, 9:00, 10:05 and 11:15 p.m. there's lots of chances to get
in on the fun!
- Special Disney Character
Appearances. Take advantage of the smaller crowds and spend some
quality time with your favorite characters, some of whom may even be
wearing their favorite Halloween Costume. This year special Meet &
Greets will be located at or near the Galaxy Palace Theater, The Judge's
Tent, Donald's Boat, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Magic Carpets of
Aladdin and the Advenutreland Bridge. Meet and Greets will stay open
until 11:30 pm.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
The Disneyland resort really gets into
the Halloween spirit. From transforming attractions, to bountiful decor, to
special events; every nook and cranny of both the Disneyland park and
Disney's California Adventure is filled with Halloween fun. With so many
great options spread across two theme parks it can seem a little daunting to
try to see it all. Here's a run down of some of the not-to-miss events that
will make your Halloween visit a great one:
- Candy Corn Acres. All new
this Halloween season, the Sunshine Plaza in California Adventure has
been transformed as Goofy has grown the West’s biggest and most unusual
candy corn: candy corn coconuts, candy corn carrots and candy corn
pumpkins, among other delicious produce offerings. The Plaza is
overgrown with the “fruits” of Goofy’s labor.
- Mickey’s HalloweenTreat.
This year’s HalloweenTreat, a separately ticketed nighttime event at
Disney’s California Adventure, offers tricksters of all ages even more
spooktacular fun. The expansion in activities includes more treat
locations along with fun character encounters (including an all-new
nightly cavalcade), interactive games, and spirited music with DJ
Mickey. Older kids and parents will want to experience the
heart-dropping Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and meet the hotel’s
ghostly staff members who materialize only during the Halloween season.
- Main Street Pumpkin
Festival. Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland is once again decked out
for the Main Street Pumpkin Festival. Guests are greeted there by Miss
Cobbler, Queen of the Pumpkin Festival, and Constable Jackie O’Leary.
More than 300 jack-o’-lanterns peek out of shop windows and the
whimsical 12-foot tall Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern, complete with
pumpkin ears, has returned to highlight Town Square.
- Woody’s Halloween Roundup.
Woody and his Pal's have once again taken over Big Thunder Ranch in
Frontierland. The Roundup fun includes a visit with the animals in the
“Petting Boo,” crafts and musical activities including a Halloween
Hoedown and a spooky interactive sing-along version of “Old McDonald Had
a Farm” featuring black cats, ghosts and werewolves. Woody, Jessie and
Bullseye from the Disney•Pixar Toy Story movies appear throughout the
day on stage in comic adventure tales hosted by a guitar playing,
- Golden Screams. Disney
villains roll out the black carpet for an awards ceremony – “Best
Scream,” “Best Act of Villainy” – held daily inside the Golden Dreams
Theatre at Disney's California Adventure park.
- Haunted Mansion Holiday.
No Halloween celebration at Disneyland would be
complete without the return of Jack Skellington and his friends to
New Orleans Square .
Inspired by the innovative animated film Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before
Christmas, “Haunted Mansion Holiday” depicts the holiday mayhem that
occurs when Halloween and Christmas traditions collide.
<< Timeshare Tips >>
by The Timeshare Store
Following up the
last issue of the Insider, here are more frequently asked questions about
the Disney Vacation Club resale purchases from The Timeshare Store.
What Does “Use
The use year is the
month you receive your points each year. It has nothing to do with when you
can make your reservations, however. Example: You may book up to 11 months
in advance at your home resort and up to 7 months in advance at any of the
other Club locations. Or, if you want to vacation before your use year
begins, you may borrow points from the upcoming allotment.
How Long Does It
Take To Close?
weeks. After we receive both Buyer’s and Seller’s signed contract,
everything goes to Disney for ROFR (Right of First Refusal). Disney has 30
days to review the contract and decide whether to exercise their right or
not. They generally make that decision in 3 weeks or less. Once approved,
Disney forwards everything to the title company and they prepare final
documents. After the final documents have been executed and returned (along
with the monies due from the Buyer), the contract closes and Disney is
notified of the transfer of title.
When Can I Make
My First Dvc Reservation?
About 7 days after
closing. DVC enters you into the database as a DVC Member and you may begin
making reservations by calling Member Services.
When Will I
Receive My Member Id Card, New Member Handbook And Vacation Planner?
days after closing. You do not need to have your ID card in order to make a
reservation, as Member Services will look you up by name.
Do I Have To Buy
A Minimum Of 160 Points?
Not when buying a
resale from The Timeshare Store. You may purchase as few as 25 points and
Disney Vacation Club will consider you a Member with full benefits. You will
receive your ID card, new DVC Member Handbook and Vacation Planner just as
though you had purchased the Disney minimum directly from DVC.
Can Dvc Members
Have More Than One Use Year?
Yes. If you have the
same use year for all of your packages, you will have one ID card for all of
them. If you have more than one use year, you will receive an ID card for
Are There Any
Hidden Costs When Buying A Dvc Resale?
No hidden costs.
When you purchase a DVC resale through The Timeshare Store, you will have
your purchase price, closing costs and applicable Annual Dues. That’s it.
How Do I Know
What The Closing Costs Will Be?
The closing costs
average between $325 and $750 based on the purchase price. Your associate
can give you an exact amount on each of our listings.
Some Sellers are
negotiable and some are firm at their asking price. We’ll always be happy to
present an offer for you. The associates at The Timeshare Store will advise
you if your offer is in danger of not passing ROFR so you may make an
informed decision about the price you’d like us to present.
Visit The Timeshare
Store’s website to review our current listings. If you have any questions on
the resale process, please call The Timeshare Store at 800-550-6493 and talk
to any of our DVC resale experts. We are here to help you.
The Timeshare Store
INTERCOTee Top 5 ... Food & Wine Festival >>
The beginning of Autumn means the
start of the Epcot culinary tradition that is the International Food and
Wine Festival. With this year's Festival just underway many INTERCOTees
have been clamoring about which kiosks they are most looking forward to
trying at this year's festival. The Insider has reviewed recent discussions
and has tabulated the INTERCOTee Top 5 Most Anticipated Food & Wine Festival
Coming in at number 5 … The Canada
Serving up a favorite of many,
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, this kiosk is considered by some as a quick
alternative to the hard-to-reserve Le Cellier. Additionally, this kiosk
offers a selection of renowned Canadian wines and some tasty maple treats.
Coming in at number 4 … Dominican
New for this year's festival, the
Dominican Republic kiosk is serving up some tasty treats with a tropical
flare. Available here is Dulce de Coco and Pastelon de Plantanos Amarillos.
The former is coconut flan and the latter is ripe plantain with Vegetable
Casserole topped with Avocado.
Coming in at number 3 … Oklahoma
Exclusive to this year's festival,
Oklahoma is presenting a pavilion with two kiosks to celebrate the
centennial anniversary of their statehood. The Rock Rose Dinner kiosk
celebrates Route 66 cuisine and offers pecan pie, peach buckle and several
"Oklahoma Centennial" Wines. The Three Sisters Cafe kiosk celebrates Native
American cuisine and offers a spicy zucchini soup, seared buffalo and sweet
Coming in at number 2 … Champagne
A perennial favorite, this kiosk
caters to more sophisticated pallets by offering a variety of truffles and
champagnes. Returning this year are the Duo of Chocolate Truffles and a
Moet & Chandon bubbly line-up of White Star, Rose Imperial, Nectar Imperial,
and Nectar Imperial Rose.
And coming in at number 1 …
Serving up some down-under delicacies,
this kiosk has delighted many a taste bud at past festivals. Returning this
year is Grilled Lamb Chop, which is a favorite of many. Also offered this
year are Shrimp on the Barbie and a Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Bar. To
wash down the dishes, the kiosk offers a variety of award winning Australian
wines and (of course) Foster's Lager.
That's it for this countdown. Hope
its given you some good ideas of not-to-miss kiosks at this year's Food &
<< This Month in Disney
History with vizsla >>
Milestones for the Month of September:
1966 – Disneyland’s Monsanto Hall of
Chemistry was removed to make way for the new “Adventure Through Inner
Space” attraction on September 19th.
1987 – The “Westward Ho Trading Co.”
shop opened in Frontierland at Disneyland on September 2nd. The shop was
formerly the Frontier Trading Post.
1996 - IllumiNations 25 opened for
preview at Epcot in honor of Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary on
1998- On September 5th, “Rocket Rods”
closed at Disneyland. The short-lived high-speed Tomorrowland attraction
opened May 1998.
2005 – After 6-years of planning and
building costs of $1.8 billion, the 310-acre Hong Kong Disneyland had its
grand opening on September 12th. It is Disney’s 5th vacation resort and 11th
<< Conclusion >>
That wraps up this
issue of fun Fall vacation planning. Hope it's given you a lot of great
ideas of things to do on a Fall Disney Vacation. We'll be back in a few
weeks with a re-cap of the INTERCOT 10th Anniversary Party, as well as; our
usual round-up of happenings across the Disney parks and INTERCOT itself.
See ya real soon!
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