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<< We're Back ... >>
unavoidable hiatus due to real world commitments of our site administrator,
the INTERCOT Insider is glad to be back in your mail box. In this special
edition we take a look back at the some annual events of 2008 to help those
who may be contemplating attending them in 2009. We also recap some major
news items that occurred during our hiatus and will affect those vacationing
in 2009. Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most
informative ride on the Internet!
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<<A Taste of the Festival with
Autumn has come and gone, and with it my
favorite Disney World dining experience. There is no better time to stroll
around Epcot's World Showcase than during the annual Food and Wine Festival,
stopping along the way to try some of the many appetizer-size portions of
foods, desserts, beers and wines.
The 2008 festival had a new look this year in keeping with its theme -
Cities in Wonderland. Instead of countries, the festival featured great food
cities like Melbourne, Buenos Aires and San Francisco. Therefore, the food
kiosks scattered around the World Showcase were more likely to feature
regional cuisine than national dishes. I enjoyed mouthwatering bites of beef
goulash with a bacon dumpling from Vienna, samosa with tamarind sauce from
New Delhi, spaetzle with creamy mushroom ragout from Munich, and Louisiana
seafood Gumbo from New Orleans. Each of the 27 food kiosks also offered
dessert and a wine pairing or mixed drink. Prices start at about $2.50 per
sample, but most are in the $3.50 to $4.00 range.
Special festival experiences this year included exhibits from Melbourne and
Louisiana, a Greek Island wine bar, a New York State Wine Adventure, and an
Australian Wine Walk-about . Beer lovers were not left out, with a Samuel
Adams sponsored History of Beer in America exhibit, a Hops and Barley booth,
and plenty of Guinness Draught in Great Britain.
There is great entertainment to be found throughout the festival, including
the fabulous Eat to the Beat evening concert series. The 2009 Food and Wine
Festival dates are expected to be announced this Spring.
Annual International Food & Wine Festival
<<Spectacle of Stats with
As the 2008 Holiday season fades off into
a New Year the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be a lasting
memory for many who visited at the Disney Hollywood Studios. For those who
may be on the provable fence as to just how spectacular this annual
spectacle is, here's some stats and facts from the 2008 display:
~30,000 Lights were used to create a Red Canopy that spanned the length of
San Francisco Street
~The display used 800,000 watts of electricity
~The display featured 80,000 lights on a 70 foot Christmas tree with 3
layers of color
~The display used over 1500 dimmable relay circuits to produce "dancing
~110 Angels were scattered about the display
~33 Snow Machines using 100 gallons of snow fluid made the display sparkle
with snow showers each evening
~30 miles of extension cord connected all of the lights of the display
~The display used 10 miles of rope light
~It took 20,000 man hours to install the entire display
~The display used 2 million tie wraps
~Over 40 hidden Mickeys were hidden in the display
~All of the figurines and Christmas trees were from the original display
The 14th annual display of the Osborne
Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be held during the Holiday Season
2009. Although exact dates won't be announced till this Summer, it is
expected the lights will glow nightly from Late November through the first
days of January 2010.
Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights
<<Soaps on your Street?>>
2008 Super Soap Weekend in November was the final offering of this annual
event at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Soap Fans still have a silver lining
for 2009. Disney has announced that in lieu of Guests traveling to see
their favorite Soap Stars, a whole new touring event will bring the Stars to
them! ABC’s Daytime Division will kick-off the 2009 Soap Nation Tour, a
collection of nationwide events designed to interact with fans on a
year-round basis offering greater access to stars in more cities, more
Inside info Central>>
Released for April 2009
The Walt Disney
World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event
schedules for April 2009. 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. Due to recent changes in Reservation booking polices, Extra Magic
Hours, Operating, and Event schedules are now expected to be released only
90 days in advance.
Magic Hours Schedule and Info
Parades, & Event Schedules
INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following sections to keep
you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation.
Historic Temp Averages by Day
Epcot's Annual International Flower &
INTERCOT info Central has recently added the following sections to better
help you plan your Disney World Vacation.
2 New Resorts in
Two highly anticipated resort
developments announced in September will expand the Walt Disney World
experience and continue the rapid growth of Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s
innovative vacation-ownership program. The 15-story Bay Lake Tower at
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is scheduled to join the Disney Vacation Club
family of properties in Fall 2009, while the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, scheduled to open in Summer 2009, will become
the next room category offered at that resort. Bay Lake Tower sales are
scheduled to begin on September 21 for Disney Vacation Club Members, while
sales to the general public and sales for the newest phase of Disney’s
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will begin at a later date.
<<A More Magical Kingdom>>
To celebrate the animated film “Tinker
Bell,” Disney’s most famous fairy and four of her best friends took
meet-and-greet experience in Mickey’s Toontown Fair at Magic Kingdom this
past October. To meet Tinker Bell and her fairy friends, guests enter a
magical forest called “Pixie Hollow,” a special place deep in the heart of
Never Land. Tinker Bell is joined by: Iridessa, a light fairy; Rosetta, a
garden fairy; Silvermist, a water fairy; and Fawn, an animal fairy.
<<So Long, Pal>>
the interactive plush,
The plush toy was introduced in 2003 and has been offered in three
different versions each adding to and updating the toy's ability to
interacte with the most current park environment.
Although Pal Mickey will no longer be available for purchase, the
interactive plush will continue to operate in the four theme parks as they
<<90 in 2009>>
At the end of 2008, Disney adjusted the
booking window for dining, recreation and tour experiences to a 90-day
period. Disney Resort Hotel Guests may book 90 days prior to their
scheduled check-in date for the first 10 days of their stay. Day Guests may
book 90 days prior to the date they wish to dine. Due to the unique
components and special nuances of Grand Gathering experiences and La Nouba
performances, reservations for these offerings can be made up to 180 days in
advance. All reservations booked prior to December 23, 2008 will be honored
<<A Year to Celebrate>>
This past September, Disney Parks
announced that everyone who visits a Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort
theme park in 2009 gets in free on their birthday! Disney Parks have
embraced a new travel trend called “celebration vacations.” New
entertainment and special services such as character greetings can be booked
to help guests transform personal milestones such as birthdays and
anniversaries into magical Disney experiences. To book your vacation call
INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or
visit their website and fill out a quote form.
<< Conclusion >>
Although this edition has come to a close, the New Year is just underway.
With this New Year will be a new INTERCOT Insider offering new monthly
columns in the tradition of years past, as well as; some new styles of
articles that aim to share and highlight the great wealth of knowledge that
is exchanged every day on the INTERCOT Discussion Boards. See ya real
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